Men's Hoops Hosts East Carolina on Sunday

March 6, 2015

EAST CAROLINA PIRATES (13-17 • 6-11 American)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (11-18 • 2-14 American)
presented by SignTex Imaging
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Time 3 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPNews WatchESPN
   Brett Dolan, PxP
   Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 2:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 9-5
• 12th in last 14 years teams have played
• ECU won last two, three of last four
ECU won last 66-61
   Greenville, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2015)
Houston leads 4-0 in Hofheinz Pavilion
Houston won last in Hofheinz Pavilion
  82-76 (Jan. 21, 2012)
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HOUSTON - Fresh off its second straight win, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program closes out the regular season when it plays host to American Athletic Conference East Carolina at 3 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by SignTex Imaging.

Fans should note Sunday's 3 p.m., starting time, which was recently changed from earlier printed schedules to accommodate the ESPNews broadcast. Fans also should remember to move their clocks forward one hour before they go to sleep Saturday night with the start of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday morning.

Prior to Sunday's game, forward Mikhail McLean and student managers Cason Broers and Mario Villegas will be recognized as part of Senior Day activities. Fans will want to be in their Hofheinz Pavilion seats by 2:40 p.m., Sunday, as the Cougars thank these young men for their dedication through the years.

The Cougars enter their regular-season finale on the heels of an impressive, come-from-behind win over conference-rival Tulane on Wednesday night. Trailing by 10 points midway through the second half, Houston rallied to tie the game and force overtime.

In the extra period, the Cougars did not hit a field goal attempt but received all the offense it needed at the free throw line, sinking all but one in 10 attempts. Meanwhile, the Houston defense limited Tulane to only one field goal in seven tries in overtime to split the regular-season series against the Green Wave and win for the first time in four overtime contests in 2014-15.

Junior forward Devonta Pollard buried all six of his free throw attempts against Tulane on the way to a team-high-tying 17 points and added seven rebounds with a pair of blocks. Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers finished with 17 points, thanks to a team-high three treys, and added three rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Junior guard Cavon Baker came off the bench to score 11 points with four rebounds, while junior guard LeRon Barnes did a little of everything well, totaling nine points with a game-high nine rebounds, three assists and four steals.

This season, Stiggers leads the Cougars with 14.0 points per game and ranks fifth in the league with that total. The Terrell, Texas, native recently became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Houston history ranks 15th nationally with 3.1 3-pointers per game.

Stiggers recently moved into the starting point guard role after a foot injury sidelined junior LJ. Rose for the rest of the season. With Rose's setback, six different Cougars have missed a combined 65 games due to injury this season.

Pollard is one of only three players to rank among the American Athletic Conference's top-16 leaders in both scoring and rebounding with 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Porterville, Miss., native ranks second among the Cougars in both categories.

Sophomore forward Danrad Knowles ranks third among the Cougars with 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while Barnes is tops on the team with 6.6 rebounds per contest.

Prior to Sunday's game against East Carolina, the Cougars will honor three senior members of their team.

Forward Mikhail McLean - Member of Houston Basketball team for last five years... Competed in 101 games during career... Sidelined for rest of season with foot injury following Rice game on Jan. 28... 2013 graduate of University of Houston with bachelor's degree in health promotions... Will receive his master's degree in health this summer... Has been active in community service projects throughout his career, including serving Thanksgiving lunches to Star of Hope Mission residents, distributing fire alarms with Houston Fire Department to local residents, assisting the Texas Special Olympics at an event inside Hofheinz Pavilion and helping a local church with more than 44,000 pounds of pumpkins for a fall fundraiser...Will be joined by his mother, Olivia McLean, this afternoon.

Student Manager Cason Broers - Joined the Cougars in 2011 and has assisted in both managerial and video duties... Houston native... Will graduate this spring with a bachelor's degree in sports administration... Will be joined by his parents, Joni and Stan Broers this afternoon.

Student manager Mario Villegas - Joined the Cougars in 2014 and has assisted in a variety of managerial duties... Houston native... Will graduate this spring with a bachelor's degree in sports administration... Will be joined by his parents, Alba and Marco Villegas this afternoon.

KPRC logo black on white RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Sunday's game on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 2:45 p.m., Sunday.

Fans also 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.

ESPNews Logo Fans can watch Sunday's game live on ESPNews 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.

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.

Following Sunday's game, the Cougars start the postseason when they compete at the American Athletic Conference Championship, hosted by UConn at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

The Cougars' First-Round opponent and game time will be finalized this weekend with the completion of the regular-season standings

East Carolina logo ABOUT EAST CAROLINA
East Carolina enters Sunday's game with a 13-17 overall mark. The Pirates are 6-11 in the American Athletic Conference to rank seventh in the latest league standings.

In its most recent action, East Carolina dropped a 70-56 decision to Temple on Thursday night in Greenville, N.C. Against Temple, East Carolina was outrebounded 41-34, including 16 offensive rebounds for the Owls.

Guard Caleb White came off the bench to score 11 points and seven rebounds. He was the only Pirate to reach double digit points.

This season, the Pirates' top-3 scorers are all within a half-point of one another for the team lead. Freshman guard B.J. Tyson leads with 12.7 points per contest with junior guard Terry Whisnant (12.5 ppg) and White (12.3 ppg) following closely behind. Sophomore forward Michel Nzege paces the Pirates with 4.7 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Antonio Robinson is tops with 3.6 assists per game.

Head coach Jeff Lebo is in his fifth year at East Carolina, posting a 86-77 record during that time. In more than 16 years as a collegiate head coach, Lebo has assembled a 297-233 career record.

Lebo previously served as head coach at Tennessee Tech (1998-02), Chattanooga (2002-04) and Auburn (2004-10). He has posted a 3-1 record against Houston during his career with all four games coming during his East Carolina tenure.

Sunday's game is the finale of two regular-season meetings between the teams this season. East Carolina claimed a 66-61 win on Jan. 14 inside Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C..

This marks the 12th season in the last 14 years that these two teams have met on the hardwood. East Carolina joined Conference USA in 2001-02 but two teams did not compete during 2002-03 campaign. The series picked up in 2013-04 and continued until Houston's last year in C-USA in 2012-13.

This will be the second game in which the teams have competed as American Athletic Conference rivals. However, it will be the first meeting in Houston as American rivals.

Houston leads the all-time series 9-5, but East Carolina has won the last two and three of the last four games. Houston's last victory was an 82-76 decision in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 21, 2012.

The series dates back to Feb. 23, 2002, a 63-46 East Carolina win in Greenville, N.C.

The Cougars own a 4-0 record against East Carolina inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston's last win in Hofheinz Pavilion was an 82-76 decision on Jan. 21, 2012.

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