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    Justin Farley is eligible to play for the first time.
    Dec. 12, 1997

    PC Looks to Get on Winning Track

    Friars Head to Canisius

    PROVIDENCE COLLEGE (2-3) at CANISIUS COLLEGE (4-2)
    SITE: Marine Midland Arena (19,500) - Buffalo, New York
    DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 20, 1997 - 7:35 p.m.

    FRIARS VERSUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS...The Friars return to action after a ten day break for exams with tonight's game against Canisius. PC leads the all-time series, 19-5, including three wins in a row. PC won last year's game in Providence, 80-53. The last time the Friars faced the Golden Griffins in Buffalo was January 27, 1979. That was the last time Canisius won in the series, an 89-74 win. The Friars are 5-5 on Canisius' home floor, 13-0 in Providence and 1-0 on neutral courts. This is the first time that the Friars have played in the new Marine Midland Arena.

    FRIAR UPDATE...PC dropped its third game in a row on Tuesday, December 9th, losing at Rhode Island, 69-58. Jamel Thomas led the Friars with 25 points. PC's three losses have come to Boston College (78-62), Utah (64-58) and URI. PC's loss to URI was a road game played at the Providence Civic Center.

    GRAND OPENING...The happiest player on the Friars' roster tonight will be swingman Justin Farley (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.). He transferred to Providence from Evansville last January and is eligible to play for the first time tonight against Canisius.

    PROBABLE STARTERS
    Pos.    No. Name            Pts/Reb.Ht.  Wt.    Class   Hometown
        F   25  Ben PERKINS     9.0/7.2 6-7  200    Fr.     Vinton, La.
        F   33  Jamel THOMAS    20.4/8.0 6-6 215    Jr.     Brooklyn, N.Y.
        C   42  Llewellyn COLE  9.0/4.6 6-7  215    So.     New York, N.Y.
        G    3  Kendrick MOORE  7.2/3.4 6-3  180    Jr.     Hartford, Conn.
        G   10  Corey WRIGHT    2.6/1.6 5-8  160    Jr.     New York, N.Y.  
        
    OFF THE BENCH
        F    4  Kofi POINTER    0.0/0.0 6-8 220     So.     Baltimore, Md.  
        C    5  T.J. McKENZIE   2.0/2.3 6-10 235    Fr.     Friendswood, Tex.       
        G   12  John LINEHAN    5.0/1.4 5-9 165     Fr.     Chester, Pa.    
        G   13  Mark ADAMS      0.0/0.0 6-3 200     Sr.     Clifton, N.J.
        F   15  Peter FARRELL-  0.0/0.0 6-5 195     Fr.     Hanover, Mass.
                    MARCELLINO
        G   20  Dennis CLEARY   2.0/0.0 6-0 160     So.     West Orange, N.J.
      G/F   24  Erron MAXEY     5.6/2.0 6-6 195     Fr.     Lake Elsinore, Cal.
        C   34  Ndongo N'DIAYE  1.6/1.2 7-0 225     So.     Dakar, Senegal
     G/F    40  Justin FARLEY   DNP     6-6 205     Jr.     Indianapolis, Ind.
        F   50  Rick  CORDELLA  0.0/1.0 6-4 210     Jr..    Foxboro, Mass.
        
    PROVIDENCE - CANISIUS SERIES FACTS
    Series Record:      25th meeting -  PC leads, 19-5
    BIG EAST Series:     N/A 
    At Canisius:        Series tied at 5-5 
    At Providence:      PC leads, 13-0
    Neutral Courts:     PC leads, 1-0
    Last Meeting:       1/27/97 at PC  80   CC  53 
    Last PC win overall:  Same as above 
    Last Canisius win:  1/27/79 - at CC  89  PC  74
    STATISTICAL COMPARISON
    PC                              Canisius
     2-3    Overall Record          4-2
     0-1    League Record           1-0
    .377    Field Goal Pct.         .433
    .303    3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.   .417
    .686    Free Throw Pct..        .703
    .438    Opp. FG Pct.            .435
    .344    Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct.      .275
    .600    Opp. FT Pct.            .582
    35.8    Rebound Average         36.7
    -0.8    Rebound Margin          +3.2
    10.8    Assists/Game            12.5
    13.8    Turnovers/Game          16.5
    3.4     Blocks/Game             2.0
     8.0    Steals/Game             6.2
    62.4    Points/Game             67.8
    61.4    Pts Allowed/Game        67.7
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    PC freshman forward Ben Perkins.

    SERIES NOTES
    Streaks: The Friars have won three in a row in the series (1980, 1996 and 1997). The last Canisius win came in Buffalo on January 27, 1979. The last three meetings have occured in Providence. PC is 13-0 against Canisius in Providence and just 5-5 in Buffalo.

    Notes: This is the Friars first trip to Buffalo since 1979. This is the earliest meeting between the two schools since a December 17 meeting in the first game ever played by the two schools in 1960.

