How Oregon won: No. 3 Oregon (31-5) came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to win on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey with 38 seconds remaining Sunday at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.
No. 11 Rhode Island (25-10) received great performances from guards Stanford Robinson (21 points) and Jared Terrell (15) to take 46-38 at halftime and led by 11 in the second half.
But the Ducks kept chipping away at their deficit before taking a lead late only to watch the Rams come back.
After Dorsey's three, Oregon made two stops as a desperate Rhode Island team fired up bad three-point attempts.
Rhode Island shot 51 percent from the field. Oregon shot 48 percent.
What it means: Oregon advances to the Sweet 16 in Kansas City, Mo.
Key sequence: In the first half, UO forward Dillon Brooks gave UO a 25-18 lead on a tip in of a missed three-point attempt from freshman guard Payton Pritchard.
However, Brooks had something to say to the Rams' defenders and received a technical foul. E.C. Matthews made both free throws for Rhode Island to make the score 25-20.
After the game, Brooks said he yelled, "This is a big man's game."
Oregon pushed its lead to 30-22 with 6:36 remaining and then Rhode Island took control. A 10-4 run by the Rams made the score 34-32, UO. Later, Robinson hit a three to give the Rams a 37-36 lead that eventually grew to 46-38 at halftime.
In the second half, the Ducks looked to be in trouble before a late run got them a brief lead. The Rams, however, came back to take a 72-68 lead on a tip-in basket by Robinson. UO senior gaurd Dylan Ennis hit a free throw to make it 72-69. A minute later, Dorsey hit a three to tie the game with 1:46 remaining.
That set up his game-winning heroics with the deep three to win it.
High-flying Ducks: Dorsey was red hot once again this postseason. He made all three of his shots in the first half and finished 9 of 10 for 27 points. He made 4 of 5 from three-point range.
Junior forward Bell had six points and 12 rebounds. Brooks shot poorly (7 of 20), but scored 19 points and had seven rebounds.
Fowl play: Ennis and Pritchard did not show up for this one. Ennis shot 1 of 6 for seven points, but he did have five rebounds and four assists. Pritchard also shot 1 of 6 from the field to finish with five points. He committed four turnovers.
Up next: Oregon will travel to Kansas City, Mo., to play No. 7 Michigan. The Wolverines (26-11) upset No. 2 Louisville (25-9), 73-69 earlier Sunday.