10:00 PM ET, March 30, 2009
Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Roeland Schaftenaar had 19 points and six assists and Oregon State nearly blew a 21-point lead before holding on for a 75-69 win against Texas-El Paso in the opening game of the College Basketball Invitational's best-of-three championship series."Each game we still have guys getting better," said first-year Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, who took over a team that went 6-25 last year and has the Beavers at 17-17.
• Oregon State got 19 points from Roeland Schaftenaar and 18 from Lathen Wallace to win its fourth straight game.
• The Beavers shot 60.5 percent from the field, while UTEP shot 44.4 percent.
• Randy Culpepper led all scorers with 20 points for the Miners.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
|FG Made-Attempted||28-63 (.444)||26-43 (.605)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-18 (.278)||8-15 (.533)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-9 (.889)||15-26 (.577)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|