Oregon (20-18) evened the championship series of the College Baketball Invitational with a 71-58 victory over visiting Creighton (23-15). The teams will play Friday in Eugene, Ore., to settle the best-of-3 finals. The home team is now 15-1 in the CBI.
Senior forward Joevan Catron had 18 points and junior point guard Malcolm Armstead contributed 14 points, six assists and five of Oregon’s 13 steals.
– In the CollegeInsider.com Tournament final, Santa Clara (24-14) topped host Iona 76-69 to win its first nonconference postseason tournament crown. The Broncos’ win total is their greatest since going 27-2 in 1968-69, a team that featured future 12-year NBA center Dennis Awtrey.
Sophomore Kevin Foster shot just 6 for 20, but scored 16 points and became the all-time single-season scoring leader in Bay Area Division I history. Foster finished the season with 766 points, averaging 20.2 points per game. He broke a 29-year-old record held by the late Quintin Dailey, who scored 755 points and averaged 25.2 ppg for USF.
Foster had three 3-pointers, giving him an NCAA-leading 140 for the season.
– Here’s a fresh take on coach Ken Bone and the situation at Washington State, courtesy of Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley.