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Men's Basketball 2010-2011 Season News

Freddie Goldstein Introduced to South Alabama Fans

Former Motlow Bucks star guard Freddie Goldstein was recently featured on the University of South Alabama website, as well as the site.

Goldstein led the Bucks from 2009-2011 to 37 victories and finished his career as Motlow's sixth all-time leading scorer with 846 total points, averaging 16.3 points per game.

Freddie is also second in three-point shots made, eighth in steals, and tenth all-time in assists. Goldstein is the only Motlow athlete in school history to named All-American both seasons of his career.

Former Bucks head coach Mike Brown is an assistant coach at South Alabama, while former Buck star Tim Williams recently graduated after leading the Jaguars in scoring his senior season.

Read the South Alabama article here.

Chattanooga St. Storms to Region VII Championship

The Motlow Bucks ran out of gas in the second half of the NJCAA Region VII Tournament championship game on Sunday and dropped a heartbreaking 83-73 decision to Chattanooga St. The Tigers will now represent the region at the national tournament in Hutchinson, KS in mid March.

For Motlow (21-7, 14-4) it was a bitter end to a season that saw them win the regular season conference title. With eight sophomores headed towards a May graduation, head coach Jerry Nichols will face a rebuilding task heading into the 2011-2012 season.

Nichols was rewarded by conference coaches as they voted him the TCCAA Coach of the Year.

After beating Southwest Tennessee 81-76 in overtime Saturday night to advance to the title game, the Bucks fought through the fatigue to lead Chattanooga St. 33-32 at halftime Sunday afternoon in Dyersburg.

But Chattanooga St. (24-5) hit a three-point shot right out of the gate in the final 20 minutes and took a lead they would never relinquish. Chattanooga went on a 12-0 run during a five-minute span, extending its lead from 48-44 to 60-44 at the 10:35 mark of the second half.

The lead grew to as much as 21 points before the Bucks rallied late to cut the final margin to 10. Freddie Goldstein, Zamarius McLendon, and Darryn Frazier each scored in double figures for Motlow and were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Bucks received a first-round bye and had little trouble with Cleveland St. when they did finally play on Friday afternoon, winning handily 80-47. Chattanooga had its hands full in its first-round game, edging Roane St. 69-67.

Complete details of Motlow's outstanding season, including final statistics and individual player honors, will be posted when available.

Bucks Enter Tournament as Top Seed, Favorite

The Motlow Bucks have earned the top seed in this week's National Junior College Athletic Association Region VII Tournament by winning the regular season TCCAA title.

The Bucks and Columbia St., seeded second, will receive a first-round bye in the tournament, which begins on Wednesday. Motlow's first game will be Friday at 6pm when it faces Cleveland State, who beat Volunteer State 82-75 in the first round.

Motlow swept the season series against both teams, although the wins over Volunteer St. came by six points at home and only one point on the road.

One key ingredient for Motlow is its depth. Head Coach Jerry Nichols regularly plays his entire bench during every game, which often helps wear down teams late in games.

The championship game will be held on Sunday at 4pm. Motlow's last tournament title came during the 1983-84 season.

Bucks Win Regular Season Conference Title

The Motlow Bucks won the regular season Tennessee Community College Athletic Association championship despite dropping their final game 84-42 to Columbia State in Columbia on Saturday.

Motlow went into the contest having already clinched the title thanks to Chattanooga State's 100-98 loss to Southwest Tennessee on Friday night.

Motlow (19-6, 14-4) will be the top seed at the upcoming Region VII Tournament, scheduled to begin March 2 at Dyersburg State. The winner of the tournament will advance to the national tournament in Hutchinson, KS beginning March 15.

" We came out a little flat knowing that we had already won the league title,;" said Motlow head coach Jerry Nichols. "We didn't play the way we wanted to play and I think our eyes were opened up a little."

"Give Columbia State a lot of credit because they played really hard and deserved to win," continued Nichols. "When you lose a game like that it gives you a chance to address some things. We need to remember what got us in position to win the regular season title. I think my guys got that message."

The Bucks trailed 45-20 at the half in Columbia and could never get into an offensive flow. Nobody scored in double figures, a first for the Bucks this season. Andrew Scofield led the Bucks with eight points, while Robbie Townsend scored six points and pulled down seven boards.

"I expect us to play well when the tournament begins," added the coach. "A number of teams are playing well right now and we are going to have to play our best basketball. The tournament brackets should be released later this week and we will know then what our path is."

Motlow has won the tournament championship three times in school history but has not won it since the 1983-84 season. The other tournament titles came in 1981-82 and the 1972-73 season.

Bucks Clinch Tie for Conference Title

The Motlow Bucks clinched no worse than a tie for first place in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association final standings with a 90-87 win over the Jackson State Generals on Wednesday in Jackson, TN.

Motlow (19-5, 14-3) can clinch the regular season championship outright with a win over a very good Columbia State team this Saturday in Columbia. Tipoff for the contest is scheduled for 4pm.

