David­son Storm grounds Ea­gles’ flight, 106-59

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

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 game­high 23 points in­clud­ing 5 as­sists. Justin Strick­land added 22 points, in­clud­ing a game­high 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.

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