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Motlow College Athletic News

Bucks sweep conference road trip, host home opener Wednesday night

Nov. 13, 2017

Sophomores Isaiah Hart, Rashawn Fredericks and Dillon Smith combined for 119 points, 34 rebounds, nine assists and 10 steals to lead the Motlow Bucks to a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) road wins as they opened conference play this past weekend.

The Bucks (4-1, 2-0) traveled to Jackson and beat Jackson State 86-70 Friday night, then followed that with a thrilling 99-95 win over Columbia State Saturday afternoon in Columbia. Motlow, ranked No. 9 in the nation in the NJCAA preseason poll, will play its first home game Wednesday night, hosting the Cumberland University JV team at 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena. There is no admission charge.

Hart led the scoring Friday night with 22 points, shooting 6-11 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line, while adding a pair of steals and two rebounds. The Bucks led by only three points, 36-33, at the half, but started the second half strong and pulled away from the Generals.

Fredericks, who averaged a double-double last season and is on almost the exact same pace, scored 13 points with 13 rebounds. Freshman Derrick Rayford came off the bench to score 11 and led the team with three assists, and Smith scored nine points. Sophomore Kevonte Corley added nine points and seven rebounds.

Saturday's contest in Columbia was considerably more competitive. The Bucks started fast once again, led by three pointers from Hart and Smith, jumping out to a 22-16 lead midway through the first half. Columbia surged as the first half ended, taking their first lead with one minute remaining, but the Bucks went into the locker room leading 43-42.

The second half began like the first half ended, with Motlow leading by only one point, 62-61, with 12 minutes to play. The Bucks then went on a 15-6 run during the next four minutes, keyed by three pointers from Hart and Fredericks, and the Chargers got no closer than the final four point margin.

Hart scored 31 points on 8-14 shooting, including 5-8 from the three point line, and connected on all 10 of his free throws. The dynamic Murfreesboro native added six assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Fredericks scored 24 with 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots before fouling out with four minutes remaining. Smith, who is averaging 15 points and almost five rebounds per game, scored 20 points on 5-7 three-point shooting, adding four rebounds and two assists.

Leo Castillo played critical minutes for Motlow off the bench, scoring 12 and adding three steals. It was Castillo in the final minutes who had a pair of steals and led the Bucks to fast break baskets, keeping the home team chasing Motlow despite the loss of Fredericks, Corley and David Fraser, who each fouled out.

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Motlow sophomore Rashawn Fredericks (10 in white) battles for a rebound during the Bucks' 99-95 win over Columbia State in Columbia Saturday. Motlow will play its first home game Wednesday, when it hosts the Cumberland University JV at 7:30 p.m. in Copperweld Arena. Motlow State photo.