Men’s Basketball Faces NCCU on Wednesday

Dec. 15, 2015

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Time 7 p.m. • Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
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   Brett Dolan, PxP
   Reid Gettys, analyst
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   Matt Thomas, PxP
Pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m.
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HOUSTON - Fresh off a thrilling overtime win over Southeastern Conference opponent LSU, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program opens the Global Basketball Classic First Round when it meets North Carolina Central at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (6-1) overcame a game-tying 3-pointer with less than six seconds remaining in regulation to outscore LSU 21-14 in the extra period and claim their first win against an SEC foe since the 2011-12 season.

Scoring only four points in the first half, sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., exploded for 27 points over the final 25 minutes on the way to a career-high 31 points. The Forest City, N.C., native scored the first five points of overtime to give the Cougars a lead they would never relinquish in the first minute of overtime and became the 56th player in Houston history to score 30+ points in a game.

With his performance, Gray was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this season and took the lead in the league’s scoring race with 19.6 points per game.

Making his first start of the season, junior forward Danrad Knowles posted 20 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Damyean Dotson totaled 13 points with a team-high 10 rebounds for his team-leading third double-double in the last four games.

With his recent rebounding totals, Dotson – who is a product of nearby Yates High – moved into the team lead with 7.7 rebounds per contest.

Senior forward Devonta Pollard ranks second on the team with 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while junior point guard Ronnie Johnson stands third with 12.7 points per game.

With the Christmas holidays quickly approaching, young (and old) Houston fans will love a chance to take a photo with Shasta Claus.

Shasta Claus will be taking photos with all fans on the concourse by the Holman Street entrance before Wednesday’s game against North Carolina Central and again before Saturday’s game against Eastern Illinois.

Gates open one hour before tipoff.

Fans also will have the opportunity to take photos with Shasta Claus prior to the Women’s Basketball game at UT Rio Grande Valley, which tips off at 1 p.m., Sunday.

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Fans can hear Wednesday’s Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.

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 Brett Dolan 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 can follow live scoring with GameTracker by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links 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.

Current University of Houston students are admitted free to ALL Houston Men's Basketball game when presenting a valid ID at the doors.

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 can purchase tickets to any three remaining home games in the 3-Point Pack. 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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North Carolina Central enters Wednesday’s game with a 3-6 overall record and are 1-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The Eagles dropped a 92-73 decision at Marshall on Monday night in their First Round matchup of the Global Basketball Classic. Guard Jeremiah Ingram led the way with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and added seven rebounds. Patrick Cole came off the bench to post 15 points with five rebounds, while guard Dante Holmes totaled 12 points four with four rebounds and a team-high four assists. Forward Jay Copeland snared a team-high eight rebounds in the loss.

This season, Cole paces the Eagles with 15.0 points per game, while Holmes is a close second with 14.6 points per game. Ingram ranks third on the team with 11.8 points per game, and Dajuan Hoff averages 11.3 points per game with a team high 4.8 assists per game.

Head Coach LeVelle Moton is in his seventh year at North Carolina Central and as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 116-80 record during his career. Wednesday’s game will be the first time that Moton has faced Houston.

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Following Wednesday’s game, the Cougars play host to Eastern Illinois at 3 p.m., Saturday, in the Global Basketball Classic Second Round. That game will be the first Youth Night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Youth basketball teams (grades K-6th) are invited to wear their team jerseys and be admitted for FREE. Additional tickets for anyone accompanying a youth player in a team jersey will be available on the day of the game for only $5.

Youth teams are invited to take a group photo on Guy V. Lewis Court following the Cougars’ game and receive Houston’s official 2015-16 team poster.

For more information about Youth Basketball Nights, fans should email lsampson@central.uh.edu.

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.

Men’s Basketball Takes on North Carolina Central on Wednesday



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