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No. 20 Motlow Bucks notch third win in four days, remain unbeaten at Copperweld Arena

Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Motlow College's Jaylen Barford, of Jackson, Tenn., dunk against Martin Methodist. The Bucks have risen to No. 20 in the latest NJCAA poll. (Motlow College Photo)

Motlow College’s Jaylen Barford, of Jackson, Tenn., dunk against Martin Methodist. The Bucks have risen to No. 20 in the latest NJCAA poll. (Motlow College Photo)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. – The Motlow Bucks played and won their third game in the last four days when they hosted and beat the Bryan College junior varsity squad 118-55 Monday night at Copperweld Arena. The Bucks, ranked No. 20 in the latest national poll, have not lost at home this season, winning all 12 of their contests in Lynchburg.

The non-conference win over the visiting Lions came on the heels of a weekend sweep by the Bucks (18-3, 10-2) over Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) opponents. Motlow hosted and beat Cleveland State 87-79 Friday night and Chattanooga State 103-90 on Saturday.

The Bucks will now embark on what is annually one of the most difficult road trips of the season. Motlow will head to East Tennessee this weekend, playing at Roane State Friday night and Walters State on Saturday. The Bucks beat Roane 119-85 and Walters 74-69 at Copperweld Arena back in early December. Both Motlow teams return home on Wednesday, Feb. 11, to host Dyersburg State.

Friday night’s win over Cleveland State saw the Bucks struggle early and fall behind 41-38 at halftime. In the final 20 minutes though, Motlow picked up its shooting percentage, finishing the game making 52% of its shots.

Dequon Miller scored 28 points and added seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Jaylen Barford had 25 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals. D’Andre Downey scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Clint Nwosuh added 12 points, while Greg Mason scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Saturday afternoon as Motlow College celebrated Homecoming, the Bucks jumped on visiting Chattanooga State early and never let up. Motlow led 12-5 just four minutes into the contest and extended that lead to 51-32 at halftime.

To the visiting Tigers’ credit though, they closed the gap to 85-76 with 3:45 remaining, but the Bucks nailed their free throws in the final minutes to seal the win. Motlow connected on 33-44 free throws for the game after making just 5-8 in the first half.

Barford led the scoring Saturday with 28 points while adding nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Downey scored 25 points with 14 rebounds, eight blocked shots and five assists; Nwosuh hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points; and Miller added 17 points with six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Monday’s contest against visiting Bryan College was no contest at all as the Bucks ran away from the Lions early and never looked back. The 118 points scored by the Bucks tied the school record for the ninth-most points ever scored by a Bucks team. It had been done three other times, with the last coming in 2009 against Hiwassee. The school record for points in a game is 138, scored in 1994 against Chattanooga State.

Everybody got into the scoring column against Bryan, with Miller leading the way with 22 points. Nwosuh added 18, Downey had 17, Reggie Williams scored 16, Reid Pierce had 11, Terry Holt had 11, Barford scored 11, Kytrel Williams had nine, and Montrez Van Zant added three points.

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