Men's Basketball Opens Season with Exhibition on Tuesday
Nov. 4, 2012
HOUSTON - After months of hard work on the court and in the weight room, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team takes its first step in the 2012-13 season when it plays host to Concordia at 7 p.m., Tuesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
This will be the Cougars' lone exhibition game of the season. A year ago, Houston enjoyed a 118-70 win against the Tornados with guard Joseph Young's 26 points and five 3-pointers leading all players. Forward TaShawn Thomas added 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Both Young and Thomas were named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team a year ago and enter the 2012-13 season as the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder, respectively. Young posted 11.3 points per game as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12, while Thomas led all Cougars with nine double-doubles and 8.2 rebounds per game during his first collegiate season.
In addition to six returning lettermen - including three starters - the Cougars also welcome a talented group of newcomers, led by Hightower High product Danuel House. House, who was ranked No. 15 nationally by ESPN, was part of a stellar signing class that was ranked among the nation's top 25 by several national organizations.
The Cougars also return four student-athletes who missed significant playing time a year ago. Guard Jherrod Stiggers missed the entire season with a knee injury, while guard LeRon Barnes and forward Mikhail McLean missed all but five games each with injury. All three players received redshirts and will be at 100 percent on Tuesday night.
Junior forward J.J. Richardson also returns as a frontcourt leader for the Cougars. The Missouri City, Texas, native sat out the 2011-12 season after transferring from Pittsburgh.
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Concordia, which is a Division III school in Austin, Texas, returns seven lettermen and one starter from last season for head coach Stan Bonewitz. Senior guard Nick Haynes led the team and ranked 10th in the American Southwest Conference in scoring last season with 16.0 points per game. He also ranked first in the ASC in 3-point field goals made (94) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.431).
The Cougars open their regular season at noon, Friday, when they play host to Florida A&M inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be the first time that the Cougars have faced the Rattlers on the basketball court.
Fans should note the early starting time for Friday's season opener due to the Athletics Hall of Honor Gala later that evening. The Cougars' basketball game will be the start of many exciting activities during Homecoming weekend for the University.
The Houston Football program plays host to Conference USA-rival Tulsa at 4 p.m., Saturday, on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.