Play of the Game: A ChaRunn Jones early three pointer pushes Menlo's lead to double digits. The Oaks never looked back.
Five Oaks scored in double digits tonight, as Menlo's balanced attack carried them to a blowout, 79-59 victory at home against UC Merced. With the conference win the Oaks jump back to .500 in the Cal Pac and in the process earn their first two-game win streak of the season, much to the chagrin of Head Coach Jon Surface.
"It's new territory for us and we are looking forward to keeping it going," claimed the second year head man. "Having five players score in double digits is also a first for us, which is great. We are hoping to continue to have those guys step up and play an even bigger role throughout the rest of the season."
One of those guys, Tim Tatum, who notched his sixth conference double-double of the year with 16 points and 21 rebounds, was equally impressed with his team's effort. "Everyone was clicking tonight," remarked Tatum. "We had one of the best weeks of practice all year and it really showed tonight."
Along with Tatum, Andrew Young came up big all night with a team high 18 points on an impressive 6-of-7 shooting from the floor.
ChaRunn Jones helped Menlo get the ball rolling, knocking down three early treys to propel the Oaks to a 15-5 lead within the first few minutes. The junior from Fresno ended his evening with 15 points. Alexander Engel scored in double figures as well with 11, and sophomore Mandip Rai had a career high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. As a team the Oaks shot 52.6%.
As far as UC Merced is concerned, the Bobcats had a solid effort from senior Aki Chambers and sophomore George Idehen. Both went for double-doubles with Chambers scoring a game high 20 points. With the loss the Bobcats drop to 3-6 in the Cal Pac.
One week in the regular season remains for the Oaks as they will travel to the number one team in the conference, Cal Maritime on Thursday, February 16th, and will end their Cal Pac slate on Saturday, February 18th against rival Holy Names.