P. Gillen
Head coach Pete Gillen led the Friars to a 24-12 record last season.
Nov. 16, 1997

Friars Set for Season Opener

Providence Hosts Vermont Tuesday

Providence College vs. Vermont
SITE: Providence Civic Center (12,993) - Providence, Rhode Island
TIME: Tuesday, November 18, 1997 - 7:30 p.m.

PC is 2-0 versus the University of Vermont in this short all-time series. The Friars won the first meeting in Providence on December 19, 1942, 73-37. The last meeting came in Providence on December 21, 1991 with the Friars prevailing, 74-67.

The Catamounts were 14-13 last year and 7-11 for sixth place in America East. Coach Tom Brennan is in his 12th season at Vermont and his 15th as a Division I head coach. Vermont lost just three lettermen from last year's team, while returning 11. UVM's top returning player is 6-7 forward Erik Nelson, the lone senior on the team. He averaged 14.9 points and 8.6 rebounds last season.

The Friars open their 71st season of play tonight. In 70 previous season openers, the Friars are 62-8 overall. When that season opening game is at home, PC is 48-3 and the record is 14-5 when the first game occurs on the road. In home openers, the Friars are 65-5 all-time. Providence has won three season openers in a row with the last loss coming on November 26, 1993 at Oklahoma State (113-102 in ot). PC has won 12 straight home openers with the last loss coming on November 29, 1984, a 70-67 decision to Assumption at the Civic Center.

The Friars rallied from an 11-point deficit on November 8th to defeat the Washington D.C. Explorers, 74-71. On November 12th, the Friars downed the Around the World All-Stars, 72-58.

Location:           Providence, R.I.  
Founded:            1917
Enrollment:         3,596
President:          Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P.
Athletic Director:  John M. Marinatto
Head Coach:         Pete Gillen (Fairfield '68)
Career Record:      261-112/13th season
Ass't. Coaches:     Bobby Gonzalez, Tom 
                    Herrion, Michael Malone
Adm. Assistant:     Alexis Sherard
Trainer:            Kevin Gorey
Captains:           Kendrick Moore, Jamel Thomas and Corey Wright
Website:            www.friars.com

(2-0 in preseason)
Nov.  8 D.C. Explorers  W           74 - 71
Nov. 12 Around The World Stars  W   72 - 58
Complete Schedule
Pos.No. Name             Pts/Reb.   Ht. Wt.     Class   Hometown
F   25  Ben PERKINS     1st Year    6-7 200     Fr.     Vinton, La.
F   42  Llewellyn COLE  DNP         6-7 215     So.     New York, N.Y.
C   34  Ndongo N'DIAYE  0.7/1.0     7-0 225     So.     Dakar, Senegal
G   10  Corey WRIGHT    3.3/1.9     5-8 160     Jr.     New York, N.Y.
G   33  Jamel THOMAS    14.0/5.1    6-6 215     Jr.     Brooklyn, N.Y.
Pos.No. Name                Pts/Reb.    Ht.  Wt.        Class   Hometown
G    3  Kendrick MOORE      DNP         6-3  180        Jr.     Hartford, Conn.
F    4  Kofi POINTER        0.6/0.4     6-8  220        So.     Baltimore, Md.
C    5  T.J. McKENZIE       1st Year    6-10 235        Fr.     Friendswood, Tex.       
G   12  John LINEHAN        1st Year    5-9  165        Fr.     Chester, Pa.
G   13  Mark ADAMS          0.3/0.0     6-3  200        Sr.     Clifton, N.J.
F   15  Peter FARRELL-      1st Year    6-5  195        Fr.     Hanover, Mass.
G   20  Dennis CLEARY       0.1/0.0     6-0  160        So.     West Orange, N.J.
G/F 24  Erron MAXEY         1st Year    6-6  195        Fr.     Lake Elsinore, Cal.
G/F 40  Justin FARLEY       DNP         6-6  205        Jr.     Indianapolis, Ind.
F   50  Rick  CORDELLA      0.1/0.3     6-4  210        Jr..    Foxboro, Mass.
Jamel Thomas is the Friars leading returning scorer at 14.0 ppg.

PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1082-665 (.619) - Best in New England...Home record: 641-200 (.762)...Civic Center record: 317-119 (.727).

PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...112-174 in regular season and 125-191 overall in 18 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

Vermont at Providence 7:30 p.m. WPRO Radio - 630 AM with John Rooke and Joe Hassett

BIG EAST FAXBACK ...(201-947-3918) - Allows you to access PC's short notes (1721); PC's full game notes (1722); PC's statistics (1723) or Box scores (1724)\. Also the BIG EAST is on the Internet at www.bigeast.org

FOURTH 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)
      Vs. Vermont:  First Meeting

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 - NCA7)

NCAA TOURNAMENT: 10-8 (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 Tennessee-Chattanooga (71-65)...Lost to eventual champion, #13 Arizona, 96-92 in overtime...Second in the BIG EAST 7...cdUpset #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 ...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.

    Year        Rank    Team (Score)                    Year        Rank    Team (Score) 
    1986-87     #14 Missouri (70-69 - NCAA Tournament)  1994-95     # 4 CONNECTICUT (72-70)
    1988-89     #4  Louisville (85-83)                  1994-95     #11 VILLANOVA (71-70)
    1989-90     #25 Loyola Marymount (115-113 OT)       1994-95     #20 SYRACUSE  (71-69 OT - BE Tourney)
    1989-90     #8  Georgetown (74-71 - NCAA Tournament)1995-96     #21 Boston College (76-75)
    1990-91     #11 Nebraska (89-84 - NCAA Tournament)  1995-96     # 8 GEORGETOWN (84-77)
    1992-93     #17 New Orleans (73-55)                 1996-97     #18 TEXAS (74-66)
    1992-93     #19 Cincinnati (82-76  OT)              1996-97     # 8 VILLANOVA (91-68)
                                                        1996-97     #25 BOSTON COLLEGE (83-71)
    First Team                          Second Team                     
    F -  Pat Garrity, Notre Dame        F-  Damian Owens, West Virginia     
    F - Tim James, Miami                F - Richard Hamilton, Connecticut
    F - Zendon Hamilton, St. John's     F - Todd Burgan, Syracuse
    G - Vonteego Cummings, Pittsburgh   G - Jamel Thomas, PROVIDENCE
    G - Shaheen Holloway, Seton Hall    G - Felipe Lopez, St. John's          
    G - Victor Page, Georgetown
    Pat Garrity, Notre Dame
    Ron Artest, St. John's
    BIG EAST 7          BIG EAST 6
    Syracuse  (10)  81  Connecticut (9)     69
    Georgetown (2)  66  St. John's (4)      63
    Miami (1)       65  West Virginia       46
    Pittsburgh      44  Villanova           40
    PROVIDENCE      39  Notre Dame          32
    Rutgers         30  Boston College      18
    Seton Hall      30
   First place votes in parentheses.

MONTH BY MONTH (1997-98)...The Friars were 4-1 in November last season...

HOME COOKING...PC was 12-3 at home last season which gives the Friars a is 57-15 (.792) record over the last 72 games at the Providence Civic Center (dating back to January 25, 1993).

Over the last five full 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. Two of the losses have come in the NIT (Virginia Tech -1995, St. Joseph's - 1996) and two losses have been to Rhode Island (1992, 1996).

CIVIC CENTER RECORD...PC owns a 317-119 (.727) record at the Providence Civic Center since the building opened in 1972. The Friars recorded their 300th win their on January 8, 1996 against Canisius (91-63).

NAIL BITERS...PC is 14-11 in games decided by five points or less in Pete Gillen's three seasons at PC. The Friars were 2-3 in games decided by five or less last season.

CAPTAINS...Three juniors will serve as the Friars tri-captains this season. Kendrick Moore, Jamel Thomas and Corey Wright were selected as captains prior to the start of the 1997-98 season.

FRIARS IN THE NBA...Providence College currently has seven players in the NBA. They are:

Otis Thorpe - Vancouver Grizzlies
Austin Croshere - Indiana Pacers
Eric Murdock - Miami Heat
God Shammgod - Washington Wizards
Dickey Simpkins - Golden State Warriors
Michael Smith - Sacramento Kings
Eric Williams - Denver Nuggets
Also, Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens, is one of Providence College's all-time greatest players.

ROSTER UPDATE...Two players on the Friars roster will be out of action. Junior swingman Justin Farley. who transferred to Providence last January, will be eligible to play on December 20th at Canisius. Junior Waleed Driscoll is out of the lineup after having surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He is expected to miss the entire season.

