Nov. 13, 2010
ALCORN STATE BRAVES (0-1 0-0 SWAC) at HOUSTON COUGARS (1-0 0-0 C-USA)
Nov. 14, 2010 Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas 2 p.m.
RADIO: Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network SportsTalk 790 AM KBME Tom Franklin, PxP
Broadcast begins at 1:45 p.m.
VIDEO STREAMING: Live Video
LIVE STATS: GameTracker
LIVE GAME BLOG: Live Game Blog
HOUSTON - There will be no rest for the weary as the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 2 p.m., Sunday, when it plays host to Alcorn State inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Sunday's game will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston women's basketball team, which faces UT Arlington at 5 p.m.
The Cougars enter Sunday's game on the heels of a thrilling 63-62 overtime win against Nicholls State. Senior forward Maurice McNeil hit a scoop shot with three seconds remaining to give the Cougars the come-from-behind victory.
In a game that featured long runs by both squads, the Cougars enjoyed their sixth season-opening win in the last seven years.
With the Cougars trailing 34-24 early in the second half, senior guard Adam Brown almost single-handedly brought the Cougars back from the brink. The San Antonio, Texas, native scored 11 consecutive points, hitting four straight field-goal attempts, and added a rebound and steal in a 6:28 stretch that saw the Cougars score 15 unanswered points and take a 39-34 lead.
Brown led the Cougars with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the fourth 20-point game of his career.
McNeil finished with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the seventh double-double of his career. Sophomore forward Kirk Van Slyke added 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the first double-double of his career.
Sunday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 1:45 p.m.
Fans can follow live stats from Sunday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
The first 2,000 fans will be given 2010-11 Houston Basketball schedule magnets while supplies last.
Fans can purchase men's basketball season tickets now. General admission season tickets sell for only $135, while reserved season tickets can be purchased for only $195.
Fans also can buy the Family Fun Plan, which includes two adult and two youth general admission season tickets, for only $299. Additional youth season tickets can be purchased for only $75 each in the Plan.
Fans can choose from a variety of different ticket packages that best suit their needs, including the Weekend Package (8 weekend home games) and the Conference USA Package (8 C-USA home games).
Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball season tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets link at UHCougars.com to buy season tickets today.
ABOUT ALCORN STATE
Alcorn State enters this weekend's game on the heels of an 88-56 loss at Texas A&M on Friday. The Braves fell behind 52-25 at halftime and connected on only 17-of-57 (29.8 percent) from the field.
In addition, Texas A&M outrebounded Alcorn State 52-32 and forced 19 turnovers.
Chris Davenport came off the bench to lead the Braves with 11 points and five rebounds. Tony Eackles added nine points and four rebounds, while Kendrick McDonald finished with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
Head coach Larry Smith is in his third year at Alcorn State, posting an 8-55 (.127) record during that time.
SERIES HISTORY vs. ALCORN STATE
Houston owns a 3-0 lead in the all-time series, which began March 11, 1982, during the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region First Round in Tulsa, Okla.
The Cougars are 2-0 against Alcorn State in Houston, and those games have not been close. Houston has scored at least 110 points and won by an average of 40.5 points per game in those home contests.
Sunday's game will be the first time that head coach James Dickey has faced Alcorn State.
Following Friday's game, the Cougars compete in their first road action of the season. The Cougars travel to Ruston, La., to face Louisiana Tech, at 7 p.m., Wednesday.
From there, the team returns home for two more home games. Houston plays host to Northwestern Oklahoma State at 2 p.m., Nov. 20, before facing Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m., Nov. 23.