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Bucks take Columbia State to the wire before falling in double overtime

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

LOGO motlow college bucks 001The Motlow Bucks battled the nation’s third-ranked team for 50 minutes last Friday evening in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament semifinals before falling 122-121 to Columbia State in double overtime in Harriman.

The Bucks (14-14) had multiple opportunities to put the Chargers away, leading by as many as 20 points late in the first half, but in the end, a familiar albatross — missed free throws — reared its head. Motlow missed 18, the same as Columbia State.

The Chargers (26-3) were upset in the tournament championship game 81-79 by Walters State. Both teams will advance to the NJCAA Men’s National Championship Tournament, with Walters State receiving the league’s automatic berth and Columbia receiving an at-large invitation.