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Men’s Basketball Takes 93-83 Win in First Game of China Trip

Aug. 14, 2015

HEFEI, China – University of Houston junior guard Damyean Dotson scored 21 points to lead five Cougars in double digits on the way to a 93-83 win over the Chinese Junior National Team on Friday evening inside Golden Seed Arena.

Dotson, who joined the Cougars for the 2015-16 season, competed in his first game since March 2014. The Houston native and Jack Yates High product led Houston with three 3-pointers and added eight rebounds, including seven off the defensive glass.

After the Chinese Junior National Team claimed a 30-28 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Cougars did not allow the host team to score more than 20 points in a quarter the rest of the way, including a combined 34 in the entire second half. Trailing 38-30 with 6:53 remaining in the second quarter, the Cougars took advantage of a 13-2 run over the next three minutes and built a 43-40 lead when senior guard LeRon Barnes hit a jumper with 3:53 left.

Houston eventually carried a 51-49 lead into the locker room at the break. The Cougars appeared to seize control of the game, holding a 67-56 lead when junior center Kyle Meyer drained a bucket with 5:11 left in the third quarter.

However, that would be the final points the Cougars would score for the rest of that quarter. The Chinese Junior National Team outscored the Cougars 10-0 the rest of the way to trail 67-66 through three periods.

The fourth quarter proved to be a showcase for the Cougars’ new guards. After the Chinese Junior National Team tied the game at 67-67, junior guard Rob Gray, Jr., and freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., combined to score the Cougars’ first 12-points of the period as Houston regained the lead for good.

Robinson, Jr., and Gray each finished with 14 points, while Meyer added 14 points of his own to go with seven rebounds, including five off the offensive glass.


EARLIER on FRIDAY
Prior to Friday’s game, the Cougars enjoyed shopping for several hours in a nearby market. Coaches and their families, student-athletes and support staff members walked the streets for about three hours in a nearby shopping market.

Ducking into alleys around the market area, the Cougars enjoyed the Chinese shopping they were hoping to experience.

Fans can check out more of the photos from this adventure by visiting our Facebook page at HoustonCougarMensHoops or by clicking here.


WHAT’S NEXT
The Cougars continue their stand of four games in four days in four cities when they face the Chinese Junior National Team at 7:30 p.m. (China ST)/6:30 a.m. (Houston) in Wangjiang (Saturday). The trip continues in Taihu (Sunday) and Tongling (Monday).

In addition to the competition, the Cougars will enjoy several cultural sites on their trip. Following the competition schedule on Aug. 18, the team will visit Yellow Mountain, an area renamed after the Yellow Emperor (Huang Di) in 747 AD. Several Buddhist temples have been built there, and it has become a tourist attraction with its beautiful scenery.

The team also will visit Xi Di Hong, a village built during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Built in the shape of an ox, the village enjoys more than 900 years of history.

Both Yellow Mountain and Xi Di Hong have been registered as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The Cougars return to Houston on the evening of Aug. 20 with the first day of classes set for Aug. 24.


TEAM SCHEDULE
Friday, Aug. 14 Houston 93, Chinese Junior National Team 83 (Hefei)
7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time)
Saturday, Aug. 15 Game 2 vs. Chinese Junior National Team in Wangjiang
7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time)
Sunday, Aug. 16 Game 3 vs. Chinese Junior National Team in Taihu
7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time)
Monday, Aug. 17 Game 4 vs. Chinese Junior National Team in Tongling
7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time)
Tuesday, Aug. 18 Tour of Yellow Mountain & team activities
Wednesday, Aug. 19 Tour of Xi Di Hong Village & team activities
Thursday, Aug. 20 Return to Houston
Schedule is subject to change
Please note that China Standard Time is 13 hours ahead of Central Daylight Time. When it is noon, Thursday, in Houston, it is 1 a.m., Friday in Anhui Province, China.

SEASON-TICKET DEPOSITS
Season-ticket deposits for the 2015-16 University of Houston Men's Basketball season are now being taken, and fans are encouraged to place their deposits soon.

Fans can put season-ticket deposits down NOW for only $50 per seat. To place a season-ticket deposit, fans can visit UHCougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Reserved 1 season tickets will soon be available for $250 per seat for all 18 regular-season home games, while Reserved 2 season tickets will sell for $150 per seat. As an added benefit this season, fans who purchase Reserved 1 Men's Basketball season tickets will receive the same number of Houston Women's Basketball season tickets FREE.

For the first time in 2015-16, fans also can purchase $99 Anytime season tickets. With Anytime season tickets, With Anytime season tickets, fans will receive one ticket for each of the 18 regular-season home games.

From there, fans can use their Anytime season tickets any way they like. They can use one ticket for each home game or take 17 friends to one home game or any combination in between.

As always, current University of Houston students are admitted free with valid IDs to Houston Men's Basketball games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can view a Hofheinz Pavilion map with season-ticket pricing by clicking here.

Houston fans can connect with Fan Experience Headquarters by phone or text, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 713-462-6647 and can purchase tickets online 24/7 at UHCougars.com/tickets.

Any deposit amount paid will be credited toward season-ticket costs once they go on sale. New season-ticket members who make a deposit will be contacted by a Houston Athletics Ticket Sales staff member to choose their seats.

Fans should also stay tuned to UHCougars.com and Houston Men's Basketball social media sites for the latest information about ticket sales.


ABOUT THE COUGARS
The Cougars return six lettermen and four starters from last year’s team, which recorded 13 wins and knocked off defending national champion UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion for the second consecutive year.

Battling injuries throughout the season, the Cougars enjoyed a late-season surge, winning four of their final five games, including the lone upset in the American Athletic Conference Championship First Round in Hartford, Conn.

Senior guard LeRon Barnes, the Cougars’ lone 3-year letterwinners, returns after ranking among The American’s top-10 leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding, while senior forward Devonta Pollard enters the 2015-16 campaign as the Cougars’ top returning scorer with 11.4 points per game.

Junior forward Danrad Knowles ranked third on the team in both scoring and rebounding, and senior guard L.J Rose looks for his third 100+ assist season while wearing the Scarlet and White.

Houston also welcomes the return of junior guard Ronnie Johnson and junior forward Bertrand Nkali to competition. Both players practiced with the Cougars but sat out the 2014-15 season after Johnson transferred from Purdue and Nkali missed the year with an injury.

The Cougars will be boosted by the addition of five newcomers to the team, including freshman guard Galen Robinson (Westbury Christian/Houston); sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr. (Howard JC/Forest City, N.C.); junior guard Damyean Dotson (Oregon/Houston); junior forward Xavier Dupree (Paris JC/Houston) and junior center Kyle Meyer (Eastern Florida State College/Atlanta).


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