“We don’t want to just be good in conference, we want to win our conference,” Russell said. “We want to show people we’re the top dog.” Just two games removed from a 33-point, 11-rebound effort against Antelope Valley, Tim Soares was third on the team with 21 points, going 8 of 10 from the field. He collected eight rebounds as well. “We know we can score the ball. Somebody is going to go off every night,” Russell said. “We just have to stay keyed in defensively.” Soares also commanded play above the rim, throwing down four dunks in the first half, including an alley-oop from Russell. His night was cut short, though, fouling out with 9:22 to play in the second half.
TMU moving the ball around with ease. It’s up 48-24 with 1:33 to go in the first half as Menlo calls a TO. pic.twitter.com/BQdo99PUkE— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) January 5, 2018
Menlo (13-3, 0-1) hung around for the first six minutes of the game. But TMU broke away midway through the first half, jumping out to a 26-16 lead with just under nine minutes to play. The Mustangs held Menlo to a 36-percent mark from the field in the first half and led 50-28. Menlo shot 45.2 percent from the field in the second half, though. John Paine led the Oaks with 14 points. “I think we gave up way too much penetration in the second half for what we would like,” Starr said. MORE: TMU hoops teams entering Golden State Athletic Conference play TMU will look to add on to its 14-game winning streak when it hosts William Jessup – ranked No. 22 in the NAIA coaches poll – on Saturday at Bross Court.
.@TMUAthletics out to a 13-10 lead with 14:12 to play in the first half on this alley-oop from Lawrence Russell to Tim Soares. The big man already has three dunks on the evening. pic.twitter.com/ybMZqRG9Cv— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) January 5, 2018