March Madness 2017: Tyler Dorsey bails out OR with game-winner
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 0:40
Tyler Dorsey was the story of the game by scoring 27 points including the last six points on two 3-pointers. They went up 37-36 on a 3-pointer by Robinson, led by six following a three-point play by Matthews and carried a 46-38 advantage into the break after Terrell sank a jumper from the right side with eight seconds remaining.
Dillon Brooks had five of those offensive rebounds as he had seven total and would finish with 19 points.
OR actually jumped out to a lead early in the first half, but Rhode Island fought back and led by 12 at halftime. Dorsey was the star for the Ducks with 27 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field including 4-for-5 from three point land. Rhode Island now averages 73.7 points per game on offense while the defense gives up just 65.1 points per game. OR trailed Rhode Island, 46-38 at the half and was getting very little scoring from anyone besides Dorsey.
Playing on the anniversary of the school's first Sweet 16 berth in 1988, the No. 11 Rhode Island Rams couldn't punch their ticket to the Big Dance's second weekend this year. Brooks tops in steals with 1.2 per game. URI took advantage of the slip in the OR momentum to grab so big Mo its own.
The Ducks also won't get as many open looks as they have through the first two rounds.
OR 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.
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. Dorsey hit his final 3-point shot with 40 second left in the contest which would make the final score, 75-72. OR cut the deficit to one on a transition basket by Jordan Bell and took a 68-66 lead on a 3-pointer by Brooks, setting the stage for a thrilling finish.
OR now travels to Kansas City for the next round and will face MI on Thursday.
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.
Oregon: Dorsey has scored 20 or more points in a career-high five straight games.
Rhode Island shot 50.8 percent and made just 6 of 22 from beyond the arc.