Men's Basketball Heads to Northeast for Two-Game Swing

Jan. 29, 2014

HOUSTON COUGARS (11-9 • 3-4 The American)
at RV/RV UCONN HUSKIES (16-4 • 4-3 The American)
Time 8 p.m. (CST) / 9 p.m. (EST)
Location Gampel Pavilion (10,167) • Storrs, Conn.
Television CBS Sports News Channel Finder
   Andrew Catalon, PxP
   Steve Lappas, analyst
Radio 950 AM KPRC • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Live Scoring GameTracker
Series History • UConn leads 2-1
• Second regular season meeting in 2013-14
• Houston won last 75-71 (Dec. 31, 2013)
    (Hofheinz Pavilion • Houston)

• UConn leads 1-0 in Connecticut
• UConn won last in Connecticut
   72-70 • Gampel Pavilion • Nov. 30, 2000
Game Notes Houston Notes
UConn Notes
The American Notes
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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Houston Men's Basketball team meets American Athletic Conference-rival UConn for the second time in less than a month when it faces the Huskies at 8 p.m.(CST)/9 p.m. (EST) Thursday, inside Gampel Pavilion.

The Cougars claimed a 75-71 win against the 15th-ranked Huskies on New Year's Eve inside Hofheinz Pavilion in the inaugural American Athletic Conference game for both programs. Houston connected on nearly 60 percent from the field in the first half to race out to a 46-28 lead and held off a UConn comeback to take the win.

In it last outing, Houston dropped a tough 75-68 loss to SMU on Sunday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Playing in only his fourth game since undergoing knee surgery on Dec. 2, sophomore guard Danuel House led the Cougars with 22 points, his fourth 20-point game of the season and the ninth of his career.

Junior forward TaShawn Thomas finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for his team-leading eighth double-double of the season and the 33rd of his career.

This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 16.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game. The Killeen, Texas, native is the only player to rank among The American top-five leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

In addition, Thomas ranks among the nation's top-25 leaders in field goal percentage (.609, 9th), blocked shots (3.2, 14th) and double-doubles (8, 24th).

House ranks second on the Cougars with 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers stands second with 10.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. The Terrell, Texas, native also ranks among The American leaders with 2.0 3-point field goals made per game.

Houston also has been boosted by the return of sophomore point guard L.J. Rose, who missed five games earlier this season with a foot injury. The Houston native has dished out 21 assists in four games back, including a season-high 10 assists at No. 23/22 Memphis on Jan. 23.

Rose became the first player since Adam Brown during the 2010-11 season to dish out 10+ assists in a game.

Thursday's game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network with Andrew Catalon calling the play-by-play action and Steve Lappas providing analysis. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.

Fans can hear Thursday's game live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play or by clicking here. The pregame show will start at 8:45 p.m. (CST), Thursday.

Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

UConn enters Thursday's game with a 16-4 overall record and 4-3 mark in The American play. The Huskies stand in fifth place in the latest league standings. UConn has won its last two games and five of its last six.

The Huskies also received votes in the recent Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.

In its most recent outing, UConn claimed an 82-71 win at Rutgers on Saturday. Against Rutgers, guard Shabazz Napier led all players with 26 points, thanks to a 10-of-11 effort from the free throw line. Guard Ryan Boatright totaled 12 points with six rebounds and four assists, while center Amida Brimah added 10 points with a team-high eight rebounds.

This season, Napier leads the Huskies with 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.0 assists per game. Guard DeAndre Daniels stands on the team with 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Boatright ranks third with 12.3 points per game.

Head coach Kevin Ollie is in his second year at UConn and as a collegiate head coach, assembling a 36-14 record during that time. He served as an assistant coach with the Huskies from 2010-12 before becoming head coach following the retirement of Jim Calhoun.

Following his collegiate playing career, Ollie competed professionally for 15 years in the CBA and NBA. He has posted an 0-1 record against Houston during his career.

Following Thursday's game, the Cougars continue their road swing when they meet Rutgers for the second time this month at 3:30 p.m. (CST), Sunday, vs. Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J.

From there, the team returns to Houston to play host to No. 12/9 Louisville (8 p.m., Feb. 5) and Temple (1 p.m., Feb. 9). Fans should note that the Feb. 5 game vs. Louisville will be part of Guy V. Lewis Night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Coach Lewis, his family and former players will be recognized in a pregame ceremony to celebrate his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Houston Men's Basketball Tickets are on sale NOW. Fans can purchase single-game, 3- and 6-game mini-plans by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or by clicking here.

Single-game tickets are now on sale for all remaining Houston Men's Basketball home games, including the Feb. 5 showdown against defending national champion Louisville. That game will be a part of Guy V. Lewis Night with Coach Lewis, his family and former players being honored in a special pregame ceremony on his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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.



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