|ANGELO STATE RAMS (0-0)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (0-0 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||3 p.m. • Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
|Location||H&PE Arena (8,100) • Houston|
|Parking||Parking Map & Info|
HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program opens its 73rd season of competition at 3 p.m., Sunday, when it plays host to Angelo State in an exhibition inside Health & PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern University in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, the Cougars return five lettermen and three starters from last year’s squad, which posted 20+ wins and advanced to the NIT for the second straight season.
The Cougars have enjoyed a quick start to the 2017-18 season. Houston claimed an 81-78 win over No. 24 Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Oct. 21 behind senior guard Rob Gray’s game highs of 25 points and 11 assists.
Gray leads the way for the Cougars after averaging a team- and American Athletic Conference best 20.6 points per game in 2016-17. The Forest City, N.C., native was named to the Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First Team and was named to the Watch List for the Jerry West Award, presented to the nation’s top off-guard.
Senior forward Devin Davis finished as the Cougars’ second-leading rebounder a year ago despite missing nearly half the season with hand and foot injuries. Senior guard Wes VanBeck is the team’s 3-year letterman and connected on 48.4 percent of his 3-point tries and 87.3 percent of his free throw attempts a year ago.
In addition to the returning stars, the Cougars welcome nine newcomers to the program in 2017-18. That award-winning group includes freshman guard Mike Adewunmi (Mansfield, Texas); freshman forward Cedrick Alley Jr. (Houston); junior forward Breaon Brady (Akron, Ohio); Caleb Broodo (Midland, Mich.); junior guard Corey Davis Jr. (Lafayette, La.); junior forward Gabe Grant (Chicago); sophomore center Chris Harris Jr. (Houston); freshman forward Fabian White Jr. (Atascocita, Texas) and senior forward Nura Zanna (Kaduna, Nigeria).
Fans can purchase tickets for 15 regular-season games inside H&PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern begin as low as $100. Fans can purchase season tickets online at UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Fans are encouraged to use the FREE parking shuttle to H&PE Arena during the 2017-18 season. Shuttle service begins at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, in Lot 12A near Gate 3 of the TDECU Stadium parking lot.
Shuttle return service begins immediately after the game and will run for one hour.
Fans can park for $5 while spaces are available in the TSU garage adjacent to H&PE Arena. Fans wishing to pay for parking should enter the garage off Blodgett Street.
Sunday’s game will not be broadcast on television or radio. Fans can watch live video streaming by visiting UHCougars.com/allaccess and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
A subscription is required to watch the video stream via Houston All-Access.
• Following Sunday’s exhibition game, the Cougars open the regular season against McNeese at 7 p.m., Nov. 10, inside H&PE Arena.
• From there, the Cougars hit the road to compete at the Paradise Jam, hosted by Liberty inside the Vines Center on Nov. 17-19.
• Three-day tournament was originally scheduled to be played in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, but Hurricanes Irma and Maria forced the event to be moved.
• Cougars open the tournament at 1:30 p.m. (CST), Nov. 17 with a showdown against the winner-loser of Mercer and Liberty on Nov. 18. The event wraps up on Nov. 19 with time and opponent to be determined.
JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men’s Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team’s Facebook and Instagram pages.