Men's Basketball Begins Road Swing at Nevada on Saturday
Nov. 19, 2009
This will be the start of a 10-day stretch away from home for the Cougars. From there, the team heads north to Alaska to compete at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 26-28. The Cougars are scheduled to face No. 17/17 Oklahoma, San Diego and an opponent to be determined before returning home Nov. 29.
The Cougars (1-0) come into the game on the heels of an impressive win against Nicholls State inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Tuesday. In that game, senior guard Aubrey Coleman posted a game-high 33 points on 12-of-25 shooting with three assists and four steals and fell only one rebound shy of recording the 15th double-double of his career.
Senior guard Kelvin Lewis added 18 points, including 4-of-4 shooting from behind the arc, against the Colonels, while junior forward Maurice McNeil recorded the team's first double-double with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds against the Colonels.
Through the first two games, Luke Babbitt leads the team with 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Brandon Fields ranks second with 18.0 points per game, while Armon Johnson adds 15.0 points per contest. Joey Shaw ranks fourth on the team with 10.0 points per game but stands second with 6.5 rebounds per contest.
Head coach David Carter is in his first year at Nevada, posting a 1-1 career record in that time.
The Cougars have won their last four games against Nevada and not lost to the Wolfpack since a 77-73 setback in Houston on Nov. 27, 1978.
The Cougars have posted a 3-0 all-time record against Nevada on the road. In addition to the CBI encounter in 2008, the two teams also squared off on Feb. 8, 1993 (92-80 Houston win) and Dec. 22, 1973 (90-75 Houston win).