Men's Basketball Begins Road Swing at Nevada on Saturday

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    Nov. 19, 2009

    GAME 2
    HOUSTON COUGARS (1-0 • 0-0 C-USA) at NEVADA WOLFPACK (1-0 • 0-0 WAC)
    Nov. 21, 2009 • Lawlor Events Center (11,536) • Reno, Nev. • 10:05 p.m. (CST)/8:05 p.m. (PST)

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    HOUSTON - Fresh off a dominating 92-60 season-opening win against Nicholls State, the University of Houston men's basketball team hits the road for a lengthy four-game road swing. The trip begins at 10:05 p.m. (CST)/8:05 p.m. (PST), Saturday, when Houston faces Nevada in the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev.

    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.

    All four games can be heard live on 790 AM The Sports Animal or on the Internet at with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.

    Fans can follow live stats from Tuesday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at

    Nevada (1-1) enters this weekend's game following an 88-75 loss at UNLV on Wednesday. The Wolfpack held a 38-33 lead at halftime but was outscored 88-75 during the final 20 minutes for its first loss of the season.

    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.

    For the second time in three seasons, the Cougars will face Nevada on the hardwood. Houston owns a 7-1 (.875) lead in the all-time series, which began Dec. 22, 1973, in Reno. In the most recent action, the Cougars claimed an 80-79 win against the Wolfpack inside the Lawlor Events Center during the first round of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational on March 18, 2008.

    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).



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