College Basketball Invitational - First Round Overview, Wednesday Session
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Rhode Island 76, Miami 59
Oregon 68, Weber State 59
The Oregon Ducks defeated the Weber State Wildcats in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational from Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Wednesday night. The Ducks erased a two point halftime deficit to overcome the Wildcats of the Big Sky. Joevan Catron scored 24 points, going to the free-throw line more than the entire Weber State squad, and grabbed 12 rebounds. Weber State was led by Scott Bamforth, who scored 17 points but missed nine three-pointers. Kyle Bullinger had 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Wildcats. The Oregon Ducks, who won two Pac-10 tournament games before being eliminated in the semifinal by Washington, extended their season by at least another game. Oregon will face Duquesne in the second round of the tournament on Monday.
Duquesne 87, Montana 76
The Duquesne Dukes defeated the Montana Grizzlies in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational from Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Montana on Wednesday night. The Dukes jumped out to a 14 points halftime lead and continued the pressure in the second half. The Grizzlies were able to cut the lead to as little as seven in the middle of the second stanza before the Dukes regained the momentum. Duquesne, from the Atlantic-10 conference, had five people score in double-figures with T.J. McConnell leading the way with 17 points. The Montana Grizzlies finished the season at 21-11. Duquesne will move on to the second round of the tournament, to face Oregon in Eugene on Monday.
By Zach Bloxham and Tim Coyne
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