Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Oregon's late rally eliminates URI

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Oregon's late rally eliminates URI

Brooks scored 19, while Dorsey stole the show by going 9-for-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from 3-point range to rack up 27 points, his fifth straight game scoring over 20. OR won 75-72 after E.C. Matthews missed a 3-point shot in the last few seconds of the game.

The Rhode Island Rams (25-9) are coming from an 84-72 win over Creighton in which Jeff Dowtin scored 23 points in 6-for-8 shooting from the field and 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

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.

In the video above, watch highlights from Oregon's win over Rhode Island. OR has taken 24 of 32 (75 percent) catch-and-shoot opportunities unguarded, per Synergy Sports, scoring 1.08 points per shot.

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).

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. "There was [sic] 2 minutes left, I dropped them and I had to keep playing, and we kept playing and kept fighting and hit the glass and got crucial offensive rebounds", Dorsey said. Dorsey hit his third big 3-pointer with 1:48 left and the game was tied at 72. With the Rams shooting a scorching 59.4 percent from the field in the first half, to go along with 10 turnovers for the Ducks, it was easy to see why OR found itself in such a deficit.

OR settled down, playing aggressive defensively with a full-court man defense and looking for traps whenever possible. Then Stanford Robinson tip in a shot with 2:20 left to go and it was Rhode Island 72 and OR 68. "We overcame stuff like this all year", Bell said.

Robinson, a transfer from IN who sat out last season, responded after being held to two points on 1-for-5 shooting against Creighton. He missed all of February and wondered if his first season would end early after previously suffering knee injuries at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle that limited him to 10 games as a junior and 13 as a senior.

"Coach kicked the camera crew and just went ham on us", Brooks said. But Dorsey is one of the tournament's hottest players and Brooks is one of its best players, giving OR a duo as capable of making big shots with the game on the line as anybody left in the bracket. The Ducks came out more aggressive but were unable to cut into Rhode Island's lead for most of the second half. "I told him after the game, 'How would you have felt in a close ballgame like this if that was the difference?' ..." "It's very hard to describe", he said.

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