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Young scores 30, but it's not enough as Oregon denied Sweet 16 again in 72-65 loss to Badgers

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OMAHA, Nebraska — Joseph Young could carry Oregon only so far.

The Pac-12 player of the year scored 30 points Sunday night in a 72-65 loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament's round of 32. A year ago he scored 29 in a loss to the Badgers in the same round.

"He's meant a tremendous amount," coach Dana Altman said. "The amount of pressure we put on him this year to perform game in and game out... He shouldered a lot of responsibility."

Young had scored 27 points on Friday to carry the Ducks past Oklahoma State in their tournament opener.

He started slowly against Wisconsin (33-3), missing his first five shots. By the time he warmed up, the Ducks (26-10) were down by double digits.

"We're a young group, and there was a lot of adversity from the beginning of the year," Young said. "I'm really proud of these guys. I really commend Coach for keeping us composed in this game."

The Ducks trailed until Dwayne Benjamin tied it at 52 with a high-arcing 3-pointer from in front of his bench with 5:27 left. The Badgers took the lead right back, though, with Sam Dekker's reverse layup and 3-pointer to make it 58-52.

"We had ourselves in a position against an experienced, well-coached and very good team," Altman said. "I'm sorry we couldn't get it finished off for these guys so we could keep playing."

Dekker scored 17 points and led four Wisconsin players in double digits, and the No. 1-seeded Badgers are headed back to the Sweet 16. They'll play North Carolina on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Jalil Abdulu-Bassit had 12 points for the Ducks, who were trying to get to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.

The size advantage that Wisconsin was supposed to enjoy against Oregon wasn't much of an advantage at all.

Oregon outrebounded the Badgers 34-32, outscored them 30-24 in the lane and had four blocks to Wisconsin's three. The Ducks came back from an 11-point deficit to hang around almost to the end.

PHOTO: Wisconsin forward Duje Dukan (13) drives to the basket over Oregon guard Casey Benson, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball tournament Round of 32 game, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Wisconsin forward Duje Dukan (13) drives to the basket over Oregon guard Casey Benson, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball tournament Round of 32 game, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Badgers had trouble dealing with Oregon's athleticism. Exhibit A: freshman Dillon Brooks going baseline and dunking over 7-foot Frank Kaminsky. Then there was Jordan Bell swatting away two of Kaminsky's shots and one of Dekker's before half.

Oregon, which shot 55 percent against Oklahoma State on Friday, shot 44.1 percent and needed some time to get its offense going. Young had a couple shots rim out and missed his first five, and Elijah Cook couldn't finish what should have been an easy dunk off a Young lob.

Once Young started connecting, the Ducks were right back in it.

"Oregon made their run to fight back," Dekker said, "just as a good team always does. And good teams respond to those runs. We settled in, and guys weren't going to get too riled up. We got a big 6-0 run there and opened up the lead and held on from there. It's a game of runs, and you've got to respond at the right time."

TIP-INS

Oregon: Joseph Young tied Terrell Brandon for most points in a season by an Oregon player, with 745... Jordan Bell finished the season with a school-record 94 blocks. ... Oregon lost for the first time when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent.

Wisconsin: Josh Gasser has played in a school-record 13 NCAA tournament games. ... Wisconsin is 21-13 in the NCAA tournament under Bo Ryan.

ZAK'S BIG MOMENT

Wisconsin reserve guard Zak Showalter, who averages 2 points a game, made a 3-pointer and reverse layup on consecutive possessions to extend the Badgers' three-point lead to 45-37 in the middle of the second half.

"I always try to stay ready," he said. "I know some of the things that have been said about our bench, and we want to prove ourselves."

UP NEXT

Oregon's season ends one win short of the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.

Wisconsin plays North Carolina in the West Region semifinals on Thursday.

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