Men's Basketball Back in Action at Tulsa on Saturday

Junior guard Jonathon Simmons

Feb. 9, 2012

 Time  7 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012
 Location  Reynolds Center (8,355) • Tulsa, Okla.
 Radio  Live Audio Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
 Television  Live Video Streaming
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Series History  Houston leads 21-20
 Houston won last • Houston won two of last three
 Last Meeting  Houston won 70-69 (OT)
 Jan. 4, 2012 • Houston, Texas
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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action this weekend when it meets Conference USA-rival Tulsa at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside the Reynolds Center.

The Cougars will be looking for the regular-season sweep of the Golden Hurricane. Houston rallied from four points down in the final minute of overtime to take a 70-69 win against Tulsa on Jan. 4 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Houston enters this weekend's game on the heels of a tough 79-71 loss to crosstown-rival Rice on Wednesday. Against the Owls, junior guard Jonathon Simmons finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. In addition to leading or tying for the team lead in scoring for the 10th time this season, the Houston native also recorded the first double-double of his career.

Simmons, a product of Smiley High, became the fourth Cougar to record a double-double this season, joining sophomore forward Alandise Harris, junior forward Kirk Van Slyke and freshman forward TaShawn Thomas.

In addition to Simmons, redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young scored 13 points against the Owls, thanks to three 3-pointers, and Harris fell just a rebound shy of recording his own double-double with 13 points and nine boards.

This season, Simmons leads the Cougars and ranks ninth in the league with 14.8 points per contest. Harris stands second on the squad with 13.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while Thomas leads the Cougars and ranks seventh in the league with 8.0 rebounds per contest.

Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Saturday.

Fans can see and hear the audio and video streams 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 hear games via Cougar All-Access.

Tulsa owns a 14-10 overall record and is tied for third place with UCF with a 7-3 mark in C-USA games. The Golden Hurricane is 8-4 at the Reynolds Center this season.

In its most recent action, Tulsa fell 64-55 at UTEP on Wednesday night. That loss snapped the Golden Hurricane's season-long, seven-game winning streak.

Against the Miners, guard Jordan Clarkson led the team with 16 points, while guard Scottie Haralson added 13 points with four 3-pointers and five assists. Guard Eric McClellan posted 12 points, while forward D.J. Magley grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

This season, Clarkson leads Tulsa and ranks third in C-USA with 15.9 points per game. Haralson stands second on the team with 11.2 points per contest, and center Kodi Maduka paces the team with 6.3 rebounds per game.

Head coach Doug Wojcik, a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is in his seventh year at Tulsa and has posted a 137-87 record. He is 4-5 against Houston during his career.

This is the second of two regular-season meetings in 2012. The Cougars claimed a 70-69 win in overtime against the Golden Hurricane on Jan. 4 in Hofheinz Pavilion.

With that win, the Cougars improved to a 21-20 lead in the all-time series, which began on Feb. 10, 1951. The series has been played at least once every season since 2005-06 when Tulsa joined Conference USA.

Houston has won two of the last three games, including a 70-69 win in overtime on Jan. 4 in Hofheinz Pavilion in the most recent action.

However, Tulsa has posted a 12-7 record in Tulsa, Okla. The Golden Hurricane have won the last three games in Tulsa. Houston has not won on the road in Tulsa since a 69-67 win on Jan. 20, 2007.

The Cougars will take a week-long break from their schedule before returning to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Southern Miss at 8 p.m., Feb. 18. That game will be televised live on CSS.

From there, the team hits the road again to face Marshall at 6 p.m. (CST), Feb. 22, in Huntington, W.Va.

Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.


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