NCAA WEST REGIONAL: Ducks run away from BYU
Oregon 87, Brigham Young 68: Elgin Cook scored a season-high 23 points and the Oregon Ducks ran away from the BYU Cougars in the final 12 minutes of the NCAA tournament West Region to take an 87-68 win in Milwaukee, Wis.
Cook, who came in averaging 6.3 points, shot 8-for-9 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free-throw line while also contributing eight rebounds for seventh-seeded Oregon (24-9), which will try to reach its second straight Sweet 16 when it meets No. 2 seed Wisconsin in a third-round matchup on Saturday. Joseph Young scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half and Jason Calliste added another 14 points off the bench for the Ducks.
Tyler Haws, who finished sixth in scoring in Division I at 23.4 points during the regular season, led the way with 19 points for No. 10 seed Brigham Young. Matt Carlino and Eric Mika contributed 15 points apiece for the Cougars, who shot 32.8 percent to avoid their worst shooting percentage of the season (31).
The Cougars, playing their first game this season without point guard Kyle Collinsworth - the team's second-leading scorer who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game - shot 28.1 percent from the floor in the first half but they managed to trim the score to 39-31 at the break after scoring the final seven points of the half. Mika, the fourth-leading scorer for BYU, also picked up two fouls in first six minutes, one of three Cougar starters whistled for two fouls in the opening half.
Carlino drilled a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to three with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game, but Cook responded with a three-point play and Young buried a jumper following a turnover by Mika to push the lead back to eight less than a minute later. Cook then hit two free throws with just under 11 minutes left and that sparked a 17-4 run that ended any hopes of a comeback by the Cougars.
Wisconsin 75, American 35: Traevon Jackson scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half as the Badgers ran away from the Eagles after intermission in an NCAA tournament West Region second-round game in Milwaukee.
Ben Brust shot 4-for-7 from 3-point range and scored 17 points for second-seeded Wisconsin (27-7), which will play seventh-seeded Oregon in Saturday's third round. Sam Dekker added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds for the Badgers, who shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second half.
John Schoof and Tony Wroblicky scored 11 points apiece to lead 15th-seeded American (20-13), which finished second in the Patriot League during the regular season after being picked to finish ninth and then won the conference tournament to make the program's third appearance in the NCAA tournament. Jesse Reed added nine points as the starters accounted for all of the scoring for American.
Wisconsin got off to a fast start but then hit a lull while still early the first half, going nearly six minutes without a point as the Eagles moved ahead 17-10. The Badgers collected themselves and ended the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 32-22 halftime lead.
Wisconsin continued to pull away in the second half, using a 14-2 surge in the first six minutes to take a 46-24 advantage. The Badgers ended up outscoring the Eagles 43-13 in the second half.