March 10, 2009
Competing in his first season at UH, Coleman was named the league's Newcomer of the Year, while Lewis earned a place on the C-USA All-Defensive Team.
In addition, Coleman was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District VII Team.
With a team-high 19.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, Coleman is the only player in Conference USA to rank among the league's top-four leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
A native of Houston and a product of Marshall High, Coleman leads UH with 12 double-doubles this season after scoring 22 second-half points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds in Saturday's win against Conference USA-rival SMU inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
This season, Coleman has recorded 14 games with at least 20 points and posted three games with 30 points, including a career-high 38 points at Conference USA-rival Marshall on Feb. 18. He became only the 16th player in school history to score at least 30 points three times in a single season.
In addition to his scoring, he has proven to have a nose for the ball on both ends of the floor. He ranks among the league's top-six leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding and tops all players in C-USA with 2.46 steals per game.
Coleman was twice named C-USA Player of the Week and earned C-USA Rookie of the Week honors five times this season.
Coleman was joined on the USBWA All-District VII Team by Texas' A.J. Abrams and Damion James, Texas A&M's Josh Carter, UTEP's Stefon Jackson, Baylor's Curtis Jerells, LSU's Tasmin Mitchell and Marcus Thornton, Michael Washington of Arkansas and Texas Tech's John Roberson.
He recently was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 11 First Team and earned a place on the 2009 All-Conference USA First Team.
Although known for his offense, Lewis also is regularly called upon to defend Cougar opponents' leading backcourt performer. He limited UAB's Robert Vaden - the 2009 C-USA Preseason Player of the Year - to only 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting and held Rice's Rodney Foster to only five points in 24 minutes.
Lewis ranked among the league's individual leaders in steals, swiping a career-high six against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 6. He enjoyed seven games with at least three steals, including five against SMU on Saturday.
In addition to his defensive numbers, Lewis has been a steady leader for the Cougars on both ends of the floor and is the only player to start all 29 games to date this season. The Fort Worth native ranks second on the Cougars and fourth in the league with 18.0 points per game and ranks among the national leaders in 3-pointers per game and free throw percentage.
He scored a career-high 35 points with nine 3-pointers at perennial power Arizona earlier this season and helped lead the Cougars to their first win against UTEP in El Paso by hitting 17-of-18 free throws, setting a Don Haskins Center record for a Miner opponent.
Lewis was joined on the C-USA All-Defensive Team by Memphis' Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier, UAB's Paul Delaney III, SMU's Bamba Fall and Jerome Jordan of Tulsa.
NEXT GAME FOR HOUSTON
Playing as the No. 5 seed, Coleman, Lewis and their Cougar teammates open play at the 2009 Conference USA Championship at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday when they meet No. 12 seed SMU at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
Fans can hear the game live on 790 AM The Sports Animal with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to start 15 minutes before tip-off.
Fans always can follow live stats at UHCougars.com by clicking the GameTracker link.