Rams Season Ends with Heartbreaking 75-72 Loss to Oregon

Photo Credit: Alex Subers
Photo Credit: Alex Subers

How It Happened
Eleventh-seeded Rhode Island's season came to an end as the Rams lost a heartbreaker, 75-72, to third-seeded Oregon in the Round of 32 Sunday night.

Tyler Dorsey knocked down a long-range 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to help the Ducks (31-5) advance to the Sweet 16.

Oregon delivered the first punch, using an 11-2 run to establish an eight-point lead at 18-10 following a free throw by Dylan Ennis. Rhode Island was able to cut the deficit to five points, but Oregon's Tyler Dorsey was fouled attempting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to push the Duck advantage back to 28-20 with 7:28 to go in the half.

From there, Rhode Island (25-10) caught fire, making nine consecutive field goal attempts. Four of the shots during the run came from Stanford Robinson, whose 3-pointer gave the Rams a 37-36 lead with 2:52 remaining in the half. Rhode Island stayed hot in the closing minutes, as a Jared Terrell jumper six seconds before the half capped a 24-10 run that put the Rams up 46-38 heading into the break.

The Rams got their lead to as many as 11 points in the second half following a drive by Robinson that made the score 56-45 with 13:39 to go. The Ducks began to chip away at the lead, cutting the Rhody lead to 64-60. Terrell stemmed the bleeding with a stepback jumper to make it 66-60. Oregon then went on an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the second half, 68-66 with 3:36 to go.

Rhode Island responded with four straight points. Terrell hit and jumper, and after a defensive stop, Robinson scored on a tip-in to make it 72-68, forcing the Ducks to call time with 2:11 to go. Brooks hit one free throw and Oregon grabbed the rebound on the miss, then another offensive board before Dorsey hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with 1:44 to go. Both sides came up empty on the next few possessions before Dorsey hit his game-winner. Rhode Island had a couple shots in the closing seconds, but could not score.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Stanford Robinson matched his career high with 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting… He had 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor in the first half.
  • Junior Jared Terrell finished with 15 points, six assists and three steals.
  • Junior E.C. Matthews had 13 points and four rebounds. He had 10 points in the first half. 
  • With Hassan Martin plagued by foul trouble, freshman Cyril Langevine delivered a huge first half, scoring nine points to go with six rebounds, two steals and one assist. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and made his lone free throw attempt in the half. He finished with nine points and nine boards.
  • Senior Kuran Iverson had nine points and six rebounds.
  • Rhode Island got a huge showing from its bench, which outscored Oregon's bench 30-11.  
  • The Rams shot 59.4 percent (19-of-32) from the floor in the first half, despite hitting just 3-of-12 from 3-point range.
  • Rhode Island scored 16 points off of 10 Oregon turnovers in the first half. The Rams committed just five turnovers of their own before the break.
  • Oregon advantage at the free throw line, making 18-of-27 at the stripe. Rhode Island was 6-for-8.

Stats of the Game
15 – Oregon had 15 offensive rebounds, leading to 22 second chance points.