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Men's Basketball Postgame Notes vs. UAB

Jan. 10, 2009

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2008-09 Houston Cougars Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
UAB Blazers (9-6 * 0-0 C-USA) at Houston Cougars (10-3 * 0-0 C-USA)
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 * Hofheinz Pavilion * Houston, Texas


TEAM NOTES

** The Cougars limited UAB to only 1-of-16 shooting from behind the 3-point line... At .063, the Blazers' 3-point percentage was a season low by any Cougar opponent... It topped the previous low of 14.3 percent by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 6, 2009... The Blazers were 0-of-10 from the 3-point line in the first half and did not hit their lone trey until the 11:21 mark of the second half.

* Entering Saturday's game, UAB's top three scorers (Robert Vaden, Paul Delaney III and Lawrence Kinnard) combined to score points per game... The Cougars limited those three players to a combined 28 points total with Kinnard and Vaden scoring 10 points apiece.

** Saturday's win against UAB was the Cougars' biggest victory in the all-time series against the Blazers... It more than doubled the previous biggest win of nine points in a 80-71 win in Birmingham, Ala., on Jan. 19, 2002.

** With Saturday's win, the Cougars improved to 6-14 (.300) all-time against UAB... The Cougars improved to 3-7 (.363) all-time against UAB in Houston.

** Saturday's game marked the 13th consecutive year that the Cougars played the Blazers in basketball... The series began during the 1996-97 season when both teams began competition in Conference USA.

** With Saturday's win, the Cougars improved to 437-127 (.775) all-time inside Hofheinz Pavilion... The Cougars also won for the 17th time in their last 18 home games... UH has not lost in Hofheinz Pavilion since an 89-77 decision against #1/1 Memphis on Jan. 30, 2008.

** With Saturday's win, the Cougars improved to 25-24 (.510) all-time in conference openers... The Cougars also improved to 3-10 (.231) all-time in Conference USA openers.

** With Saturday's win, the Cougars won their Conference USA opener for the second straight season... It was the first time since the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons as a member of the Southwest Conference that the Cougars won their conference opener in back-to-back seasons.

 

 

** The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, to play at Conference USA rival UTEP at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.


INDIVIDUAL NOTES
** Junior guard Aubrey Coleman scored all of his game-high 25 points in the second half... The Houston native connected on 11-of-18 shots in the second half alone.

** With a game-high 25 points and six rebounds, junior guard Aubrey Coleman saw his streak of consecutive double-doubles snapped at three games... The streak was a personal best.

** With 12 points and 12 rebounds, senior center Marcus Cousin recorded his team-leading fifth double-double of the season... He broke out of a tie with junior guard Aubrey Coleman for the team lead.

** With a game-high 25 points, junior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded his fifth 20-point game of the season and his career... His total trails only the six 20-point games by junior guard Kelvin Lewis this season.

** With five rebounds, freshman point guard Desmond Wade tied his career high.. His total equaled his previous best set at Mississippi State (Jan. 3, 2009) and at Middle Tennessee (Dec. 2, 2008).


HEAD COACH Tom Penders NOTES
** With Saturday's win, head coach Tom Penders improved to 618-413 (.599) during his career... Penders also improved to 91-52 (.636) during his UH tenure.

** With Saturday's win, the Cougars improved to 60-11 (.845) inside Hofheinz Pavilion during head coach Tom Penders' tenure.

** With Saturday's win, head coach Tom Penders improved to 2-1 (.667) against UAB during his career.

** With Saturday's win, head coach Tom Penders improved to 15-14 (.517) all-time during conference openers... Penders improved to 3-2 (.600) all-time at Houston in Conference USA openers.... Penders also improved to 2-1 (.667) all-time at Houston in C-USA openers at home.

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