March 28, 1997

1996-97 Season Wrap-Up

FRIARS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT...PC won its first NCAA Tournament games since 1987, going 3-1 in the tourney and advancing to the Elite Eight. In the First/Second Rounds at Charlotte, North Carolina, PC had wins over #7-seed Marquette (81-59) and #2-seed Duke (98-87). The Friars played in the Regionals (Southeast) for the fifth time in school history. There, they defeated #10-seed Tennessee-Chattanoogoa (71-65) before losing in the Elite Eight to Arizona, 96-92 in overtime.

FRIARS IN NCAA's...The Friars' win against Marquette (3/14/97) snapped a four-game NCAA Tournament losing streak for Providence. PC hadn't won since losing to Syracuse in the Final Four in 1987. Providence had three more appearances after that - 1989, 1990, and 1994 - losing in the first round each time. PC is now 14-14 in NCAA Tournament play in this the Friars' 13th all-time appearance.

PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1082-665 (.619) - Best in New England...Home record: 641-200...Civic Center record: 317-119.

BIG EAST FAXBACK: (401-861-0616) Allows you to access PC's statistics (151152); Box scores (151153); or Game notes (151151).

PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...114-174 in regular season and 126-190 overall in 17 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

HEAD COACH PETE GILLEN

THIRD YEAR AT PC:    24-12/10-8 in BIG EAST
Overall at PC:       59-37 (.615)/26-28 in BIG EAST
XAVIER:              202-75 (.724)    
12-YEAR CAREER:      261-112 (.700)
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: 4-3
BIG EAST GAMES:     26-28
NON-LEAGUE GAMES:   33-9 (Losses vs. Vlllanova - BE Tourney (1995,1996, 1997); 
                         Virginia Tech - NIT; at Texas, ST. JOSEPH'S - NIT, 
                         Middle Tennessee State, Rhode Island, Arizona - NCAA)
    
NCAA TOURNAMENT:     8-8 (1985-91; 1992-93, 1997)
NIT:                 4-3 (1993-94, 94-95, 95-96)
1996-97 (24-12/10-8)...Elite Eight...Beat Marquette
(81-59)...Defeated #8 Duke (98-87)...Knocked off
UT-Chattanooga (71-65)...Lost to eventual champion, #13
Arizona, 96-92 in overtime...Second in BIG EAST 7...Upset
#18 Texas (74-66)...Upset #8 Villanova (91-68)...Recorded
250th career win at St. John's, 72-59...Knocked off #25
Boston College (83-71)...
1995-96 (18-12/9-9)...Third in BIG EAST 7 ...Upset #21
Boston College at Conte Forum (76-75)...Upset #8 Georgetown
(84-77) ...Beat St. John's (80-72) in BIG EAST
Tournament....1996 NIT versus Fairfield (91-79)...Lost to
St. Joseph's (62-82)...
1994-95 (17-13/7-11)...Sixth in BIG EAST...First  BIG EAST
win  1/4/95 vs. Pittsburgh...Upset #4 Connecticut...Upset
#11 Villanova...Upset #20 Syracuse in BIG EAST Quarterfinals
1993-94 (22-8/8-2) First in MCC...NIT
Quarterfinalists...Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of
the Year...Upset # 19 Cincinnati...Assistant Coach Dream
Team II
1992-93 (24-6/12-2) First in MCC... Lost in second round of
NCAA...Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year...
Head Coach North Team, U.S. Olympic Festival...Upset #17 New
Orleans...
1991-92 (15-12/7-3) Second in MCC...
1990-91 (22-10/11-3) First in MCC...MCC Tournament
Champions...Lost in second round of NCAA... Upset #11
Nebraska in NCAA Tournament.
1989-90 (28-5/12-2) First in MCC...Second in MCC
Tournament...Lost in Sweet 16 of NCAA... Midwestern
Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year...School's most wins
ever...Upsets of #25 Loyola-Marymount and #8 Georgetown
(NCAA Tournament)...
1988-89 (21-12/7-5) Third in MCC...MCC Tournament
Champions...Lost in first round of NCAA... Upset #4
Louisville
1987-88 (26-4/9-1)  First in MCC...MCC Tournament
Champions...Lost in first round of NCAA... Midwestern
Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year...School's best-ever
winning percentage...
1986-87 (19-13/7-5) Third in MCC...MCC Tournament
Champions...Lost in second round of NCAA...Beat #14 Missouri
in NCAA Tournament.
1985-86 (25-5/10-2) First in MCC...MCC Tournament
Champions...Lost in first round of NCAA... Midwestern
Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year.

GILLEN COACHED UPSETS VERSUS TOP 25 TEAMS (1985-97)
Year       Rank Team (Score)                            Year    Rank    Team (Score) 
1986-87     #14 Missouri (70-69 - NCAA Tournament)   1994-95     #11    VILLANOVA (71-70)
1988-89     #4  Louisville (85-83)                   1994-95     #20    SYRACUSE (71-69 OT - BE Tourney)
1989-90     #25 Loyola Marymount (115-113 OT)        1995-96     #21    Boston College (76-75)
1989-90     #8  Georgetown (74-71 - NCAA Tournament) 1995-96     # 8    GEORGETOWN  (84-77)
1990-91     #11 Nebraska (89-84 - NCAA Tournament)   1996-97     #18    TEXAS  (74-66)
1992-93     #17 New Orleans (73-55)                  1996-97     # 8    VILLANOVA  (91-68)
1992-93     #19 Cincinnati (82-76  OT)               1996-97     #25    BOSTON COLLEGE (83-71)
1994-95     # 4 CONNECTICUT (72-70)                  1996-97     # 8    Duke (98-87 - NCAA Tournament)

FAST COMPANY....With 260 career wins, Friars' coach Pete Gillen is moving in with some fast company. Only nine other coaches have reached that many wins faster than Gillen in 12 or less seasons. Here's a list of the group with him:

COACH             SCHOOL               YEARS        RECORD    GAMES
Everett Case      North Carolina St. 1947-57        280-71      351
Denny Crum        Louisville         1972-82        263-74      337
Jim Boeheim       Syracuse           1977-87        261-84      345
Nolan Richardson  Tulsa/Arkansas     1981-91        260-92      352
Jerry Tarkanian   Long Beach/UNLV    1969-79        259-49      308

The above five coaches reached 258 wins in 11 seasons. The following coaches did it in their 12th season. This is also Gillen's 12th season.

Wimp Sanderson  Alabama              1981-92    265-118     373
John Thompson   Georgetown           1973-84    262-104     366
Bob Huggins     Walsh/Akron/Cinn.    1981-93    262-108     370
PETE GILLEN     Xavier/PC            1986-97    261-112     372
Boyd Grant      Fresno St./Colo. St. 1976-86    260-106     366
                                     1988-90

MONTH BY MONTH (1996-97)...4-1 in November...5-2 in December...6-2 in January...4-4 in February...March 5-3...

HOME COOKING...PC is 57-15 (.792) over the last 72 games at the Providence Civic Center (dating back to January 25, 1993). Over the last five seasons, PC is 64-18 (.780) at the Civic Center. PC is 32-4 (.889) in its last 36 non-conference games in Providence dating back to the start of the 1992-93 season. The losses - December 8th, 1992 to Rhode Island, Virginia Tech (1995 NIT), St. Joseph's (1996 NIT) and URI again on December 10, 1996.

NAIL BITERS...PC's four-point overtime loss to Arizona in the Southeast Regional Championship game (96-92) drops the Friars to 1-3 in games decided by four points or fewer this season. PC is 12-10 in games decided by four points or fewer in Pete Gillen's three seasons at PC.

