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Oregon Falls to UTEP in Triple-OT

On a night when Oregon needed to make just two free throws the Ducks couldn’t convert when it was needed and fell on the road to UTEP 91-84 in triple overtime. The Ducks sit 9-2 on the season and have their first bad loss of the year.

Freshman Damyean Dotson scored a career-high 20 points in a triple-overtime loss to UTEP.

The Ducks shot just 14-of-27 from the free throw line while struggling all night with their shot from the field. Oregon shot just 38.3-percent from the field on 31-of-81 shooting. UTEP used a triangle-and-two and box-and-one defensive sets against Oregon that flustered Oregon into their cold shooting.

Yet with their struggles on offense the Ducks had multiple chances in regulation and in overtime to ice the game with free throws and failed to convert.

Freshman Damyean Dotson led Oregon with a career-high 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Dotson added four rebounds, three steals, and three assists in 42 minutes. Carlos Emory added 18 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Senior Arsalan Kazemi made just one of two free throws with 1:44 left in the regulation to give Oregon a 60-59 lead. On Oregon’s next possession still leading by one Kazemi missed two more shots from the line and gave life to the Miners. UTEP’s John Bohannon would score a layup with 16 seconds left to give UTEP a 61-60 lead.

Dominic Artis raced down the court for the layup and 62-61 lead. Bohannon would get fouled with three seconds left and make one of two free throws to send the game into overtime.

In the first overtime with Oregon trailing by one Tony Woods was fouled with 24 seconds left and given a chance to regain the lead. Woods missed both free throws but grabbed the offensive rebound and then made one of two to tie the game 68-68.

Bohannon would score again another layup with just 1:23 left in the first overtime to give UTEP a 73-72 lead. Oregon would find a racing Emory down court for a quick layup to give the Ducks a 74-73 lead. After a UTEP missed jumper and a Oregon defensive rebound Kazemi would have a chance to redeem himself at the line yet couldn’t convert. Kazemi would make one of two shots from the line to give Oregon a 75-73 lead with just 52 seconds left.

After UTEP tied the game 75-75 Dominic Artis would miss a three with two seconds left. Kazemi would steal the inbound pass after a UTEP timeout and miss a three attempt from 35 feet and the game would go to it’s third overtime.

The Ducks would never lead in the third overtime and quickly fell behind as UTEP scored four quick points to give them a 79-75 lead. Johnathan Loyd would make a three to pull the Ducks within one but from there it was over. UTEP would go on a 12-7 run and win the game.

Arsalan Kazemi played 49 minutes and finished the game with 13 points and 16 rebounds. It is Kazemi’s fourth double-double of the season and third in the last four games. Dominic Artis chipped in 15 points and Tony Woods finished with 12 points.

UTEP was led by Julian Washburn who scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Bohannon finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks off the bench.

In the end it was Oregon's poor shooting and turnovers that led to the Ducks demise. Oregon shot just 38-percent from the field and 28-percent from three while turning it over 18 times. UTEP meanwhile shot 49.2-percent from the field and an important 73-percent from the line (31-of-41).

Oregon out-rebounded UTEP 45-34 while also beating the Miners in steals 12-8. UTEP however found a way to get to the line and drew 28 fouls on Oregon.

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