J. Thomas
Jamel Thomas (on right) is averageing 25.0 points for the Friars. (file photo)
Nov. 22, 1997

Friars Take on Brown

SITE: Providence Civic Center (12,993) - Providence, Rhode Island
TIME: Tuesday, November 25, 1997 - 7:30 p.m.

FRIARS VERSUS BEARS...The Friars have won five in a row and 15 of the last 16 meetings in the series and hold an 81-24 edge in the first 105 meetings in the series. Providence won last year's game, 58-44, on December 21st. The last Brown win came on 12/1/91, a 71-69 overtime victory.

BROWN UPDATE...The Bears opened the season with a 56-50 win over Army on November 18th and then lost the opener of the Fairfield Tournament, 78-47, to Fairfield. The Bears play in the consolation game against Hofstra or Bucknell on Saturday. Brown was 4-22 last season and 3-11 in Ivy League play.

PROBABLE STARTERS
Pos.No. Name                Pts/Reb.    Ht. Wt. Class   Hometown
F   25  Ben PERKINS         10.0/12.0   6-7 200 Fr.     Vinton, La. 
F   33  Jamel THOMAS        25.0/11.0   6-6 215 Jr.     Brooklyn, N.Y.
C   42  Llewellyn COLE      4.0/3.0     6-7 215 So.     New York, N.Y.
G   10  Corey WRIGHT        6.0/1.0     5-8 160 Jr.     New York, N.Y.  
G   12  John LINEHAN        13.0/3.0    5-9 165 Fr.     Chester, Pa.
OFF THE BENCH
G    3  Kendrick MOORE      5.0/3.0     6-3 180 Jr.     Hartford, Conn.
F    4  Kofi POINTER        DNP         6-8 220 So.     Baltimore, Md.
C    5  T.J. McKENZIE       INJ         6-10 235 Fr.    Friendswood, Tex.       
G   13  Mark ADAMS          DNP         6-3 200 Sr.     Clifton, N.J.
F   15  Peter FARRELL-      DNP         6-5 195 Fr.     Hanover, Mass.
              MARCELLINO
G   20  Dennis CLEARY       DNP         6-0 160 So.     West Orange, N.J.
G/F 24  Erron MAXEY         0.0/1.0     6-6 195 Fr.     Lake Elsinore, Cal.
C   34  Ndongo N'DIAYE      4.0/2.0     7-0 225 So.     Dakar, Senegal
G/F 40  Justin FARLEY       DNP         6-6 205 Jr.     Indianapolis, Ind.
F   50  Rick  CORDELLA      DNP         6-4 210 Jr..    Foxboro, Mass.

INJURED LIST...Junior forward Waleed Driscoll (torn ACL - right knee). Expected to miss 1997-98 season. Freshman center T.J. McKenzie (sprained right wrist). Missed Vermont game.

PROVIDENCE - BROWN SERIES FACTS
Series Record:  106th meeting - PC leads 81-24.
BIG EAST Series:  N/A
At Brown:   PC leads 41-14
At Providence:  PC leads 38-10
Neutral Courts:  PC leads 2-0
Last Meeting:   12/21/96 - PC  58  BU  44
Last PC win overall:  Same as above 
Last Brown win:   12/1/91 - BR  71   PC 69  ot 
Current Streak:   The Friars have won five in a row and 15  of the last 16 meetings.  

STATISTICAL COMPARISON   
PC                              Brown
  1-0   Overall Record          1-0
  0-0   League Record           0-0
.365    Field Goal Pct.         .436
.455    3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.   .400
.686    Free Throw Pct..        .615
.404    Opp. FG Pct.            .405
.412    Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct.      .375
.560    Opp. FT Pct.            .909
41.0    Rebound Average         26.0
+5.0    Rebound Margin          0.0
10.0    Assists/Game            10.0
11.0    Turnovers/Game          14.0
 4.0    Blocks/Game             2.0
 5.0    Steals/Game             5.0
67.0    Points/Game             56.0
63.0    Pts Allowed/Game        50.0

GAME NOTES
Notes: Brown opened the season with a 56-50 home win over Army. Freshman Patrick Nee led the Bears with 15 points. Pete Gillen is 4-0 in his coaching career against Brown. The Bears are a young team with just six upperclassmen. Five Freshmen and five sophomores dot the lineup. Top notch forward Aaron Butler is out of the Brown lineup with an injury.

