Quick Turnaround for Men's Hoops This Weekend

Feb. 28, 2014

HOUSTON COUGARS (14-14 • 6-9 American)
at TEMPLE OWLS (7-20 • 2-13 American)
Time 8 p.m. (CST) / 9 p.m. (EST)
Location Liacouras Center (10,200) • Philadelphia, Pa.
Television ESPNU/WatchESPN
   Adam Amin, PxP
   Brooke Weisbrod, analyst
No Cougar All-Access video due to broadcast
Radio 950 AM KPRC • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Live Stats Live Stats
Series History • Houston leads 1-0
Houston won last 88-74
   Hofheinz Pavilion • Feb. 9, 2014
• First meeting in Philadelphia
Game Notes Houston Notes
Temple Notes
The American Notes
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PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off their second win of the season against a nationally ranked opponent, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team returns to action at 8 p.m. (CST)/9 p.m. (EST) when it meets American Athletic Conference rival Temple inside the Liacouras Center.

The Cougars enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a thrilling 77-68 win over No. 21/22 Memphis on Thursday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Sophomore guard Danuel House came off the bench to pour in 19 points with three blocked shots, while sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers added 14 points with four 3-pointers and four rebounds.

Sophomore point guard L.J. Rose quietly and nearly accomplished a triple-double, scoring seven points with seven rebounds and a game-high 10 assists. It was the second time this season that the Houston native dished out 10 assists against the Tigers.

Junior forward TaShawn Thomas poured in 16 points with a team-high seven rebounds and three blocked shots and joined an exclusive group in Houston history. With seven rebounds against the Tigers, the Killeen, Texas, native has now posted 1,300+ points AND 800+ rebounds during his career, becoming just the seventh player in school history to accomplish that feat.

Thomas joined Houston greats Elvin Hayes, Dwight Davis, Greg Anderson, Rickie Winslow, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon with those totals.

This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game and has started all 91 games to date during his collegiate career. He remains one of only two players to rank among The American's top-seven leaders in both scoring AND rebounding, joining UCF's Isaiah Sykes.

House ranks second among the Cougars with 13.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest, scoring at least 15 points in each of his last three games.

Stiggers stands third with 10.5 points per game and has energized the team with his recent long-range shooting. The Terrell, Texas, native has buried at least three 3-pointers in five of his last six games, including 13-of-25 long-range shooting in his last three games.

He needs only seven more 3-pointers to move into the Cougars' top-10 career leaders in that category and already stands ninth in school history with 361 attempts.

With Thursday's win against No. 21/22 Memphis, the Cougars moved closer to locking down the No. 6 seed and a First-Round bye for the American Athletic Conference Championship, scheduled for March 12-15 at Memphis' FedExForum. The Cougars are currently two games ahead of Rutgers for the No. 6 seed with only three regular-season contests remaining.

Saturday's game will be only the second time in school history that these two teams have played. The Cougars enjoyed an 88-74 win against the Owls on Feb. 9 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

It also marks the second game during a busy stretch for the Cougars that has them playing their final four regular-season games over an eight-day span.

Saturday's game can be seen live on ESPNU or by clicking here with Adam Amin calling the play-by-play action and Brooke Weisbrod providing analysis. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.

Fans can hear Saturday's game live on 950 AM KPRC or by clicking here with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play. The pregame show will start at 7:45 p.m. (CST)/8:45 p.m. (EST), Saturday.

Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the Live Stats link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

Temple enters Saturday's game with a 7-20 overall record and 2-13 mark in The American. The Owls stand 10th in the latest league standings.

The Owls have lost their last three games and seven of their last eight. Temple knocked off SMU 71-64 on Feb. 16 at the Liacouras Center.

In its most recent outing, Louisville jumped out to a 42-29 halftime lead over Temple on the way to an 88-66 win Thursday inside the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Against the Cardinals, guard Will Cummings led the Owls with 18 points and five steals, while guard Quenton Decosey totaled 17 points with three rebounds. Guard Dalton Pepper added 10 points with a pair of rebounds in the loss.

This season, four Owls average double-digit points, led by Pepper's 16.9 points per game. Cummings ranks second with 16.3 points per game but leads the team with 4.2 assists per contest. Decosey averages 15.3 points per game to rank third, while Anthony Lee ranks fourth with 13.8 points per game but leads the team with 8.8 rebounds per game.

Head coach Fran Dunphy is in his eighth year at Temple and his 25th season overall as a head coach. He has posted a 165-96 record at Temple and assembled a 475-258 overall career mark.

Dunphy previously served as head coach at Penn from 1989 to 2006. He has posted an 0-1 record against Houston during his career, but Saturday's game will be the first time he has faced the Cougars at home.

Following Saturday's game, the Cougars close out their regular-season home schedule when they face USF at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars will recognize seniors J.J. Richardson, Brandon Morris, Tione Womack, Jimmie Jones and Lawrence Paye in pregame ceremonies.

In addition, that USF game will be part of Heroes Night. All military (current and veterans), police, fire department and EMS personnel will be recognized for their service to our community.

Houston Men's Basketball single-game tickets are on sale NOW. Fans can purchase single-game by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) 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 cougarpride@uh.edu. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.



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