Men's Basketball Wraps Up Road Swing at UTEP on Wednesday

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    Feb. 26, 2013

    HOUSTON COUGARS (15-10 • 4-8 C-USA)
    at UTEP MINERS (14-12 • 7-5 C-USA)
     Time  8 p.m. (CST) // 7 p.m. (MST)
     Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
     Location  FedExForum (12,000) • El Paso, Texas
     Radio  NewsRadio 740 AM KTRH
     Cougar All-Access

     Houston IMG Sports Network
     Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
     Pregame begins at 7:45 pm (CST)/6:45 pm (MST)
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     Series History  UTEP leads 14-9
     Houston won last, two of last three

     UTEP leads 10-1 in El Paso
     UTEP won last last three in El Paso
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    The Last Meeting
    February 13, 2013
    Men's Hoops Rolls Past UTEP, 79-61
    Flirting with a triple-double, sophomore TaShawn Thomas led all players with 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the University of Houston Men's Basketball team claimed a resounding 79-61 win against Conference USA-rival UTEP on Wednesday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

    EL PASO, Texas - After a week-long break from their schedule, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team returns to action at 8 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (MST) Wednesday when they face Conference USA-rival UTEP inside the Don Haskins Center.

    The Cougars (15-10 • 4-8 C-USA) look to sweep the season series after taking a 79-61 win against the Miners on Feb. 13 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

    This season, Houston boasts two of the league's top four scorers in forward TaShawn Thomas and guard Joseph Young. Young ranks third in the league with 17.5 points per game and is one of the league's top 3-point and free throw shooters. The Houston native and Yates High product has scored at least 12 points in each of the last 17 games.

    Thomas is a close fourth in the league with 17.0 points per game and has scored at least 20 points in each of the last four contests, including a career-high 31 points in the Cougars' 101-92 loss in triple overtime at Tulsa on Feb. 16.

    In addition to his scoring total, Thomas also ranks second in the league with 9.7 rebounds per game. The Killeen, Texas, native is one of only two players in the 12-team league to rank that highly in both categories.

    Redshirt freshman Jherrod Stiggers is the team's fourth-leading scorer with 8.4 points per game and recently added his name to the Houston records book. With his two 3-pointers at No. 21/19 Memphis last weekend, the Terrell, Texas, native set a Houston freshman single-season record with his 56th and 57th treys of the season.

    Stiggers bested the previous high of 55 set by Young in 2011-12 and former NBA star Damon Jones..

    Freshman guard Danuel House stands third on the team with 12.9 points per game and continues to move up the Cougars' freshman single-season records list. The Sugar Land, Texas, native and Hightower High product already ranks among the school's top-five leaders in free throws made, free throw attempts and free throw percentage

    Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on NewsRadio 740 AM KTRH 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 7:45 p.m. (CST) / 6:45 p.m. (MST), Wednesday.

    Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video stream live at 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.

    UTEP enters Wednesday's game with a an overall record of 14-12. The Miners are 7-5 in Conference USA play to stand in fourth place in the latest league standings.

    The Miners are 12-2 inside the Don Haskins Center this season, winning nine of its last 10 home contests

    In its most recent action, UTEP dropped a 55-51 decision at New Mexico State in non-conference action. Against the Aggies, guard McKenzie Moore led the Miners with 10 points and two assists and tied with center John Bohannon and Cedrick Lang for the team lead with five rebounds. Moore was the only Miner to reach double digits.

    This season, Julian Washburn leads UTEP with 11.7 points, while Konner Tucker is a close second with 11.4 points per contest. Bohannon tops UTEP with 10.6 points per game but leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game. Jacques Streeter paces the team with 5.0 assists per game.

    Head Coach Tim Floyd, a 1977 graduate of Louisiana Tech, is in his third year at UTEP. He has posted a 54-39 record with the Miners during that time. Now, in his 19th year as a head coach with overall record of 382-220.

    Floyd previously served as head coach at USC (2005-09), Iowa State (1994-98), New Orleans (1986-94) and Idaho (1986-88). He also worked in the NBA for the New Orleans Hornets (2003-04) and the Chicago Bulls (1998-01). Floyd is 4-2 against Houston during his career, with all previous meetings coming during his UTEP tenure.

    Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars return 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.

    Fans can watch Saturday's game live on CSS with David Saltzman calling the play-by-play action and Tom Penders providing analysis.

    Forward Leon Gibson will be honored in pregame ceremonies as part of Senior Night before the Rice game.

    Single-game tickets for all remaining home games are on sale now. To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at

    Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

    To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GOUH or email Fans also can visit and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.



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