Cougars Host Prairie View A&M

Dec. 1, 2016

at HOUSTON COUGARS (5-1 • 0-0 American)
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Time 4 p.m. • Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
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Brett Dolan, play-by-play
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HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program returns to action at 4 p.m., Saturday, when it plays host to Prairie View A&M inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (5-1) will be looking for their third straight home win to open the 2016-17 season. Houston has won handily in its first two games in front of the hometown fans, taking a 93-52 win over Morgan State in the season opener on Nov. 11 and following that with an 83-53 win over Cornell on Nov. 26.

Houston enters this weekend's contest on the heels of a tough 84-65 loss at LSU on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge, La. That loss snapped the Cougars' five-game winning streak to open the season.

Junior guard Rob Gray led the Cougars with 19 points, including 15 in the first half, while guard Damyean Dotson added 13 points with six rebounds. Junior forward Devin Davis finished with 12 points and four rebounds, while senior center Bertrand Nkali added four points with a career-best eight rebounds and a team-high three blocked shots.

This season, Gray leads the Cougars and ranks fifth in the American Athletic Conference with 18.8 points per game. Sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. stands second in the league with 5.8 assists per game, while Dotson is tied for second with 3.0 3-pointers per contest.

With the holiday season upon us, fans will want to arrive early for Saturday's game to take photos with Shasta Claus on the Hofheinz Pavilion concourse by the Holman Street doors.

Doors opens at 2:30 p.m., Saturday.

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.

Fans can listen to Saturday's game with Jeremy Branham calling the action and Houston Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis on KPRC 950 AM or by clicking here. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.

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• Entering Saturday's game, Prairie View A&M has posted a 2-5 overall record and 1-4 mark on the road.
• Panthers have lost their last two games and four of their last five.
• In most recent action, Prairie View A&M dropped a 95-50 decision at Wisconsin on Nov. 27. Against the Badgers, junior forward Zachary Hamilton led the Panthers with 15 points, while senior guard Ja'Donta Blakley paced the team with five rebounds and four assists.
• This season, Hamilton leads the team with 14.0 points per game... Senior guard Daquan Cook stands second with 12.3 points per game, while junior guard James Westbrook ranks third with 10.1 points per contest... Senior forward Admassu Williams paces the Panthers with 4.2 rebounds per game with Blakley averaging a team-best 3.7 assists per game.
• Head Coach Byron Smith is in his first full season with Prairie View A&M in 2016-17... Became the Panthers' interim head coach in January and was elevated to permanent position in April.
• Smith has posted an 8-11 record during his career, including a 6-6 mark with the Panthers at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.
• Saturday's game will be the first time that Smith has faced Houston or Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during his career.
• Smith is a 1991 graduate of Houston and was a two-time All-Southwest Conference performer from 1989 to 1991... Also served as director of operations with the Cougars under Head Coach Clyde Drexler from 1998 to 2000.

• Following Saturday's game, the Cougars hit the road again to faces its second SEC opponent of the year with a 6 p.m., Tuesday, contest against Arkansas inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
• From there, Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host in four straight home games. That homestand begins at 12:30 p.m., Dec. 10 against No. 21/25 Rhode Island and continues against UT Rio Grande Valley (4 p.m., Dec. 17); Liberty (7 p.m., Dec. 21) and Harvard (7 p.m., Dec. 23).
JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men's Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.

Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.

To join the 50-50 Club, fans can call 713-743-9742 or email UHMensBasketball@uh.edu. For more information about the 50-50 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook and Instagram pages.



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