Oregon rallies in second half to turn back upset-minded Rhode Island


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.

No joke: Dorsey, usually overshadowed by teammate Dillon Brooks, is the main reason OR has overcome the loss of star forward Chris Boucher and is headed back to the Sweet 16.

Rhode Island +5 vs. Oregon O/U 141 Recommendation: Rhode Island When we talk about impact injuries on the defensive end of the court, the Ducks loss of shot blocking center Chris Boucher really stands out.

Tyler Dorsey led the Ducks with 27 points. 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.

One would think OR would be ahead after winning the first-half rebounding battle 18-13, but Rhode Island took a 46-38 advantage into the 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).

It wasn't another Dillon Brooks buzzer-beater, but Sunday night had to feel familiar, as OR has grown accustomed to late-game escape acts with two of the nation's best shot makers.

Rhode Island had one last chance, but E.C. Matthews missed the game-tying three in the final seconds. At 4:51 Brooks canned a 3-pointer giving the Ducks a 68-66 lead but the drama wasn't over yet.

Rhode Island stretched its lead to 11 on a 3-pointer by Kuran Iverson early in the second half.

Brooks started the rally by sinking three free throws after being fouled attempting a 3-pointer. OR was taking care of business against a Rhode Island squad that had only faced one team of Oregon's caliber all season. Take that element away from OR, and it's a big blow. 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. Dorsey hit his final 3-point shot with 40 second left in the contest which would make the final score, 75-72. Bell leads in rebounds with 8.1 while Payton Pritchard leads in assists with 3.9 per game.

Michigan's Sweet 16 matchup against OR in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday will tip-off at 7:09 p.m. on CBS.

For the game OR 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.