Men's Basketball Hits the Road to Face Conference USA-Rival Marshall on Wednesday

Feb. 17, 2009

Feb. 18, 2009 • Cam Henderson Center (9,043) • Huntington, W.Va. • 7 p.m. (EST)/6 p.m. (CST)

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Winners of its last four games, the University of Houston men's basketball team faces Conference USA-rival Marshall at 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday inside the Cam Henderson Center.

The Cougars (16-7 • 7-3 C-USA) enter this week's game on the heels of an 83-64 win against league-rival Tulane last weekend inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That win, combined with Tulsa's loss at UCF, pushed the Cougars into a tie with UAB for second place in the latest league standings.

UH also owns the tiebreak against UAB after enjoying a 75-56 win in Houston on Jan. 10 to open its Conference USA season.

Against the Green Wave, sophomore guard Zamal Nixon scored a season-high 23 points with four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native more than doubled his previous season high of nine points earlier in the year.

Junior guard Aubrey Coleman continues to lead the Cougars with 19.2 points and ranks second on the team with 7.7 rebounds per contest. With those totals, he ranks among the league's top-four leaders in both categories, making him the only player to accomplish that feat.

Junior guard Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the team with 18.7 points per game and stands among the national leaders with 3.0 3-pointers per game. Senior center Marcus Cousin is tops with 9.2 rebounds per game and joins Coleman and only five other players in the league to rank among the top-21 individual leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

Freshman point guard Desmond Wade leads the team with 4.1 assists per game and ranks sixth in the country with an assist : turnover ratio of 3.0 : 1.

Cougar Men's Basketball games can be heard live on 790 AM The Sports Animal or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.

Fans can follow the play-by-play action by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

For the fourth consecutive season, the Cougars will meet Marshall on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 4-0 lead in the all-time series, which began during the 1967-68 season but has been played once every year since the 2005-06 campaign.

In the shortest series against a current Conference USA-member, the Cougars have enjoyed tremendous success against the Thundering Herd, winning each game by at least nine points and by an average of 12.8 points per game.

Wednesday's game will be only the second all-time meeting in West Virginia. The Cougars own a 1-0 lead on the Herd's home court after taking a 77-61 win on Jan. 27, 2007.

Marshall enters Wednesday's game on the heels of a 74-67 loss at Conference USA-rival UTEP last weekend. That loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Thundering Herd.

Chris Lutz leads the Herd with 11.6 points per game, while Markel Humphrey ranks second with 11.3 points per contest. Tyler Wilkerson leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game and ranks third with 10.4 points per contest.

Damier Pitts is tops among the Herd with 3.76 assists per game.

Now in his second season overall and at Marshall, head coach Donnie Jones has posted a 27-28 (.491) all-time record during his career. He is 0-1 against the Cougars.

Following the Marshall game, the Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to league-rival UCF at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be the second regular-season meeting between the two teams after the Cougars enjoyed a 97-69 win in Orlando on Feb. 4.

Free admission is available to approved groups of 10 or more people for the remaining Saturday home games (Feb. 21, vs. UCF and March 7, vs. SMU). For more information, please call the Marketing Office at 713-743-9453.

Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS or by stopping by the Athletics Ticket Office in the Athletics/Alumni Center during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Fans always can purchase tickets by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking on the Tickets links.



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