In an up and down game against a nationally ranked opponent on the road Oregon's freshmen grew up just a little bit. Freshman Damyean Dotson scored the go-ahead basket with just 19 seconds left on a mid-range jumper and then knocked down two free throws to preserve a 83-79 victory. Dotson scored eight of Oregon's final 10 points and had the assist on the other scored basket.
Freshman Damyean Dotson scored 19 points including the game winner against No. 18 UNLV.
Oregon (5-0) is off to their best start since 2006-07 when Oregon reeled off 11 straight wins and will face Cincinnati Saturday at 7:30 for the Global Sports Classic title.
Dotson led Oregon with 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Senior Carlos Emory added 16 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Freshmen Ben Carter and Dominic Artis scored 12 and 11 points.
Oregon's victory snapped a 20-game winning streak at home for UNLV and was also Oregon's first road victory over a ranked opponent since 09-10 when Oregon upset Washington at Washington.
UNLV opened the game on a 9-2 run in the first two minutes but the Ducks were able to settle down and go on a 13-4 run of their own to build a lead 15-13 with 13:46 left in the first half.
Ben Carter scored a tough layup in traffic to push Oregon's lead to 25-16 a few minutes later and gave the Ducks their largest lead of the night.
UNLV would close out the half with guard Anthony Marshall converting a three-point play to pull the Rebels to 40-37.
Foul issues in the first half followed the Ducks into the second with Tony Woods picking up his third and fourth fouls less than two minutes into the second half. Singler would pick up his fourth foul with 10:52 left in the game and Oregon clinging to a 57-52 lead.
UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett battled Woods all night and got Woods to pick up his fifth and final foul of the game with 7:32 left in the game. Bennett would make both free throws and give the Rebels a 65-64 lead.
After an Artis basket Rebel freshman Katin Reinhardt made a huge three to push the lead back to UNLV's favor and go up 68-66. Artis would score on the next position for Oregon to tie it up but Bennett would quickly come down and score again to make it 70-68.
Oregon however had an answer every time as senior Arsalan Kazemi caught a pretty pass down the lane from Johnathan Loyd to tie it up at 70 with 4:11 left in the game. Emory would convert a fastbreak layup and get fouled by Bryce Dejean-Jones and push Oregon's lead to three at 73-70 with under four minutes to play.
Reinhardt made his fourth three-pointer of the game to give the Rebels their final lead of the game at 79-77 with 1:34 left in the game.
On a missed Bennett layup Dotson fed Emory for a breakaway jumper he banked in off the glass to tie the game 79-79. Dotson then made the go-ahead score with 19 seconds left on a spin move in the middle of the paint. Anthony Marshall missed a three and Dotson rebounded the miss and sunk his two free throws to ice the victory.
Singler finished with 7 points, 3 steals, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, and 1 block before fouling out in 22 minutes. Woods finished with just 7 points in nine minutes.
Anthony Bennett led all players with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Reinhardt added 18 points and Mike Moser added 9 points and 8 rebounds.
The Ducks shot just 41 percent from the field and an even worse 15 percent from three. UNLV was 35 percent from the field and 26 percent from three.
Oregon will play No. 22 ranked Cincinnati Saturday at 7:30 PM PST with the game aired on the CBS Sports Network.