March 19, 2009
2008-09 Houston Cougars Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
2009 College Basketball Invitational First Round
Houston Cougars (21-12 10-6 C-USA) at Oregon State Beavers (14-17 7-11 Pac-10)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Gill Coliseum Corvallis, Ore.
The Cougars end the 2008-09 season with a 21-12 overall record... It is the 19th 21-win season in school history and the third time in the last four years that the Cougars reached 21 wins.
Wednesday's game was the first time since March 11, 1966, that the Cougars faced Oregon State in men's basketball... The Beavers knocked the Cougars into the consolation game with a 63-60 win at the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional.
With Wednesday's appearance in the College Basketball Invitational, the Cougars competed in the postseason for the fourth time during the last five seasons, a first in program history since 1988-93.
Oregon State improved to 2-0 lead in the all-time series against Houston.
Wednesday's game was the first game on either team's home court in the all-time series.
The Cougars fell to 2-2 (.500) all-time when competing in the College Basketball Invitational.
The Cougars fell to 33-34 (.493) all-time when competing in all postseason tournaments... That breaks down as: 26-23 (.531) at the NCAA Tournament, 5-9 (.357) in the NIT and 2-2 (.500) in the College Basketball Invitational.
The Cougars are one of four teams to appear in both years of the College Basketball Invitational, joining Nevada, UTEP and Richmond.
The Cougars' 45 points was the program's lowest output since a 64-42 loss at Conference USA-rival UAB (Jan. 10, 2004).
Junior guard Kelvin Lewis played all 40 minutes in a regulation game for the ninth time this season and during his career.
Head coach Tom Penders fell to 2-1 (.667) all-time against Oregon State during his career with the two wins coming during his stint at Texas.
Head coach Tom Penders fell to 1-1 (.500) all-time against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., during his career... Wednesday's game was his first game against the Beavers on their home court during his UH tenure.
Head coach Tom Penders competed in the 20th postseason tournament during his 35-year career... That breaks downs as: two College Basketball Invitational berths, eight NIT appearances and 10 NCAA Tournament berths.
Head coach Tom Penders fell to 15-20 (.429) in all postseason tournaments during his career... That breaks down as: 2-2 (.500) at the College Basketball Invitational, 12-10 at the NCAA Tournament and 1-8 in the NIT.
Head coach Tom Penders fell to 3-4 (.429) in all postseason tournaments during his career at Houston... That breaks down as: 2-2 (.667) in the CBI and 1-2 (.333) in the NIT.
Wednesday's game was the first time that head coach Tom Penders faced Oregon State in the postseason.