Ducks fly past Eagles to advance to Sweet 16
Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Aaron Brooks poured in 22 points and Tajuan
Porter added 14, as Oregon ended Winthrop’s NCAA Tournament ride with a 75-61
victory in the second round of the Midwest Region.
Winthrop stunned sixth-seeded Notre Dame in the first round on Friday, but the
Big South champion Eagles were unable to sustain their play against the Pac-10
Malik Hairston chipped in 13 points and Maarty Leunen contributed 12 for the
third-seeded Ducks (28-7), who have won eight straight games and will next
take on seventh-seeded UNLV in the regional semifinals on Friday in St. Louis.
UNLV surprised second-seeded Wisconsin on Sunday in Chicago.
Oregon last reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2002, eventually
falling to Kansas in the Midwest Regional final.
Torrell Martin scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Winthrop (29-5),
which had a 19-game winning streak stopped and lost for the first time since a
71-51 setback against Texas A&M on January 2.
The Eagles trailed just 33-29 at the break, but Porter drilled a pair of
three-pointers and scored all eight Oregon points during an 8-2 burst to start
the second half. His second three just two minutes into the stanza gave the
Ducks a 41-31 advantage.
A Leunen dunk a few moments later extended the Oregon cushion to 13 points and
Winthrop managed to pull within nine, but Brooks canned a pair of shots from
beyond the arc as part of another 8-2 spurt that pushed the lead to 15 with
just under 9 1/2 minutes left.
Winthrop got only as close as 11 from there and Oregon led by as many as 19
down the stretch.
The first half was tight, as Winthrop led on a few occasions. A three-pointer
by Martin gave the Eagles a 17-14 advantage eight minutes into the contest and
they led by six at 23-17 a few minutes later.
Brooks drained a three-pointer with just over three minutes left in the half
to give Oregon a 29-27 lead, before Hairston and Leunen followed with buckets
to make it a six-point margin. A jumper by DeAndre Adams sent Winthrop into
the break down just four.
The Ducks finished 11-of-23 from three-point range, led by a 5-for-9 effort
from Brooks and a 4-of-8 performance from Porter.
Oregon shot 48.2 percent overall, while Winthrop struggled at just 39.3
percent…Chris Gaynor scored 12 points and Craig Bradshaw added 10 for
Winthrop, which won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in seven tries
with its upset of Notre Dame on Friday…The Eagles were also the last double-
digit seed to be eliminated, marking the first time a team seeded 10 or higher
did not at least make a regional semifinal since the 1995 tournament.