KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) - Hassan Martin had 14 points and Jarvis Garrett scored 11 in the second half as Rhode Island handed Houston its first defeat, 67-57 on Tuesday night.
Jared Terrell added 12 points and Kuran Iverson had 11 for the Rams.
Rhode Island (6-3), which has won five of its last seven games, dropped a close one to Providence 74-72 in its last outing.
Houston (5-1), playing away from home for the first time, trailed throughout most of the game. The Cougars were behind 33-21 at the half, and 51-39 with 6:35 remaining.
The Rams led 53-41 when Rob Gray Jr. scored 11 straight points and Houston closed to 57-52 with 2:50 remaining. Garrett made a layup and the Blackbirds hit eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Damyean Dotson led Houston with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Following Tuesday's game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to LSU at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13. Fans should note that the game time and network for the LSU game recently were moved to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, and ESPN2.
Fans also can hear the LSU game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes calling the action.
Ted Emrich and former Houston great Reid Gettys will call the action on the ESPN2 broadcast.
The first 2,000 fans at the Dec. 13 game vs. LSU will receive a free Houston Basketball t-shirt courtesy of Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
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.
Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.
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.
Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.
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