Forty minutes of game time can be overshadowed by one moment.
Third-seeded OR used some timely shooting in a game defined by streaks to avoid an upset at the hands of No. 11 Rhode Island on Sunday, escaping 75-72 during a Midwest Region encounter at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
Meanwhile, Oregon will be going to their second straight Sweet 16 as they try to improve upon last season. 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. Stanford Robinson tied his career high by cashing in 21 points off the bench. The University of Rhode Island can beat Oregon Sunday night at Sacramento. With the Rams shooting a scorching 59.4 percent from the field in the first half, to go along with 10 turnovers for the Ducks, it was easy to see why OR found itself in such a deficit.
Rhode Island entered the Round of 32 having won nine games in a row, vaulting from the bubble to safely into the field as the Atlantic 10 tournament champion.
But Oregon responded after halftime.
Rhode Island stretched its lead to 11 on a 3-pointer by Kuran Iverson early in the second half.
Smith returned for the final game of the regular season against Oregon State and played two minutes against both Arizona State and Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament.
"It's just my teammates, " he said with a sheepish grin. "He was just letting the game flow".
For the final nine-minute stretch, OR outscored Rhode Island 18-11. Brooks hit two threes and Dorsey added two more.
"We both made a decision to come here 4 years ago".
Dorsey's game-tying 3 with 1:47 left came after Jordan Bell grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked it to the hot shooter. "I got used to the game and the speed". Clearly, though, that's all the Ducks needed.
"Coach kicked the camera crew and just went ham on us", Brooks said. In the first round of the tournament, the Ducks took care of No. 14 Iona, 93-77.
On the season, Rhode Island basketball is averaging 73.5 points, 37.5 rebounds and 13.5 assists per game.
In the second half, OR only had four.
"I think the difference in the game the first half, our turnovers really put us in a bad hole", Altman said. As long as the Rams keep their defensive intensity, they can pull of the upset. The second half we had 4 turnovers and they only got 5 points off those turnovers. "So I thought that was really significant". The Ducks will take on MI in the Sweet 16 later this week. "It's very hard to describe". "Hopefully, we'll be ready and be able to give 'em a good game", Altman said.