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Oregon rallies late to beat URI, reach Midwest Regional

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Once the game ended and Oregon had narrowly advanced with a hard-fought NCAA Tournament win, Tyler Dorsey considered his two missed free throws with 3:36 left and how there might have been no celebrations at all.

Instead, Dorsey delivered two clutch 3-pointers to send the Ducks back to the Sweet Sixteen for a second straight year and third in five years.

Dorsey hit a contested go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 38.4 seconds to play, then E.C. Matthews airballed a long 3 in the waning moments trying to force overtime, and third-seeded Oregon rallied in the second half to beat upstart No. 11 Rhode Island 75-72 on Sunday and reach the Midwest Regional.

''During the game I had to let it go. There was 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. ''I just hit some big shots.''

With Oregon's season on the brink, Dorsey and Dillon Brooks came through in the clutch as they have so many times this season.

Dorsey also tied the game with a 3 with 1:45 remaining on the way to 27 points before Brooks took a charge on the other end for Oregon (31-5).

Brooks found his shooting stroke as he typically does and scored 19 points despite a 7-for-20 shooting day. Dorsey made 9 of 10 shots with four 3-pointers.

Rhode Island nearly scrapped and hustled its way into the next round, with Stanford Robinson matching his career high of 21 points as the Rams (25-10) had their nine-game winning streak snapped to end the season.

Dorsey missed two free throws with 3:36 left but made up for it.

The Ducks led early behind Dorsey's fast start, but Rhode Island grabbed momentum late in the first half.

URI closed the first half on a 14-2 run - including 7-0 over the final 1:30 with Matthews' three-point play at 52.6 - in the last 3:23.

Robinson helped the bench contribute 30 points. 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.

The Rams kept crashing the offensive glass to create extra chances. They hit the court for loose balls. But Rhode Island missed a big stat line from star Hassan Martin, who had no points or rebounds playing just 14 minutes because of foul trouble.

Oregon 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.

''That defense we faced is as good as any defense we faced all year,'' Oregon coach Dana Altman said. ''We were very fortunate today with our turnovers to get that done.''

Rhode Island exhibited the kind of good, old-fashioned hustle fifth-year coach Dan Hurley's dad taught: Like Kuran Iverson's putback with 10:53 left and a block of Brooks' shot moments later on the other end.

Robinson, a transfer from Indiana who sat out last season, responded after being held to two points on 1-for-5 shooting against Creighton. The junior guard had gone just 2 of 9 over his two previous games, but shot 10 for 12 on his biggest stage yet.

Hurley hugged and comforted his distraught players, who captured the Atlantic 10 championship to earn the program's first NCAA bid in 18 years then won the first NCAA Tournament game by the school since advancing to the 1998 Elite Eight and losing to Stanford.

''An amazing season for us, conference champions, the run we've been on, the heart we showed today and the high level of play,'' Hurley said.

FIRST TECHNICAL FOUL

After Dylan Ennis' jawing earned the Ducks a warning, Brooks received a first-half technical - and Altman didn't like it one bit.

''Unacceptable,'' the coach said. ''I told him after the game, `How would you have felt in a close ballgame like this if that was the difference?' ... I was disappointed.''

BIG PICTURE

Rhode Island: The Rams were one of six teams in the round of 32 with a winning streak of nine games or more - but missed matching the program's longest since 10 in a row in 1997-98. ... Rhode Island is 5-16 all-time against Pac-12 opponents.... Bobby Hurley wasn't in the stands as he had to return to host recruits at Arizona State, but coaching father Bob watched proudly. ''It's very difficult to describe,'' he said.

Oregon: Dorsey has scored 20 or more points in a career-high five straight games. ... Jordan Bell had 12 rebounds for the Ducks.

UP NEXT

In finals week now, Oregon advances to play Thursday against seventh-seeded Michigan in the Midwest Regional at Kansas City, Missouri.

