Looking to avenge last year's postseason tournament loss to Holy Names, Menlo went on the road trying to upend the Hawks in what was an intense "playoff type" atmosphere. The Oaks came through swimmingly tonight with a dominating 15 point victory, taking it home by a final of 67-52. With the win Menlo moves back to. 500 in conference play with a 3-3 mark.
"It's a great win for us at this point in the season," remarked Menlo second year Head Coach Jon Surface. "Holy Names is an excellent team and to come away with a win like this is big for us."
Menlo shot an unreal 60 percent from the floor tonight, including an unconscious 12-of-16 in the second half, whereas HNU shot at just a 26 percent clip in the second frame.
The Oaks used clutch play off the bench from freshman Toreno Winn to take a 39-28 advantage into the break. The native of Anaheim scored a team high seven first half points including ending the first half with a steal and a bucket to give Menlo the 11 point halftime lead.
"We had a lot of guys step up and it was a huge game for Toreno," commented Surface on his freshman's performance. "He was great on the defensive end and found a way to get to the basket. He is really starting to step into his own as a freshman."
Winn continued his heroics with a stellar second half to end his evening with 14 points, including 7-of-8 from the free throw line. "It took me a little bit to get accustom to the environment, but once I settled in I had some fun out there," claimed Winn on his impressive showing.
Along with Winn's clutch evening, Menlo senior Tim Tatum picked up his fourth conference double-double in six games with 21 points and 17 rebounds. The senior forward has now scored in double digits for the 15th straight game. "It was a balanced attack tonight, everyone contributed," said Tatum on tonight's monster win. "Our team is really gelling and we are coming together as a family."
Tonight's game was also marked HNU's Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Both teams dressed in pink to honor the event and Tim Tatum would like to dedicate his performance and his team's victory to his close family friend Sheryn Bensing who passed away from breast cancer a few years ago. Sheryn was nothing but supportive of Tim and pushed him in all his endeavors.
The Oaks will look to jump over .500 in conference with a trip to Simpson this Saturday, January 28th. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00pm.