Chattanooga State is the only team with a chance to win the title other than Motlow. The Tigers have four conference losses and must go on the road to Southwest Tennessee and Dyersburg St. this weekend.

Details of last night's contest will be posted when they become available.

Bucks Pull Away From Saluqis in Home Finale

The Motlow Bucks maintained their slim lead in the TCCAA standings and won their final home game of the 2010-2011 season, beating Southwest Tennessee 84-72 at Copperweld Arena on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Motlow (18-5, 13-3) will close out the regular season with a trip to Jackson, TN to face Jackson St. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, then Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 19 against Columbia St. in a game that could potentially be for the regular season conference championship.

The Bucks maintained their conference lead by holding off a talented Saluqis squad from Memphis on Sophomore Recognition Day, with eight Motlow sophomores taking part in the festivities. All eight sophomore logged key minutes and played critical roles in the victory.

Darryn Frazier and Zamarius McLendon unofficially combined for 50 points, with McLendon leading the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Frazier had 24 points for the game, with 17 coming in the first half to help the home team take a 43-40 lead in the first 20 minutes.

The visitors refused to go quietly after halftime, tying the score first at 60 with 8:50 remaining, then again at 70 with 3:59 left to play. From there the Bucks nailed down the win from the free throw line with McLendon, Frazier, and Freddie Goldstein all sinking critical attempts from the charity stripe.

Goldstein joined McLendon and Frazier in double figures with 10 points, while Maurice Grant added seven points and seven rebounds and Robbie Townsend had five points and five assists. The Bucks hit 15-18 free throws in the final 20 minutes.

The Region VII Tournament will be held at Dyersburg St. this year and will begin on March 2.

Bucks Run Away From Dyersburg State

The Motlow Bucks (17-5, 12-3) kept their hold on first place in the TCCAA and headed towards their final home game with a victory as the Bucks beat Dyersburg St. 107-93 Wednesday night at Copperweld Arena.

Motlow's final home game is Saturday, Feb. 12, with conference foe Southwest Tennessee the opponent for a 4pm tipoff. Sophomore basketball players will be honored between the men's and women's contest.

Motlow will close the regular season on the road at Columbia St. and Jackson St. next week, two of the teams challenging the Bucks for the top seed in the upcoming Region VII Tournament.

Against Dyersburg the Bucks jumped out in front early and kept a narrow lead for much of the first 10 minutes, leading 19-16 halfway through the first half. Rashad Davis provided the offensive spark early, scoring all 16 of his points in the first halt as the Bucks built a 53-44 halftime lead.

Motlow had no answer for Dyersburg's George Coleman in either half as he scored 21 points in the first 20 minutes and 37 for the game.

However, Dyersburg didn't have the depth to stay with the Bucks in the second half. Head Coach Jerry Nichols, as he has done all season, went deep into his bench and eventually wore the visiting Eagles down.

Darryn Frazier led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points. He was joined in double figures by Davis with 16, Zamarius McLendon with 12, Freddie Goldstein 11, and Pat Haugabook with 10.

McLendon barely missed a double-double as he led the Bucks with nine rebounds. Motlow connected on 18-22 free throws in the second half, overcoming an outstanding 17-18 free throw performance by the Eagles in the final 20 minutes.

Bucks Split Weekend Trip to East Tennessee

The Motlow Bucks (16-5, 11-3) stumbled out of Harriman, TN Friday night after a disappointing 68-66 loss to Roane St., then regained their footing and went to Morristown and beat Walters St. 66-60 for a weekend split of TCCAA contests.

With the split the Bucks remain at the top of the conference standings, although their lead has grown smaller during the last week. The regular season conference champion receives the top seed in the upcoming Region VII Tournament.

The Bucks have two home contests remaining. Dyersburg St. visits Copperweld Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 9, with tipoff scheduled for 8pm. Sophomore recognition day and the regular season home finale, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, with tipoff at 4pm.

Friday night Motlow had its chances to sneak out of Harriman with a victory, but the Bucks missed four free throws in the final minute, leaving the door open just enough for the Raiders to steal the win at home.

Motlow wasn't its usual self in the paint, with double-double machine Zamarius McLendon scoring only six points and pulling down six rebounds. Only Darryn Frazier scored in double figures with 11, while Freddie Goldstein had seven points.

Offensively the Bucks appeared to carry their struggles over into the first half at Walters St. on Saturday, with Motlow entering the intermission trailing by one point at 22-21.

With Goldstein struggling from the field, Rashad Davis helped pick up the slack with his 12 points. McLendon added another double-double to his impressive resume', finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Maurice Grant led the Bucks in the paint with 12 rebounds, with Robbie Townsend dishing out a team-high seven assists and also grabbing three steals. Goldstein had a balanced stat sheet with seven points, six rebounds, and six assists.

