HOUSTON -- Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., and senior forward Devonta Pollard each posted 15 points to lead the University of Houston Men's Basketball program to a 95-65 exhibition win over Montana Tech on Friday inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
After battling in a close game early, the Cougars eventually wore down the Orediggers, who have already posted a 5-0 mark in NAIA play. After Montana Tech pulled to within 24-22 on Jalen Coates' free throws with 8:15 left in the first half, the Cougars erupted on a 15-6 run over the next 4:12 to build a double-digit lead they would never relinquish.
Houston eventually built as much as a 32-point lead late in the game after out rebounding the Orediggers 47-37. The Cougars connected on 48.7 shots from the field, including 50 percent in the second half, and limited Montana Tech to only 35.5 percent in the game while forcing 20 Oredigger giveaways.
Making his collegiate debut, Gray totaled 15 points, including 12 in the second half, on 6-of-16 shooting and grabbed six rebounds with a pair of assists.
Pollard, who was one of only three players to rank among the American Athletic Conference's top-16 leaders in both scoring and rebounding, buried 5-of-8 shots from the field and added five rebounds to tie for the team's scoring lead.
Making his Houston debut, junior guard Damyean Dotson did a little of everything well for the Cougars. The Yates High School product scored nine points with a game-high 15 rebounds, including 11 in the first half, and dished out five assists with only one turnover in 28 minutes.
Freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., added 12 points and tied with Dotson for the team lead with five assists.
Coates led all players with 18 points, while Akeem Williams finished with 12 points and four assists for Montana Tech.
Following Friday's exhibition opener, the Cougars open the regular season when they play host to Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
That game can be seen heard live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. Dave Raymond provides play-by-play, and Houston great Reid Gettys offers analysis on the ESPN3 broadcast.
It will be the first of five consecutive home games for the Cougars to open the season.
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS
Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.
Fans also 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.
Single-game tickets for Houston Men's Basketball's 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.
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Fans should note that single-game tickets for the Cougars' Dec. 13 showdown against LSU inside Hofheinz Pavilion will not be available.
Instead, fans can purchase tickets for the LSU game as part of a 3-Point Pack, which includes a ticket to the LSU game and tickets to two other Houston home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.
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Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket
Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.
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