The loss drops Menlo's record to 4-6 overall while nationally-ranked Westmont is 7-2 on the season. The Oaks return to action next Tuesday at 8 p.m. versus Fresno Pacific. The game will be the third of the day inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion, preceded by the opening day of the Peninsula Classic featuring Menlo's women.
Things were bad from the start for Menlo as Westmont built a 39-20 lead. It went from bad to worse in the final six minutes of the half and never got better. The Warriors closed out the first stanza with a 21-1 run that left the Oaks trying to save face against their hot-shooting opponent.
While its shooting scorched the nets in the opening half, Westmont finished the game with a much more human shooting percentage of .594. The Warriors were almost as good distributing the ball around the floor, finishing with 27 assists as a team. Pint-size point guard Christopher Jackson totaled 13 assists and just two turnovers, and nearly two-thirds of Westmont's 41 field goals came via an assist.
Menlo trailed by as many as 57 points in the second half, but did manage to put up a better fight. The Oaks were still outscored 47-33 after halftime, though the 14-point difference was much more respectable.
Julian Harris - Menlo's leading scorer - bounced back from a two-point effort against Cal State Monterey Bay to lead the Oaks with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. Harris also had four rebounds, two assists, and zero turnovers. Starting backcourt mate Drew Davis added 10 points, Patrick Greene netted nine, and Andrew Young finished with seven.
Preston Branson scored a game-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting for Westmont. Andrew Schmalbach added 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, which included making his first five 3-point attempts. The duo combined to shoot 14-of-17 from the field and 8-of-9 from deep. Dan Rasp had 18 points, Matt LeDuc 13, and Jackson 10 to finish with a double-double. Evan Haines just missed a double-double, scoring nine points to go with 13 rebounds.