Men's Hoops Closes out the Year 2010 on Thursday Evening

Rogers State Hillcats (5-6 • 0-0 SLC) vs Houston Cougars (7-5 • 0-0 C-USA)
 Time  6 p.m. • Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston
 Tickets  Ticket InformationHoliday Hoops
 Series History  First Meeting
 Last Time  First Meeting
 Radio  Houston Sports Network • Sports Talk 790 AM • KBME
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 5:45 p.m.
 Live Video  UH All Access
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Game Notes  Houston Notes Get Acrobat Reader
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HOUSTON - Fresh off a holiday break, the University of Houston men's basketball team closes out the year 2010 at 6 p.m., Thursday, when it meets Rogers State inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Athletics Ticket Office is offering a special holiday promotion for Thursday's game. Fans can receive two youth tickets (ages 3 through high school) for each adult ticket purchased.

Fans can purchase tickets to the Rogers State game from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, in the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center or at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows on the Holman Street side, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Thursday.

Both teams should be well rested when they take the court. The Cougars have played only one game since Dec. 19, a 75-73 win against Sam Houston State on Dec. 21 in Houston, thanks to final examinations and the holiday season.

Rogers State has not played since an 80-72 loss at John Brown University on Dec. 11.

In their most recent action, the Cougars used a layup from sophomore forward Kendrick Washington with 12 seconds remaining to break a tie and lead the Cougars to the series sweep of Sam Houston State. Washington ranks second on the team with 6.4 rebounds per game and stands third with 11.5 points per contest.

Senior guard Adam Brown poured in a team-high 21 points - his fourth 20-point game of the season - to lead the Cougars against the Bearkats. Senior forward Maurice McNeil added 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Senior guard Zamal Nixon dished out a career-high 11 assists and fell only one point shy of recording the first double-double of his career.

Brown paces the Cougars with 14.3 points per game, while McNeil leads the team and ranks third in Conference USA with 9.0 rebounds per game.

This will be the first time that head coach James Dickey has faced Rogers State during his career. Thursday's game also will be the 300th game of his collegiate career.

Cougar men's basketball tickets are available now. Fans can choose from a variety of different ticket packages that best suit their needs, including the Weekend Package (8 Saturday home games) and the Conference USA Package (8 C-USA home games).

The Athletics Ticket Office also is offering a special holiday promotion for the final home game of 2010. For the Rogers State on Thursday, fans will receive two youth tickets (ages 3 through high school) for each adult ticket purchased.

Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets tab at UHCougars.com to buy tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Thursday's game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes as analyst. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m.

Fans can follow live stats from Thursday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.

Rogers State brings a 5-6 overall record into Thursday's game. The contest against the Cougars will serve as an exhibition game for the Hillcats and not count toward their overall record.

The Hillcats have dropped four of their last five games. Only an 80-77 win against Northwestern Oklahoma State on Dec. 2 prevents a longer losing streak.

Senior guard Taylor Deveric leads four players in double digits with 18.8 points per game. Senior forward John Boyd is a close second with 18.2 points per contest but leads the Hillcats with 8.0 rebounds per game.

Senior guard Matt Kellogg ranks third with 15.5 points per game and leads the team with 3.5 assists per game. Junior guard Maurice Rutherford stands fourth with 10.0 points per game.

Head coach Justin Barkley is in his first season at Rogers State and brings a 5-6 (.545) record into Thursday's game. This will be Barkley's first meeting against Houston.

Rogers State is a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference in NAIA (Region VI). The school is located in Claremore, Okla., the northeast part of the state, about 30 miles from Tulsa.

Thursday's game will be the first time that Houston has faced Rogers State on the hardwood.

The Cougars begin the most important part of their schedule when they open Conference USA play at 8 p.m., Jan. 5, at Southern Miss in Reed-Green Coliseum. That game also will be televised live on CSS.

From there, the team returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to No. 19/20 UCF at 4 p.m., Jan. 8.



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