Houston Men's Basketball to Play at Crosstown-Rival Rice on Wednesday

Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas

Jan. 29, 2013

at RICE OWLS (4-15 • 0-5 C-USA)
 Time  7 p.m. • Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013
 Location  Tudor Fieldhouse (5,208) • Houston, Texas
 Radio  NewsRadio 740 AM KTRH
 Cougar All-Access

 Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP • Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Pregame begins at 7 p.m.
 Television  Cougar All-Access
 No Network TV
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Series History  Houston leads 58-17 • Houston won last
 Rice won three of last four
 Houston won nine of last 12

 Houston leads 24-11 at Rice
 Houston won last, three of last four at Rice
 Game Notes  Houston Notes
 Rice Notes
 Conference USA Notes
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The Last Meeting
March 3, 2012
Houston, Texas (Tudor Fieldhouse)
Late Thibodeaux Free Throws Lifts Men's Basketball in Wild Finish at Rice
Darian Thibodeaux scored 21 points and his pair of free throws with two seconds remaining was the difference in Houston's 76-75 win over Rice on Saturday. Trailing 75-74, Thibodeaux was fouled and nailed both free throws in the waning seconds to give Houston (15-14, 7-9 C-USA) the win.

HOUSTON - Fresh off an impressive win last weekend, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team hits the road but won't leave the city limits when it faces Rice at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus.

The Cougars come into Wednesday's game on the heels of a 66-61 win against UAB last weekend in Hofheinz Pavilion. In that victory, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas led all players with 17 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore guard Joseph Young posted 14 points.

Redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers added 11 points, against the Blazers including a game-high-tying three 3-pointers. With that, he moved into third place in Houston freshman single-season history with 39 treys in 2012-13. The Terrell, Texas, now trails only the 55 treys made by Damon Jones (1994-95) and Young (2011-12) during their respective seasons.

This season, the Cougars boast two of the top-six Conference USA scoring leaders in Young (3rd, 16.8 ppg) and Thomas (6th, 15.8 ppg). Houston is the only team in the league that can boast that accomplishment.

Thomas is one of only three players in the league among the top-six scoring and rebounding leaders, while Young leads the Cougars and Conference USA and ranks third nationally with an dazzling 93.2 free throw percentage. The Houston native and Yates High product has made 26 of his last 27 free throws, including a pair of free throws with 11.1 seconds remaining against UAB to give the Cougars a 3-point cushion.

Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on NewsRadio 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 7 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.

Rice enters Wednesday's game with a 4-15 overall record and 0-5 mark in Conference USA play, The Owls, who are 4-6 this season in Tudor Fieldhouse, are tied for 11th with UAB in the latest league standings.

In its most recent action, Rice dropped a 73-66 decision at Tulane on Saturday. It was the Owls' second straight loss and eighth setback in the last nine contests. Battling to a 32-32 tie at the half, Tulane outscored Rice 41-34 in the final 20 periods to take the win.

Against the Green Wave, forward Seth Gearhart led four Owls in double digits with 23 points, including four 3-pointers, on 8-of-12 shooting and added a team-high seven rebounds. Guard Julian DeBose added 12 points, while guard Max Guercy posted 11 points with a game-high six assists. Guard Tamir Jackson chipped in with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists in the loss.

This season, Jackson leads the Owls with 16.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. DeBose stands second on the team with 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.

Head Coach Ben Braun is in his 36th year as a collegiate head coach and his fifth season at Rice. Braun, who is a 1975 graduate of Wisconsin, has posted a 603-469 career record and a 61-80 mark with the Owls.

He is 5-6 against the Cougars during his career, including a 3-5 mark as Rice's head coach. Braun previously served as head coach at California (1996-08), Eastern Michigan (1986-96) and Siena Heights (1977-85).

Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars leave the city but not the state to take on league-rival SMU at 2 p.m., Feb. 2, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas. That game will be shown live on Time Warner Cable Sports.

From there, the team will take a week-long break from competition before facing Tulane at 1 p.m., Feb. 9, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be shown live on CSS.

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 cougarpride@uh.edu. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.



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