Ducks beat Iona, now face Rhode Island in round of 32!

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The 3rd-seeded Oregon Ducks used a big run at the end of the first half and a strong 2nd half to earn a 93-77 victory over the 14-seed Iona Gaels in the Midwest Region.  The Ducks earned their thirtieth win over the season (30-5), and will take on the winner of the 6-seed Creighton Blue Jays and 11-seed Rhode Island Rams in Sacramento on Sunday in the Round of 32.

Tyler Dorsey had a game-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, Jordan Bell collected a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, going 7-for-8 from the floor. Dillon Brooks scored 9 a piece in each half on his way to 18 points with 4 rebounds and 4 assists.  And freshman point guard Payton Pritchard went 4-from-7 from downtown on his way to 16 points with 4 assists and 3 steals.

Iona was led by the 22 points of senior forward Jordan Washington, but used a huge second half from junior Deyshonne Much (5-for-6 on 3-pointers) to keep some pressure on the Ducks down the stretch.

Oregon held a 16-0 lead in fastbreak points, a crucial statistic considering Iona’s ability to get up-&-down the floor.

After jumping out to an early lead at 23-12, the Ducks saw Iona cut the deficit down to one at 29-28 at the 8:11 mark.  That was the closest  the Gaels would come to having the lead, thanks to plays like this from Jordan Bell.

The Ducks outscored the Gaels in the final 8 minutes of the first half 26-9 on their way to a comfortable halftime lead of 55-37.

Kavell Bigby-Williams, the Ducks big-man JUCO transfer who is set to receive plenty of Tournament minutes in the absence of Chis Boucher, enjoyed running the floor in the first half.

Jordan Bell was perfect from the floor in the first half, 6-for-6 for 15 points, with 4 rebounds. Tyler Dorsey joined him in double-figures with 14 first half points. Dillon Brooks, who picked up his second foul in controversial fashion at the 10:00 mark of the first half, had 9 points.

Iona, the nation’s 14th-best 3-point shooting team at 37.9%, went just 3-for-11 from beyond the arc in the first half (25%), contributing to their big deficit. Iona is 10-1 as a team when hitting 10 or more 3pointers.  Oregon also spent a lot of time at the foul line, going 10-for-15 from the stripe in the opening half, while Iona made 6 of their 7 team attempts.

In the second half, Iona went on an early 7-0 run to cut Oregon’s lead to 65-47 at the under-16 timeout.

In the end, though, the Ducks collected themselves and finished strong:

FINAL: Oregon 93 Iona 77.

The Ducks move on to the round of 32 and will face off against #11 seed Rhode Island on Sunday. Tip is set for 4:10pm with complete coverage on 102.9FM/750AM The Game.

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