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No. 9 Bucks stay unbeaten in conference play, host No. 18 Georgia Highlands Nov. 29

Nov. 20, 2017

The Motlow Bucks won the rebounding battle 52-24 and remained unbeaten in TCCAA conference play with a 92-74 win over Volunteer State Saturday afternoon in Gallatin. The win came on the heels of Wednesday's 99-63 dismantling of the Cumberland University JV in the home opener at Copperweld Arena.

The Bucks (6-1, 3-0), ranked No. 9 in the preseason NJCAA poll, will next step outside the conference when they host No. 18 Georgia Highlands at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29. Motlow opened the season with a 79-60 win over the Chargers Nov. 1 in Rome, Ga.

Motlow sophomore Rashawn Fredericks recorded the third double-double in his last four games against the Pioneers, scoring 22 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. That followed a 20-point, nine-rebound performance against the Cumberland JV. Fredericks is averaging 15.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

The Bucks and Pioneers were tied at nine after five minutes of play, but Motlow took the lead for good soon after and surged to 33-24 lead with six minutes left in the half. Play was stopped just before the half as the lights went out in the Volunteer State gym, and when play resumed Motlow nailed a three pointer to take a 48-38 lead into the locker room.

The Bucks could not pull away from the Pioneers until the final minutes, leading by only eight with eight minutes remaining, but Motlow outscored Volunteer State 21-11 in the final eight minutes to secure the 18-point victory. The Bucks shot 48 percent from the field, including 39 percent from three-point range and connected on 16-20 free throws.

Isaiah Hart scored 20 points and added four assists and two steals, Leo Castillo had 12 points with six rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Kevonte Corley led the Bucks in rebounds with 14 and scored 10 points with three steals. Volunteer State’s George Stanberry led all scorers with 37 points.

Every player on the active roster got into the scoring column against the Cumberland JV on Wednesday, led by Fredericks' 20 points and Hart's 19, with Hart dishing out seven assists and securing three steals. Freshman Hayden Edmondson broke into double figures for the first time in his young career with 12 points, hitting 4-5 three pointers. Corley and Castillo each had eight points, with Corley adding nine rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Castillo three rebounds and three assists.

Derrick Rayford has seven points, three assists and two steals, Kin Webster scored six with five rebounds, Zaire Swaby had four points and three rebounds, while Justin Hill added four points and five boards. David Fraser, Anthony Yarbrough and Chad Emmons each scored two, with Fraser getting seven rebounds and Emmons four.

The Bucks will jump back into TCCAA action when they host Cleveland State at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. The first conference back-to-back weekend will conclude the following day, with Chattanooga State visiting Copperweld Arena for a 4 p.m. tipoff. Both conference contests will follow women's action, which begins two hours prior to the men's game. Neither Motlow team will play another home game until Jan. 19, 2018, when they host Dyersburg State.

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Motlow sophomore Rashawn Fredericks goes high for the slam dunk during the Bucks' 99-63 home opening win over the Cumberland University JV at Copperweld Arena Wednesday night. Fredericks scored 20 points with nine rebounds against the Phoenix, then followed that with a 22-point, 12-rebound performance in a 92-74 Motlow win over Volunteer State Saturday in Gallatin. Jeff Reed Photography.