HOUSTON - Behind a blistering performance from the field, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program closed out their 5-game homestand with an impressive 93-78 win over Murray State on Wednesday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
The Cougars, who improved to 5-0, shot at least 61 percent from the field in each half and finished the night at 64.0 percent (32-for-50). Houston connected on 13 straight shots late in the first half and trailed for only 26 seconds the entire night.
Making its first appearance in Houston since 1954, Murray State scored the game's first two points of the night before the Cougars used a 17-6 rally over the next six minutes to build a 17-8 lead. Houston built as much as an 18-point lead early in the second half.
Thanks to 65.6 percent shooting (21-of-32) in the first half, Houston built a 51-35 lead at the break. The Racers tried to trim the deficit throughout the final 20 minutes but could never move closer than to within nine points.
Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr. led the way with a career-high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and drained a game- and career-high four 3-pointers in the win. The Forest City, N.C., native posted at least 20 points for the second time in the last three games after totaling 22 in the Cougars' win against ULM on Saturday.
Junior point guard Ronnie Johnson added 17 points with two rebounds and two assists, while senior forward Devonta Pollard finished with 14 points with five rebounds and a game-high three steals. Freshman point guard Galen Robinson posted 13 points with five assists and no turnovers in the win.
Murray State guard Gee McGhee topped the Racers with 17 points, while forward Jeffery Moss and Bryce Jones totaled 14 points apiece with Jones' 10 assists leading all players. Forward Wayne Langston totaled 13 points with 11 rebounds, and Chad Culbreath came off the bench to post 11 points.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars hit the road for the first time when they meet Rhode Island at 6 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, inside the Thomas M. Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. It will be the first meeting against the Rams since Nov. 13, 2006.
Tuesday's game can be heard live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action. The game also may be seen on regional television on Cox Sports.
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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