Men's Basketball Starts Three-Game Homestand on Saturday
Jan. 17, 2013
The Last Meeting
January 11, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball team looks to return to its winning ways when it begins a three-game homestand at 5 p.m., Saturday, against Conference USA-rival UCF inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (12-4 1-2 C-USA) enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a tough 89-78 loss at East Carolina in a game that featured the top two scoring offenses in the league. The Pirates rallied from a second-half deficit for the second straight game to take the win and hand the Cougars their second straight loss.
Saturday's game will be the start of a three-game homestand for the Cougars. From there, Houston plays host to Tulsa at 7 p.m., Wednesday and to UAB at 5 p.m., Jan. 26.
Against East Carolina, freshman forward Danuel House led four Houston starters in double digits with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The Sugar Land, Texas, native and Hightower High product added three rebounds with three assists while battling through foul trouble late.
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas, who made his 46th consecutive start Wednesday, finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while senior forward Leon Gibson totaled 14 points with a team-high nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Joseph Young added 15 points, thanks to a 9-of-10 effort from the free throw line.
This season, Young leads the Cougars and ranks fourth in the league with 17.2 points per game. The Houston native and Yates High product ranks among the league leaders in scoring, 3-point field goal percentage, 3-point field goals per game and free throw percentage.
Thomas ranks second on the team with 16.3 points per contest but leads the Cougars with 9.6 rebounds per game. The Killeen, Texas, native ranks among the C-USA leaders in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, blocked shots and double-doubles and is one of only three players to rank among the top-three leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
The Cougars are the only team in Conference USA with two of the league's top-six scoring leaders.
With his impressive numbers Wednesday, House enjoyed the fifth 20-point game of his young career and now ranks third on the team with 13.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
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.
ON THE AIR Fans can hear Saturday's game live on 740 AM KTRH with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 4:45 p.m., Saturday.
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.
UCF owns an 11-5 overall record and is 1-1 in Conference USA. The Knights are tied for sixth with Marshall in the latest league standings.
UCF should be well-rested entering this weekend's game after taking a week-long break from competition. In their last game, the Knights dropped an 88-85 decision in overtime to East Carolina after leading by 17 points midway through the second half.
Against ECU, forward Keith Clanton led all players with 16 points on 15-of- 19 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Forward Tristan Spurlock added 23 points with a game-high 11 rebounds, while guard Daiquan Walker finished with a team-high five assists.
This season, Clanton leads the Knights with 17.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Isaiah Sykes ranks second with 14.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while Spurlock averages 10.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. Sykes leads the Knights with 4.7 assists per contest.
Head coach Donnie Jones is in his third year at UCF , posting a 33-28 record with the Knights during that time. Jones, who previously served as head coach at Marshall (2007-10), has compiled an 88-69 career mark in more than five seasons.
A 1988 graduate of Pikeville-Ky., he has posted a 2-3 all-time record against the Cougars during his career (1-1 at UCF, 1-2 at Marshall)
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars continue their three-game homestand when they meet Tulsa at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
That will be the first of two regular-season meetings against the Golden Hurricane. The Cougars travel to Tulsa on Feb. 16.
From there, Houston closes out the stand when it plays host to UAB at 5 p.m., Jan. 26, in the lone regular-season meeting against the Blazers.
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.