Ducks stop wild ride of Wolver­ines

ORE­GON 69, MICHI­GAN 68

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Eric Ol­son

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

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