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Bucks win opener, host defending champs Friday
 November 5, 2012

LYNCHBURG, TN (November 5, 2012) – The Motlow Bucks turned a seven point halftime lead into a 34 point rout as they opened the 2012-13 basketball season with a 96-62 win over the Bryan College JV Lions in Dayton, Tenn., Friday night.
The Bucks will open Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play this Friday when they host defending conference champion Columbia State at 8 p.m. at Copperweld Arena.

The home game weekend will continue on Saturday, Nov. 10, with Jackson State scheduled to visit for a 4 p.m. tipoff. Saturday’s contest will be broadcast live on WHMT radio at 105.1 FM, TullahomaRadio.com, and LightTUBe channel 11.

“In the first half we faced some adversity, but by the second half we put it together and pulled away from Bryan,” said Bucks head coach Jerry Nichols. “We have guys trying to figure out their role and trying to learn what it takes to play as a team at the college level. The teams that win titles play like teams, so we have to learn to do that. We have to buy into that concept to be a great team.”

Sophomore Sean Gardner led the Bucks with 24 points, including six of nine from behind the three-point line, with most coming in the second half. Gardner connected on nine of his 13 total shots, dished out three assists, and pulled down three rebounds.

The Bucks led 38-31 at halftime before outscoring Bryan 58-31 after intermission. Motlow shot 53% from the field, including 34% from behind the three-point line. The Bucks hit only 11-21 free throws, but dished out 27 assists for their 38 field goals, pulled down 47 rebounds, had 13 steals, and turned the ball over 15 times.

Sophomore Michael Tomlin and freshman Perrin Buford joined Gardner in double figure scoring. Tomlin hit all six of his field goal attempts and finished with 12 points and three rebounds. Buford scored 10 points in his first game as a Buck, and also added four assists, seven rebounds, and a pair of steals.

Motlow’s point guards distributed the ball well. Sophomore transfer Kerrell Davis had a team-high six assists along with nine points, seven rebounds and a steal. Freshman DJ Jones had five assists, six points, and three rebounds.

Redshirt freshman Chris Hawkins had a strong all-around game with nine points and seven rebounds. Raul Tutton added six points, including 4-5 free throws, three assists and three rebounds. JC Bonny led the team with three steals and added four rebounds and one point.

The Columbia State Chargers edged the Bucks 59-56 last march to win the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament championship. The two teams split their games during the regular season in 2011-12, with each winning on the opponents’ home floor.

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