Men's Basketball Plays Host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday
Dec. 4, 2009
The Cougars (3-2) enter Sunday's contest after finishing third with a 2-1 record at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout last weekend in Anchorage, Alaska. The Cougars opened that event with a 100-93 win against No. 25 Oklahoma, overcoming an 18-point first-half deficit to claim the program's fourth win against a ranked opponent (second outside of Houston) under head coach Tom Penders.
At the Great Alaska Shootout, senior guards Aubrey Coleman and Kelvin Lewis were named to the All-Tournament Team. Coleman averaged 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game to collect Conference USA Player of the Week honors for the second straight week.
With eight points against host Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday, Lewis became only the 42nd player in school history to reach 1,000 points during his Houston career.
Junior guard Adam Brown ranks third on the team with 13.4 points per game during his first season at UH, while sophomore point guard Desmond Wade is averaging 5.8 assists per game with only seven turnovers to lead the league in both assists per game and assist-turnover ratio.
Following Sunday's game, the Cougars continue their lengthy home stand with home games against Troy (Dec. 14), Mississippi State (Dec. 19), The Citadel (Dec. 21), TCU (Dec. 23) and Louisiana Tech (Dec. 29.)
Senior guard/forward Kevin Palmer leads Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 19.4 points per game, more than doubling the output of his closest teammate. Junior forward Demond Watt tops the squad with 6.9 rebounds per game, while redshirt freshman guard Terence Jones leads the team with 3.7 assists per contest.
Head coach Perry Clark is in his third season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, posting a 41-38 record during that time. In addition, he is 281-237 in 17 years as a collegiate head coach.
Clark has posted a 4-4 record against Houston during his career. That includes at 0-1 mark at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a 4-3 record during his stint at Tulane from 1989 to 2000.
The Cougars own a 2-0 lead in the all-time series against the Islanders at Hofheinz Pavilion.