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Tyler Dorsey takes over the game to propel the win.

The Oregon Ducks advanced on the Sweet-16 and a showdown with Michigan next Thursday by beating a hard-nosed team from the University Rhode Island, 75-72. Tyler Dorsey was the story of the game by scoring 27 points including the last six points on two 3-pointers. Dillon Brooks was the only other Duck in double figure with 19.

For most of the game, the Ducks were in Rhode Island’s rearview mirror, by playing aggressive defense that frustrated the Ducks. At one point at the 13:40 mark of the second half, Rhode Island led by 11 at 56-45. Rhode Island seemed a step faster and quicker hands helped the Rams in collecting loose balls giving them second-chance opportunities. The Rams had a total of nine rebounds, many of which were gathered in because of pure hustle.

Oregon out-rebounded Rhode Island 35-28, including a 15-9 edge in offensive rebounds, but the Ducks let too many missed Ram shots get away from them.

DorseyDorsey was the go-to guy all day long as he had 10 points in the first half and was the only Duck in double-figure scoring when the first 20 minutes were up. Oregon trailed Rhode Island, 46-38 at the half and was getting very little scoring from anyone besides Dorsey. Brooks had eight points in the first 20 minutes by was saddled with two personal fouls, one of which a technical foul.

Oregon came out in the second half and continued to struggle with Rhode Island’s defensive toughness, but it was Oregon’s defense in the last 10 minutes of the game that changed the complexion of the contest. While the Rhode Island built its 11 point lead with 13:40 left to go, Oregon continued to try to get back into the game and with 10:44 left to go, Dorsey hit one of his four 3-pointers to cut URI’s lead to 60-55. Still though the Rams were playing as if it were their game to lose and built its lead built back up to seven at 64-57 until Dorsey hit another big 3-pointer with 8:38 left in the game and URI ahead 64-60.

Baskets were exchanged allowing the Rams to go back up by six at 66-60, but then Brooks was fouled on a 3-point shot, at the 6:03 mark. The officials called a media timeout but when play resumed, Brooks hit all three of his free throws and the Ducks trailed 66-63, setting up a Jordan Bell lay-in from an assist by Dorsey with 5:34 left in the contest and it was a one-point game at 66-65. At 4:51 Brooks canned a 3-pointer giving the Ducks a 68-66 lead but the drama wasn’t over yet. URI tied the game on an E.J. Matthews jumper.

Dorsey had a chance to get the lead back as he was fouled and sent the line for two free throws with 3:36 left to go in the contest, but he missed both shots. URI took advantage of the slip in the Oregon momentum to grab so big Mo its own. With 3:14 on the clock, Jared Terrell hit a jumper to make it 70-68 URI. Then Stanford Robinson tip in a shot with 2:20 left to go and it was Rhode Island 72 and Oregon 68.

Oregon suddenly was very cool at the charity stripe as Dylan Ennis had two freebies to shoot but he missed the first one of two but the score was then 72-69 and 2:01 left in the game. Dorsey hit his third big 3-pointer with 1:48 left and the game was tied at 72. Dorsey hit his final 3-point shot with 40 second left in the contest which would make the final score, 75-72.

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

For the game Oregon shot 48.1 percent from the field on 25-of-52 shooting including seven 3-point shots and were 18-of-27 in free throw shooting.

URI was led in scoring by Robinson with 21 with Terrell adding 15 and Matthews with 13. 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.

Oregon now travels to Kansas City for the next round and will face Michigan on Thursday.

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