OXFORD - In a season filled with little excitement and many tough losses, one Oxford College Eagle was able to overcome the adversity and put together a stellar performance on Monday night, despite his team pummeled by Middle Georgia, 105-44.
Oxford All-American Chad Hixon entered the game needing just 22 points to break the all-time Oxford College scoring record, a record set back in 2005 by Austin Ewing (1,217 points). Ewing is now a strong contributor for his team at North Carolina A & T.
As the game began, the Eagles would quickly find themselves outmanned and unable to keep up with the speed and superb shooting of the Warriors. Turning the ball over seven times in the first half allowed the Warriors to put together a 25-2 run.
Using tough defense, the Warriors held Oxford to 23 first half points, to which Hixon had 14 of them.
After getting off to a slow start, the Eagles looked to retaliate in the second half. Using a new strategy, Oxford enabled Hixon to bring the ball up court, allowing every play go through him.
Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Hixon scored eight of Oxford's next 10 points, with the eighth point being a free throw that would ultimately break the scoring record.
Stopping the game to award him of the prestigious honor, the coaches along with Hixon gathered at mid-court to give him the record-breaking ball and show their support.
"It's an honor to have the record," said Hixon after the game. "I just wish it would have come under different circumstances."
But as the game resumed it would turn out that the celebration would be the only highlight of the night for the Eagles.
The Warriors continued to play tough defense, forcing 16 second half turnovers. Mixed in with their great shooting beyond the 3-point arc (11-of-29) and a perfect 16-of-16 from the free-throw line, Middle Georgia held strong for the victory.
Hixon, who finished with a team-high 27 points, w'as followed by teammate Michael Chang (9).
"I would love to play basketball somewhere next year," admitted Hixon, who performed before college scouts from Georgia College & State University. "No one has approached me with anything, so as of now I am off to Emory."