Cougars Host Four Straight Home Games

Dec. 8, 2016

RHODE ISLAND RAMS (6-3 • 0-0 A-10)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (6-2 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
Time 12:30 p.m. • Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
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Questions? Fan Guide
Promotions Gameday Promotions
• First 500 UH students get FREE
   For The City t-shirts
• Donate teddy bear at game
   and get FREE ticket.
Television ESPNU
Brock Bowling, play-by-play
Brooke Weisbrod, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
Live Stats GameTracker
Game Notes Houston Notes
Rhode Island Notes
The American Notes
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HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program begins a season-long, four-game homestand when it takes on Rhode Island at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (6-2) take on the Rams for the second straight season and will have revenge on their minds when they tip off Saturday afternoon. A year ago, Rhode Island claimed a 67-57 win in Kingston, R.I., for its first win against the Cougars in five meetings.

Houston enters this weekend's contest on the heels of a tough 84-72 loss at Arkansas on Tuesday night. Trailing by as many 14 points in the first half, the Cougar rallied to take the lead at the break and were within three points with six minutes left in the game before the Razorbacks pulled away.

Junior guard Rob Gray led all players with 22 points for his second straight 20-point game and his fifth this season. The Forest City, N.C., native is a close third in the American Athletic Conference with 19.8 points per game.

Senior guard and Preseason All-Conference First-Team selection Damyean Dotson has emerged as a leader on both ends of the court recently. The Houston native and Jack Yates High School product has posted double-doubles in back-to-back games, including 15 points and 10 rebounds at Arkansas earlier this week.

This homestand will wrap up the Cougars' non-conference schedule. Houston hits the road again to open American Athletic Conference play on Dec. 28 against UConn in Hartford, Conn.

Fans will have plenty of fun during Saturday's game against Rhode Island. The first 500 University of Houston students with valid ID will receive a FREE For The City t-shirt.

With the Christmas season upon us, fans can cheer on the Cougars and make a difference in a young child's life. Fans who bring and donate a teddy bear at Saturday's game will receive a FREE ticket.

Season tickets, single-game tickets, mini-plans and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.

Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men's Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets to each Men's Basketball game for $8 each, based on availability.

For as low as $80, fans can purchase season tickets to all 16 regular-season game plus two exhibition contests during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 2 seating is available for only $130, while fans can enjoy Reserved 1 seating for $225.

Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.

Fans can watch Saturday's game on ESPNU with Brock Bowling calling the play-by-play action and Brooke Weisbrod providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can listen to Saturday's game with Jeremy Branham calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis on KPRC 950 AM or by clicking here. A subscription to Houston All-Access is required to hear the game online.

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• Entering Saturday's game, Rhode Island has posted a 6-3 record, including an 0-2 mark on the road.
• In its most recent action, Rams claimed a 51-39 home win over Old Dominion on Tuesday evening to snap a season-high,, two-game losing streak.
• Against Old Dominion, guard junior guard E.C. Matthews posted 15 points with eight rebounds and a pair of assists... He was the only Ram and one of only two players to reach double-digit points.
• This season, senior forward Hassan Martin leads Rhode Island with 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game... Junior guard Jared Terrell stands second with 14.2 points per game, while Matthews is a close third at 13.7 points per contest.
Head Coach: Dan Hurley is in his fifth season at Rhode Island and his seventh season as a head coach.
• Hurley has posted a 68-67 record with the Rams and is 106-90 during his career.
• Previously compiled a 38-23 record as head coach at Wagner (2010-12).
• 1996 graduate of Seton Hall.

• Following Tuesday's game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host in four straight home games.
• That homestand begins at 12:30 p.m., Saturday against No. 21/25 Rhode Island and continues against UT Rio Grande Valley (4 p.m., Dec. 17); Liberty (7 p.m., Dec. 21) and Harvard (7 p.m., Dec. 23).
• For Saturday's game against nationally ranked Rhode Island, the first 500 current UH students with valid ID receive free t-shirts. Doors open at 11 a.m., Saturday.
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.

Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook and Instagram pages.



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