Men's Basketball Opens Homestand on Thursday

Dec. 2, 2014

at HOUSTON COUGARS (2-1 • 0-0 American)
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Time 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPN3
   Brett Dolan, PxP
   Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History • Houston leads 9-0
• Third straight season teams will meet
Houston won last meeting 77-65
   Edinburg, Texas (Nov. 11, 2013)
• Houston leads series 6-0 in Houston
Houston won last meeting 96-71 in Houston
   Hofheinz Pavilon (Jan. 3, 2013)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program opens the month of December with a five-game homestand, starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, when the Cougars square off against Texas-Pan American inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Houston (2-1) enters Thursday's contest on the heels of a tough 84-63 loss at Harvard on Nov. 25. Harvard, which was ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press preseason poll, connected on more than 52 percent of its shots from the field, while limiting the Cougars to only 33 percent to take the win in the first meeting between the two teams.

Junior guard Eric Weary, Jr., led the Cougars with a career-high 19 points, thanks to three 3-pointers, while sophomore forward Danrad Knowles and junior guard Cavon Baker each added 11 points.

This season, junior forward Devonta Pollard leads the Cougars with 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. The Porterville, Miss., native is one of four Cougars averaging double-digit points this season.

With his scoring total against the Crimson, Weary, Jr., jumped into second place among the Cougars with 13.0 points per game, while Baker stands third at 12.3 points per contest. Junior guard Jherrod Stiggers ranks fourth on the team with 11.0 points per contest.

Barnes paces the Cougars with 8.3 rebounds per game, while Pollard stands second at 7.0 rebounds per contest. Baker leads the team with 2.7 assists per game.

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Fans can hear Thursday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Fans also 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 Thursday's game live on ESPN3 by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. Brett Dolan will provide the play-by-play action, while Houston great Reid Gettys will provide analysis.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

2014-15 Texas-Pan American Logo ABOUT TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN
Texas-Pan American enters Thursday's game with a 4-2 record. In their most recent action, the Broncs claimed a 78-60 win against North Dakota in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday during the final day of Utah's Thanksgiving Tournament.

That win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Broncs. UTPA previously lost to host Utah 85-48 (Wednesday) and to Alabama State 91-79 (Friday) at that tournament.

Against North Dakota, forward Shaquille Hines scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead UTPA. Forward Janari Joesaar added 20 points with six rebounds, while guard Shaquille Boga totaled 15 points with four rebounds, a game-high five assists and two steals in the win.

This season, Joesaar leads UTPA with 20.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Hines stands second with 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest, while Boga ranks third with 15.0 points per game. Boga is tied with Joesaar for team-high honors with 3.3 assists per game.

Head coach Dan Hipsher is in his second year at Texas-Pan American, posting a 13-25 record during that time. He is in his 17th year as a collegiate head coach, compiling a 251-207 mark. Hipsher previously served as head coach at Akron (1995-04), amassing a 112-137 record and also worked as head coach at Stetson (1993-95, 29-27 record) and at Wittenberg (1989-93, 97-18 record).

Thursday's game will be the second time that Hipsher has faced Houston. He is 0-1 in his career against the Cougars after a 77-65 loss on Nov. 11, 2013.

Following Thursday's game, the Cougars will have a quick turnaround before meeting Abilene Christian at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Abilene Christian game will be the second in a five-game homestand for the Cougars. After a nine-day break for final examinations, the Cougars continue their homestand when they meet Houston Baptist at 7 p.m., Dec. 16.

From there the stand continues with games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 17) and South Carolina State (Dec. 20) as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Regional Round.

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets as well as Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.

To purchase tickets, fans 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.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 in the Reserved 3 section for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Memorial Hermann Family Plan, which includes two adult and two kids' season tickets, can be purchased for only $399 in the Reserved 2 section for the entire regular-season home schedule.

Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.

Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.

The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.

For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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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