Men's Hoops Wins First Game Of CBI Championship, 75-69

March 30, 2009

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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 UTEP in the opening game of the College Basketball Invitational's best-of-three championship series.

Randy Culpepper scored 20 points to lead UTEP (22-13).

The second game of the series is Wednesday at UTEP. The third game, if necessary, will be Friday, also in El Paso.

The Beavers (17-17) opened the second half with a 17-2 run to go ahead 52-31. The Miners narrowed it to three points late in the game.

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