Dec. 31, 2009
HOUSTON COUGARS (7-4 0-0 C-USA) at UTSA ROADRUNNERS (8-3 0-0 SLC)
Jan. 1, 2010 UTSA Convocation Center (4,080) San Antonio, Texas 7 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The University of Houston men's basketball team looks to return to its winning ways when it begins a three-game road stretch to open the New Year. The swing begins at 1 p.m., Friday, when the Cougars square off against UTSA at the UTSA Convocation Center.
Houston (7-4) enters Friday's game following a tough 99-94 loss to Louisiana Tech at Hofheinz Pavilion on Tuesday night. It was the end of a six-game homestand for the Cougars during the month of December.
This will be the first time since the 1996-97 season that the Cougars have faced the Roadrunners and the first time since the 1993-94 campaign that Houston has met the Roadrunners in San Antonio, Texas.
Senior guard Aubrey Coleman continues to lead the Cougars, Conference USA and the nation with 26.6 points per game. The Houston native finished with 19 points and a team-high nine rebounds against Louisiana Tech and is one of only two players in the league to rank among the top-six individual leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
In addition to those impressive numbers, the reigning C-USA Player of the Week also leads the country with 3.6 steals per game.
Senior guard Kelvin Lewis, the newest member of Houston's 1,000-Point Club, ranks second on the team with 18.8 points per game and stands among the national leaders in 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made per game.
Junior guard Adam Brown, competing in his first season at Houston, ranks third on the team with 14.3 points per game and stands among the C-USA individual leaders with 2.1 steals per game. The San Antonio, Texas, native led the Cougars with 20 points against Louisiana Tech, his second straight 20-point game and third of the season.
Fans can hear Tuesday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 12:45 p.m.
Fans can follow live stats from Monday's game by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
UTSA enters Friday's game following a 69-47 loss at Utah on Tuesday night. That setback ended the Roadrunners' two-game winning streak and was only the team's second loss in the last six games.
Against the Utes, junior guard Devin Gibson led the Roadrunners with 15 points and five rebounds, while senior guard Omar Johnson added 12 points and five rebounds.
This season, Gibson leads UTSA with 13.7 points per game, while senior guard Morris Smith IV ranks second with 11.8 points per contest. Johnson stands third with 10.5 points per game, while senior forward Terry Fields is tops with 60 rebounds per game.
Brooks Thompson is in his fourth year at the helm of the UTSA bench, posting a 47-60 record during that time. Now in his sixth season overall as a head coach, Thompson has compiled a 102-68 record. Before coming to UTSA, he served two seasons as the head coach at Yavapai College in Arizona.
Tuesday's game will be Thompson's first game against the Cougars.
SERIES HISTORY vs. UTSA
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, the Cougars meet UTSA on the hardwood. The Cougars own a 5-1 (.833) lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 12, 1981. The Cougars bring a two-game winning streak into Friday's game, including a 69-49 win in Houston on Nov. 30, 1996, in the most recent action.
Houston opened the all-time series with three straight wins before the Roadrunners captured their lone victory with an 85-83 overtime decision in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 2, 1994.
The Cougars are 1-1 against UTSA in San Antonio. UTSA enjoyed the most recent success on its home court with an 85-83 overtime win on Feb. 2, 1994. The Cougars claimed a 104-59 win on Dec. 5, 1985, in Houston's first visit to UTSA.
The Cougars continue their road swing when they meet Big 12 Conference member Iowa State at 1 p.m., Sunday, in Ames, Iowa.
Houston then open its Conference USA season when they travel across town to Tudor Fieldhouse to face Rice at 8 p.m., Wednesday, in a game televised by CSS.