Men's Hoops Set to Face MVSU this Weekend

Dec. 26, 2014

at HOUSTON COUGARS (6-4 • 0-0 American)
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Time 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPN3
   Brett Dolan, PxP
   Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio KPRC 950 AM • Listen Live
   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
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Series History Houston leads 2-0
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HOUSTON - Fresh off an impressive win, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team will compete in its final game before American Athletic Conference play when it faces Mississippi Valley State at 4 p.m., Sunday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars (6-4) enter this weekend's contest on the heels of an impressive 82-69 win over Big 12 Conference member Texas Tech on Tuesday during the final day of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Championship Round inside Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Against the Red Raiders, junior guard Jherrod Stiggers poured in 25 points, thanks to 7-of-9 shooting from the 3-point line, Competing in only his fourth game of the season, junior point guard L.J. Rose continues to impress, scoring 16 points with eight assists and a blocked shot in 38 minutes against Texas Tech.

With that performance, Rose earned a place as the Cougars' lone representative on the All-Tournament Team.

Head coach Kelvin Sampson, now in his first season with the Cougars, collected the 101st win of his career against teams from the state of Texas and improved to 101-18 all-time against those schools. In 2014-15, Sampson is 4-0 against schools from the Lone Star State.

Dec. 14 Givewaway graphic This season, Stiggers leads the Cougars and ranks third in the league with 16.5 points per game. The Terrell, Texas, native also leads the league and ranks ninth in the country with 3.6 3-pointers per game, more than one trey better than his closest competitor in the league.

Stiggers also continues his rise in the Houston records book, moving into a tie for fourth place with Lanny Smith with 183 3-pointers during his career. He also needs only 197 more points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history.

Junior forward Devonta Pollard leads the league with 7.7 rebounds per game, while junior guard LeRon Barnes is a close fourth at 7.3 boards per contest. Barnes is one of only two players to ran among the American Athletic Conference's top-7 leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounds per game, joining Cincinnati's Octavius Ellis in that exclusive group.

For Sunday's game, Marketing and Promotions staff members will be giving away Houston Athletics promotional items while supplies last. Fans can pick up t-shirts, posters and other items near the Holman Street entrance while supplies last.

KPRC logo black on white RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Sunday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis with the pregame show beginning around 3:45 p.m.

Fans also 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.

2014-15 ESPN3 logoFan can watch the game live on ESPN by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play and Houston record-holder Reid Gettys providing analysis.

Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

Mississippi Valley State logo ABOUT MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
Mississippi Valley state enters Sunday's game with a 1-10 overall record. The Delta Devils have lost their last four games and not won since a 66-63 win against North Carolina A&T on Nov. 29.

This will be the Cougars' first meeting against Mississippi Valley State since a 92-58 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Dec. 13, 2008.

In its most recent action, Mississippi Valley State dropped a 94-60 decision at home against North Carolina Central. Against the Eagles, Jordan Washington came off the bench to score 15 points, thanks to a 10-of-10 performance from the free throw line. Jeffrey Simmons finished with 12 points, while Isaac Williams added 10 points in the loss.

Forward Rakwan Kelly led the team with five rebounds, while Washington paced the team with three assists. No Mississippi Valley State starter scored more than seven points.

This season, Washington leads Mississippi Valley State with 14.8 points per game, while DeAngelo Priar ranks second with 10.6 points per contest and leads the Delta Devils with 3.5 rebounds per contest. Simmons leads the team with 2.1 assists per game.

Head coach Andre Payne is in his first year at Mississippi Valley State, posting a 1-10 record during that time. He has compiled a 240-193 record in more than 14 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Payne previously served for eight seasons as head coach and associate athletics director at Wiley College and was head coach at Texas College

Sunday's game will be the first time he has faced Houston.

Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets as well as Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.

To purchase tickets, fans 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.

All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.

Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 in the Reserved 3 section for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Memorial Hermann Family Plan, which includes two adult and two kids' season tickets, can be purchased for only $399 in the Reserved 2 section for the entire regular-season home schedule.

Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.

Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.

To order mini-plans online, fans can visit UHCougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.

The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.

For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.

To order single-game tickets online, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.

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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