Men's Basketball Ready to Face No 13 SMU on Monday Night

Jan. 31, 2016

#13/NR SMU MUSTANGS (19-1 • 8-1 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (15-6 • 5-4 American)
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Time 7 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television CBS Sports Network • Channel Finder
   Carter Blackburn, PxP
   Pete Gillen, PxP
   Lauren Gardner, sideline
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 47-30
• SMU won last three, four of last five
• 11th straight season teams play
SMU won last 77-73
   Jan. 19, 2016 (Dallas)

Houston leads 23-10 in Houston
• SMU won last two in Houston
SMU won last in Houston 75-69
   Feb. 12, 2015 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
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HOUSTON -- Winners of its last two games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to split the regular-season series when it takes on American Athletic Conference leader and 13th-ranked SMU at 7 p.m., Monday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The first 1,000 fans through Hofheinz Pavilion's doors will receive FREE Houston Fans parking sign, courtesy of Koch. Houston Men's Basketball is expecting a large crowd for Monday's game, and fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early to avoid lines. For Houston Men's Basketball's 2015-16 parking map with information, click here.

Monday's game features the top-2 scoring offenses in the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars stand second in the league with 78.6 points per contest, scoring 75+ points in 12 games to date this season and trail only SMU's 80.0 points per contest.

The Cougars dropped a 77-73 decision to the Mustangs in Dallas on Jan. 19. However, Houston enters Monday's game on a high after knocking off East Carolina 97-93 in double overtime in Greenville, N.C., on Saturday afternoon.

Against East Carolina, several heroes emerged to lead the Cougars. Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., tied his career high with 31 points and set another personal best with six 3-pointers despite missing most of the two overtime periods with an ankle injury. The Forest City, N.C., native currently leads the American Athletic Conference with 17.3 points per game.

Sophomore guard and Westside High product Wes VanBeck came off the bench in overtime to drain three critical 3-pointers and finished the game with 11 points in only nine minutes.

Junior guard Damyean Dotson product totaled 23 points with a game-high 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and leads the Cougars and ranks 10th in the league with 7.5 rebounds per contest. The Yates High product needs only 14 points against SMY to move past 1,000 points during his career after competing his first two seasons at Oregon.

At halftime of Monday's game, the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl champion Houston Football team will be joined by Houston Mayor and UH alum Sylvester Turner and be recognized on Guy V. Lewis Court after a record-setting 13-1 season and No. 8 final national ranking with Head Coach Tom Herman addressing the Hofheinz Pavilion crowd.

Following Houston Football's recognition, fans should stick around the court for halftime for an exciting promotion. A fan who makes a layup, free throw and 3-pointer in a selected time receives a FREE LASIK procedure, courtesy of nJoy Vision at the University of Houston College of Optometry

In addition, all fans with ticket stubs in the winning fan's seating section will receive a $500 off per eye coupon from nJoy Vision at the University of Houston College of Optometry.

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.

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Fans can hear Monday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m., Monday.

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. CBS Sports Network logo

The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn calling the play-by-play action, Pete Gillen providing analysis and Lauren Gardner reporting from the sideline. Fans can find CBS Sports Network in their local listings 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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SMU enters Monday's game with an 19-1 overall mark and 8-1 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Mustangs, who are ranked No. 13 in the Jan. 25 USA TODAY Coaches' poll, lead the league but are ineligible to compete in the postseason.

In its last game, SMU jumped out to a 39-27 halftime lead on the way to an 80-68 win over Memphis on Saturday night in Dallas. The Mustangs limited Memphis to only 32.8 percent (22-of-67) from the field and outrebounded the Tigers 51-35.

Against Memphis, senior guard Nic Moore led all players with 22 points and three 3-pointers. Freshman guard Shake Milton totaled 15 points, while junior forward Ben Moore and junior guard Sterling Brown totaled 12 points apiece... Senior forward Jordan Tolbert snared a game-high 14 rebounds.

This season, Nic Moore leads the Mustangs with 15.7 points and 4.9 assists per game. Ben Moore stands second with 12.9 points per game but paces the team with 7.4 rebounds per contest. Tolbert ranks third with 12.3 points per game with Milton (10.8 ppg) and Brown checking in at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Head Coach Larry Brown is in his fifth year at SMU and his 11th year as a collegiate coach. He has compiled an 88-35 record during his SMU tenure and a 260-95 mark overall.

Brown previously built a 135-44 record at Kansas (1983-88) and a 37-16 tally with UCLA (1979-81). He is 7-4 during his career against Houston, including a 5-3 mark as SMU's head coach.

Following Monday's game, the Cougars close out the regular-season series against Tulsa when they face the Golden Hurricane at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, inside Reynolds Center. Houston enjoyed an 81-66 win against Tulsa on Wednesday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

From, there Houston plays host to Memphis at 6 p.m., Feb. 10, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

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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