Men's Hoops Returns to Action This Weekend vs. Southern Miss

Feb. 5, 2010

Feb. 6, 2010 • Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas • 5 p.m.

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • SportsTalk 790 AM-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP
Pregame show begins at 4:45 p.m.
INTERNET VIDEO : live video broadcast
TELEVISION: CSS (Houston Comcast channel 129) • Matt Stewart, PxP, Brian Oliver, analyst
LIVE STATS: GameTracker

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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 5 p.m., Saturday, when it plays host to Conference USA-rival Southern Miss at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (11-10 • 4-4 C-USA) have only four home games remaining during the 2009-10 regular season, so fans are encouraged to buy their tickets today to see their favorite team.

Houston enters this weekend's contest on the heels of a tough 65-58 loss at league-rival UTEP on Wednesday. In that game, senior guard Aubrey Coleman led all players with 23 points and added seven rebounds in the loss, while senior guard Kelvin Lewis posted 16 points, including three 3-pointers.

Coleman, who reigns as the nation's leader in both scoring and steals, averages 26.0 points and 3.2 steals per game and ranks a close second among the Cougars with 7.5 rebounds per contest.

Lewis stands second on the team and sixth in the league with 16.0 points per game and ranks among the national leaders in 3-point field goal percentage and 3-pointers made per game.

Junior forward Maurice McNeil tops the Cougars and ranks seventh in C-USA with 7.7 rebounds per game, while sophomore point guard Desmond Wade is tops with 5.3 assists per game. The Linden, N.J., native became only the third player in school history to post back-to-back 100-assist seasons as a freshman and sophomore.

This will be Southern Miss' first game at Houston since Feb. 27 , 2008, when guard Robert McKiver posted a career-high 52 points against the Golden Eagles, becoming only the fourth player in Houston history to record at least 50 points in a game.

Fans should stay in touch with the Athletics Department's Twitter account this weekend for a special promotion for Saturday's game. Further details about this weekend's promotion will be available only through Twitter.

Fans can sign up for the Athletics Department's Twitter account by clicking here or by visiting Twitter.com/UHCougarSports.

The first 1,500 fans who enter Hofheinz Pavilion for Saturday's game will receive a free red and white Pulse of the Pride wristband.

Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 4:45 p.m.

Fans also can watch the game live on CSS (Houston Comcast channel 129) with Matt Stewart calling the play-by-play action and Brian Oliver providing analysis.

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

Southern Miss (13-8 • 3-4 C-USA) enters this weekend's game on the heels of a 56-53 win against SMU on Tuesday. It was the Golden Eagles' third straight win and fourth victory in their last six games.

Against the Mustangs, forward Gary Flowers posted 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot to lead USM in all four categories. Guard Angelo Johnson added 14 points and five rebounds in the win.

This season, Flowers ranks among the Conference USA top-10 individual leaders with 14.4 point and 8.0 rebounds per game. Maurice Bolden adds 10.2 and 6.2 rebounds per game to rank second among the Golden Eagles in both categories.

Larry Eustachy is now in his sixth season at Southern Miss, compiling an 88-88 record during that time. He also has compiled a 348-233 (.599) in more than 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Before taking over at Southern Miss, Eustachy served as the head coach at Idaho (1990-93), Utah State (1993-98) and Iowa State (1998-03).

Eustachy is 2-5 (.286) against the Cougars during his career.

For the 14th consecutive season, the Cougars will meet Southern Miss on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 15-13(.536) lead in the all-time series, which began annually during the 1996-97 season when both teams started Conference USA competition.

Southern Miss can boast of the most recent success after taking an 83-76 win in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Jan. 17, 2009. That win snapped the Cougars' two-game winning streak against the Golden Eagles. Despite that loss, Houston has won two of the last three games and five of the last seven contests against Southern Miss.

The Cougars have posted a 10-4 (.714) record against the Golden Eagles in Houston. In addition, Houston has won its last three and five of its last six home games against Southern Miss. Only a 75-72 loss in triple overtime on Feb. 3, 2004, prevents a longer Cougar home winning streak against USM.

The Cougars wrap up their non-conference regular-season schedule when it meets Western Kentucky at 7 p.m., Feb. 9, in E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky.

That game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM or at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show for both games is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.

In addition, Tuesday's game at Western Kentucky can be seen live on Fox Sports Houston Plus (Houston Comcast channel 76). The game will re-air at 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, on Fox Sports and again at noon, Thursday.

Fans can purchase men's basketball tickets online at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.

Fans are invited to each broadcast of The Pulse with Tom Penders from various restaurants throughout Houston.

The radio show airs live from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays for the remainder of the season. The next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders will broadcast live on Thursday, Feb. 11, from Ragin Cajuns (9600 Westheimer, Suite 80, Houston, 77063).

The show can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com and will be hosted by the "Voice of the Cougars" Tom Franklin.

Fans are invited to join Penders and Franklin at the selected restaurant each week as the duo discusses recent Cougar Basketball action and upcoming games, college basketball, the world of sports and much more.

Fans also can click the "Ask Coach Penders" button on the main page at UHCougars.com to submit a question that could be asked on the show.

Following the Feb. 11 show, fans can join the next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders at Chili's Too (4800 Calhoun) on the UH campus on Feb. 18.



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