Men's Basketball Takes on USF on Sunday

Feb. 27, 2015

USF BULLS (8-20 • 2-13 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (9-18 • 1-14 American)
presented by Houston Community Newspapers
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Time 2 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPN3 WatchESPN
   Brett Dolan, PxP
   Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 1:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Series tied 11-11
• Second straight season teams have played
• Houston won two of last three, six of last eight
USF won last 69-67
   Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2015)
Houston leads leads 6-4 in Hofheinz Pavilion
Houston won last five in Houston Pavilion
Houston won last in Hofheinz Pavilion
  78-69 (March 4, 2014)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program takes on USF at 2 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in an American Athletic Conference showdown.

Although the Cougars have lost their last six games, the team has been competitive in all of them. Houston has held the halftime lead in five of those six contests, including a 34-29 advantage against Temple on Thursday night in its most recent action.

Against the Owls, junior forward LeRon Barnes led the Cougars with 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks while playing all 40 minutes. It was the Stonewall, La., native's third double-double of the season and his career and the fifth time he has played every minute of a game this season.

Junior forward Devonta Pollard finished with 14 points and six rebounds while sophomore forward Danrad Knowles added 13 points with three rebounds and a pair of assists against Temple.

Playing point guard due to a rash of injuries on the team, junior Jherrod Stiggers finished with five points against the Owls. With his fadeaway jumper at the 11:12 mark of the first half, the Terrell, Texas, native became only the 45th 1,000-point scorer in program history.

Six different student-athletes have combined to miss a total of 59 games in 2014-15.

This season, Stiggers leads the Cougars with 14.0 points per game and stands fifth in the league with that total. Knowles is second at with 10.7 points per game and is one of only three players to rank among the league's top-19 leaders in both scoring and rebounding (5.9 rpg).

Pollard is a close third at 10.7 points per game and ranks second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per contest. Barnes leads the team and ranks seventh in the league with 6.6 rebounds per game.

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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 1:45 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.

2014-15 ESPN3 logo Fans can watch Sunday's Men's Basketball game live on ESPN3 with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can follow live scoring by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.

USF enters Sunday's game with an 8-20 overall mark. The Bulls are 2-13 in the American Athletic Conference to rank 10th in the latest league standings.

In its most recent action, USF dropped a 73-60 decision at East Carolina on Saturday in Greenville, NC. It was the Bulls' 12th loss in their last 13 games.

Against East Carolina, USF fell behind 35-25 at the half despite shooting nearly 53 percent from the field. The Pirates answered in the second half by hitting 53.3 percent from the field while limiting USF to only 37.9 percent.

Guard Corey Allen posted a game-high 28 points on 8-of-17 shooting with four 3-pointers and an 8-of-8 effort from the free throw line against the Pirates. Allen also led USF with eight rebounds and three steals. Guard Troy Holston Jr., finished with 13 points and three treys, while guard Anthony Collins dished out a game-high eight assists with only one turnover.

This season, Allen leads the Bulls with 15.4 points per game. Chris Perry ranks second with 10.8 points per game and is averaging a team-best 7.1 rebounds per contest but has been out since late January with an injury. Collins paces the Bulls with 5.1 assists per game.

Head coach Orlando Antigua is in his first season as a collegiate head coach, posting an 8-20 record during that time. He previous served as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh, Memphis and Kentucky

Sunday's game will be the final of two regular-season meetings between the teams. USF claimed a 69-67 win in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 17.

This marks the second straight season that teams have competed as American Athletic Conference rivals.

Following USF's win earlier this season, the all-time series is tied at 11-11. Houston has won two of the last three games and six of the last eight, but USF can claim the most recent success following its 69-67 win in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 17.

The series dates back to Dec. 29, 1989, an 87-78 Houston win at the Holiday Classic in Tampa, Fla.

Houston owns a 6-4 all-time record against USF inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars have won their last five home games against the Bulls. The last USF win in Houston was a 93-68 decision on Jan. 27, 2001.

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Group tickets and single-game tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.

To purchase tickets, fans 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.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.

The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.

For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.



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