Men's Basketball Returns to Action vs. UCF

Jan. 5, 2015

UCF KNIGHTS (7-6 • 0-2 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (7-6 • 0-2 American)
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Time 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPNews/WatchESPN
   Mike Crispino, PxP
   Fran Fraschilla, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 9-7
10th straight season teams will play
UCF won last, three of last four
UCF won last 104-83
   CFE Arena (March 7, 2014)
Houston leads 5-3 in Houston
Houston won last, two of last three in Houston
Houston won last in Houston
   88-84 (Feb. 22, 2014, Hofheinz Pavilion)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion for a pair of home games this week, starting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, against American Athletic Conference rival UCF.

Fans should note the earlier tipoff time for Tuesday's game to accommodate the ESPNews broadcast.

The Cougars enter this week's home contests on the heels of a tough 72-54 loss at Tulsa on Sunday afternoon. Against the Golden Hurricane, junior guard Jherrod Stiggers led the Cougars with 17 points, including four treys, while junior point guard L.J. Rose added 12 points with five rebounds and a game-high six assists.

With his recent long-range performance, Stiggers now has 198 3-pointers during his collegiate career and needs only two treys against the night to become the fourth player in school history to sink 200 treys. He would join Andre Owens (227), Kelvin Lewis (251) and school record-holder Robert McKiver (261).

Stiggers ranks second in the American Athletic Conference with 16.8 points per game and paces the league and ranks fourth nationally with 3.9 3-pointers per game.

Junior forward Devonta Pollard stands second on the team and 19th in the league with 11.9 points per game. However, the Porterville, Miss., is third in the conference with 7.2 rebounds per contest.

Following Tuesday's game, the Cougars continue their brief homestand when they meet Memphis for the second time this season at 3 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Tigers took a 73-54 win in FedExForum on New Year's Eve.

Tuesday's game will be part of Los Coogs Night to celebrate Hispanic heritage. The first 100 fans in attendance at Tuesday's game will receive a free Los Coogs t-shirt with other related in-game elements as part of the festivities.
Fans can hear Tuesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday.

Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.

Fans can watch Tuesday's game live on ESPNews, by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here with Mike Crispino calling the play-by-play and Fran Fraschilla providing analysis.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

UCF enters Tuesday's game with an 0-2 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Knights are tied with Houston and East Carolina for ninth place in the league and have lost their last two games.

In its most recent action, UCF dropped an 84-78 decision at Temple on Sunday afternoon. Against the Owls, UCF fell behind 38-26 at halftime but rallied with 52 second-half points to move to within six points.

Guard B.J. Taylor led for game-high honors with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while Daiquan Walker came off the bench to score 17 points. Guard Adonys Henriquez totaled 14 points with three rebounds and three assists, and guard Brandon Goodwin added 12 points with seven rebounds and five assists in the loss.

This season, Taylor leads the Knights with 14.2 points per game, while Henriquez stands second with 11.9 points per contest. Staphon Blair paces the team with 4.3 rebounds per game, while Justin McBride and Kasey Wilson are close second at 4.2 rebounds per contest. Goodwin is tops with 3.8 assists per game.

Head coach Donnie Jones is in his fifth year at UCF, posting a 86-69 record during that time. He is in his eighth year as a collegiate head coach and posted a 117-99 career mark during that time. Jones previously served as head coach at Marshall (2007-10).

He has posted a 4-4 record against Houston during his career and is 3-2 against the Cougars during his UCF tenure.

Tuesday's game will be the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams. Houston travels to Orlando for a 1 p.m. (CST) showdown on Feb. 15 inside CFE Arena.

This marks the 10th straight season the teams will compete in Men's Basketball. The series has been played at least once every year since 2005-06 with both teams competing as Conference USA rivals from 2005-06 to 2012-13.

Houston leads the all-time series 9-7. However, UCF enjoyed a 104-83 win in Orlando on March 7, 2014, in the last meeting and has won three of the last four games in the series.

Houston owns a 5-3 lead in the all-time series against the Knights inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars enjoyed an 88-84 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 22, 2014, in the last meeting in Houston.

The Cougars have won two of the last three games in Houston with only a 79-75 setback in overtime on Jan. 19, 2013, preventing a longer winning streak.

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets as well as Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.

To purchase tickets, fans 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.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.

The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.

For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.



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