Men's Hoops On the Road at East Carolina

Jan. 12, 2015

HOUSTON COUGARS (7-8 • 0-4 American)
at EAST CAROLINA PIRATES (7-9 • 0-3 American)
Time 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Location Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum (8,000)
Greenville, N.C.
Television ESPNUWatchESPN
   Mike Couzens (PxP)
   Brooke Weisbrod (analyst)
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 9-4
• ECU won last, two of last three
ECU won last 89-78
   Greenville, N.C. (Jan. 16, 2013)

ECU leads 4-3 in Greenville, N.C.
• ECU won last two in Greenville, N.C.
ECU won last 89-78
   Greenville, N.C. (Jan. 16, 2013)
Game Notes Houston Notes
East Carolina Notes
The American Notes
Social Media Facebook   Twitter

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program continues its American Athletic Conference schedule at 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, when it meets East Carolina inside Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum.

The Cougars enter this week's lone road contest on the heels of a tough 62-44 loss to Memphis on Sunday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers led the way for Houston with 13 points, including three 3-pointers, while sophomore forward Danrad Knowles added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Stiggers enjoyed the 26th consecutive game of his career with at least one 3-pointer, tying Kelvin Lewis for the second-longest streak in school history. Guard Robert McKiver drained at least one trey in 28 straight games during the 2007-08 campaign.

With his scoring output, Stiggers now leads the Cougars and ranks second in the league with 16.8 points per game. He also moved higher on the Houston career scoring chart and now needs only 110 more points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston history.

Junior forward Devonta Pollard is averaging 16.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game to rank among the American Athletic Conference top-20 leaders in both categories. He is one of only four players in the league in that exclusive group.

Junior point guard L.J. Rose continues to impress since returning to the Cougars' starting lineup in mid-December. Despite missing the first seven games following foot surgery, the Houston native is averaging 5.4 assists per game, which would ranks second in the league if he had competed in enough games to qualify. Rose led American in 2013-14 with 5.6 assists per game.

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Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m., (CST), Wednesday.

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.

ESPNU logo Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on ESPNU with Mike Couzens calling the play-by-play and Brooke Weisbrod providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

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

East Carolina enters Wednesday's game with a 7-9 overall mark. The Pirates are 0-3 in American Athletic Conference play, tying for 10th with Houston.

East Carolina has lost its last three games and not won since a 71-50 home win over UNC Greensboro on Dec. 28, 2014. In its most recent action, East Carolina dropped a 69-48 decision at Cincinnati on Jan. 6.

Against Cincinnati, ECU was held to 27.0 percent (17-of-63) from the field and outrebounded 47-35. Freshman guard B.J. Tyson came off the bench to lead the Pirates with 13 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Terry Whisnant added 11 points with a team-high three assists.

This season, Tyson leads the Pirates with 13.3 points per game, while Whisnant stands second with 12.8 points per contest. Sophomore guard Caleb White is a close third at 12.5 points per game. Sophomore forward Michel-Ofik Nzege paces ECU with 5.3 rebounds per game, while senior guard Antonio Robinson is tops with 3.0 assists per contest.

Head coach Jeff Lebo is in his fifth year at East Carolina, posting an 80-70 record during that time. In more than 16 years as a collegiate head coach, Lebo has assembled a 291-226 record. He previously served as head coach at Tennessee Tech (1998-02), Chattanooga (2002-04) and Auburn (2004-10).

Lebo has posted a 2-1 record against Houston during his career.

Wednesday's game will be the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams. The teams square off again at 1 p.m., March 8, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in the regular-season finale for both programs.

Tuesday's game will be the first meeting in the series since Jan. 16, 2013, an 89-78 East Carolina win in Greenville, NC. This will be the first meeting as American Athletic Conference rivals.

It also will be the 12th in the last 14 years that these two teams have met on the hardwood. East Carolina joined Conference USA in 2001-02, but the two teams did not square off during the 2002-03 campaign. The series resumed in 2003-04 and continued until Houston's last year in C-USA in 2012-13.

Houston leads the all-time series 9-4. However, East Carolina has won two of the last three games. Houston last enjoyed a victory over the Pirates with an 82-76 decision in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 21, 2012.

The series dates back to Feb. 23, 2002, a 63-46 East Carolina win in Greenville, N.C. The Pirates own a 4-3 record against the Cougars in Greenville, N.C. East Carolina was won the last two games against the Cougars on its home court, including an 89-78 victory on Jan. 16, 2013, in the most recent meeting there.

Houston has not won at East Carolina since a 74-55 victory on Jan. 16, 2010.

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets 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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