SOU stingy as DeSaulnier, Holmes finish off Oaks
ATHERTON, Calif. — Ben DeSaulnier and Tristen Holmes combined for 26 second-half points and Southern Oregon kept the Menlo Oaks out of offensive rhythm Saturday in a 78-63 win that capped a perfect weekend at the Bud Presley Classic.
DeSaulnier scored 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and 9-of-11 at the line. He also grabbed six rebounds, while Holmes went 7-of-14 with 19 points and four assists for the Raiders (6-2).
The Oaks (5-4) trailed for the final 30 minutes, and their 3-of-21 display from 3-point range kept them from threatening. They finished at 36 percent from the field (24-of-67), becoming the fourth straight SOU opponent unable to crack 40.
A day after defeating 12th-ranked Westmont, a slew of freshmen helped keep the Raiders in control against another Golden State Athletic Conference opponent: Conor Carroll scored 10 points in 12 minutes off the bench, Jordan Hunt and Tate Hoffman combined for 15 rebounds, and Jason Simmrin contributed five points, four rebounds and three of the team's seven steals.
Kenny Meyer added eight points and made all four of his free-throw attempts, adding to SOU's 21-of-26 effort at the line.
Justin Martin's 3-pointer brought the Raiders into halftime with a 40-31 advantage. They took their largest lead, 61-44 with 11:40left, after Holmes made a pull-up 3-pointer and a jumper and DeSaulnier connected for three more in the corner.
When the Oaks cut it to 69-60 and had the ball with two minutes left, Holmes came up with a steal and a transition layup. Moments later, he broke Menlo's press for another layup that sealed the outcome.
Menlo's Jeremiah Testa scored a team-high 20 points off the bench. Outside of his work, though, the rest of the Oaks misfired on 41 of 57 shots.
SOU plays at 6 p.m. Monday at Oregon State — a game that will be an exhibition for the Raiders and a counter for the Beavers.