Bucks Take TCCAA Lead to East Tennessee

The Motlow Bucks (15-4, 10-2) will embark on their annual East Tennessee TCCAA road trip with a two-game lead in the conference standings and an opportunity to edge closer to clinching the top seed in the upcoming Region VII Tournament.

The Bucks are trailed in the standings by Jackson St., Columbia St., and Chattanooga St., each with four conference losses. Motlow will conclude its regular season with road games at both Jackson St. and Columbia St.

Motlow had won 14 consecutive games before falling 81-67 to Chattanooga St. last Saturday. Roane St., the first stop for the Bucks on Friday, Feb. 4, dropped games to both Jackson and Columbia on the road last weekend, dropping the Raiders to 7-5 in the conference and 12-6 overall.

The Bucks will visit Walters St. (4-8, 8-11) on Saturday, Feb. 5, then return for their final two home games. Dyersburg St. comes to Copperweld Arena for a rare Wednesday contest on Feb. 9, followed by Southwest Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Bucks Winning Streak Ends at 14

The Motlow Bucks (15-4, 10-2) saw their 14-game winning streak come to an end in front of a large homecoming crowd when Chattanooga St. strutted into Copperweld Arena and escaped with an 81-67 decision on Saturday, Jan. 29.

The previous night Motlow extended its streak to 14 with a solid 82-70 victory over visiting Cleveland St. The Bucks, currently ranked among the top 35 teams in the nation and first in the TJCAA, will hit the road next weekend with conference games at Roane St. on Friday, Feb. 4, and Walters St. on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The Bucks appeared a bit fatigued on Saturday, and the visiting Tigers used their superior height to take advantage. Chattanooga never trailed, jumping out in front 10-5 in the first four minutes and 24-14 in the first 12 minutes.

Bucks' post Zemarius McLendon and guard Darryn Frazier kept Motlow in the game in the first 20 minutes, with Frazier taking 11 points into the intermission and McLendon eight. Motlow trailed 37-30 at the break.

But the visitors, featuring a roster full of impressive athletes including 6-11' Phillip Jurick, refused to be rattled by Motlow's pressure defense after halftime and kept the lead between eight and twelve points until the final buzzer.

Motlow was led in scoring and rebounding by McLendon, who racked up yet another double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Freddie Goldstein added 16 points and Frazier finished with 13. Robbie Townsend led the Bucks with six assists and four steals.

Jurick only scored six but had 13 rebounds and multiple blocked shots. Alex Dean led the Tigers with 14 points and Telvin James added 13.

Friday night against Cleveland it was again McLendon leading the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Frazier was deadly from the free throw line, connecting on 13 of his 14 attempts to account for all of his points, both placing him among the top ten single games free throw performances in Motlow history.

Goldstein was the difference though, scoring 26 points including connecting on six out of 10 three-point shots.

Bucks Return Home After Thrilling Escape

The Motlow Bucks (14-3, 9-1) return to the friendly confines of Copperweld Arena this weekend following a thrilling 93-92 win over Volunteer St. on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Gallatin, TN. The Bucks are in sole possession of first place in the TCCAA standings and are currently ranked 23rd in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll.

The victory was the 13th consecutive win for Motlow, one of the longest winning streaks in the history of the program after the Bucks opened the season dropping three of their first four. However, two of those three losses came against nationally-ranked teams in Gadsden St. (22nd) and Jackson St. (18th).

Motlow will now enjoy homecoming festivities this weekend and host two of its most-bitter rivals - Cleveland St. on Friday, Jan. 28 and Chattanooga St. on Saturday, Jan. 29. The Bucks beat Cleveland 88-73 on Dec. 3 and Chattanooga 72-69 on Dec. 4.

Friday's contests begins at 6pm, while Saturday the homecoming activities will begin at 12pm in Nisbett Center. The women's contest tips off at 2pm with the men to follow.

Zamarius McLendon continued his assault on the Motlow record book as he brought yet another double-double home from Gallatin with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Darryn Frazier led Motlow in scoring with 25 points, including 20 in the first half when Motlow took a 48-40 lead.

Freddie Goldstein added 12 points and Maurice Grant chipped in with 11. Frazier and Grant each pulled down six rebounds, while Robbie Townsend led the squad with nine assists and three steals.

The Bucks didn't exactly set the house on fire with their shooting, hitting only 28-71 shots from the field. However, at the free throw line Moltow was on target connecting on 25 of 31 attempts.

McLendon, a sophomore from Clarksville Northwest High School, has now recorded a double-double in nine of Motlow's previous 12 contests.

Bucks Set All-Time Defensive Record

The Motlow Bucks (13-3, 8-1), ranked 25th in the nation in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll, set a new all-time record for fewest points allowed when they walloped visiting Bryan College 100-26 on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Copperweld Arena. The 26 points allowed broke the previous record of 35 points allowed to Walters St. on Feb. 16, 1985.

