Brooks bails out Oregon in OT

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Dillon Brooks came up short with a chance to win the game in reg­u­la­tion. Given an­other shot, he wasn’t go­ing to miss.

Brooks hit a long 3pointer with 22 sec­onds left in over­time and scored 17 points, lift­ing No. 13 Oregon to a 69-65 vic­tory over Ten­nessee at the Maui In­vi­ta­tional on Tues­day in Lahaina, Hawaii.

“I knew I had to re­deem my­self,” Brooks said.

Oregon (3-2) shot poorly in a loss to Ge­orge­town in its Maui opener and con­tin­ued to strug­gle on Day 2. The Ducks shot 34 per­cent, in­clud­ing 5 of 17 from 3point range. But they have Brooks. The pre­sea­son Al­lAmer­i­can was lim­ited to eight points in 13 min­utes in his re­turn from an off­sea­son foot in­jury Mon­day, leav­ing him frus­trated. Ducks coach Dana Alt­man gave his star more play­ing time and Brooks de­liv­ered, hit­ting 4 of 9 shots and 7 of 10 free throws in 25 min­utes.

Brooks has been his best when the game’s on the line and came through when Oregon needed him in Maui — af­ter fail­ing at the end of reg­u­la­tion.

The ju­nior guard missed an open shot at the reg­u­la­tion buzzer, but pulled up with­out hes­i­ta­tion in over­time. Brooks drained that shot from be­hind the arc, then grabbed a de­fen­sive re­bound af­ter the Vols (1-3) missed be­fore be­ing fouled. Big loss: Mississippi State sopho­more guard Quin­ndary Weather­spoon will miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter tear­ing lig­a­ments in his left wrist dur­ing the Bull­dogs’ 80-68 win over Boise State on Fri­day. He will need surgery.

Weather­spoon, who scored a ca­reer- high 25 points in the game, av­er­aged a team-high 18.8 points per game. Coach sus­pended: More­head State coach Sean Woods was sus­pended with pay while the school in­ves­ti­gates com­plaints it re­ceived.

The school didn’t pro­vide de­tails on the com­plaints.

Woods, 46, who played at Kentucky from 1988 to 1992, is in his fifth sea­son as coach of the Ea­gles. In his first sea­son, he was sus­pended one game for shov­ing a player.

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