Men's Basketball Plays Host to UTEP at 7 p.m., Wednesday

Jan. 27, 2009

UTEP MINERS (11-8 • 2-3 C-USA) at HOUSTON COUGARS (12-5 • 3-1 C-USA)
Jan. 28, 2009 • Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas • 7 p.m. (CST)

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP; Willis Wilson, analyst
INTERNET VIDEO : live broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: Live Stats at UHCougars.com
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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.

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 color analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.

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

This marks the fourth straight season that the Cougars have met UTEP on the hardwood. The Miners own an 8-5 (.615) lead in the all-time series, which began Dec. 28, 1979, but has been played at least once every season since the 2005-06 campaign.

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.

• At halftime of Wednesday's game, members of the Corbin J. Robertson Society will be recognized for their generosity to the University of Houston Athletics Department.

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.

• Prior to Wednesday's game, officials from Princeton Review will hand out free T-shirts to the first 1,000 students. In addition, members of the 2009 Cougar Softball team will hand out their schedule cards and promote the upcoming season.

• Free admission is available to approved groups of 10 or more people for the remaining Saturday home games (Feb. 7, vs. Rice; Feb. 14, vs. Tulane; Feb. 21, vs. UCF and March 7, vs. SMU). For more information, please call the Marketing Office at 713-743-9453)

UTEP (11-8 • 2-3 C-USA) comes into Saturday's game after a 78-70 loss to Tulsa on Jan. 24. It was the Miners' second straight loss and their third setback in the last four games.

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.

Following the UTEP game, the Cougars close out the month with a road showdown at noon, Saturday, at C-USA leader No. 18/19 Memphis. That game will be televised live on CBS College Sports, the second of four Cougar regular-season games on television.

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.

The Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to league- and crosstown-rival Rice at 8 p.m., Feb. 7 inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS or by stopping by the Athletics Ticket Office in the Athletics/Alumni Center during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Fans always can purchase tickets by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking on the Tickets links.



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