The win was Motlow's 12th consecutive victory and comes on the heels of a pair of TCCAA victories over the weekend. The Bucks beat Dyersburg St. 120-65 on Friday, Jan. 14 in Dyersburg, then traveled to Memphis the next day and defeated Southwest Tennessee 94-87.

With the victories Motlow entered the NJCAA poll for the first time this season, tied for 24th in the nation.

Motlow's next scheduled contest is Saturday, Jan. 22 at Volunteer St. in Gallatin. The next home date is Friday, Jan. 28 when Cleveland St. visits Copperweld Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 8pm.

Bucks Get Revenge on NE Mississippi

The Motlow Bucks (10-3, 6-1) avenged one of their early-season losses by connecting for 10 three-point shots and beating Northeast Mississippi 74-65 on Thursday, Dec. 16 at Copperweld Arena. The Tigers had edged the Bucks 97-90 back in early November in Booneville, MS.

The Bucks, winners of nine consecutive games after opening the season 1-3, will now break for almost a month for the holidays. The next scheduled contest is a West Tennessee swing in mid-January, with Dyersburg St. scheduled for Friday, Jan. 14, and Southwest Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 15 in Memphis. The next home date is Tuesday, Jan. 18 against Bryan College with tipoff scheduled for 7:30pm at Copperweld Arena.

The visiting NE Mississippi Tigers jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead, with sensational 6-7 sophomore Robert Wade scoring all eight points. Wade would finish the game with 31 points but was scoreless in the final five minutes when the outcome was decided.

Motlow quickly got back into the contest though, pulling within two points at 14-12 with eight minutes left in the first half. Despite Wade's 21 first half points, the Bucks trailed by only three, 35-32, at the intermission. Motlow hit six first-half three pointers, including two each by Rashad Davis and Darryn Frazier.

The second half began with Freddie Goldstein, who led the Bucks with 16 points, connecting for a three pointer and Motlow took its first lead at 38-37 with 17:08 left to play.

The Bucks would never trail again, although Cody Garrett's three-point shot with 6:30 left to play pulled the visiting Tigers into a 60-60 tie. Maurice Grant scored six points late though, and Darrius Whitson, Zemarius McLendon, and Frazier each contributed big points down the stretch.

Bucks Look to Roll Right Into Holidays

The Motlow Bucks (9-3, 6-1) will look to extend their eight-game winning streak to nine when they step outside the conference to host Northeast Mississippi on Thursday, Dec. 16 at Copperweld Arena, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30pm. The Bucks lost to Northeast 97-90 back on Nov. 4 in Booneville, MS.

Motlow swept a pair of TCCAA conference games during the past weekend to surge to the top of the conference standings. The Bucks beat Roane St. 99-88 on Friday, Dec. 10, then came back the next day and beat Walters St. 80-70.

The Bucks jumped out extremely strong Friday night against Roane St., leading 13-0 after four minutes and 24-4 with 11:30 remaining in the first half. Roane St. fought its way back though, playing the Bucks even the rest of the half to trail 49-29 at intermission. Roane closed the gap in the second half but the Bucks were fantastic at the free throw line in the final minutes, nailing 18-20 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes.

Unofficially Freddie Goldstein led the Bucks in scoring with 22 points, including 13-15 from the free throw line. Zamarius McLendon scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds for his sixth consecutive double-double. Darryn Frazier added 17 points, including three early three pointers that jump-started the Bucks towards their big lead.

On Saturday the Bucks once again jumped out to a quick lead, surging past Walters St. 19-8 with 15 minutes left in the first half. Darryn Frazier and Goldstein were the catalists, with each hitting a pair of early three pointers. Walters pulled to within five points at 22-17 with 11:30 left in the half, only to see Motlow surge once again and go into the locker room leading 41-27.

Walters St. showed why it is consistently one of the league's top programs every year, fighting back to pull within six points at 63-57 with five minutes remaining. However, once again the Bucks were deadly down the stretch at the free throw line, hitting 15-17 in the second half to seal the victory.

Frazier led the scoring unofficially with 22 points, including all 10 of his free throw opportunities in the second half. McLendon added 15 points but had his double-double streak ended at six, although he did pull down a team-high six rebounds. Goldstein finished with 12 points, while Rashad Davis hit three big three-point shots and finished with nine points.

Bucks Look to Extend Winning Streak

The Motlow Bucks (7-3, 4-1) will look to continue the momentum of a six-game winning streak, including the latest win over a nationally-ranked opponent, when they return to Copperweld Arena to host a pair of TCCAA conference foes this weekend.

Fresh off its 74-67 upset of 22nd-ranked Gadsden St. in Gadsden, AL on Tuesday, the Bucks will welcome Roanes St. to Moore County on Friday, Dec. 10, with tipoff scheduled for 8pm. Motlow will then host perennial power Walters St. on Saturday, Dec. 11, with the men scheduled to begin at 4pm.