1996-97 CLOSE ONES...
11/23   Middle Tennessee  77    PC  75  -
12/21   at Wisconsin      57    PC  59
  1/15  at Miami          71    PC  69  -
  3/23  vs. Arizona       96    PC  92  -

300 WINS...PC's January 8th win against Canisius last season was the school's 300th regular season win at the Providence Civic Center. The Friars have played there since 1972 and own a 317-118 (.729) record at the downtown arena. FRIARS IN THE NBA...Providence College currently has five players in the NBA. They are:

Otis Thorpe - Detroit Pistons
Marty Conlon - Boston Celtics
Michael Smith - Sacramento Kings
Dickey Simpkins - Chicago Bulls
Eric Williams - Boston Celtics
Also, Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens, is one of
Providence College's all-time greatest players.

BIG EAST WINS...With the Friars' 79-74 win at Rutgers on February 18th, Austin Croshere and Jason Murdock became PC's winningest BIG EAST players with 36 career BIG EAST wins. Graduated guard Michael Brown (now playing professionally in England) set the Providence College record for BIG EAST wins last season with 35 in his four-year career.

PRIME TIME...Beginning on February 18th at Rutgers (ESPN 2) through the loss to Arizona on March 23rd (CBS) Providence College basketball was seen on national television for the final 11 games of the 1996-97 season. The Friars had one appearance on ESPN 2; one appearance on NBC, four appearnaces on ESPN and five games on CBS. The Friars' games NCAA Tournament games with Duke (3/16) and Arizona (3/23) were televised to the entire nation.

PC VERSUS 96-97 OPPONENTS...
Alaska-Fairbanks:        #  1-0
Middle Tennessee St.:    #  0-1
Southern Illinois:       #  1-0
Long Island University:     4-1
Columbia University:        1-0
Villanova:                 25-39
Notre Dame:                 5-3     
Rhode Island:              59-48
Brown:                     81-24
Wisconsin:                  3-1
Loyola-Marymount:           1-0
Texas:                      2-1
St. John's:                30-49
Seton Hall:                38-32
Canisius:                  19-5
Miami:                     10-7
West Virginia:              6-1 
Connecticut:               20-29
Boston College:            49-36
Rutgers:                    4-0
Georgetown:                14-29    
Pittsburgh:                13-17
Syracuse:                   6-33
Marquette:               %  3-2
Duke:                    %  1-1
Chattanooga:             %  1-0
Arizona:                 %  2-3
#Opponent at Top of the World Classic
% NCAA Tournament

STREAKY FRIARS...During the 1996-97 season, the Friars had a pair of six game winning streaks (12/21/96 - 1/6/97 and 1/19/97 - 2/5/97). During those streaks, the Friars had won 16 of 20 games. On the downside, the Friars worst losing streak was three games (2/22/97 to 3/2/97). the Friars ended the year winning five of their last seven games.

ATTENDANCE MARKS...The 1996-97 Friars averaged more fans per game than ever at the Providence Civic Center. During the past season, the Friars played 15 home games in front of 165,447 fans for an 11,030 per game average. The previous season best average came in 1993-94 when the Friars averaged 10,822 per game.

FRIARS IN THE BIG EAST TOURNEY...PC shot 62.5 (15-24) in the second half versus Rutgers. That was the best half the Friars have ever had in the BIG EAST Tournament. The previous best was .593 versus Seton Hall in 1985...Jamel Thomas' four three-pointers tied the PC mark for three-point field goals held by Billy Donovan and set against St. John's in 1987.

FRIAR NCAA MARKS....The Friars set several school marks in the NCAA Tournament. The 56 points scored in the second half against Duke is a new Friars' record...The 27 points that PC held Marquette to in the second half was the fewest the Friars have ever given up in a half...Duke's eight three-pointers is the most that the Friars have ever surrendered....Austin Croshere's 39 points broke Billy Donovan's mark of 35 set in 1987...Croshere's 15-15 night at the foul line is best shooting night for a Friar in 12 previous NCAA Tournaments.

MARGIN OF VICTORY...The Friars' 22-point win over Marquette (81-59) was the largest margin of victory for PC in an NCAA Tournament game since March 15, 1973 when the Friars downed Penn by 22 (87-65).

GREAT DEFENSE...The 59 points that PC surrendered to Marquette was the fewest that the Friars have ever given up in an NCAA Tournament game. The previous low was 65 by Penn on March 15, 1973.

BOARD BANGERS...Providence won the battle of the boards in three of their four NCAA Tournament games. Against Marquette, PC outrebounded the Golden Eagles by a 34-20 margin. Against Duke, PC led by a 43-24 margin. The 19 rebound difference versus the Blue Devils is the best this season. Chattanooga had a 45-37 edge over the Friars and PC took care of Arizona by a 50-45 margin, including 27 offensive rebounds. In the four games, PC outrebounded opponents by a 41.0 to 33.5 margin (7.5 per game). On the regular season, the Friars onl

YOUNG VETERANS

Despite having four seniors on the roster, only two members of this year's Friar team have played more that 30 games. Here's how the roster breaks down:

Number of Games played
Player                 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 TOTAL 
Austin Croshere (Sr.)       25      30      30      36   121
Jason Murdock (Sr.)         17      30      30      36   113
Derrick Brown (Sr.)                         30      34    64
Ruben Garces (Sr.)                          30      35    65
Mark Adams (Jr.)                     5       6      12    23
Abdul Brown (Jr.)                                    8     8
Dennis Cleary (So.)                          3       9    12
Llewellyn Cole (So.)                        28  redshirt  28
Richard Cordella (So.)                       5       9    14
God Shammgod (So.)                          29      36    65
Jamel Thomas (So.)                          29      36    65
Corey Wright (So.)                                  36    36
Kofi Pointer (Fr.)                                  14    14
Ndongo N'Diaye (Fr.)                                32    32

1996-97 AWARDS AND HONORS

DERRICK BROWN - Third Team All-BIG EAST
    Jimmy Walker Co-Most Valuable Player
    Basketball Times Honorable Mention All-East
    BIG EAST Player of the Week - February 3rd
    First Player to have jersey retired at Los Angeles City College
    33rd Player at Providence to go over 1,000 points in career
    CBS Player of the Game versus Duke
AUSTIN CROSHERE - Finalist for the John Wooden All-American Team
    Jimmy Walker Co-Most Valuable Player
    Providence College's Male Athlete of the Year
    First Team All-BIG EAST
    ECAC Co-Player of the Year
    First Team All-ECAC
    USBWA All-District I Player of the Year
    College Hoop Insider First Team All-BIG EAST
    BIG EAST Player of the Week - December 30th
    32nd player in PC history to go over 1,000 points in career (Finished 8th -1,523)
    Set BIG EAST and Providence College records for consecutive
    free throws with 57 from 2/5 (Rutgers) to 3/6 (West
    Virginia)
    CBS Player of the Game versus Marquette
RUBEN GARCES - Team's Rebounder Award
JASON  MURDOCK -  PC's Unsung Hero Award
NDONGO N'DIAYE -  PC's Most Improved Player Award
KOFI POINTER -  PC's Most Promising Prospect Award
GOD SHAMMGOD - Named to the NCAA All-Southeast Regional Team
    Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year
    PC's Playmaker Award
    Eighth all-time at PC with 428 assists
    Broke PC sophomore assists mark with 239
    CBS Player of the Game versus Tennessee-Chattanooga
JAMEL THOMAS - Named to NCAA All-Southeast Regional Team
    All-Tournament Team - Top of the World Classic (Fairbanks, Alaska)
    BIG EAST Player of the Week - November 25th
    Winner of PC's Coaches' Award
    CBS Player of the Game versus Arizona 
COREY WRIGHT -  Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award

SCORING MACHINE...Austin Croshere scored 91 points in the Friars' four NCAA games during March for a 22.75 per game average. That led the tournament after four games. Croshere set the PC record for points in an NCAA game when he scored 39 in the win over Marquette. That was also a career high for the Los Angeles native. His 15-for-15 night at the free throw line ranks him third behind Bill Bradley and Fennis Denbow (each was 16-for-16 from the charity stripe in one game.). Croshere has now played in five NCAA games in his career and has 92 points (18.4 ppg average). He played one minute in his freshman year with one point. Croshere scored in double figures in 29 of PC's 36 games this year.

