Men's Basketball Closes Homestand on Wednesday

Dec. 1, 2015

at HOUSTON COUGARS (4-0 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
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Time 7 p.m. • Wednesday, Dec. 2, 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.
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Series History Houston leads 4-1
• Second straight season teams will play
• First meeting since Nov. 14, 2014
Houston won last 77-74
   Murray, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2014)
Series tied 1-1 in Houston
• First meeting in Houston since Jan. 27, 1954
Houston won last 70-66
   Houston (Jan. 27, 1954)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to close its season-long, 5-game homestand with a perfect mark when it takes on Murray State at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Doors open at 6 p.m., for the general public in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.

This will be the end of a busy time for the Cougars, who are competing in their third game during a 5-day stretch. The Cougars enjoyed a 78-64 win over ULM on Saturday night and followed that Monday evening with a 78-65 win over UT Rio Grande Valley inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Against the Vaqueros, senior forward Devonta Pollard led all players with 24 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and the seventh of his career. The Porterville, Miss., native buried 8-of-16 shots from the field and connected on 8-of-11 from the free throw line for his second 20-point game of the season.

Junior guard, Yates High product and Houston native Damyean Dotson added 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the first double-double of his career. Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., added 15 points, while junior guard Ronnie Johnson totaled 11 points with a pair of 3-pointers.

Pollard surged into the team lead with 18.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and is one of four Cougars averaging double-digit points. Gray stands second on the team with 16.5 points per contest while sinking nearly three 3-pointers per game. Johnson is third at 15.3 points per game and leads the league with an 8.5-1 assist-turnover ratio, and Dotson moved into double digits with 10.0 points per game.

With Monday's performance, the Cougars improved to 4-0 for the third time in the last four years, while Head Coach Kelvin Sampson led his teams to a 4-0 start for the 11th time in his 26-year career.

A year ago, the Cougars opened their season and the Kelvin Sampson Era with an impressive 77-74 road win at Murray State.

Men's Basketball pint glass giveaway

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.

Robert Jacobus, author of the recently released Houston Cougars in the 1960s,, will hold a pregame book signing on the concourse.

With the recent passing of Hall of Fame Head Coach Guy V. Lewis, the family will hold a viewing from 4:30 -- 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the UH Chapel (3841 Cullen Blvd. Houston, TX 77204) on campus.

Following the viewing, members of the Lewis family will attend Wednesday's game against Murray State and be recognized at halftime. In addition, a special memorial video will be shown at halftime.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, at First United Methodist Church (1320 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002). Family members have asked all attending the funeral to wear red.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Guy V. Lewis Endowment under Houston Athletics. All donations should be made payable to the University of Houston and sent to University of Houston Athletics, 3204 Cullen Blvd., Ste. 2004, Houston, TX 77024.

KPRC logo black on white RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Wednesday'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., Wednesday.

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.

2014-15 ESPN3 logo Fans can watch Wednesday'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.

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.

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Murray State enters Wednesday's game with a 5-2 mark. This will be the Racers' first action since a 63-61 home win over Alabama A&M on Nov. 28.

Against Alabama A&M, forward Gee McGhee led the Racers with 16 points, while forward Wayne Langston added 13 points with 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Guard Bryce Jones added 12 points with three rebounds and three assists.

This season, Langston tops Murray State with 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Jeffery Moss stands second on the team with 11.1 points per game, while Jones leads with 3.9 assists per contest.

Head Coach Matt McMahon is in his first year as a collegiate head coach. He previously served as an assistant coach at Appalachian State (2002-10), UNC WIlmington (2010-11) and Murray State (2011-15)

Wednesday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.

Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars will hit the road for the first time when they take on Rhode Island at 6 p.m. (CST), Tuesday, inside the Thomas M. Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. It will be the first meeting against the Rams since Nov. 13, 2006.

That game can be heard live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action. It also can be seen in various markets on Cox Sports.

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.



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