Houston Men's Basketball Back in Action on Saturday vs. Grambling State
Nov. 16, 2012
The Last Meeting
November 12, 2011
HOUSTON - Fresh off its first road win of the season, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action with two games at Hofheinz Pavilion in a three-day stretch, starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, against Grambling State.
Against the Spartans, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas posted his third straight double-double dating back to last season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Joseph Young - making his season debut - added 17 points with some clutch free throws down the stretch to help ice the win.
With Tuesday's 77-75 win at San Jose State, the Cougars improved to 2-0 for the third straight season under head coach James Dickey but only the fourth time since 1998-99.
This season, Young leads five Cougars averaging double-digit points with 17.0 points per contest. Redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers and Thomas are tied for second among the Cougars with 14.0 points per game with Thomas's 15.0 rebounds per contest topping the team.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing the analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Saturday.
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BIG E!
Houston Basketball and Houston Athletics know that all Cougar fans will join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to radio analyst, Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes on Saturday.
"Big E" lettered at Houston from 1965 to 1968, leading the Cougars to two NCAA Final Fours and a combined 81-12 record during that time. He remains the school's career, single-season and single-game leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
Nearly 30 years after his last game as an NBA professional, Hayes continues to rank eighth in NBA career history with 27,313 points.
ABOUT GRAMBLING STATE
Grambling State owns an 0-3 overall record this season with all three losses coming on the road. In their most recent action, the Tigers dropped an 80-54 decision at Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday night.
Against the Red Hawks, freshman guard Terry Rose scored 20 points with four 3-pointers to lead GSU. Senior guard Derron Hobbs added 10 points with a pair of treys, while senior center Peter Roberson added six rebounds and four blocks in the loss.
This season, Rose leads the Tigers with 19.3 points per game, while Roberson is tops with 6.0 boards per contest.
Joseph Price is in his first year at Grambling State as a collegiate head coach. Price, a 1986 graduate of Notre Dame, previously served as an assistant coach at Lamar, IUPUI, Ball State and Morehead State.
SERIES HISTORY vs. GRAMBLING STATE
This marks the second straight season the two teams have met. The Cougars have posted a 4-0 all-time record in the series, which began during the 2004-05 season.
In last outing, Cougars enjoyed an 88-42 win on Nov. 12, 2011, in the season opener for both teams. Houston has enjoyed tremendous success against the Tigers, scoring at least 88 points in all four previous games and winning by an average of 41.5 points per contest.
The Cougars have posted a 4-0 record against Grambling State in Hofheinz Pavilion.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars wrap up their brief homestand when they meet Louisiana College at 7 p.m., Monday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be the first meeting between the Cougars and the Wildcats.
From there, the team hits the road again for its final two games in the month of November. The Cougars face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 2 p.m., Nov. 25 in Corpus Christi, Texas, in a game to be televised live on Comcast SportsNet Houston.
The Cougars then meet Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m., Nov. 28 in Prairie View, Texas.
Single-game tickets for the month of November and a variety of ticket packs are now on sale inside the Houston Athletics Ticket Office.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
Fans can buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the red and white Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links 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 or click here.