Men's Basketball Meets Florida A&M on Saturday

Nov. 19, 2015

at HOUSTON COUGARS (1-0 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
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Time 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPN3 WatchESPN
   Dave Raymond, PxP
   Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 1-0
• First meeting since Nov. 9, 2012
Houston won last 81-76
   Hofheinz Pavilion (Nov. 9, 2012)
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HOUSTON -The University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to continue its winning ways to start the 2015-16 season when they play host to Florida A&M at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.

The Cougars enter this weekend's game on the heels of a dominating 110-69 win over Prairie View A&M in the season opener Wednesday night. Houston jumped out to a 52-33 lead at halftime after shooting 52.9 percent from the field and limiting the Panthers to only 35.5 percent in the game's first 20 minutes and never trailed in the contest.

Houston enjoyed its first 100-point game under Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and tallied the program's biggest win since a 109-56 victory over Louisiana College on Nov. 19, 2012. The Cougars also enjoyed their most points since a 110-57 win against Alcorn State on Nov. 18, 2008.

Senior forward Devonta Pollard poured in a career-high 25 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and a perfect 11-of-11 night from the free throw line. The Porterville, Miss., native also added nine rebounds with three blocks and three steals as the Cougars won for the 11th time in their last 12 season openers.

Making his Houston debut, redshirt junior point guard Ronnie Johnson did a little of everything well. The Purdue transfer scored 17 points with six rebounds, six assists and only one turnover in 23 minutes.

Junior guard and Jack Yates High product Damyean Dotson made his Houston debut a memorable one. Dotson finished with 21 points on a game-high nine field goals and added six rebounds with a pair of assists to lead the Cougars.

Shooting 57.6 percent from the field in the game, the Cougars were even hotter from the free throw line. Houston buried all but one of its 26 free throw attempts and currently lead the nation with a 96.2 average. The team's performance was the second-highest single-game percentage in school history and set a record for UH with 20+ attempts in a game.

This will be only the second time that the Cougars have faced Florida A&M on the hardwood. Houston enjoyed an 81-76 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Nov. 9, 2012.

KPRC logo black on white RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Saturday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.

Fans can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.

2014-15 ESPN3 logo Fans can watch Saturday's Men's Basketball game live on ESPN3 with Dave Raymond calling the play-by-play action and Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can follow live scoring by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.

Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.

Single-game tickets for Houston Men's Basketball's 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.

Fans should note that single-game tickets for the Cougars' Dec. 13 showdown against LSU inside Hofheinz Pavilion will not be available.

Instead, fans can purchase tickets for the LSU game as part of a 3-Point Pack, which includes a ticket to the LSU game and tickets to two other Houston home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.

Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack by clicking here.

Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket

Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.

Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.

Florida A&M logo ABOUT FLORIDA A&M
Florida A&M enters Saturday's game with a 2-1 mark. In their most recent action, the Rattlers claimed a 70-64 home win over Thomas on Wednesday.

Against Thomas, junior guard Malcolm Bernard came off the bench to lead all players with 29 points, while freshman forward Francois Lewis added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Jordan Jackson added seven points and 10 rebounds in the win.

This season, Bernard leads the team with 19.7 points and 3.3 assists per game, while Lewis is second with 10.7 points per game but tops the Rattlers with 8.0 rebounds per contest.

Head Coach Byron Samuels is in his second year as head coach at Florida A&M. He has posted a 4-28 record with the Rattlers and is 79-151 in nine seasons as a collegiate head coach.Samuels previously assembled a 58-87 record at Radford (2002-07) and was 17-36 at Hampton (1995-97).

Saturday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.

Following Saturday's game, the Cougars will take a week off before continuing their five-game homestand to open the year when they play host to ULM at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

That game can be heard live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. Dave Raymond provides play-by-play, and Houston great Reid Gettys offers analysis on the ESPN3 broadcast.

Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.



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