Men's Basketball Looks to Snap Skid at SMU

Sophomore forward Alandise Harris

Jan. 16, 2012

at SMU MUSTANGS (9-8 • 1-2 C-USA)
 Time  7 p.m. • Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2012
 Location  Moody Coliseum (8,998) • Dallas, Texas
 Radio  Live Audio Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
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 Series History  Houston leads 43-24
 Last Meeting  SMU won 65-51
 Feb. 16, 2011 • Houston, Texas
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DALLAS - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when it faces Conference USA rival SMU inside Moody Coliseum.

The Cougars (9-8 • 1-3 C-USA) enter this week's game on the heels of a tough 89-55 loss to league leader Memphis on Saturday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That loss snapped the Cougars' six-game home winning streak.

Against the Tigers, sophomore forward Alandise Harris scored a team-high 18 points, thanks to a 12-of-17 effort from the free throw line. The Little Rock, Ark., native also added three rebounds and a blocked shot.

Junior guard Jonathon Simmons came off the bench for the first time in his career with 16 points and added five rebounds and three steals.

This season, Simmons tops the Cougars and ranks among the Conference USA individual leaders in scoring and field goal percentage. Harris ranks second on the team with 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while freshman forward TaShawn Thomas averages a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game.

Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.

Fans can see and hear the audio and video streams 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 hear games via Cougar All-Access.

Houston has posted a 43-24 record in the all-time series, which began March 16, 1956, during at NCAA Tournament Midwest Region First Round matchup in Lawrence, Kan. (Houston lost 89-74).

The series has been played at least once every season since the 2005-06 campaign, when SMU joined Conference USA.

The two teams split the 2010-11 regular-season series with each squad winning on the other's home court.

SMU has won two of the last three games. The Mustangs won the most recent encounter with a 65-51 showing inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 16, 2011.

Houston has posted a 16-11 all-time record against the Mustangs in Dallas. The Cougars have won four of the last five games in Dallas. The only =loss in that streak was a 94-83 decision on Feb. 27, 2010.

SMU brings a 9-8 overall record, 1-2 mark in Conference USA games, into Wednesday's game. The Mustangs are in eighth place in the latest league standings.

SMU is 5-2 at Moody Coliseum this season.

In its most recent action, SMU dropped a 70-64 decision in overtime at UTEP on Saturday. The game nearly ended in regulation when Robert Nyakundi hit an apparent buzzer-beating 3-pointer on a catch-and-shoot play that started with half a second remaining.

However, officials reviewed the video and ruled the ball was not out of Nyakundi's hand as time expired.

Against the Miners, guard Jalen Jones scored 12 points, while guard Jeremiah Samarrippas added 11 points with three 3-pointers in the loss. Forward Shawn Williams finished with four rebounds, while Ryan Manuel added four assists to lead SMU.

This season, forward Robert Nyakundi leads the team with 15.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. London Giles ranks second with 11.1 points per game, while Samarrippas averages a team-high 4.0 assists per contest.

Head coach Matt Doherty is in his sixth season at SMU and his 11th year overall. He has posted a 76-76 record with the Mustangs and a career record of 166-168.

Doherty, a 1984 graduate of North Carolina, has posted a 2-10 record against the Cougars with all of those games coming during his SMU tenure.

He previously served as head coach at Notre Dame (1999-00), North Carolina (2000-03) and Florida Atlantic (2005-06).

The Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion for a pair of home games to close out the month. The brief stand begins at 7 p.m., Saturday, against East Carolina and continues Jan. 28 vs. UTEP.

Houston opened the month of February with a six-day road trip at UAB (Feb. 1) and at Tulane (Feb. 4).

The Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to crosstown rival Rice at 7 p.m., Feb. 8.

Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. In addition, fans also can purchase the Conference USA Pack, which includes eight exciting league games.

In the C-USA Pack, fans can buy Reserved seating to all Saturday men's home games for $99 with General Admission tickets available for only $75.

With the purchase of the Family Fun Plan, fans receive 2 adult and 2 youth general admission tickets to all Saturday C-USA games for only $159. Tickets for additional children are available for only $40 each in this Plan.

Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.



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