EUGENE – The 2011 College Basketball Invitational Championship Series will go the distance after Oregon defeated Creighton, 71-58, at Matthew Knight Arena on Wednesday night.
Three Ducks scores in double figures, led by Joevan Catron
’s 18 points. Malcolm Armstead
scored 14 points and tied Johnathan Loyd
with a game-high tying six assists. E.J. Singler
also tallied 10 points. Armstead also registered a game-high five steals.
The Ducks led by as many as 21 points on three occasions in the second half. A 27-7 run carried over from the end of the first half put the Ducks up 44-23 with 17:53 remaining. Creighton went on a 13-4 run of its own to pull to within 12 at 60-48 with seven and a half minutes to play.
A 9-1 spurt by Oregon put the game away as Jay-R Strowbridge
answered the call with a three-pointer and Catron drained back-to-back trifectas to put UO back up by 20.
Oregon broke the game open to go up 25-16 late in the first half. The Ducks shot a crisp 59.3 percent in the opening frame to grab a 35-21 lead at the break. Armstead made five of his six field goal attempts to finish with a game-high 10 points in the first 20 minutes of play.
Oregon shot 53.4 percent for the game and held Creighton to 41.9 percent shooting. The Blue Jays did connect on 7-of-18 three-pointers while the Ducks countered with a 5-of-16 mark from long range. Both teams grabbed 27 rebounds, but Oregon had a decided edge in turnovers, 20-12, and outscored Creighton 35-9 off miscues.
These two teams will square off one more time at Matthew Knight Arena with the winner claiming the 2011 CBI presented by Zebra Pen. Opening tipoff is at 7 p.m.
-Armstead (14 points) recorded his 17th double-figure scoring game of the season. He also recorded five steals to move into sole possession of third place on the school’s all-time list with 151 career steals. He passed Luke Ridnour (150), Fred Jones (148) and Anthony Taylor (147) with tonight’s effort.
(10 points) and Joevan Catron
(18 points) each scored in double figures for the 27th time this season.
-Oregon ended the first half on an 18-5 run to turn a go up by 14 points at halftime.
-The Ducks picked up their 20th victory of the season, making Dana Altman
the third first-year UO head coach to rack up 20 wins in his first season and the first since John Warren went 30-15 in the 1944-45 season.
- It is just the 12th time in school history the Ducks have reached the 20-win mark.
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