Ducks Use Defense to Set Tone for Win

The Oregon Ducks using a stingy defense took the lead early in the game and never looked back on the way to a 68-55 win over Oklahoma State at at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., in front of a reported crowd of 16,836.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks forward Arsalan Kazemi (14) dunks against Oklahoma State Cowboys forward Michael Cobbins (20) during the first half of the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Four Ducks finished the game in double figure scoring led by Damyean Dotson's 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting including 3-for-9 beyond the 3-point arc. Dotson also canned 2-of-4 shots from the free throw line. Dominic Artis playing only 17 minutes had 13 while Carlos Emory contributed 12. Arsalan Kazemi had a monster day scoring 11 points and pulling down 17 rebounds including six offensive caroms.

For the game Oregon shot 39 percent on 23-of-59 shooting including 8-for-22 (.364) and 14-for-21 in free throw shooting (.667).

Oklahoma State was paced by Markel Brown with 16 while Marcus Smart added 14 and Le'Bryan Nash added 10.

OSU shot .404 percent on 21-for-52 field goal shooting including 5-of-17 in 3's and 8-for-15 in free throws.

Besides the score, the biggest difference between the two teams was rebounding. Oregon had a total of 44 rebounds to Oklahoma State's 32. The Ducks had a total of 14 offensive boards. Both teams had identical numbers in assists (12), blocks (3) and steals (8). The Ducks had a total of 18 turnovers, four more than the Cowboys.

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