|PRAIRIE VIEW A&M PANTHERS (2-8 • 0-0 SWAC)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (8-2 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||3 p.m. • Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017|
Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
|Location||H&PE Arena (8,100) • Houston|
|Promotions||Gameday Promotions Schedule|
• FREE ticket to game with
donation of new, unwrapped toy
for KHOU Secret Santa
• FREE ticket to ALL
• Shasta Claus
|Parking||Parking Map & Info
FREE shuttle begins at 1:30 p.m.,
in Lot 12A at TDECU Stadium
Jeff Power, play-by-play
Neal Raphael, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
• Pregame show begins at 2:45 p.m.
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• PVAMU Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program looks to return to its winning ways when it plays host to Prairie View A&M at 3 p.m., Sunday, inside H&PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
The Cougars enter their final non-conference, regular-season home game on the heels of a tough 80-77 loss at LSU that snapped their seven-game winning streak.
Against the Tigers, senior guard Rob Gray and junior guard Corey Davis Jr. posted 20 points apiece to lead the Cougars, while senior forward Devin Davis added 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Corey Davis Jr. became the fourth Cougar to score 20 points in a game this season and the fifth Cougar to reach that milestone on the team’s 2017-18 roster.
This marks the third straight season the Cougars will face Prairie View A&M on the hardwood, and Houston looks to extend its three-game winning streak against the Panthers.
This season, Gray leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 21.4 points per game. The Forest City, N.C., native is looking to join Houston legend Otis Birdsong as the only Cougars to earn conference scoring titles in multiple seasons.
However, Gray also ranks among the league’s top-10 leaders in assists per game, free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals made per game.
With his first assist Sunday, junior point guard Galen Robinson Jr. will reach a milestone. The Houston native will record the 300th assist of his career, becoming the 19th player in school history to reach that total.
Robinson is looking to become only the seventh player in Houston history with three seasons of 100+ assists during his career. The Westbury Christian product ranks second among the Cougars with 34 assists to date.
For Sunday’s game against Prairie View A&M, fans can donate an new, unwrapped toy for the KHOU/Salvation Army Secret Santa at the front doors of H&PE Arena and receive a FREE ticket to the game.
ALL high school students can receive one FREE ticket to Sunday’s game by visiting uhcougars.com/highschool and submitting the form on that page. Tickets will be available for pickup on game day at H&PE Arena Tickets Box Office, and students must present a valid high school ID to claim their tickets.
ALL college students can receive one FREE ticket to Sunday’s game by showing a current, valid ID at the door.
Fans can take photos with Shasta Claus on the concourse during pregame activities. Photos with Shasta Claus begin at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, and will continue until 2:40 p.m.
Fans can purchase mini-plans, flex plans and single-game tickets with single-game tickets starting at only $12. Fans can purchase tickets online at UHCougars.com/tickets or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Fans can park for $5 while spaces are available in the TSU garage adjacent to H&PE Arena. Fans wishing to pay for parking should enter the garage off Blodgett Street.
Fans also can use the FREE parking shuttle to H&PE Arena during the 2017-18 season. Shuttle service begins at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, in Lot 12A near Gate 3 of the TDECU Stadium parking lot.
Shuttle return service begins immediately after the game and will run for one hour.
For more information about parking, fans should click here.
Fans can watch Sunday’s game live on FloHoops with Jeff Power calling the play-by-play action and Neal Raphael providing analysis. Fans also can watch the game by visiting FloHoops.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can hear Sunday’s game live on KPRC 950 AM with Jeremy Branham calling the play-by-play action and Hall of Fame legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 2:45 p.m., Sunday.
ABOUT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
• Prairie View A&M brings a 2-8 record into Sunday’s game after a 77-73 loss at Tulsa on Thursday… Was Panthers’ fifth straight loss... Prairie View A&M has not won since a 71-56 win over Georgia State on Nov. 22.
• Panthers have posted an 0-8 record on the road and have yet to play a home game this season with both wins coming at a neutral site.
• Against Tulsa, Prairie View A&M rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime to score 49 second-half points but fell short in a 77-73 loss.
• Junior guard Gary Blackston led all players with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and added three rebounds with three assists and four steals... Junior guard Dennis Jones and senior forward J.D. Wallace totaled 12 points apiece with Wallace’s 10 rebounds leading all players... Senior forward Zachary Hamilton added 11 points with five rebounds in the loss.
• This season, Blackston leads the Panthers with 18.0 points and 2.7 assists per game and ranks second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per contest... Hamilton stands second with 16.0 points per game, while Jones ranks third with 10.6 points per contest... Wallace leads the Panthers with 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
• Head Coach Byron Smith is in his third season at Prairie View A&M and overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach… Has compiled a 21-34 record during his career.
• Enters his second full season with the Panthers in 2017-18... Served as interim head coach for the final 12 games of the 2015-16 season, compiling a 6-6 record.
• Two year letterman with the Cougars from 1989 to 1991, scoring 1,051 points in 62 career games... Ranks 42nd on Cougars’ career scoring list.
• Smith is 0-1 in his career against Houston and 0-1 against Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during their careers.
• 1991 graduate of Houston.
• Following Sunday’s game, the Cougars close out the regular-season non-conference schedule vs. Providence at 6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, in Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.
• Game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• From there, the Cougars return to action when they open American Athletic Conference play at 6 p.m. (CST), Dec. 28 at USF in Tampa, Fla.... Game can be seen on ESPNews and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• Cougars open American play in Houston when they play host to Temple at 5 p.m., Dec. 30, inside H&PE Arena.
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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