Men's Hoops Travels to Face C-USA Rival SMU on Saturday

Feb. 25, 2010

HOUSTON COUGARS (14-13 • 6-7 C-USA) at SMU MUSTANGS (13-14 • 6-7 C-USA)
Feb. 27, 2010 • Moody Coliseum (8,998) • Dallas, Texas • 7 p.m.

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • SportsTalk 790 AM-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP
Pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.
INTERNET AUDIO: live audio broadcast
TELEVISION: TWC Metro Sports/TTC • Pete Stein, PxP; Bruce Wiseman, analyst
Time Warner (Ch. 185 in Dallas/Fort Worth) • Texas Channel (Ch. 888 in Austin, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and Waco; Ch. 100 in Corpus Christi)
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DALLAS - Fresh off a dominating win against Memphis, the University of Houston men's basketball team looks to ride a wave of momentum when they meet Conference USA-rival SMU at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Moody Coliseum.

The Cougars (14-13 • 6-7 C-USA) enter this weekend game on the heels of an impressive 92-75 win against Memphis, snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Tigers.

With that win, the Cougars moved into a tie with SMU and Southern Miss for sixth place in the latest C-USA standings. As a result, Saturday's game may go a long way in determining the final seeding for the 2010 GMC Sierra C-USA Championship, hosted by Tulsa on March 10-13.

Against the Tigers, senior guard Aubrey Coleman, who leads the nation with 25.7 points per game, posted a game-high 34 points with eight rebounds and four assists while playing every minute.

It was his seventh 30-point game this season and the 10th of his career, moving him into sole possession of fifth place in Houston career history in that category.

Senior guard Kelvin Lewis added 18 points with a pair of 3-pointers and six rebounds against the Tigers, while freshman forward Kendrick Washington chipped in with a career-high 16 points and nine rebounds.

Lewis ranks second on the team with 15.1 points per game, while junior forward Maurice McNeil tops the Cougars with 7.6 rebounds per contest. Sophomore point guard Desmond Wade, who dished out a career-high-tying 10 assists against Memphis, leads the team and ranks third in the league with 5.0 assists per game.

Washington is averaging 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game but has emerged as a frontcourt force for the Cougars during the second half of the season. During the last 10 games, he is averaging 7.6 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game.

Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.

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

Winner of two of its last three games, SMU (13-14 • 6-7 C-USA) enters this weekend's game on the heels of a 59-54 win at Conference USA rival East Carolina on Wednesday.

Against the Pirates, senior guard Derek Williams led the Mustangs with 13 points and three assists while playing all 40 minutes, while senior forward Papa Dia added 10 points and six rebounds. Guard Justin Haynes chipped in with eight points and a game-high seven rebounds.

This season, Williams leads SMU with 17.2 points and 3.5 assists per game. Dia ranks second with 12.8 points per leads the Mustangs with 8.8 boards per contest.

The Mustangs have assembled a 9-6 (.600) home record at Moody Coliseum this season with wins in four of their last five games there. Only a 62-51 loss to C-USA leader UTEP on Feb. 10 prevents a longer Mustang home winning streak.

Matt Doherty is in his fourth year at SMU, posting a 46-72 (.390) record during that time. In more than eight seasons as a collegiate head coach, Doherty has compiled a 136-143 (.487) overall record. He previously served as the head coach at Notre Dame (1999-00), North Carolina (2000-03) and Florida Atlantic (2005-06).

Doherty is 0-9 against the Cougars during his career.

For the fifth straight season (and the second time in 2009-10), the Cougars face SMU on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 42-22 (.656) lead in the all-time series, which began during the 1955-56 season but has been played at least once every year since the 2005-06 campaign.

Houston enters this weekend's game on a nine-game winning streak against the Mustangs. The Cougars have not lost to SMU since a 94-69 decision in Dallas on Dec. 17, 2000. The Cougars enjoyed a 66-60 win against SMU on Feb. 13 in Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars have posted a 15-10 (.600) all-time record against SMU in Dallas and bring a three-game road winning streak against the Mustangs into this weekend's contest. Houston has not lost to the Mustangs in Dallas since a 94-69 setback in Dallas on Dec. 17, 2000.

Fans can purchase men's basketball tickets online at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Single-game tickets for the Rice game are available now.

Fans are invited to each broadcast of The Pulse with Tom Penders from various restaurants throughout Houston.

The radio show airs live from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays for the remainder of the season. The next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders will broadcast live on Thursday, March 4, from Bubba's Sports Bar & Grill (6225 Washington, 77077).

The show can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com and will be hosted by the "Voice of the Cougars" Tom Franklin.

Fans are invited to join Penders and Franklin at the selected restaurant each week as the duo discusses recent Cougar Basketball action and upcoming games, college basketball, the world of sports and much more.

Fans also can click the "Ask Coach Penders" button on the main page at UHCougars.com to submit a question that could be asked on the show.

The location for the final broadcast of The Pulse with Tom Penders will be announced at a later date as the Cougars compete at the 2010 C-USA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla., beginning March 10

The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Conference USA- and crosstown-rival Rice at 7 p.m., Wednesday.

Prior to Wednesday's game, seniors Aubrey Coleman, Sean Coleman and Kelvin Lewis will be recognized for their years of dedication to the program as part of Senior Night.

The game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.



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