FRIARS CAREER STATS VS. BROWN
No. Player          GP              PPG     RPG     APG
 3  Moore           First Meeting
 4  Pointer         1               0.0     3.0     0.0
 5  McKenzie        First Meeting
10  Wright          1               5.0     2.0     4.0
12  Linehan         First Meeting
13  Adams           2               0.0     0.0     0.0
15  F.-Marcellino   First Meeting
20  Cleary          2               0.0     0.0     0.0
24  Maxey           First Meeting
25  Perkins         First Meeting
33  Thomas          2               10.0    2.0     2.0
34  N'Diaye         1               0.0     2.0     0.0
40  Farley          First Meeting
42  Cole            1               4.0     7.0     1.0
50  Cordella        2               0.0     0.0     0.0
HEAD COACH PETE GILLEN
FOURTH YEAR AT PC:     1-0 (1.000)/(0-0 in BIG EAST)
    Overall at PC:      60-37 (.619)/26-28 in BIG EAST
    XAVIER: 202-75 (.724)     
13-YEAR CAREER:     262-112 (.701)
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT:  4-3
BIG EAST GAMES:  26-28
      Vs. Brown:  4-0
NON-LEAGUE GAMES:  34-9 (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)
P. Gillen
Head coach Pete Gillen.

FRIARS IN SEASON OPENERS...The Friars opened their 71st season of play with a win on Tuesday night against Brown. The Friars are now 63-8 overall in season opening games. When that season opening game is at home, PC is 49-3 and the record is 14-5 when the first game occurs on the road. In home openers, the Friars are 66-5 all-time. Providence has now won four season openers in a row. The Friars have now won 13 straight home openers dating back to November 29, 1984 when they lost a 70-67 decision to Assumption at the Civic Center.

PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1083-665 (.619) - Best in New England...Home record: 642-200 (.762)...Civic Center record: 318-119 (.727).

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

TODAY IN THE BIG EAST                       PC ON THE AIR
Cleveland State at Georgetown   7:30 pm     WPRO Radio - 630 AM with John 
Northeastern at Notre Dame  7:30 pm         Rooke and Joe Hassett
Columbia at Rutgers 7:30 pm
Boston College vs. Kentucky or Geo. Washington at Maui Invitational

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:

   
    Number of Games played
    Player                          1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 TOTAL 
    Mark Adams (Sr.)                    5      6       12       0    23
    Dennis Cleary (Jr.)                        3        9       0    12
    Richard Cordella (Jr.)                     5        9       0    14
    Jamel Thomas (Jr.)                        29       36       1    66
    Justin Farley (Jr.)                 transfer                0     0
    Kendrick Moore (Jr.)                transfer                1     1
    Corey Wright (Jr.)                                 36       1    37
    Llewellyn Cole (So.)                      28    redshirt    1    29
    Kofi Pointer (So.)                                 14       0    14
    Ndongo N'Diaye (So.)                               32       1    33
    John Linehan (Fr.)                                          1     1
    Peter Farrell-Marcellino (Fr.)                              0     0
    Erron Maxey (Fr.)                                           1     1
    T.J. McKenzie (Fr.)                                         0     0
    Ben Perkins (Fr.)                                           0     0

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

JAMEL THOMAS -
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

FAST ROOKIE STARTS...John Linehan and Ben Perkins got their Providence College career's off to fast starts in the Friars' opening win over Vermont. Linehan played 36 minutes, scored 13 points , grabbed three rebounds and added two assists in the win. Perkins recorded a double-double in his first game with 10 points and a game high 12 rebounds. The 6-7 forward played 36 minutes and his free throw with 3:11 left in the game put the Friars ahead to stay.

