Down by 17 points at one point the Ducks found themselves only down 82-76 with a minute left in the game. Garrett Sim was on the receiving of Creighton point guard Antoine Young's errant pass and Sim found E.J. Singler open for a lay-up.
Singler however was blocked by Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the year Doug McDermott but also looked like a foul. Creighton Jahenns Manigat would hit two free throws and the Ducks would fall in game one of the 2011 CBI title series.
Senior Joevan Catron led the Ducks with 15 points and nine rebounds. Sim and senior Jay-R Strowbridge both scored 14 points and Singler and freshman Johnathan Loyd added 10 points each. Singler also had 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Down by 12 points with just 4:49 left in the game the Ducks got a big three from Sim in the corner to pull within nine points 74-65.
Kenny Lawson and McDermott would both hit a free throw to make it an 11-point lead. Catron would hit a jumper from the wing and Loyd would follow it up with a lay-up and and a free throw to pull the Ducks within six with three minutes left.
After Loyd found Catron open for a basket the Ducks were within four points and 2:34 left in the game.
From there the Ducks couldn't convert on their chances to regain the lead.
Loyd would get called for an ill-advised fifth foul on Creighton center Gregory Echenique. Catron would then miss a solid look at a three and Malcolm Armstead would get called for his fourth foul.
After Young made two free throws for Creighton to increase their lead to 79-72 Strowbridge would hit a three to pull back within four, 79-75, with just 1:31 left.
From there Oregon couldn't overcome the Jays and now head back to Eugene in a must win situation on Wednesday night.
McDermott led the Jays with 21 points and four rebounds. Echenique added 15 points, nine rebounds, and four blocked shots. Young also had nine points and eight assists.
Armstead had nine points and five assists and one steal for the Ducks.
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