Men's Basketball Set to Hit the Road for First Time

Dec. 6, 2015

HOUSTON COUGARS (5-0 • 0-0 American)
at RHODE ISLAND RAMS (5-3 • 0-0 A-10)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
Time 6 p.m. (CST) • Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
Location Thomas M. Ryan Center (7,800)
Kingston, R.I.
Television Cox Sports/OSN • Stream
   Eric Frede, PxP
   Abu Bakr, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Pregame show starts at 5:45 p.m. (CST)
Live Stats GameTracker
Series History Houston leads 4-0
• First meeting since Nov. 13, 2006
Houston won last 102-99 (OT)
   Kingston, R.I. (Nov. 13, 2006)
Houston leads 1-0 in Rhode Island
• First meeting in Rhode Island
   since Nov. 13, 2006
Houston won last 102-99 (OT)
   Kingston, R.I. (Nov. 13, 2006)
Game Notes Houston Notes
Rhode Island Notes
The American Notes
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HOUSTON - For the first time this season, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program hits the road when it meets Rhode Island at 6 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, inside the Thomas M. Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I.

With a perfect 5-0 record, the Cougars are one of only 14 undefeated teams remaining nationally. Averaging 90.8 points per game, Houston ranks fourth nationally with that total. However, the Cougars also rank among the nation's top 20 statistical leaders in scoring margin (6th, +25.2), field goal percentage (7th, 52.4) and free throw percentage (14th, 77.4).

The Cougars come into this week's game on the heels of an impressive 93-78 win over Murray State on Wednesday inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It was the finale of a season-long, 5-game homestand.

Sophomore guard Rob Gray Jr., posted a career high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and was even better at 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. The Forest City, N.C., native enjoyed his second 20-point game of the season and set a Houston season high with his total.

Competing for the Cougars for the first time this season out of Howard JC, Gray regained the team lead and surged into second in the American Athletic Conference with 18.4 points per game.

Junior point guard Ronnie Johnson recorded 17 points with two rebounds and a pair of assists, while senior forward Devonta Pollard totaled 14 points with five rebounds and three steals. Pollard is one of only three players to rank among the American Athletic Conference top-10 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

Houston is the only team in the American Athletic Conference with three players among the league's top-6 scoring leaders.

The Cougars own a 4-0 lead in the all-time series against Rhode Island. Tuesday's game will be the first time Houston has faced the Rams since a 102-99 overtime win on Nov. 13, 2006, in Kingston, R.I.

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Fans can hear Tuesday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. (CST), Tuesday.

Fans 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.

The game will be shown regionally on Cox Sports/OSN. Fans should check their local listings to see if have Cox Sports/OSN or can watch the video stream at coxhub.com.

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Rhode Island enters Tuesday's game with a 5-3 mark. In their most recent action, the Rams dropped a 74-72 decision to Providence in Kingston, R.I., on Saturday.

Against Providence, guard Jared Terrell led four Rams in double digits with 19 points. Guard Jarvis Garrett totaled 17 points and seven assists, while forward Martin Hassan added 15 points and a team-high eight assists. Christion Thompson came off the bench to post 10 points with three 3-pointers in the loss.

This season, five Rams are averaging double digits points with Four McGlynn's 11.6 points per game leading the way. Hassan and Kuran Iverson are a close second at 11.5 points per game with Hassan leading the team with 6.1 rebounds per game, while Terrell is a close third with 11.4 points per contest. Jarrett averages 10.5 points per game to stand in fifth on the team but leads the Rams with 3.6 assists per game.

Head Coach Dan Hurley is in his fourth year at Rhode Island and in his sixth year as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 50-52 record at Rhode Island and is 88-75 in his career after assembling a 38-23 record in two seasons at Wagner (2010-12).

Tuesday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.

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Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars will hit the road for the first time when they take on Rhode Island at 6 p.m. (CST), Tuesday, inside the Thomas M. Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. It will be the first meeting against the Rams since Nov. 13, 2006.

That game can be heard live on 950 AM KPRC with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action. It also can be seen in various markets on Cox Sports.

Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Fans also 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.

Single-game tickets for Houston Men's Basketball's 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.

Fans should note that single-game tickets for the Cougars' Dec. 13 showdown against LSU inside Hofheinz Pavilion will not be available.

Instead, fans can purchase tickets for the LSU game as part of a 3-Point Pack, which includes a ticket to the LSU game and tickets to two other Houston home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.

Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack by clicking here.

Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket

Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.

Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.

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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