Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Get to know Oregon, Michigan's Sweet 16 opponent

Get to know Oregon, Michigan's Sweet 16 opponent

That seems surprising, but Dorsey needed to learn that he was more than a shooter, and that playing basketball at OR would require a few other duties.

This pace kept up for the first 11 minutes of the second half, with the Rams forcing turnovers and Robinson and Dorsey continuing to duel. OR is now averaging 79.1 points per game on offense while giving up 65.7 on defense.

After 11th-seeded Rhode Island closed the first half on a 14-2 run for a 46-38 lead over third-seeded OR at intermission, Bob Hurley was lost for words.

The Rams went into halftime with a 46-38 lead, thanks to a strong shooting half.

He was a nightmare for Rhode Island on the perimeter by going 4-for-5 from three.

It wasn't another Dillon Brooks buzzer-beater, but Sunday night had to feel familiar, as OR has grown accustomed to late-game escape acts with two of the nation's best shot makers.

Here's why. Guard E.C. Matthews has started every game, is averaging 14.9 points and is one of the best all-around players in the Atlantic-10 Conference. URI took advantage of the slip in the OR momentum to grab so big Mo its own. The Ducks were starting to feel a little more comfortable after a Jordan Bell lay-up put the team up 8 with 6:36 remaining in the first half. OR was taking care of business against a Rhode Island squad that had only faced one team of Oregon's caliber all season.

Dylan Ennis drew a foul with 2:01 left, making one of two free throws to cut the lead down to 72-69.

Counting out an uptempo team is never wise, though, as OR got hot and went on a 20-10 run to take its first lead of the game since the first half (3:29 mark). Dorsey hit his final 3-point shot with 40 second left in the contest which would make the final score, 75-72.

OR only had Dorsey and Brooks in double-figures though Bell led the way in rebounding with 12 and also had two blocked shots.

Michigan's Sweet 16 matchup against OR in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday will tip-off at 7:09 p.m. on CBS. Stanford Robinson leads in steals with 1.2 per game.

Oregon: Dorsey has scored 20 or more points in a career-high five straight games. The Rams shot 50.8 percent for the game on 30-of-59 shooting including canning six three-pointers but only shot eight free throws, six of which were good.

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