Dec. 17, 2013
HOUSTON - As the University of Houston Men's Basketball program prepares to enter the New Year, it invites all Houston Athletics fans to join them in celebration of Coach Guy V. Lewis Night at 8 p.m., Jan. 7, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Lewis and his family will be in attendance and recognized during a special ceremony prior to the Cougars' American Athletic Conference showdown against Cincinnati that night.
In September, Lewis received his sport's greatest honor when he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. From 1956 to 1986, Lewis won nearly 600 games, led his teams to five NCAA Final Fours, including a pair of appearances in the National Championship Game, competed in 14 NCAA Tournaments and won six Southwest Conference titles.
Best known as the Father of Phi Slama Jama - one of college basketball's greatest teams - Lewis mentored 15 All-Americans, including National Players of the Year Elvin Hayes and Hakeem Olajuwon - and 11 NBA Draft First-Round selections.
When the NBA released its Top-50 Greatest Players list, which included Hayes, Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, Lewis joined North Carolina's Dean Smith as the only college to lead three players from that exclusive group.
Lewis was an influential leader for college basketball away from the court as well. As the architect of the Game of the Century against No. 1 UCLA inside the Houston Astrodome, he laid the foundation for the worldwide popularity that college basketball fans love and enjoy during March Madness annually.
He also played a key figure in the integration of college basketball in the South, successfully recruiting and welcoming Hayes and Don Chaney, the first African-American student-athletes in the history of Houston Men's Basketball and some of the earliest African-American players in the region.
Lewis became the fourth Cougar to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Hayes, Olajuwon and Drexler.
Tickets are on sale NOW. Fans can purchase single-game tickets, 3-, 6- and 9-game mini-plans or season tickets by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or by clicking here.
Fans who purchase season tickets will receive a free Guy V. Lewis bobblehead later this season. Lewis was a legendary coach for the Cougars from 1956-86, compiling nearly 600 wins with five NCAA Final Four appearances, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
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