Croshere in NCAA Tournament:
Marquette - 39 points - 6 rebounds
Duke - 21 points -10 rebounds
Tenn.-Chattanooga - 19 points - 5 rebounds
Arizona - 12 points- 2 rebounds
Croshere Double-Doubles
12/28/96   at  LMU - 20 pts., 11 rebs.
 1/06/97   vs. Villanova - 27 pts., 10 rebs.
 1/19/97   vs. WVU - 12 pts., 16 rebs.
 2/02/97   vs. BC  - 25 points, 10 rebs
 2/12/97   vs. Georgetown - 20 pts., 12 rebs.
 2/15/97   vs. PITT - 25 points - 12 rebs.
 2/18/97   vs. Rutgers - 17 points - 13 rebs
 2/24/97   vs. Syracuse - 21 points-11 rebs
 3/16/97   vs. Duke - 21 points -10 rebs. 

BROKEN STREAK...Austin Croshere set BIG EAST and Providence College records when he hit on 57 consecutive free throws between 2/5 and 3/6 (nine games). Croshere set the BIG EAST single season free throw percentage mark as he made 81 of 84 (.964) in league play.

ALL-TIME SCORING LIST....Austin Croshere continues to climb on PC's all-time scoring chart. With 91 points in the NCAA Tournament, Croshere has moved into eighth on the all-time scoring list with 1,523 points. Here's who's ahead of him:

NO  PLAYER               GP  POINTS
 1 Jimmy Walker          81   2,045
 2 Eric Murdock         117   2,021
 3 Marvin Barnes         89   1,839
 4 Joe Hassett          124   1,828
 5 Bruce Campbell       122   1,809
 6 Ernie DiGregorio      86   1,760
 7 Otis Thorpe          113   1,625
 8 Austin Croshere      121   1,523

CAREER HIGH....Austin Croshere scored a career high 39 points in the win over Marquette. His career best prior to the Marquette game was 31 against New Hampshire. His rebounding high is 16 which he did against New Hampshire as a junior.

THE KING OF STEAL...Sophomore guard God Shammgod broke a Providence College record when he recorded ten steals in the win over Brown on December 21st. Shammgod broke Eric Murdock's record of eight in a game set on 1/27/88 against Miami. Shammgod led the Friars with 88 steals or 2.44 steals per game.

MEN OF STEAL....The Friars set individual and team records with 22 steals against Brown University on December 21st. PC's 22 steals broke the previous mark of 21 set against Arkansas-Little Rock on December 23, 1985.

HOMETOWN HEROES....Senior forwards Derrick Brown and Austin Croshere made triumphant returns to the Los Angeles area when the Friars played Loyola Marymount on December 28th. Brown, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., played his junior college basketball at Los Angeles City College. On December 29, he had his number retired, the first player to ever be so honored by that school. Brown was the California Junior College Player of the Year and a J.C. All-American for the 1994-95 season before coming to Providence. Brown followed that honor with game scoring honors versus LMU as he scored 25 points in PC's win including a career high five three-pointers. Croshere, a former high school standout at Crossroads School in L.A. didn't disappoint his large contingent of fans either. The All-America candidate turned in his first double-double of the season and the fifth of his career as he scored 20 points and added 11 rebounds in the Marymount win. He was also named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the Wisconsin (27 points, five rebounds)df and Loyola Marymount games.

THE PANAMANIAN WRECKING CREW... Ruben Garces played with a stress fracture in his right leg for the entire season, but his play in the NCAA Tournament shows it didn't slow him down, especially on the boards. In four tourney games, Garces scored 9.5 points and added 9.0 rebounds per game. His big game came against Arizona where he scored 16 points and pulled down a career high 19 rebounds, including 18 in the second half.

GARCES DOUBLE-DOUBLES...
  11/27    LIU -14 points -13 rebounds
   1/02    ST. JOHN'S  - 14 points - 10 rebs.
   1/11  @ Seton Hall - 16 points- 18rebs.
   2/24    SYRACUSE - 12 points - 13 rebs.
   3/07    Villanova - 15 points - 10 rebs.
   3/23    Arizona - 16 points - 19 rebounds   

MOST WINS...The Friars' 24 wins is the most for a PC team since 1986-87 when that team went 25-9. PC's 10-8 BIG EAST record equals the teams record set in 1993-94. Only three PC teams have won ten games in BIG EAST play with the 1986-87 season being the best record with a 10-6 mark in league play.

UPSET MAKER...Head coach Pete Gillen has the magic touch when it comes to knocking off the big boys. In just his third season at Providence, Gillen's teams have pulled off nine upsets of Top 25 teams including four against Top 10 teams. Already this season,the Friars have knocked off #18 Texas, #8 Villanova, #25 Boston College and #2 Duke University (NCAA Tournament).

PROVIDENCE STATS IN  
                              WINS   LOSSES   HOME   AWAY   NEUTRAL
    FG Percentage             .467     .412   .460   .414      .474                
    FG Percentage Defense     .413     .470   .416   .464      .416
    Three-point Percentage    .352     .300   .340   .311      .365    
    Free Throw Percentage     .745     .697   .722   .695      .753    
    Rebounds Average          37.5     36.9   37.0   36.8      38.3
    Rebound Margin             3.8     -3.4    0.8    0.0       3.1   
    Points per Game           79.0     72.3   77.8   72.8      79.4    
    Points Allowed per Game   64.6     80.8   68.6   71.3      71.1

OVERTIME BLUES...The Friars' overtime loss to Arizona was their fourth of the season. The last time PC played four overtimes in a season was the 1991-92 season when PC lost all four games. In four overtime games this past season, the Friars were outscored 67-30 or by a 16.75 to 7.5 margin.

DERRICK TAKES FLIGHT...Senior forward Derrick Brown had a strong post season for the Friars. First, he scored 65 points in three BIG EAST Tournament games and followed that up with 73 in four NCAA games. The high-flying forward has now scored 138 points in seven post-season games (19.7 ppg). PC's "Unsung Hero" Brown scored a career high 33 points in PC's win over Duke. The 33 points helped Brown become the 33rd player in school history to go over 1,000 points in his career. Brown closed out his Providence career with now has 1,034 career points in just 64 games. The senior from Brooklyn, New York joins elite company as only two other two-year players at Providence have scored more than 1,000 points. Derrick finishes 31st on PC's all-time scoring list.

NO  PLAYER            GP  POINTS
27  Carlton Screen   109   1,076
28  Steve Wright     123   1,060
29  Jerry Scott       97   1,045
30  Mike Pascale      66   1,035
31  Derrick Brown     64   1,034
32  Ray Flynn         82   1,025
33  Eric Williams     60   1,001

THREE - D...Derrick Brown has recorded five double-doubles on the season.

Derrick's Double-Doubles
11/22/96   at Ala.-Fairbanks - 29 pts./14 rebs.
 1/27/97   at UConn - 31 pts./10 rebs.
 2/01/97   BC - 21 pts./11 rebounds
 2/05/97   RUTGERS - 17 pts./12 rebounds
 3/16/97   Duke - 33 points/10 rebounds

His 33 points against Duke marked Brown's career best day. His 14 rebounds dsat Alaska-Fairbanks is a career high in that department.

DOUBLE YOUR FUN...The fifth Friar to record double-doubles this season is sophomore guard God Shammgod. He's done it twice using scoring, assists and steals for his games. His first came on December 21 when he had ten points and 10 steals against Brown. His second occurred in the Syracuse game when he had 14 points and 10 assists. He was one of three Friars to turn in double-doubles in that game. He joins Croshere, Derrick Brown, Garces and Jamel Thomas with double-doubles this season.

N'DIAYE TIME....Freshman Ndongo N'Diaye pulled down a career-high eight rebounds in the Friars' win over Canisius. He also scored four points and blocked a pair of shots in 15 minutes of playing time. Ndongo gave the Friars a spark in the BIG EAST Tournament when he turned in three blocked shots in eight minutes of action against Villanova.

TWO FOR RHODE ISLAND...Two of the state's three Division I schools, Providence College and the University of Rhode Island were selected for this year's NCAA Tournament. This marks just the third time (1966 and 1978) in the two school's histories that both are in the NCAA Tournament at the same time.

HIGH RANKINGS...Providence College finished the season ranked 15th by USA Today/CNN. It marks the first time since January 10, 1989 that the Friars have cracked the Top 25. PC was 20th then with a 13-0 record. The last time Providence finished the season ranked nationally was following the 1986-87 season when the Friars were ranked sixth by USA Today/CNN.

MAKING THE PLAYS....God Shammgod continues to be the catalyst behind PC's strong season. The sophomore point guard is among the national leaders in assists and steals. He finished the season with 239 assists in 36 games for a 6.6 assist per game average. That ranked Shammgod 12th in the nation. He also led PC with 88 steals in 36 games for a 2.4 steal per game mark. JAMEL TIME....It appears that Jamel Thomas will be the Friars top returnee for the 1997-98 season. He has had a strong start playing regularly in the first half of his collegiate career. The junior-to-be scored 504 points last season for a 14.0 ppg average along with 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. In just two seasons, Thomas has scored 774 points in 65 games for an 11.9 ppg average. He was named to the NCAA All-Southeast Regional Team following PC's two games in Birmingham. In four NCAA games, Thomas averaged 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds against some of the best schools in the country.

MOVING IN THE RECORDS....God Shammgod continues to make his mark on the PC record book as a sophomore. In the NCAA Tournament, he 14.0 points and 7.2 assists per game. He currently ranks eighth on PC's all-time assist list with 428 assists in 65 games. After setting the PC freshman record for assists last season, Shamm now owns the Friars' sophomore mark for assists with 239. Only four other players have recorded more assists in a season than Shammgod. The last Friar to record 200 assists in a season was Abdul Abdullah who had 241 in the 1993-94 season. For the season, Shamm averaged 10.8 points and 6.6 assists per game.

THE WRIGHT STUFF...Sophomore guard Corey Wright proved he belonged in his first year with the Friars. He turned in a career high 11 points and 31 minutes in PC's overtime loss to Notre Dame. In the tournament, he is averaging 3.0 points per game and 2.3 rebounds against some of the nation's best players. He ranks second to God Shammgod on the team in assists (103) and steals (73).

FRIARS VS. RANKED TEAMS....The Friars finished the 1996-97 season with 3-3 (AP) and 4-3 (USA Today/CNN) records against nationally-ranked teams. PC upset eighth-ranked Duke University in the Second Round of NCAA Tournament, 98-87 and fell to #15/#13 Arizona, 96-92 in overtime. Arizona went on to be USA Today/CNN's national champion. Here's how the Friars have fared against teams ranked in the Top 25 by the Asssociated Press or USA Today/CNN.
              Associated Press                        USA TODAY/CNN
DATE      RANK   TEAM          W/L     SCORE     DATE    RANK    TEAM          W/L     SCORE
12/04/96    #5   at Villanova    L     64-75  12/04/96     #8    at Villanova    L     64-75
12/31/96   #18   TEXAS         W       74-66  12/31/96    #17    TEXAS         W       74-66    
 1/06/97    #8   VILLANOVA       W     91-68   1/06/97    #10    VILLANOVA     W       91-68
 2/01/97   #25   BC              W     83-71   
 3/07/97   #21   Villanova       L     63-73   3/07/97    #17    Villanova       L     63-73
 3/16/97   # 8   Duke          W       98-87   3/16/97    # 8    Duke          W       98-87
 3/23/97   #15   Arizona         L  ot 92-96   3/23/97    #13    Arizona         L ot  92-96
                                      
FRIAR LEADS AND DEFICITS
BIGGEST LEAD: 35 (79-44/3:29 left in second half) vs. CANISIUS
Biggest lead lost: 11 (28-17/5:31 left in first half) at St. John's
BIGGEST DEFICIT: 18 (74-92/:33 left in second half) versus RHODE ISLAND 
Biggest deficit overcome: 12 (37-49/17:13 left in second half) vs. Middle Tennessee State
                          12  (62-74/6:50 left in second half) vs. Arizona
BIGGEST RUN: 39 [77-36 - (30:36)/from start of game to 9:24 of second half] versus CANISIUS
                                    
BIGGEST RUN ALLOWED: 22 [22-44 - (17:32)/from 12:32 left in second half to end of overtime] by Notre Dame
COMEBACKS AND LOST LEADS
OPPONENT                  SCORE   LED/TRAILED     TIME LEFT
Alaska-Fairbanks $        98 - 73 Trailed 18-20    9:27 left in first half
Middle Tennessee State $  75 - 77  - Led 73-72     1:46 left in second half
Southern Illinois $       82 - 58 Never trailed
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY   100 - 88 Trailed 42-44   19:03 left in second half
COLUMBIA                  74 - 61 Trailed 6-7     17:40 left in first half
Villanova                 64 - 75  - Never led
NOTRE DAME                82 - 59 Never trailed
RHODE ISLAND              79 - 96  - Led 7-0     18:00 left in first half
BROWN                     58 - 44 Never trailed
Wisconsin                 59 - 57 Trailed 1-7     16:22 left in first half
Loyola Marymount          83 - 76 Trailed 58-60    8:57 left in the second half
TEXAS                     74 - 66 Trailed 4-6     15:32 left in the first half
ST. JOHN'S                77 - 67 Trailed 4-6     17:04 left in the first half
VILLANOVA                 91 - 68 Never Trailed
Seton Hall                66 - 73  - Led 62-61    2:35 left in second half
Miami                     69 - 71  - Led 27-18   10:30 left in first half
WEST VIRGINIA             74 - 61 Never Trailed
St. John's                72 - 59 Trailed 37-41   13:04 left in second half
CANISIUS                  80 - 53 Never Trailed
Connecticut               62 - 47 Trailed  7-12   14:00 left in first half
BOSTON COLLEGE            83 - 71 Trailed 9-19    13:51 left in the first half
RUTGERS                   73 - 67 Trailed 60-62    3:20 left in the second half
West Virginia             78 - 90  - ot Led 26-24  5:44 left in first half
Georgetown                69 - 75  - Led 13-9     15:09 left in first half
PITTSBURGH                84 - 70 Never trailed
Rutgers                   79 - 74 Tied 71-71       1:59 left in second half    
Notre Dame                74 - 86  - ot Led 64-6   1:02 left in second half
SYRACUSE                  82 - 91  - ot Led 14-7  13:45 left in first half
GEORGETOWN                56 - 67 Led 46-44        8:01 left in second half
Rutgers #                 77 - 56 Trailed  7-8    15:10 left in first half
West Virginia #           76 - 69 Trailed 41-42   16:06 left in second half
Villanova #               63 - 73  - Led 37-34    Start of second half
Marquette %               81 - 59 Trailed 13-19   10:51 left in first half
Duke %                    98 - 87 Trailed 44-51   18:55 left in second half
Chattanooga +             71 - 65 Trailed 44-47   10:00 left in second half
Arizona +                 92 - 96  - ot Led 87-85  4:33 left in overtime    
$  Top of the World Classic
#  BIG EAST Tournament
% NCAA First/Second Round
+  NCAA Southeast Regional
FRIARS' FOUL SHOOTING
FREE THROW SHOOTING IN THE FINAL THREE MINUTES (Game score 10 or fewer)
PLAYER            1996-97         CAREER          PLAYER          1996-97        CAREER          
Abdul Brown        0-0   (.000)   0-0   (.000)    Jason Murdock    1-3   (.333)  17-23  (.739)
Derrick Brown     23-30  (.767)  47-63  (.746)    Ndongo N'Diaye   0-0   (.000)   0-0   (.000)          
Austin  Croshere  24-33  (.727)  53-65  (.815)    Kofi Pointer     0-0   (.000)   0-0   (.000)
Llewellyn Cole     0-0   (.000)   0-0   (.000)    God Shammgod    31-47  (.660)  61-86  (.709)          
Ruben  Garces      2-5   (.400)   4-9   (.444)    Jamel Thomas    14-17  (.824)  19-28  (.679)
Corey Wright      8-15   (.533)   8-15  (.533)
    
PROVIDENCE  105-151  (.695)             OPPONENTS         103-147  (.701)
           

FRIAR STATISTICAL LEADERS

(as of March 3, 1997) INDIVIDUAL POINTS OVERALL BIG EAST Austin Croshere 17.9 (3rd) 16.1 (10th) Derrick Brown 16.7 (7th) 15.6 (13th) FIELD GOAL % Derrick Brown .494 (3rd) .473 (5th) Austin Croshere .453 (6th) .398 (12th) Jamel Thomas .436 (11th) .447 (8th) Ruben Garces .545 (2nd) FREE THROW % Austin Croshere .900 (1st) .933 (1st) Derrick Brown .805 (3rd) .769 (8th) REBOUNDING Austin Croshere 7.8 (4th) 8.4 (4th) Ruben Garces 7.3 (10th) 7.7 (t9th) ASSISTS God Shammgod 6.6 (1st) 6.8 (1st) STEALS God Shammgod 2.8 (4th) 2.6 (3rd) Corey Wright 2.2 (9th) 2.2 (10th) ASS'T/TO RATIO God Shammgod 2.16 (2nd) 2.16 (2nd) OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS Ruben Garces 3.1 (4th) 3.5 (3rd) Derrick Brown 2.9 (9th) 2.7 (14th) DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS Austin Croshere 5.6 (3rd) 6.3 (2nd) Ruben Garces 4.1 (14th)
TEAM        
CATEGORY             OVERALL         BIG EAST
Scoring              75.8  (2nd)     74.2  (t3rd)
Scoring Defense      69.7  (10th)    70.6  (8th)
Scoring Margin       +6.1  (5th)     +3.6  (3rd)
Field Goal %        .442   (5th)    .431   (5th)
Opp. FG %           .433   (12th)   .439   (12th)
3PT %               .335   (7th)    .328   (9th)
Opp 3 PT%           .353   (12th)   .333   (8th)
Free Throw %        .713   (1st)    .700   (3rd)
Rebounds             36.8  (12th)    36.3  (10th)
Opp. Rebounds        36.3  (5th)     38.6  (7th)
Rebound Margin       +0.5  (8th)     -2.2  (9th)
Assists              16.1  (4th)     16.9  (1st)
Steals               10.1  (4th)      9.9  (2nd)
Blocked Shots         3.9  (7th)      4.3  (6th)
Turnover Margin      +3.0  (2nd)     +2.3  (4th)
Assist/TO Ratio       1.01 (3rd)      1.07 (1st)
FRIARS IN FINAL NCAA RANKINGS
ASSISTS - 12th - God Shammgod  239  (6.6) 
FT % - 6th - Austin Croshere  (182-205) .888 
FRIAR GAME KEYS:
19-11 in games shooting under 50%
 5-1 in games shooting over 50%
19-2 when PC has better FG%
 5-6 when committing more turnovers
22-5 when opponent held to 75 or less
20-2 when PC leads at the half

FRIARS BY THE NUMBERS....
CURRENT STREAK:     Lost 1
OVERALL RECORD:     24-12
LAST FIVE GAMES:     3-2
LAST TEN GAMES:      5-5
HOME:               12-3
ROAD:                6-6
NEUTRAL:             6-3
OVERTIME GAMES:      0-4
BIG EAST RECORD:    10-8
BIG EAST HOME:       7-2
BIG EAST AWAY:       3-6
LONGEST WIN STREAK:    6  (twice)
HOME WIN STREAK:       9 (Dec. 21- Feb. 15)
BIG EAST HOME
WIN STREAK:            8 (Includes win from last season vs.
                          Georgetown - 2/27/96 to 2/15/97)
WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME: 20-2
    AWAY:                  5-2
    HOME:                 10-0     
    NEUTRAL:               5-0
    
WHEN TRAILING AT HALFTIME: 4-9
    HOME:                  2-2
    AWAY:                  1-5
    NEUTRAL:               1-2
RECORD LAST TIME PC PLAYED 36 GAMES: Never played 36 games
1996-97 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE WINS AND LOSSES
FRIARS RECORD WHEN....
Providence  shoots 50% or better  from the floor..................................................5-1
Providence shoots less than 50% from the floor..................................................19-11
Providence holds opponent to 50% or less from the floor....................................24-10
Providence opponent shoots 50% or better from the floor...................................0-2
Providence outrebounds opponent......................................................................16-5
Opponent out rebounds Providence....................................................................8-7
Providence makes 40% or more of three point tries............................................10-2
Providence makes less than 40% of three point tries..........................................13-11
Providence  scores 60 or more points..................................................................21-11
Providence scores 70  or more points.................................................................20-6
Providence scores 80  or more points.................................................................10-2
Opponent held to fewer than  60 points.................................................................8-1
Opponent scores 60 or more points....................................................................15-12
Opponent scores 70 or more points....................................................................7-11
Opponent scores 80 or more points....................................................................2-5
FRIARS WHEN AHEAD, TIED AND TRAILING....
                   WHEN AHEAD             WHEN TIED       WHEN TRAILING
Halftime               20 - 2                 0 - 1               4 - 9 
10 Minutes Left        21 - 3                 0 - 1               3 - 7 
 5 Minutes Left        22 - 2                 0 - 0               2 - 9
STARTING  LINEUPS RECORDS:
    1  -   1:   Shammgod - Murdock - Croshere - D. Brown - Thomas
    2  -   0:   Wright - Thomas - Garces - D. Brown - Croshere
   19  -   7:   Shammgod - Thomas - Garces - D. Brown - Croshere
    1  -   2:   Shammgod - Murdock - Garces - D. Brown - Croshere
    1  -   1:   Wright - Shammgod - Garces - Thomas - Croshere
    1  -   0:   Shammgod - Murdock - Garces - Thomas - Croshere   
    
RECORDS  AS STARTERS
      23  - 11: Derrick  Brown
      24  - 12: Austin Croshere
      23  - 12: Ruben Garces 
       3  -  3: Jason Murdock
      22  - 12: God Shammgod
      22  - 10: Jamel Thomas
       2  -  1: Corey Wright
   
GAMES LOST - INJURY/ILLNESS/ACADEMICS (3)
    Ruben Garces - (right leg - Alaska-Fairbanks)
    Derrick Brown  (academics - URI - BROWN)
GAMES LED PC IN:    
Scoring:                 Croshere (17.0), D. Brown (13), Thomas (4.0), Shammgod (2.0), Garces (0.5)  
Rebounding:              Croshere (12.5), Garces (12.0), Thomas (3.5),  D. Brown (4.0), 
                         Murdock (1), N'Diaye (1)
Scoring and Rebounding:  Croshere (4), Thomas (1), D. Brown (2.5), 
DOUBLE/DOUBLES:          Croshere (9), Garces (6), D. Brown (5), Thomas (4), Shammgod (2)   
20-POINT GAMES:          Croshere (17), D. Brown (11), Thomas (5), Shammgod (3) 
30-POINT GAMES:          Croshere (3), D. Brown (2)

FRIAR RECORD BOOK

PC SEASON THREE POINTS ATTEMPTS 
1   Billy Donovan (1986-87)     237
2   Ernie Lewis (1986-87)       220
3   Delray Brooks (1987-88)     182
4   Austin Croshere (1995-96)   166
5   Eric Murdock (1990-91)      160
6   Chris Watts (1990-91)       159
7   JAMEL THOMAS (1996-97)      158     
8   Rob Phelps (1991-92)        151
    
PC CAREER THREE POINT GOALS
1   Eric Murdock        169
2   Michael Brown       167
3   AUSTIN CROSHERE     147
        
PC CAREER THREE POINT ATTEMPTS
1   Eric Murdock        477
2   AUSTIN CROSHERE     432  
   
PC SEASON FREE THROWS MADE
1   Eric Murdock (1990-91)      238
2   Jimmy Walker (1966-67)      205
3   Billy Donovan (1986-87)     199
4   AUSTIN CROSHERE (1996-97)   182
5   Jimmy Walker (1965-66)      166
6   Otis Thorpe (1983-84)       162
7   John Thompson (1963-64)     161
    
    
PC CAREER FREE THROWS MADE
1   Jimmy Walker        481
2   Eric Murdock        478
3   Bob Moran           417
4   AUSTIN CROSHERE     386
5   Otis Thorpe         377
    
PC SEASON FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
1   Joe Hassett (1976-77)        64-68      .941
2   Bill Blair  (1965-66        101-112     .902
3   AUSTIN CROSHERE (1996-97)   182-205     .888

PC CAREER FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
1   Joe Hassett    (148-171)    .865
2   Bill Blair  (231-271)       .852
3   Mark McAndrew (128-151)     .848
4   AUSTIN CROSHERE  (375-443)  .843
5   Matt Palazzi  (120-143)     .839

PC SEASON ASSISTS
1   Ernie DiGregorio  (1972-73) 267
2   Vin Ernst  (1962-63)        243
    Billy Donovan (1986-87)     243
4   Abdul Abdullah  (1993-94)   241
5   GOD SHAMMGOD (1996-97)      239

PC CAREER ASSISTS 
1   Ernie DiGregorio    662
2   Billy Donovan       546
3   Carlton Screen      532
4   Ricky Tucker        520
5   Bob Misevicius      490
6   Eric Murdock        487
    Vin Ernst           487
8   GOD SHAMMGOD        428

PC SEASON STEALS
1   Eric Murdock  (1990-91)     111
2   Carlton Screen  (1988-89)   101
3   Eric Murdock (1988-89)       97
6   GOD SHAMMGOD (1996-97)       88

PC CAREER STEALS 
 1   Eric Murdock        376
 2   Carlton Screen      226
 3   Harold Starks       207
 7   Bill Eason          159
 8   Dwight Williams     150
     Delray Brooks       130
10   GOD SHAMMGOD        130

PC CAREER SCORING 
 1   Jimmy Walker        2045
 2   Eric Murdock        2021
 3   Marvin Barnes       1839
 4   Joe Hassett         1828
 5   Bruce Campbell      1809
 6   Ernie DiGregorio    1760
 7   Otis Thorpe         1625
 8   AUSTIN CROSHERE     1523
 9   John Thompson       1520
10   Jim Hadnot          1467
27   Carlton Screen      1076
28   Steve Wright        1060
29   Jerry Scott         1045
30   Mike Pascale        1035
31   DERRICK BROWN       1034
32   Ray Flynn           1025
33   Eric Williams       1001

TEAM SEASON HIGHS AND LOWS

PROVIDENCE OPPONENT POINTS - 1st Half High 50 Marquette (3/14/97) 44 LONG ISLAND UNIV. (11/27/96) Low 24 Villanova (12/4/96) 16 BROWN (12/21/96) POINTS - 2nd Half High 60 LONG ISLAND UNIV. (11/27/96) 54 RHODE ISLAND (12/10/96) Low 22 BROWN (12/21/96) 23 Connecticut (1/29/97) TOTAL POINTS High 100 LONG ISLAND UNIV. (11/27/96) 96 RHODE ISLAND (12/10/96) 96 Arizona (3/23/97) Low 58 GEORGETOWN (3/2/97) 44 BROWN (12/21/96) FIELD GOALS High 36 LONG ISLAND UNIV. (11/27/96) 36 West Virginia (2/8/97) Low 20 BROWN (12/21/96) 17 BROWN (12/21/96) 20 Wisconsin (12/23/96) 20 Villanova (3/7/97) FG ATTEMPTS High 86 Arizona (3/23/97) 75 LONG ISLAND UNIV. (11/27/96) Low 42 Wisconsin (12/23/96) 43 BROWN (12/21/96) FG PERCENTAGE High .579 CANISIUS (1/27/97) .621 West Virginia (2/8/97) Low .348 Villanova (12/4/96) .333 Southern Illinois (11/24/96) 3-PT FG High 12 Loyola Marymount (12/28/96) 11 LONG ISLAND UNIV. (11/27/96) Low 2 Five Times 1 St. John's (1/25/97) 3-PT FGA High 31 Loyola Marymount (12/28/96) 37 TEXAS (12/31/96) Low 5 Wisconsin (12/23/96) 6 St. John's (1/25/97) 3-PT FG PCT. High .500 Three times .500 Three times Low .154 Villanova (12/4/96) .143 CANISIUS (1/27/97) FREE THROWS High 40 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96) 27 Villanova (12/4/96) 27 Arizona (3/23/97) Low 6 Miami (1/15/97) 2 TEXAS (12/31/96) 6 Connecticut (1/29/97) FT ATTEMPTS High 55 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96) 38 Arizona (3/23/97) Low 8 West Virginia (2/8/97) 5 BROWN (12/21/96) FT PCT. High .917 WEST VIRGINIA (1/19/97) 1.000 BROWN (12/21/96) Low .500 St. John's (1/25/97) .200 TEXAS (12/31/96) REBOUNDS High 50 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96) 51 Villanova (12/4/96) 50 Arizona (3/23/97) Low 26 Wisconsin (12/23/96) 20 Marquette (3/14/97) ASSISTS High 25 CANISIUS (1/27/97) 22 West Virginia (2/8/97) 22 Notre Dame (2/22/97) Low 8 Three Times 7 Villanova (12/4/96) TURNOVERS High 24 BROWN (12/21/96) 31 BROWN (12/21/96) 24 Seton Hall (1/11/97) Low 6 Tennessee-Chattanooga (3/21/97) 8 Tennessee-Chattanooga (3/21/97) BLOCKS High 10 BOSTON COLLEGE (2/1/97) 6 Rutgers (2/18/97) 6 GEORGETOWN (3/2/97) 6 Arizona (3/23/97) Low 1 RHODE ISLAND (12/10/96) 0 Four Times STEALS High 22 BROWN (12/21/96) 15 Seton Hall (1/11/97) Low 1 Twice 2 Four times

INDIVIDUAL SEASON HIGHS

PROVIDENCE OPPONENT POINTS - 1st Half High 20 Austin Croshere (Marquette) 15 Charles Jones (LONG ISLAND) POINTS - 2nd Half High 20 Austin Croshere (RHODE ISLAND) 19 Jeff Capel (Duke) TOTAL POINTS High 39 Austin Croshere (Marquette) 30 Miles Simon (Arizona) FIELD GOALS High 12 Jamel Thomas (Connecticut) 11 Otis Hill (SYRACUSE) 12 Derrick Brown (Marquette) FG ATTEMPTS High 29 Jamel Thomas (Arizona) 26 Victor Page (Georgetown) FG PERCENTAGE High 1.000 Ruben Garces (WEST VIRGINIA) 1.000 Alex Fraser (Miami) (5 or more attempts) (6-6) (6-6) 3-PT FG High 5 Derrick Brown (Loyola Marymount) 6 Charles Jones (LONG ISLAND) 5 Jamel Thomas (Miami) 5 Austin Croshere (BOSTON COLLEGE) 5 Austin Croshere (RUTGERS) 5 Jamel Thomas (SYRACUSE) 3-PT FGA High 11 Austin Croshere (Loyola Marymount) 14 Charles Jones (LONG ISLAND) 11 Jamel Thomas (Miami) 3-PT FG PCT. High .800 Derrick Brown (Connecticut) .800 C.J. Thompkins (COLUMBIA) (5 or more attempts) (4-5) (4-5) (4-5) Earl Johnson (RUTGERS) FREE THROWS High 15 Austin Croshere (Marquette) 10 Pat Garrity (NOTRE DAME) 10 Todd Burgan (SYRACUSE) 10 Miles Simon (Arizona) FT ATTEMPTS High 17 God Shammgod (RHODE ISLAND) 16 Miles Simon (Arizona) FT PCT. High 1.000 Austin Croshere (Georgetown) 1.000 Tim Thomas (Villanova) (5 or more attempts) (15-15) (9-9) 1.000 Austin Croshere (Marquette) 1.000 Danya Abrams (BOSTON COLLEGE) (15-15) (8-8) REBOUNDS High 19 Ruben Garces (Arizona) 13 Jason Lawson (Villanova) 13 Gordon Malone (West Virginia - BE) ASSISTS High 11 God Shammgod (VILLANOVA) 9 Kevin Norris (Miami) TURNOVERS High 7 God Shammgod (BROWN) 8 Rickie Sanders (Alaska-Fairbanks) 8 Monquencio Hardnett (Connecticut) 8 Victor Page (Georgetown) BLOCKS High 4 Ruben Garces (St. John's) 5 Jason Lawson (Villanova) 4 Ruben Garces (BOSTON COLLEGE) 4 Austin Croshere (West Virginia - BE) 4 Ruben Garces (UT-Chattanooga - NCAA) STEALS High 10 God Shammgod (BROWN) 6 James "Scoonie" Penn (BC)

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE CAREER HIGHS

ABDUL BROWN          OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        13 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96)       3 Twice
POINTS          3 Twice           
REBOUNDS        3 Three Times                       2 NOTRE DAME (12/7/96)
FIELD GOALS     1 Twice
FG ATTEMPTS     2 NOTRE DAME (12/7/96)              2 NOTRE DAME (12/7/96)
FG PCT.     1.000 LONG ISLAND UNIV. (11/27/96)
FREE THROWS     3 Alaska-Fairbanks  (11/22/96)
FT ATTEMPTS     4 Alaska-Fairbanks  (11/22/26)
FT PCT.      .750 Alaska-Fairbanks  (11/22/96)
3PT FG            ----    
3PT FGA           ----
3PT FG%           ----
ASSISTS         0   
TURNOVERS       1 Four Times
BLOCKS          0   
STEALS          1 Twice

DERRICK BROWN        OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        38 Twice                            38 PITTSBURGH (2/10/96)
POINTS         33 Marquette (3/14/97)              31 Connecticut (1/29/97)
REBOUNDS       14 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96))     13 RUTGERS (2/3/96)
FIELD GOALS    12 Three times 12  Twice
FG ATTEMPTS    19 Loyola  Marymount (12/28/96)     18 Villanova (1/24/96)
FG PCT.      .778 Boston College (2/1/96)        .778 Boston College (2/1/96)
FREE THROWS    13 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96)       7 Three Times
FT ATTEMPTS    16 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96)      11 RUTGERS (2/3/96)
FT PCT.     1.000 20 times                      1.000 10 times
3PT FG          5 Loyola Marymount (12/28/96)       4 Twice
3PT FGA         8 Twice                             7 Villanova (3/7/97)
3PT FG%     1.000 WEST VIRGINIA (1/20/96)       1.000 WEST VIRGINIA (1/20/96)
ASSISTS         5 St. John's  (3/6/96)              4 Twice
TURNOVERS       5 Five   Times                      5 GEORGETOWN  (3/2/97)
BLOCKS          2 Four Times                        1 Eight times
STEALS          4 Twice                             3 Twice
        
LLEWELLYN  COLE      OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        14 COLGATE (12/28/95)                9 Twice               
POINTS          8 Texas (12/21/95)                  3 St. John's (1/6/96)
REBOUNDS        7 CANISIUS (1/8/96)                 3 Pittsburgh (1/28/96)
FIELD GOALS     2 Three Times                       1 Six  Times
FG ATTEMPTS     4 CANISIUS (1/8/96)                 2 Three Times
FG PCT.     1.000 Five  Times                   1.000 Four  Times
FREE THROWS     4 Texas (12/21/95)                  1 St. John's (1/6/96)
FT ATTEMPTS     6 Texas (12/21/95)                  1 St. John's (1/6/96)
FT PCT       .667 Texas (12/21/95)              1.000 St. John's (1/6/96)
3PT FG          1 MIAMI (2/14/96)                   1 MIAMI (2/14/96)
3PT FGA         1 MIAMI (2/14/96)                   1 MIAMI (2/14/96)
3PT FG%     1.000 MIAMI (2/14/96)               1.000 MIAMI (2/14/96)
ASSISTS         2 Twice                             1 SETON HALL (1/2/96)
TURNOVERS       2 CANISIUS (1/8/96)                 1 Twice
BLOCKS          2 Pittsburgh (1/28/96)              2 Pittsburgh (1/28/96)
STEALS          1 Villanova (3/7/96)                  ----

AUSTIN CROSHERE      OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        43 Twice                            43 Twice
POINTS         39 Marquette (3/14/97)              27 VILLANOVA (1/6/97)
REBOUNDS       16 WEST VIRGINIA (1/19/97)          16 WEST VIRGINIA (1/19/97) 
FIELD  GOALS   11 CANISIUS (1/27/97)                9 VILLANOVA (1/6/97)
FG ATTEMPTS    18 BOSTON COLLEGE (2/17/96)         18 BOSTON COLLEGE (2/17/96)
FG PCT.     1.000 MIAMI (1/8/94)                1.000 MIAMI (1/8/94)
FREE THROWS    15 Marquette   (3/14/97)            14 PITTSBURGH (2/15/97)
FT ATTEMPTS    17 PITTSBURGH (2/10/96)             17 PITTSBURGH (2/10/96)
FT PCT.     1.000 30th Time                     1.000 21st  Time
3PT FG          5 Twice                             5 Twice
3PT FGA        11 Loyola Marymount (12/28/96)       9 Twice   
3PT FG%     1.000 Five Times                    1.000 Twice
ASSISTS         4 Four times                        4 Three times
TURNOVERS       7 Rhode Island  (12/9/95)           6 Twice 
BLOCKS          4 Three times                       4 BOSTON COLLEGE (2/17/96)
STEALS          6 WISCONSIN  (12/11/95)             4 Twice

RUBEN GARCES         OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        36 Villanova (3/7/97)               32 Twice
POINTS         19 VILLANOVA (1/6/97)               19 VILLANOVA (1/6/97)
REBOUNDS       19 Arizona (3/23/97)                18 Seton Hall (1/11/97)
FIELD GOALS     9 West Virginia  (2/8/97)           9 West Virginia  (2/8/97)
FG ATTEMPTS    16 Twice                            16 VILLANOVA (1/6/97)  
FG PCT.     1.000 Twice                         1.000 Twice
FREE THROWS     5 Syracuse (1/10/96))               5 Syracuse (1/10/96)
FT ATTEMPTS     8 Syracuse (1/10/96)                8 Syracuse (1/10/96) 
FT PCT.     1.000 Four Times                    1.000 Twice
3PT FG            ---                                 ---
3PT FGA           ---                                 ---
3PT FG%           ---                                 ---
ASSISTS         2 12  times                         2 11  times
TURNOVERS       6 Twice                             6 WEST VIRGINIA (1/20/96)
BLOCKS          4 Twice                             4 Twice    
STEALS          3 Five Times                        3 Four Times

JASON MURDOCK        OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        36 CONNECTICUT (2/27/95)            36 CONNECTICUT (2/27/95)
POINTS         20 South Carolina (12/31/94)        18 Seton Hall (2/13/95)
REBOUNDS        8 NOTRE DAME (12/7/96)              8 NOTRE DAME (12/7/96)
FIELD GOALS     7 South Carolina (12/31/94)         6 Twice
FG ATTEMPTS    16 ST. JOHN'S  (1/4/95)             16 ST. JOHN'S  (1/4/95)
FG PCT.     1.000 Three times                   1.000 Three times
FREE THROWS     6 BROWN  (12/1/94)                  5 St. John's  (1/6/96)
FT ATTEMPTS    10 BROWN  (12/1/94)                  6 St. John's (1/6/96)
FT PCT.     1.000 17 times                      1.000 10  times
3PT FG          3 West Virginia (2/8/97)            3 West Virginia  (2/8/97)
3PT FGA         8 ST. JOHN'S (1/4/95)               8 ST. JOHN'S (1/4/95) 
3PT FG%     1.000 Eight Times                   1.000 Four  times
ASSISTS         6 Three Times                       6 Connecticut (1/14/95)
TURNOVERS       6 Georgetown (12/7/94)              6 Georgetown (12/7/94)
BLOCKS          3 Seton Hall (2/13/95)              3 Seton Hall (2/13/95)
STEALS          5 RHODE ISLAND (12/3/94)            3 Twice

NDONGO N'DIAYE       OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        21 Southern Illinois (11/24/96)     13 WEST VIRGINIA (1/19/97)
POINTS          5 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96)       4 VILLANOVA (1/6/97)      
REBOUNDS        8 CANISIUS (1/27/97)                4 WEST VIRGINIA (1/19/97)
FIELD GOALS     2 CANISIUS (1/27/97)                1 Twice
FG ATTEMPTS     5 CANISIUS  (1/27/97)               2 Three times
FG PCT.     1.000 Three times                   1.000 SYRACUSE  (2/24/97)
FREE THROWS     4 Southern Illinois (11/24/96)      2 VILLANOVA (1/6/97)
FT ATTEMPTS     5 Alaska-Fair banks (11/22/96)      2 VILLANOVA (1/6/97)
FT PCT.     1.000 Twice                         1.000 VILLANOVA (1/6/97)
3PT FG.     
3PT FG ATT      1 West Virginia  (2/8/97)           1 West Virginia  (2/8/97)     
3PT FG%
ASSISTS         1 Villlanova (3/7/97)                             
TURNOVERS       2 Three times                       2 West Virginia (2/8/97)
BLOCKS          3 Three times                       3 ST. JOHN'S  (1/2/97)
STEALS          1 Three times                       1 Twice

KOFI POINTER         OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        10 CANISIUS  (1/27/97)               5 WEST VIRGINIA (1/19/97)
POINTS          6 Southern Illinois (11/24/96)      2 NOTRE DAME (12/7/96)
REBOUNDS        3 BROWN (12/21/96)                  1 VILLANOVA (1/6/97)
FIELD GOALS     1 Twice                             1 NOTRE DAME  (12/7/96)
FG ATTEMPTS     2 Three times                       2 NOTRE DAME  (12/7/96)
FG PCT.      .500 Twice                          .500 NOTRE DAME  (12/7/96)
FREE THROWS     3 Southern Illinois (11/24/96)   
FT ATTEMPTS     4 Southern Illinois (11/24/96)
FT PCT.      .750 Southern Illinois (11/24/96)
3PT FG.         1 Southern Illinois (11/24/96)        
3PT FG ATT.     2 Southern Illinois (11/24/96)      1 WEST VIRGINIA (1/19/97)
3PT FG%      .500 Southern Illinois (11/24/96)
ASSISTS         1 Twice   
TURNOVERS       2 CANISIUS (1/27/97)                1 NOTRE DAME  (12/7/96)
BLOCKS          1 BROWN (12/21/96)            
STEALS          1 NOTRE DAME  (12/7/96)             1 NOTRE DAME  (12/7/96)

GOD SHAMMGOD         OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        43 Twice                            43 Notre Dame (2/22/97)
POINTS         24 RHODE ISLAND (12/10/96)          21 Notre Dame (2/22/97)        
REBOUNDS        5 Four  times                       5 Twice
FIELD GOALS     8 Twice                             8 Notre Dame (2/22/97)
FG ATTEMPTS    20 ST. JOSEPH'S (3/19/96)           17 Notre Dame (2/22/97)
FG PCT.      .750 Wisconsin (12/23/96)           .556 St. John's (1/25/97)
FREE THROWS    10 Twice                             8 PITTSBURGH (2/10/96)   
FT ATTEMPTS    17 RHODE ISLAND (12/10/96)          11 GEORGETOWN (2dddddf/27/96)
FT PCT.     1.000 11  times                     1.000 Seven  times
3PT FG.         4 SYRACUSE (12/3/95)                4 SYRACUSE (12/3/95)
3PT FG          8 Twice                             8 SYRACUSE (12/3/95)
3PT FG%     1.000 SYRACUSE (2/24/97)            1.000 SYRACUSE  (2/24/97)
ASSISTS        13 WEST VIRGINIA (1/20/96)          13 WEST VIRGINIA (1/20/96)
TURNOVERS       7 Twice                             7 Villanova (1/24/96)
BLOCKS          1 Five times                        1 Three times
STEALS         10 BROWN (12/21/96)                  8 WEST VIRGINIA (1/19/97)

JAMEL THOMAS         OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        41 Arizona (3/23/97)                37 Three times
POINTS         29 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96)      27 Twice
REBOUNDS       15 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96)       9 Twice
FIELD GOALS    11 NOTRE DAME (12/7/96)             11 NOTRE DAME  (12/7/96)
FG ATTEMPTS    29 Arizona (3/23/97)                25 Miami  (1/15/97)
FG PCT.      .778 CONNECTICUT (1/13/96)          .778 CONNECTICUT  (1/13/96)
FREE THROWS     9 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22?96)       6 ST. JOHN'S (1/2/97)
FT ATTEMPTS    12 Alaska-Fairbanks (11/22/96)       7 ST. JOHN'S (1/2/97)
FT PCT.     1.000 Eight  Times                  1.000 Six  Times
3PT FG          5 Twice                             5 Miami (1/15/97)
3PT FGA        11 Miami (1/15/97)                  11 Miami (1/15/97)
3PT FG%     1.000 Five  times                   1.000 Four  times
ASSISTS         5 PITTSBURGH (2/15/97)              5 PITTSBURGH (2/15/97)
TURNOVERS       6 RHODE ISLAND (12/10/96)           5 Three times 
BLOCKS          2 Twice                             2 Twice
STEALS          5 Twice                             5 MIAMI (2/14/96)

COREY WRIGHT         OVERALL                            BIG EAST
MINUTES        34 Southern Illinois (11/24/96)     31 Notre Dame (2/22/97)
POINTS         11 Notre Dame (2/22/97)             11 Notre Dame (2/22/97)
REBOUNDS        5 SYRACUSE  (2/24/97)               5 SYRACUSE (2/24/97)
FIELD GOALS     4 Notre Dame (2/22/97)              4 Notre Dame (2/22/97)
FG ATTEMPTS     7 Twice                             7 Notre Dame (2/22/97)
FG PCT.     1.000 Four  times                   1.000 Twice
FREE THROWS     4 PITTSBURGH (2/15/97)              4 PITTSBURGH (2/15/97)
FT ATTEMPTS     6 PITTSBURGH (2/15/97)              6 PITTSBURGH (2/15/97)        
FT PCT.     1.000 Three times                   1.000 Three times
3PT FG.         2 Twice                             1 Four times
3PT FGA         4 RHODE ISLAND (12/10/96)           3 Twice
3PT FG%     1.000 PITTSBURGH (2/15/97)          1.000 PITTSBURGH (2/15/97)
ASSISTS         6 Five times                        6 Twice
TURNOVERS       5 RHODE ISLAND (12/10/96)           3 Twice  
BLOCKS          1 Miami  (1/15/97)                  1 Miami  (1/15/97)            
STEALS          5 Twice                             4 Twice

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