Men's Basketball Opens Year 2013 vs. Texas-Pan American
Jan. 1, 2013
HOUSTON - Winners of five consecutive games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team looks to extend that streak when it plays host to Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m., Thursday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars, who own a 10-2 record this season, face the Broncs in their final non-conference game of the season. Following Thursday's game, Houston will compete in 16 Conference USA games, starting at 7 p.m., Jan. 9, vs. SMU inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston recently claimed an 80-75 win against Prairie View A&M on Dec. 29 inside Hofheinz Pavilion for the team's fifth straight victory. It marks the first time since 2005-06 that Houston has posted multiple 5-game+ winning streaks in the same season. The Cougars opened the 2012-13 campaign with five straight victories.
Against the Panthers, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas and freshman forward Danuel House each posted a team-high 22 points to lead the Cougars with Thomas grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. Senior forward Leon Gibson came off the bench to pour in 12 points with seven rebounds and drained a career-high two 3-pointers.
This season, Thomas is one of only two C-USA players to rank among the top-three league leaders in both scoring and rebounding. The Killeen, Texas, native leads the Cougars with 18.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Sophomore guard Joseph Young stands second on the team and sixth in the league with 16.7 points per game and stands seventh in the nation with a 93.3 free throw percentage. The Houston native and Yates High product has converted each of his last 19 free throw attempts, including four against Prairie View A&M.
With his numbers last weekend, House was honored as the C-USA Freshman of the Week. It was the second time House earned the league's weekly award.
Single-game tickets for all remaining home games and a variety of ticket packs to suit any budget are on sale now. To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GOUH or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Thursday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing the analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Thursday.
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
ABOUT TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN
Texas-Pan American owns a 7-9 overall record and is 1-6 on the road this season.. The Broncs enter Thursday's game following an 84-59 loss at Oregon State on Monday afternoon, a setback that snapped their season-long, three-game winning streak.
Against Oregon State, Hurley Johnson led the Broncs with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Aaron Urbanus added 11 points with a team-high five assists, while Jesus Delgado added 10 points. Lauri Toivonen finished with a team-high five rebounds.
This season, Brandon Provost leads the team with 15.7 points per game. Urbanus ranks second with 12.3 points and leads the team with 4.2 assists per contest. Justin Leathers tops the Broncs with 4.8 rebounds per game.
Head Coach Ryan Marks is in his fourth year at Texas-Pan American. Marks, who is a 1993 graduate of USC, has posted a 30-82 record with the Broncs during that time. Now, in his 12th year as a head coach with overall record of 178-165. He previously served as head coach at Southern Vermont (2001-04) and St. Edward's (2004-09).
Thursday's game will be Marks' first against Houston.
Following Thursday's game, the Cougars wrap up their homestand when they open Conference USA play against SMU at 7 p.m., Jan. 9, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, Houston continues its C-USA slate when it travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., to face C-USA rival Southern Miss at 2 p.m., Jan. 12.