TU Plays Houston Saturday in Hoops for Hunger Game



Feb. 14, 2013

TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa basketball team plays host to Conference USA rival Houston at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in its seventh annual Hoops for Hunger game at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

The Golden Hurricane (13-11, 5-5 C-USA) and the Cougars (15-8, 4-6 C-USA) face off in a rematch of Tulsa's 87-72 win in the initial meeting in Houston back on Jan. 23. The victory gave TU a 22-21 edge in the historically even series. Before its Wednesday bye this week, the Hurricane defeated UTEP, 74-70, in El Paso on Saturday. The Cougars have won two of their last three games, including a 79-61 home win over the Miners Wednesday.

The game will be televised by Fox Sports Network, and will also be broadcast on KRMG AM 740/102.3 FM in Tulsa, and on www.TulsaHurricane.com.

TU invites fans to bring non-perishable or canned food items to the game on Saturday. The food items will benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Financial contributions for the Food Bank will also be accepted. Julie Manning, wife of head coach Danny Manning, and the wives of TU assistant coaches will be collecting food items at the Reynolds Center doors. Doors open at 2 p.m.

There will also be a special halftime performance by the Magical Transformation Act "Quick Change". A preview of the Quick Change performance can be seen here: http://www.tulsahurricane.com/allaccess/?media=366145

With six games to play, Tulsa and Houston are within one game of each other in the C-USA standings. TU is tied with East Carolina at 5-5 for fifth place, while the UH is tied for seventh place, along with Tulane and Marshall.

The Golden Hurricane averages 65.7 points and 35.8 rebounds per game, and shoots 43 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line. TU allows 65.2 points and 34.0 rebounds per contest, as well as a .405 field goal percentage and a .332 three-point percentage.



Freshman guard James Woodard leads the active Golden Hurricane players in scoring, averaging 12.2 points, with 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Senior guard Scottie Haralson averages 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Pat Swilling, Jr., averages 9.9 points, freshman forward D'Andre Wright averages 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds and freshman guard Rashad Ray averages 7.4 points. Senior forward Kauri Black puts up 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.

The Cougars lead C-USA in scoring, averaging 77.3 points per game, and rank fourth in field goal percentage (.462) and second in three-point percentage (.376). UH also averages 38.9 rebounds per game and a .376 free throw percentage. Houston allows 71.1 points, 34.9 rebounds, a .432 field goal percentage and a .330 three-point percentage. Joseph Young leads the Cougars with 17.0 points per game, while TaShawn Thomas leads the team with 9.7 rebounds per game, has 43 blocks, and averages 16.3 points. Danuel House adds 13.0 points per contest, and J.J. Thompson averages 3.3 assists per game.

This is the 44th meeting between Tulsa and Houston. Tulsa leads the series, which dates back to 1951, 22-21. The Golden Hurricane claimed an 87-72 win over the Cougars in Houston on Jan. 23. The teams have split the season series in the last two years, with the home team winning each time. The Cougars won in Houston last season, 70-69, in overtime, and in 2010-11, 64-57. The Golden Hurricane returned home each season with wins in Tulsa, 72-48, last season, and 76-71 in overtime in 2010-11. TU won three in a row from 2008-10, and Houston won five in a row prior to that. TU also leads, 6-5, since Tulsa joined Conference USA in 2005-06. The Golden Hurricane is 12-8 all-time against the Cougars at home.

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