GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Houston 78, Oregon 49

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer

LAS VEGAS - Fabian White Jr. scored 15 points, Marcus Sasser added 14 and No. 12 Houston overpowered Oregon 78-49 in the Maui Invitational third-place game.

The Cougars (5-1) smothered the Ducks with defensive pressure and pushed them around inside to lead by 34 early in the second half. Houston had a 40-22 advantage in the paint and snagged 11 offensive rebounds to finish 2-1 in the relocated Maui Invitational.

The Ducks (3-3) had another disjointed day on offense, unable to get out in transition or solve Houston's swarming half-court defense. Oregon shot poorly early to fall into a big hole and had 19 turnovers that led to 29 Houston points.

Eric Williams Jr. had 13 points to lead the Ducks, whose only win in the Maui Invitational was against Division II Chaminade.

The Maui-in-Vegas third-place game featured two teams that were expected to reach the title game.

Houston had a strong follow-up going to last year's Final Four run, winning its first four games before being tripped up by Wisconsin in the semifinals. The Cougars got off to an ugly start - the Badgers scored the first 13 points - and saw their rally come up short in a 65-63 loss.

Oregon was embarrassed by BYU last week but bounced back with a lopsided win over the tournament host Silverswords. The Ducks stumbled again in the semifinals, falling into a 16-point hole before losing to Saint Mary's 62-50.

Houston got its groove back. Oregon did not.

The Cougars were sharp at both ends, building a 10-point lead in the first 4 1/2 minutes and bullied Oregon in the paint to lead 41-19 at halftime.

The Ducks were discombobulated by Houston's defensive pressure, making just six shots in the first half. They also had 11 turnovers, several on fumbled dribbles or passes that sailed into the stands.

Little changed in the second half. The Cougars scored the first 12 points and held Oregon without a field goal for the opening 6:01.

The Ducks finally got some shots to start falling late - far too late.


Houston
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
F. White Jr. F 26 5-13 2-2 3-6 4-7 2 0 3 1 2 15
R. Chaney F 13 3-4 1-1 0-0 1-5 0 0 1 0 0 7
K. Edwards G 32 3-9 2-2 1-6 1-6 0 0 2 1 1 9
J. Shead G 29 2-5 0-0 0-0 0-2 6 1 0 2 1 4
M. Sasser G 23 5-9 2-3 2-6 1-2 3 1 0 1 2 14
J. Carlton   21 5-7 3-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 1 2 2 13
T. Mark   19 3-8 0-0 0-2 0-0 4 0 2 2 1 6
T. Moore   14 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 0 1 0 1 2
J. Roberts   14 2-2 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 0 3 4
J. Francis   6 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 0 0 4
R. Armbrester   3 0-0 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 31-60
(.517)
10-16
(.625)
6-20
(.300)
11-34 15 3 10 11 13 78


Oregon
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Williams Jr. F 34 5-11 1-1 2-3 0-5 3 0 3 5 2 13
Q. Guerrier F 17 1-4 0-0 1-4 0-2 1 0 0 1 1 3
F. Kepnang C 17 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 2 3 4
W. Richardson G 31 1-4 0-2 0-1 0-2 2 0 0 1 2 2
D. Harmon G 21 0-3 2-2 0-2 0-3 1 0 0 1 0 2
R. Soares   28 2-6 1-2 1-5 1-2 0 0 1 1 1 6
J. Young   21 3-7 1-2 1-2 0-0 2 0 2 4 1 8
N. Dante   14 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 1 3 2
I. Johnson   9 2-4 3-3 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 2 3 7
N. Bittle   6 1-2 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 0 0 1 2 2
L. Wur   2 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   200 18-46
(.391)
8-12
(.667)
5-19
(.263)
4-26 10 1 6 19 19 49
Officials: Mike Reed, Steve Anderson, Chance Moore




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