Dante a perfect 10-for-10 as Oregon defeats Florida A&M
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) N'Faly Dante scored a career-high 22 points on 10-for-10 shooting - setting the Matthew Knight Arena record for field-goal percentage - and Oregon romped past Florida A&M 87-66 in a hastily scheduled game Wednesday night.
Chris Duarte added 23 points as he and Dante combined to make 20 of 24 field goals. The Ducks (3-1) shot 60% percent (38-for-63) and had 20 assists.
The Oregon program record is 11 of 11 by Bryce Taylor against USC in the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament championship game. The win is the 24th consecutive at home, second longest streak in program history but still well short of the record 46 in a row (2015-17).
Evins Desir led the Rattlers (0-3) with 12 points and six rebounds, Johnny Brown added 11 points.
The Ducks dominated the paint, outscoring FAMU 62-32 inside with six shot blocks to zero. Oregon also had 10 steals and scored 26 points off 19 Rattlers turnovers.
The game was a last-minute arrangement. FAMU cancelled games with South Florida and Nebraska over the weekend after a support staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.
Coach Robert McCullum had spent time on the Oregon coaching staff and the connection helped the schools fill the gap in each others' schedule. The Rattlers had to meet stringent Pac-12 Conference coronavirus protocols and both teams were tested before the game. There were no COVID-19-positive results.
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Updated December 10, 2020