PLAYER SIGNING...Sean Connolly, a 6-4, 190-pound guard from Peabody, Massachusetts and Bishop Fenwick High School has signed a national letter of intent to attend Providence College for the 1998-99 school year.

FAMOUS RELATIVES...Junior guard/forward Jamel Thomas is the cousin of the Minnesota Timberwolves' Stephon Marbury.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES...The Friars return just one starter (Jamel Thomas) from last year's Elite Eight and 24-12 team. Gone to graduation are Austin Croshere (Indiana Pacers -12th pick overall), Derrick Brown (CBA - Connecticut Pride), Ruben Garces (recovering from leg surgery) and Jason Murdock (out of basketball). Sophomore guard God Shammgod (Washington Wizards) opted for the NBA Draft where he was selected in the second round by Washington. Those five players accounted for 75.9% of PC's scoring and 68.1% of the Friars rebounding last season.

ATTENDANCE MARK...The 1996-97 Friars averaged more fans per game that ever at the Providence Civic Center. PC played 15 home games in front of 165,447 fans for an average of 11,030 per game. The previous best year was 1993-94 when the Friars averaged 10,882 per game.

CLASS BY CLASS..This season's Providence College roster features one senior, seven juniors, three sophomores and five freshman.

    University of Vermont:      2-0
    Brown:                      81-24
    Boston College:             49-36
    University of Utah:         1-1
    Rhode Island:               59-48
    Canisius:                   19-5
    Loyola-Marymount:           1-0
    Purdue:                     1-4
    Cleveland State:            1-0
    Georgetown:                 14-29
    Iona College:               1-1
    Syracuse:                   6-33
    Pittsburgh:                 13-17
    St. John's:                 30-49
    West Virginia:              6-1
    Connecticut:                20-29
    Seton Hall:                 38-32
    Miami:                      10-7
    Rutgers:                    4-0 
    Villanova:                  25-38
    Notre Dame:                 5-3     

Series Record: 3rd meeting - Providence leads, 2-0.
BIG EAST Series: N/A
At Vermont: No Games
At Providence: PC leads 2-0
Neutral Courts: No games
Last Meeting: 12/21/91 - PC 74 UVM 67
Last PC win overall: Same as above
Last Vermont win: None
Current Streak: The first meeting between the two schools came on December 19, 1942 with PC winning 73-37. It took 49 years to play the second game in 1991.

PC                              Vermont
24-12   Overall Record          14-13
10-8    League Record            7-11
.447    Field Goal Pct.         .391
.336    3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.   .311
.723    Free Throw Pct..        .645
.431    Opp. FG Pct.            .437
.354    Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct.      .325
.669    Opp. FT Pct.            .693
37.3    Rebound Average         38.5
+1.1    Rebound Margin         - 0.4
16.1    Assists/Game            13.5
15.8    Turnovers/Game          14.1
3.9     Blocks/Game             4.3
 9.3    Steals/Game             7.3
76.5    Points/Game             68.6
70.1    Pts Allowed/Game        70.7

GAME NOTES Notes: Vermont returns its top nine players from last year's team includeing Third Team America East standout, Erik Nelson. The Cats leading scorer (14.9 ppg, 8.6 pg) was among the national leaders in blocking shots. Forward Craig Peper (13.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and guard Tobe Carberry (7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg) are other Vermont players to watch.

Coach Tom Brennan is in his 12th season as the Catamounts bench boss. UVM was 14-13 overall last year and finished sixth in America East with a 7-11 record.

PRESEASON HYPE Junior guard/forward Jamel Thomas is the Friars' top returning player and has already caught the eye of the national media.

Chosen Preseason Second Team All-BIG EAST
Dick Vitale's Preseason Second Team All-BIG EAST
Adidas/Blue Ribbon Honorable Mention All-American
Athlon Sports Preseason Third Team All-BIG EAST
Swish Magazine New England Division I Men's Dream Team

YOUTH WILL BE SERVED The Friars open the 1997-98 season with one of the youngest and most inexperi -enced teams in the nation. The lone senior is a four-year walk-on. Jamel Thomas (33) and Corey Wright (3) are the only returning players to start games last year. Here is a look at the games played by members of this year's team:

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