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Nov. 14, 2016
The Motlow Bucks hit 16 three-point shots and dished out an amazing 29 assists on their way to a 98-90 win over visiting Columbia State in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association opener for both teams Friday night at Copperweld Arena.
The Bucks (4-1, 1-1) couldn't sustain the momentum on Saturday though, as Jackson State came to Lynchburg and escaped with a controversial 77-75 win. Motlow will travel to Booneville, Miss., to face Northeast Mississippi on Thursday, then return home to host TCCAA rival Volunteer State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.
BUCKS 98 COLUMBIA STATE 90
The Bucks jumped out in front early against the visiting Chargers and never relinquished the lead in front of one of the largest, loudest crowds Copperweld Arena has seen in a decade. Motlow led 47-35 at intermission behind the hot three-point shooting of Isaiah Hart, Dillon Smith and Rashawn Fredericks, who each hit four during the contest.
Fredericks had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds and Hart scored 16 with eight assists. Javion Hamlet let the Bucks with 19 points and also dished out a team-high nine assists. Smith had 16 points with six boards and three assists, and Aleks Zecevic pulled down 10 rebounds along with four points and two assists. Damarcus Williams added seven points, five rebounds and four steals.
The Bucks shot 43.8 percent from the field, including 16-43 three-pointers. Motlow hit only 12-21 free throws and had 18 turnovers to go along with 12 steals.
JACKSON STATE 77 BUCKS 75
Saturday's contest was close throughout and went right down to the wire. The Bucks led 37-36 at the half put could never extend the lead into double digits. With two seconds left on the clock, Motlow trailed 75-72 when Hart was fouled while attempting a three-point shot.
The Murfreesboro freshman calmly stepped to the free-throw line and sank all three to tie the score at 75. However, after the third made free throw a foul was called on Motlow's Williams, and Jackson State's Marcus Lytle made the two free throws to give the Generals the lead and the win.
The Bucks shot 48 percent from the field, including 9-26 from beyond the three point line. Missed free throws cost Motlow as they connected on 18-29 from the charity stripe.
Fredericks had another double-double, his third of the year, with 12 points and 10 rebounds along with three steals. Javel Gillespie kept the Bucks close in the second half, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 12 points. Jalen Bell added 10 points and four rebounds.
Hamlet didn't have a field goal but hit 9-12 free throws and scored nine points along with a team-high seven assists. Hart had seven points and three assists, Zecevic scored seven points with six rebounds, and Williams added five points, five rebounds and two steals.
Motlow State freshman Rashawn Fredericks (32) makes a strong post move to score during the Bucks 98-90 win over Columbia State at Copperweld Arena Friday night. Fredericks had a splendid weekend as the Bucks split a pair of conference games, combining for 28 points, 25 rebounds and four steals. Motlow travels to Northeast Mississippi Thursday night, then returns home Saturday to host Volunteer State. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.