Eagles’ flight cut short by Sabers, 99-66
Oxford loses season-opener to Southeastern Bible
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In its season-opener, Oxford College fell short by losing to Southeastern Bible College 99-66.
The Sabers (1-0) repeatedly attacked the Eagles (0-1) both inside the paint and beyond the arc as they established a 17-4 lead in the opening minutes of play.
Oxford did not defend the lane well, as the Sabers received easy buckets from offensive put backs for multiple scores.
Oxford mounted a comeback behind the shooting of 6-foot-3 guard Chad Hixon, cutting a 16-point lead down to 10 with less than a minute remaining in the first period.
But the Sabers began the second stanza with some sharp shooting, tallying a 10- 0 run before freshman Jordan Washington answered back with a bucket for Oxford. After several minutes of trading baskets and free throws, Southeastern Bible put together a 12-0 run over a four-minute period to effectively put the game out of reach.
Caleb Yoder led the Sabers with 17 points, while fellow guard Nigel Hodges added 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Hixon led all players with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Washington, who chipped in with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks on 4-of-7 shooting, was the only other Eagle to register double figures.
Oxford will next travel to Davidson C.C. at 3 p.m. on Saturday.