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Bucks storm past Chargers in second half
 February 21, 2013

LYNCHBURG, TN (Feb. 21, 2013) – The Motlow Bucks overcame a 10-point first half deficit, opening the second half on a 17-3 run and beating the Columbia State Chargers 80-63 Wednesday night in Columbia.

The win was the seventh straight for the TCCAA regular season champion Bucks (21-3, 16-1). Motlow, ranked 21st in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll, will conclude its regular season with a trip to Jackson State on Saturday. Tipoff for the women’s contest is scheduled for 2 p.m., with the men to follow at approximately 4 p.m.

Motlow will then host the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament at Copperweld Arena beginning March 5. Men’s and women’s tournament champions will be crowned on Saturday, March 9.

Columbia State (10-13, 7-8) brought the action to the Bucks strong in the first half, jumping out to an 18-9 lead midway through the first 20 minutes. Bucks’ sophomore Sean Gardner nailed a 3-point shot to tie the score at 25 with 2:30 remaining in the first half, which ended with the Chargers clinging to a 29-28 lead.

After the intermission it was Motlow that took control, slowly inching away from the Chargers until J.C. Bonny’s 3-pointer gave the Bucks a 45-32 lead with 12 minutes remaining. Jerron Washington’s 3-pointer increased the lead to 55-39 with eight minutes remaining, and the Bucks enjoyed their largest lead of the game at 75-55 with three minutes to play.

Freshman D.J. Jones continued his torrid 3-point shooting, connecting on four shots from beyond the arc to lead the Bucks with 16 points. Perrin Buford added 14 points, Sean Gardner 13, and Chris Hawkins scored 11 for Motlow.

Jackson State (12-6, 8-6) still has an outside chance of finishing second in the conference standings and placing themselves opposite the Bucks in the tournament bracket. However, they must upset Motlow on Saturday to have any chance of overtaking Volunteer State, which currently sits in second place with five conference losses.

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