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Menlo College takes aim from long range to record victory

 

Adam Griffin scored a game-high 17 points, an effort that included a 5-of-7 performance from long range, and the Menlo College men's basketball team put together its best performance of the year in downing visiting Northwest Christian, 66-62, Wednesday night in a nonconference contest.

The Oaks utilized a remarkable effort from 3-point range and held onto the ball, committing five turnovers, to earn the victory over the previously unbeaten Beacons.

The Oaks shot 40.7 percent from the field, but 60 percent (12-20) from 3-point range.

The Beacons took an early 8-0 lead before Menlo's Brad Sawin drained a 3-pointer to ignite an 11-2 run for a 14-10 lead midway through the first half.

Griffin knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to stretch the lead and the Oaks eventually took a 35-29 lead into the intermission.

Northwest Christian opened the second half with a run that cut the Menlo lead to 44-42 less than six minutes in.

The game was tied on two different occasions before the Beacons took a five-point edge with 7:22 left.

Menlo again rallied, regaining the lead and stretching it to five points on another Griffin deep ball with 3:37 left. The Oaks stayed in front the rest of the way.

Tyler Evans continued his strong start to the season with 13 points and both Sawin and Mikey Eggleton chipped in 11.

Eggleton led the distribution efforts with five assists and Dylan Severson once again paced the boards with 10 rebounds.

The win moves the Oaks to 5-3 on the season while Northwest Christian falls to 5-1. Next for the Oaks is a Friday evening meeting in Atherton with Pacific.

— Menlo Athletics

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