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Hot shooting, shut-down defense lift Motlow State Bucks past Volunteer State

Jan. 30, 2017

The Motlow State Bucks hit 17 three-point shots and held Volunteer State to under 30 percent shooting from the field as the nation's No. 25 ranked team traveled to Gallatin and beat the Pioneers 102-63 Saturday afternoon.

Jalen Bell
Motlow State freshman guard Jalen Bell looks to pass the ball inside against Walters State earlier this season. Bell, from Indianapolis, recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bucks to a 102-63 win over Volunteer State on Saturday. Motlow will host Chattanooga State this Friday and Cleveland State Saturday at Copperweld Arena. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The Bucks (19-3, 8-2) have now won 13 consecutive games, tying for the fourth longest winning streak in school history. Motlow is now in sole possession of first place in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association standings and will host the second-place team, Chattanooga State (12-6, 8-3), this Friday at Copperweld Arena with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Bucks will host Cleveland State as part of the annual Homecoming celebration. The women's game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tipoff Saturday, with the men to follow at 4 p.m. All Motlow alumni, students, fans and friends are invited to the homecoming celebration.

The Bucks controlled the game against Volunteer State from start to finish, leading 45-30 at the half. Every player on Motlow's roster played double-figure minutes, and all but one got on the scoreboard. The Bucks shot 54.4 percent from the field, including 51.5 percent from behind the three-point line. Motlow continued its hot free-throw shooting, nailing 11-14 for 78.6 percent.

The dominance continued under the basket, with the Bucks holding a 67-30 rebounding advantage. The defense was equally impressive, limiting the Pioneers to 28.6 percent shooting, including 26.7 percent from three-point range.

Jalen Bell led Motlow's balanced scoring attack with 19 points and added 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Rashawn Fredericks scored 16 with 11 rebounds and five assists, Isaiah Hart hit five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Dillion Smith scored 11, while Javion Hamlet, who leads the nation averaging 8.5 assists per game, scored 10 and added 11 assists and four rebounds.

Damarcus Williams scored eight points with 14 rebounds, Javel Gillespie had eight points and six rebounds, Aleksandar Zecevic scored six with three rebounds, and Kevonte Corley added five points with six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Chad Emmons had four points and Ross Plunkett added three rebounds and two assists.