The Roanes St. men (5-4, 3-2) have played an extremely tough schedule and have won three consecutive games, including an overtime win over previously undefeated and nationally ranked Jackson St. on Dec. 3 at the Roane St. gym in Harriman, TN.

Walters State's Senators (7-3, 4-1) are tied with the Bucks at the top of the TCCAA standings. Walters St. has lost two of its previous three contests, but both losses have come to nationally-ranked opponents.

Bucks Sweep Conference Foes

The Motlow Bucks (6-3, 4-1) surged to the top-half of the TCCAA standings with a pair of road wins over conference opponents this past weekend.

On Friday, Dec. 3 Motlow traveled to Cleveland St. and rolled to an 88-73 win. The next day the Bucks beat Chattanooga St. 72-69 in Chattanooga.

The Bucks will next have an opportunity to avenge one of their losses this year when they travel to Gadsden, AL to face Gadsden St. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Motlow dropped a 95-91 decision to Gadsden, the nation's 22nd-ranked team, back on Nov. 9.

In Cleveland Friday night the two teams battled to a 39-39 tie at the intermission before Motlow outscored the home team 49-34 in the second half to pull away with the victory. Rebounding was the key for Motlow as the Bucks held a 53-25 advantage on the boards.

Zamarius McLendon continued to set the pace for the Bucks with yet another double-double, leading the team in points with 26 and in rebounds with 14. McLendon is now averaging double figures in both points and rebounds for the season.

Darryn Frazier had one of his best games of the season by scoring 16 points and adding nine rebounds and three steals. Freddie Goldstein was the other double figure scorer for Motlow with 10 points, although Darius Whitson barely missed with nine points and Maurice Grant scored eight.

On Saturday in Chattanooga it was again the trio of sophomores leading the way for the victorius Bucks. Frazier led the scoring with 24 points, including 9-10 from the free throw line, and pulled down eight rebounds. McLendon had another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in addition to blocking two shots, and Goldstein scored 12 points while adding five rebounds and four steals. Robbie Townsend led the way with four assists.

Bucks Comeback to Win Behind 'Z'

Sophomore post Zamarius McLendon, affectionately known as 'Z' to Bucks' fans, scored 24 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to lead the Motlow Bucks to a come-from-behind 76-70 win over Volunteer St. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Copperweld Arena.

The Bucks (4-3, 2-1) have won three consecutive games as they head into their only three-game road trip of the season. Motlow travels to Cleveland St. on Friday, Dec. 3, Chattanooga St. on Saturday, Dec. 4, and Gadsden St. in Gadsden, AL on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The next home game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10, with Roane St. visiting for an 8pm tipoff.

Volunteer St. (2-5, 0-3) jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead on the Bucks, only to see Motlow pull to within one at 11-10 with 14:20 remaining in the first half. The visiting Pioneers surged back in front though and led 41-30 at halftime, thanks in large part to five three-pointers.

McLendon took over after the break though, scoring 16 of his team-high 24 points. Sophomore guard Derek Hosey was clutch at the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes, nailing 9-10 charity tosses. The Bucks as a team hit 17-19 free throws in the final 20 minutes.

Motlow's first lead came with 10:15 remaining when freshman Ricky Tisdale hit his only second-half basket. The visitors pulled to within 67-65 with 1:50 remaining but the home team iced the win at the foul line.

Hosey had 12 points on the night and Darryn Frazier added 10, including two three pointers and 4-4 from the foul line and six rebounds. Leading scorer Freddie Goldstein was held to six points.

Bucks Welcome Conference Rivals This Weekend

The Motlow Bucks will try and put the last two games behind them as they prepare to host a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association foes this weekend at Copperweld Arena. Jackson St. visits Friday, Nov. 12, with tipoff scheduled for 8pm, followed by Columbia St. on Saturday, Nov. 13, with tipoff at 4pm.

The Bucks (1-2, 0-0) fell to Northeast Mississippi 97-90 on Nov. 4, then dropped a 95-89 decision to visiting Gadsden St. on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Both opponents remained undefeated on the young season with their wins over Motlow.

Jackson St. won its opener 124-80 over Mid-Continent University's JV squad on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and was scheduled to play Bethel University's JV team on Wednesday, Nov. 10, but results are not yet available.

Columbia St. dropped its opener 64-62 to Northwest Florida. The Chargers have only two sophomores returning to their roster.

Bucks Can't Hold Second-Half Lead

For the second consecutive game the Motlow Bucks were unable to hold a double-digit second half lead, and once again it cost them a chance at victory as visiting Gadsden St. overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to hand Motlow a 95-89 loss on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Copperweld Arena.

The Bucks (1-2, 0-0) must put the disappointment behind them quickly as they step into conference play this weekend. TCCAA foe Jackson St. visits on Friday, Nov. 12, with tipoff scheduled for 8pm, followed the next day by Columbia St., with tipoff scheduled for 4pm

In Motlow's previous outing the Bucks had led Northeast Mississippi by a dozen points with 10 minutes remaining. Although those things happen at times on the road, blowing double-digit leads seldom happens to the Bucks at home. Especially in front of a huge crowd that was easily one of the largest in recent memory.

