Men's Basketball Set for Final Two Home Games
Feb. 28, 2013
The Last Meeting
February 22, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball team will compete in its final two regular-season home games during the next week, starting with a 1 p.m., showdown Saturday against Conference USA-rival Marshall inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston (15-11 4-9 C-USA) looks to snap a three-game losing streak when it meets Marshall in the lone regular-season meeting between the two teams.
In their most recent action, the Cougars dropped a 63-53 decision at UTEP on Wednesday night in El Paso, Texas. Against the Miners, sophomore guard Joseph Young led the Cougars with 23 points, thanks to 3-of-3 shooting from the arc and 6-of-8 shooting from the free throw line.
With those impressive numbers, the Houston native and Yates High product moved into a virtual tie with East Carolina's Maurice Kemp for the Conference USA-scoring lead. Young ranks a close second with 17.760 points per game with Kemp standing just ahead at 17.769, a difference of .009 (nine one-thousandths) points per game.
The Cougars have not had a C-USA scoring champion since guard Aubrey Coleman led the league and the nation with 25.6 points per contest in 2009-10.
Young also moved into a tie with sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas for the team lead with 10 20-point games in 2012-13.
Thomas is one of only two players to rank among the C-USA top-four leaders in both scoring and rebounding. The Killeen, Texas, native stands fourth in the league with 16.7 points per game and ranks second with 9.7 rebounds per contest.
Freshman forward Danuel House is averaging 12.5 points per game during his first collegiate season and already has set Houston freshman single-season records in several categories, including free throws made and free throw attempts.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME 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 12:45 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans also can watch the game live on CSS and on CSN Houston (in Texas) with David Saltzman calling the play-by-play and Tom Penders serving as analyst.
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.
Marshall enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 12-16. The Thundering Herd is 5-8 in Conference USA play to stand in ninth place in the latest league standings.
The Thundering Herd also is 1-9 in road games this season. However, that lone win came in their most recent road contest at UCF on Feb. 20.
In its most recent action, Marshall dropped a 52-48 decision to UAB on Feb. 23 in Huntington, W.Va. Against the Blazers, forward Elijah Pittman led all players with 18 points, while center Nigel Spikes posted nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
This season, Pittman leads Marshall with 15.7 points per game. DeAndre Kane ranks second with 14.4 points per game but leads the team with 7.0 assists per contest. Dennis Tinnon leads the team with 9.3 rebounds per game and ranks fourth with 10.5 points per game. D.D. Scarver stands third on the Herd with 12.6 points per game.
Head Coach Tom Herrion is in his third year at Marshall, posting a 55-40 record with the Thundering Herd during that time, Now, in his seventh year as a head coach, he owns an overall record of 135-78.
Herrion, who is a 1989 graduate of Merrimack, previously served as head coach at College of Charleston (2002-06).
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars close out their regular-season home schedule at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when they meet Conference USA- and crosstown-rival Rice inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars will have revenge on their minds after Rice claimed a 79-69 win inside Tudor Fieldhouse on Jan. 30.
Fans can listen to the 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 p.m., Wednesday.
The Rice game will offer two special promotions for fans. First, forward Leon Gibson will be recognized in pregame ceremonies as part of Senior Night activities.
In addition, the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Elvin Hayes bobblehead doll.
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 UHCougars.com.
Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.