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Bucks sweep home weekend, prepare to face conference leader on the road

Feb. 8, 2016

The Motlow Bucks, ranked No. 30 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, positioned themselves to take over the top spot in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings when they swept a pair of league contests over the weekend.

The Bucks (20-4, 11-2) remain in sole possession of second place in the TCCAA after beating Walters State 85-71 Friday night and Roane State 84-60 Saturday afternoon. Motlow will travel to Memphis to face conference leader Southwest Tennessee (20-3, 11-1), currently ranked No. 14 in the NJCAA poll, Wednesday with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The final road game of the regular season is Saturday at Dyersburg State.

The Bucks trailed by a point at halftime against Walters State, who had beaten Motlow earlier in the season in Morristown, before outscoring the Senators 46-31 in the second half as Darius Joell and Stephaun Adams each hit three 3-pointers after intermission. Ryan Jones led all Motlow scorers with 18 points and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Jones led five Motlow players who scored in double figures, including Adams with 16, Joell with 11, and Reid Pierce and Jaylen Barford with 10 points each. Jared Pearson, JaQualis Matlock and Pierce each pulled down seven rebounds, while Adams dished out six assists and had four steals.

Saturday afternoon the Bucks dominated the action from start to finish against Roane State. Barford, who has led the nation in scoring since the season opened and currently averages 27 points per game, was hot early with 14 points at halftime and 28 for the game. The Bucks led 43-22 at intermission.

Barford added seven rebounds, five assists and four steals to his game totals. Joell got hot after halftime and finished with 21 points, while Adams had eight points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Anton Cowherd, Matlock and Pearson had six points each, with Matlock adding nine rebounds and Pearson seven. Jones joined Barford and Adams with five assists and also had four steals.

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