Oregon Rallies Late To Beat URI, Reach Sweet 16

Confident URI Can Beat Oregon

While the Rhode Island built its 11 point lead with 13:40 left to go, OR 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.

According to Pomeroy's college basketball ratings, one of the best indicators of future wins heading into the tournament, OR is less than one point per 100 possessions better than MI, the lowest difference among any of the upcoming Sweet 16 matchups, giving the Ducks just a 52 percent chance at moving on to the Elite Eight. Rhode Island now averages 73.7 points per game on offense while the defense gives up just 65.1 points per game. The Ducks will take on MI in the Sweet 16 later this week.

The Rams took the lead early on in the game but OR caught up for a nail biting second half. Dillon Brooks shot 7 for 20 for the game, but started 1 for 6.

He was a nightmare for Rhode Island on the perimeter by going 4-for-5 from three. Dorsey wound up with the ball just past half-court, dribbled for about 10 seconds, then pulled up from well beyond the arc for the deciding score. On top of that, the Ducks have to crash the offensive glass the same way. He grinned from ear to ear after sinking a mid-range jumper at the 14:02 mark of the second half and Rhode Island appeared poised for another upset after stunning Creighton in the first round two days earlier. Rhode Island responded with a mini-surge of its own, but Dorsey responded, first with a game-tying 3-pointer after a pair of Jordan Bell offensive rebounds and then with his ice-cold game victor.

OR committed 14 turnovers and failed to secure key defensive rebounds playing again without injured big man Chris Boucher, who tore the ACL in his left knee during the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. OR was taking care of business against a Rhode Island squad that had only faced one team of Oregon's caliber all season. "We overcame stuff like this all year", Bell said. The Rams are one of the hottest teams in the nation, having won nine games in a row, their longest winning streak in nine years, and 13 of their last 15.

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The Ducks also won't get as many open looks as they have through the first two rounds.

"Coach kicked the camera crew and just went ham on us", Brooks said. "I told him after the game, 'How would you have felt in a close ballgame like this if that was the difference?' ..."

Rhode Island had one last chance, but E.C. Matthews missed the game-tying three in the final seconds.

"We feel very fortunate to be moving on and we know how hard MI will be on Thursday".

Oregon: Dorsey has scored 20 or more points in a career-high five straight games.

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