Menlo's 2011-12 regular season came to a close inside Haynes-Prim Saturday night, with the Oaks going down 83-71 to rival Holy Names on Senior Night. Sharp Hawks shooting was the story, as Holy Names shot an impressive 52.8 percent for the game to earn a first round conference bye in the Cal Pac playoff tournament with a 7-5 record. With the loss Menlo assures themselves a #4 seed and a home playoff game with a 5-7 conference mark.
A tight affair early saw HNU pull away towards the end of the first half. Holy Names shot 55.6 percent in the first stanza with senior Simba Gwanyanya leading the charge. The native of Zimbabwe led all scorers in the first half with 12 on a lights out 4-of-5 shooting from the floor. A clutch three from Gwanyana and two from fellow senior Obie Woods helped give the Hawks a 38-29 first half advantage. Tim Tatum did his best to keep the Oaks in it, with 11 points and eight boards in the first period, and two early treys by ChaRunn Jones played a factor as well.
Credit the Oaks who put together a strong second half, shooting an even 50 percent from the floor in the game's final twenty minutes. However Holy Names didn't allow Menlo to get back in it, mirroring the Oaks 50 percent clip with a 50 percent mark of their own. Menlo found a way to bring the game as close as six in the second stanza, but for most of the period they were trailing by double digits.
In the defeat the Oaks had four players eclipse the double digit plateau, with ChaRunn Jones racking up a game high 19, including knocking down five from downtown. With 17 points and 17 rebounds, Tim Tatum earned his eighth conference double-double of the season and fellow seniors Alexander Engel and Andrew Young scored 12 and 11 respectively in their final regular season games of their Menlo careers.
In the win Holy Names had four players hit the double digit mark, with senior Karlos Grier earning a game high 24, including hitting 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
The Oaks finish the regular season 7-21 and head into the California Pacific Conference tournament as the #4 seed where they will take on Simpson University inside Haynes-Prim. Menlo split with the Red Hawks this year, winning on a thrilling comeback, 74-73, in their home matchup back on January 5th.