Men's Basketball Opens Play at Progressive Legends Classic

Nov. 16, 2013

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (1-2 • 0-0 Patriot)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (3-0 • 0-0 American)
Tickets Tickets Information
Questions? Fan Guide
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479)
Houston, Texas
Television ESPN3 • Watch Live
Brett Dolan, PxP
Reid Gettys, analyst
No Cougar All-Access video due to broadcast
Radio SportsTalk 790 AM KBME • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History • Houston leads 1-0 all-time
• Houston won 96-74
    (Dec. 4, 1993 • Hawkeye Classic
    Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, Iowa
• First meeting in Houston
Game Notes Houston Notes
Lehigh Notes
The American Notes
Patriot League Notes
Legends Classic Notes
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HOUSTON - Winners of each of its first three games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team returns to action at 1 p.m., Sunday, when it opens play at the Progressive Legends Classic inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars play host to two games inside Hofheinz Pavilion in this prestigious regular-season tournament. Houston faces Howard for the first time in school history at 7 p.m., Thursday, in the finale of the Houston Regional.

In their last outing, Houston used a balanced scoring attack to cruise to an 80-62 win against UTSA on Thursday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Although sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers only posted 15 points, he led an offense which saw 11 different players score and nine different players post at least five points in the win.

This season, junior forward TaShawn Thomas leads the Cougars with 18.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. The Killeen, Texas, native is the only player in the American Athletic Conference to rank among the league's top-5 leaders in both categories and was a Preseason American Athletic Conference Second-Team Honoree in October.

Sophomore guard Danuel House, who was the 2013 Conference USA Freshman of the Year, stands among The American's top-20 leaders in both scoring and rebounding with 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

With a win against Lehigh, the Cougars will move to 4-0 for the second straight season but only the second time since 1997-98.

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 cougarpride@uh.edu. 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.

Fans can watch Sunday's game live on ESPN3 by clicking here. It will be one of 28 televised games for the Cougars this season. Brett Dolan will call the play-by-play action with former Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis.

Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME 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 video streams for home games for the entire season.

Lehigh enters Sunday's game with a 1-2 record after a 80-72 loss at Fordham on Friday night. Against Fordham, senior guard Mackey McKnight led all players with 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting and added five rebounds and five assists.

Junior guard Corey Schaefer posted 13 points with five rebounds, while freshman center Tim Kempton tallied 11 points. Sophomore forward Jesse Chuku snared 12 rebounds with a pair of blocked shots in the loss.

This season, Mackey leads four Mountain Hawks in double digits with 21.0 points per game. Freshman guard Austin Price stands second with 14.3 points per contest, while Kempton ranks third at 11.7 points per game. Chuku is averaging a double-double with 10.7 points and a team-high 10.0 rebounds per game.

Dr. Brett Reed is in his seventh year at Lehigh, compiling a 116-75 record during that time. Sunday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston during his career.

Following Sunday's game, the Cougars wrap up their homestand when play host to Howard at 7 p.m., Thursday, in the second game of the Houston Regional of the Progressive Legends Classic.

From there, the team heads to Brooklyn, N.Y., to compete in the Championship Rounds of the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center. There, the Cougars will face Stanford at 8:30 p.m. (CST), Nov. 25 before facing Texas Tech or Pittsburgh on Nov. 26 at a time to be announced.



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