Cougars to Face Cougars in Hofheinz Pavilion at 3 p.m., Saturday
Dec. 20, 2012
HOUSTON - Winners of its last three games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team looks to extend its streak when it plays host to Chicago State at 3 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Saturday's game will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston Women's Basketball team, which meets Texas State at noon, Saturday. It will be the second and final doubleheader of the season for both teams.
The Cougars enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a dominating 85-63 win against Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend in Hofheinz Pavilion. Against the Cajuns, sophomore guard Joseph Young tied his career high with 27 points and set another personal best with six 3-pointers in an impressive victory. It was the second straight 20-point effort for the Houston native and Yates High product.
Battling cold symptoms all week, freshman forward Danuel House came off the bench to pour in a career-high 22 points with four treys of his own. For his impressive effort, the Hightower High product was honored Monday as the Conference USA Freshman of the Week, the first of his career.
This season, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas leads the Cougars with 17.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. The Killen, Texas, native finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season.
Thomas is the only player in Conference USA to rank among the top-two individual leaders in both scoring and rebounding and stands fifth nationally with his double-double total.
Young ranks third on the team with 15.9 points per game and stands sixth in the league with his point total. That makes Houston the only team with two student-athletes among the top-eight leaders.
Kids of all ages are encouraged to attend this weekend's doubleheader and are invited to take photos with Shasta Claus. Buying one ticket will provide admission to both games of the twinbill, so buy your tickets today!
The first 1,000 fans will receive a free holiday ornament from Houston Athletics.
Single-game tickets for all remaining home games and a variety of ticket packs to suit any budget are on sale now. To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
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To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GOUH or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing the analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 2:45 p.m., Saturday.
Saturday's game will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston Women's Basketball team, which faces Texas State at noon, Saturday
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
ABOUT CHICAGO STATE
Chicago State enters this weekend's game with a 3-10 overall record this season. The Cougars have lost their last two games and not won since a 67-54 decision on Dec. 8 in Chicago. In addition, Chicago State is 0-8 on the road this season.
In their most recent action, Chicago State dropped a 63-60 contest at Rice on Wednesday night. Against the Owls, forward Jeremy Robinson finished with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds to lead the Cougars in both categories. Jamere Dismukes and Nate Duhon each came off the bench to score 12 and 10 points, respectively. Guard Quinton Pippen added a team-high four assists.
This season, Robinson leads the team with 11.0 points per game and ranks second on the team with 6.8 rebounds per contest. Matt Ross stands second with 10.0 points per game but leads the Cougars with 7.7 rebounds per contest. Dismukes paces Chicago State with 2.8 assists per game.
Head Coach Tracy Dildy is in his third year overall and at Chicago State. He has posted a 9-35 career record during that time.
Saturday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston. Dildy, who is a 1991 graduate of Illinois-Chicago, previously served as an assistant coach at UIC (2007-010); UAB (2006-07); Mississippi (2005-06); Auburn (2002-05); DePaul (1997-02) and Ball State (1994-97).
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars continue their season-long homestand when they play host to Prairie View A&M at 3 p.m., Dec. 29. Houston will have revenge on its mind after the Panthers escaped with an 81-80 win on Nov. 29 in Prairie View to end the Cougars' season-opening five-game winning streak.
From there, the stand continues against Texas-Pan American (7 p.m., Jan. 3) and Conference USA-rival SMU (7 p.m., Jan. 9).