Dorsey Sends Rams To End Of Rhode

Dorsey Sends Rams To End Of Rhode

No. 3 seed OR was on the ropes the entire second half but finally began closing the gap, not surprisingly behind the impressive shot-making of Brooks, the Pac-12's player of the year, then Dorsey. Forward Dillon Brooks added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (31-5). The way the matchup with Rhode Island started was turnover laden for the Ducks, but the team regrouped and found a small spark in the second half.

After Oregon's Tyler Dorsey knocked down a clutch 3-pointer to give Oregon the three-point lead, Rhode Island had 40 seconds to draw even. Meanwhile, it's another hurdle cleared for OR, which survived without injured 6-foot-10 rim protector Chris Boucher and despite allowing URI's Stanford Robinson to score 21 points off the bench.

The Rams went into halftime with a 46-38 lead, thanks to a strong shooting half.

However, it will have to defend the perimeter like it did against Rhode Island, who shot only 27.3 percent from three (6-of-22). Brooks tops in steals with 1.2 per game. Rhode Island seemed a step faster and quicker hands helped the Rams in collecting loose balls giving them second-chance opportunities. He was 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

Rhode Island stretched its lead to 11 on a 3-pointer by Kuran Iverson early in the second half. URI took advantage of the slip in the OR momentum to grab so big Mo its own.

Dylan Ennis drew a foul with 2:01 left, making one of two free throws to cut the lead down to 72-69.

With 38 seconds left and the game tied at 72, Dorsey stepped into a contested three at the top of the key to put OR up 75-72.

Tied at 72 with 1:09 left. The Rams suffocated Oregon's offense and forced the Ducks into 10 first-half turnovers.

OR only had Dorsey and Brooks in double-figures though Bell led the way in rebounding with 12 and also had two blocked shots.

The Wolverines are in the Sweet 16 for the third time in five years with their seventh win in a row - the last five have all come against NCAA Tournament opponents. The streak-shooting sophomore is heating up at the right time, having scored 21 or more points in all five of Oregon's postseason games. The Rams shot 50.8 percent for the game on 30-of-59 shooting including canning six three-pointers but only shot eight free throws, six of which were good.

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