Men's Basketball Continues Homestand vs. Tulsa
Jan. 21, 2013
The Last Meeting
February 11, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program continues its homestand at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when it plays host to Conference USA-rival Tulsa inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars look to snap a three-game losing streak when they face the Golden Hurricane in the first of two regular-season meetings.
In their most recent action, the Cougars dropped a tough 79-75 decision to UCF in overtime last weekend inside Hofheinz Pavilion. UCF staged a second-half comeback to force overtime in the lone regular-season meeting between the two teams.
Despite the loss, the Cougars showed promising signs with a balanced offensive attack. Freshman forward Danuel House led the Cougars with 15 points and flirted with a triple-double with career highs of 11 rebounds and six assists. It was the Hightower High product's first double-double of his young career.
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, but that was nothing new for the Killeen, Texas, native. Thomas leads the team and ranks among the C-USA and national leaders with seven double-doubles this season and has 16 in his career.
This season, Young leads the Cougars and ranks fourth in the league with 17.0 points per game. Thomas stands sixth in the league with 15.9 points per contest but ranks second in the league with 9.8 boards per contest. The Cougars are the only team in Conference USA with two of the league's top-six scoring leaders, while Thomas is one of only three players among the top-five leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
Prior to Wednesday's game, members of the Houston Softball team will pass out schedule cards throughout the arena and be recognized on the court during a break in the action. The Cougars open the softball season Feb. 8-10 when they play host to the Hilton Houston Plaza at Cougar Softball Stadium
Fans can register to win exciting giveaways, such as Carl Lewis autographed memorabilia, free suites to upcoming Houston Men's Basketball games and Houston Cougar merchandise.
In addition, the Cougar Dolls will perform.
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.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Wednesday'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 6:45 p.m., 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.
Tulsa owns an 11-8 overall record and is 3-2 in Conference USA. The Golden Hurricane is in sixth place in the latest league standings. Tulsa owns a 3-5 mark in road games this season
In its last game, Tulsa dropped a 75-72 decision at Tulane on Saturday afternoon. Against Tulane, guard James Woodard tied for the game-high lead with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting and led Tulsa with seven rebounds and four assists. He Was one of four Golden Hurricane players to score in double digits.
Pat Swilling Jr., son of the former New Orleans Saint linebacker, added 13 points with three 3-pointers, while guard Shaquille Harrison added 11 points. Guard Scottie Haralson added 10 points in the loss.
This season, Rashad Smith leads Tulsa with 14.5 points per game but has missed the last 15 games due to a leg injury. Woodard ranks second on the team with 13.2 points per game but leads Tulsa with 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. Swilling stands third with 10.1 points per game.
Head coach Danny Manning is in his first year as a collegiate head coach. Manning, a 1991 graduate of Kansas and member of the Jayhawks' 1988 NCAA national championship team, has posted a 11-8 record with the Golden Hurricane during that time.
Manning previously served as assistant coach at Kansas (2007-12) and as director of student-athlete development/team manager (2003-06).
Wednesday's game will be his first meeting against Houston.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars closes out their homestand when they play host to UAB at 5 p.m., Saturday, in the lone regular-season meeting against the Blazers inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, the team hits the road again but won't have to leave Houston. The Cougars meet Conference USA- and city-rival Rice at 7 p.m., Jan. 30, inside Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus.