“He was fired up right at the selection show. He saw it was in Milwaukee,” Loyd said. “He’s been hyped up ever since then. I expected him to play inspired basketball. He has a homecoming, playing in front of friends and family. He was inspired.”
Wearing bright fluorescent yellow uniforms with green and yellow socks and shoes, Oregon used its superior athleticism to pick apart BYU’s defense for much of the first half. Young made two free throws, Mike Moser and Dominic Artis each had a slick layup, and Calliste made two more free throws to help the Ducks open a 39-24 lead with 3:07 left.
But Calliste’s free throws were the last points of the half for Oregon, which had two turnovers and missed a couple of jumpers as BYU went on a 7-0 run to make it an eight-point deficit at halftime.
BYU shot 28 percent (9 for 32) from the field in the first half and 33 percent for the game. The Cougars were outscored 36-14 in the paint.
Calliste added 14 points as Oregon’s reserves outscored their counterparts 49-10. The Ducks controlled the boards 37-32 after they were outrebounded by the Cougars in their December victory.
“Our guys were just overwhelmed at times as far as being able to control their penetration,” BYU coach Dave Rose said. “They just keep coming at you. I think that’s what hurt us.”
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