Men's Hoops Drops Saturday Decision at SMU

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DALLAS - Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers posted 25 points to lead the University of Houston Men's Basketball program in a 80-59 loss at American Athletic Conference rival SMU on Saturday evening inside Moody Coliseum.

The Cougars' leading scorer in 2014-15, Stiggers had been mired in a three-game slump that saw him score a combined 14 points while hitting only 13.9 percent from the field. However, the Terrell, Texas, native put himself back on track with a solid performance against the Mustangs.

Stiggers buried 7-of-16 tries from the field, including 5-of-12 from the 3-point line, on the way to his sixth 20-point game of the season and the ninth of his career. With his scoring total, he moved into 51st in school history with 929 career points and now needs only 71 more points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston history.

SMU connected on nearly 52 percent from the field in the game while outrebounding the Cougars 43-24. Leading by seven at halftime, the Mustangs started the second half on a 12-5 run and never led by fewer than double digits the rest of the way.

Junior forward Danrad Knowles added 10 points with five rebounds for the Cougars, while junior point guard L.J. Rose dished out a game-high 10 assists for the fourth time in his Houston career. Junior guard LeRon Barnes snared a team-high six rebounds in the loss.

SMU guard Nic Moore led all players with 28 points, thanks to 8-of-11 shooting from the 3-point line and a 4-of-4 performance from the free throw line. Yanick Moreira grabbed 14 points with nine rebounds, while Sterling Brown added 11 points and nine boards. Ben Moore scored six points with a game-high 10 rebounds in the win.

The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to start a four-game homestand. That stand begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when Houston plays host to crosstown-rival Rice inside Hofheinz Pavilion in its final non-conference game of the season.

Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.

Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.

Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on ESPN3 with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play and Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars continue their stand with home showdowns inside Hofheinz Pavilion against defending national champion UConn (Feb. 1), current league leader Tulsa (Feb. 5) and SMU (Feb. 12).

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.

To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.

The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.

For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.



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