|LIBERTY FLAMES (5-7 0-0 Big South)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (8-2 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016|
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
Buy $5 Adult ticket, Get FREE Youth
ticket for child 12 and under
Offer available at Hofehinz Pavilion
FREE tacky Christmas t-shirt to
first 500 fans
|Television||ESPN3 / American Sports Network
Brett Dolan, play-by-play
Chris Walker, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
|Game Notes|| Houston Notes
The American Notes
HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Men's Basketball program continues it season-long homestand when it meets first-time opponent Liberty at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Winners of each of their last six regular-season home games -- as well as two exhibition contests -- the Cougars will compete in their second of three home games in a seven-day stretch when they take on the Flames.
The Cougars (8-2) enter this week's game on the heels of a dominating 83-58 win over UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday. Against the Vaqueros, senior guard Damyean Dotson posted a career-high 25 points and led all players with 10 rebounds for his team-leading third double-double of the season.
With those numbers, the Jack Yates High product moved among the American Athletic Conference top-12 leaders in both scoring and rebounding, making him one of only six players in the league in that group.
Junior guard Rob Gray added 16 points with five rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes. The Forest City, N.C., native is a close second in the American Athletic Conference with 20.4 points per game.
This week's games against Liberty and Harvard (7 p.m., Friday) will be the Cougars' final non-conference games of the regular season. Next week, Houston opens American Athletic Conference play when it takes on UConn on Dec. 28 in Hartford, Conn.
Tickets -- Adults can purchase tickets for only $5. Kids 12 years old and younger receive one free admission with each paid adult admission.
Tacky Christmas sweater t-shirts to first 500 fans in attendance
-- 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 Wednesday's game on American Sports Network and on ESPN3 with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and Chris Walker 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 Wednesday's'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.
Entering Wednesday's game, Liberty has posted a 5-7 record, including an 0-4 mark on the road in 2016-17.
Flames have lost four of their last five games... Only an 81-33 home win over Clarks Summit on Friday prevents a longer streak.
Against Lamar, guard Ryan Kemrite posted 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while A.C. Reid came off the bench to post 15 points with five 3-pointers... Guard John Dawson added 14 points with three treys and a team-high four assists... Lovell Cabbil added 11 points in the loss.
This season, Ryan Memrite leads Liberty with 13.3 points per game, while Caleb Homesley ranks second with 12.9 points per game but averages a team-best 6.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest... However, Homesley was lost for the season on Dec. 10 after tearing his ACL against Princeton.
Head Coach Ritchie McKay is in his fourth season at Liberty and his 15th as a collegiate head coach.
Has compiled a 57-54 record at Liberty and is 222-212 during his head coaching career.
Now in his second stint as head coach at Liberty... Built a 39-28 record from 2007-09 before serving for six seasons as associate head coach at Virginia (2009-15).
Previously served as head coach at Portland State (1996-98, 24-29 record), Colorado State (1998-00, 37-23 record), Oregon State (2000-02, 22-37 record) and New Mexico (2002-07, 82-69 record).
Wednesday's game will be the first time that McKay has faced Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson during his career.
1987 graduate of Seattle Pacific.
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.
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