Matt Carlino was heating up, open 3-point shots that rattled out in the first half were beginning to fall, and the mostly red-clad crowd of 17,749 at the Bradley Center was on its feet, urging the upset-minded BYU Cougars to complete their comeback from an early 14-point deficit.

BYU was within three points, remarkably, given the way the Cougars were shooting and defending.

Then came the longest timeout in Carlino’s life.

"We were just sitting there — those timeouts are really long in the tournament," Carlino said. "We were thinking, ‘Let us get back on the court. We’re hot.’ I think we just kind of lost a little juice after that timeout. After that, we couldn’t get back in it. They just kind of put us away."

And so ended 10th-seeded BYU’s short-lived run in the NCAA Tournament, as seventh-seeded Oregon exploded past the Cougars in the final 12 minutes to take an 87-68 win in the Round of 64 game.

"They were better than us tonight, so give them credit," Carlino said.

Oregon (24-9) moves on play Wisconsin on Saturday in front of what will basically be a home crowd for the Badgers, while BYU (23-12) extended its nation-leading run of playing in the most NCAA tournaments, 28, without ever making it to the Final Four.

"It sucks, losing," said BYU freshman Eric Mika, who battled foul trouble to score 15 points — mostly on 11 of 16 shooting from the free-throw line — in 25 minutes. "No one likes losing. I hate losing, and it sucks that this run with these guys is over, because it is going to be a lot different when I come back from my mission [to Rome]."