March 7, 2009
2008-09 Houston Cougars Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
SMU Mustangs (9-20 3-13 C-USA) at Houston Cougars (19-10 10-6 C-USA)
Saturday, March 7, 2009 Hofheinz Pavilion Houston, Texas
TEAM NOTES 2009 CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP
The Cougars will play as the No. 5 seed at the 2009 Conference USA Championship, hosted by Memphis at FedExForum on March 11-14.
The Cougars will face No. 12 seed SMU at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday during the finale of the first day of the 2009 Conference USA Championship.
This marks the first time since the 2005 Conference USA Championship that the Cougars did not receive a first-round bye... In 2005, the Cougars competed as the No. 6 seed against No. 11 seed UCF.
This marks the second straight season that the Cougars will face an opponent in the regular-season finale and in their first game at the Conference USA Championship... In 2008, the Cougars lost at UTEP 87-81 on March 8, 2008, and then lost to the Miners 80-77 in the C-USA Championship quarterfinals on March 13, 2008.
Shooting 58.8 percent (30-of-51) from the field, the Cougars set a season high... It topped the previous of 56.1 percent (32-of-57) at Conference USA-rival UCF (Feb. 4, 2009).
The Cougars' 58.8 field-goal percentage was the highest since the team hit 61.0 percent (25-of-41) against Conference USA-rival UAB (March 2, 2002).
With 13 3-pointers, the Cougars set a season high... The total topped their previous best of 11 at Arizona (Jan. 24, 2009), at Mississippi State (Jan. 3, 2009) and against Western Kentucky (Nov. 15, 2008).
The Cougars' 13 3-pointers were the most since UH hit 16 treys against Valparaiso during the inaugural 2008 College Basketball Invitational quarterfinals at Hofheinz Pavilion (March 24, 2008).
With 20 assists, the Cougars set a season high... The total topped their previous best of 18 assists at Mississippi State (Jan. 3, 2009).
The Cougars' 20 assists were the most since the team recorded 21 assists at Conference USA-rival SMU (Jan. 16, 2008).
With Saturday's win, the Cougars improved to 40-22 (.645) all-time against SMU... In addition, the Cougars improved to 20-6 (.769) against SMU in Houston.
With Saturday's win, the Cougars won their seventh straight game against SMU... The Cougars have not lost to SMU since a 94-69 setback in Dallas on Dec. 17, 2000.
With its win on Saturday, UH swept the regular-season series against the Mustangs... The Cougars enjoyed a 69-56 win at SMU on Feb. 11, 2009.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Cougars played SMU in basketball... The series has been played at least once every year since the 2005-06 season.
Senior center Marcus Cousin and senior guard DaShaun Williams competed in their final regular-season games at Hofheinz Pavilion... The duo was honored in pregame ceremonies for Senior Night.
With seven 3-pointers, sophomore guard Zamal Nixon more than doubled his previous single-game high... His total topped his previous best of three treys set against Conference USA-rival Tulane (Jan. 24, 2009) and at Conference USA-rival UCF (Feb. 2, 2008).
With seven assists, sophomore guard Zamal Nixon tied his career high... His total equaled his best set at Conference USA-rival SMU (Feb. 11, 2009) and against Middle Tennessee (Dec. 1, 2007).
With nine 3-point attempts, sophomore guard Zamal Nixon set a personal best... His total topped his previous high of eight attempts at Conference USA-rival UCF (Feb. 2, 2008).
With 22 points and 11 rebounds, junior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded his team-leading 12th double-double of the season and of his career.
With 22 points and 11 rebounds, junior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded his third straight double-double.
Going 2-of-2 from the free throw line, junior center Nick Mosley has hit his last 22 free throw attempts... The career-long streak dates back to the UCF game in Orlando on Feb. 4, 2009. With five assists, junior guard Kelvin Lewis set a single-game best... His total topped his previous high of four assists against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Jan. 6, 2009).
Playing 30 minutes, junior center Nick Mosley set a personal high.. His total topped his previous best of 26 minutes against Memphis (Jan. 11, 2007).
HEAD COACH Tom Penders NOTES
With Saturday's win, head coach Tom Penders earned the 100th victory of his career at the University of Houston... He joined Guy V. Lewis (592 wins, 1956-86; Pat Foster (142, 1986-93) and Alden Pasche (135, 1946-56) as the only UH coaches to reach triple digits in wins.
With Saturday's win, head coach Tom Penders improved to 627-420 (.599) during his career... Penders also improved to 100-59 (.629) during his UH tenure.
With Saturday's win, head coach Tom Penders improved to 24-2 (.923) against SMU during his career... That breaks down to 7-0 at Houston and 17-2 (.895) during his tenure at Texas.
With Saturday's win, head coach Tom Penders improved to 11-1 (.917) all-time in home games against SMU... That breaks down to 4-0 at Houston and 7-1 (.875) at Texas.
With Saturday's win, head coach Tom Penders improved to 49-29 (.628) in Conference USA games during his career... Penders also improved to 269-161 (.626) in all conference games during his career.