Cougars end season with loss to Ducks

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MILWAUKEE – BYU's 2013-14 season came to an end Thursday as the No. 10 seed Cougars fell 87-68 to No. 7 seed Oregon in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

"I'm really proud of our team," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "I think that we had a really exciting week as far as our invitation to the tournament, but it was extremely difficulty with the injury to Kyle. I liked our ability to fight through some real adversity. We cut it to three there in the second half and had some momentum. Congratulations to Dana and his team for advancing in the tournament because it's a difficult thing to do. That's what we want to do is to be able to advance. And I'm proud of our guys and look forward to getting started on a new season."

Tyler Haws scored a team-high 19 points to go along with four rebounds. Matt Carlino added 15 points and five assists, while Eric Mika finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Frank Bartley IV scored 10 points off the bench to go with four rebounds and Nate Austin grabbed five rebounds.

Haws scored the first points of the game on a jumper at the 19:46 mark before Oregon went up 9-5 four minutes into the game. The Ducks extended their lead to 15-7 until Anson Winder connected on a 3-pointer and Haws made a jumper at the 12:31 mark to make it a three-point game.

A Mika hook shot ended a 9-1 Oregon run to pull BYU within single digits at 26-17 with 7:16 remaining in the half. After Oregon ran out to a 39-24 lead, its largest of the first half, BYU ended the half on a 7-0 run that included four points from Bartley. The Cougars went into the half down 39-31.

Haws led the team with nine points, while Mika added seven points and four rebounds at the break.

Haws opened the second half with a jumper to cut Oregon’s lead to 39-33. Oregon extended its lead back to 12 until a Carlino bucket made it a 10-point game with 16:02 remaining.

Oregon maintained a 10-point lead until the 13:42 mark when a Bartley three ignited a brief BYU rally. Over the next 1:40, Carlino sandwiched a Mika tip-in with a pair of threes as the Cougars pulled within three at 56-53 with 12:02 to go.

The Ducks answered the Cougar run with an 11-2 spurt to regain a double-digit lead at 67-55. Haws ended the run with jumper but Oregon continued to roll offensively as the Ducks outscored BYU 19-4 over the next 5:40 to take their largest lead of the game at 86-61 with under four minutes left to play.

BYU concludes the year with a 23-12 record, the program's ninth-straight season with a postseason birth and at least 20 wins under coach Dave Rose. Both streaks are school records. The Cougars played in the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. BYU also finished the 2013-14 season with second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference regular season (13-5 record) and tournament. Tyler Haws was named the WCC Player of the Year, Kyle Collinsworth earned All-WCC First Team honors, Matt Carlino was named All-WCC Honorable Mention and Eric Mika received All-WCC Freshman honors.

Oregon advances to play Wisconsin in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament  Saturday with the win against BYU.

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