Men's Basketball Plays Host to SMU at 7 p.m., Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion

Feb. 15, 2008

HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team looks to return to its winning ways when it plays host to Conference USA rival SMU at 7 p.m., Saturday, at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (18-5, 7-2 C-USA) come into the game after a 68-59 setback at No. 1 Memphis on Wednesday. In that game, senior guard Robert McKiver played all 40 minutes and scored a team-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers.

Senior forward Tafari Toney added a career-high 14 points and nine rebounds, while guard DaShaun Williams led the team with a career-high 10 rebounds.

The loss snapped the Cougars' three-game winning streak and was only the program's second loss in the last nine games.

Fans can hear Saturday's game live on 790 AM The Sports Animal with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Carl Dukes providing color analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin 10 minutes before tip-off.

Fans always can follow live stats at UHCougars.com by clicking on the GameTracker link.

Saturday's game also will be Family Night at Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans who purchase in advance can buy a Family Four Pack, which includes four reserved tickets and four T-shirts, for only $40. The offer will not be available at the door and is only good while supplies last.

Fans who buy the Family Four Pack in advance will receive vouchers that allow them to pick up their T-shirts at the marketing table behind suite 108 on Saturday.

Fans also are invited to arrive early and receive free photos with Shasta and Sasha beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the concourse on the Holman Street Side of Hofheinz Pavilion.

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Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS or by stopping by the Tickets Office in the Athletics/Alumni Center. Fans always can purchase tickets by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking on the Tickets links.

Houston leads the all-time series 37-22 and enters on a four-game winning streak against the Mustangs. The Cougars have won those games handily, winning by an average of nearly 18 points per game.

UH enjoyed a 99-71 win at SMU on Jan. 16 as senior forward Dion Dowell led the way with team-highs of 21 points and nine rebounds.

SMU (8-14, 2-7 C-USA) comes into the game after falling 75-74 to C-USA rival Marshall in Dallas on Wednesday. Jon Killen leads the Mustangs with 12.8 points per game, while Papa Dia is tops with 6.8 boards per contest.

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