Brooks bails out Oregon in OT
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.