|HOUSTON COUGARS (17-7 • 8-4 American)
at TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE (12-11 • 6-5 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||5 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017|
|Location||Reynolds Center (8,355) • Tulsa, Okla.|
Allen Bestwick, play-by-play
Tim Welsh, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
• Pregame show begins at 4:45 p.m.
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Tulsa Notes
• The American Notes
TULSA, Okla. – Winners of its last four games, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program returns to action at 5 p.m., Saturday, when it meets American Athletic Conference rival Tulsa inside the Reynolds Center.
The Cougars (17-7 • 8-4 The American) come into this weekend’s game on the heels of an impressive 91-62 win over Tulane on Wednesday night in New Orleans. With the win, Houston moved into a tie with Memphis for third in the latest league standings with only six regular-season contests remaining.
For the second straight game, senior guard Damyean Dotson posted a career high, scoring 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting, including 6-of-7 from behind the arc.
Dotson surged into fourth in the latest American Athletic Conference statistical ranking with 16.9 points per game and became the first Cougar to post consecutive 30+ point games since guard Aubrey Coleman in 2009-10.
The Houston native and Jack Yates High product also became the first Cougar to post five straight games with 20+ points since Joseph Young in 2012-13.
Junior guard Rob Gray continues to lead The American with 20.2 points per game after finishing with 18 points at Tulane. The Cougars are the only team to boast two of the league’s top-four scorers.
The Cougars look to sweep the regular-season series against Tulsa after taking a 64-61 win on Jan. 4 inside Hofheinz Pavilion. In that game, junior guard Wes VanBeck posted a career-high 16 points, and Dotson led all players with 18 points as the Cougars overcame the loss of Gray, who was sitting out with the flu.
Fans can watch Saturday’s game on ESPNU with Allen Bestwick calling the play-by-play action and Tim Welsh providing analysis. Fans can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can listen to Saturdays game with Jeremy Branham calling the action on KPRC 950 AM or by clicking here. Pregame show begins at 4:45 p.m., Saturday. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.
• Entering Saturday’s game, Tulsa has posted a 12-11 overall record and 6-5 mark in American Athletic Conference play... Golden Hurricane stand in tie with UConn for fifth place in the latest league standings.
• Tulsa has lost its last three games and four of its last five... Only a 77-66 home win over UCF on Jan. 28 prevents a longer streak.
• In its most recent action, Tulsa dropped a 66-44 decision at Memphis on Tuesday... Golden Hurricane were outscored 34-17 in the second half and limited to only 22.7 percent from the field during the final 20 minutes.
• Forward Junior Etou led Tulsa with nine points and nine rebounds, while forward Martins Igbanu and guard Sterling Taplin posted eight points apiece.
• This season, Etou leads the Golden Hurricane with 12.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game... Taplin tops the team with 3.4 assists per game.
• Head Coach Frank Haith is in his third season at Tulsa and his 13th season as a collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled a 237-163 record during his career and is 55-34 during his Tulsa tenure.
• Previously built a 53-28 record at Missouri (2011-14) and was 129-101 at Miami (Fla.) (2004-11).
• 1988 graduate of Elon.
• Following Saturday’s game, the Cougars play host to No. 25/rv SMU at 5 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion... Cougars look to split the regular-season series after the Mustangs took an 85-64 win on Jan. 21 in Dallas.
• Game can be seen on ESPN2 and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• From there, Cougars welcome UConn to Hofheinz Pavilion for an 8 p.m., Feb. 22, showdown.
• Cougars claimed a 62-46 win over the Huskies inside the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Dec. 28, 2016, in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
• Game can be seen on CBS Sports Network and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
Single-game tickets and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.
Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men’s Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase student guest tickets to each Men’s Basketball game for $5 each, based on availability.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
COACHES vs. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE
The Cougars are currently participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Houston fans are invited to visit pledgeit.org/cvc-houston and pledge a dollar amount for every 3-pointer the Cougars make from Feb. 1 to March 5.
The funds raised will help the American Cancer Society continue its mission to improving and saving lives by doing the most to help people with cancer today and working tirelessly to find cures for the disease tomorrow.
JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men’s Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team’s Facebook and Instagram pages.