Men's Basketball to Face UTSA on Thursday
Nov. 13, 2013
HOUSTON - Winners of their first two games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program starts a three-game homestand when it plays host to UTSA at 7 p.m., Thursday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
For the fourth straight year, the Cougars have started 2-0 under head coach James Dickey following a 77-65 win at Texas-Pan American on Monday night in Edinburg, Texas.
Junior forward TaShawn Thomas led all players with 19 point and 14 rebounds for the 26th double-double of his career but his first of the 2013-14 campaign. The Killeen, Texas, native leads the Cougars with 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and is one of only two players to be ranked among the top-seven leaders in both categories in the American Athletic Conference.
Sophomore guard Danuel House added 15 points with five rebounds and three assists against UTPA and ranks eighth in the league with 19.5 points per contest.
Sophomore guard L.J. Rose scored a career-high 16 points, thanks to a 7-of-8 effort from the free throw line, and dished out a game-high six assists with two rebounds and three steals on Monday. The Houston native is tied for third in The American with 6.0 assists per game.
If the team's 2-0 start wasn't enough to be excited about, the Cougars received good news Tuesday afternoon when the NCAA Eligibility Center ruled that redshirt freshman forward Danrad Knowles was immediately eligible to compete during the 2013-14 season.
Knowles, who is better known by his nickname Chicken," competed from 2010-12 in the Homeschool Christian Youth Association in Houston and was recognized by scouting organizations as one of the nation's top 60 players when he signed with the Cougars in 2012.
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $195, while Reserved season tickets start at only $280. Families can purchase the Memorial Hermann Family Fun Plan of two adult and two youth General Admission tickets for only $399.
Fans also can purchase season tickets by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or by clicking here.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GoUH or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.
Fans should remember that purchasing Men's Basketball season tickets will help their standing in the Cougar Pride Priority Point System, which determines seating priority in the new Houston Football Stadium when it opens in August 2014.
Fans receive two Priority Points per sport per account when purchasing Men's Basketball season tickets, and every Priority Point improves each fan's ranking in the System.
ON THE AIR
Fans can watch Thursday's game live on ESPN3 by clicking here. It will be one of 28 televised games for the Cougars this season. Dave Raymond will call the play-by-play action with former Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis.
Fans can hear the game live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis.
Fans also can hear the game with a paid subscription to Cougar All-Access by clicking here. Due to the ESPN broadcasts, Cougar All-Access will not provide a video stream for the entire season.
UTSA enters Thursday's game with an 0-1 record after a 74-63 season-opening loss to Northern Arizona on Sunday. Against NAU, senior guard Hyiji Thomas led the Roadrunners with 17 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Keon Lewis added 15 points, a rebound and two assists.
Head coach Brooks Thompson is in his eighth year at UTSA, compiling a 106-114 record during that time. He has posted a 2-1 career record against Houston and is a 1994 graduate of Oklahoma State.
Following Thursday's game, the Cougars continue their homestand when they open play in the Progressive Legends Classic. That tournament begins at 1 p.m., Sunday, when Houston faces Lehigh and continues at 7 p.m., Nov. 21 against Howard with both games inside Hofheinz Pavilion.