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Motlow College Athletic News

No. 13 Bucks prepare to welcome TCCAA opponents for Homecoming, Hall of Fame ceremony

Feb. 7, 2018

The Motlow Bucks will look to rebound from their first TCCAA conference loss when they host a pair of conference opponents this weekend at Copperweld Arena. Roane State visits Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Walters State will be the opposition Saturday at 2 p.m.

Saturday is also homecoming at Motlow, and the queen and king will be crowned at approximately 4:30 p.m. during halftime of the women's contest, which begins at 4 p.m. At halftime of the men's game, former Motlow basketball great Bob Martin will be inducted into the TCCAA Hall of Fame by conference commissioner Dr. Foster Chason.

The Bucks (15-3, 9-1) traveled to Cleveland last Friday night and escaped with a 77-68 win, despite one of their lowest offensive outputs of the season. On Saturday, Motlow played perhaps its worst game of the year, suffering an 81-66 defeat at the hands of Chattanooga State in Chattanooga. The loss dropped the Bucks in the NJCAA poll from No. 6 to No. 13.

Both Roane State (13-8, 6-4) and Walters State (15-6, 7-4) have won seven of their previous 10 games and are looking to raise their seeding position heading into next month's TCCAA tournament, which will be held in Chattanooga. The Bucks are currently seeded first, one game ahead of Southwest Tennessee and two games ahead of Chattanooga State. Roane is fourth and Walters is fifth, respectively.

In Cleveland Friday, the Bucks were in control much of the contest although they could never pull away from the scrappy Cougars. Motlow led 39-35 at the half, and their dominance on the boards and ability to get steals helped put the game away in the second half. The Bucks won the rebounding battle 50-35 and notched 14 steals.

Rashawn Fredericks had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds along with three blocked shots and two steals. Isaiah Hart had 20 points, six assists and five steals, and Dillon Smith scored 10 with six rebounds, two assists and two steals. David Fraser added seven points, 11 rebounds and three steals while Leo Castillo had six points, eight rebounds and two steals.

In Chattanooga on Saturday the Bucks struggled to put the ball in the basket, while the Tigers put on an outstanding shooting performance in surging to a 50-38 halftime advantage. Motlow connected on only 33 percent of its shots from the field, including 7-34 three pointers, while Chattanooga State shot 55 percent from the field and hit 8-20 from three. The Bucks won the rebounding battle 38-29, but had only six assists while turning the ball over 12 times.

Fredericks continued to be extremely consistent, scoring 21 points with 14 rebounds and three blocks. He leads the TCCAA averaging 11.9 rebounds per game and is third in scoring at 17.6. Hart scored 16 and had four assists and two steals, while Fraser added 12 points with nine rebounds. Kevonte Corley scored eight points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

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Motlow State sophomore Rashawn Fredericks drives to the basket during a recent contest at Copperweld Arena. Fredericks combined for 42 points, 27 rebounds, six blocked shots and four steals as the Bucks split a pair of weekend road games. Fredericks, from Tampa, leads the TCCAA averaging 11.9 rebounds per game and is third in scoring at 17.6. Jeff Reed Photography.