|UT RIO GRANDE VALLEY VAQUEROS (4-8 0-0 WAC)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (7-2 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
Brett Dolan, play-by-play
Reid Gettys, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
UT Rio Grande Valley Notes
The American Notes
HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program continues its season-long, four-game homestand when it plays host to UT Rio Grande Valley at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Fans should note the 7 p.m., starting time for Saturday's game. The time was recently changed from earlier published schedules to avoid conflicts with Houston Football's Las Vegas Bowl appearance vs. San Diego State, slated to kick off at 2:30 p.m. (CST) Saturday.
The Cougars (7-2) enter this weekend's game well rested after sitting out of mid-week contests due to final examinations. In its most recent action, Houston rallied from a halftime deficit to take an 82-77 win over a Rhode Island team which had been nationally ranked for the first month on Saturday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Against Rhode Island, junior guard Rob Gray scored a season-high 30 points, thanks to a 14-of-16 effort from the free throw line. It was Gray's third 30-point game during his career, tying for 16th in Houston history.
The Forest City, N.C., native was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for the second straight week and moved into the league's individual scoring lead with 20.9 points per game.
Senior forward Danrad Knowles -- the Cougars' only three-year letterman -- enjoyed a season high with 25 points against the Rams and was equally impressive from the charity stripe, sinking all but one of his 12 attempts.
The Cougars lead or rank second in the American Athletic Conference in 10 statistical categories, including winning percentage, scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, 3-point field goals per game, 3-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, fewest turnovers per game, turnover margin and assist-turnover ratio.
Tickets -- Adults can purchase tickets for only $5. Kids 12 years old and younger receive one free admission with each paid adult admission.
Photos with Santa Claus -- 6 -- 7 p.m., on concourse by Holman Street entrance
-- Student Combo -- Hot dog, popcorn and drink for only $8
-- Holiday Eats -- $4 beer, $3 soda, $2 hot dog and $ 1 popcorn
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 ESPN3 with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and Houston great Reid Gettys 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.
ABOUT UT RIO GRANDE VALLEY
As of Friday morning, UT Rio Grande Valley has posted a 4-8 record, including an 0-7 mark on the road.
In its most recent action, Vaqueros claimed a 98-84 win over North Florida inside the UTRGV Fieldhouse on Monday night.
Against UNF, guard Antonio Green led the way with 24 points off eight 3-pointers, while guard Nick Dixon finished with 22 points and a game-high seven assists... Guard Lew Stallworth totaled 12 points, while Xavier McDaniel Jr. led UTRGV with eight rebounds.
This season, Dixon leads UTRGV with 18.4 points to stand only 0.2 points ahead of Green... Dixon is also tops with 5.5 rebounds per game, while Stallworth paces the Vaqueros with 3.5 assists per contest.
Head Coach Lew Hill is in his first season at UT Rio Grande Valley and as a collegiate head coach.
Has compiled a 4-8 record in his career entering Saturday's game.
Previously served as an assistant coach at South Alabama (1990-92), Southeast Missouri State (1992-94), East Carolina (1994-98), Texas A&M (1998-04), UNLV (2004-11) and Oklahoma (2011-16).
Saturday's game will be the first time that Hill has faced Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during his career.
1988 graduate of Wichita State.
Following Saturday's game, Cougars continue their homestand when they play host Liberty at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston concludes the homestand when it takes on Harvard at 7 p.m., Friday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Cougars do not leave the city limits again until opening American Athletic Conference play on Dec. 28 against UConn in Hartford, Conn.
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.
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