Houston Closes Homestand vs. Fairfield

Dec. 4, 2017

at HOUSTON COUGARS (6-1 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
Time 11 a.m. • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Location H&PE Arena (8,100) • Houston
Tickets BUY Tickets
Promotions Gameday Promotions Schedule
Education Day
   Cougars joined by approximately
   1,000 elementary students
   from Houston ISD schools

FREE ticket to game with
   donation of new, unwrapped toy

Shasta Claus
   FREE with Shasta Claus
   on concourse; Begins at 9:30 a.m.

Parking Parking Map & Info
FREE shuttle begins at 9:30 a.m.,
   in Lot 12A at TDECU Stadium
Television ESPN3
David Saltzman, play-by-play
Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
• Pregame show begins at 10:45 a.m.
Live Stats GameTracker
Game Notes Houston Notes
Fairfield Notes
The American Notes
Social Media Facebook   Twitter    Instagram

HOUSTON – Winners of six of their first seven games, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program closes out its season-long homestand when it takes on Fairfield at 11 a.m., Wednesday, inside H&PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.

Fans should note that the starting time for Wednesday’s game against Fairfield was changed from earlier published schedules. Game time was moved up to accommodate Education Day with approximately 1,000 elementary students from around Houston ISD attending the game.

The Cougars (6-1) enter Wednesday’s game on the heels of a dominating 91-65 win over former Southwest Conference rival Arkansas on Saturday night. Houston scored the game’s first 11 points against the Razorbacks in the opening eight minutes and never led by fewer than nine points the rest of the way.

Senior forward Devin Davis posted a career-high 28 points with 10 rebounds for his team-leading third double-double of the season. The Indianapolis native was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for his performance.

Davis has led a Houston rebounding effort that has outrebounded each of its first seven opponents, a feat that has not been accomplished since December 2001.

Wednesday’s game will be only the second time the Cougars have faced Fairfield on the hardwood. Behind Houston legend Elvin Hayes’ 48 points and 25 rebounds and a triple-double from Houston star guard George Reynolds, the Cougars claimed a 108-76 win over the Stags on Jan. 29, 1969, inside Delmar Field House.

For Wednesday’s game against Fairfield, fans can donate an new, unwrapped toy for the KHOU/Salvation Army Secret Santa at the front doors of H&PE Arena and receive a FREE ticket to the game.

Fans can take photos with Shasta Claus on the concourse during pregame activities. Photos with Shasta Claus begin at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, and will continue until 10:30 a.m.

Fans can purchase mini-plans, flex plans and single-game tickets with season tickets for as low as $100 and single-game tickets starting at only $12.

Fans can purchase tickets online at UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).

Fans can park for $5 while spaces are available in the TSU garage adjacent to H&PE Arena. Fans wishing to pay for parking should enter the garage off Blodgett Street.

Fans also can use the FREE parking shuttle to H&PE Arena during the 2017-18 season. Shuttle service begins at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, in Lot 12A near Gate 3 of the TDECU Stadium parking lot.

Shuttle return service begins immediately after the game and will run for one hour.

Fans can watch Wednesday’s game live on ESPN3 with David Saltzman calling the play-by-play action and Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans also can watch the game by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can hear Wednesday’s game live on 950 AM KPRC with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Hall of Fame legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 10:45 a.m., Wednesday.

Fans also can hear the game online by visiting UHCougars.com/allaccess and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

• Fairfield brings a 3-4 record into Wednesday’s game after dropping a 78-76 decision at Wagner on Dec. 1.
• Stags have lost their last two games and four of their last five... Only a 75-64 win over Gardner-Webb on Nov. 25 prevents a longer streak.
• In their most recent action, the Stags allowed Wagner to close the game on a 12-5 run.
• Senior guard Tyler Nelson led all players with 22 points and added a game-high four assists... Freshman forward Kevin Peterson came off the bench to score 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four rebounds and a pair of assists, while sophomore guard Ferron Flavors Jr. totaled 14 points... Freshman forward Omar El-Sheikh added 11 points with a team-high nine rebounds and three assists.
• This season, Nelson leads the Stags with 20.0 points and 3.4 assists per game... Flavors stands second on the team with 12.3 points per contest... El-Sheikh is third with 11.0 points per game but tops Fairfield with 9.0 rebounds per contest.
• Head Coach Sydney Johnson is in his seventh season at Fairfield and his 11th season as an NCAA collegiate head coach… Has compiled a 159-166 record during his career and is 93-113 at Fairfield.
• Previously built a 66-53 record at Princeton (2007-11).
• Saturday’s game will be the first time that Johnson has faced Houston or Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their careers.
• Following Wednesday’s game, the Cougars hit the road for a pair of games, beginning at Saint Louis at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Webster Bank Arena in St. Louis.
• From there, Houston continues their swing when they face LSU at 8 p.m., Dec. 13, inside Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.
• The Cougars return to Houston when they face Prairie View A&M at 3 p.m., Dec. 17, inside H&PE Arena.
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.

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