Men's Basketball Welcomes LSU to Hofheinz Pavilion

Dec. 11, 2015

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LSU TIGERS (4-3 • 0-0 SEC)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (5-1 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
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Time 4:30 p.m. • Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPN2 • WatchESPN
   Ted Emrich, PxP
   Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 4:15 p.m.
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Series History Houston leads 9-7
• LSU won last two
• First meeting since Nov. 29, 2011
LSU won last 59-58
   Hofheinz Pavilion (Nov. 29, 2011)
Houston leads 6-4 in Houston
LSU won last 59-58
   Hofheinz Pavilion (Nov. 29, 2011)
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program looks to return to its winning ways when it plays host to Southeastern Conference rival LSU at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Fans should note that Sunday's tipoff time was recently moved up from earlier published schedules. In addition, Sunday's game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and not ESPNU as previously released.

The Cougars (5-1) enter this weekend's game on the heels of a tough 67-57 loss at Rhode Island on Tuesday night. Despite falling behind by as many as 14 points midway through the second half, the Cougars trimmed the deficit to only four points with just more than two minutes remaining but could move no closer in their first loss of the season.

Junior guard Damyean Dotson continued his stellar play of late, leading all players with 19 points and 12 rebounds. After not posting a double-double during the first three years of his collegiate career, the Yates High native recorded his second double-double in the last three games.

Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., came off the bench to score 14 points, including 11 straight for the Cougars during a 3-minute stretch late in the game.

Gray continues to lead the Cougars and rank among the American Athletic Conference top-5 leaders with 17.7 points per game.

Senior forward Devonta Pollard ranks second on the team with 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while junior point guard Ronnie Johnson is third among the Cougars with 13.3 points per game.

With his rebounding total Tuesday, Dotson took over the team lead with 7.3 rebounds per game and is fourth with 11.3 points per game.

The first 2,000 fans at Sunday's game will receive a free t-shirt, courtesy of Maintenance Supply Headquarters.

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Fans can hear Sundays's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 4:15 p.m., Sunday.

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.

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The game will be shown on ESPN2 with Ted Emrich calling the play-by-play action and former Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN or by clicking here.

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.

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LSU enters Sunday's game on the heels of a 119-108 home win against North Florida on Dec. 2. The Tigers trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half but took advantage of a 17-point second half to break three-game losing streak.

Against UNF, freshman forward Ben Simmons poured in 43 points with 14 rebounds, seven assists and five steals to lead LSU. He was one of three Tigers to score 20+ points, joining guard Josh Gray (20) and guard Tim Quarterman (20).

Forward Aaron Epps added 14 points, while guard Jalyn Patterson totaled 11 points with three rebounds and three assists.

This season, Simmons tops the Tigers with 19.9 points, 14.9 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. Quarterman ranks second with 13.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while Antonio Blakeney is third with 12.3 points per contest. Gray averages 10.3 points per game to rank fourth.

Head Coach Johnny Jones is in his fourth year at LSU and in his 16th year as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 270-202 record during his career, including a 65-40 mark during his LSU tenure (2012 -- present).

Jones also was 190-146 during his stint at North Texas (2001-12) and was 15-16 at Memphis (1999-00).

He has posted a 1-4 record against Houston during his career. Jones was 1-1 against the Cougars with Memphis during the 1999-00 season and posted an 0-3 record against UH during his North Texas tenure.

Following Sunday's game, the Cougars open play in the Global Basketball Classic First and Second Rounds inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The tournament begins at 7 p.m., Dec. 16, when Houston faces North Carolina Central and continues at 3 p.m., Dec. 19, against Eastern Illinois.

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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