Las Vegas, NV:
The Oaks ended their three days in Vegas with consecutive losses, as the 2011 Las Vegas Classic comes to a close. Menlo finished the three day tournament without a win, going down 78-49 to Lindenwood University and 88-68 to Cal Baptist over the tourney's final two afternoons. Although the Oaks went 0-3, they lost to squads with a combined record of 31-2.
Despite the two defeats there were some bright spots as Menlo's ChaRunn Jones illuminated in the final two games. The junior from Fresno combined for 40 points in the tilts against Lindenwood and Cal Baptist, including an impressive ten three pointers during that same span.
From start to finish Lindenwood was able to control the Thursday contest, jumping out to a 10-0 advantage and never looked back en route to the 29 point "W." The Lions received a monster performance from Efkan Eren who led all scorers with 18 points, as Lindenwood improved to 12-1.
As far as the Cal Baptist game is concerned, the Oaks trailed by just five at the half but couldn't keep pace as the Lancers rolled in the second half to the 20 point victory. Five Cal Baptist players eclipsed double digits with Luke Evans earning a team high 18.
Aside from Jones, Tim Tatum was the only other Menlo player to notch at least ten points in both matchups, with ten against Lindenwood and 17 against Cal Baptist.
The Oaks end their 2011 non-conference slate at 2-14, having the tough task of going against a whole host of NCAA Division I's and NAIA powerhouses. Menlo will look to defend their California Pacific Conference crown as they get set to kickoff Cal PAC play this Thursday (Jan. 5) at home against Simpson University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00pm.