Men's Basketball Opens Home Season vs. Western Kentucky on Saturday

Nov. 14, 2008

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-0, 0-0 SBC) at Houston Cougars (1-1 • 0-0 C-USA)
Nov. 15, 2008 • Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas • 3 p.m. (CST)

Houston-ISP Sports Network • 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP; Willis Wilson (analyst)
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Fresh of a split at their season-opening tournament, the University of Houston men's basketball team will compete in front of the hometown fans for the first time this season when it meets Western Kentucky at 3 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

HOUSTON - The Cougars come into this weekend's opener after splitting two games during the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer Durham Regional earlier this week. After falling to Georgia Southern 65-63 on Monday, the Cougars rebounded with a dominating 76-57 win over Presbyterian in the tournament's consolation game.

It was the first time in the last five years that the Cougars lost their season opener.

Junior guard Kelvin Lewis leads four Cougars in double digits with 15.5 points per game but made his impact felt on the defensive side of the ball with a career-high nine rebounds in the win against Presbyterian.

Senior center Marcus Cousin is second on the team with 15.0 points per game after posting personal single-game highs in back-to-back games to open the season and is averaging a team-high 10 rebounds per game.

Junior guard Aubrey Coleman led the Cougars and posted a season high for all UH players with 18 points against Presbyterian.

Freshman point guard Desmond Wade is averaging 12.5 points and a team-high 3.5 assists per game and made his first collegiate start against Presbyterian on Tuesday.

Hofheinz Pavilion always has been an intimidating place for Cougar opponents to play, and that fact is especially evident in home openers. The Cougars have posted a 53-10 all-time record in home openers during their history and have not lost one since the 2003-04 season.

All Cougar Men's Basketball games can be heard live on 790 AM The Sports Animal or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Willis Wilson providing analysis.

The 1967-68 Cougar Men's Basketball team, which advanced to the NCAA Final Four and won the "Game of the Century" against then-No. 1 UCLA inside the Houston Astrodome, will be recognized at halftime.

For the first time in school history, an entire team will be enshrined in the Athletics Hall of Honor, and no team deserved that accolade more than the 1967-68 Men's Basketball Team. Numerous players and staff members from that team as well as legendary head coach Guy V. Lewis will be recognized.

Saturday's men's basketball game will be just part of a very busy day. During "C3 Saturday", Cougar fans have a chance to watch their football and men's and women's basketball teams in action.

The women's team starts the busy day at noon, Saturday, against Gardner-Webb with the men's team following against Western Kentucky. The football team wraps up the day at 7 p.m., Saturday in a pivotal showdown against C-USA West Division rival Tulsa on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.

With all of that excitement, officials with the Athletics Ticket Office announced a special promotion for fans who wish to attend all three events. For only $40, fans will receive a T-shirt and one ticket to each of the three games.

Fans who wish to take advantage of this offer must purchase their tickets in advance. The Athletics Ticket Office will be open during regular business hours Friday and will open at 11 a.m., Saturday.

Under first-year head coach Ken McDonald, the Hilltoppers open their 2008-09 season Saturday after enjoying a pair of exhibition wins earlier this month. WKU claimed a 70-65 win over Bellarmine on Nov. 8 and began the exhibition campaign with an 89-64 victory against LCC International on Oct. 31.

Junior forward Jeremy Evans finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Hilltoppers against Bellarmine.

A year ago, WKU posted a 29-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 after posting wins against No. 14 Drake and San Diego.



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