Men's Basketball Meets Nicholls on Monday Afternoon

Dec. 26, 2015

at HOUSTON COUGARS (9-2 • 0-0 American)
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Time 1 p.m. • Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
Location Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
Television ESPN3 • WatchESPN
   Brett Dolan, PxP
   Reid Gettys, analyst
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   Matt Thomas, PxP
   Elvin Hayes, analyst
Pregame show starts at 12:45 p.m.
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Series History Houston leads 2-0
• First meeting since 2010-11
Houston won last 63-62 (OT)
   Hofheinz Pavilion (Nov. 12, 2010)
Houston leads 2-0 in Hofheinz Pavilion
Houston won last 63-62 (OT)
   Hofheinz Pavilion (Nov. 12, 2010)
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HOUSTON -The University of Houston Men's Basketball program closes out the year 2015 and its non-conference schedule at 1 p.m.,, Monday, when it plays host to Nicholls inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Monday's game will be the Cougars' first action since rallying for a thrilling 94-89 win in double overtime against Wyoming during the Global Sports Classic Championship Round on Dec. 23 inside Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Houston fell behind by as many as six points late in the first half and trailed by as many as four points in the second overtime period before taking their second overtime win of the season.

Against Wyoming, guards Damyean Dotson and Rob Gray, Jr., led five Cougars in double digits with 21 points apiece with Dotson's 14 rebounds leading all players. Dotson, who is a Houston native and product of nearby Yates High, posted his team-leading fourth double-double of the season and was the Cougars' lone representative on the Global Sports Classic All-Tournament Team.

He is one of only six players in The American to rank among the league's top-20 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.

This season, Gray leads the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 18.9 points per game. Making the first start of his collegiate career, the Forest City, N.C., native converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with just 19 seconds remaining in regulation against Wyoming to force the first overtime period.

Senior forward Devonta Pollard ranks second on the team with 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and joins Doston among the top-20 scoring and rebounding leaders, while junior guard Ronnie Johnson is third with 12.8 points per contest.

Freshman point guard Galen Robinson leads the Cougars with 3.7 assists per game and tops the American Athletic Conference with a 4.1-1 assist-to-turnover radio. He also ranks 11th nationally with the latter total.

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Fans can hear Monday's Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 12:45 p.m., 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.

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The game will be shown on ESPN3 with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and former Houston great Reid Gettys providing analysis. Fans can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN or by clicking here.

Fans can follow live scoring with GameTracker by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

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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Nicholls enters Monday's game with a 4-8 overall record. The Colonels have lost five of their last six games with only an 84-81 win against Hampton on Dec. 22 preventing a longer streak.

In its most recent action, Nicholls dropped an 83-74 decision to Canisius on Tuesday during the Las Vegas Classic. Against Canisius, Nicholls was outscored by 11 points in the second half and allowed the Golden Griffins to shoot more than 56 percent from the field during the final 20 minutes.

Forward Ja'Dante' Frye led the Colonels with 17 points, while center Liam Thomas added 16 points with a game-high seven rebounds and four assists. Guard T.J. Carpenter totaled 14 points with six rebounds and a game-high eight assists, and guard Jonathan Bell finished with 12 points and five rebounds in the loss.

This season, Frye leads Nicholls with 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game... Carpenter stands second with 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest and leads the Colonels with 2.8 assists per game.

Head Coach J.P. Piper is in his 12th year at Nicholls and as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 124-209 career mark during that time, including an 0-2 record against Houston during his career.

Following Monday's game, the Cougars open American Athletic Conference play with a two-game road swing. Houston opens the trip when it meets USF in Tampa, Fla., at 1 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, inside the Sun Dome.

From there, team heads to Philadelphia to face Temple at 11 a.m. (CST), Saturday, inside the Liacouras Center.

The Cougars return to the friendly confines to open American Athletic Conference play inside Hofheinz Pavilion against Tulane at 8 p.m., Jan. 5.

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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