Men’s Basketball to Host Montana Tech on Friday

Nov. 12, 2015

presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
Tickets Admission is FREE
Parking available first-come, first-serve
in surrounding surface lots
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Time 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television Houston All-Access
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HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program takes its first step in the 2015-16 season when it hosts Montana Tech in an exhibition game at 7 p.m., Friday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.

Admission is free to Friday’s exhibition game, and all fans are invited to attend. Fans should note that courtside seating will not be used for this game, and parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the surrounding surface lots.

The full Men’s Basketball Gameday seating and parking plans will go into effect for the Cougars’ regular-season opener against Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Under the leadership of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, the Cougars return six lettermen, including four starters, from last year’s squad, which won four of its last five games and provided the lone First-Round upset at the American Athletic Conference Championship. Houston knocked off UConn inside Hofheinz Pavilion for the second straight season and enjoyed a 66-60 win over Tulane in the postseason.

Senior guard LeRon Barnes, who received his bachelor’s degree in May 2015, is the team’s lone 3-year letterman and was a unanimous selection by his teammates as team captain. The Stonewall, La., native was one of six players to rank among the American Athletic Conference’s top-11 leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding.

Senior forward Devonta Pollard returns as the team’s leading scorer with 11.4 points per game and finished second among the Cougars with 6.4 rebounds per contest. The Porterville, Miss., native was one of only three Cougars to compete in all 32 games a year ago and was one of only three players to rank among the league’s top-16 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

Sampson and his staff brought in an impressive group with six newcomers. Junior guard and Yates High School product Damyean Dotson started all but one game during his first two years at Oregon, while junior guard Ronnie Johnson started 59 games during his first two years at Purdue.

Sophomore Rob Gray, Jr., joined the Cougars out of Howard JC and led Houston with 14.3 points per game over four games during the team’s summer trip to China in mid-August.

Friday’s exhibition game can be seen live on Houston All-Access. Fans must have a subscription to Houston All-Access to view the broadcast, which can be seen here.

Friday’s game will not be broadcast on the radio.

Friday’s game will have special significance for Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, who began his collegiate head coaching career with the Orediggers in 1981.

Sampson spent four seasons with Montana Tech, compiling a 73-45 record during that time. After a 7-20 campaign in his first year, he guided Montana Tech to three straight 22-win seasons and back-to-back Frontier Conference championships

For his team’s impressive efforts, he was named the league’s Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1985.

The Orediggers’ home court at the HPER Complex in Butte, Mont., bears his name after a generous donation from Sampson and his wife, Karen, made a remodeling of the arena possible.

Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and a 3-Point Pack are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.

Single-game tickets for Houston Men’s Basketball’s 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.

Fans should note that single-game tickets for the Cougars’ Dec. 13 showdown against LSU inside Hofheinz Pavilion will not be available.

Instead, fans can purchase tickets for the LSU game as part of a 3-Point Pack, which includes a ticket to the LSU game and tickets to two other Houston home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.

Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack by clicking here.

Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket

Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.

Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.

Montana Tech brings a 5-0 overall record into Friday’s game. The Orediggers have won those games handily, winning by an average of 21.4 points per game.

In its most recent contest, Montana Tech enjoyed a 113-76 win over Yellowstone Christian College in Butte on Nov. 7. Cruz Ginns, Jr., led all players with 26 points and added nine rebounds, while Jalen Coates added 20 points with four assists and three rebounds. Carson Drummer posted seven points with a team-high 10 rebounds in the win.

This season, Jalen Coates leads five Orediggers in double digits with 21.6 points per game. Paul Engstrom stands second on the team with 17.0 points per game but tops Montana Tech with 8.8 rebounds per contest.

Following Friday’s exhibition opener, the Cougars open the regular season when they play host to Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

That game can be seen heard live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. Dave Raymond provides play-by-play, and Houston great Reid Gettys offers analysis on the ESPN3 broadcast.

It will be the first of five consecutive home games for the Cougars to open the season.

Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.



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