Men's Basketball Looks for 5-0 Start at TAMUCC

Sophomore guard Joseph Young

Nov. 24, 2012

 Time  2 p.m. • Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
 Location  American Bank Center (8,100)
 Corpus Christi, Texas
 Radio  Live Audio Streaming
 950 AM KPRC • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Pregame begins at 1:45 p.m.
 Television  Comcast SportsNet Houston
 Game not available on Cougar All-Access
 due to television broadcast

 Tom Dore, PxP; Tom Penders, analyst
 Live Stats  Live Stats
 Series History  Houston leads 5-1 • Houston won last
 Series tied 1-1 in Corpus Christi
 Game Notes  Houston Notes Get Acrobat Reader
 TAMUCC Notes Get Acrobat Reader
 Conference USA Notebook Get Acrobat Reader
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The Last Meeting
December 3, 2011
Simmons, Thomas Power Men's Basketball to Big Win over TAMUCC
Junior guard Jonathon Simmons scored a career-high 22 points, and freshman forward TaShawn Thomas finished with his first career double-double to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a resounding 87-66 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday night in Hofheinz Pavilion.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Winners of each of its first four games, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 2 p.m., Sunday, when it faces Texas A&M-Corpus Christi inside American Bank Center.

Following their 106-59 win against Louisiana College on Monday, the Cougars improved to 4-0 this season. They became the first team since 1997-98 and only the second since 1986-87 to win each of their first five games. Only seven teams in school history have started 5-0.

With their win against Louisiana College, the Cougars posted their second straight 40-point victory in a three-day stretch. It marked the first time since 1989-90 that Houston enjoyed consecutive 40-point wins.

The Cougars also enjoyed their first 100-point game since a 105-81 win against TCU on Dec. 23, 2009, and improved to 170-4 all-time when reaching triple digits.

This season, sophomore guard Joseph Young leads the Cougars and is tied for fourth in Conference USA with 18.0 points per game. Through the first four games, the Houston native and Yates High product has nailed 93.8 percent of his free throws with 12 assists and no turnovers in 65 minutes played.

Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas stands second among the Cougars and ninth in the league with 16.0 points per game but leads the league with 12.8 rebounds per contest. The Killeen, Texas, native is one of only five players to rank among the league's top-nine leaders in both categories.

Fans can hear Sunday's game live on 950 AM KPRC 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 1:45 p.m., Sunday.

Fans can watch the game live on Comcast SportsNet Houston with Tom Dore calling the game and former Houston head coach Tom Penders providing analysis. Fans should check their local listing for CSN Houston broadcasts in their areas.

Fans can hear the audio 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 should note that Sunday's video stream will NOT be available on Cougar All-Access due to the television broadcast.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the Live Stats link or by clicking here.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi brings a 1-2 record into Sunday's game. The Islanders dropped a 77-68 decision at Utah State on Nov. 17 in their most recent action. It was TAMUCC's second straight loss after a 60-49 season-opening win against Texas Lutheran on Nov. 10.

Against Utah State, forward Will Nelson led four Islanders in double digits with 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Guard Johnathan Jordan added 13 points, while guard Hameed Ali and Joy Williamson each posted 10 points. Nelson, Jordan, center Nate Maxey and Zane Knowles posted four rebounds apiece to pace TAMUCC.

This season, Nelson leads the Islanders with 14.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Jordan stands second on the team with 12.0 points per game, while Ali ranks third with 11.3 points per contest... Jordan paces the team with 4.7 assists per contest with Maxey tied for the team rebounding lead.

Willis Wilson is in his second year at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as head coach. He has posted a 7-26 record with the Islanders during that time. In his 18th year as a head coach, Wilson owns an overall record of 226-272. He previously served as head coach at Rice from 1992 to 2008 and has worked as an assistant coach at Rice, Stanford and Memphis.

Houston owns a 5-1 lead in the all-time series, which began during the 2005-06 season. The Cougars won the last meeting, an 87-66 decision in Hofheinz Pavilion on Dec. 3, 2011. It was the Cougars' biggest win in the series against the Islanders.

The Cougars won each of the first four games in the series before the Islanders broke through with an overtime win on Dec. 18, 2010.

The all-time series is tied at 1-1 when played in Corpus Christi. The Cougars claimed an 82-74 win on Feb. 7, 2006, but the Islanders took an 81-78 decision in overtime on Dec. 18, 2010, in the most recent action there.

Following Sunday's game, the Cougars hit the road again to meet Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m., Wednesday, in Prairie View, Texas.

The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they meet SEC member Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 1. That game will be shown live on FOX Sports Net.

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 cougarpride@uh.edu. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.



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