HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., led a key rally during the second half to lift the Cougars to a 76-64 win over ULM on Saturday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
In a game that went back and forth early, the Cougars broke open a close game in the second half to move to 3-0 this season. After ULM's Travis Munnings knotted the game at 49-49 with 11:36 remaining, the Cougars embarked on a 13-0 run over the next three minutes with Gray leading the way.
The Forest City, N.C, native scored 11 of the team's 13 points during that run, including three of his four 3-pointers in the game. Gray enjoyed the first 20-point game of his collegiate career, topping his previous high of 17 points against Florida A&M on Nov. 21.
In the first meeting between the two teams since 1999, the Cougars outrebounded the Warhawks 41-37 and limited ULM to only 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from the 3-point line. Houston also forced 12 ULM turnovers, leading to 20 points, while committing only nine giveaways.
Senior guard LeRon Barnes finished with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the team's first double-double of the season and the fourth of his career. The Stonewall, La., native connected on 6-of-12 from the field and snared six offensive boards.
Junior guard Ronnie Johnson added 13 points with six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals for the Cougars.
Munnings led ULM with 18 points and added six rebounds to tie with Majok Deng for team-high honors. Guard Nick Coppola added 15 points, three rebounds and three assists in the loss.
REMEMBERING GUY V. LEWIS
Prior to Saturday's game, a moment of silence was held in memory of former Head Coach Guy V. Lewis, who passed away Thursday morning at the age of 93.
As he entered the arena minutes before the starting lineups, current Head Coach Kelvin Sampson displayed a red-and-white polka-dot towel over his shoulder in honor of the program's winningest coach.
As the Cougars' coach from 1956 to 1986, Lewis led Houston to five NCAA Final Fours (including two NCAA National Championship Game appearances), 14 NCAA Tournaments and six Southwest Conference championships while compiling 592 victories.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars will play for the second time in a 5-day stretch when they meet UT Rio Grande Valley (formerly Texas-Pan American) at 7 p.m., Monday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be the fourth of five consecutive regular-season home games for the Cougars to open the season.
That game can be 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.
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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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