Rhody Rams come home after heartbreaking NCAA loss

Members of the University of Rhode Island men's basketball team disembark from a charter flight at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Monday, March 20, 2017. (WJAR)

The University of Rhode Island men's basketball team returned to Rhode Island early Monday morning after a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA tournament.

The team's plane landed at T.F. Green Airport at about 7 a.m.

The Rams left Sacramento, California, on a red eye just after losing to Oregon in the second round.

Rhode Island nearly scrapped and hustled its way into the next round, with Stanford Robinson matching his career high of 21 points as the Rams had their nine-game winning streak snapped to end the season.

Tyler Dorsey hit a contested go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 38.4 seconds to play, and third-seeded Oregon rallied in the second half to beat upstart No. 11 Rhode Island, 75-72, Sunday and reach the Midwest Regional.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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