The combination of Menlo's ChaRunn Jones, Tim Tatum, and Alexander Engel proved to be too much for Pacific Union College, as the terrific trio propelled the Oaks to a 75-62 victory to move to 4-5 in the Cal Pac, and a game and a half behind William Jessup for second place.
Jones, Tatum, and Engel had almost as many as the entire Pioneer's team, with the three combining for 61 of Menlo's 75 in the 13-point "W." Jones led the charge with 23, hitting a ridiculous 7-of-11 from three-point territory. As far as Tatum is concerned, he continued to stamp his reputation as "Mr. Double-Double," earning 19 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth conference double-double in nine games. For Engel, he racked up a career high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
The three also helped spur Menlo's lethal attack from the floor, as the Oaks shot an outstanding 50.9% for the game, including a lights out 58.3% in the second half. Menlo also hit on all eight free throw attempts in the second period.
On the flipside, PUC shot at only a 32.8% clip for the game and got off to a slow start, going only 8-of-35 in the game's first 20-minutes, as the Oaks built a 36-24 halftime lead.
With the win Menlo snaps their two game conference slide and now has an overall record of 6-19. The Oaks will return home this Thursday, February 9th to take on UC Merced inside Haynes-Prim. Menlo beat the Bobcats 63-58 back on January 14th. Tipoff is slated for 7:30pm.