Published Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 12:23 p.m.
Updated Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 2:46 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — Elgin Cook scored a career-high 23 points in a happy homecoming, helping seventh-seeded Oregon beat 10th-seeded BYU 87-68 the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
Joseph Young had 19 points for the Ducks (24-9), who had to stage a big comeback in December to beat the Cougars 100-96 in overtime. There was no comeback needed this time, with Oregon turning away every charge by BYU in the second half.
Led by Cook, a Milwaukee native who starred at nearby Hamilton High School, the Ducks advanced to a third-round game against No. 2 seed Wisconsin on Saturday in the West Regional.
Tyler Haws scored 19 points for BYU (23-12), which returned to the NCAA tournament after a one-year absence. Matt Carlino added 15 points as the Cougars ended their season.
Wisconsin pounds American, 75-35
Wisconsin turned its NCAA tournament opener into a red-and-white party.
Ben Brust scored 17 points and the Badgers devastated American with a 22-5 run to close the first half in a 75-35 victory Thursday before a friendly crowd in Milwaukee, barely 90 minutes from their home in Madison.
No. 2 seed Wisconsin (27-7) recovered from a brief first-half rut and seven-point deficit to extinguish the dreams of the15th-seeded Eagles (20-13), champions of the Patriot League.
After Wisconsin was ousted in the first round last year as a fifth seed, Brust made sure his senior season didn't end the same way. He attacked the glass for buckets on back-to-back possessions, ending with a 3-point play with 3:33 left in the first half to give Wisconsin a 23-20 lead.
The rout was on. The Badgers hit 57 percent of their shots in the second half on the way to their largest margin of victory in the school's 44 NCAA postseason games.
John Schoof had 11 points for American.