HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore forward Danrad Knowles posted 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Cougars during a 63-53 loss to defending American Athletic Conference champion Cincinnati on Saturday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by IBEW Local Union 716.
Knowles connected on 5-of-7 shots from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc, and hit all four free throw tries while falling just one rebound shy of his third double-double of the season.
Houston jumped out to a 28-25 lead at halftime but was not the same team after junior point guard L.J. Rose was forced to sit out the second half after an injury to his right foot. Cincinnati scored four points in the first 27 seconds of the second half to regain the lead took advantage of eight Houston giveaways in the second half.
Despite falling behind, the Cougars rallied and moved to within 51-49 following Knowles' 3-pointer with 6:48 remaining in the game. Unfortunately, Cincinnati used a 12-0 run over the next 4:18 to seize control of the game and sweep the regular-season series against the Cougars.
Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers and junior forward Devonta Pollard each posted 13 points, while junior guard LeRon Barnes grabbed eight rebounds. With his scoring total, Stiggers now has 996 points during his Houston career and needs only four more points to become the Cougars' 45th 1,000-point scorer.
Cincinnati forward Shaq Thomas finished with a game-high 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. Forward Gary Clark added 11 points with a game-high 14 rebounds, while Kevin Johnson came off the bench to score 12 points, including a pair of treys.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars hit the road again to face American Athletic Conference Temple at 6 p.m. (CST), Thursday, inside the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
Fans can hear Saturday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
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 Thursday's Men's Basketball game live on CBS Sports Network with Tom McCarthy calling the play-by-play action, Alaa Abdelnaby providing analysis and Evan Washburn reporting from the sideline. Fans also can find CBS Sports Network in their local listings by clicking here.
Fans can follow live scoring by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
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Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Group tickets 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.
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.
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