EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Senior point guard Marcus Sasser scored 16 points to lead third-ranked Houston to a 66-56 win over Oregon on Sunday night.
Freshman Terrance Arceneaux scored a career-high 15 points while Jamal Shead added 13 for Houston, which made 11-of-22 3-pointers. Jarace Walker scored 10 as the Cougars improved to 5-0.
Senior center N’Faly Dante led Oregon (2-2) with 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Will Richardson added 13 points and Quincy Guerrier scored 10 points.
The Ducks shot 38.8% from the field, including 3-of-22 on 3-pointers.
Oregon lost junior guard Keeshawn Barthelemy to a left leg injury in the first half. The 6-foot-2 transfer from Colorado was averaging 10.7 points and 2.7 assists in the first three games.
Houston had a 31-24 halftime lead before Guerrier scored seven points in the first five minutes of the second half to make it 36-33 Houston. The Ducks trailed 41-38 following five straight points by Dante, but Houston followed with a 14-2 run.
Oregon got within 60-54 on two free throws by Richardson with 2:36 left to play before Sasser followed with a 3-pointer for the Cougars.
Houston: The Cougars could move up to No. 2 in the country after Gonzaga lost to Texas earlier in the week. Houston heads home for the next four weeks with five of six games on its own court plus a neutral-site game against St. Mary’s in Fort Worth, Texas.
Oregon: The Ducks missed an opportunity for a resume-building win against the Cougars, but should have other big-time opportunities ahead. The Ducks head to Portland for the Phil Knight Invitational, where they open against UConn and could also face No. 1 North Carolina, No. 18 Alabama or No. 25 Michigan State. Oregon will likely continue to be without transfer guards Brennan Rigsby and Jermaine Couisnard, both considered potential starters who have yet to play this season due to injury.
Houston: The Cougars return home to face Kent State on Saturday.
Oregon: The Ducks face Connecticut in the first round of the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday.
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