|HALL OF FAME HOLIDAY CLASSIC
PROVIDENCE FRIARS (8-3 • 0-0 Big East)
vs. HOUSTON COUGARS (9-2 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||6 p.m. (CST) • Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017|
|Location||Mohegan Sun Arena (10,000) • Uncasville, Conn.|
Kevin Connors, play-by-play
Tim Welsh, analyst
|Radio||KPRC 950 AM
Jeremy Branham, play-by-play
Elvin Hayes, analyst
• Pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. (CST)
|Game Notes||• Houston Notes
• Providence Notes
• The American Notes
HOUSTON – On the 52nd anniversary of the only meeting between the two teams, the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program faces Providence at 6 p.m. (CST) Wednesday during the Hall of Fame Holiday Classic inside Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Cougars enter this week’s lone game on the heels of a 92-72 win over Prairie View A&M inside H&PE Arena on Sunday afternoon. With the game close midway through the second half, Houston erupted on a 31-10 run to end the game to win for the eight time in its last nine games.
Sophomore guard Armoni Brooks led the way for Houston with a career-high 24 points and six 3-pointers. With Houston trailing by a point in the second half, the Round Rock, Texas, native drained three straight 3-pointers in a 2-minute stretch to give the Cougars the lead for good.
Junior guard Corey Davis Jr. continued his hot shooting of late, connected on 4-of-7 from behind the arc, on the way to 15 points, while senior guard Rob Gray finished with 11 points, extending his streak to 41 straight games with double-digit points.
Gray continues to lead the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 20.4 points per game and ranks among the league’s top-10 leaders in assists, free throw percentage, 3-point field goals per game, 3-point field goal percentage and assist-turnover ratio.
In the only previous meeting between the Cougars and the Friars, Hall of Fame legend Elvin Hayes led all players with 33 points and 18 rebounds to rally Houston from a halftime deficit in a 102-89 win inside Delmar Field House on Dec. 20, 1965.
This will be Houston’s final non-conference regular-season game of the year. After Wednesday’s game and an eight-day break from competition, the Cougars open American Athletic Conference play when they take on USF in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 28.
Fans can watch Wednesday’s game live on ESPNU with Kevin Connors calling the play-by-play action and Tim Welsh providing analysis. Fans also can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can hear Wednesday’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 5:45 p.m. (CST), Wednesday.
• Providence brings an 8-3 record into Wednesday’s game after a 62-60 home win against Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon
• Friars have alternated wins and losses in their last five games.
• Providence has posted a 2-0 record at neutral sites with wins against Washington and Saint Louis during the 2K Classic in New York on Nov. 16-17.
• Against Stony Brook, Friars overcame a halftime deficit.
• Freshman forward Nate Wilson led the Friars with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed three rebounds... Junior guard Isaiah Jackson totaled 13 points with five rebounds, while senior forward Rodney Bullock added 12 points with five rebounds and a pair of blocks... Senior forward Jalen Lindsey snared a team-high nine rebounds and a game-high three steals in the win.
• This season, Bullock leads Providence with 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game... Sophomore guard Alpha Diallo stands second on the team with 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest... Senior guard Kyron Cartwright leads the Friars with 6.0 assists per game.
• Head Coach Ed Cooley is in his seventh season at Providence and his 12th season overall as an NCAA collegiate head coach.
• Has compiled a 131-83 record at Providence during his career… Previously built a 92-69 record at Fairfield (2006-11).
• Wednesday’s game will be the first time Cooley has faced Houston and Houston Head Coach Kevin Sampson during their career.
• 1994 graduate of Stonehill.
• Following Wednesday’s game, the Cougars return to action to open American Athletic Conference play at 6 p.m. (CST), Thursday, Dec. 28, at USF inside Sun Dome 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., Saturday, Dec. 30, inside H&PE Arena... Game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
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