LEXINGTON, N.C. - Chad Hixon and Robert Trumbo, scoring 21 and 17 points respectively, led Oxford College in a spirited effort Saturday during their first conference matchup of the season.
However, Region X newcomer Davidson Community College (2-1) put on a transition clinic on the Eagles (0-4), placing five players in double figures as the Storm blew through the Oxford defense, 106-59.
"This is a case of Oxford beating Oxford," new assistant coach Andy Spruell said after the blowout. "While Davidson played and shot the ball well, we also shot ourselves in the foot, so to speak, by not controlling the basketball. We gave it up too often this game and did not defend the resulting transitions."
Spruell, a former player and graduate of Oxford, is uniquely qualified to offer his commentary. His Eagles played for the Inter-Regional X/XVII Championship twice, winning it outright in 2005 on a squad that went 22-10 overall and advanced to the NJCAA "Sweet Sixteen."
On the plus side, the Eagles out rebounded their opponent for the second consecutive game. They also converted 13-of-17 from the charity stripe, good for 77 percent.
Davidson was led by Landon Bowers, who had a game-high 23 points including 5 assists. Justin Strickland added 22 points, including a game-high 7 assists and 4 steals.
Oxford sophomore center Matt O'Connor also contributed to the Eagle cause with a stat line of 6 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Eagles return home to the 'Nest beginning at 7 p.m. tonight to battle the Golden Stallions of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. ABAC is a Division I member of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.