National Basketball Association
Oregon 81, Montana 48
When: 11:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon
Officials: # Frank Harvey, # Keith Kimble, # Mike Scyphers
Attendance: 5803

Payton Pritchard and Will Richardson each scored 14 points as part of a balanced Oregon scoring effort, and the eighth-ranked Ducks rolled to an 81-48 win over Montana on Wednesday night in Eugene, Ore.

Francis Okoro added 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Ducks (9-2), who welcomed touted freshman N'Faly Dante into the playing rotation for his college debut.

Dante made an impression right away less than a week after becoming eligible, checking in to cheers from the crowd with 7:50 to go in the first half. He promptly scored on his first touch.

On his next touch, he took a lob from Pritchard and dunked, giving the Ducks a 25-15 lead. Pritchard added seven assists and five rebounds to his final line.

Dante went on to score nine of his 11 points in the first half, including a put-back of his own miss with nine seconds left that gave the Ducks a 37-24 halftime lead.

Guard Kendal Manuel led the Grizzlies (4-6) with 15 points. Guard Sayeed Pridgett added 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Ducks scored 11 unanswered points after the game was tied at 12. Chris Duarte, who finished with 12 points, made a 3-pointer and a layup, then stole a pass and fed Richardson for a short jumper in the lane with 8:42 to go in the first half.

Richardson scored 12 points in the second half as Oregon took control and pulled away with a late 16-0 run. The Ducks had eight dunks and outscored the Grizzlies 46-24 in the paint.

Montana lost its third game to a Pac-12 opponent this season, having fallen to Stanford and then-No. 25 Washington. Okoro's rebound total was the most by a Duck since current NBA player Jordan Bell had 16 against North Carolina in the 2017 Final Four semifinals.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Montana   Oregon
Kendal Manuel 15 Scoring Payton Pritchard 14
Sayeed Pridgett 3 Assists Payton Pritchard 7
Sayeed Pridgett 8 Rebounds Francis Okoro 17
Kendal Manuel 3 Free Throws Made Chris Duarte 2
Kendal Manuel 2 Steals Anthony Mathis 3
Mack Anderson 2 Blocks Francis Okoro 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Montana 48 36.5 4-17 6-11 9 20 2 6 20
Oregon 81 54.2 8-21 9-17 19 39 2 12 15