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Motlow College Athletic News

Balanced Motlow Bucks roll past Lawson State

Jan. 9, 2019

The Motlow State Bucks had six players score in double figures and seven players with at least four rebounds as they led wire to wire in an 89-83 win over non-conference opponent Lawson State at Copperweld Arena Saturday afternoon.

Motlow (5-0, 9-6) had not seen action since Dec. 18, when they dropped a 77-71 decision to Wallace State. The win over Lawson was the Bucks' sixth win in their previous seven games. Motlow will return to TCCAA conference play this weekend, hosting Roane State (2-3, 5-10) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, then welcoming Walters State (3-2, 11-5) at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Bucks sit alone at the top of the conference standings. Admission is free to all Motlow home athletic events.

The home team jumped out on top from the beginning, but could never pull away from the visitors, who connected on 53 percent of their shots from the field. Motlow led 39-35 at halftime and hit key free throws down the stretch to keep Lawson State from overcoming the lead. The Buck shot 45 percent from the field, including 9-25 three-pointers, and hit 14-19 free throws.

Leo Castillo and Marcus Lacey each scored 12 points, with Lacey adding nine rebounds and Castillo dishing out five assists and pulling down four boards. Darius Harding and Josh Endicott scored 11 points, with Endicott gathering nine rebounds, and Josh Greer and Jayvon Humphrey each scored 10 points. Endicott leads the TCCAA in rebounding, averaging 9.3 per contest.

Eleven Bucks got in the scorebook, with Nic Barstad and Jarius Key adding six points, Bryce McBride scored five, Kin Webster had four, and Jaellan White scored two.

Darius Harding
Motlow State freshman Darius Harding brings the ball up the court during the Bucks' 89-83 win over Lawson State at Copperweld Arena last Saturday. Harding, from Elizabethton, Ky., leads Motlow in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game, which is tied for fourth in the TCCAA. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.