It has been one of the wildest opening weekends in recent memory, so of course Saint Joseph's and Oregon got interesting down the stretch.
But it's also one of the chalkiest Sweet 16s in a while, so of course the top seed Ducks advanced.
Dillon Brooks led the Ducks with a game-high 25 points and knocked down three second half three pointers. Tyler Dorsey (14 points), though, may have been the hero. His nine second half points all came after the Hawks came storming back and seven of those came in the final three minutes. DeAndre' Bembry led Saint Joe's with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
While still within striking distance Saint Joseph's had two wasted possessions in the final 30 seconds: a shot clock violation and a Bembry midcourt fumble that gave the game away.
Oregon looked ready to run away with this one midway through the second half when Brooks scored six points, off an old-school and new-school three point play, over just 35 seconds. The Ducks held their first double-digit lead of the game, ten points, with 14:22 to play.
Four minutes later Oregon still sat at 45 points, but so did Saint Joseph's. The Ducks fell flat just as the Hawks ran on a controlled, 10-0 run. Two minutes later, after a couple traded baskets, the Hawks held a one point lead. It was their first of the game.
That lead would grow to seven points after an 8-0 Saint Joseph's run. With 5:30 left in the game it looked like all the momentum had swung to the eight seed.
Then it all fell apart.
Brooks and Dorsey took over for Oregon, which went on a 7-0 run to tie the game with 2:40 to play. Oregon's shot was back and Saint Joseph's had a hard time finding one for anybody other than Bembry.
The Ducks advance to the Sweet Sixteen and will face No. 4 Duke on Thursday in Anaheim, California.