Milwaukee, WI – Elgin Cook returned home to Milwaukee and had a career game in leading the Oregon Ducks (24-9) past a short-handed BYU (23-12) squad 87-68 in a second-round NCAA Tournament game this afternoon.
Cook scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench. He made a key three-point play after BYU closed Oregon’s lead to 56-53 on a Matt Carlino three-pointer. That set the Ducks off on a 30-8 run the extend their lead to 25 points late in the game.
Oregon played a very efficient game, shooting 50 percent from the field while holding the Cougars to 32 percent shooting. They out-rebounded BYU 39-33 and dished out 21 assists against only eight turnovers. The Oregon bench outscored the BYU bench 45-10.
Joseph Young (19 points) and Jason Calliste (14 points) helped out on the offensive end while Richard Amardi (eight rebounds) was active on the glass. Johnathan Loyd was effective running the offense ending the game with six assists and zero turnovers.
BYU was playing without their leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Kyle Collinsworth (14.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg) who was lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL in the WCC Championship game. Collinsworth is a glue-guy who the Cougars run much of their offense through. His absence was reflected in BYU settling for quite a few long jumpers and not having much offensive continuity. Tyler Haws led the Cougars with 19 points while Carlino and Eric Mika both adding 14. Neither Haws (7-of-18) nor Carlino (4-of-16) shot well as they were a combined 3-of-11 on three-pointers.
Oregon advances to face the second-seeded Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday. Wisconsin destroyed American University 75-35 with the Badgers outscoring the Eagles 62-16 after falling behind 19-13 in the first half.
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