Men's Basketball Looks to Extend Streak on Friday Night

Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young

Dec. 29, 2011

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 Time  8 p.m. • Friday, Dec. 30, 2011
 Location  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) • Houston, Texas
 Radio  Live Streaming
 SportsTalk 790 • Houston IMG Sports Network
 Tom Franklin, PxP; Elvin Hayes, analyst
 Broadcast begins at 1:45 p.m.
 Television  Live Streaming
 John Granato, PxP; Brian Oliver, analyst
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 Series History  Houston leads 10-2 • Texas State won last two
 Last Meeting  Texas State won 81-78 • Dec. 6, 2011
 Strahan Coliseum • San Marcos, Texas
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HOUSTON - Winners of its last three games, the University of Houston men's basketball wraps up the year 2011 when it plays host to Texas State at 8 p.m., Friday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars will have revenge on their minds against the Bobcats. Houston battled back from a 23-point second-half deficit on Dec. 6 in San Marcos, Texas, before eventually falling 81-78.

This will be the fourth game in a season-long, five-game homestand for the Cougars. Houston is 3-0 on the current stand with wins against North Carolina A&T, Rogers State and UTSA. Those wins boosted the Cougars' season record in front of the hometown fans to 6-3 and extended their home winning streak to four straight games.

In their most recent action, redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young buried a 3-pointer with just 36 seconds remaining to turn a 1-point deficit into a 2-point cushion on the way to a 71-67 win against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday afternoon. The Houston native and Yates High product finished with 12 points, four rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots.

Junior guard Jonathon Simmons continues to lead the Cougars with 15.8 points per game and poured in a team-high 13 points - all in the second half - against the Aggies. It was the first time in six games that the Houston native failed to score 20 points in a game.

Sophomore forward Alandise Harris ranks second on the team with 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas leads the Cougars with 8.2 rebounds per contest and swatted a career-high six shots against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday.

Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 7:45 p.m., Friday.

Fans also can watch the game live on CSS with John Granato calling the play-by-play action and Brian Oliver adding analysis.

Fans can watch and hear the 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 hear games via Cougar All-Access.

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

The Cougars own a 10-2 lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 2, 1946. However, Texas State can boast of the most recent success with wins in each of the last two games.

Houston is 6-0 against the Bobcats inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Texas State brings a 7-5 record into Friday's game. In their most recent action, Texas State claimed a 99-47 home win against Huston-Tillotson. That win snapped a season-long, three-game losing streak and was its first win since knocking off Houston earlier this month.

The Bobcats shot 55.7 percent from the field (including 60 percent in the second half) and held Huston-Tillotson to 23.4 percent in the game to take the win.

Against the Rams, forward Brooks Ybarra led all players with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc. Eddie Rios came off the bench to score 14 points with three treys and six assists, while John Bowman added 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Travis Jones led all players with nine rebounds, while Vonn Jones tied for game-high honors with six assists.

This season, Matt Staff leads the Bobcats with 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game and is the only player to start all 12 games to date. Rios ranks second with 11.8 points per contest, while Ybarra stands third at 11.5. Jones paces the team with 3.8 assists per game.

Head coach Doug Davalos is in his sixth year at Texas State and has posted a 74-89 record He is in his 10th year overall as a head coach and has posted a 146-124 record during that time. Davalos previously served as head coach at Sul Ross State (2002-06).

Davalos is 1-0 against Houston during his career following Texas State's 81-78 win in San Marcos, Texas, on Dec. 6.

A 1994 graduate of Houston, Davalos' father Rudy served as director of athletics at Houston from 1987 to 1992.

The Cougars' homestand wraps up at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when they open Conference USA play against Tulsa inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Single-game tickets and various ticket packages are on sale now.
Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. In addition, fans also can purchase the Conference USA Pack, which includes eight exciting league games.

In the C-USA Pack, fans can buy Reserved seating to all Saturday men's home games for $99 with General Admission tickets available for only $75.

With the purchase of the Family Fun Plan, fans receive 2 adult and 2 youth general admission tickets to all Saturday C-USA games for only $159. Tickets for additional children are available for only $40 each in this Plan.

Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.



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