Instant Analysis: Ducks pull away from Houston

Dylan Mickanen

The No. 11 Oregon Ducks (5-0) defeated the Houston Cougars 78-66 at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday night using a great second half to avenge their loss at Houston from last season. 

The Cougars weren't ranked, but they remain a good program with the expectations of making the tournament every season. 

Here are some takeaways from the contest.

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UGLY START, BUT THEY ARE RESILIENT

The Ducks found themselves down by as many as eight in the first half and you could feel the momentum shifting away from the home team. But whatever Altman told them at the break while they trailed by eight, it worked. The Ducks ended the half on an 18-5 run to hold a five point lead at halftime. While the run was a team effort, the standout was Chris Duarte.

DUARTE CAN PLAY

The junior guard went on a 5-0 run of his own amidst the Ducks run to end the half. He hit a stepback midranger jumper and then the next possession stepped into a three to take the lead and force a Houston timeout. He would add another three pointer before the half's end. He finished the game three of four for eight points. 

MATHIS ISN'T SUPERHUMAN, BUT HE"S REAL GOOD

Heading into the game, the Ducks transfer had made 13 of his last 16 three point attempts. A percentage that was not going to continue, and when he missed his first two three point attempts it wasn't a shock. But Mathis kept gunning away when open and ended the game shooting 5 of 9 from behind the arc en route to 18 points which maintains his sharp shooting status. He even hit made a three while being fouled. When he's on the floor, the defense can't be longer than two feet away because if they are, Mathis will make them pay.

Instant Analysis: Ducks pull away from Houston originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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