Men's Basketball Ready to Face Massachusetts at 1 p.m., Tuesday

Dec. 29, 2008

MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN (5-6 • 0-0 Atlantic 10) at HOUSTON COUGARS (7-2 • 0-0 C-USA)
Dec. 30, 2008 • Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas • 1 p.m. (CST)

Houston-ISP Sports Radio Network • 790 AM The Sports Animal-Houston • Tom Franklin, PxP; Willis Wilson, analyst
INTERNET VIDEO: live broadcast at UHCougars.com
LIVE STATS: GameTracker at UHCougars.com
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HOUSTON -After a disappointing loss on Sunday, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team looks to return to its winning ways when it plays host to Massachusetts at 1 p.m., Tuesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Fans should note that the starting time for Tuesday's game recently was moved up several hours to accommodate those fans that wish to see the Cougar Football team play Air Force at 11 a.m., Wednesday, in Fort Worth, during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

The Cougars come into Tuesday's game following a tough 71-67 loss to Big 12 Conference member Iowa State. That loss snapped the Cougars' seven-game overall winning streak and their 10-game home winning streak. It was UH's first loss inside Hofheinz Pavilion since an 89-78 setback to #1/1 Memphis on Jan. 30, 2008.

Junior guard Kelvin Lewis, who finished with 15 points against the Cyclones, continues to lead the Cougars with 18.4 points per game and ranks among the nation's leaders in 3-point field goals per game.

Senior center Marcus Cousin leads the Cougars and Conference USA with 9.9 rebounds per game after grabbing a team-high 11 boards against the Cyclones.

Competing in his first season at UH, junior guard Aubrey Coleman ranks second on the team in both categories with 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. In addition, he is one of only two players to rank among the C-USA top-eight individual leaders in both categories.

Against the Cyclones, Coleman led the Cougars with a UH season-high 28 points and added seven rebounds and five steals. For his impressive performance, he was honored Monday as the C-USA Rookie of the Week for the second straight week and third time overall this season.

Junior forward Qa'rraan Calhoun also enjoyed a solid game against Iowa State, coming off the bench to score 10 points and grab a career-high nine rebounds.

UH director of athletics Dave Maggard recently announced that the Cougars' game against UMass would be part of Fan Appreciation Day with FREE admission to all fans. Seating will be available in all areas in which season-ticket holders have not purchased tickets. No ticket is required for admittance to the UMass game.

Cougar Men's Basketball games can be heard live on 790 AM The Sports Animal or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.

Fans can follow the play-by-play action by clicking the GameTrackerlink at UHCougars.com.

For the second straight season, the Cougars will face Massachusetts on the hardwood. The Minutemen lead the all-time series 1-0 after taking a 95-89 win on Jan. 2, 2008, in Amherst, Mass.

Tuesday's game will be the first time that the Cougars have faced UMass in Houston.

Massachusetts enters Tuesday's game after a 64-57 home win over IUPUI on Saturday. That win pushed the Minutemen's winning streak to four straight games after dropping five of their first six games to open the season.

Ricky Harris leads UMass with 20.6 points per game and is one of four players averaging double digits in scoring. Tony Gaffney is second on the team with 11.9 points per game and leads all players with 11.9 rebounds per game.

Former Memphis assistant coach Derek Kellogg is in his first season at the head of the UMass bench. This will be his first game against the Cougars as a head coach.

The Cougars' game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 6 also are a part of "Holiday Hoops at Hofheinz".

For only $2, students of Houston-area ISDs can receive one ticket to either of those games. Students must present a valid ISD ID on game day for the discount.

Tickets also are available in advance at the UH Athletics Tickets Office.



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