On paper, it was a classic mismatch—a team with a 7-1 record taking on an NAIA squad that was 2-6.
Someone didn’t read the script to the Menlo College Oaks, who led by as many as seven points in the first half before the Pacifric Tigers recovered in time for an 84-73 win Saturday night at the Spanos Center.
Pacific (8-1) recovered to close the first half on a 24-10 spurt to lead 44-37 at the break. The Tigers won the game inside, outrebounding the Oaks (2-7) 46-26.
Khalil Kelley scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds—nine on the offensive glass—for Pacific. Andrew Bock added 13 points and three assists, Tony Gill scored 10 points and Ross Rivera notched 10 points and four steals. Trevin Harris also had three assists for Pacific and Tim Thomas blocked two shots.
John Smith was 10-for-13 from the floor and scored 24 points for Menlo College, adding five rebounds and three steals. Keith Bowman had 16 points, three assists and two blocks, Colin Wan scored 13 points and Dylan Severson added 10.
Menlo College was 27-for-55 (49.1 percent) from the floor, 7-for-16 (43.8 percent) from 3-point land and 12-for-15 (80 percent) at the foul line.
Pacific was 32-for-67 (47.8 percent), 3-for-12 (25 percent) and 17-for-24 (70.8 percent).
The Tigers return to the court Friday in Las Vegas, where they face Princeton (8-1) in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. Pacific faces Bradley in the second day of the event on Saturday.