Nov. 11, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Fresh off their season-opening win, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team competes in its first road action of the season when it meets San Jose State at 9 p.m. (CST) // 7 p.m. (PST) inside The Event Center.
The Cougars claimed an 81-76 win against Florida A&M on Friday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It was the program's eighth season-opening win in the last nine years. Houston will be looking for its second straight 2-0 start under third-year head coach James Dickey
Against the Rattlers, the Houston frontcourt of senior Leon Gibson and sophomore TaShawn Thomas combined for 31 points and 30 rebounds in the first meeting between the two teams. Gibson, the lone senior among the 2012-13 Cougars, scored a career-high 20 points and added 10 rebounds for the 10th double-double of his career.
Thomas posted 11 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against Florida A&M, topping his previous high of 16 boards against Texas State in December 2011. He also became the first Cougar to grab 20 rebounds in a game since Louis Truscott snared 21 boards at TCU on Feb. 1, 2003.
Making his first start in his collegiate debut, redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers scored 19 points, thanks to a game-high five 3-pointers. The Terrell, Texas, native was forced to miss the entire 2011-12 season with a knee injury before undergoing successful surgery and rehabilitation.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Frankin providing the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 8:45 p.m. (CST) // 6:45 p.m. (PST), Tuesday.
Fans can hear the audio stream live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access or by clicking here. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the Live Stats link or by clicking here.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State owns an 0-1 overall record following its 72-68 loss at New Orleans on Friday night.
Privateers, James Kinney was the only Spartan to reach double digits, scoring 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting with five rebounds and three assists. Chris Cunningham lead SJSU with seven rebounds, while Cunningham, Kinney and Xavier Jones each posted a game-high three steals apiece.
Head coach George Nessman is in his seventh year at San Jose State. Nessman, who is a 1981 graduate of California, has posted a 77-142 record with the Spartans during that time.
SERIES HISTORY vs. SAN JOSE STATE
Tuesday's game will be the first time that Houston has faced San Jose State in basketball. The Spartans are the second three first-time opponents for the Cougars in 2012-13, joining Florida A&M (W, 81-76, Nov. 9) and Louisiana College (Nov. 19).
Following Tuesday's game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofehinz Pavilion for a pair of home games. The Cougars play host to Grambling State at 7 p.m., Saturday and continue their homestand when they face Louisiana College at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19.
Fans can hear both games live on SportsTalk 790 AM with the pregame show scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m., each night.
Single-game tickets for the month of November and a variety of ticket packs are now on sale inside the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. 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