Bearcats Clinch Victory over the Menlo Oaks at The Ted Wilson Classic, 86-70

McMinnville, OR - Willamette had four different players score 12 or more points to bring them a win over Menlo at the Ted Wilson Classic on Saturday.

Willamette opened up an early 11-2 advantage on Harold Sublett’s second jumper of the day with 15:23 showing. But Menlo closed the gap with four quick points off the hand of Mike Watters.

An 8-0 run by Menlo, in which Watters scored five of the team’s points, eventually tied the contest up at 14 all, but the Bearcats would regain the lead with the next ten consecutive points, eventually opening the game up at 34-24.

Menlo came roaring back towards the end of the half with a 3-pointer from Chase Shipley beginning the comeback. Up by one at 39-38 with 31 ticks left in the half, Willamette’s PJ McDevitt had a 3-pointer just as time expired, sending his team into the locker room holding a 41-39 lead.

In the second half, Willamette pulled away midway using an 11-2 run to put distance between themselves from the Oaks. Kyle Arneson’s layup and free throw with 3:38 brought the lead down to 7 at 72-65, but Menlo was pressed into fouling late, at which time Willamette converted 12 straight free throws down the stretch to ice their 86-70 victory.

Brennan Garrelts led the field with 18 points, as the Bearcats shot 48% from the field. Miles Sandgathe and Harold Sublett had 16 points apiece, while David Force scored 12 points and had seven assists. The Oaks' Mike Watters had a season high 32 points on 11-of-19 from the field but it was not enough as the Bearcats improved on their record, 5-4.

The Bearcats see action on January 9th vs. Whitman in Walla Walla, WA at 8:00pm.