Houston Men's Basketball Continues Play at Progressive Legends Classic
Nov. 19, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to extend its winning streak when it plays host to Howard at 7 p.m., Thursday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion during Game Two of the Progressive Legends Classic.
Facing the Bison for the first time in school history, the Cougars look to improve on their 4-0 start to the 2013-14 season. It's the second straight season Houston has started 4-0 under head coach James Dickey but only the second time since 1997-98.
In their last game, the Cougars used a 17-2 run to close out the final four minutes and take an 80-66 win against Lehigh on Sunday. Against the Mountain Hawks, Housed a steady defensive effort that produced 14 blocked shots, tying for the third-highest single-game total in school history.
Junior forward TaShawn Thomas led the block party with a career-high seven swatted shots. The Killeen, Texas, native added 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to flirt with a triple-double.
Sophomore guard Danuel House poured in a game-high 22 points with three 3-pointers, while sophomore point guard L.J. Rose added 18 points of his own with a team-high six assists and only one turnover in 33 minutes.
This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 18.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He is the only player in the American Athletic Conference to stand among the league's top-5 leaders in both categories and has hit an amazing 73.8 percent of his 42 shots from the field.
House ranks second among the Cougars with 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while Rose stands third at 12.8 points per contest but leads the team with 5.8 assists per game and a 2.9-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
HOUSTON SAACs HUNGER WEEK
As fans prepare for this week's game, they are invited by Houston's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to bring canned food donations to Thursday's game.
By doing so, fans will help the Houston Food Bank, which feeds more than 137,000 people each week with pantries, kitchens and shelters in the Houston area.
In addition, fans will put their names in a drawing for great prizes with their donations. These prizes include an autographed Houston men's basketball, an autographed Houston Men's basketball poster, use of a suite for home Men's Basketball game, two floor seats for the Dec. 31 game vs. UConn or two reserved seats for the Men's Basketball game vs. Cincinnati on Jan. 7.
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.
Mini-plans also are on sale now. In the Conference Mini-Plan, fans can buy tickets to all nine American Athletic Conference home games, including defending national champion Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis and UConn, with General Admission seating starting at $120 and Reserved Seating selling for $165.
With the 6-Pack, fans receive tickets for all four weekend home conference games against Rutgers, SMU, Temple and UCF, the Feb. 5 showdown against Louisville and a choice of the UConn, Cincinnati or Memphis games with General Admission seating for only $80 and Reserved Seating for $110.
Fans can purchase season tickets or mini-plans 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
ON THE AIR
Fans can watch Thursday'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 950 AM KPRC 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.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
Howard enters Thursday's game with a 2-3 overall record. However the Bison have lost their last three games after starting the year 2-0.
In its most recent game, Howard dropped an 84-52 decision at Pitt on Sunday. Against the Panthers, guard James Daniel led the Bison with 22 points, while forward Solomon Mangham added 10 points. Damon Collins and center Oliver Ellison led the way with four rebounds each, while Keon Hill posted a game-high five assists.
This season, Daniel leads Howard with 21.2 points per game, while Prince Okoroh stands second at 10.4 points per contest. Ellison stands tops among the Bison with 5.0 rebounds per game, and Ausar Madison is tops with 3.2 assists per game.
Head coach Kevin Nickelberry is in his fourth year at Howard and has compiled a 25-72 record with the Bison. After previously coaching at Hampton from 2006 to 2009, he has assembled a 74-116 career mark.
Following Thursday's game, the Cougars head 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), Monday before facing Texas Tech or Pittsburgh on Tuesday at a time to be announced, depending on the results of Monday's game.