HOUSTON - University of Houston point guards Ronnie Johnson and Galen Robinson, Jr., combined for 37 points and 12 assists without a turnover to lead the Cougars to an impressive 97-52 win over Florida A&M on Saturday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Three days after they enjoyed a 110-69 win over Prairie View A&M in the season opener, the Cougars continued their hot play to start the year against the Rattlers in the second all-time meeting between the schools. After trading baskets early, Houston erupted on a 25-5 run over a near-9-minute stretch to build a double-digit lead they would never surrender.
The Cougars connected on 58.2 percent (39-of-67) from the field, including a blistering 62.5 percent (20-of-32) in the second half alone. Houston forced 23 Florida A&M turnovers off 13 steals, leading to 35 points while holding the Rattlers to 23.3 percent from the field in the first half.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 2-0 and fell just three points shy of becoming only the second team in school history to open a season with back-to-back 100-point games and the first since 1982-83. The Cougars also moved to 2-0 for the sixth straight season. Florida A&M dropped to 2-2.
Johnson buried 8-of-9 shots from the field, went 2-of-2 from the 3-point line and connected on both free throw attempts on the way to the third 20-point game of his career, but his first as a Cougar. The Indianapolis native also posted two rebounds with four assists and two steals in the win.
Making the first start of his career, Robinson totaled 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and led all players with eight assists. The Westbury Christian product also grabbed two rebounds in 27 minutes of action.
Senior forward Devonta Pollard enjoyed 16 points, including 14 in the first half, on 7-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, while sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., added 17 points with a game-high four 3-pointers, two rebounds, two steals and a pair of assists.
No Florida A&M player finished with double-digit points with Craig Bowman and K'Ja Johnson recording nine points apiece.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars will take a week-long break from their schedule before returning to action at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, against ULM inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be the third of five consecutive regular-season home games for the Cougars to open the season.
Houston Football fans who present their season ticket card or their ticket stub from the Nov. 27 Sam Hairston, Jr., Salute to Service game against No. 19/19 Navy at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows will receive FREE admittance to the Men's Basketball game against ULM.
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. Brett Dolan will call the play-by-play, and Houston great Reid Gettys offers analysis on the ESPN3 broadcast.
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.
Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack by clicking here.
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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