Men's Basketball Set to Play at Prairie View A&M on Wednesday
Nov. 27, 2012
The Last Meeting
November 29, 2006
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Looking to extend their season-opening winning streak, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when it meets Prairie View A&M inside the William Nicks Building on the PVAMU campus.
The Cougars (5-0) are looking to become only the fourth team in school history with a 6-0 start. Only the 1997-98, 1969-70 and 1967-68 teams won each of their first six games to begin a season.
Houston earned its first straight win with a 77-75 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday afternoon. After clutch play down the stretch, the Cougars claimed the win when an Islander shot at the buzzer was off the mark.
Against TAMUCC, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas led the Cougars with 23 points and eight rebounds, while redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers added 14 points, thanks to three 3-pointers. Freshman forward Danuel House and sophomore point guard J.J. Thompson each posted 10 points, while senior forward Leon Gibson came off the bench to grab a team-high-tying eight rebounds.
This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 17.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. The Killeen, Texas, is one of only two players to rank among the Conference USA top-3 individual leaders in both categories and is ranked seventh nationally with his rebounding total.
Sophomore guard Joseph Young ranks second on the team with 15.3 points per game and has played 98 minutes through four games without a turnover. With 14 assists and no giveaways, the Houston native and Yates High product leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Stiggers stands third on the team with 13.6 points per game and stands 13th nationally with 3.4 treys per game.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Wednesday'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 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.
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 Wednesday's video stream will NOT be available on Cougar All-Access. Fans can see live video for a charge by joining Prairie View A&M's PantherVision or by clicking here.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
ABOUT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Prairie View A&M brings a 3-5 overall record into Wednesday's game. The Panthers have lost three of their last four games.
In their most recent action, the Panthers dropped an 84-70 decision to Fairleigh Dickinson at the South Padre Invitational on Saturday. That loss came one day after a 42-40 win against Navy at that tournament.
Against FDU, Carl Blair led the Panthers with 18 points in 6-of-11 shooting with four rebounds and seven assists. Jourdan DeMuynck finished with 15 points, while Ryan Gesiakowski and Josh Eleby each added 10 points. Jules Montgomery grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in the loss.
This season, DeMuynck leads PVAMU with 13.0 points per game, while Blair ranks second with 11.0 points per contest. Montgomery is tops with 6.8 rebounds per game, and Blair has dished out a team-high 5.3 assists per game.
Byron Rimm II is in his eighth year at Prairie View A&M as head coach, posting a 77-118 record with the Panthers during that time. Now in his 11th year as a head coach, he has an overall record of 124-157.
Rimm II, who is a 1999 graduate of Cal State Los Angeles, previously served as head coach at Jarvis Christian from 2002 to 2005.
SERIES HISTORY vs. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Wednesday's game will be only the second game against the Panthers in Prairie View, Texas. Houston has posted a 2-1 lead in the all-time series, which began during the 2001-12 season.
The Cougars can boast of the most recent success after a 101-54 win in Hofheinz Pavilion on Nov. 29, 2006. The lone Panthers' win in the series was a 78-75 upset on Nov. 23, 2002, in Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston owns a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series at Prairie View. The only previous encounter was a 99-83 Houston win on Jan. 17, 2002.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they meet SEC member Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m., Saturday. That game will be shown live on FOX Sports Net with Ron Thulin calling the play-by-play action, Mike Gminski providing analysis and Jenn Hildreth reporting from the sideline.
Fans should note the starting time for Saturday's game against Texas A&M. Saturday's tip time recently was pushed back to 5:30 p.m., from earlier published schedules to best accommodate fans and the television broadcast.
Single-game tickets for all remaining home games and a variety of ticket packs to suit any budget are on sale now.
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.
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