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Motlow College Athletic News

Bucks storm into TCCAA/Region VII Tournament as top seed with rout of Jackson State

Feb. 27, 2017

The Motlow State Bucks kept momentum on their side heading into next week's TCCAA/Region VII Tournament with a 77-49 thrashing of Jackson State in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon in Jackson.

Isaiah Hart
Motlow State guard Isaiah Hart drives past a defender during Motlow's recent win over Dyersburg State at Copperweld Arena. Hart, a freshman from Murfreesboro, broke Motlow's single season record for steals when he recorded five during the Bucks' 77-49 win over Jackson State on Saturday. Hart now has 107 steals on the season, breaking the record of 103 set by DeShawn Bowman in 2001-02. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
The conference tournament begins March 6 in Morristown on the campus of Walters State, and the Bucks are the No. 1 seed. Motlow's first tournament game will be Wednesday, March 8 at 2 p.m. EDT, against the winner of the opening round contest between No. 8 seed Jackson State and No. 9 Volunteer State.

The Bucks (25-5, 14-4) won the TCCAA regular season title and with it clinched a berth as a regional qualifier in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas, beginning March 20. The Bucks could earn a better national tournament seed if they can win the conference tournament next week. Motlow enters the week ranked No. 19 in the latest NJCAA poll.

Motlow struggled early with the Generals on Saturday, leading only 28-24 at the half. However, the Bucks' depth and balance showed itself in the second half as Motlow outscored the home team 49-25. The Bucks used the formula that has carried them to one of the best records in school history; 21 assists on 29 made baskets with 16 steals and 46 rebounds.

Murfreesboro freshman Isaiah Hart set a new school record by recording five steals. He now has 107 steals this season, breaking the old mark of 103 set by DeShawn Bowman in 2001-02. Earlier this season Hart also set the new single-game record when he recorded 10 steals on Jan. 25.

Jalen Bell led six double figure scorers with 13 points and eight rebounds, with Rashawn Fredericks securing another double-double by scoring 12 points and hauling down 11 rebounds while adding three steals. Damarcus Williams scored 11 and pulled down eight rebounds with two steals.

Javion Hamlet scored 10 points with 10 assists and is now second on Motlow's all-time single season assist record board. He needs 47 more to break Larry Mackin's record of 311 set in the 1973-74 season. Dillon Smith added 10 points, and Hart filled out his stat sheet well by adding 10 points, five rebounds and six assists to his five steals.