Men's Basketball Back in Action at Tulsa this Weekend

Feb. 3, 2011

 Time  7:05 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011
 Location  Reynolds Center (8,355) • Tulsa, Okla.
 Series History  Houston leads 20-19
 Last Time  Houston won 64-57, Jan. 19, 2010
 Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, Texas
 Radio  Live Streaming
 Houston Sports Network • SportsTalk 790 AM • KBME
 Tom Franklin, PxP
 Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
 Television  Live Streaming
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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action this weekend when it faces Conference USA rival Tulsa at 7:05 p.m. inside the Reynolds Center.

The Cougars (11-10 • 3-5 C-USA) look to snap a season-long, four-game losing streak. Despite the recent skid, Houston has had chances to win, holding a second-half lead in each contest. The Cougars have lost those four games by a combined 18 points with no loss by more than eight.

In their most recent loss, the Cougars dropped a 63-62 heartbreaker to Marshall. The Thundering Herd snared a loose ball and banked in a layup with 11 seconds left for the final margin of victory. A desperation heave by senior forward Maurice McNeil was just off the mark.

McNeil posted 16 points with a team-high nine rebounds to lead the Cougars. Freshman forward Alandise Harris added 16 points and went to the free throw line 20 times against the Thundering Herd, becoming only the sixth player in school history to reach that total in a single game.

This season, senior guard Adam Brown leads the Cougars with 14.9 points per game, while McNeil ranks second with 12.7 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per contest. McNeil is averaging 17.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in the last two contests and fell just one rebound shy against Marshall of recording his second straight double-double.

Saturday's game will be the second time that these two teams have met this season. The Cougars enjoyed a 64-57 win in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 19, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Golden Hurricane.

Saturday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.

Fans can follow live stats from Saturday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

Tulsa owns a 12-10 overall record and is 5-3 in Conference USA to stand in a four -way tie for third place. The Golden Hurricane claimed a 68-65 win at Memphis on Wednesday, its third win in their last four games.

Against Memphis, the Golden Hurricane rallied from a 3-point halftime deficit to score 41 points in the final 20 minutes. Center Steven Idlett led four Tulsa players in double-digits with 17 points and added a team-high seven rebounds.

Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 15 points with a pair of 3-pointers, while guard Scottie Haralson added 13 points with a pair of treys. Guard Justin Hurtt finished with 11 points on 4-of-18 shooting.

This season, Hurtt leads Tulsa with 20.1 points and 2.6 assists per game. Idlet ranks second in scoring 12.9 points per game but leads the Golden Hurricane with 6.6 rebounds per contest. Haralson stands third with 11.8 points per game, and Clarkson ranks fourth at 10.4 points per contest.

Head coach Doug Wojcik is in sixth year at Tulsa and overall. He has compiled a 116- 75 (.607) record during his career. Wojcik is 3-4 (.429) against Houston.

This is the sixth straight season these two teams will meet on the hardwood. Houston owns a 20-19 lead in the series (.513) after taking a 64-57 win at Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 19.

The Cougars' win in mid-January snapped a three-game losing streak to the Golden Hurricane.

Houston has posted a 7-11 (.389) all-time record against Tulsa in Oklahoma. Tulsa has won the last two games in Oklahoma by a combined 13 points.

The Golden Hurricane enjoyed the most recent success with a 77-68 win at the Reynolds Center on Feb. 25, 2009. Houston has not won at Tulsa since a 69-67 decision on Jan. 20, 2007.

The Cougars return home for a brief homestand at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars meet Tulane at 4 p.m., Feb. 12, before playing host to SMU at 7 p.m., Feb. 16.

Cougar men's basketball tickets are available now. Fans can purchase the Pick-4 Pack for only $28. That ticket package is good for the Houston's four remaining home games.

Fans can join the "H" Association barbecue on Feb. 12 and receive one reserved seat ticket to the Cougars' C-USA showdown against Tulane for only $20.

Fans also can purchase the Houston Hoops 4-Pack for the UAB (Feb. 26) game at Hofheinz Pavilion. For only $48, fans can receive 4 general admission tickets, 4 small drinks, 4 hot dogs and 4 hats (selected styles) from the UH Fan Shop for only $48.

If more than four tickets are needed, each additional ticket purchased will cost only $12 each and will receive the extra items.

The Houston Hoops 4-Pack will not be available on game days at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows.

Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets link at UHCougars.com to buy tickets today.



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