Men's Basketball Returns to Action at East Carolina on Wednesday
Jan. 15, 2013
The Last Meeting
January 21, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - After enduring a tough road loss last weekend, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team looks to return to its winning ways when it meets Conference USA-rival East Carolina at 6 p.m. (CST) // 7 p.m. (EST) inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
The Cougars enter this week's game on the heels of a 74-53 setback at Southern Miss in their C-USA road opener. Against the Golden Eagles, sophomore guard Joseph Young led the team with 14 points while sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas added 10 points.
Senior forward Leon Gibson chipped in with eight points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Los Angeles native is leading the Cougars with 10.0 rebounds per game in the team's last five contests.
Wednesday's game should be a fun one for fans with the league's top-two scoring offenses in action. East Carolina leads Conference USA with 78.1 points per game, while Houston is a very close second at 78.0 points per contest.
This season, Young leads the Cougars and ranks fourth in the league with 17.4 points per game. The Houston native and Yates High product has five 20-point games in the last seven contests to move into the team lead.
Thomas ranks second on the team with 16.1 points per game but leads the team and ranks third in the league with 9.7 rebounds per contest. The Killeen, Texas, native stands sixth in the league with his scoring total, making Houston the only school in C-USA to boast of a pair of top-six scoring leaders.
Freshman forward Danuel House ranks third on the team with 12.9 points per game. A week ago, the Sugar Land, Texas, native and Hightower High product poured in a career-high 28 points in the Cougars' C-USA opening win against SMU, the most points scored by any Cougar this season.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m. (CST) // 6:45 p.m. (EST), Wednesday.
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.
ABOUT EAST CAROLINA
East Carolina owns a 10-5 overall record and is 1-1 in Conference USA. The Pirates are tied for fifth in the latest league standings, one of four teams at 1-1, including Houston.
ECU enters Wednesday's game on the heels of a 88-85 win in overtime against UCF on Saturday in Greenville, N.C. Against the Knights, all five starters scored in double digits as the Pirates rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit midway through the second half.
Corvonn Gaines nailed a 3-pointer just before the overtime buzzer to break a tie and give the Pirates the win. Forwards Maurice Kemp and Ty Armstrong and guards Miguel Paul and Shamarr Bowdown tied for the team lead with 16 points each. Forward Robert Sampson - son of former Houston Rocket Ralph Sampson - added 11 points with a team-high 10 rebounds with Paul chipping in with a game-high 11 assists.
This season, Kemp leads the Pirates with 17.5 points per game, while Paul ranks second with 12.2 points per contest and a team-high 5.5 assists per game. Sampson stands third among the Pirates with 10.0 points per game and nearly averages a double-double with 9.1 rebounds per contest.
Head coach Jeff Lebo is in his third year at East Carolina, posting a 34-32 record with the Pirates during that time. Now in his 15th year as a head coach, he has a 245-188 overall record. He previously served as head coach at Tennessee Tech (1998-02), Chattanooga (2002-04) and Auburn (2004-10).
Lebo, who is a 1989 graduate of North Carolina, has posted a 1-1 all-time record against the Cougars with both previous games coming during his East Carolina tenure.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when it meets league-rival UCF at 5 p.m., Saturday. That will be the start of a three-game homestand with Tulsa (Jan. 23) and UAB (Jan. 26) to follow.
Saturday's game will be Heroes Day inside Hofheinz Pavilion. All military members (current and veteran), police, fire department and EMS personnel can receive General Admission tickets for only $5.
Track and field legend Carl Lewis will be recognized at the game and will distribute autographed items while supplies last. Fans also have the opportunity to register to win great items throughout the game, including airlines tickets, autographed items and other prizes.
Fans also will enjoy a special halftime performance from AcroDunk. This high-flying team has been featured on NBC's America's Got Talent and provides acrobatic, slam-dunk action at professional and collegiate venues across the country.
Fans can purchase discounted tickets for the UCF game. After clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com, click Enter Promo Code under Online Ticket Sales in the right column. Fans should then enter the promotional code "UCF" to receive the discount.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.