Men's Basketball Set to Face East Carolina

Jan. 28, 2016

HOUSTON COUGARS (14-6 • 4-4 American)
at EAST CAROLINA PIRATES (10-11 • 2-6 American)
Time 11 a.m. (CST) • Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
Location Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum (7,000)
Greenville, N.C.
Television ESPN News • WatchESPN
   Allan Bestwick, PxP
   Mark Wise, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Pregame show starts at 10:45 a.m. (CST)
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 10-5
• ECU won two of last three
• Second straight season teams will play
Houston won last 72-54
   March 8, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)

ECU leads 5-3 in Greenville
• ECU won last three in Greenville
ECU won last 66-61
   Jan. 14, 2015 (Minges Coliseum)
Game Notes Houston Notes
East Carolina Notes
The American Notes
Social Media Facebook   Twitter

GREENVILLE, N.C. --Fresh off a dominating performance, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action at 11 a.m., (CST) Saturday, when it takes on American Athletic Conference rival East Carolina inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

The Cougars enter this weekend's game on the heels of an impressive 81-66 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the first three minutes and never trailed in the game to snap a 6-game losing streak to the Golden Hurricane.

Freshman point guard Galen Robinson Jr., scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and added three rebounds with a game-high four assists. Senior forward Devonta Pollard totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds for the eighth double-double of his career, and junior forward Danrad Knowles added 11 points and six boards.

Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., scored 16 points in Wednesday's win and regained the lead in the American Athletic Conference scoring race with 16.6 points per game. Pollard ranks second with 12.5 points per game, while junior guard and Yates High product Damyean Dotson stands third with 11.6 points per game and a team-best 7.3 rebounds per contest.

Saturday's game will be part of a busy stretch for the Cougars, who play two games in three days. Following the East Carolina game, the Cougars return home to play host to No. 13/NR SMU at 7 p.m., Monday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

For Saturday's game, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff will wear sneakers on the sidelines. By wearing sneakers with their suits, coaches around the country help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease.

As a special promotion beginning this week and continuing through the end of the college basketball season, fans have the opportunity to purchase a specially designed pair of shoelaces online or in stores from Shoe Carnival in memory of Lacey Holsworth. Holsworth, who was an 8-year-old fan of Michigan State basketball during the 2013-14 season, passed away from cancer later that year.

The Princess Laceys Laces promotion will continue while supplies last (each pair sells for $2.99). Net proceeds will be divided between Coaches vs. Cancer and Princess Laceys Legacy. Laces can be purchased in any Shoe Carnival store nationwide or by visiting shoecarnival.com/lacey.

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Fans can hear Saturday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 10:45 a.m., Saturday.

Fans can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.

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The game can be seen on ESPNews with Allan Bestwick calling the play-by-play action and Mark Wise providing analysis. Fans also can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can follow live stats by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.

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East Carolina enters Saturday's game with a 10-11 overall mark and 2-6 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Pirates are ninth in the latest league standings.

In its last game, East Carolina took a 64-61 win over Temple inside Minges Coliseum on Wednesday night after freshman forward Kentrell Barkley converted an and-1 with one second left.

Against the Owls, senior guard Prince Williams led the Pirates with 18 points, while sophomore guard B.J. Tyson added 14 points with five rebounds and four assists. Barkley finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the win.

This season, Tyson leads East Carolina with 15.0 points per game and is second on the team with 5.2 rebounds per contest. Caleb White stands second on the team with 13.4 points per game. Barkley paces the Pirates with 6.0 rebounds per game, while Williams is tops with 4.0 assists per game.

Head Coach Jeff Lebo is in his sixth year at East Carolina and his 18th year as a collegiate coach. He has compiled a 308-247 record during his career with a 97-91 mark at East Carolina.

Lebo also assembled a 75-43 record at Tennessee Tech (1998-02), 40-20 mark at Chattanooga (2002-04) and a 96-93 tally at Auburn (2004-10).

He is 3-2 during his career against Houston with all previous meetings coming during his East Carolina tenure

Following Saturday's game, the Cougars take on No. 8/NR SMU at 7 p.m., Feb. 1 inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be part of a special celebration for the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl champion Houston Football team.

Football Head Coach Tom Herman will address the crowd inside Hofheinz Pavilion at halftime, and the Football team will be presented the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl championship trophy on Guy V. Lewis Court. Tickets start at only $5 and can be purchased here.

In addition, the first 1,000 fans through the doors receive a FREE Houston Fans parking sign, courtesy of Koch.

From the, Houston closes out the regular-season series against Tulsa when it faces the Golden Hurricane at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, inside Reynolds Center.

Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.

Current University of Houston students are admitted free to ALL Houston Men's Basketball game when presenting a valid ID at the doors.

Single-game tickets for Houston Men's Basketball's 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.

Fans can purchase tickets to any three remaining home games in the 3-Point Pack. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.

Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack by clicking here.

Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket

Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.

Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.

Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.



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