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Men's Basketball Opens Season at Murray State on Friday

Nov. 13, 2014

HOUSTON COUGARS (0-0 • 0-0 American)
at MURRAY STATE RACERS (0-0 • 0-0 OVC)
Time 7 p.m. (CST)
Location CFSB Center (8,600) • Murray, Ky.
Television OVC Digital Network
Radio 950 AM KPRC • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Live Stats Live Stats
Series History • Houston leads 3-1
• Houston won last three
• Houston won last 91-65
   Murray, Ky. • Feb. 1 • 1955
• Houston leads 2-0 in Murray, Ky.
• Houston won last 91-65
   Murray, Ky. • Feb. 1 • 1955
Game Notes Houston Notes
Murray State Notes
The American Notes
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MURRAY, Ky. - After summer workouts, more than a month of team practice and an exhibition game, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program officially tips off the 2014-15 season when it meets Murray State around 7:30 p.m., Friday, inside the CFSB Center.

While the game is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, fans should note that the Cougars will be part of a doubleheader with the Racers' Women Team, which meets Ohio earlier in the day. With 25 minutes scheduled between games, Houston fans should expect the Cougars to tip off around 7:25 p.m., Friday.


A NEW ERA BEGINS
Friday's game will be the start of the Coach Kelvin Sampson Era. Sampson, who is the ninth head coach in program history, was introduced in April and has immediately made his impression on the program in a short time.

During a 25-year, head coaching career, Sampson has accumulated 500 wins while taking 13 teams to the NCAA Tournament. He was twice named a National Coach of the Year and led Oklahoma to the 2002 NCAA Final Four, six conference championships and 12 consecutive seasons with 20+ wins from 1996 to 2008.


RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Friday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action, beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.

Fans can watch Friday's game live on the OVC Digital Network by visiting OVCDigitalNetwork.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.


ABOUT MURRAY STATE
Murray State enters Friday's season opener following a 74-42 win over Freed-Hardman on Nov. 6 inside the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky. In their lone exhibition game, the Racers outrebounded Freed-Hardman 55-44 and dished out 19 assists with only five turnovers in the game.

Senior forward Jarvis Williams led all players with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting with 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Sophomore guard Cameron Payne added 12 points with a pair of 3-pointers and 10 assists, while sophomore guard Justin Seymour came off the bench to score 11 points with four rebounds and two treys. Junior forward Jeffery Moss added 10 points with seven rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals in the win.

Murray State was picked first in the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Poll, voted on by the league's coaches and sports information directors. Payne was recognized as the league's Preseason Player of the Year.

Steve Prohm is in his fourth year as head coach at Murray State and overall. He has posted a 75-23 record during that time. He previously served as an assistant coach at Murray State (2006-11), Tulane (2005-06), Southeastern Louisiana (1999-05) and Centenary (1998-99).


LAST TIME OUT
The Cougars enter Friday's game on the heels of an impressive 108-83 win against North Alabama in an exhibition contest on Saturday. Against the Lions, Houston drained 17 3-pointers on only 32 attempts and saw six players score double-digit points.

If the game had been played in the regular season, the Cougars' 3-point explosion would have ranked as the fourth-highest total in Houston single-game history.

Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers and sophomore forward Danrad Knowles led the way for the Cougars with 20 points apiece. Junior point guard Cavon Baker enjoyed a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 assists, while junior guard LeRon Barnes added 19 points, six rebounds and four assists.


SEASON OPENER HISTORY
Houston owns a 49-20 all-time record in its season openers and has won nine of its last 10 openers. Only a 65-63 setback to Georgia Southern on Nov. 10 2008, during the first day of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium prevents a longer winning streak.

Friday's game will be the first time that Houston has opened away from home since that Georgia Southern game. It also will be the program's first season opener on the road since a 102-99 win at Rhode Island on Nov. 13, 2006.

Sampson has posted a 19-2 all-time mark in season openers during his career. His teams have won their last five season openers and 18 of the last 19. Only a 68-62 loss to Alabama at the AT&T Wireless Classic in New York on Nov. 14, 2002, stops a 19-game winning streak.


UP NEXT
Following Friday's game, the Cougars return to Houston to play host to Morgan State inside Hofheinz Pavilion in the 2014-15 home opener.

That game will be part of a doubleheader with Houston Football, which meets Tulsa on Nov. 22. Times for the Football and Men's Basketball games will be announced Saturday evening.

BUY TICKETS NOW
Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets and mini-plans also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.

To purchase tickets, fans 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.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

SEASON TICKETS
Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 in the Reserved 3 section for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Memorial Hermann Family Plan, which includes two adult and two kids' season tickets, can be purchased for only $399 in the Reserved 2 section for the entire regular-season home schedule.

Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.

Fans 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.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

MINI PLANS
Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

GROUP TICKETS
Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.

The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.

For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

STAY CONNECTED
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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