Jan. 18, 2010
HOUSTON - After helping lead the Cougars to back-to-back wins, University of Houston senior guard Aubrey Coleman was honored Monday as the Conference USA Player of the Week.
The Houston native helped lead the Cougars to a 2-0 record last week with back-to-back 20-point games against Conference USA-rivals UTEP and East Carolina. They were his 14th and 15th 20-point games this season and the 28th and 29th of his career.
With his first 3-pointer against UTEP on Wednesday in Hofheinz Pavilion, Coleman became the newest and 43rd player in school history to score 1,000 points during his career, accomplishing the feat in just 47 games.
Against the Miners, he led all players with 22 points and helped lead Houston to the biggest win by either team in the previous 10 meetings.
The nation's scoring leader with 25.0 points per game, Coleman reached that total in Saturday's win at East Carolina on 7-of-15 shooting and added 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double in 2009-10 and the 18th of his career.
It was the fourth time this season that Coleman was named the league's Player of the Week and the sixth time during his career. No other player has been named C-USA Player of the Week more than twice to date.
Marshall freshman forward Hassan Whiteside was named the C-USA Rookie of the Week. Both players were selected by a media panel representing each conference member for games through Jan. 17.
Coleman and his Cougar teammates return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to league-foe UCF at 7 p.m., Wednesday. Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.
Junior quarterback Case Keenum, who threw for a school record 5,671 yards and added 44 touchdowns, will receive the 2009 Quarterback Award presented by the College Football Performance Award at the beginning of halftime.
In addition, Wednesday's game will be Guys Night Out. For only $20, fans will receive two general-admission tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas. Also, Cougar Dolls posters will be given away throughout the game with a Cougar Dolls autograph session on the concourse following the game.
From there, the team hits the road again to face C-USA rival Memphis at 7 p.m., Jan.23, at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. That game will be televised live on ESPN2.
Fans can purchase men's basketball tickets online at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.