COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Catron leads Oregon past Denver 68-56 |

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Catron leads Oregon past Denver 68-56

Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Joevan Catron scored 20 points and Malcolm Armstead added 15 as Oregon defeated Denver 68-56 on Saturday in the BTI Invitational.

With the Ducks (2-0) trailing 51-50, Catron recorded a three-point play with 7:52 remaining to start a 12-1 Oregon run. Johnathan Loyd’s free throw capped the run, making the score 62-52 with 4:19 remaining.

During that span, Denver coach Joe Scott was issued a technical foul that led to two made free throws by Oregon’s E.J. Singler, who had 11 points.

Brian Stafford scored 18 points and Andrew Hooper added 13 for Denver (0-2).

Both teams conclude the three-day BTI Invitational on Sunday.

The Pioneers made a final push, cutting the deficit to 62-54, but Oregon sealed the win by making 6 of 6 free-throw tries in the final 2:10. The Ducks made 24 of 29 free throws in the second half.

Catron, who scored a career-high 27 points on Friday, had 13 points in the second half on Saturday.

Denver led 32-28 at halftime after Stafford’s 3-pointer started a 15-3 Pioneers run to close the first half. Stafford scored 13 points in the first half, shooting 3 of 3 from beyond the arc.

The Ducks also trailed at halftime in their season-opening 97-92 overtime win over North Dakota State on Friday.

Oregon held a 30-22 rebounding advantage and forced 14 Denver turnovers.