NCAAB Game Recap - Montana at Oregon
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:00 PM EST

UNC
81
Gonz
94
F
MiaO
46
Lou
70
F
KY
66
Utah
69
F
Mont
48
Oreg
81
F
Stony
44
UVA
56
F
Baylor
91
TN-M
63
F
MSU
77
NW
72
F
SDCh
48
SDSU
92
F
Tenn
66
Cin
78
F
CenCT
60
Dart
76
F
InWor
82
CenAR
88
F(OT)
OrSt
88
TexSA
78
F
LoyIL
78
Vand
70
F
WCU
61
Xav
74
F
(N/A)
47
How
105
F
USC-Up
73
SCSt
70
F
StPet
56
UConn
66
F
BethC
65
UCF
70
F
UNCG
54
Vermt
53
F
ETSU
74
LSU
63
F
IL-C
66
IlSt
67
F
Valpa
87
HiPt
72
F
(N/A)
61
W MI
84
F
Niag
70
StBon
87
F
Jacksn
81
Presb
58
F
Rich
62
OlDom
59
F
UNH
64
Maris
56
F
Wagn
60
LaSal
74
F
TNSt
72
IndSt
78
F
Ball
65
GaTec
47
F
DeP
73
Clev
65
F
VACom
76
Charl
71
F
Canis
73
Buff
82
F
HBU
68
SFA
96
F
Alab
105
Samf
87
F
NWSt
79
SamH
92
F
KennSt
44
Belm
83
F
Bingha
55
YSU
73
F
ULLa
67
ArkSt
79
F
FlGlf
56
SDSt
75
F
(N/A)
64
WIGB
126
F
Hamp
53
SIU
75
F
TXAMC
58
Nich
64
F
AbCh
77
NOrl
71
F
Radf
68
MisSt
77
F
SeLA
73
Lamar
79
F(OT)
Oakl
62
Syr
74
F
SoFL
74
UtSt
76
F(OT)
DelSt
80
JacSt
92
F
Albany
57
StJon
85
F
PaulQ
67
McNee
109
F
UtVal
69
Wyo
67
F
ArkPB
40
NMSt
65
F
StMar
96
AzSt
56
F
South
61
CBap
78
F
SJSU
84
SCla
89
F
TXSo
73
Nev
91
F
Pacif
74
UNLV
66
F
CAPoly
56
Sac
57
F

Oregon 81, Montana 48

Dec 18, 2019, 11:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Montana (4-6)

24

24

48

(8) Oregon (9-2)

37

44

81

No. 8 Oregon routs Montana 81-48 as 6-11 Dante makes debut
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:45 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon suddenly looks bigger, and potentially even stronger.

The eighth-ranked Ducks made a significant addition to their lineup Wednesday night as 6-foot-11 N'Faly Dante played his first college game and scored 11 points during an 81-48 win over Montana.

"He's just a dominant big," said Oregon sophomore Will Richardson, who played against Dante in high school. "Any time he steps on the court, even if he's not scoring a lot, he's going to make his presence felt."

The much-anticipated debut of Oregon's top freshman recruit probably wasn't needed against the Grizzlies (4-6), but the Ducks want Dante comfortable with his role before Pac-12 play begins in two weeks. Oregon (9-2) has two more nonconference games.

"I didn't know what to think," Ducks coach Dana Altman said. "He's practiced OK other than his conditioning. ... I thought he could come out and give us a few minutes.

"You can see his natural talent and I think as he gets in shape and (learns) more of our sets," his contributions will increase.

Francis Okoro, a 6-9 sophomore who had been Oregon's tallest player, posted the second double-double of his career with 12 points and 17 rebounds, the latter a career high while he matched his career best for scoring. Richardson and Payton Pritchard led the Ducks with 14 points each, and Pritchard added seven assists.

Okoro and Dante were never on the court together Wednesday, but Altman envisions that possibility.

"It's going to help Francis a lot," Richardson said. "They work well together.

"Now we've got two physical big men. It's going to make us a lot better."

Dante would have been a high school senior this year but the native of Mali reclassified over the summer to go to college. He wasn't cleared for eligibility in time to enroll for the fall term but when that ended last Friday, he officially became a student for winter term, though classes don't begin until Jan. 6.

Dante didn't play Saturday in Oregon's road win at No. 5 Michigan because he hadn't practiced with the Ducks, but after a couple of days of workouts he was in uniform Wednesday.

He immediately made an impact.

The Ducks scored 11 consecutive points to break away from the last tie at 12-all. That spurt included the first two Oregon points for Dante, who entered the game with 7:50 left in the first half and promptly scored seven points in three minutes.

Dante converted a pair of lob passes for dunks, the second one when he was fouled and hit the free throw for a three-point play. He finished the first half with nine points, equaling Okoro's total as the Ducks dominated inside. The two big men combined to go 8 of 9 from the field as the Ducks shot 52% to lead 37-24 at halftime.

Oregon gradually expanded the lead in the second half and ended up shooting 54% from the floor.

"I like what we're doing," Altman said. "We've just got to keep taking steps in the right direction."

Montana could never find its groove on offense, shooting 37% while committing 20 turnovers. Kendal Manuel led the Grizzlies with 15 points.

BIG PICTURE

Montana: The loss left the Grizzlies 0-3 against Pac-12 teams, 0-5 in road games and 1-22 all-time against teams ranked in The AP top 10.

Oregon: The Ducks have won their five home games, each by at least 12 points.

PRITCHARD UPDATE

The senior point guard became the 14th Oregon player to reach 1,500 career points. Pritchard made two 3-pointers to raise his total to 224, passing Terik Brown for fourth on that school list.

INSIDE DOMINANCE

Okoro's 17 rebounds were the most by a Ducks player since Chris Bouchard had 19 three years ago, also against Montana. That led to Oregon's 40-24 advantage in rebounds. The Ducks had a 12-0 advantage over Montana in second-chance points.

UP NEXT

Montana plays at Omaha on Saturday, the final game for the Grizzlies before opening their Big Sky schedule Dec. 28 at home against Northern Arizona.

Oregon hosts Texas Southern on Saturday. A year ago, Texas Southern upset the Ducks.

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Leaders

Montana PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Owens 0 0 0 2 0 0
E. Egun 0 0 0 1 0 0
Oregon PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
W. Richardson 14 0 4 3 2 0
P. Pritchard 14 0 7 5 3 0

Team Comparison

Mont Oreg
Points For 48 81
Field Goals 19/52-37% 32/59-54%
Three Pointers 4/17-24% 8/21-38%
Free Throws 6/11-55% 9/17-53%
Offensive Rebounds 3 8
Defensive Rebounds 21 32
Rebounds 28 41
Blocks 2 2
Steals 6 12
Turnovers 20 15
Personal Fouls 17 10
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Oreg Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Dec 18 Mont 48 @ Oreg 81 J. Samuelson 3 A. Patterson 1

Game Information

Stadium: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon
Attendance: 5,803
Game Time: