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Cougars make final home court appearance Saturday

By Josh Gajewski
Daily Cougar Staff

Five players will don Cougar red for the very last time on the home court when UH battles Louisville tomorrow afternoon.

Gee Gervin, Kenny Younger, Roy Spears, Derrick Fernandez and Early Smith will each be honored as the Cougars celebrate Senior Day before heading off to Memphis, Tenn. for the Conference USA Tournament next week.


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Roy Spears is one of five UH players that will take the court at Hofheinz Pavilion for the final time on Saturday when Louisville invades. UH is trying to end a 10-game losing streak.

Nothing would be sweeter for the departing bunch than a victory, which UH hasn't tasted at Hofheinz Pavilion since Jan. 8.

In fact, the Cougars have yet to win in their last 10 tries and have dropped 15 of their last 17 games.

Gee Gervin

The Cardinals fly into town on a hot streak, winning seven of eight, the one game lost over that period to No. 2 Cincinnati.

Marques Maybin and Tony Williams lead the way for UL, each averaging over 14 points per game; Nate Johnson is close behind with an average of 13.5 per game and is shooting at a 43.5 percent clip from behind the arc.

But Saturday will be a day for the seniors.

Gervin (18.5 ppg) was the first UH player to make it to the C-USA First Team in 1999 after transferring from San Jacinto College after the 1997-98 season. He was the first player in league history to lead C-USA in both scoring (20.6) and assists (3.93) in one season last year.

Kenny Younger

Younger (14.5 ppg) was also an All-Conference selection for the Cougars in 1999 after a 15.7 scoring and a 7.8 rebounding average last season. The senior from North Dakota has been the Cougars' go-to guy in the middle the past two years and has been among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage since his arrival at UH.

The most emotional appearance tomorrow afternoon -- at least for the players and coaches -- might be the 265-pound Smith taking the court for the final time. He's undergone four knee surgeries since his arrival at UH and his return this season has astonished many in the Cougar basketball family.

Guards Fernandez and Spears will also take the court for the last time. Fernandez has played 15 games this season and Spears has been quite possibly the most improved player on the Cougar squad this season.
 

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