EUGENE – Joevan Catron ’s third-straight double-double and hot shooting throughout the lineup propelled Oregon into the College Basketball Invitational Championship Series with a 79-71 win over Boise State at Matthew Knight Arena on Wednesday.

The Ducks will face Creighton in the best-of-three championship series beginning next Monday. Click here for ticket and game information for the CBI championship.

Catron tied for the game-high with 24 points and led all players with 11 rebounds. The senior scored 20 points in the second half and made 12-of-14 free throws. E.J. Singler and Malcolm Armstead also scored in double figures with 18 and 10 points, respectively.

Oregon put on a torrid-shooting performance in the first half. Oregon shot 50 percent from the floor (13-of-26) and from three-point range (8-of-16). Singler led the onslaught with 13 first-half points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

An early 8-0 run put Boise State up, 11-7, four and a half minutes in. At that point, UO caught fire offensively and countered with a 16-4 spurt to go up 25-15 with 6:33 to go in the opening stanza.

BSU pulled within six points at 28-22 with 4:04 left on a Robert Arnold three-pointer. The Ducks answered in the form of treys by Singler and Nared to go up 11 with under two minutes remaining.

The UO lead was nine on the final possession of the first half and after a long-range miss, Garrett Sim tapped the ball to Jay-R Strowbridge , who rattled in a baseline jumper at the buzzer to send the Ducks in the locker room with a 38-27 lead.

Oregon opened the second half on an 11-2 run to grab its biggest lead of the evening at 49-29 with 15:47 to go. With the score 57-40 midway through the final half, Boise State embarked on a 19-9 run over the next seven minutes to pull to within seven points, 66-59, with 4:13 to play. The Broncos got withing six points with 1:19 to go off a pair of La’Shard Anderson free throws.

With the Broncos pressing defensively, Singler found Catron behind the defense for an easy layup to make it an eight point game. After a defensive stop, Catron once again got behind the BSU defense for an emphatic dunk that brought the crowd of 6,157 to its feet and clinch the win for the Ducks.

Oregon shot 50 percent from the field for the game and connected on 12-of-25 (48 percent) of its three-pointers. Boise state countered with 42.9 percent shooting and a 10-of-25 (40 percent) mark from long range. The Broncos held a 37-30 advantage on the glass and a 17-16 advantage in turnovers. The Ducks dished out 19 assists on their 26 field goals while the Broncos had 10 assists on 24 baskets.

The Ducks will face Creighton in the CBI Finals. Game one will be played at Creighton on Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m. PT (7 p.m. CT).

POSTGAME NOTES

- Joevan Catron became just the sixth player in school history to amass over 1,000 career points and 700 career rebounds. Catron has 1,105 points and 709 rebounds in 130 career games. He joins Greg Ballard (1,828 / 1,114), Maarty Leunen (1,259 / 875), Stan Love (1,644 / 818), Charlie Franklin (1,090 / 747) and Charlie Warren (1,301 / 730).

- Catron recorded his third consecutive double-double (fifth of the season, 13th of his career), having gone for a double-double in all three of this year’s CBI postseason games. He’s the first Oregon player to record three straight double-doubles since Maarty Leunen accomplished the feat back in January of the 2007-08 season.

- Catron tied the single-season record for free throws made with 169 (also held by Fred Jones).

- E.J. Singler reached double figures in scoring for the 25th time in 2010-11.

- Malcolm Armstead has 145 steals in 67 games which ranks him No. 6 all-time in career steals at UO. Armstead is just two steals shy of matching No. 5 Anthony Taylor who had 147 steals in 115 games from 1984-88. 

- Armstead, who has 80 steals in 35 games this season, already bested his own single-season school record which he set last season.

- Armstead also has 153 assists in 2010-11 which ranks eighth all-time in school history for a single season. Armstead is also tied for 10th all-time for career assists (291, 4.3 apg), tying Darius Wright who had 291 in 62 games from 1998-00. 

Garrett Sim has made at least one 3-pointer in 20 of UO’s last 23 games.

- The Ducks have set a new school record for steals in a season, registering 297 (8.2 spg) in 36 games on the year. The previous mark for a single-season was held by the 2002-03 team which had 263 (7.9 spg) in 33 games.

- UO is 5-0 all-time against the Broncos.

- Oregon has a 15-1 record when shooting a better field goal percentage (just 4-16 on the year with a worse field goal percentage).

- The Ducks are 12-3 overall when they grab more rebounds (6-13 when out-rebounded, 1-1 with same number of rebounds)

- Oregon is 14-4 when they hold a first-half lead (4-13 when the fall behind at halftime, 1-0 when tied).

- Next Wednesday’s CBI game against Creighton will match the latest in the year Oregon has ever played a basketball game (matching March 30, 2004 – NIT Semifinals vs. Michigan at Madison Square Garden).