Men's Basketball Set to Face Memphis on Wednesday Night
Feb. 19, 2013
The Last Meeting
January 14, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After a gut-wrenching, triple-overtime loss last weekend, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to return to its winning way when it meets Conference USA leader and 19th-ranked Memphis at 8 p.m., Wednesday, inside FedExForum.
Trailing 70-65 with just six seconds remaining in regulation, the Cougars staged an improbable comeback to force the extra frames. After a pair of Tulsa free throws gave the Golden Hurricane a 70-65 lead with eight seconds remaining, the Cougars struck quickly on a layup from sophomore forward to TaShawn Thomas to trim the margin to three points.
Redshirt freshman Jherrod Stiggers knocked the ensuing inbounds pass away and, scooping up the loose ball, jumped off one foot to drain a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to stun the Tulsa fans.
In the first triple overtime game since the 2003-04 season, the Cougars eventually fell to the Golden Hurricane after four players, including their top two, point guards fouled out.
Thomas led all players with a career-high 31 points and 15 rebounds in the loss, becoming just the 52nd player in school history to score 30 points in a single game. The Killeen, Texas, native continues to rank among the Conference USA top-four leaders with 16.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game and was honored Monday as the league's Player of the Week.
With five 3-pointers in Saturday's game, Stiggers tied the Houston freshman single-season record with 55 treys in 2012-13. The Terrell, Texas, native equaled the mark set by Damon Jones (1994-95) and current teammate Joseph Young (2011-12).
Stiggers ranks fourth on the Cougars with 8.9 points per game.
Sophomore guard Joseph Young leads the Cougars and ranks third in the league with 17.3 points per game and has connected on 50 treys, while freshman forward Danuel House stands third on the team with 12.8 points per game.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on NewsRadio 740 AM KTRH with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend. The pregame show is slated to begin at 7:45 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on CSS with Greg Gaston calling the play-by-play action and Brian Oliver providing analysis.
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video 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.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
Memphis enters Wednesday's game with a 22-3 overall record and a 11-0 mark in Conference USA play. The Tigers lead second-place Southern Miss by two games.
Memphis is 14-1 at FedExForum this season and has won each of its last nine home contests. Memphis has won its last 16 games and not lost since an 87-78 decision against Louisville on Dec. 15, 2012.
In their most recent action, the Tigers claimed a 71-59 win against Marshall on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. Memphis raced out to a 43-26 lead at halftime and never looked back
Against the Thundering Herd, forward Adonis Thomas scored 23 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers in both categories. Guard Joe Jackson added 12 points, while guard Geron Johnson finished with 11 points and five assists.
This season, Jackson leads the Tigers with 13.8 points and 4.7 assists per game, while Thomas ranks second with 11.4 points per contest. Johnson is a close third with 11.1 points per game, and D.J. Stephens paces the team with 6.6 rebounds per game.
Head coach Josh Pastner is in his fourth year at Memphis and as a collegiate head coach. Pastner, a 1998 graduate of Arizona, has posted a 97-32 record with the Tigers during that time. He is 3-2 against Houston during his career.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars will take a week off from competition before meeting UTEP for the second time this season at 8 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (MST), Feb. 27, in El Paso, Texas. Houston enjoyed a 79-61 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 13.
From there, the team returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion for the final two regular-season home games of the season. That stand begins at 1 p.m., March 2 against Marshall and wraps up at 7 p.m., March 6, against crosstown-rival Rice.
Forward Leon Gibson will be honored in pregame ceremonies as part of Senior Night before the Rice game.
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