Dec. 2, 2010
HOUSTON COUGARS (4-3 0-0 C-USA) at SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS (4-1 0-0 SLC)
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum (6,100) Huntsville, Texas
RADIO: Houston Sports Network SportsTalk 790 AM KBME Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
Broadcast begins at 1:45 p.m.
AUDIO STREAMING: Live Audio
TELEVISION: Southland Conference Television Network Doug Anderson, PxP; Jim Haller, analyst; Check local listings Game not available in Houston area
LIVE STATS: Live Stats Click the stats link under Media in the far right column
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The University of Houston men's basketball team wraps up a season-long, three-game road swing when it faces Sam Houston State at 2 p.m., Saturday, inside Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
The Cougars (4-3) look to snap a two-game losing skid when they meet the Bearkats. In their most recent action, Houston dropped a 73-57 decision at LSU on Tuesday night. Senior guard Adam Brown led the Cougars with 15 points and three assists and added seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Kendrick Washington came off the bench to post 10 points.
Senior forward Maurice McNeil added nine points and eight rebounds in the loss to the Tigers.
This season, Brown leads the Cougars with 15.4 points per game and tops Conference USA, hitting 54.8 percent of his shots from the 3-point line. The San Antonio, Texas, native has led the Cougars in scoring in five of seven games, including each of the last three.
McNeil paces the team and ranks third in the league with 9.3 rebounds per game, while senior guard Zamal Nixon is tops among the Cougars and third in C-USA with 5.3 assists per contest.
Saturday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes as an analyst. The pregame show begins at 1:45 p.m.
Saturday's game also will be televised on the Southland Conference Television Network with Doug Anderson calling the play-by-play action and Jim Haller providing analysis. Fans should check their local listings for broadcasts in their area.
Fans can follow live stats from Saturday's game by clicking the Live Stats link at UHCougars.com.
A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK
Saturday's game will be unique in that a pair of Alvin Brooks will be working on the coaching staff of each team.
Houston associate head coach Alvin Brooks is in his first year with the Cougars on head coach James Dickey's staff. Brooks previously was Houston's head coach from 1993 to 1998 and was an assistant coach with the Cougars from 1986 to 1993.
His son Alvin Brooks III is in his first season at Sam Houston State after working for two years at Bradley University.
Alvin Brooks III also previously worked at Arkansas-Fort Smith and Midland College, winning national championships at each program in back-to-back seasons (2006-07).
This will be the first time that the elder Brooks has faced his son's team in a game.
ABOUT SAM HOUSTON STATE
Sam Houston State brings a 4-1 overall record into this weekend's contest and has won its last two games.
The Bearkats are fresh off a 54-46 win against Saint Thomas on Wednesday night in Huntsville. Against the Celts, Gilberto Clavell led the Bearkats with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Josten Crow added 13 points and four assists.
This season, Clavell leads Sam Houston State with 19.0 points and is a close second with 8.2 rebounds per game. Antuan Bootle leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game, while Josten Crow and Drae Murray are tops with 3.8 assists per contest.
Saturday's game will be head coach Jason Hooten's first meeting against Houston.
SERIES HISTORY vs. SAM HOUSTON STATE
Houston owns a 24-9 (.727) lead in the all-time series, which began Jan. 17, 1946.
The Cougars have won the last two and four of the last five games against the Bearkats. Only a 67-63 setback on Nov. 23, 1998, during the Guardians Classic First Round in Columbia, Mo., prevents a longer Houston winning streak.
In addition, the Cougars have posted a 10-4 (.714) all-time record in Huntsville, Texas. Houston has won nine of the last 10 games in Huntsville. Only a 55-52 loss on Dec. 8, 1960 prevents a longer Cougar winning streak.
Saturday's game will be the first time that head coach James Dickey has faced Sam Houston State during his career.
The Cougars return home to play host to Nevada at 7 p.m., Monday, in Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be televised live on CSS with Randy McIlvoy calling the play-by-play action and Shane Powers providing analysis.
It will be the first of 11 regular-season games on television for the Cougars in 2010-11.