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Menlo College knocks off NAIA's second-ranked hoops team

 

Coming off of a heartbreaking three point loss to Westmont on Thursday night, the Menlo College men's basketball team looked to bounce back with a signature win over second-ranked The Master's University. The Oaks did just that, dominating on both sides of the ball and earning an 87-76 victory. With the win, the Oaks improved to 8-6 on the year, 2-3 in the GSAC. The Mustangs fall to 14-3 and 4-2 in conference play. It was Menlo's highest-ranking victory.

Strong Sophomore Showing

By the end of the 2018-19 season, Ross Williams and Corey Le'aupepe became well established names for Menlo College Basketball. Now, midway into their sophomore seasons, they have become stars. They combined for 36 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals on Saturday. Williams caught fire from 3-point land early and finished with a trio of 3's. He also had a team high six assists, with no turnovers. Le'aupepe dominated one of the premier bigs of the GSAC, Tim Soares, scoring 16 while holding Soares to 12. Le'aupepe proved that physicality beats size as he used his muscle to out play the taller Soares.

Good First Half, Better Second Half

Similar to Thursday night, the Oaks took a lead into halftime. They took the lead half way through the opening half with a Le'aupepe three, and build it to eight by the end of the half. This time, though, Menlo did not relinquish the lead in the second. The Oaks took a double-digit lead on a Jared Wall 3 early in the second half and maintained it the remainder of the game. The Oaks led by as many as 22.

Shooting the Lights Out

Menlo shot 56% from the field and 52% from 3-point range, while holding The Master's 24% from long range. Ross Williams, Le'aupepe, Wall, Jeremiah Testa, N'Jai LeBlanc, Parker Haven, and Khalid Price all shot at least 50% from the field, with all except Williams shooting 50% or better from 3 as well. The Oaks have scored at least 75 points in six of their last seven contests.

Up Next...

The Oaks hit the road for another GSAC SoCal trip, to San Diego Christian . The Hawks are 4-8 on the season and are coming off of a tough overtime loss to Ottawa Arizona. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Grossmont College.

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