Cougars Begin Road Swing at ECU

Jan. 9, 2017

HOUSTON COUGARS (12-4 • 3-1 American)
at EAST CAROLINA PIRATES (9-8 • 1-3 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
Time 5 p.m. (CST) • Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Location Williams Arena (8,000) • Greenville, N.C.
Television ESPNews
Ted Emrich, play-by-play
Malcolm Huckaby, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
Live Stats Live Stats
Game Notes Houston Notes
East Carolina Notes
The American Notes
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GREENVILLE, N.C. -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to rebound when they begin a two-game American Athletic Conference road swing, starting against East Carolina at 5 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, inside Williams Arena.

The Cougars (12-4, 3-1 American) begin their second, two-game road trip of the season after a tough 67-58 loss to league leader and 22nd-ranked Cincinnati on Saturday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Against the Bearcats, senior guard Rob Gray returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Wednesday's win against Tulsa with the flu and led all players with 21 points, his team-leading 10th 20-point game of the season.

With that performance, Gray moved into the American Athletics Conference scoring lead with 20.5 points per game. The Cougars have not had a conference scoring champions since guard Aubrey Coleman led UH, Conference USA and the nation with 25.6 points per game in 2009-10.

Senior guard Damyean Dotson posted 10 points with 10 rebounds for his team-leading fifth double-double of the season and is one of only three players to rank among The American's top-8 leaders in both scoring AND rebounding.

Senior center Bertrand Nkali has emerged as a defensive presence recently. The Bertoua, Cameroon, native has grabbed at least four rebounds and blocked four shots in two of the Cougars' last three games and is ranked among the national leaders with 1.5 blocks per game.

Fans can watch Wednesday's game on ESPNews with Ted Emrich calling the play-by-play action and Malcolm Huckaby providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can listen to Wednesday's game with Jeremy Branham calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis on KPRC 950 AM or by clicking here. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.

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• Entering Wednesday's game, East Carolina has posted a 9-8 overall record and is 1-3 in American Athletic Conference play... Pirates are tied for seventh in latest league standings.
• East Carolina has lost its last three games... Last win was a 60-49 home victory against USF to open American Athletic Conference play on Dec. 28, 2016.
• In most recent action, East Carolina dropped an 81-62 decision at Temple on Saturday afternoon.
• Against Temple, Pirates were outscored 41-28 in the second half on the way to an 81-62 loss in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon
• Sophomore forward Kentrell Barkley led the Pirates with nine points and six rebounds, while freshman guard Elijah Hughes came off the bench to dish out four assists.
• This season, junior guard B.J. Tyson leads East Carolina with 12.1 points and 3.1 assists per game... Senior guard Caleb White ranks second with 11.3 points per game, while Barkley averages 10.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game... Senior center Andre Washington is tops among the Pirates with 7.4 rebounds per game.
• Head Coach Jeff Lebo is in his seventh season at East Carolina and his 19th season as a collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled a 319-264 record during his career and is 108-108 during his East Carolina tenure.
• Previously built a 75-43 record at Tennessee Tech (1998-02), a 40-20 mark at Chattanooga (2002-04) and a 96-93 record at Auburn (2004-10).
• 1989 graduate of North Carolina.

• Following Wednesday's game, Cougars continue their road swing when they face UCF inside CFE Arena in Orlando at 3 p.m. (CST) Saturday.... Will be the first meeting of the regular season against the Knights... Game will be shown on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• From there, Houston returns home to play host to Memphis at 8 p.m., Jan. 19, inside Hofheinz Pavilion... Game will be shown on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.

Season tickets, single-game tickets, mini-plans and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.

Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men's Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets to each Men's Basketball game for $8 each, based on availability.

For as low as $80, fans can purchase season tickets to all 16 regular-season game plus two exhibition contests during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 2 seating is available for only $130, while fans can enjoy Reserved 1 seating for $225.

Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.

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Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men's Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.

Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.

To join the 50-50 Club, fans can call 713-743-9742 or email UHMensBasketball@uh.edu. For more information about the 50-50 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

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