Milwaukee, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Elgin Cook scored a career-best 23 points off the bench as seventh seed Oregon relied on its reserves to knock off 10th seed BYU, 87-68, in their second-round NCAA Tournament showdown Thursday at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Cook went 8-for-9 from the field on top of eight rebounds while Jason Calliste added 14 as the Ducks reserves outscored their Cougars counterparts, 48-10.
Bench scoring was key to the Ducks’ victory as Joseph Young was the only starter in double-digit with 19 points.
With the victory, the Ducks advanced to the third round against second seed Wisconsin Saturday.
Tyler Haws scored 19 points, Erik Mika and Matt Carlino added 15 points apiece while Frank Bartley IV provided the scoring off the bench with 10 for the Cougars.
In the first half, the Ducks grabbed a 39-24 lead after two foul shots by Calliste with 3:07 left before the Cougars closed the first half with a 7-0 run sparked by Bartley to cut the deficit to 39-31 at the break.
In the second half, Carlino nailed a three-pointer to bring the Cougars within 56-53 with 12:03 left.
However, Oregon countered with a 30-8 run to pad their lead to 86-61 with 3:21 left in the game.