Menlo College streaks past Simpson in Cal Pac basketball


Julian Harris and Tim Tatum each scored 20 points and the Menlo College men's basketball team downed host Simpson, 92-71, in a Cal Pac Conference contest Thursday night.

Nick McCullar added 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds as the Oaks (5-1, 9-11) remained tied for first, with Cal Maritime, in the Cal Pac. Tyler Rajnus had 14 points and Drew Davis 10.

Menlo had as many offensive rebounds (15) as the Red Hawks had total for the game. The Oaks had 46 rebounds total, with Davis and Andrew Young each adding seven.

Menlo travels to Holy Names for a 6 p.m. game Saturday before hosting Cal Maritime next Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The Oaks shot 60 percent from the field, with Tatum 10 of 13 and McCullar seven of eight.

Menlo never trailed in the game, taking a 27-16 lead with 12:21 remaining in the first half. The Red Hawks went on a 12-2 run to close within 29-28 two minutes later but McCullar's jumper ended the run and Simpson never got any closer.

The Oaks led at halftime, 49-34.

Women's basketball

Monique Ayers-Calvello scored 19 points, one of five players to reach double figures, as Menlo topped host Simpson, 95-78, in a Cal Pac contest Thursday night.

Stephanie Truong added 18 points for the Oaks (5-1, 13-10), who won their sixth straight and eight of their last nine to remain a game behind conference-leading Holy Names and setting up a showdown with the Hawks Saturday at 4 p.m. in Oakland.

Elisa Ayala added 15 points and both Erika Garcia and Jenna Marinaro had 10. Garcia and Ayers-Calvillo each grabbed 11 rebounds as Menlo outboarded the Red Hawks, 44-27.

Truong was 4-of-6 from long range and the Oaks were 8-of-14 (57 percent) as a team.

Simpson held a slim lead in the first half, though Menlo came back and took a 48-47 advantage heading into the intermission.

The Red Hawks led, 51-50, two minutes into the second half. That's when the Oaks went on a 13-1 run, highlighted by a pair of Truong 3-pointers, to take control of the contest.

Women's wrestling

The collegiate world converges on Menlo College this weekend for Saturday's Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championship in Haynes-Prim Pavilion.

Wrestling gets underway at 9 a.m. and continue through the day, with a short break before the championship finals commence at 7 p.m.

A live web cast will be available all day through nmtvsports.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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