Fabian White Jr. scored 15 points, Marcus Sasser added 14 and No. 12 Houston outscored Oregon 78-49 on Wednesday in the Maui Invitational third place game.
The Cougars (5-1) smothered the Ducks with defensive pressure and pushed them inside to lead by 34 at the start of the second half. Houston had an advantagee 40-22 in the paint and notched 11 offensive rebounds to finish 2-1 in the relocated Maui Invitational.
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The Ducks (3-3) had another scrappy dayon offense, unable to come out in transition or resolve Houston's teeming midfield defense. Oregon shot poorly early to fall into a big hole and recorded 19 turnovers that led to 29 points for Houston.
Eric Williams Jr. had 13 points to lead the Ducks, including the only victory in the Maui Invitational was against Division II Chaminade.
The Maui-in-Vegas third place game featured two teams set to reach the title game.
Houston had a good follow-up to last year's Final Four, winning their first four games before being tripped up by Wisconsin in the semifinals. The Cougars got off to a bad start - the Badgers scored the first 13 points - and saw their rally fail in a 65-63 loss.
Oregon was hampered by BYU last week but rebounded with an unbalanced victory over tournament host Silverswords. The Ducks have newWater stumbled in the semifinals, falling to a 16-point hole before falling to Saint Mary 's 62-50.
Houston got its rhythm back. Oregon didn't.
The Cougars were brisk on both sides, building a 10-point lead in the first 4.5 minutes and intimidating Oregon in the paint to lead 41-19 at halftime.
The Ducks were taken aback by the defensive pressure from Houston, making just six shots in the first half. They also had 11 turnovers, many on fumble dribbles or passes that sailed through the stands.
Little change in the second half. The Cougars scored the first 12 points and held Oregon scoreless on the field for the 6:01 opener.
The Ducks finally got some shots to start falling behind - much too late.
Dana Les Altman teams generally improve as the season progresses. Oregon still have a long way to go, especially on the attacking side.
Houston hiccupped in the semifinals but showed they can still be a defensive team in the game. elite in their two wins.
Houston hosts Northwestern State on Tuesday.
Oregon hosts Montana Monday.