Ducks fight hard but lose Game 1

The Oregon Ducks battled back from being 17 points down in the second half to make a highly entertaining and competitive first game of a best-of-three round in the BCI championship series before bowing to the Creighton Blue Jays, 84-76.

Creighton's Doug McDermott was the leading scorer of the with 21 points as the Blue Jays shot 54.9 percent on 28-of-51 shooting including nine 3-pointers. Oregon meanwhile shot at 45.3 percent and hit 10 beyond the 3-point line.

Joevan Catron led Oregon (19-18) with 15 points and nine rebounds. Garrett Sim and Jay-R Strowbridge had 14 points apiece and Johnathan Loyd and E.J. Singler 10 apiece for the Ducks.

Game 2 is Wednesday in Eugene, Ore.


- Singler registered his third double-double of the season. He also added to his double figures scoring streak, having reached 10 or more points in the last seven games.

- Malcolm Armstead has 146 steals in 68 games which ranks him No. 6 all-time in career steals at UO. Armstead is just one steal shy of matching No. 5 Anthony Taylor who had 147 steals in 115 games from 1984-88.

- Armstead, who has 81 steals in 36 games this season, added to his own single-season school record which he originally set last season.

- Armstead also has 158 assists in 2010-11 which ranks eighth all-time in school history for a single season. Armstead is 10th all-time for career assists (296, 4.3 apg).

- Garrett Sim has made at least one 3-pointer in 21 of UO's last 24 games. He went 3-of-5 on 3-pointers in the loss to Creighton.

- The Ducks added to their school record for steals in a season, now with 302 (8.2 spg) in 37 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.

- Oregon dropped to 4-17 on the year when the opponent shoots for a better percentage. UO is now 6-14 on the season when out-rebounded, and 4-14 this season when trailing at the half.

- 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).

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