Men's Basketball to Meet Iowa State, Massachusetts during Three-Day Stretch

Dec. 26, 2008

IOWA STATE CYCLONES (7-4 • 0-0 Big 12) at HOUSTON COUGARS (7-1 • 0-0 C-USA) Dec. 28, 2008 • Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas • 5 p.m. (CST)

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP; Willis Wilson, analyst
INTERNET VIDEO: live broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: GameTracker at UHCougars.com
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HOUSTON - Winners of its last seven games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team returns to action at 5 p.m., Sunday when it plays host to Big 12 Conference member Iowa State inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars come into this weekend's game after a 71-63 win at Toledo on Dec. 13. In that game, junior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds with seven steals for the first double-double of his career. For his impressive effort, he was honored earlier this week as the Conference USA Rookie of the Week, the second time this season that he snared the league's weekly award.

Senior center Marcus Cousin added 17 points and 11 rebounds for his team-leading third double-double of the season.

Junior guard Kelvin Lewis led all players with 19 points against the Rockets but saw his streak of games with at least 20 points snapped at four. This season, Lewis tops all Cougars with 18.9 points per game to rank among the league's top-10 leaders.

Coleman (16.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Cousin (14.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg) rank among C-USA's top-13 leaders in both categories, making them one of only five players to accomplish that feat.

Sunday's game will be the first of two games for the Cougars on this homestand. On Tuesday, the Cougars play host to Massachusetts at 1 p.m. inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans should note that the starting time for that game recently was moved up from earlier published schedules to accommodate fans wishing to see the Cougar Football team face Air Force in Fort Worth at 11 a.m., Wednesday, during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

In addition, Sunday's game will be part of a doubleheader with the Cougar Women's Basketball team, which plays host to Akron at 2 p.m.

All 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 and Willis Wilson providing analysis.

Fans can follow live stats from Sunday's game against Iowa State by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

For the first time since the 1990-91 season, the Cougars will meet Iowa State on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 3-1 lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 3, 1956 with a 92-73 loss in Ames, Iowa.

Since that first meeting, the Cougars have reeled off three straight wins, including an 87-72 victory on Nov. 30,1990, during the Tournament of Champions in Charlotte, N.C., in the most recent game. That was the biggest win by the Cougars in the series.

The Cougars are 1-0 against the Cyclones in Houston. In the only other meeting, UH enjoyed an 83-82 win on Jan. 10, 1990.

Iowa State (7-4) comes into Sunday's game after dropping a 65-58 decision to South Dakota State on Tuesday. In that game, the Cyclones committed a season-high 16 turnovers while hitting only 37.7 percent of their shots from the field.

This season, sophomore guard Craig Brackins leads the team with 17.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Diante Garrett ranks second among the Cyclones with 10.5 points per game, while senior guard Bryan Petersen has grabbed 4.7 rebounds per contest.

Head coach Greg McDermott is in his third season at Iowa State. Sunday's game will be the first time that he has faced Houston.

Dec. 25-27 • Closed Dec. 28 • Open at 1 p.m. for basketball doubleheader • Located just inside Holman Street entrance of Hofheinz Pavilion Dec. 29 • Open 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 30 - Jan. 2 • Closed Jan. 5 • Resumes normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday)

UH director of athletics Dave Maggard announced that the Cougar men's basketball game against Massachusetts was moved to 1 p.m., Tuesday, to better assist fans who wished to watch the Cougar Football team face Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth on Wednesday morning.

In addition, Maggard said that the Cougars' game against UMass would be part of Fan Appreciation Day with FREE admission to all fans. Seating will be available in all areas in which season-ticket holders have not purchased tickets.

No ticket is required to attend the UMass game.

UMass has posted a 4-6 record this season as of Dec. 23 but enjoyed a 61-60 upset at No. 25/23 Kansas on Dec. 13. The Minutemen were scheduled to play host to IUPUI on Saturday before traveling to Houston.

The Cougars' game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 6 will be a part of "Holiday Hoops at Hofheinz".

For only $2, students of Houston-area ISDs can receive one ticket to either of those games. Students must present a valid ISD ID on game day for the discount.

Tickets also are available in advance at the UH Athletics Tickets Office.



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