Men's Basketball to Face George Mason in CBI Quarterfinal
March 23, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. - Fresh off a thrilling and emotional win, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team looks to extend its postseason run when it faces George Mason at 6 p.m. (CDT)/7 p.m. (EDT) Monday inside the Patriot Center during the College Basketball Invitational Quarterfinals.
The Cougars earned their berth in the quarterfinals with a 73-72 win against Texas on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Freshman forward Danuel House drained the eventual game-winning jumper with just 17 seconds remaining, and the Houston defense made it stand in the program's first win against the Longhorns since 1998.
With Wednesday's win, the Cougars improved to 20-12, becoming only the 21st team in school history to reach that milestone. Houston enters Monday's postseason contest as winners of five of its last six games.
Against Texas, sophomore guard Joseph Young led four Cougars in double digits with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas posted his team-leading 15th double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Both Young and Thomas were named to various All-Conference USA Teams earlier this month.
Forward Leon Gibson, competing in his final collegiate season, added 11 points with six rebounds and three assists against the Longhorns.
This season, Young leads the Cougars and ranks second in the league with 17.9 points per game. The Houston native and Yates High product ranks among the league leaders in 3-pointers made, 3-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
Thomas has established himself as one of the Cougars' and Conference USA's most versatile players. The Killeen, Texas, native ranks second on the team in scoring but tops Houston in rebounding, field goal percentage, blocks and steals and is third in assists.
House, who was named the league's Freshman of the Year, stands third on the team with 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. The Sugar Land, Texas, native and Hightower High product has started all but five games during his inaugural collegiate season and etched his name in the Houston freshman single-season record book in multiple categories.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Monday'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 6 p.m. (CDT)/7 p.m. (EDT), Monday.
Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on AXS-TV with Rich Cellini calling the play-by-play action and Darrin Horn providing analysis. Fans should check their local listings to find AXS-TV in their viewing areas or click here to find AXS TV in their areas.
Fans can hear the audio stream live on UHCougars.com. Due to network broadcast restrictions, the video stream from Wednesday's game will NOT be available.
Fans can follow Live Stats through George Mason by clicking here. The Live Stats link for Monday's game will not become active until approximately one hour before tip-off.
ABOUT GEORGE MASON
George Mason enters Monday's College Basketball Invitational Quarterfinal game with an overall record of 19-14. The Patriots finished in a tie for fifth in the final Colonial Athletic Association regular-season standings with a 10-8 record.
In addition, the Patriots are 7-6 in home games inside the Patriot Center this season.
George Mason has split its last four games, alternating wins and losses during that stretch. In their most recent action, the Patriots moved into the CBI Quarterfinals when Erik Copes nailed a putback off a missed shot with one second left in a 78-77 win at College of Charleston on Tuesday.
Against College of Charleston, Copes was one of five Patriot starters to score in double digits. Guard Sherod Wright led the way with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Copes finished with 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Forward Jonathan Arledge and guard Bryon Allen posted 10 points apiece with Allen's six assists tying for game-high honors. Guard Corey Edwards added 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting.
This season, Wright leads the Patriots with 16.6 points per game, making him the only GMU player to average double-digit points. Copes leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game, while Allen averages a team-best 3.6 assists per contest.
Head coach Paul Hewitt is in his 16th year as a collegiate head coach and his second season at George Mason. He has posted a 299-212 career record and a 43-23 mark with the Patriots.
Hewitt, who is a 1985 graduate of St. John Fisher, previously served as head coach at Georgia Tech (2000-11) and Siena (1997-00). Monday's game will be his first meeting against Houston.
With a Quarterfinal win at George Mason on Monday, Houston would advance to the CBI Semifinals and compete again on Wednesday.
Game time and location will be announced shortly after Monday's Quarterfinal games are completed. Fans should stay tuned to UHCougars.com and Houston Athletics' social media platforms for the latest information.