Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Damyean Dotson scored a 19 points to lead the Oregon Ducks to an 83-79 upset of No. 18 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels on Friday night.
Leading 81-79, Dotson grabbed the rebound after a miss by UNLV’s Anthony Marshall with 9.1 seconds left and was fouled by Marshall.
He sank two free throws for the final margin.
Dotson was one of four Ducks to score in double figures. Carlos Emory had 16 points, Ben Carter added 12 and Dominic Artis contributed 11.
UNLV was led by freshman Anthony Bennett’s double-double — 22 points and 10 rebounds. Katin Reinhardt scored all of his 18 points in the second half, while Justin Hawkins added 12 and Bryce Dejean-Jones put in 11.
Reinhardt led the second-half surge, making four 3-pointers.
“I didn’t like some of our execution, but the guys played hard and found a way to win,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said.
After UNLV started with a 9-2 run in just less than the first two minutes of the game, Oregon made a run of its own, outscoring the Runnin’ Rebels 23-7 to
open up a 25-16 lead on UNLV’s home court.
In a wild second half that had 16 lead changes and five ties, the Runnin’ Rebels raced out with an 8-2 run to take a 45-42 lead at the 14:54 mark. But Oregon never lost focus and used a 13-5 run of its own to regain control.
But after falling behind 74-73 with 2:34 left in the game, Oregon’s Dotson took over to score eight of the Ducks’ final 10 points.
The win over UNLV (2-1) in the semifinals of the Global Sports Classic placed Oregon (5-0) on a championship game Saturday against No. 22 Cincinnati in the Classic.
UNLV extended its NCAA Division I record for most consecutive games scoring a 3-pointer. It has converted at least one 3-pointer in all 843 games played since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87.