Cowboys Fall To Oregon In NCAA Opener Again

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For the second time in three years, the University of Oregon men's basketball team knocked out Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

In a game that featured numerous runs, eight ties and ten lead changes the Ducks stayed ahead late for their 26th win of their season.

Oklahoma State finishes their year 18-14.

The Cowboys end their season with seven losses over their last eight games.

The loss to the Ducks marks OSU's fifth straight loss in their opening NCAA tournament game.

After the game, OSU head coach Travis Ford called Oregon's Joe Young the difference in the game.

The Pac-12 player of the year had a game high 27 points and scored 15 straight points at one point in the first half.

In his finalĀ game in a OSU uniform, Le'Bryan Nash led his team with 18 points.

Nash also turned the ball over seven times in the loss.

The senior from Dallas finishes fourth all time in career points at OSU with 1,839.

Fellow Cowboy senior, Anthony Hickey added 17 points and five steals.

Ford told reporters after the game that junior sharpshooter Phil Forte hadn't practiced all week leading up to the game with a banged up knee.

Forte still managed to start and score 12 points.

Tavarius Shine was the fourth Cowboy in double figure scoring and added 12 points off the bench.

The Pokes return starters Jeff Newberry and Forte as well as several reserve contributors including Leyton Hammonds, Mitchell Solomon and Shine.

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