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Motlow Bucks now 11-1 after weekend conference sweep

Dec. 8, 2014

Freshman guard Terry Holt connected on seven 3-point shots and scored 24 points to lead the Motlow Bucks to a hard-fought 74-69 win over visiting Walters State Saturday afternoon at Copperweld Arena.

D'Andre Downey
Sophomore Clint Nwosuh led the Bucks with 32 points in Friday's win over Roane State. Photo by Jeff Reed.
The win for the Bucks (11-1, 6-1) came on the heels of Friday night's 119-85 trouncing of visiting Roane State and was the fourth consecutive win for Motlow. The Bucks, currently ranked No. 28 in the nation, will complete their pre-holiday schedule when they travel to Marianna, Fla., to face national powerhouse Chipola College on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

"I'm very proud of our players for their 11-1 start, including defending our home floor in conference play this weekend," said Motlow second-year head coach Matt Sligh. "Friday we played to our strengths and had a great team win. Saturday we started slow and really struggled the entire game. Credit our players for finding a way to win."

Holt's seven 3-pointers is tied for fifth on the Motlow all-time single game record list, joining Tyree Evans who hit seven in 2007 and Deshawn Bowman, who accomplished the same feat in 2001. Jeff Taylor and Tim Fant share the Motlow record with 10 three-pointers made in a single game.

Although Saturday's win over Walters State was not pretty and not easy, the same can't be said for Friday's rout of Roane State. Motlow, behind 19 first half points from Jaylen Barford and 15 from Dequon Miller, led the visiting Raiders 51-32 at the intermission and were never seriously threatened.

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Nashville freshman Terry Holt hit seven 3-pointers and led the Bucks with 24 points in Saturday's win over Walters State. Photo by Jeff Reed.
Motlow sophomore Clint Nwosuh made sure of that as he found his shooting stroke in the second half and ended up leading the Bucks in scoring with 32 points. Barford scored 23 and Miller added 18. Jordan Darden and Reid Pierce each scored 10 for Motlow, while D'Andre Downey and Greg Mason each added nine.

Downey led a Bucks' 56 rebound effort with 10, while Kytrel Williams and Barford had seven and Miller added six boards along with a team-high nine assists.

Saturday's challenge from Walters State was much more intense as the Bucks were out of synch for most of the contest. Motlow trailed 12-2 four minutes into the game before rallying behind Holt's four first half 3-pointers to lead 32-29 at the break. Motlow took its first lead at 25-24 when Barford completed a three-point play with 4:12 left in the half.

The visiting Senators evened the score at 36-36 three minutes into the second half before Holt, along with Barford and Mason, began to create separation on the scoreboard. Motlow led 62-50 with 6:50 left to play, but Walters State refused to go quietly and pulled to within four points in the final minute.

Holt also added seven rebounds, six steals, three assists and two blocked shots to his game-high 24 points. Barford finished with 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds with six assists. Downey scored 13 points with nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Mason scored all of his 10 points in the second half and added five rebounds. Miller was held without a field goal for the first time in his Motlow career, with multiple shot attempts rattling around the rim before falling away. He did hit 3-4 free throws and kept the offense flowing with 11 assists. Reggie Williams added a three pointer and Jordan Darden scored a basket.

Following the Bucks' trip to Florida next week, the team will break for the holidays before returning to action on Tuesday, Jan. 6, for a home contest against the Martin Methodist College JV squad. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena.

"I want to thank the community for the outstanding fan support so far this year," added Sligh. "It's great to see so many people in the stands for each home game. We look forward to that continuing when we return home after the New Year."

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