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Jan. 20, 2009

GAME 16
EAST CAROLINA PIRATES (9-7 • 1-2 C-USA) at HOUSTON COUGARS (11-4 • 2-1 C-USA)
Jan. 21, 2009 • Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas • 7 p.m.


RADIO:
Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP; Willis Wilson, analyst
TELEVISION: none
INTERNET VIDEO: live broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: Live Stats at UHCougars.com
GAME NOTES:
Houston Notes vs. East Carolina (Jan. 21, 2009) in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader
East Carolina Notes vs. Houston (Jan. 21, 2009) in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader
Conference USA Notebook (Jan. 20, 2009) in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when it plays host to Conference USA rival East Carolina inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (11-4, 2-1 C-USA) come into the game on the heels of a tough 83-76 loss at Southern Miss last weekend. Despite the loss, UH remains tied for second in the league and trail only Memphis in overall winning percentage.

The Cougars look to use their home-court advantage when they face the Pirates at Hofheinz Pavilion has been a challenging environment for all Cougar opponents. UH has posted an impressive 7-1 (.875) record on their home court this season and has won 15 of its last 16 home games dating back to last season.

Against the Golden Eagles, junior guard Kelvin Lewis scored a career-high 30 points and tied his career best with seven 3-pointers. Hitting all seven free throw attempts against USM, Lewis now has hit 29 of his last 30 free throws dating to the first half against C-USA rival UAB on Jan. 6.

Lewis now leads the Cougars with 20.0 points per game, making him one of only three players in the league to average that many points.

Junior guard Aubrey Coleman scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double in the last eight games. Coleman ranks second on the team with 18.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and stands among the top-six individual leaders in C-USA in both categories. He is the only player in the league to accomplish that feat.

Senior center Marcus Cousin leads the Cougars and ranks third in the league with 8.9 rebounds per game, while freshman point guard Desmond Wade is tops on the team with 4.5 assists per game.


AT HALFTIME
The Cougars will play host to a couple of ceremonies during halftime.

• UH chancellor/president Dr. Renu Khator will be presented with a Solar Utility Vehicle by representatives from British Petroleum for her use across the campus. The Vehicle will be on display on the main concourse at the Holman Street entrance

• About 15 young people from southwest Texas will join the U.S. Army during a swearing-in ceremony, conducted by Capt. John Baumann.


RADIO / TV INFORMATION
Cougar Men's Basketball games can be heard live on 790 AM The Sports Animal or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Willis Wilson providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.


LIVE STATS
Fans can follow the play-by-play action by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.


SERIES HISTORY
For the sixth consecutive season, the Cougars will meet East Carolina on the basketball court. The Cougars own a 5-2 (.714) lead in the all-time series, which has been played at least once every year since the 2003-04 season.

A year ago, East Carolina claimed an 84-83 win in Greenville behind guard Sam Hinnant's 30 points. That loss snapped the Cougars' five-game winning streak against the Pirates.

The Cougars are 2-0 against the Pirates in Hofheinz Pavilion during the all-time series. UH enjoyed a 55-53 win on Jan. 17, 2004, in the first meeting in Houston before following that with an 83-59 win on Feb. 10, 2007.


ABOUT EAST CAROLINA
Guard Sam Hinnant, who scored 30 points in the Pirates' win against the Cougars a year ago, leads East Carolina with 14.9 points per game. He is one of three ECU players averaging double digits in points scored, joining James Legan (13.3 ppg) and Brock Young (11.1 ppg).

Darrius Morrow tops with the Pirates with 7.6 rebounds per game, while Young has added a team-high 7.8 assists per contest.

ECU comes into Wednesday's game after an 88-67 home loss to UTEP on Saturday. It was the Pirates' sixth loss in their last seven games after beginning the season as winners of eight of their first nine games.

Now in his second season at the head of the East Carolina bench, head coach Mack McCarthy has posted a 20-16 record during his career. He is 1-0 against the Cougars.

 

 

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