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College Basketball Invitational - First Round Overview, Wednesday Session

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Rhode Island 76, Miami 59

Delroy James had a triple double, the first in Rhode Island history, to lead the Rhode Island Rams to a victory over the Miami Redhawks in a College Basketball Invitational (CBI) first round contest.  James scored a game-high 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds, and 10 assists for the Rams.  Rhody went on a 16-5 run to blow open a 20-19 game and take a 36-24 halftime lead.  The Redhawks were unable to close the gap in the second half, as James scored 12 points in the second stanza.

Miami was led by Julian Mavunga, who scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.  The Redhawks finish the season with a 16-17 record.
Rhody will face UCF, a 69-54 winner over St. Bonaventure, in the second round of the CBI on Monday, March 21. 

Central Florida 69, St. Bonaventure 54

Marcus Jordan, the son of his airness, Michael Jordan, scored 18 points to lead the UCF Knights to victory over the visiting St. Bonaventure Bonnies in a College Basketball Invitational (CBI) first round contest.  Junior guard A.J. Rompza scored 13 points and 7-0 senior center Tom Herzog chipped in 10 points for UCF.  The Knights took a 34-30 halftime lead and steadily pulled away from the Bonnies in the second half, outscoring them 35-24 in the decisive final 20 minutes.

The Bonnies were led by junior forward Andrew Nicholson, who scored 20 points.  St. Bona finishes the season 16-15.
UCF improved to 20-11 on the season with the victory.  The Knights will face Rhode Island in the second round of the CBI on Monday night.

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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
DFN Sports Staff Writers

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