The Menlo College men’s basketball team ended a two-game losing streak to Cal Pac Conference opponents Friday, beating visiting UC Merced, 80-59, in the first round of the Bud Presley Classic.
John Paine scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Oaks (5-3), one of three players in double figures and shot nearly 50 percent from the field.
The game fluctuated until the Oaks took the lead for good on a Paine 3-pointer with 14:14 remaining in the first half, igniting a 12-0 Menlo run. The Oaks took a 45-32 lead into the break.
The Oaks held a double-digit advantage through the second half.
Jared Wall added 16 points and Brad Sawin had 11. Rosendo Amayawood added nine rebounds for the Oaks, who play Southern Oregon at 4 p.m. Saturday.