Men's Basketball Hits the Court to Face Louisiana College
Nov. 18, 2012
HOUSTON - Looking for its fourth straight win to open the season, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Monday, when it plays host to Louisiana College inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
This has been a busy time for the Cougars, who will play their second game in a three-game stretch. On Saturday, the Cougars enjoyed a dominating 87-47 win against Grambling State. Against the Tigers, sophomore guard Joseph Young led the Cougars with 23 points, thanks to a game-high-tying three 3-pointers and 8-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. The Houston native and Yates High product leads the Cougars with 20.0 points per game.
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds in the win against the Tigers but saw his streak of consecutive double-doubles end at three straight games. The Killeen, Texas, native ranks second in Conference USA with 12.7 rebounds per game and is tied for 15th with 14.0 points per contest.
With a win Monday, the Cougars will become the first team since 1997-98 to win each of their first four games. The team is 3-0 for the second straight season under third-year head coach James Dickey.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Monday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Tom Franklin 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., Monday.
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.
ABOUT LOUISIANA COLLEGE
Louisiana College is an NCAA Division III school from Pineville, La., located in central Louisiana across the Red River from Alexandria, La. The Wildcats are a member of the American Southwest Conference.
Monday's game will be Louisiana College's second exhibition game to open the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats dropped a 72-54 decision at McNeese State on Nov. 9 in Lake Charles, La.
Against McNeese State, senior forward Romanski Williams led the Wildcats with 12 points, while senior forward Derrick Gardner added 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Senior guard guard Phillip George finished with a team-high four assists.
Gene Rushing is in his 27th year at Louisiana Colege as head coach. He has posted a 301-388 career record during that time. Rushing is a former player and 1970 graduate of Louisiana College.
SERIES HISTORY vs. LOUISIANA COLLEGE
Monday's game will be the first time that Houston has met Louisiana College on the hardwood. The Wildcats will be the last of three first-time opponents for the Cougars in 2012-13.
Louisiana College joins Florida A&M (W, 81-76; Nov. 9) and San Jose State (W, 77-75, Nov. 13).
Following Monday's game, the Cougars will enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to action at 2 p.m., Sunday, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at American Bank Center.
Sunday's game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will be shown live on Comcast SportsNet Houston.. This will be the fifth straight season that the Cougars will meet the Islanders.
From there, the team hits the road again to meet Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m., Nov. 28 in Prairie View, Texas.
The Cougars don't return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion until they meet SEC member Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 1. That game will be shown live on FOX Sports Net.
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.