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The Oregon Ducks take on the Florida A&M Rattlers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on December 18, 2018 (Eric Evans Photography)
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Florida A&M FAM 3-10
71
Oregon ORE 8-3
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 F
Florida A&M FAM 23 41 64
Oregon ORE 38 33 71

Game Recap: Men's Basketball | | Rob Moseley

Ducks Flush Rattlers, 71-64

The Oregon men's basketball team again won without Bol Bol, and again was sparked by its defense in a win Tuesday over Florida A&M.

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon men's basketball started slow and didn't finish particularly strong, but in between the Ducks had more than enough to dispatch of Florida A&M on Tuesday, 71-64, before 6,909 fans in Matthew Knight Arena.

The Rattlers led 18-10 early and scored the game's final 13 points, but Oregon (8-3) roared back from the early deficit to lead by as many as 23 midway through the second half.

How It Happened: Playing their second straight game without leading scorer Bol Bol, the Ducks struggled to find offense early and shot 2-of-14 to open the game. As has been the case of late, defense got Oregon going — the Ducks forced three straight turnovers after falling behind 18-10, converting all three into points to spark what became an 18-0 run.

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"From the vibe I get out on the floor, it just feels we're getting a lot easier buckets from our defense," senior Paul White said. "Any good team thrives off that, so hopefully we can continue to keep that up."

The Ducks were 9-of-13 shooting to close out the first half, and led 38-23 at the break. Victor Bailey Jr. scored the first six points of the 18-0 run, and he also hit three-pointers on back-to-back possessions late in the half.

"In the first half he was just being real aggressive, on offense and defense.," White said. "Being the athletic guard we know he can be — he's an athletic beast, honestly. And today he started to show some of that potential."

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The Ducks' hot streak carried over through halftime, with White hitting a three to open the half for Oregon and Payton Pritchard hitting another moments later for a 46-27 lead. The Ducks went up 23 for the first time on a three by Louis King that made it 61-38.

King scored again to get the margin back to 23 at 65-42, but the Ducks made just 3-of-10 shots the rest of the way. Florida A&M, meanwhile, made 9-of-10 shots to close out the game, and finished on a 13-0 run to get the final margin within single digits.

"It was a disappointing finish. and our start was poor," Altman said. "But it just shows how far we have to go as a team. We have a lot of work to do, a lot of things we have to work on."

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Who Stood Out: Bailey tied his season-high with 16 points, and played 33 minutes to lead the Ducks. White added 13 points with four assists, Pritchard had 10 points with four assists and four steals, and Kenny Wooten added four points with a team-high seven rebounds and two blocks. King and Francis Okoro each grabbed six rebounds.

What It Means: The Ducks again weathered the absence of Bol, and continue to lean on their defense when points have been hard to come by.

Notable: Bailey and King each made his first career start. … Bol (foot) missed his second straight game and was joined on the bench by Abu Kigab (ankle), who was injured Saturday. Altman had no long-term update on Bol's status. … Wooten didn't start and played just 16:52 due to illness. … Miles Norris scored his first career points late in the first half, collecting a miss and slamming it home all in one motion.

Up Next: The Ducks go on the road for two games, beginning at Baylor on Friday (4 p.m., ESPN2).
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