Saturday, March 23, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Oregon 74, Saint Louis 57
By Ted Miller
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Oregon took down another higher seed, setting itself up for a shot to take down the highest seed. Here are some thoughts on the 74-57 win over Saint Louis on Saturday.
Overview: For the second consecutive game, Oregon dominated a higher-seeded team. Just as the Ducks did with Oklahoma State, they maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the second half and were able to coast home.
Turning point: Saint Louis took a 15-14 lead with 10:16 left in the first half. The Ducks then went on a 21-4 jaunt to take a 35-19 lead into the break. The Ducks were shooting well. Saint Louis was not. That really was the story.
Key player: Oregon freshman Damyean Dotson has been the Ducks' leading scorer in both games in San Jose. After he scored 17 in the win over Oklahoma State, he tossed in a career-high 23 points against the Billikens. He shot 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from 3-point range. He was the Ducks' third-leading scorer with 10.8 points per game entering the tournament.
Key stat: Just about every number went Oregon's way -- see the score -- but most notable was this: The Ducks hit 8-of-11 3-pointers, while the Billikens were 3-for-21 from behind the arc, including starting 1-for-17.
Next: Oregon moves on to play top-seeded Louisville on March 29 in Indianapolis.