|HOUSTON COUGARS (13-3 • 3-1 American)
at ECU PIRATES (7-9 • 1-4 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||1 p.m. (CST) • Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018|
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
|Location||Williams Arena at |
Minges Coliseum (8,000) • Greenville, N.C.
Evan Lepler, play-by-play
Nate Ross, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
• Pregame show begins at 12:45 p.m. (CST)
|Live Scoring||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• ECU Notes
• The American Notes
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Following a record-setting performance, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program hits the road this weekend to face American Athletic Conference rival ECU at 1 p.m. (CST) Sunday inside Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum.
The Cougars enter this weekend’s contest on the heels of an impressive 101-74 win over Tulsa on Thursday inside H&PE Arena in Houston. Houston set an American Athletic Conference record with 18 3-pointers against the Golden Hurricane with senior guard Rob Gray and sophomore guard Armoni Brooks draining a game-high five 3-pointers apiece.
After averaging 10.7 points in his previous three games, Gray broke out of a brief slump with a game-high 34 points against Tulsa, including 22 points in the first half alone. The Forest City, N.C., native regained the league in the American Athletic Conference scoring race with 19.6 points per game after hitting 12-of-17 shots from the field against Tulsa, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc.
Gray also moved into a tie for 10th with Dwight Davis and Gary Philips in Houston history with five 30-point games during his career.
Junior guard Corey Davis Jr. ranks second on the team with 11.3 points per game and stand fourth in the league, hitting 43.7 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Senior forward Devin Davis leads the Cougars and ranks seventh in the league with 6.8 rebounds per game and is a close third on the team with 11.2 points per contest.
With their performance against Tulsa, the Cougars recorded their first 100-point game of the season and moved to 175-4 all-time when reaching triple digits. It was the most points scored against a conference opponent since a 105-96 win in overtime against former Southwest Conference rival Texas on Feb. 1, 1995.
• ECU brings a 7-9 overall record and 1-4 mark in The American into Sunday’s game.
• Thursday’s game will be the first of two regular-season meetings against the Pirates... Team close out regular-season series at 2 p.m. Feb. 25, inside H&PE Arena in Houston.
• In its most recent action, ECU dropped a 95-60 decision to No. 5/5 Wichita State on Thursday night in Greenville, N.C.
• Pirates have lost their last two games and four of their last five.
• Against Wichita State, senior guard B.J. Tyson led all players with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting and grabbed four rebounds with a pair of assists... Junior forward Kentrell Barkley finished with 14 points and four rebounds, while freshman forward Dimitri Spasojevic added 10 points with a team-high six boards... Junior guard Isaac Fleming came off the bench to lead ECU with three assists.
• This season, Tyson leads ECU with 15.8 points per game... Barkley ranks second on the team with 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game... Fleming stands third with 12.2 points per game but leads the team with 4.7 assists per contest... Senior forward Jabari Craig averages a team-high 6.6 rebounds per contest.
• Head Coach Michael Perry is in his first season as head coach at ECU and his sixth season as an NCAA Division I collegiate head coach… Perry took over as ECU’s interim head coach on Nov. 29 following the resignation of Jeff Lebo.
• Has compiled a 5-5 record at ECU and is 67-80 record during his career… Previously built a 62-75 record at Georgia State (2002-17).
• Sunday’s game will be the first time that Perry has faced Houston during his career.
• Perry is 0-1 against Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their careers.. The two coaches first met during the 2002-03 season in Sampson’s Oklahoma tenure and Perry’s first season at Georgia State.
• 1981 graduate of Richmond.
Fans can watch Sunday’s game live on ESPN3 with Evan Lepler calling the play-by-play action and Nate Ross providing analysis. Fans also can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can hear Sunday’s game live on KPRC 950 AM with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 12:45 p.m. (CST) Sunday.
• Following Sunday’s game, the Cougars head east on Interstate 10 to take on Tulane at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans... Game will be shown on ESPNews and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• Cougars return to Houston to complete the regular-season series against No. 9/9 Wichita State at 11 a.m., Saturday, inside H&PE Arena... Game will be played on the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century between No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Houston.
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