Dec. 13, 2009
TROY TROJANS (5-3 0-0 SBC) at HOUSTON COUGARS (4-2 0-0 C-USA)
Dec. 14, 2009 Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston, Texas 7 p.m.
RADIO: Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston Tom Franklin, PxP
INTERNET VIDEO: live audio broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: GameTracker stats
HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's basketball team continues its month-long homestand at 7 p.m., Monday when it plays host to Sun Belt Conference member Troy inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars enter Monday's game following an 83-76 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 6. This will be only the Cougars' second game during a 20-day stretch as the players prepare for their first-semester final examinations.
Following their game against the Trojans, the Cougars play host to Mississippi State (Dec. 19), The Citadel (Dec. 21), TCU (Dec. 23) and Louisiana Tech (Dec. 29).
In their most recent action, the Cougars used a big second-half run to overtake Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Senior guard Kelvin Lewis posted 22 points, including 15 in the second half on five 3-pointers, while senior guard Aubrey Coleman added a game-high 29 points with a team-high seven rebounds.
Coleman leads the nation with 27.0 points per game and is one of three Cougars averaging double-digit points. Lewis ranks second on the squad with 16.8 points per game, while junior guard Adam Brown stands third with 13.5 points per contest.
Coleman also tops the nation with 3.8 steals per contest and leads the Cougars from his guard position with 7.5 rebounds per contest.
Although he is not averaging double-digit points, sophomore point guard Desmond Wade is contributing in many other ways in 2009-10. The Linden, N.J., native has posted a team- and Conference USA-high 5.8 assists per game and ranks among the nation's top-five individual leaders with an assist-turnover ratio of 3.9-1.
Fans can hear Monday's game live on 790 AM The Sports Animal or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.
Fans can follow live stats from Monday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
Troy brings a 5-4 record into Monday's game after suffering a 99-70 loss at Conference USA-member Marshall on Saturday. In that game, Brandon Hazzard led the Trojans with 21 points, while Vernon Taylor added 13 points. Yamene Coleman also led the team with eight rebounds.
Hazzard leads four Trojans with double-digit scoring this season, averaging 18.4 points per game. Richard Delk ranks second with 13.9 points per contest, while Michael Vogler stands third with 11.1 points per contest. Coleman ranks fourth with 10.1 points per game but leads the Trojans with 7.0 rebounds per game.
Head coach Don Maestri is in his 28th season at Troy, posting a 459-329 record during that time. Monday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.
SERIES HISTORY vs. TROY
Monday's game will be Houston's first meeting against Troy on the hardwood.
Fans can purchase tickets on-line at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.