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April 2, 2011 at 7:17 AM

Oregon wins CBI title on last-second shot from E.J. Singler

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At some point you knew the semi-controversial flooring design at Matthew Knight Arena – particularly the two thin midcourt stripes – would play a role in the outcome of a game and cause the visiting team to complain about an unfair homecourt advantage.
It happened last night in Oregon’s season finale.
In the final 17 seconds of tie game, Creighton guard Antoine Young dribbled near halfcourt to set up what might have been a final play before he unknowingly stepped over the midcourt stripe, which gave the ball to Oregon.
On the ensuing possession, E.J. Singler (right) banked in a driving jumper with two seconds left giving the Ducks a 71-69 victory and the College Basketball Invitation tournament championship. Oregon won the dropped the first game in the best-of-three series and returned home and won the next two.
In an interview with the Register-Guard, Young said he wasn’t aware he was over the line.
“I didn’t think the ref was going to call it until one of the (Oregon players) said something,” he said. “I think you’re just used to seeing the black line. You don’t really expect it to come into play until it does.”
“I’m happy they made the court like that now since we got the ball,” Singler told the Register-Guard. “It played out right for us and we got the win, so I’m happy about it.”
Creighton coach Greg McDermott told the Oregonian: “This is a beautiful building, a great atmosphere. You just wish there was a visible halfcourt line. That’s unfortunate, a tough way to lose a game.”
In his final Oregon game, senior forward Joevan Catron scored a career-high 29 points.
The Ducks finish the season with a 21-19 record and winners of seven of their last nine games. Their 39 games are the most played by an Oregon team since 1944-45 when the Ducks were 30-15, including 20 games against military or semipro teams.

Photo credit:
AP Photo – Kevin Clark


AROUND THE PAC-10:
— It looks as if Washington State expects either Klay Thompson or DeAngelo Casto or both to leave school early and turn pro. Coach Ken Bone met with the media Friday and didn’t offer any new information on the developments.
However, the Cougars are currently over the NCAA limit of 13 scholarship players for next season.
WSU doesn’t have a senior and 12 scholarship players are on the roster. Bone signed guard Davonte Lacy and forward Greg Sequele in the early signing period, received a commitment from JC center D.J. Shelton and said Friday he’s giving a scholarship to Mike Ladd, the former Rainier Beach standout who was a walk-on this season.
That’s 16 scholarship players, which is three too many.
Bone told the Spokesman-Review: “At the end of the day, there will be 13 guys on scholarship in our program. There’s no way around that, unless there’s less like this year.”
There’s a chance sophomore center Steven Bjornstad, who played three games due to a knee injury, may not return. Also the status of junior center Charlie Enquist, a former walk-on given a scholarship this season, is unclear.
Jim Moore gives his thoughts on Isaiah Thomas’ decision to turn pro.
— A couple of future Pac-12 players (Lacy and California incoming freshman Christian Behrens) will play in the Northwest Shootout 4 p.m. today in Portland.
— Looks like Utah has narrowed the coaching search to finalists Larry Krystkowiak and Mike Gottfried, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
On Friday a NBA source said Krystkowiak is the leading candidate. He has ties to the Utah area having spent the 1992-93 season with Utah Jazz. He also has college experience. Krystkowiak spent two seasons at Montana and guided the Grizzlies to a 42-20 record and two NCAA tournament appearances.
— Arizona State guard Brandon Dunson is leaving the Sun Devils. In his first season with ASU the former junior-college transfer played in 18 games last season, averaging 2.1 points and 0.5 assists in 8.3 minutes.
— The Pac-10’s exclusive bargaining with Fox Sports expired Thursday and the conference that will soon become the Pac-12 is now on the open market. Jon Wilner at the Mercury News breaks down each of the potential suitors and accesses their strengths and weaknesses.

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