Men's Basketball Set for Rematch vs. Prairie View A&M
Dec. 27, 2012
The Last Meeting
November 28, 2012
Prairie View, Texas
HOUSTON - Winners of its last four games, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team will be looking for revenge when it plays host to Prairie View A&M at 3 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Saturday's game will be the second time the Cougars have faced Prairie View A&M during the 2012-13 season. The Panthers claimed an 81-80 win on Nov. 28 in Prairie View, Texas, to snap the Cougars' season-opening, five-game winning streak.
The Cougars enter this weekend's game on the heels of an impressive 79-57 win against Chicago State on Dec. 22. It was the team's second straight 20-point victory after an 85-63 win against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 15.
With their victory against CSU, the Cougars moved to 9-2 overall and became the 18th team in school history to start 9-2 or better through their first 11 games. All but one of those previous teams competed in the postseason.
Against Chicago State, sophomore guard Joseph Young led the Cougars with 24 points and five 3-pointers on the way to his third straight 20-point game. Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas, who has started all 41 games during his collegiate career, added 12 points and eight rebounds, while senior forward Leon Gibson snared a career-high 12 rebounds.
This season, Thomas leads the Cougars and ranks among the Conference USA top-three individual leaders with 17.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The Killeen, Texas, native is one of only two players to rank that high in both categories.
Young ranks second on the team with 16.7 points per game and stands among the league's top-10 leaders in both 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals per game. The Houston native and Yates High product leads the league and ranks 13th nationally with a 92.7 free throw percentage and has hit each of his last 15 attempts from the charity stripe.
Single-game tickets for all remaining home games and a variety of ticket packs to suit any budget are on sale now. To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
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ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing the analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 2:45 p.m., Saturday.
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video 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 see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link or by clicking here.
ABOUT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Prairie View A&M brings a 5-7 overall record into this weekend's game. The Panthers are 0-6 on the road this season. PVAMU has lost its last two games and not won since a 107-59 decision at home against Dallas Christian on Dec. 7.
In their most recent game, the Panthers dropped an 85-53 decision at California on Dec. 22. It was the team's second straight loss. Against the Golden Bears, guard Jordan DeMuynck led the Panthers with 11 points and five rebounds. He was the only Panther to reach double digits against California.
This season, DeMuynck leads Prairie View A&M with 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He is the only Panther to average double-digit points. Guard Carl Blair leads the team with 5.9 assists per game.
Byron Rimm II is in his eighth year at Prairie View A&M as head coach. He has posted a 78-121 record with the Panthers during that time and is 1-0 against the Cougars during his career.
Rimm, who is a 1999 graduate of Cal State Los Angeles, in his 11th year as a head coach with overall record of 125-160. He previously served as head coach at Jarvis Christian from 2002 to 2005.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars continue their season-long homestand when they play host to Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m., Jan. 3. From there, the stand wraps up with the start of Conference USA play when SMU visits Houston at 7 p.m., Jan. 9.