Tyler Dorsey is Mr. Clutch and Mr. March for Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks' Dillon Brooks and Oregon State Beavers' Sydney Wiese

With center Chris Boucher out after suffering a season-ending injury in the Pac-12 tournament, the Ducks needed their sophomore guard to come up big, and will require another big game from Dorsey to avoid an upset at the hands of No. 7 MI, winners over No. 10 Oklahoma State and No. 2 Louisville.

Then, with 38.4 seconds left, Dorsey did it again.

Instead, Dorsey delivered two clutch 3-pointers to send the Ducks back to the Sweet Sixteen for a second straight year and third in five years.

No. 11 Rhode Island gave OR all it could handle, but a late surge in the second half, some clutch offensive rebounds and big-time threes gave the Ducks a 75-72 win.

That's because it's his wife, Lynn, who during her Shockers' game against Kentucky was, well, just take a look.

OR trailed by as many as 11 points early in the second half and still was behind by six with just over six minutes to play. The officials called a media timeout but when play resumed, Brooks hit all three of his free throws and the Ducks trailed 66-63, setting up a Jordan Bell lay-in from an assist by Dorsey with 5:34 left in the contest and it was a one-point game at 66-65. OR has taken 24 of 32 (75 percent) catch-and-shoot opportunities unguarded, per Synergy Sports, scoring 1.08 points per shot.

Dorsey made 9 of 10 field-goal attempts to post his fifth consecutive 20-point game.

Brooks started the rally by sinking three free throws after being fouled attempting a 3-pointer. At one point at the 13:40 mark of the second half, Rhode Island led by 11 at 56-45. Dorsey was a force all night long, carrying his team with a barrage of jump shots, no bigger than the game victor he hit with 36 seconds left.

Robinson helped the bench contribute 30 points.

The Rams fell behind by eight early, but they finished the first half on a 24-8 run to take an eight-point lead into the locker room. On top of that, the Ducks have to crash the offensive glass the same way. They hit the court for loose balls.

The Rams closed the half by hitting 11 of their final 12 shots, at one point going on a 14-2 run.

OR committed 14 turnovers and failed to secure key defensive rebounds playing again without injured big man Chris Boucher, who tore the ACL in his left knee during the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. "We were very fortunate today with our turnovers to get that done". In the first half, Rhode Island shot 59 percent from the field.

URI was led in scoring by Robinson with 21 with Terrell adding 15 and Matthews with 13. The junior guard had gone just 2 of 9 over his two previous games, but shot 10 for 12 on his biggest stage yet. Dorsey might not have been well known before Sunday, but now he'll be famous thanks to that epic game-winner.

"We feel very fortunate to be moving on and we know how hard MI will be on Thursday", Oregon coach Dana Altman said.

The Ducks also won't get as many open looks as they have through the first two rounds.

"Like Coach always says, keep my focus first on defense and rebounding and the offense, let it come, " Dorsey said. "I told him after the game, 'How would you have felt in a close ballgame like this if that was the difference?' ... We're getting better and better each year and Rhode Island is just getting started", said E.C. Matthews. Bobby Hurley wasn't in the stands as he had to return to host recruits at Arizona State, but coaching father Bob watched proudly.



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