Men's Hoops Returns to Action vs. North Carolina A&T

Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young

Dec. 26, 2011

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 Time  2 p.m. • Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas
 Radio  Live Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 1:45 p.m.
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HOUSTON - After four days off for the Christmas season, the University of Houston men's basketball team returns to action at 2 p.m., Wednesday, when it plays host to North Carolina A&T inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

This will be the third game during a season-long, five-game homestand, and the Cougars hope to continue their winning ways. Houston is 2-0 on the current stand with victories against UTSA and Rogers State.

In their most recent action, the Cougars claimed a 90-80 win against Rogers State on Dec. 21 in their last competition before the holiday break. Against the Hillcats, junior guard Jonathon Simmons scored 25 points on 7-of-10 shooting to reach the 20-point milestone for the fifth consecutive game.

Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young added a career-high 22 points with four 3-pointers and became the fourth different Cougar to score at least 20 points in a game this season. The Yates High product joined Simmons, junior forward Kirk Van Slyke and sophomore forward Alandise Harris in that exclusive group.

With his most recent performance, Simmons moved into the team lead with 16.0 points per game and currently stands sixth in C-USA in scoring. Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas leads the Cougars with 8.0 rebounds per game to stand seventh in the league, while Young is tops on the team and 10th in the league with 3.4 assists per contest.

Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 1:45 p.m., Wednesday.

Fans can watch and hear the 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 hear games via Cougar All-Access.

Wednesday's game will be the first time that Houston has faced North Carolina A&T on the hardwood.
North Carolina A&T brings an 4-10 overall record into Wednesday's game and is 0-1 in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference. The Aggies have lost their last seven games by an average of 20.3 points per game.

In their most recent action, the Aggies dropped a 42-39 decision at Ohio on Friday. North Carolina A&T played a close first half, thanks to 69.6 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes, but were outscored 40-27 in the final period for their seventh straight loss.

Against Ohio, DaMetrius Upchurch led the Aggies with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting and added four rebounds. Nic Simpson came off the bench to pour in 14 points, including four treys, while Austin Witter added 12 points and four rebounds. Lawrence Smith added a team-high five rebounds in the loss.

This season, Simpson leads the Aggies with 11.2 points per game, while Marc Hill ranks second at 9.9 with a team-high 3.6 assists per game. Witter tops the team with 5.2 rebounds per contest.

Head coach Jerry Eaves is in his ninth year at North Carolina and as a head coach. Eaves has compiled an 87-161 record during that time. Wednesday's game will be the first time that Eaves has faced Houston.

The Cougars' homestand continues at 8 p.m., Friday when they face Texas State inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a rematch from earlier this season. That game will be televised live on CSS.

The Bobcats escaped with an 81-78 in San Marcos, Texas, on Dec. 3 after the Cougars rallied from the 23-point deficit.

From there, the Cougars wrap up their homestand when they open Conference USA play at 7 p.m., Jan. 4, against Tulsa inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. In addition, fans also can purchase the Conference USA Pack, which includes eight exciting league games.

In the C-USA Pack, fans can buy Reserved seating to all Saturday men's home games for $99 with General Admission tickets available for only $75.

With the purchase of the Family Fun Plan, fans receive 2 adult and 2 youth general admission tickets to all Saturday C-USA games for only $159. Tickets for additional children are available for only $40 each in this Plan.

Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.



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