Men's Basketball Plays Host to UTEP at 7 p.m., Wednesday
Jan. 27, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when it plays host to Conference USA rival UTEP inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (12-5 3-1 C-USA), who rank second in the latest C-USA standings, come into the game on the heels of a tough 96-90 loss in overtime at perennial power Arizona last weekend. In that game, junior guard Kelvin Lewis posted a career-high 35 points, including five 3-pointers to lead the Cougars.
Lewis leads the Cougars and ranks third in the league with 20.6 points per game.
Senior center Marcus Cousin tops the Cougars and ranks third in the league with 9.1 rebounds per game, while freshman point guard Desmond Wade tops the team with 75 assists and ranks second in the league with an 2.88 : 1 assist-turnover ratio.
Wednesday's game will be the second time that the Cougars have faced UTEP this season. UH enjoyed a 94-86 win against the Miners in El Paso on Jan. 1.
However, the Cougars can boast of the most recent success after taking a 94-86 win on Jan. 14, in El Paso. It was UH's first road win against the Miners in the all-time series. In fact, it was the first time that either team won on the other's home court.
The Miners join UAB and Memphis as the only current C-USA schools that have a winning all-time record against the Cougars.
The Cougars enjoyed a 94-86 win over the Miners on Jan. 14 in El Paso. It was the program's first road win against the Miners.
UH has posted a perfect 4-0 record against the Miners in Hofheinz Pavilion. However, those contests have been close with no game being decided by more than nine points.
In addition, each of the last three games have been decided by seven points or fewer.
With an annual donation of more than $15,000, Corbin J. Robertson Society members help underwrite the cost of one full athletics scholarship each year. These donors, along with the student-athletes who receive the scholarships they underwrite, will be recognized.
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The Miners boast two of the premier scorers in Conference USA. Senior guard Stefon Jackson ranks second in the league with 23.5 points per game, only 0.2 points behind league leader Jermaine Taylor of UCF.
Sophomore guard Randy Culpepper stands fourth in the league with 19.2 points per game. Freshman forward Arnett Moultrie tops the Miners with 6.7 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Julyan Stone leads the way with 117 assists, good enough for an average of 6.2 assists per game, second in the league.
Now in his second season at UTEP, head coach Tony Barbee has posted a 44-39 record during his career. He is 2-2 against the Cougars.
From there, the team continues its road swing when it faces C-USA rival UCF at 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, in Orlando, Fla. That game also will be televised live on CBS College Sports.