|CORNELL BIG RED (1-4 0-0 Ivy)
vs. HOUSTON COUGARS (4-0 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
Brett Dolan, play-by-play
Reid Gettys, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
HOUSTON -- Fresh off a tournament championship, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when it plays host to Cornell at 4 p.m., Saturday.
The Cougars enter this weekend's game on the heels of a thrilling 72-71 win over Vermont in the Gulf Coast Showcase championship game on Wednesday night in Estero, Fla. While it was the 30th regular-season tournament title in Houston history, it was the Cougars' first crown since winning the 1991 Disneyland Freedom Bowl Classic in Irvine, Calif.
With the Cougars trailing by a point and less than six seconds remaining, senior guard Damyean Dotson took the inbounds pass and drove straight down the Vermont lane before dishing to Davis, who banked the game-winning shot as time expired.
Dotson was honored as the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while junior guard Rob Gray was named to the All-Tournament Team after totaling 20 points, including 14 in the second half, for his second 20-point effort through the first four games.
The 2016-17 Cougars are the 13th team in school history to start the season 4-0. However, this groups is the first in school history to open the year with three straight victories by 27+ points.
This season, Gray leads the Cougars and ranks fifth in the league with 19.8 points per game. Dotson stands second with 14.5 points per contest, while Davis is tied for fifth in the league with 9.0 rebounds per game.
Sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. leads the Cougars and ranks second in the league with 6.5 assists per game with junior guard Wes VanBeck standing second in the conference with a 5.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Season tickets, single-game tickets, mini-plans and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.
Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men's Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets to each Men's Basketball game for $8 each, based on availability.
For as low as $80, fans can purchase season tickets to all 16 regular-season game plus two exhibition contests during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 2 seating is available for only $130, while fans can enjoy Reserved 1 seating for $225.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
Fans can watch Saturday's game on ESPN3 with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fan can listen to Monday's game with Jeremy Branham calling the action and Houston Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes on KPRC 950 AM or by clicking here. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.
Entering Saturday's game, Cornell has posted a 1-4 record this season... Cornell lost each of its first three games before taking an 82-75 win at Lafayette on Sunday.
In their most recent action, the Big Red dropped a 76-61 decision at Monmouth on Tuesday.
Against Lafayette, sophomore forward Stone Gettings and sophomore guard Troy Whiteside led the way with 14 points and two 3-pointers apiece, while senior guard Darryl Smith added 12 points in the losing effort... Smith topped the Big Red with eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Matt Morgan finished with a game-high three assists.
This season, Morgan leads the team with 15.2 points per game... Gettings stands second with 14.0 points per game but leads the Big Red with 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest... Robert Hatter ranks third among the Big Red with 11.2 points per game.
Former Houston internal operations staffer, student manager and UH graduate David Robertson currently serves as Cornell's director of operations.
Head Coach Brian Earl is in his first year as head coach at Cornell and as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 1-4 career record.
Was an assistant coach with Cornell for nine seasons (2007-16) before becoming head coach in April 2016. Was a two-time All-Ivy League student-athlete for Cornell in playing career, including 1999 Ivy League Player of the Year.
Saturday's game will be the first time that Earl has faced Houston or Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during his career
1999 graduate of Princeton.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars travel east on Interstate 10 for its first true road contest of the season... The Cougars face SEC rival LSU at 8 p.m., Tuesday, inside Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.
From there, Houston returns to Hofheinz Pavilion to open the month of December inside Hofheinz Pavilion with a 4 p.m., Dec. showdown against Prairie View A&M.
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