After falling behind early 10-4 the Bucks regained their footing to pull into a 15-15 tie with 11:45 remaining in the first half. The Bucks' largest lead was 40-25 with 4:20 left before intermission, and the lead remained 15 points, 53-38, at the break.

However, Gadsden loosened up its shooting aim in the second half and began to chip away at Motlow's lead. Deric Rudolph was outstanding for the visitors, connecting on six three pointers for the game including four in the second half, on his way to a team-high 23 points.

With 18:00 minutes remaining the Bucks' lead had been cut to 55-43. By the time the clock showed 10:25 the visiting Cardinals had pulled within one point at 68-67 as Motlow began to recklessly turn the ball over and leading scorer Freddie Goldstein, who finished with 23 points, went to the bench with his fourth foul.

Visiting point guard Josh Gibson nailed his only three pointer of the game with 10:08 remaining to give the visitors their first lead since early in the game at 70-68. Three minutes later the lead was eight points and the Bucks, despite their scrambling desperation, would never again catch up.

Unofficailly the visiting Cardinals nailed 13 three pointers, while Motlow's Goldstein had five and Darryn Frazier added two. Both teams committed 12 turnovers, but most of Motlow's came in the second half.

Following Goldstein in the scoring column for Motlow was Frazier with 12, Zamarius McLendon had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Maurice Grant also scored in double figures with 10 points.

Gadsden's huge post player Zac Winston was at times overpowering in the post in the final 20 minutes, finishing with 13 points, while Jay Whorton added 12 and point guard Josh Gibson had 11. The visitors hit 9-10 free throws in the second half to seal the victory, although Motlow was also clutch at the charity stripe, knocking down 12-14 after the intermission.

Northeast Mississippi Hands Bucks First Loss

The Northeast Mississippi Tigers roared back from 12 points behind with 10 minutes to play to hand the Motlow Bucks a 97-90 defeat on Thursday, Nov. 4 in Booneville, MS.

The Bucks (1-1, 0-0) will open the home portion of their 2010-2011 scheduled when they host Gadsden St. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30pm at Copperweld Arena. The Cardinals are 3-0 on the young season, with their most-recent win a 103-66 shellacking of Wallace State-Selma.

The home Tigers were led by Tyler Pritchard, who scored all 20 of his points in the second half to lead his team back from an 80-68 deficit with a 29-10 run in the final 10 minutes. Northeast took the lead for good with 4:16 remaining on a pair of Pritchard free throws. Freshman Ricky Tisdale led the Bucks with 15 points.

The Bucks led 50-44 at halftime, and despite out-rebounding the Tigers 41-28 Motlow could not keep Northeast from shooting 62% in the second half. The Bucks committed 28 turnovers for the game while NE Mississippi turned it over 19 times.

Tisdale's points came primarily from the free throw line, where he hit 11-16. Freddie Goldstein added 13 points and Derek Triplett scored 10. Point guard Robbie Townsend led Motlow on the boards with eight rebounds while Zamarius McLendon added seven boards. Townsend also led Motlow with six assists.

Bucks Visit Northeast Mississippi Thursday

The Motlow Bucks (1-0, 0-0) will look to make their second successful road trip when they travel to Booneville, MS, on Thursday, Nov. 4 to battle Northeast Mississippi (0-1, 0-0). The Bucks beat the Bryan College JV squad 124-66 in their season opener on Monday, Nov. 1.

Northeast Mississippi dropped its opener to Northwest Shoals, AL 86-75 on Monday in Muscle Shoals and will be playing its home opener. The Tigers led Northwest 39-34 at the half but let the game slip away by shooting only 36% from the field and 26% on 7-27 from three-point range. Robert Wade led four double-figure scorers for Northeast with 15 points.

The Bucks featured six double-figure scorers against Bryan, led by Maurice Grant with 18 points. The 124 points scored by the Bucks was the third most points scored by a Bucks team in Motlow history.

Bucks Rout Bryan JV in Season Opener

The Motlow Bucks got the 2010-2011 basketball season started in grand fashion with a convincing 124-66 rout of the Bryan College JV squad on Monday, Nov. 1 in Dayton, TN. Sophomore Maurice Grant led six double-digit scorers with 18 points.

The 124-point offensive outburst was the third-most points scored by a Bucks team in the 40-year history of Motlow basketball. Motlow scored 138 points against Chattanooga St. in 1994, and 133 against Cleveland St. in 1983.

Motlow will travel to Booneville, MS on Thursday, Nov. 4, for a contest against Northeast Mississippi, then return for its home opener as Gadsden St. visits Copperweld Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 9, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30pm.

