Ore­gon ral­lies late to beat URI

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With Ore­gon’s sea­son on the brink of an early NCAA Tour­na­ment exit, Tyler Dorsey and Dil­lon Brooks de­liv­ered as they have so many times this sea­son in crunch time.

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.

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).

With Ore­gon’s sea­son on the brink of an early NCAA Tour­na­ment exit, 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’ three­p­oint play at 52.6 — in the last 3:23.

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