Eagles Win First Road Game Wire to Wire
November 08, 2011
Oxford Eagles coach Roderick Stubbs always preaches to his young team to play solid pressure defense and attack the basket in transition. It seems as if the Eagles listened to their coach as they jumped out to a 15 to 2 lead after the first five minutes of the first half. Although the Southern Wesleyan JV team fought back with a 15 to 5 run of their own to cut the lead to 6 with four minutes left in the first half, the Oxford Eagles never relinquished the lead and closed out the half strong for a 36 to 25 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Eagles again jumped out of the gate strong with a 15 to 4 run and the Eagles never looked back from there. Coach Stubbs had to be happy with his team's performance as they won 82 to 64 on the road in a game in which the Eagles held the lead wire to wire.
Zachary Lynn exploded on to the scene with 20 points on 7 for 7 shooting, including 3 for 3 from three point range. In fact, Lynn's only missed shots came from the charity stripe where he was 3 of 5. Alex Ordu and Kevin Tolbert added 11 and 13 points respectively.
Although the Oxford Eagles were dominant on the offensive end, the real story is their defensive effort. The Eagles held Southern Wesleyan to 32.8% shooting (22-of-67) and forced 18 turnovers. The Oxford Eagles totaled 10 steals, including 3 from sharpshooter Zachary Lynn. Sam Kim barely missed getting a double-double as he scored 8 points and ripped down 11 rebounds.
The Eagles look to improve in their next game on their offensive decision making as they turned the ball over 20 times as well as their defensive rebounding as they allowed Southern Wesleyan to crash the glass for 18 offensive rebounds. The Oxford Eagles return to action on Thursday as they take on the Shorter University JV team in Rome, GA. Tip time for the game is 7:30 PM.
By Vikram Pursnani/Sports Marketing Assistant