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Bucks sweep weekend, halfway to Kansas
 January 22, 2013

LYNCHBURG, TN (January 22, 2013) – The Motlow Bucks completed the first half of their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) schedule with a spotless 9-0 record, beating both Southwest Tennessee and Dyersburg State this past weekend on the road.

Friday night in Memphis, the home area of eight members of Motlow’s team, the Bucks (13-2, 9-0) broke out of a halftime tie to beat Southwest Tennessee 72-59. The Saluqis (7-4, 5-4) entered the contest right behind the Bucks in the conference standings.

On Saturday the Bucks traveled to Dyersburg and overcame the challenge of back-to-back road games by beating the Eagles 84-73. Dyersburg (4-7, 1-5) had no answer for Motlow freshman Perrin Buford, who scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

The Bucks will now step outside the conference with a trip to Columbia, Kentucky on Wednesday night to face the Lindsey Wilson College JV squad. Motlow returns to conference play on Saturday at Volunteer State in Gallatin. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The regular season conference champion will earn an automatic berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament, as will the conference tournament champion. With the tournament scheduled for Copperweld Arena in early March, the Bucks appear to be in great position to earn the school’s first appearance at the national tournament in its 44-year men’s basketball history.

In Memphis the Bucks featured a balanced offensive attack with four double-digit scorers. Chris Hawkins recorded his first double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. D.J. Jones added 13 points, while Sean Gardner and Michael Tomlin each scored 10. Gardner led the Bucks with eight assists and added six rebounds. Motlow shot 56% from the field and won the rebounding battle 41-24.

Saturday in Dyersburg Motlow continued to shoot the ball well, building a 10-point halftime lead on the way to their eighth consecutive victory. Buford added two assists and three blocked shots to his impressive performance. The Bucks shot 52% from the field and had 51 rebounds.

Hawkins narrowly missed a second consecutive double-double, scoring 11 points and hauling in nine rebounds. Gardner again filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Tomlin added nine points and six rebounds.

Four of Motlow’s nine remaining conference games are at home, beginning with a Feb. 1 contest against Chattanooga State. Motlow will host Cleveland State the following day and will crown its homecoming king and queen at Copperweld Arena.

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