The Bucks had an outstanding shooting night in Dayton, hitting 48-90 shots from the field, including 15-31 from three-point range. Motlow's unselfish play resulted in 32 assists on the 32 made shots and 16 steals with only 12 turnovers.

Following Grant's 18 points in the scoring column was Rashad Davis with 17, Darryn Frazier with 16, Freddie Goldstein with 14, Zamarius McLendon had 11, and Derek Triplett had 10.

Freshman Chris Jordon and Pat Haugabook joined McLendon in leading the team in rebounding with six each. Sophomore point guard Robbie Townsend led the assist parade with seven, followed by Derek Hosey with five and Goldstein with four. Goldstein added a team-high three steals while Jordon blocked a pair of Bryan shots.

Bucks Open Season With Tough Test

In recent seasons the Motlow Bucks have loaded up their early-season schedule with some of the nation's best junior college basketball teams. Although that won't be the case this year, the Bucks will face a formidable opponent in their opener when they travel to Dayton, TN to face the Bryan College JV squad on Monday, Nov. 1.

Past season-opening opponents have included preseason No. 1 ranked Chippola and top ten Itawamba, both of which visited Copperweld Arena and beat the Bucks.

The Bryan College varsity team is picked to win the Appalachian Athletic Conference title by the coaches of the conference in the preseason poll. Bryan is also ranked 34th in the nation in the NAIA Division II preseason poll. Read more about Bryan College Lions basketball on the school website.

Two TCCAA Teams Ranked in Preseason Poll

The preseason favorites have been established in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association with the release of the Preseason Top 30 Poll by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Walters St. has been tabbed as the top-ranked team from the TCCAA/Region VII, landing in the No. 15 position. Southwest Tennessee is close behind, ranked 19th in the nation to open the season.

Returning Sophomores Lead Talented Bucks' Roster

The Motlow Bucks will feature maybe the most talented, complete roster in school history when they open the 2010-2011 basketball regular season on Monday, Nov. 1, at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. The first home contest is Tuesday, Nov. 9, with Gadsden St. visiting Copperweld Arena for a 7:30pm tipoff.

Head Coach Jerry Nichols will have eight sophomores and 11 freshmen at his disposal, including returning Honorable Mention All-American Freddie Goldstein, who led the Bucks in scoring last year averaging almost 20 points per game, and Darryn Frazier, who averaged 14 points per game and was named All-Eastern TCCAA.

The Bucks are anything but a two-man team though, as Nichols consistently plays every player on his roster in every game. Sometimes that affects the offensive flow, but more times than not what it does is wear down the opposition.

"We like to play that up-tempo style with a never-quit attitude," said Nichols, "and Freddie and Darryn are the epitome of that. We will press full court on defense every night for most if not all game. I'm expecting a great year out of Freddie and Darryn in particular and this team as a whole."

Goldstein is not just a scorer, as evidenced by the four rebounds, two steals, and two assists he also averaged in 2009-2010. Multiple times last year his late-game three-point shooting led the Bucks to comeback wins or helped hold off opponents attempting to make late runs.

Sharpshooter Frazier also returns as the squad's second leading scorer at 14 points per game. In addition he is deadly at the free-throw stripe, hitting 85%, and the Bucks love to get the ball in his hands with a lead down the stretch.

Leading rebounder Zamarius McLendon returns, along with his 11 points and six rebounds per game. McLendon is relentless inside the paint, and his 6-6 frame is thick and physical.

Point guard Robbie Townsend averaged nine points and five assists per game, and his quickness is extremely difficult for opposing defenders to match. The fact he is left handed only helps to make defending him extremely challenging.

Sophomores Derek Hosey, Darius Whitson, Maurice Grant, and Tim Fortenberry also return, giving Nichols as solid a group of sophomores as any Motlow coach has enjoyed in a number of years. Each played significant minutes last year and will be counted on this year to do the same.

"This team has a chance to be special because of the experience we have coming back", continued Nichols. "With eight sophomores returning we should begin the season with confidence. Our freshman class should give us a big boost because they provide that much-needed length and size we lacked last year."

The freshman class looks great on paper, with a significant increase in size and length than Nichols' first Motlow team. It remains to be seen if bigger players can maintain the tempo that Nichols wants to play.

"Rashad Davis is a 6-6 guard from Tampa, FL, who can really shoot the ball from the outside in addition to doing a lot of other things. He gives us a bigger guard presence," added Nichols.

"Derek Triplett is a 6-6 guard/forward from Huntsville, AL who has really showed toughness during the preseason. He is a multi-talented player who can do everything well from rebounding to shooting the three."

"Ricky Tisdale brings a winner mentality to the program," continued the coach. "He is a very athletic point guard and led Bolivar, TN, the Tennessee Class AA champion, in scoring last year."

"Pat Haugabook is a 6-10 center from St. Petersburg, FL , and he should really help us on the defensive end of the floor with his size. He is a good rebounder with a nice shooting touch around the basket."

