NCAA Midwest: Oregon Ducks, billed as underdogs, beat Oklahoma State

Oregon forward Carlos Emory celebrates during the second half of a second-round game against Oklahoma State in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. Oregon won 68-55. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Oregon forward Carlos Emory celebrates during the second half of a second-round game against Oklahoma State in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. Oregon won 68-55. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Jeff Chiu)
Posted: March 23, 2013

 With their outside shots falling and their defense harassing Oklahoma State all afternoon, the Oregon Ducks played well above their disappointing seeding and into the next round of the NCAA tournament.

Damyean Dotson scored 17 points and Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 17 rebounds to help Oregon, the Midwest Regional's 12th seed, extend a run that began in the Pac-12 tournament by beating the fifth-seeded Cowboys, 68-55, in the second round on Thursday in San Jose, Calif.

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.

Oregon advanced to play fourth-seeded St Louis on Saturday.

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

St. Louis 64, New Mexico State 64 - Dwayne Evans scored 24 points, Cody Ellis added 12 points, and the fourth-seeded Billikens (28-6) overwhelmed the Aggies (24-11) in San Jose.

Playing with a heavy heart since Rick Majerus died in December, St. Louis reached another mark in March for its late coach. The Billikens eclipsed the 1988-89 team's school record of 27 victories.

Evans shot 11 of 16 from the floor and finished a point shy of his career best.

Colorado State 84, Missouri 72 - Dorian Green scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half, and eighth-seeded Colorado State (26-8) used good shooting to run away from No. 9 Missouri (23-11).  

Louisville 79, North Carolina A&T 48 - 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 in Lexington, Ky.

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).

Michigan State 65, Valparaiso 54 - Derrick Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power the third-seeded Spartans (26-8) past 14th-seeded Valparaiso (26-8) in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The Spartans went on a 26-5 run in the first half to take control.

Michigan State will play Memphis on Saturday, when Spartans coach Tom Izzo will be shooting for a spot in the round of 16 for the fifth time in six years.

Memphis 54, St. Mary's 52 - Matthew Dellavedova's three-pointer from the right wing sailed long as time expired, allowing the sixth-seeded Tigers (31-4) to hold on over the Gaels (28-7) in Auburn Hills.

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