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NCAA Midwest Regional roundup: Ducks knock off Cowboys

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 7:54 p.m. MDT

Michigan State forward Derrick Nix (25) goes to the basket against Valparaiso forward Kevin Van Wijk, left, in the first half of a second-round  game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) (Associated Press) Michigan State forward Derrick Nix (25) goes to the basket against Valparaiso forward Kevin Van Wijk, left, in the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) (Associated Press)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Damyean Dotson scored 17 points and Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 17 rebounds to help 12th-seeded Oregon extend a run that began in the Pac-12 tournament by beating fifth-seeded Oklahoma, 68-55.

Dominic Artis scored 13 points and helped frustrate Oklahoma State star freshman Marcus Smart on the defensive end to give the Ducks (27-8) their first tournament win in six years.

Smart came into the game with the hype of a top NBA prospect but was held to 14 points on 5 for 13 shooting for the Cowboys (24-9).

No. 4 SAINT LOUIS 64, No. 13 NEW MEXICO STATE 44: At San Jose, Calif., Dwayne Evans scored 24 points, Cody Ellis added 12 points and fourth-seeded Saint Louis overwhelmed New Mexico State in the Midwest Regional.

Playing through the death of Rick Majerus in December, Saint Louis reached another mark for its late coach. The Billikens (28-6) eclipsed the 1988-89 team's school record of 27 victories.

Oregon guard Damyean Dotson, left, goes for a layup over Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown on Thursday.   (Associated Press) Oregon guard Damyean Dotson, left, goes for a layup over Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Evans shot 11 of 16 and finished a point shy of his career best to propel Saint Louis past 7-foot-5 New Mexico State freshman Sim Bhullar. The Billikens held Bhullar to four points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

No. 3 MICHIGAN STATE 65, No. 14 VALPARAISO 54: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Derrick Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power third-seeded Michigan State past the 14th-seeded Crusaders.

The Spartans went on a 26-5 run in the first half to take control, and cruised to an easy victory.

Michigan State (26-8) will play Memphis on Saturday when coach Tom Izzo's Spartans will be shooting for a spot in the round of 16 for the fifth time in six years.

No. 6 MEMPHIS 54, No. 11 ST. MARY'S 52: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Matthew Dellavedova's 3-pointer from the right wing missed everything as time expired, allowing sixth-seeded Memphis to hold on for a win over 11th-seeded Saint Mary's.

The Tigers (31-4) led by 15 in the first half but nearly gave the game away in the final seconds.

It was the first win in the NCAA tournament for Memphis since 2009, when John Calipari was still coach..

No. 1 LOUISVILLE 79, No. 16 N.C. A&T 48: At Lexington, Ky., pay attention, No. 1s. This is how it's one.

Russ Smith scored 23 points and set a Louisville NCAA tournament record with a career-high eight steals, and Peyton Siva had eight assists as the Cardinals demolished North Carolina A&T.

Louisville finished with a season-high 20 steals as it forced the Aggies (20-17) into 27 turnovers. It was the 11th straight win for the Cardinals (30-5).

No. 8 COLORADO STATE 84, No. 9 MISSOURI 72: At Lexington, Ky., Dorian Green scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half and eighth-seeded Colorado State used good shooting to run away from the Tigers.

Green, who went scoreless with five turnovers in last year's second-round upset to Murray State, did much better this time as the Rams shot nearly 58 percent in the first half.

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