LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Damyean Dotson scored four points in the final 19 seconds to lead the University of Oregon to an 83-79 win over No. 18 UNLV in the semifinals of the Global Sports Classic on Friday in the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Ducks’ win snapped UNLV’s 20-game regular-season home winning streak and pushed Oregon into the championship game of the Global Sports Classic where they will play No. 22 Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night in a game that will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
Dotson, a true freshman from Houston, scored a season-high 19 points to lead the Ducks. He also handed out three assists and grabbed three rebounds.
Senior Carlos Emory added 16 points and a team-high nine boards for Oregon, while Las Vegas native Ben Carter, also a true freshman, added a season-high 12 points and five rebounds.
Dominic Artis, yet another true freshman, scored 11 points, including nine in the first half that helped Oregon overcome an early deficit.
Anthony Bennett led UNLV (2-1) with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Katin Reinhardt scored all 18 of his points after intermission.
Oregon (5-0) made 24-of-29 free throws to overcome a 3-for-19 night from 3-point range. The Ducks also outscored UNLV 36-26 in the paint despite the Oregon bigs battling foul trouble most of the night. Oregon held a 27-point bench scoring advantage (39-12).
The game featured 21 lead changes, while the score was tied 11 times. Neither team built a lead larger than five points in the second half, with the Ducks leading 57-52 with 10:43 to play and 61-56 with nine minutes to go. UNLV’s biggest lead after the break was three, 45-42 just five minutes into the half. Six of the lead changes came in the final 3:06 of the game, with two ties during that stretch.
UNLV’s last lead came with 1:34 to play on a Reinhardt 3-pointer, while Oregon didn’t trail in the last 1:05 of the game and took the lead for good on a Dotson hoop with 19 seconds to play. He added two free throws with six seconds to go to clinch the win.
The Ducks got off to a slow start falling behind 9-2 in the first couple of minutes. Oregon used a 13-4 run to take its first lead at 15-13 on a 3-pointer by E.J. Singler with 13:46 to play. Oregon built the lead to as many as nine points, 25-16, with 8:50 to play on a Carter tip in.
UNLV rallied with a 15-4 run to pull within two, 31-29, on a pair of free throws by Anthony Bennett. Oregon didn’t trail over the final 10:52 of the first half and took a 83-79 lead into the half.