Men's Basketball Begins Regular Season at Noon, Friday

Freshman center Valentine Izundu

Nov. 7, 2012

at HOUSTON COUGARS (0-0 • 0-0 C-USA)
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 Time  Noon • Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas
 Radio  Live Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 11:45 a.m.
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 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Series History  First meeting
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HOUSTON - Fresh off a dominating win against Concordia in their line exhibition game, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team opens its 68th season of intercollegiate plays when it plays host to Florida A&M at noon, Friday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Fans should note the early starting time for Friday's game due to the Athletics Hall of Honor gala later that evening. The game was moved up to accommodate fans during a busy Homecoming weekend on the UH campus.

The Cougars enter their season opener following an impressive 108-55 win against Concordia on Tuesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Senior forward Leon Gibson led six Cougars in double digits with 23 points, while newcomers Danuel House and Brandon Morris tallied 13 points apiece.

Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas did a little of everything in the win against the Tornados. The Killeen, Texas, native posted 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field and fell only one rebound shy of a double-double. Thomas, who was a 2012 member of the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, also added six assists with two blocked shots and two steals without a turnover in 22 minutes.

Freshman forward Valentine Izundu added 12 points, hitting all six of his field goal attempts, with eight of those coming during a 69-second stretch late in the first half. Redshirt freshman Jherrod Stiggers - who also donned the Scarlet and White for the first time - posted 10 points, thanks in part to a pair of 3-pointers.

Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Frankin providing 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 11:45 a.m., Friday.

Fans can see the see and hear the audio/video streams live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access or by clicking Video // Audio. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.

For those fans looking to get an early start on the weekend, all public tickets for Friday's game will be sold for only $5. For only $5 more, fans at Friday's game can receive lunch, which includes a hot dog, chips and a drink.

Single-game tickets for the month of November and a variety of ticket packs are now on sale inside the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.

Friday's game will be the season opener for Florida A&M also.. The Rattlers opened their exhibition season with an 85-63 win against Albany State in Tallahassee, Fla., on Nov. 2.

Junior guard Muhammad Abdul-Aleem led the team with 19 points, while junior guard/forward Jamari Bradshaw and junior guard Jamie Adams added 15 points apiece. Sophomore guard D'Andre Bullard totaled 14 points with freshman guard Jakari Bush chipping in with 10 points. Junior guard Walter Davis led FAMU with 12 rebounds, and Bullard added a team-high three assists.

Head coach Clemon Johnson, who is a 1978 graduate of Florida A&M, is in his second year at his alma mater and posted a 10-23 record with the Rattlers in 2011-12

Johnson has assembled a 38-97 overall record in five seasons as a collegiate head coach. He finished with a 28-74 mark in four seasons at Alaska-Fairbanks from 2007-2011.

Friday's game will be the first time that Houston has faced Florida A&M in basketball. The Rattlers will be the first of three first-time opponents for the Cougars in 2012-13, joining San Jose State (Nov . 9) and Louisiana College (Nov. 19).
Following Friday's game, the Cougars compete in their first road action of the season when they face San Jose State at 9 p.m. (CST), Tuesday, in San Jose, Calif. It will be the first time the two teams have met on the hardwood.

Fans can hear that game live on SportsTalk 790 AM. The pregame show is scheduled to begin at 8:45 p.m. (CST), Tuesday.



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