Men's Basketball Hits the Road to Face Texas State on Tuesday

Junior forward Leon Gibson

Dec. 4, 2011

 Time  6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011
 Location  Strahan Coliseum (7,200) • San Marcos, Texas
 Radio  Live Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 5:45 p.m.
 Television  None
 Series History  Houston leads 10-1
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SAN MARCOS, Texas - Fresh off a dominating win, the University of Houston men's basketball looks to ride that wave of momentum on the road when it faces Texas State at 6 p.m., Tuesday, inside Strahan Coliseum.

The Cougars enter this week's game on the heels of an impressive 87-66 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi inside Hofheinz Pavilion. In that game, junior guard Jonathon Simmons scored a career-high 22 points, including 13 of 15 Cougar points during one stretch late in the first half, to lead the Cougars against the Islanders.

He joined teammates Alandise Harris and Kirk Van Slyke as 20-point scorers for the Cougars this season.

Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas posted 12 points and 12 rebounds for the team's first double-double of the season, while junior forward Leon Gibson came off the bench to score 16 points with four rebounds in only 18 minutes.

That win snapped the Cougars' three-game losing streak. While the Cougars may have three losses this season, those setbacks have been by a combined four points. It included a 2-point decision to Oakland and back-to-back 1-point heartbreakers against TCU and LSU in which the Cougars held a lead with two seconds or less remaining in the game.

This season, five Cougars are averaging double-digit points with sophomore forward Alandise Harris' 16.7 points topping the team. Sophomore forward Kirk Van Slyke, who sat out Saturday's win against TAMUCC with the flu, ranks second with 13.2 points per contest, while Simmons moved into third on the team with 11.9 points per game following his recent performance.

Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young is fourth on the team with 10.4 points per game. Thomas ranks fifth on the team with 10.3 points per game but leads the Cougars defensively with 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest.

Fans can hear Tuesday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis.

Fans can hear the audio stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to hear games via Cougar All-Access.

The Cougars own a 10-1 lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 2, 1946. This will be the first meeting on the hardwood between these two teams since Texas State took a 68-59 win in San Marcos, Texas, on Dec. 9, 2002.

That win snapped the Cougars' 10-game winning streak against the Bobcats. Although the Cougars enjoyed tremendous success against TCU to start the series, several of those games were close. During that streak, five were Houston victories by seven or fewer points.

The Cougars are 4-1 against the Bobcats in San Marcos.

Texas State brings a 5-2 record into Tuesday's game. The Bobcats have won their last two games, including a 103-76 home win against Houston Baptist on Saturday in their most recent action. The victory was TSU's second 100-point game this season.

Against the Huskies, Travis Jones came off the bench to score 23 points with three 3-pointers, and 11 rebounds. Eddie Rios finished with 17 points and three treys, while Matt Staff added 11 points, and John Bowman posted 10 points in the win.

This season Rios lead the Bobcats with 13.3 points per game. Staff ranks second with 12.4 points per contest and paces the team with 7.1 rebounds per game. Brooks Ybarra stands third with 11.4 points per contest. Vonn Jones leads the team with 4.1 assists per game.

Head coach Doug Davalos, a 1994 graduate of Houston, is in his sixth year at Texas State and has posted a 72-86 record there. He is in his 10th year overall as a head coach and has posted a 144-121 record during that time. Davalos previously served as head coach at Sul Ross State from 2002 to 2006.

Tuesday's game will be the first time that Davalos has faced Houston. His father Rudy served as director of athletics at Houston from 1987 to 1992.

The Cougars will take a lengthy break for final examinations before returning to action at 7 p.m., Dec. 17, against Oklahoma in Oklahoma City during the 76th Annual College Classic. That game will be televised live on ESPNU.

From there, the team closes out with four straight home games to end the month. That list includes UTSA (Dec. 20), Rogers State (Dec. 21), North Carolina A&T (Dec. 28) and Texas State (Dec. 30).

Season tickets are now available at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. General admission season tickets begin as low as $135, while reserved seating season tickets start as low as $195.

Families also will enjoy the Family Fun Plan. For only $299, families receive two adult and two youth general admission season tickets. Additional youth season tickets in the Family Fun Plan can be purchased for $75 each.

Fans can order their season tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.



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