Ducks Outlast Cowboys 79-72

The Oregon Ducks advanced to the Round of 32 by beating Oklahoma State 79-72. Joe Young got hot in the first half when the Ducks struggled and scored 15 straight points to give Oregon the momentum that carried through to the end of the game.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks guard Joseph Young (3) dunks against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second half in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Young finished the game with 27 points and when Oklahoma State pumped up the defensive pressure on Young, Elgin Cook, Dillon Brooks and Dwayne Benjamin stepped up with timely scoring. Cook finished the game with 18 points while Brooks contributed 17. Benjamin had six but had some three significant steals that kept the Cowboys at bay.

Oklahoma State kept themselves in the game with their 3-point shooting by hitting 9-of-13 3-point shots. In the first half, led by La'Bryan Nash, OSU built a 36-38 with 4:58 left in the half. However, Young then scores 15 straight points and when the horn sounded ending the half, Oregon led 43-39.

In the second half Young scored at will for the first few minutes of the half but OSU put on the defensive pressure and that is when Cook, Brooks and Benjamin made their presence felt, along with Jordan contributing some key defensive plays. Fittingly, it was Young sinking the last two points from the line to ice the win.

Oregon finished the game shooting 54.7 percent on 29-of-53 shooting including 7-of-19 in 3-point shots. Oregon was also 14-of-18 at the free throw line.

OSU 45.0 percent in field goal shooting including 9-for-13 in 3-pointers. The Cowboys were 9-of-13 at the line and had 31-28 advantage in rebounds.

LeBryan Nash was the leading OSU scorer with 18 while Anthony Hickey, Jr. had 17 and Phil Forte III and Tavarius Shine had 12 each.

Oregon will face the winner of the Coastal Carolina-Wisconsin game on Sunday in Omaha.

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