|HARVARD CRIMSON (4-4 0-0 Ivy)
at HOUSTON COUGARS (9-2 0-0 American)
presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters
|Time||7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2016
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
|Location||Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) Houston|
Buy $5 Adult ticket, Get FREE Youth
ticket for child 12 and under
Offer available at Hofheinz Pavilion
FREE History of Hofheinz ornaments to
first 500 fans
Tom Hart, play-by-play
Fran Fraschilla, 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 closes out its non-conference schedule when it takes on Harvard at 7 p.m., Friday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The Cougars enter Friday's game on the heels of a 77-54 win over Liberty in the first meeting between the two schools. Against the Flames, Houston overcame a 3-point, first-half barrage as Liberty sank eight treys, but the Cougars closed the final 16 minutes on a 34-10 run to win for the ninth time in 11 games this season.
Preseason All-American Athletic Conference selections Damyean Dotson and Rob Gray lived up to that hype, scoring 22 points apiece. Dotson added a game-high 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double and fourth this season, while Gray chipped in with four assists and a steal.
This season, Gray leads the Cougars and ranks second in the American Athletic Conference with 20.5 points per game, while Dotson checks in at eighth with 15.5 points per contest. Houston is the only team in the league with two of the league's top-eight scoring leaders.
With his recent rebounding surge, Dotson has moved into 10th in the league with 7.2 rebounds per game and is one of only five players to rank among The American's top-10 scoring leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
Sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. didn't post double digits in any category in the Cougars' recent win over Liberty, but the Westbury Christian product did a little of everything well. He scored six points with four rebounds and a game-high six assists without a turnover in 38 minutes.
Robinson currently leads the league and ranks 22nd nationally with 6.0 assists per game.
Tickets -- Adults can purchase tickets for only $5. Kids 12 years old and younger receive one free admission with each paid adult admission.
History of Hofheinz ornaments 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 Friday's game on ESPN2 with Tom Hart calling the play-by-play action and Fran Fraschilla 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 Friday'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 Friday's game, Harvard has posted a 4-4 record, including a 1-1 mark on the road in 2016-17.
Friday's game will be the Crimson's first action since a Dec. 7 win at Boston College.
After losing four of their first five games to open the season, Harvard has won each of its last three games, including a 74-66 win at Boston College on Dec. 7 in its most recent action.
Against Boston College, freshman forward Chris Lewis came off the bench to post 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting with five rebounds... Freshman forward Seth Towns added 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with three 3-ponters, while freshman guard Bryce Aiken totaled 16 points... Freshman forward Zena Edosomwan led Harvard with six rebounds, while senior guard Siyani Chambers topped all players with 11 assists.
This season, Towns leads Harvard with 13.9 points per game with Aiken standing second with 12.4 points per contest... Corey Johnson ranks third with 10.0 points per game... Edosomwan paces Harvard with 6.8 rebounds per game, and Chambers is tops with 7.9 assists per game.
Head Coach Tommy Amaker is in his 10th season at Harvard and his 20th as a collegiate head coach.
Has compiled a 179-99 record at Harvard and is 355-238 during his career.
Previously served as head coach at Michigan (2001-07, 108-84 record)and Seton Hall (1997-01, 68-55 record)
1987 graduate of Duke.
Following Friday's game, Cougars open American Athletic Conference play when they take on UConn inside the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. at 2 p.m. (CST), Wednesday... Game can be seen on ESPN2 and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
From there, Houston heads south to take on USF at 11 a.m. (CST), Dec. 31... Game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion with back-to-back home games against Tulsa (8 p.m., Jan. 4) and against No. 24/23 Cincinnati (8 p.m., Jan. 7).
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