Men's Basketball Returns Home for Two Straight Games
Feb. 7, 2013
The Last Meeting
February 29, 2012
HOUSTON - Coming off one of the biggest comeback wins in school history, the University of Houston returns to Hofheinz Pavilion for a pair of home games, beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday against Tulane in a Conference USA showdown.
The Cougars overcame tremendous odds in their most recent game to take an 84-80 road win at SMU last weekend. Houston battled back from a 19-point, first-half deficit (including a 17-point margin at halftime) and a game-tying, buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of regulation to sweep the season series against the Mustangs and head coach Larry Brown.
Five Cougars scored in double digits against the Mustangs with all five starters scoring at least eight points. Sophomore guard Joseph Young led the way with 17 points, while redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers came off the bench to pour in 16 points, including a game-high four 3-pointers.
With his trey total, Stiggers now has 45 3-pointers during his inaugural collegiate season. The Terrell, Texas, native needs only 11 more treys to set a Houston freshman single-season record and ranks among the C-USA leaders in 3-pointers made per game and 3-point field-goal percentage.
Young drained 5-of-6 of his free throw attempts against SMU and now ranks seventh nationally with a 91.3 free throw percentage. Missing his final attempt at Rice on Jan. 30 and his first attempt at SMU, Young misfired on consecutive free throw attempts for the first time during the entire 2012-13 season.
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas posted 15 points with four rebounds against SMU and continues to rank among the C-USA top-six leaders with 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. The Killeen, Texas, native is looking to become the first Cougar in a decade to average a double-double for the season.
This will be the first of two meetings against Tulane during the regular season. The Cougars close out the regular season at 7 p.m., March 9 when they meet the Green Wave in New Orleans.
Saturday's game also will be a reunion of sorts for assistant coach Ronnie Hamilton. Hamilton, who was an award-winning football player at Duke, served as an assistant coach at Tulane from 2010 to 2012.
Saturday's game will be the first of three bobblehead doll giveaways during the final four regular-season home games. The first 1,000 fans in attendance at Saturday's game will receive a Michael Young bobblehead.
Other bobblehead giveaway games include Wednesday vs. UTEP (Jim Nantz) and March 6 vs. Rice (Elvin Hayes).
Saturday's game also will be Youth Day inside Hofheinz Pavilion. All children 12 years and younger will receive a free General Admission ticket per paid adult.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME 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 12:45 p.m., Saturday.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on CSS with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and Tom Penders providing the analysis. Fans should check their local listings for broadcasts and availability in their areas or click the CSS Channel Finder here.
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.
Tulane enters Saturday's game with a 15-8 overall record and a 3-5 mark in Conference USA play. The Green Wave is tied for seventh with Houston and Marshall in the latest league standings.
Tulane is 1-6 on the road this season. Its lone road win was a 53-50 decision at Alabama on Dec. 30, 2012.
In its most recent action, Tulane enjoyed a 91-75 win against Marshall on Wednesday night in New Orleans. That victory snapped a two-game losing streak in C-USA action.
Against the Thundering Herd, Tulane jumped out to a 59-35 lead at halftime and never looked back in the win.
Forward Josh Davis led the Green Wave with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while guard Ricky Tarrant added 19 points and a game-high nine assists. Forward Kendall Timmons finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Jordan Callahan came off the bench to post 12 points, thanks to 4-of-4 shooting from the field.
This season, Davis leads Tulane with 17.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Tarrant ranks second with 15.0 points per game and 3.0 assists per contest while Callahan stands third with 10.8 rebounds per game.
Head coach Ed Conroy is in his third year at Tulane, compiling a 43-41 record with the Green Wave during that time. Now, in his 11th year as a head coach, Conroy - who is a 1989 graduate of The Citadel - has an overall record of 133-173.
He previously served as head coach at The Citadel (2006-10) and Francis Marion (1997-00). Conroy is 2-3 against Houston during his career, including a 2-2 mark as Tulane's head coach.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when they play host to Conference USA-rival UTEP inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That will be the first of two regular-season meetings against the Miners.
Wednesday's game will be the second Bobblehead Giveaway game. The first 1,000 fans in attendance at Wednesday's game will receive a bobblehead of former Houston golfer and CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz.
From there, the team hits the road for a three-game stretch, starting at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 16 at Tulsa, in a game televised by FOX Sports Net. The road swing continues at Memphis (Feb. 20) and at UTEP (Feb. 27).