Oregon 68, Oklahoma State 55

Dave Del Grande, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SAN JOSE -- The Oregon Ducks picked up right where they left off in the Pacific-12 Conference tournament last weekend, parlaying a stingy defense with a dominance on the backboards to stun Oklahoma State 68-55 in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional second round Thursday at HP Pavilion.
The Ducks, who earned just a No. 12 seed in the region despite having tied for second in the Pac-12 regular season before sweeping to the conference tournament title, advance to a third-round matchup Saturday in San Jose against fourth-seeded Saint Louis, a 64-44 winner over New Mexico State earlier in the day.
Iranian-born senior forward Arsalan Kazemi recorded an 11-point, 17-rebound double-double, helping the Ducks (27-8) to a 44-32 board advantage and a 12-6 margin in second-chance points against the fifth-seeded Cowboys.
Kazemi had 10 of his points and nine of his rebounds, including four on the offensive end, in the first half, during which Oregon built a 37-26 that was never seriously threatened after halftime.
Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart suffered a broken hand on a tripping foul midway through the second half but stayed in the game. Smart, the Big 12 Player of the Year, was limited to 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting. He missed both of his 3-point attempts and committed five turnovers.
Oklahoma State, which was not a good 3-point shooting team in the regular season (31.6 percent), misfired miserably from beyond the arc in its second-half comeback attempt, ruining a nice opportunity its defense had created.
Forcing eight second-half turnovers and limiting Oregon to four field goals over the final 15:04 of the game, the Cowboys gave themselves a chance to cut significantly into what was a 54-38 deficit with just over 11 minutes to go.
However, Oklahoma State missed five consecutive 3-point attempts at one point and nine of 12 overall in the second half, and it could get no closer than 11. Oregon ultimately iced its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2007 from the free-throw line.
Damyean Dotson led the Ducks with 17 points, more than half of which came on three 3-pointers. Dominic Artis added 13 points and Carlos Emory 12 for the Ducks, who entered the game ranked 24th in the USA Today coaches poll despite their low tournament seeding.
Emory also had nine rebounds for the Ducks, who outboarded the Cowboys 44-32.
Markel Brown had 16 points for Oklahoma State, which was coming off a loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference tournament semifinals last week.
NOTES: The meeting was just the second ever between Oregon and Oklahoma State. The Ducks prevailed 68-55 in the Far West Classic in 1997. ... Oklahoma State was making its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since losing to Georgia Tech in 2010. ... The Cowboys hadn't played a game in the Pacific time zone all season. ... The win was a marked contrast to Oregon's previous experience in the San Francisco Bay Area this season. With Artis out of the lineup, the Ducks lost 76-52 at Stanford on Jan. 30 and 58-54 at Cal three nights later. ... The Ducks were rooted on by former Portland Trail Blazers standout Bill Walton, a UCLA alumnus.