URI fell to No. 3 OR, 75-72, and the Ducks finished the game on 7-0 run in the game's final 2:01.
Rhode Island had multiple chances to force overtime after Dorsey's 3-pointer, but guards Stanford Robinson and E.C. Matthews both missed contested threes. Tyler Dorsey led the team with 24 points while Jordan Bell had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Cyril Langevine added another nine off the bench in a game where star forward Hassan Martin got into foul trouble early and didn't score. Maybe the biggest negative was the lack of offensive aggressiveness, with the Rams shooting just eight free throws compared to 27 for Oregon.
Rhode Island +5 vs. Oregon O/U 141 Recommendation: Rhode Island When we talk about impact injuries on the defensive end of the court, the Ducks loss of shot blocking center Chris Boucher really stands out.
Langevine scored inside before Bell scored to put OR up 30-22. The Midwest's No. 11 seed, Rhode Island beat Creighton by 12 in the first round, earning its first tournament win since its 1998 Elite Eight run, in its first tournament appearance since 1999.
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).
But Dorsey is one of the tournament's hottest players and Brooks is one of its best players, giving OR a duo as capable of making big shots with the game on the line as anybody left in the bracket.
The third-seeded Ducks will face the seventh-seeded Michigan Wolverines in the Sweet Sixteen on Thursday.
That's how the emotion can swing in the NCAA tournament.