Men's Basketball Travels to Face Tulsa on Saturday
Feb. 15, 2013
The Last Meeting
January 23, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Winners of two of its last three games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team looks to ride a wave of momentum when it faces Conference USA-rival Tulsa at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, inside the Reynolds Center.
The Cougars (15-8 4-6 C-USA), who have already equaled their win total from all of last season, come into this weekend's game on the heels of an impressive 79-61 win against UTEP on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston connected on at least 54 percent of its shots from the field in both halves against the Miners and answered every UTEP comeback with a rally of its own to win the first of two regular-season meetings.
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas flirted with a triple-double, leading all players with 24 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven assists in his team-leading 10th double-double of the season. The Killeen, Texas, native ranks third in the league with 16.3 points per game and stands second with 9.6 boards per contest.
He is one of only two players in the league to rank that high in both categories.
Freshman forward Danuel House posted 19 points with five rebounds and four assists and stands third among the Cougars with 13.0 points per game.
Sophomore guard Joseph Young posted 12 points in the win and continues to rank third in the league with 16.5 points per game. Houston is the only team in the league that can boast two of the top-four scoring leaders.
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 3:15 p.m., Saturday.
Fans can hear the audio 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.
Due to the FOX Sports Net broadcast, video from Saturday's game will NOT be available on Cougar All-Access.
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Tulsa enters Saturday's game with a 13-11 overall record and a 5-5 mark in Conference USA play. The Golden Hurricane stand in fifth place in the latest C-USA standings.
Saturday's game will be Tulsa's first action in a week.
Tulsa has last three of its last four games. However, the team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 74-70 win at UTEP on Saturday.
Against the Miners, Tulsa jumped out to a 35-27 halftime lead and held off a UTEP rally in the second half. The Golden Hurricane shot 51.9 percent in the first 20 minutes while limiting UTEP to 25.0 percent.
D'Andre Wright came off the bench to lead all players with 25 points, thanks to 9-of-10 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 shooting from the free throw line, and eight rebounds. Forward Kauri Black added 13 points, while Rashad Ray finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Guard Shaquille Harrison paced the Golden Hurricane with eight assists.
This season, James Woodard leads Tulsa with 12.2 points and. 5.5 rebounds per game and is the only Golden Hurricane player averaging double-digit points. Harrison tops the team with 2.5 assists per game.
Head Coach Danny Manning is in his first year at Tulsa and as a collegiate head coach, posting a 13-11 record with the Golden Hurricane during that time.
Manning, who is a 1991 graduate of Kansas, which he helped lead to the 1988 NCAA national championship, previously served as assistant coach at Kansas (2007-12) and as director of student-athlete development/team manager (2003-06).
He is 1-0 against Houston after Tulsa's 87-72 win on Jan. 23 inside Hofheinz Pavilion
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars continue their three-game road swing when they meet Memphis at 8 p.m., Wednesday, inside FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. That game will be shown live on CSS.
From there, the team meets UTEP for the second time this season at 8 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (MST), Feb. 27, in El Paso, Texas.
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