Ducks stop wild ride of Wolverines
OREGON 69, MICHIGAN 68
kansas city, mo.» Tyler Dorsey’s teammates call him “Mr. March.” Yeah, that fits. Dorsey scored 20 points, including the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded Oregon held on to end No. 7 Michigan’s dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in the Midwest Regional semifinals Thursday night.
“We lean on him right now,” the Ducks’ Dylan Ennis said of Dorsey. “He’s playing his best basketball, and it’s coming at the right time.”
Dorsey’s recent surge has been timely, for sure. He has scored 20 or more points in six consecutive games, a stretch that has seen Pac-12 player of the year Dillon Brooks struggle with his own shot.
Oregon didn’t have the win secured until Derrick Walton Jr., who had carried the Wolverines the last three weeks, was off with his long jumper just before the final buzzer.
For the Ducks (32-5), it’s on to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year.
For the Wolverines (26-12), it’s the end of a wild ride.
“The kids fought their hearts out this whole season,” Michigan coach John Beilein said, “but particularly this last six weeks to be more than a story. It was a great team. They were becoming a great team before the story. We weren’t sharp as we would have liked to have been today, but you have to credit Oregon with that.”
Jordan Bell had a double-double for the Ducks, with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Brooks added 12 points and Ennis scored 10.
Walton led the Wolverines with 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Zak Irvin had 14 of his 19 points in the second half and D.J. Wilson had 12 points.
The Ducks’ run to the regional final has come without star big man Chris Boucher, who went out in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals with a season-ending knee injury.
Oregon had plenty of inside game without Boucher, outscoring the Wolverines 34-16 in the paint and outrebounding them 36-31.
Oregon’s Dillon Brooks, the Pac-12 player of the year, tries to score Thursday against Michigan’s D.J. Wilson. The Ducks advanced to the Midwest title game. Ronald Martinez, Getty Images