Ducks beat Vols in OT, will play for fifth place

Oregon’s Dillon Brooks attempts a pass to Jordan Bell as Tennessee’s Kyle Alexander defends in the second half of the Ducks’ 69-65 overtime victory over the Volunteers on Tuesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Oregon’s Dillon Brooks attempts a pass to Jordan Bell as Tennessee’s Kyle Alexander defends in the second half of the Ducks’ 69-65 overtime victory over the Volunteers on Tuesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

LAHAINA — Oregon gave Dillon Brooks more playing time Tuesday, and the junior guard made it worthwhile.

In his second game back from a foot injury, Brooks scored 17 points — including a 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime to put the Ducks ahead for good in a 69-65 victory over Tennessee in a Maui Jim Maui Invitational consolation semifinal at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Brooks played 25 minutes for Oregon (3-2), No. 13 in The Associated Press rankings. The preseason All-American was on the floor for just 13 minutes Monday in a loss to Georgetown.

“I’m feeling great. My foot doesn’t hurt at all,” said Brooks, whose 3-pointer with 22 seconds left made the score 68-65.

The Volunteers’ Lamonte Turner missed a 3-pointer with four seconds to go, and Brooks then made one of two free throws to finish off the win.

Jordan Bell of the Ducks goes up for a shot over the Vols’ Detrick Mostella. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Jordan Bell of the Ducks goes up for a shot over the Vols’ Detrick Mostella. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Chris Boucher scored 11 points for the Ducks before fouling out in overtime.

“We’re not playing very well, but we had to find a way to win the game,” said Oregon coach Dana Altman, whose team will face Connecticut today for fifth place. “Fortunately, Dillon made a couple of plays down the stretch. But it shows how far we have to go.”

Detrick Mostella scored 22 points for Tennessee (1-3), but just four after halftime. He fouled out in the second half.

The Vols will take on Cha-minade today in the seventh-place game.

The teams were tied at 32 at halftime. The Ducks scored nine straight points to open the second half, and led by as many as 11, but the Vols finished regulation with an 11-4 run.

OREGON Ducks 79

OREGON Ducks 79

John Fulkerson scored 12 points for Tennessee, including four in overtime.

Oregon, which reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament last season, had been 0-2 against major-conference opponents this season.

“Nothing’s coming easy,” Altman said. “Everybody wants to make a play individually, and that’s just not good for ball movement. … We’ve had a very efficient offense running the same thing in years past because of our ball movement.”

The Vols hung tough against a ranked team for a second straight day — they held a second-half lead Monday in a loss to No. 16 Wisconsin.

“The fact that we’re playing against a very high-level group of players in this, it’s going to help us,” said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes. “I do think (my players) understand they’re good enough now. Now they have to understand what goes into winning at this level.”

TENNESSEE Volunteers 95

TENNESSEE Volunteers 95

* Colleen Uechi is at cuechi@mauinews.com.

TENNESSEE (65)

Alexander 0-3 0-0 0, Williams 1-3 1-2 3, Bowden 3-11 2-2 9, Hubbs 3-7 0-0 6, Phillips 0-5 4-4 4, Fulkerson 2-7 8-12 12, Evans 0-1 0-0 0, Mostella 8-11 3-4 22, Turner 2-6 0-0 5, Parker 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 21-56 18-24 65.

OREGON (69)

Boucher 4-8 3-3 11, Bell 2-5 5-6 9, Ennis 1-9 6-8 9, Dorsey 3-7 1-2 7, Pritchard 2-7 1-4 6, Bigby-Williams 0-2 2-2 2, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Brooks 4-9 7-10 17, Benson 2-4 3-3 8. Totals 18-53 28-38 69.

Halftime–32-32. End Of Regulation–56-56. 3-Point Goals–Tennessee 5-22 (Mostella 3-6, Turner 1-5, Bowden 1-7, Evans 0-1, Phillips 0-1, Hubbs 0-2), Oregon 5-17 (Brooks 2-2, Benson 1-1, Pritchard 1-4, Ennis 1-5, Boucher 0-1, Smith 0-1, Dorsey 0-3). Fouled Out–Boucher, Mostella. Rebounds–Tennessee 42 (Fulkerson 10), Oregon 32 (Bell 9). Assists–Tennessee 9 (Fulkerson, Parker 2), Oregon 9 (Ennis 4). Total Fouls–Tennessee 29, Oregon 19. A–2,400 (2,400).

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