Men's Hoops Back in Action Saturday afternoon at SMU

Jan. 13, 2011

at SMU MUSTANGS (10-6 • 1-1 C-USA )
 Time  2 p.m. • Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011
 Location  Moody Coliseum (8,998) • Dallas, Texas
 Series History  Houston leads 42-23
 Last Time  SMU won last 94-83, Dallas, Feb. 27, 2010
 Radio  Live Streaming
 Houston Sports Network • SportsTalk 790 AM • KBME
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 1:45 p.m.
 Television  Live Streaming
 The Texas Channel on Time Warner Cable
 Pete Stein, PxP; Dave Michaels, analyst
 Channel 185 in Dallas-Fort Worth
 Check local listings for broadcasts in your area.
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DALLAS - Fresh off an impressive win against a nationally ranked opponent, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 2 p.m., Saturday, when it meets SMU in Moody Coliseum.

The Cougars (9-6 • 1-1 C-USA) enter this weekend's contest following a 76-71 win against No. 19/18 UCF inside Hofheinz Pavilion last weekend. Hitting their first five shots from the field, the Cougars raced out to a 24-8 lead and held off several UCF rallies in the second half on the way to their first home win against a nationally ranked team since December 2005.

Sophomore forward Kirk Van Slyke tied his career high with 17 points, including 15 in the first eight minutes, while senior guard Zamal Nixon added 17 points of his own with five rebounds, three assists and a pair steals.

Senior forward Maurice McNeil posted 15 points with four rebounds, while sophomore forward Alandise Harris added 14 points and a team-high six rebounds in the win.

Senior guard Adam Brown continues to lead the Cougars with 14.3 points per game and ranks second in Conference USA in 3-point field goal percentage. McNeil tops the Cougars and ranks fifth in the league with 8.6 rebounds per game, while Nixon ranks among the C-USA top-three individual leaders with 5.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game.

Saturday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes serving as analyst. The pregame show begins at 1:45 p.m.

The game also will be televised live on The Texas Channel on Time Warner Cable (ch. 185 in Dallas-Fort Worth). Pete Stein will call the play-by-play action with Dave Michael serving as analyst. Fans not in the Dallas-Fort Worth should check their local listings for broadcasts in their areas.

Fans can follow live stats from Saturday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

SMU bring a 10-6 overall record and 1-1 Conference USA mark into this weekend's game. The Mustangs claimed a 64-58 win against Memphis on Wednesday at Moody Coliseum, snapping a two-game losing streak.

Against the Tigers, SMU rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit and outscored the Tigers 34-26 during the final 20 minutes.

Forward Papa Dia led all players with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while forward Robert Nyakundi added 15 points. Collin Mangrum came off the bench to score 15 points, while Jeremiah Samarripas added a team-high four assists as a reserve.

Dia leads the team with 17.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Nyakundi ranks second on the team in both categories with 16.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Samarripas is tops with 3.4 assists per contest.

Head coach Matt Doherty is in fourth year at SMU and 10th season overall. He has compiled a 57-83 record with the Mustangs and is 146-152 overall.

Doherty is 1-9 (.100) against Houston with all those games coming at SMU. He previously served as the head coach at Notre Dame (1999-00), North Carolina (2000-03) and Florida Atlantic (2005-06).

This marks the sixth straight season the two teams will meet on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 42-23 (.646) lead in the all-time series, which began during the 1955-56 season but has been played at least once every year since the 2005-06 campaign.

Houston has won nine of the last 10 games against SMU. However, SMU can boast of the most recent success after a 94-83 win at Moody Coliseum in Dallas on Feb. 27, 2010.

Last season's loss to SMU was the first since a 94-69 setback in Dallas on Dec. 17, 2000.

The Cougars have posted a 15-11 (.577) all-time record against SMU in Dallas. Houston has won three of the last four meetings in Dallas.

The Cougars return home to play host to Tulsa at 6 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be televised live on CBS College Sports with Roger Twibell calling the play-by-play action and Steve Lappas serving as analyst.

Houston continues its brief homestand when it meets league-rival UTEP at 7 p.m., Jan. 22, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Cougar men's basketball tickets are available now. Fans also can purchase the Pick-4 Pack for only $28. That ticket package is good for fans' choice of any four of Houston's remaining home games.

Fans also can purchase the Houston Hoops 4-Pack for the UTEP (Jan. 22) and UAB (Feb. 26) games at Hofheinz Pavilion. For only $48, fans can receive 4 general admission tickets, 4 small drinks, 4 hot dogs and 4 hats (selected styles) from the UH Fan Shop for only $48.

If more than four tickets are needed, each additional ticket purchased will cost only $12 each and will receive the extra items.

The Houston Hoops 4-Pack will not be available on game days at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows.

Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets link at UHCougars.com to buy tickets today.



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