Oaks win a pair of Cal Pac basketball thrillers over Bruins


Nick McCullar scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, Drew Davis added 13 points and nine assists and the Menlo College men's basketball team downed visiting Bethany, 68-64, in a Cal Pac Conference contest Thursday night.

Tim Tatum scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds for The Oaks (2-1, 5-11), who shot over 43 percent from the floor. The Bruins shot 51 percent for the game.

Menlo, in a three-way tie for second place with Holy Names and Cal State Maritime, hosts Chapman in a nonconference game Saturday at 8 p.m.

The game was tied at 49 with 11:10 remaining to play when the Oaks used a 17-8 run to push their lead to 66-57 with under two minutes left. McCullar scored eight of his points during the run, which culminated with a three-point play from Patrick Greene.

Menlo and Bethany split last year's meetings, with the Oaks wining by two and the Bruins winning by one in a double overtime game.

Women's basketball

Junior transfer Kelsey Grozier made one of two free throws with 19 seconds remaining to lift Menlo past visiting Bethany, 75-74, in overtime Thursday in a Cal Pac Conference game.

Erika Garcia scored 16 points to lead Menlo, which moved into sole possession of third-place in the conference, a half-game behind William Jessup and a full game behind Holy Names.

Seniors Monique Ayers-Calvello and Stephanie Truong each added 15 for the Oaks (2-1, 9-10), who host UC Santa Cruz at 6 p.m. Saturday in a nonconference affair.

Menlo opened a 52-37 advantage before the Bruins rallied, tying the score at 60 on a 3-pointer with six seconds left in regulation.

Bethany took a 74-72 edge into the final minute of overtime before Truong's putback tied the score and set up Grozier's heroics.

— PA Weekly Online Sports

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