|UTRGV VAQUEROS (2-3 • 0-0 WAC)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (3-0 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Tickets||BUY Tickets • Tickets Info|
|Time||7 p.m. • Monday, Nov. 30, 2015|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston|
|Television||ESPN3 • WatchESPN
Brett Dolan, PxP
Reid Gettys, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
Matt Thomas, PxP
Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m.
|Series History||Houston leads 10-0|
• First meeting since Dec. 4, 2014
Houston won last 72-58
Hofheinz Pavilion (Dec. 4, 2014)
Houston leads 7-0 in Houston
Houston won last 72-58
Hofheinz Pavilion (Dec. 4, 2014)
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• UTRGV Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON - Winners of its first three games, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program continues its season-long 5-game homestand when it takes on UT Rio Grande Valley at 7 p.m., Monday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
The Cougars continue a busy stretch that sees them playing three games during a 5-day stretch. Houston enters Monday’s game on the heels of a 76-64 win over ULM on Saturday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Against the Warhawks, the Cougars broke open a tie game with a 13-0 run midway through the second half and never looked back. Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr. almost single-handedly led the Cougars’ during the rally, scoring 11 of his game-high 22 points during that stretch. The Forest City, N.C., native also grabbed a career-high six rebounds with a pair of assists in the win.
Senior guard and 2015 UH graduate LeRon Barnes totaled 15 points with a game-high 11 rebounds for the team’s first double-double of the season and the fourth of his career. Junior guard Ronnie Johnson finished with 13 points, six rebounds and a game-high four assists.
With last weekend’s performance, Gray took over the team lead with 17.0 points per game and moved into second in the American Athletic Conference with that total. In fact, the Cougars post have of the league’s top-5 scorers with Johnson standing fourth with 16.7 points per game and senior forward Devonta Pollard fifth with 16.0 points per contest.
The Cougars are one of only three unbeaten teams remaining in The American and continue to lead the league in scoring offense (94.3 ppg), scoring margin (+32.7), 3-point field goal percentage defense (22.9), assists (18.7 apg) and turnover margin (+7.0).
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Monday'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., Monday.
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.
Fans can watch Monday's Men's Basketball game live on ESPN3 with Brett Dolan 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.
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS
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.
Formerly known as Texas-Pan American, UT Rio Grande Valley enters Monday’s game with a 2-3 mark. This will be the Vaqueros’ first action since an 83-74 home win against Southeast Missouri on Nov. 24.
Against Southeast Missouri, UTRGV buried 62.1 percent (18-of-29) of their second-half shots on the way to 47 points to erase a 42-36 halftime deficit. Forward Shaquille Hines led the way with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting and flirted with a triple-double with eight rebounds and seven assists. Forward Dan Kimasa added 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while forward Dakota Slaughter totaled 17 points and a team-high eight assists. Guard Antonio Green posted 16 points with five rebounds and three assists in the win.
This season, Hines leads UTRGV with 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Kimasa stands second on the team with 14.0 points and 6.6 rebounds, while Slaughter stands third with 10.6 points per contest.
Former Houston point guard J.J. Thompson leads the Vaqueros with 5.1 assists per game. Thompson competed for the Cougars from 2011 to 2013, playing in 59 games and averaging 5.9 points and 2.7 assists per game.
Head Coach Dan Hipsher is in his third year as head coach at UTRGV. He has posted a 21-47 record with the Vaqueros during that time.
Hipsher is 259-229 in more than 17 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He previously assembled a 97-18 record at Wittenberg (1989-93), a 29-27 record at Stetson (1993-95) and was 112-137 at Akron (1995-04).
Hipsher is 0-1 during his career against Houston with the lone previous meeting coming in 2014-15.
Saturday’s game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.
Following Monday’s game, the Cougars wrap up their 5-game homestand when they play host to Murray State at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be Houston’s third game in five days.
The first 1,000 fans at Wednesday’s game against Murray State will receive a FREE pint glass. As they enter the doors at Hofheinz Pavilion, the first 1,000 fans will be given a voucher, which can be redeemed after the 4-minute media timeout in the second half at both the Cullen Boulevard and Holman Street exits.
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. Brett Dolan 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.