Men's Basketball Hits the Road to Face Southern Miss on Saturday

Sophomore guard Joseph Young

Jan. 11, 2013

 Time  2 p.m. • Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
 Location  Reed Green Coliseum (8,095)
 Hattiesburg, Miss.
 Radio  SportsTalk 790 AM KBME
 Cougar All-Access

 Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Pregame begins at 1:45 p.m.
 Television  Cougar All-Access
 No Network TV
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Series History  Houston leads 17-15 • Houston won last
 Southern Miss leads 9-3 in Hattiesburg, Miss.
 Game Notes  Houston Notes
 Southern Miss Notes
 Conference USA Notes
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - For the first time in more than a month, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team will hit the road when it continues its Conference USA slate.

Winners of their last seven games, the Cougars face Southern Miss at 2 p.m., Saturday, inside Reed Green Coliseum. Houston enters this weekend's contest on the heels of a 78-67 win against SMU inside Hofheinz Pavilion to open the league schedule.

The Last Meeting
February 18, 2012
Men's Basketball Knocks off League Leader Southern Miss
Junior guard Jonathon Simmons posted a career-high 28 points, and freshman forward TaShawn Thomas added his team-leading seventh double-double of the season to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a 73-71 win over Southern Miss on Saturday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

With Wednesday's win, Houston improved to 12-2 overall and continued the program's longest winning streak since the 2007-08 team won 10 straight early that season. The group also became only the seventh team in school history to assemble a 12-2 start or better through the first 14 games.

Against the Mustangs, freshman forward Danuel House put on a show, scoring a career-high 28 points, thanks to a 13-of-17 effort from the free throw line and added seven rebounds with a pair of assists while playing all but one minute in the game.

House, a native of Sugar Land, Texas, and product of Hightower High, enjoyed the fourth 20-point game of his career while scoring the most points by any Cougar this season.

Sophomore forward Joseph Young posted a quiet 20 points for his fifth 20-point game in the last six outings. With that effort, he moved into the Houston and Conference USA scoring lead with 17.6 points per game.

Forward Leon Gibson, the lone senior on the 2012-13 team, came off the bench to grab a career-best 14 rebounds, including eight off the offensive glass, while sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas - the team's leading rebounder at 10.1 rebounds per game - snared 12 rebounds against the Mustangs.

Fans can hear Saturday'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 1:45 p.m., Saturday.

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.

Southern Miss owns a 12-4 overall record and is 1-0 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won their last four games and six of their last seven.

USM enters this weekend's game on the heels of a 75-52 win at Rice on Wednesday night to open league play. Against the Owls, forward Daveon Boardingham led four players in double digits with 15 points. Michael Craig came off the bench to score 15 with a game-high eight rebounds, while guards Dwayne Davis and Jerrold Brooks posted 11 points apiece. Brooks and guard Neil Watson each handed out a game-high four assists.

This season, Davis leads the team with 13.1 points per game, while Craig ranks second at 10.4. Jonathon Mills paces the Golden Eagles with 6.6 rebounds per contest, and Watson leads the team with 5.1 assists per contest.

Head Coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first year at Southern Miss, posting a 12-4 record with the Golden Eagles during that time. Now, in his seventh year as a head coach, Tyndall has compiled an overall record of 126-86 . He previously served as head coach at Morehead State (2006-12).

Tyndall, who is a 1993 graduate of Morehead State, has posted an 0-1 all-time record against Houston. His team dropped an 83-54 decision in Hofheinz Pavilion on Nov. 9, 2007, during his second season at Morehead State.

Following Saturday's game, the Cougars continue their brief road swing when they face C-USA rival East Carolina at 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C.

From there, the team returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when it meets league-rival UCF at 5 p.m., Jan. 19. That will be the start of a three-game homestand with Tulsa (Jan. 23) and UAB (Jan. 26) to follow.

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 cougarpride@uh.edu. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.



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