OKLAHOMA SPORTS NEWS
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) With their outside shots falling and their defense harassing Oklahoma State all afternoon, the Oregon Ducks played well above their disappointing seeding and into the next round of the NCAA tournament.
Damyean Dotson scored 17 points and Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 17 rebounds to help 12th-seeded Oregon extend a run
that began in the Pac-12 tournament by beating the fifth-seeded Cowboys
68-55 in the second round on Thursday.
Dominic Artis scored 13 points and helped frustrate Oklahoma State star
freshman Marcus Smart on the defensive end to give the Ducks (27-8)
their first tournament win in six years.
Oregon advanced to play fourth-seeded St Louis (27-6) on Saturday for a
spot in the Midwest regional in Indianapolis next week. The Billikens
beat New Mexico State 64-44.
The selection committee raised some eyebrows when Oregon was given a 12
seed despite tying for second place in the Pac-12 in the regular
season, winning the conference tournament and going 21-4 with Artis in
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said before the game that the Ducks
looked nothing like a 12 seed and that was proven true in their
tournament opener with the way they shut down Smart and hit their
outside shots. Oregon's eight 3-pointers were their most since having
nine in December against Houston Baptist.
Smart came into the game with the hype of a top NBA prospect but was
held to 14 points on 5 for 13 shooting a disappointing finish to a
stellar season for the Cowboys (24-9).
Posted: Thursday, March 21 2013, 10:15 PM CDT