Creighton won the opening game of the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational Championship Series Monday night, defeating Oregon, 84-76. Game 2 is Wednesday at Oregon (10 p.m. ET, HDNet).
Doug McDermott scored 21 points to lead Creighton Gregory Echenique added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bluejays (23-14), who have breezed into the CBI finals with three double-digit victories.
Joevan Catron had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Ducks (19-18), who reached the title series by defeating Boise State, 79-71 in the semifinals. Prior to that, Oregon defeated Weber State and Duquesne.
The Bluejays never surrendered the lead in the second half, going up by double-digits following McDermott’s three-pointer just two minutes in.
The lead grew to as many as 17 before the Ducks threatened in the final minutes. Catron’s jumper with 2 1/2 minutes remaining made it a 76-72 game and Strowbridge’s trey a minute later kept it a four-point contest.
However, the Bluejays held on down the stretch.
— Game 1 (March 28): Craighton 84, Oregon 76
— Game 2 March 30): Creighton at Oregon, 10 p.m., ET
— Game 3, if necessary (March 31): Creighton at Oregon, 10 p.m. ET