Other notable members of the freshman class include Chris Jordan, a 6-8 leaper from Madison, AL; Andrew Scofield, a 6-2 guard who redshirted last season; Darryl Bonds, a 6-7 power forward from Antioch who rebounds very well; along with Carlton Williams, Eric Tooley, Jeff Roberts, and Manchester native Krys Renfrow.

"We hope that basketball fans from across the Motlow College 11-county service area, and beyond, will take advantage of the opportunity to come out to Copperweld Arena and see this team play," concluded a smiling Coach Nichols. "Get your necks in shape because your head is going to be moving back and forth a lot."

Experience, Length Keys to Bucks' Success

Motlow Bucks head basketball coach Jerry Nichols begins preparation for his second season in Moore Co. with plenty of optimism, as he should considering he returns eight quality sophomores and welcomes 11 highly-rated freshmen to a squad that finished 16-9 in his inaugural campaign.

"This team has a chance to be special because of the experience we have coming back," said Nichols, a former All-American at TCCAA-rival Walters State. "Not only do we return eight sophomores, which should give us plenty of confidence heading into the season, but our freshman class adds much-needed length and size to our roster, which is something we didn't have a lot of last year."

"We have a good mixture of experience and youth," Nichols added. "We will be mentally and physically tough and we will play solid defense. Offensively we should have the potential to score the basketball at every position on the court." Nichols knows full well that his second edition of the Bucks will need all the length, size, and experience it can get to compete for the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association title, something Motlow College hasn't won in men's basketball since the 1983-84 season.

"Our league is very tough this year," continued Nichols. "Every school has a great recruiting class coming in, and every conference game will be a battle just like last year. We will have to be ready to play every time we take the floor. If we do that we should be able to compete with anybody, but at the same time if we are not ready we can be beaten by anybody."

A quick glance around the conference confirms Nichols' assertion that the competition will be extremely challenging during the 2010-2011 season, beginning with his alma mater Walters St. The Senators won the TCCAA title last year, beating Southwest Tennessee 72-70 in the championship game, and then won their first national tournament contest before falling to Wallace St. 69-62.

"Walters has to be considered the favorite based on the fact they are the defending champions," continued Nichols. "Columbia St. won the regular season title last year so they will be strong again and Southwest Tennessee was close to winning the state title and they are always very competitive. Chattanooga St. is always tough and of course I think our team can be included in any conversation about favorites for the coming season."

Nichols knows that his freshmen will have to learn quickly and play with confidence in order for his second season to be a championship-contending season.

"One of our weaknesses right now is rebounding because it was a problem last year," added Nichols. "Hopefully, the size this freshman class adds to our team will help in that area. These young guys will have to grow up fast because we will be tested early as both Jackson St. and Columbia St. come to Copperweld Arena the second week of the season."

Motlow will travel to Dayton, TN to take on Bryan College in the season opener on Nov. 1, and then visit Northeast Mississippi in Booneville, MS on Nov. 4. The first home game is schedule for Tuesday, Nov. 9 with Gadsden St. visiting Copperweld Arena, with the women's tipoff scheduled for 5:30pm and the men's contest scheduled for 7:30pm.

2010-2011 Roster Released

Head Coach Jerry Nichols will begin his second season at the helm of the Bucks when the regular season opens on Monday, Nov. 1 with a trip to Bryan College in Dayton, TN. The complete 2010-2011 schedule has not been released, although the home opener will be Tuesday, Nov. 9 when Gadsden St. visits Copperweld Arena. Tipoff for the men's contest is 7:30pm.

Nichols has released his roster for the upcoming season, and it is filled with 11 returning sophomores as well as nine very talented freshmen. The squad was recently introduced at Motlow's annual 'Meet the Bucks' celebration at Copperweld Arena.

The 2009-10 squad finished with a 13-5 TCCAA mark and a 16-9 overall record. Leading scorer Freddie Goldstein returns to lead the Bucks after being named Honorable Mention All-American in his freshman season.

Volunteer St. Ends Bucks Season

The Motlow Bucks (16-9, 13-5) saw their hopes for the school's first-ever trip to the NJCAA Tournament end quick as they dropped an 81-77 decision to Volunteer St. in the second round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Columbia, TN.

Motlow had entered the tournament as the second seed, and led the Pioneers (16-11) 63-54 with just over eight minutes remaining in the contest. However, the Pioneers went on a 12-0 run to grab a three point lead.

The Bucks regained the lead at 72-71 with 1:45 remaining on a three pointer by Darius Whitson, but Jay Starks, who finished with 31 points to lead all scorers, put an offensive rebound back in to give his team the lead for good.

Perhaps the most telling statistic for Motlow was be out-rebounded by the Pioneers, who had a 47-29 rebounding advantage.

Whitson and Mark Mason had 15 points apiece for Motlow while teammates Darryn Frazier and Freddie Goldstein tallied 13 and 11 points, respectively. Goldstein had four assists and three steals.