JAMEL THOMAS...Wasted little time in picking up where he left off as a sophomore. The 6-6 swingman scored a game high 25 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had a PC best three assists in PC's win over Vermont. For Thomas it was the fourth double-double of his career. He also set career bests with 12 free throws and 16 free throws attempted.J

FOR STARTERS.....The Friars entered the 1997-98 season with just two players who had ever started a college basketball game. Jamel Thomas had 33 starts last season and Corey Wright had three in 1996-97. Ben Perkins, John Linehan and Llewellyn Cole all made their first starts in PC's win over Vemont.

FRIAR GAME KEYS:
1-0 in games shooting under 50%
0-0 in games shooting over 50%
0-0 when PC has better FG%
0-0 when committing more turnovers
1-0 when opponent held to 75 or less
0-0 when PC leads at the half

FRIARS BY THE NUMBERS....
CURRENT STREAK:  Won 1 
OVERALL RECORD:   1-0
LAST FIVE GAMES:  4-1
LAST TEN GAMES: 6-4
HOME:   1-0
ROAD:   0-0
NEUTRAL:  0-0
OVERTIME GAMES:   0-0
BIG EAST RECORD:  0-0
BIG EAST HOME:  0-0
BIG EAST AWAY:  0-0
LONGEST WIN STREAK: 1  
HOME WIN STREAK:  1
BIG EAST HOME WIN STREAK:    0
WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME:  0-0
    AWAY:  0-0
    HOME:  0-0      NEUTRAL:  0-0
WHEN TRAILING AT HALFTIME:  1-0
    HOME:   1-0
    AWAY:   0-0
    NEUTRAL:    0-0
RECORD AFTER 1 GAME
IN 1996-97: 1-0

1997-98 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE WINS AND LOSSES

FRIARS RECORD WHEN....
Providence shoots 50% or better from the floor..... 0-0
Providence shoots le ss than 50% from the floor.......1-0
Providence holds opponent to 50% or less from the floor... 1-0
Providence opponent shoots 50% or better from the floor... 0-0
Providence outrebounds opponent.... 1-0
Opponent out rebounds Providence...... 0-0
Providence makes 40% of three point tries.... 1-0
Providence makes less than 40% of three point tries..... 0-0
Providence scores 60 or more points.... 1-0
Providence scores 70 or more points.... 0-0
Providence scores 80 or more points.... 0-0
Opponent held to less than 60 points... 0-0
Opponent scores 60 or more points..... 0-1
Opponent scores 70 or more points..... 0-0
Opponent scores 80 or more points..... 0-0

FRIARS WHEN AHEAD, TIED AND TRAILING....
                        WHEN  AHEAD         WHEN TIED           WHEN TRAILING
Halftime                 0 - 0                -----               1 - 0 
10 Minutes Left          1 - 0                0 - 0               0 - 0 
5 Minutes Left           1 - 0                0 - 0               0 - 0
STARTING  LINEUPS RECORDS:
        1  -   0:   Wright - Linehan - Cole - Thomas - Perkins
        
RECORDS  AS STARTERS
        1  -  0:    Llewellyn Cole
        1  -  0:    John Linehan
        1  -  0:    Ben Perkins 
        1  -  0:    Jamel Thomas
        1  -  0:    Corey Wright
   
GAMES LOST - INJURY/ILLNESS/ACADEMICS (2)
    Waleed Driscoll - (torn ACL - right knee - VERMONT)
    T.J. McKenzie -   (sprained right wrist - VERMONT)
GAMES LED PC IN:    
Scoring:  Thomas (1),   
Rebounding:  Perkins (1), 
Scoring and Rebounding:   
DOUBLE/DOUBLES:   Thomas (1), Perkins (1)   
20-POINT GAMES:  Thomas (1),  
30-POINT GAMES:  

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