Men's Basketball Wraps Up Regular Season at UTEP on Saturday

March 7, 2008

Houston Game Notes vs. UTEP (March 8, 2008) in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

UTEP Game Notes vs. Houston (March 8, 2008) in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

EL PASO, Texas -The University of Houston men's basketball team travels to El Paso to play its final regular-season game at 8:05 p.m. (CST) Saturday against Conference USA rival UTEP at the Haskins Center.

Houston (22-7, 11-4 C-USA enters Saturday's game after a tough 73-68 victory against UCF at Hofheinz Pavilion. Seniors Tafari Toney, Lanny Smith, Marcus Malone, Robert McKiver and Dion Dowell were honored prior to their last regular-season home game.

Toney finished with a career-high 19 points, while Smith tallied 16 points and four assists. Malone finished with five points, including a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left to give the Cougars a four-point lead.

McKiver leads the Cougars with 22.9 points per game and is the reigning C USA Co-Player of the Week after pouring in a career-high 52 points against C-USA rival Southern Miss.

Dowell leads the Cougars with a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game.

With the win Wednesday, the Cougars secured the No. 3 seed and a first round bye in the C-USA Championship at FedEx Forum March 12-16. UH will play the winner of the showdown between the No. 6 /No. 11 seeds at 2:30 p.m., Thursday.

Fans can tune to 790 AM the Sports Animal with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Carl Dukes providing color analysis. The pre-game show is scheduled to start 10 minutes before tip-off.

Fans also can check out live stats by clicking the Gametracker link at UHCougars.com.

UTEP (16-12 C-USA 7-8) enters Saturday's game after losing five of its last seven games. Earlier this season, the Cougars beat UTEP 77-72 at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Miners hold a 6-4 edge in the all-time series with all six wins coming in El Paso.

Junior guard Stefon Jackson leads the Miners with 24.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.



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