|TEMPLE OWLS (16-9 • 10-3 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (19-7 • 9-5 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Tickets||BUY Tickets • Tickets Info|
|Time||6 p.m. • Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston|
|Television||ESPNews • WatchESPN
Rich Hollenberg , PxP
Mark Wise, PxP
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 5:45 p.m.
|Series History||Houston leads 3-1
• Houston won last three
• Third straight season teams play
• Houston won last 77-50
Jan. 2, 2016 (Philadelphia)
Houston leads 1-0 in Houston
• Houston won last in Houston 88-74
Feb. 9, 2014 (Hofheinz Pavilion)
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Temple Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – Winners of its last four and six of its last seven games, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball team welcomes American Athletic Conference leader Temple into Hofheinz Pavilion for a pivotal 6 p.m., Sunday, showdown.
With the completion of Thursday’s games, the Cougars (19-7 • 9-5 American) currently stand in a tie for fourth place with Tulsa and Cincinnati in the latest league standings. With a win against Temple on Sunday, Houston would move to within a half-game of the Owls for the league lead with only three regular-season games remaining on its schedule.
In addition to the conference championship race, the Cougars are also chasing history. Houston is looking to become only the 22nd team in school history with 20+ wins and looking to earn double-digit wins in conference play for the first time since 2008-09.
A year after finishing 13-19, the Cougars have posted a 9.0-game improvement this season, tying for the 12th-best mark in the nation.
Houston enters its Blackout Weekend game on the heels of an 82-69 win over conference-rival Tulane on Wednesday night. Junior guard and Yates High product Damyean Dotson led five Cougars with double-digit points, scoring an efficient 19 on 9-of-12 shooting from the field.
Junior guard Ronnie Johnson came off the bench to pour in 17 points with four rebounds and two assists, while senior forward Devonta Pollard – the defending American Athletic Conference Player of the Week – scored 13 points with six boards.
The Cougars also were boosted by the return of sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., who scored 13 points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Gray, who leads Houston and the league with 17.1 points per game, had missed the previous four games after suffering an ankle injury in a double-overtime win at East Carolina on Jan. 30.
Pollard ranks second on the team with 13.7 points per game and stands third among the Cougars with 5.7 rebounds per game. Dotson is a close third at 13.2 points per game and leads the Cougars and ranks 11th in the league with 6.7 rebounds per game.
This will be the second time the Cougars will face Temple this season. Houston enjoyed an impressive 77-50 win over the Owls on Jan. 2 in Philadelphia in the second conference game of the year for both programs.
As part of Blackout Weekend with Houston Women’s Basketball, fans are encouraged to wear black to each team’s games. The first 500 UH students through Hofheinz Pavilion doors on Sunday will receive a FREE blackout T-Shirt. Doors open at 5 p.m., Sunday, to the public.
Fans can purchase specially created Blackout Weekend T-Shirts by visiting the UH Fan Shop near Gate 1 of TDECU Stadium or by clicking here.
Coaches Powering Forward for Autism
Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff will wear lapel pins this weekend in support of Coaches Powering Forward for Autism. This program – spearheaded by NCAA basketball coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion. – in in third season and intended to drive awareness and fund for 1 in 68 children on the autism spectrum.
Funds raised go towards Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts on behalf of autism community.
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness.
To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
Houston SPCA Donations Collection
Sponsored by Fritz Kennels and Pat Clynes, Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will be collecting cash and pet toy donations before Sunday’s game at a table on the Hofheinz Pavilion concourse by the Holman Street entrance.
Fans who make donations will be able to sign the Cougar Paw Wall.
HOW to BUY TICKETS
Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.
Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.
Current University of Houston students are admitted free to ALL Houston Men's Basketball game when presenting a valid ID at the doors.
Single-game tickets for Houston Men’s Basketball’s 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.
Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.
Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket
Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.
Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Sunday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m., Sunday.
Fans can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.
The game can be seen on ESPNews with Rich Hollenberg calling the play-by-play action and Mark Wise providing analysis. Fans can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can follow live stats by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
Temple enters Sunday’s game with a 16-9 overall mark and 10-3 record in American Athletic Conference play. The Owls lead the league in the latest standings, a half game ahead of second-place SMU.
Temple has won five of its last six games and eight of the last 10.
However, in its last game, Temple dropped an 83-67 decision to No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday inside the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
In its last American game, Temple enjoyed a 77-65 win over USF on Feb. 14 in Philadelphia. Sophomore forward Obi Enechionyia and senior forward Jaylen Bond led the Owls with 18 points apiece with Bond’s 14 rebounds leading all players.
Against Villanova, freshman guard Trey Lowe came off the bench to post a team-high 21 points, thanks to 5-of-8 shooting from the 3-point line. Enechinoyia added 15 points with a team-high nine rebounds, while junior guard Josh Brown totaled 13 points. Senior guard Quenton DeCosey recorded 10 points with three assists in the loss.
This season, Decosey leads the Owls with 16. 4 points per game, while Enechionyia ranks second with 10.0 points per contest. Bond paces the team with 8.1 rebounds per contest with Brown averaging a team-best 4.7 assists per game.
Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 10th year at Temple and his 27th year overall as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 209-107 record at Temple and is 519-280 as a collegiate head coach. Dunphy previously built a 310-163 record at Penn (1989-06).
He is 1-3 against Houston during his career.
Following Sunday’s game, the Cougars meet UCF at 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, inside CFE Arena in Orlando. That game will be shown on ESPNU and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
Houston enjoyed an 82-58 win over the Knights on Feb. 13 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, Houston closes out its regular-season road schedule when it takes on UConn at noon, Sunday, inside Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. That game will be shown on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
The Huskies claimed a 69-57 win in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 17.
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