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Motlow Bucks dismantle fourth-ranked Columbia State

Nov. 10, 2014

The Motlow Bucks made an early season statement to the junior college basketball nation Saturday when they hosted and beat Columbia State, the country's fourth-ranked team, 97-84 at Copperweld Arena.

Reggie Williams
Sophomore Reggie Williams drives in the paint during Motlow's 104-95 win over Jackson State Friday night. Photo by Jeff Reed.
"We had a total team effort Saturday," said Bucks' head coach Matt Sligh. "We were able to rebound and fly around defensively for most of the game, which gave us a chance to attack and play fast offensively. We played unselfishly with six players scoring in double figures and several other guys contributing. Our guys knew it would be a toughness test both mentally and physically, and they handled the emotion of a big game well."

The resounding win, which saw Motlow lead from the opening tip to the final horn, came on the heels of Friday night's 104-95 victory over Jackson State. With the weekend sweep, the Bucks are now 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play.

"I am excited for two quality wins this weekend," added Sligh. "Jackson State will win a lot of games this season as their talent has increased significantly. We did not play with as much urgency as I would have liked, but found a way to win on Friday. We had guys step up and make hustle plays at the right time; offensive rebounds, steals, block shots; and that was encouraging to see."

The Bucks will step outside the TCCAA when they travel to Pulaski to play the Martin Methodist College JV team on Tuesday. Motlow returns to conference play and to Copperweld Arena when it hosts Volunteer State Saturday afternoon. Tip off for the men's game is scheduled for 4 p.m., or 20 minutes after the conclusion of the women's contest.

"What's exciting is we have a lot of room to improve," Sligh concluded. "These guys have been coachable and bought into growing and improving as a team thus far and I expect that to continue. It's very early in the season with many challenges ahead, but I couldn't be more proud of the way our guys competed together this weekend."

Terry Holt
Freshman Terry Holt scored 27 points and added 10 rebounds during Motlow's weekend sweep over TCCAA opponents. Photo by Jeff Reed.
Freshman Jaylen Barford led a balanced Motlow attack on Saturday with 22 points, including 14 in the second half after the Bucks entered intermission leading 47-36. The Bucks' biggest lead of the first half was 35-21 with 4:18 on the clock, and their largest lead of the game was 20 points at 79-59 with 6:51 left in the contest.

Motlow won the rebounding battle against the taller Chargers 52-39 and overcame 17 turnovers with a solid defensive effort and outstanding shooting. The Bucks connected on 57% of their shots from the field, including 9-19 from three-point range, and hit 22-32 free throws.

Barford also had 11 rebounds and five assists on Saturday, leading six players who scored in double figures. Dequon Miller added 15 points with eight assists and seven rebounds. Terry Holt scored 14 and Clint Nwosuh added 13 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.

D'Andre Downey led Motlow's inside game with 10 points and nine rebounds and added seven blocked shots to his effort. Jordan Darden, Motlow's fifth starter, scored seven with five rebounds. Reggie Williams came off the bench for the Bucks, scoring 11 points with four rebounds and three assists.

T.J. Cromer led visiting Columbia State with 18 points, all in the second half. Chargers' star T.J. Dunans only scored four points and sat out much of the contest.

The Bucks shot a blistering 63% from the field Friday night in their victory over Jackson State, as once again Motlow led most of the way. The Bucks won the battle on the boards and featured a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures.

Barford scored 33 points and had seven rebounds, Miller scored 17 with 13 assists and seven rebounds, Holt had 13 points with eight rebounds, and Darden and Nwosuh each added 10 points. Downey led Motlow rebounders with nine boards and had five more blocked shots. Greg Mason scored seven with nine rebounds and two assists, and Reggie Williams added seven points.

Most Motlow home games will be broadcast live on Tullahoma's 'The Ticket' sports radio. Listeners can tune in on the radio at 105.1 FM and AM 740, on the internet at www.theticketradio.com, on a smartphone using the free Tune-In Radio app, and in Tullahoma on LightTUBe television channel 11. Video replays can be seen on LightTUBe channel 23.

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