Men's Basketball Plays Host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday

Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas

Dec. 1, 2011

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 Time  7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas
 Radio  Live Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
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 Series History  Houston leads 4-1
 Last Time  TAMUCC won 81-78 (OT) • Dec. 18, 2011
 American Bank Center • Corpus Christi, Texas
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team opens the month and wraps up a homestand at 7 p.m., Saturday, when it faces Texas A&M-Corpus Christi inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

This will be the last of four straight home games for the Cougars. Houston enters this weekend's contest on the heels of a tough 59-58 loss to LSU on Tuesday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

While the team has lost three games this season, those setbacks have been by a combined four points. That streak includes a two-point loss to Oakland and back-to-back 1-point decision to TCU and LSU in games that were decided in the final 1.2 seconds or less.

It marks the first time since the 1953-54 season that the Cougars have dropped three straight games by such a slim margin.

This season, sophomore forward Alandise Harris is one of five Cougars averaging double-digit points. The Little Rock, native tops the Cougars and ranks third in the league with 18.3 points per contest and has tallied a team-high three 20-point games, including a career-high-tying 21 points against LSU earlier this week.

Junior forward Kirk Van Slyke ranks second on the team with 13.2 points per contest, while freshman forward TaShawn Thomas is averaging 10.0 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game. Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young leads the team with 4.3 assists per contest.

Saturday's men's basketball game is the just nightcap of a busy day around the Houston Athletics Complex.

The No. 6-ranked Cougar Football team plays host to No. 23 Southern Miss at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Robertson Stadium during the Conference USA Championship Game. That game will be televised nationally on ABC Sports.

Fans can hear all Cougar Basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m.

Fans also can see and hear the game live on the Internet through Cougar All-Access. Fans should note that a charge is required to watch Cougar games on All-Access.

Fans also can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

Season tickets are now available at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. General admission season tickets begin as low as $135, while reserved seating season tickets start as low as $195

Families also will enjoy the Family Fun Plan. For only $299, families receive two adult and two youth general admission season tickets. Additional youth season tickets in the Family Fun Plan can be purchased for $75 each

Fans can order their season tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link above.

The Cougars own a 4-1 lead in the all-time series, which began during the 2005-06 season. This will be the fourth straight season these teams have met on the hardwood.

However, TAMUCC can boast of the most recent success following an 81-78 win in overtime on Dec. 18, 2011, at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

Houston is 3-0 against the Islanders in Hofheinz Pavilion with wins in 2009-10, 2008-09 and 2005-06.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi brings a 1-3 record into this their Thursday night home game against Texas Tech. In their most recent action, the Islanders dropped a 56-43 decision at Texas A&M on Saturday.

Against the Aggies, Myron Dempsey was the only Islander to reach double digits, scoring 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and three steals.

This season, Dempsey leads TAMUCC with 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Head coach Willis Wilson is in his first year at TAMUCC and has posted a 1-3 record. He is now in his 17th year overall as a head coach and has posted a 219-250 record during that time. Wilson previously served as head coach at crosstown rival Rice (1992-08).

Wilson, a 1982 graduate of Rice, has posted a 12-10 record against Houston during his career, but Saturday's game will be his first from the Islanders' bench.

The Cougars hit the road to San Marcos, Texas, for its first true road game of the season. Houston meets Texas State at 6 p.m., Tuesday, inside Strahan Coliseum.

That will be the team's first true road game of the season. While played in Arkansas, the Cougars' win against Arkansas on Nov. 18 came in Little Rock and not the Razorbacks' true home court.

From there, the team will take a lengthy break for final examinations before returning to action at 7 p.m., Dec. 17, against Oklahoma in Oklahoma City during the 76th Annual College Classic. That game will be televised live on ESPNU.



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