Men's Basketball Hits the Road Again to Face Toledo this Weekend

Dec. 19, 2008

Dec. 20, 2008 • John F. Savage Arena (7,300) • Toledo, Ohio • 6 p.m. (CST) / 7 p.m. (EST)

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP
INTERNET AUDIO: live broadcast at UHCougars.com

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TOLEDO, Ohio - After a week off, the University of Houston men's basketball team hits the road again to face Toledo at 6 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (EST), Saturday inside John F. Savage Arena in Ohio

The Cougars, who will be looking for their seventh straight win, come into the game after a 92-58 thrashing of Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 13, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. In that game, junior guard Kelvin Lewis tied his career high with seven 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 23 points, the fourth straight game that Lewis scored at least 20 points.

Senior center Marcus Cousin, who ranks third on the team with 14.4 points per game and leads Conference USA with rebounds per contest, tied his career high with 18 points and added nine rebounds against the Delta Devils. It was the third time this season that the Baltimore native fell just one rebound shy of a double-double.

Junior guard Aubrey Coleman ranks second on the team with 16.6 points per game and tied his career high with eight rebounds while adding 12 points and a pair of steals in only 17 minutes against Mississippi Valley State.

Freshman point guard Desmond Wade added a career-high-tying 15 points with a game-high eight assists against the Delta Devils. This season, Wade leads Conference USA and ranks among the top-five national leaders with a 3.7 : 1 assist-turnover ratio.

Cougar Men's Basketball games can be heard live on 790 AM The Sports Animal or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.

Fans can follow the play-by-play action by clicking on the Live Stats on UTRockets.com and UHCougars.com.

For the second straight season, the Cougars will meet Toledo on the hardwood. The all-time series, which began on Dec. 27, 1985, with an 80-74 road loss, is tied at 2-2.

No team in the series history has won consecutive games with the home team winning each contest.

The Cougars have posted an 0-2 record in Ohio. However, those two games have been close with the Cougars losing by a combined eight points. Saturday's game will be the Cougars' first visit to Toledo since a 62-60 loss on Dec. 16, 1989.

Toledo comes into the this weekend's game with a 2-7 overall record and have lost their last two games. However, Saturday's game will be only the Rockets' second home game of the season. In their home opener, Toledo enjoyed a 57-56 win over Massachusetts on Dec. 3.

Tyrone Kent leads the Rockets with 15.3 points per game, while Jonathan Amos ranks second with 10.6 points per game. Justin Anyijong tops the Rockets with 5.9 rebounds per game.

Head coach Gene Cross is in his first season at Toledo after serving as an assistant coach at Notre Dame. Saturday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.

Saturday's game will be the Cougars' last road contest of the year 2008. From there, UH plays host to Big 12 member Iowa State at 5 p.m., Dec. 28, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. As of Friday, the Cyclones had posted a 6-3 record.

That game also will be part of a doubleheader with the Cougar Women's Basketball team, who plays host to Akron at 2 p.m., Dec. 28.

The Cougars close out the year at 1 p.m., Dec. 30, when they play host to Massachusetts. The Minutemen have posted a 3-6 record this season but enjoyed a 61-60 upset at No. 25/23 Kansas in their most recent action on Dec. 13.

Fans also should note that the starting time for the UMass game recently was moved back from earlier published schedules. The change was made to accommodate fans that wished to attend the UMass game but also watch the Cougar Football game against Air Force during the 2008 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at 11 a.m., Dec. 31, in Fort Worth.

The UMass game also will be Fan Appreciation Day with all fans being admitted free of charge. Seating will be available in all seats not sold to season-ticket holders.



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