Oregon holds off UNLV to reach Elite Eight
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Tajuan Porter scored 33 points, going 8-of-12
from beyond the arc, and Oregon nearly blew an 18-point second-half lead
before holding off UNLV, 76-72, to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA
Malik Hairston had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the third-seeded Ducks
(29-7), who will face top seed and defending national champion Florida in the
Midwest Regional final on Sunday. The Gators beat fifth seeded Butler, 65-57,
in the first game Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome.
Maarty Leunen ended with 11 points and 10 boards for Oregon, which is making
its first trip to the Elite Eight since 2002 when the Ducks were eliminated by
Kansas in their attempt to reach the Final Four.
Michael Umeh and Kevin Kruger each had 15 points for the seventh-seeded Rebels
(30-7), who failed to continue a magical season for the Kruger family. Kruger,
in his final game under head coach and father Lon Kruger, was just 5-of-16
from the field, including 2-of-11 from three-point range. Joe Darger had 13
points for UNLV, which ended 9-of-33 from beyond the arc.