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    Jan. 21, 2009

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    2008-09 Houston Cougars Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
    East Carolina Pirates (9-8 • 2-2 C-USA) at Houston Cougars (12-4 • 3-1 C-USA)
    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 • Hofheinz Pavilion • Houston, Texas


    TEAM NOTES

    • With losses by Conference USA rivals UTEP, Southern Miss and Tulsa on Wednesday night, the Cougars moved into sole possession of second place in the league with a 3-1 record... The Cougars trail only league leader Memphis.

    • With Wednesday's win, the Cougars reached their 12th victory of the season in only their 16th game... It is the second fewest games since 1992-93 (12-2 in 2007-08) that the Cougars needed to reach 12 wins.

    • With Wednesday's win, the Cougars improved to 7-2 (.778) all-time against East Carolina... In addition, the Cougars improved to 3-0 against the Pirates all-time in Hofheinz Pavilion.

    • The starting lineup of guard Desmond Wade, guard Aubrey Coleman, guard Kelvin Lewis, forward Qa'rraan Calhoun and center Marcus Cousin improved to 11-2 this season.

    • Wednesday's game marked the sixth consecutive year that the Cougars played the Pirates in basketball... The series has been played at least once every year since 2003-04.

    • The Cougars return to action at 5 p.m. (CST), Saturday, when they meet Arizona in the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz.... It will be the Cougars' final non-conference regular-season game.


    INDIVIDUAL NOTES
    • With 12 points and 10 rebounds, junior forward Qa'rraan Calhoun recorded the first double-double of his career.

    • With 10 rebounds, junior forward Qa'rraan Calhoun recorded a career high... His total topped his previous best of nine rebounds set against Iowa State (Dec. 28, 2008).

    • Junior forward Qa'rraan Calhoun joined junior guard Aubrey Coleman and senior center Marcus Cousin as the only Cougar players to record double-doubles this season.

    • With 18 points and 13 rebounds, senior center Marcus Cousin recorded his sixth double-double of the season.

    • With six double-doubles this season, senior center Marcus Cousin moved into a tie for the team lead with junior guard Aubrey Coleman.

    • With 18 points, senior center Marcus Cousin tied his career high... His total equaled his high set against Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 13, 2008) and against North Texas (Nov. 29, 2008).

    • With 13 rebounds, senior center Marcus Cousin tied his career high... His total equaled his best set against Georgia Southern (Nov. 10, 2008) during the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

    • With a game-high 23 points, junior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded his seventh 20-point game of the season... His total trails only the eight 20-point games recorded by junior guard Kelvin Lewis.

    • Junior guard Aubrey Coleman played all 40 minutes for the second time in his career... He equaled his total set against Iowa State (Dec. 28, 2008).

    • With 12 points, senior guard DaShaun Williams came off the bench to score double digits for the second straight game... The Chicago native scored 16 points at Conference USA rival Southern Miss (Jan. 21, 2009).


    HEAD COACH Tom Penders NOTES
    • With Wednesday's win, head coach Tom Penders improved to 620-414 (.600) during his career... Penders also improved to 93-53 (.637) during his UH tenure.

    • With Wednesday's win, head coach Tom Penders improved to 42-24 (.636) in Conference USA games during his career... Penders also improved to 262-156 (.627) in all conference games during his career.

    • With Wednesday's win, head coach Tom Penders improved to 4-1 (.800) against East Carolina during his career... Penders also improved to 2-0 against the Pirates in Hofheinz Pavilion during his career.

     

     

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