Men’s Basketball at Global Sports Classic 3rd Round

Dec. 20, 2015

at HOUSTON COUGARS (8-1 • 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
Global Sports Classic Third Round
Time 7 p.m. (CST) • Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
Location Cox Pavilion (2,500) • Las Vegas
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
Pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m. (CST)
Series History First meeting
Game Notes Houston Notes
Grand CanyonNotes
The American Notes
Social Media Facebook   Twitter

HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program opens Global Sports Classic Third Round play at 7 p.m. (CST) Monday when the Cougars take on Grand Canyon inside Cox Pavilion.

The Cougars, who have won eight of their first nine games to open the season for the first time since 2007-08, enter Monday’s game following an 81-65 win against Eastern Illinois on Saturday inside Hofheinz Pavilion during the Global Sports Classic Second Round.

Against the Panthers, junior guard Ronnie Johnson led all players with 25 points, thanks to three 3-pointers and an 8-of-8 performance from the free throw line. The Indianapolis native posted a career high in a Cougar uniform and enjoyed his second 20-point outing during his first season of competition at Houston.

This season, sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 18.9 points per game. Gray, who is competing in his first season at Houston, sat out Saturday’s win against Eastern Illinois and will be a game-day decision for Monday.

Senior forward Devonta Pollard ranks second on the team with 14.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while Johnson surged into third among the Cougars with 14.0 points per contest. Junior guard Damyean Dotson stands fourth on the team with 12.3 points per game but leads the Cougars and ranks 11th in the league with 7.3 rebounds per contest.

Freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., is tied for eight in The American with 3.7 assists per game and tops the league with a 3.7-to-1 assist-turnover ration. The Houston native and Westbury Christian native has enjoyed 5-assist games in three of the last five contests.

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Fans can hear Monday’s Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m. (CST), Monday.

Fans can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.

Following Monday’s game, the Cougars advance to the Global Sports Classic Championship Round inside Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Houston will face the winner/loser of the Marshall-Wyoming game on Tuesday on the tournament’s final day.

With a win against Grand Canyon, Houston will meet the winner of Marshall-Wyoming at 9:30 p.m. (CST), Tuesday With a loss to Grand Canyon, Houston will compete against the loser of Marshall-Wyoming at 7 p.m. (CST), Tuesday.

The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they close out their non-conference schedule against Nicholls State at 1 p.m., Dec. 28, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.

Current University of Houston students are admitted free to ALL Houston Men's Basketball game when presenting a valid ID at the doors.

Single-game tickets for Houston Men’s Basketball’s 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets by clicking here.

Fans can purchase tickets to any three remaining home games in the 3-Point Pack. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.

Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack by clicking here.

Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket

Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.

Administrators can find more information about group tickets seating and pricing by clicking here.

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Grand Canyon enters Monday’s game with a 9-2 overall record. The Antelopes have won their last two and three of their last four games.

In its most recent action, Grand Canyon claimed a 52-45 win at San Diego State on Friday. Forward Keonta Vernon led all players and added a team-high 11 rebounds. Guard DeWayne Russell totaled 13 points with six rebounds, three assists and three steals

This season, Joshua Braun leads GCU with 14.9 points per game. Dominic Magee is a close second with 14.3 points per game. Grandy Glaze stands third with 13.3 points per game but leads GCU with 7.3 rebounds per contest. Russell is tops with 5.9 assists per game.

Head Coach and former Phoenix Suns star Dan Majerle is in his third year at Grand Canon and as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 41-32 record during his time at Grand Canyon.

Monday’s game will be the first time that Majerle has faced Houston during his career.

Fans can receive the latest news and notes by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter. Fans also can discuss the latest Houston Men's Basketball news and notes on the team's Facebook page by clicking LIKE at HoustonCougarMensHoops.



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