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Key Players
J. Terrell
D. Ennis
31.1 Min. Per Game 31.1
10.8 Pts. Per Game 10.8
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
41.9 Field Goal % 42.5
34.6 Three Point % 36.8
75.0 Free Throw % 74.8
  Defensive rebound by Dillon Brooks 4.0
  E.C. Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
  Personal foul on Payton Pritchard 11.0
  Offensive rebound by Jeff Dowtin 21.0
  Stanford Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot 23.0
+ 3 Tyler Dorsey made 3-pt. jump shot 38.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jared Terrell, stolen by Oregon 57.0
  Full timeout called 1:09
  Defensive rebound by Jeff Dowtin 1:16
  Dylan Ennis missed jump shot 1:18
  Turnover on E.C. Matthews 1:38
Team Stats
Points 72 75
Field Goals 30-59 (50.8%) 25-52 (48.1%)
3-Pointers 6-22 (27.3%) 7-16 (43.8%)
Free Throws 6-8 (75.0%) 18-27 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 28 35
Offensive 8 13
Defensive 18 20
Team 2 2
Assists 11 11
Steals 8 8
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 11 14
Fouls 21 14
Technicals 0 1
away team logo
13
S. Robinson G
21 PTS, 2 REB
home team logo
5
T. Dorsey G
27 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo11 Rhode Island 25-10 462672
home team logo3 Oregon 31-5383775
Team Stats
away team logo11 Rhode Island 25-10 73.6 PPG 40.1 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo3 Oregon 31-5 78.9 PPG 39.3 RPG 15.7 APG
Key Players
13
S. Robinson G 6.4 PPG 2.6 RPG 1.6 APG 44.5 FG%
00
T. Dorsey G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
13
S. Robinson G 21 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
5
T. Dorsey G 27 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
50.8 FG% 48.1
27.3 3PT FG% 43.8
75.0 FT% 66.7
Rhode Island
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Terrell 36 15 3 6 4 0 3 2 7/11 1/4 0/0 1 2
E. Matthews 33 13 4 0 0 1 3 4 4/14 1/6 4/5 0 4
K. Iverson 34 9 6 2 0 1 0 1 3/8 2/6 1/2 1 5
J. Dowtin 19 5 2 0 0 0 1 3 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 1
H. Martin 14 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Terrell 36 15 3 6 4 0 3 2 7/11 1/4 0/0 1 2
E. Matthews 33 13 4 0 0 1 3 4 4/14 1/6 4/5 0 4
K. Iverson 34 9 6 2 0 1 0 1 3/8 2/6 1/2 1 5
J. Dowtin 19 5 2 0 0 0 1 3 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 1
H. Martin 14 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Robinson 22 21 2 0 0 0 1 2 10/12 1/3 0/0 1 1
C. Langevine 22 9 9 1 3 0 1 2 4/4 0/0 1/1 4 5
J. Garrett 14 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
N. Akele 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Berry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Layssard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Tertsea - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Dadika - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Leviton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 72 26 11 8 2 11 21 30/59 6/22 6/8 8 18
Oregon
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Dorsey 35 27 5 3 3 0 4 2 9/10 4/5 5/9 1 4
D. Brooks 31 19 7 0 0 0 1 3 7/20 2/6 3/3 5 2
D. Ennis 37 7 5 4 0 0 3 1 1/6 1/3 4/6 0 5
J. Bell 33 6 12 2 1 2 2 0 3/6 0/0 0/2 6 6
P. Pritchard 31 5 2 2 1 0 4 2 1/6 0/2 3/4 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Dorsey 35 27 5 3 3 0 4 2 9/10 4/5 5/9 1 4
D. Brooks 31 19 7 0 0 0 1 3 7/20 2/6 3/3 5 2
D. Ennis 37 7 5 4 0 0 3 1 1/6 1/3 4/6 0 5
J. Bell 33 6 12 2 1 2 2 0 3/6 0/0 0/2 6 6
P. Pritchard 31 5 2 2 1 0 4 2 1/6 0/2 3/4 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Bigby-Williams 13 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 2/2 0/0 1/1 1 1
C. Benson 16 4 0 0 3 0 0 3 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Smith 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 0
C. Noebel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Sorkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Cage - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Gross - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 75 33 11 8 2 14 14 25/52 7/16 18/27 13 20