Evans leads Saint Louis past New Mexico St 64-44
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Saint Louis is carrying on the memory of Rick Majerus the best way it knows how: by advancing in the NCAA tournament.
Dwayne Evans had 24 points and six rebounds, Cody Ellis scored 12 points and the fourth-seeded Billikens overwhelmed New Mexico State 64-44 in the second round Thursday behind a dominating defense.
"It was like Rick was up on top of the backboard slapping the ball out," Aggies coach Marvin Menzies said.
Playing with a heavy heart since Majerus died in December, Saint Louis reached another mark in March for its late coach. The Billikens (28-6) eclipsed the 1988-89 team's school record of 27 victories and are back where they were a year ago in the round of 32.
They will play Saturday against 12th-seeded Oregon. The Ducks beat fifth-seeded Oklahoma State 68-55 to advance.
"What's really pleased me is it's not what you do, it's what you are," Saint Louis interim coach Jim Crews said. "And these guys, what they are has really grown and matured and been good leaders. And at their stage of life that's what you really want guys to be. And that's what's been rewarding from my standpoint."
Oregon knocks off Oklahoma St.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Dominic Artis anticipated Marcus Smart's pass and took the interception the other way for a layup early to set the tone for Oregon.
Despite the seedings and the all the pregame hype surrounding Oklahoma State's star, the Ducks had the better team and the better freshman point guard Thursday night.
Artis had 13 points, four steals and helped slow down Smart while fellow freshman Damyean Dotson led the way with 17 points to help 12th-seeded Oregon extend a run that began in the Pac-12 tournament by beating the fifth-seeded Cowboys 68-55 in the second round of the NCAAs on Thursday.