    FRIARS CAREER STATS VS. CANISIUS
    No. Player      GP      PPG     RPG     APG
    3   Moore       First Meeting
    4   Pointer     1       0.0     1.0     1.0
        Career Best - 1/27/97 - 0 pts./1 reb./1 ast.
    5   McKenzie    First Meeting
    10  Wright      1       4.0     3.0     6.0
        Career Best - 1/27/97 - 4 pts./3 rebs./6 ast.
    12  Linehan     First Meeting
    13  Adams       2       0.0     0.0     0.0
    15  F-Marcellino First Meeting
    20  Cleary      2       0.5     0.0     0.0
        Career Best - 1/27/97 - 1 pt./0 rebs./0 ast.
    24  Maxey       First Meeting
    25  Perkins     First Meeting
    33  Thomas      2       10.5     3.0    3.0
        Career Best - 1/27/97 - 12 pts./4 rebs./4 asts
    34  N'Diaye     1       4.0      8.0    0.0
        Career Best - 1/27/97 - 4 pts./8 rebs.
    40  Farley      First Meeting
    42  Cole        1       4.0      7.0    1.0
        Career Best - 1/8/96 - 4 pts./7 rebs./1 ast.
    50  Cordella    2       0.0      0.5    0.0
        Career Best - 1/27/97 - 0 pts./1 reb.
            
    HEAD COACH PETE GILLEN
    FOURTH YEAR AT PC:      2-3 (.400)/(0-1 in BIG EAST)
        Overall at PC:      61-40 (.604)/26-29 in BIG EAST
               XAVIER:      202-75 (.724)     
    13-YEAR CAREER:     263-115 (.696)
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    Llewellyn Cole is averaging 9.0 points for the Friars.

    PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1084-668 (.619) - Best in New England...Home record: 643-201 (.762)...Civic Center record: 319-120 (.727).

    PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...112-175 in regular season and 125-192 overall in 18 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

    PC BASKETBALL MONTH BY MONTH (1997-98)...2-1 in November...0-2 in December...

    HOME COOKING...The Friars are 2-1 at home this season after going 12-3 at home last season. The Friars are 59-16 (.787) record over the last 75 games at the Providence Civic Center (dating back to January 25, 1993). Over the last five full seasons plus three games this year, PC is 66-19 (.776) at the Civic Center. PC is 34-4 (.895) in its last 38 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 319-120 (.728) record at the Providence Civic Center since the building opened in 1972. The Friars recorded their 300th win on January 8, 1996 against Canisius (91-63).

    INJURED LIST...Junior forward Waleed Driscoll (torn ACL - right knee). Could miss the entire 1997-98 season.

    NAIL BITERS...PC is 15-11 in games decided by five points or less in Pete Gillen's three seasons at PC. The Friars are 1-0 in games decided by five or less this 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...Forward Kofi Pointer has left the team to concentrate on academics the remainder of the semester. His status will be decided following finals.

    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.

    PUTTING ON THE PRESSURE...The Friars were able to pressure Utah into a season high 21 turnovers in the Great Eight meeting on December 2nd. That was a season high for the Friars. The Friars followed that by forcing Rhode Island into 18 turnovers on December 9th.

    MOORE OFFENSE...Transfer guard Kendrick Moore is starting to find himself in the Friars' offense. After sitting out a season after transferring from Missouri. Moore got his first start of the season against Utah and was 5-6 from the floor including a pair of three pointers for ten points in the game. His offense is a key to PC's success this season. "Silk" followed up the Utah game by playing a career high 35 minutes against Rhode Island.

    FRIAR FIRSTS...PC's loss to URI marked just the first time since the 1980-81 seasons that the Friars had lost two in a row to the Rams....The loss to URI dropped PC to 2-3 on the year marking the first time that the Friars have been below .500 in Pete Gillen's four seasons at Providence.

    THE LAST TIME...PC started the year with a 2-3 record was the 1991-92 season.

    BOARD GAMES...The Friars versus their opponents on the boards through five games.

    GAME            PC   OPP    DIFF
    VERMONT         41    36    +5.0
    BROWN           46    23    +23.0
    BC              38    30    +8.0
    Utah            24    49    -25.0
    Rhode Island    30    45    -15.0
    TOTALS          179  183    -4.0
    DOUBLE-DOUBLES....Friars with double-doubles this season:
    PLAYER  GAME       
    J. Thomas           VERMONT 25 pts/11rebs.
    B. Perkins          VERMONT 1 0 pts/12 rebs.
    J. Thomas           BROWN   16 pts/10 rebs.

    DOUBLE FIGURES...Junior swingman Jamel Thomas is the lone Friar to score in double figures in every game this season. Thomas has scored 102 points in five games for a 20.4 ppg average. He now has 876 career points.

    ON THE LINE....Jamel Thomas has shown tremendous improvement at the foul line this season. In his first two seasons, the Brooklyn, New York native was just a .656 free throw shooter (101-154). This season, Thomas has made 45 of 54 (.833) including 28 of his last 32 (.875). Thomas made 13 of 14 free throw in the game against Rhode Island.

    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. Kendrick Moore and T.J. McKenzie made their first career starts in the Great Eight Tournament against Utah.

     FRIAR GAME KEYS:
            2-3  in games shooting under 50%
            0-0  in games shooting over 50%
            1-0  when PC has better FG%
            0-0  when committing more turnovers
            2-2  when opponent held to 75 or less
            1-0  when PC leads at the half
    FRIARS BY THE NUMBERS....
    CURRENT STREAK:     Lost 3
    OVERALL RECORD:     2-3
    LAST FIVE GAMES:    2-3
    LAST TEN GAMES:     5-5
    HOME:               2-1
    ROAD:               0-1
    NEUTRAL:            0-1
    OVERTIME GAMES:     0-0
    BIG EAST RECORD:    0-1
    BIG EAST HOME:      0-1
    BIG EAST AWAY:      0-0
    LONGEST WIN STREAK: 2  
    HOME WIN STREAK:    2
    BIG EAST HOME
    WIN STREAK:         0
    WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME: 1-0
        AWAY:           0-0
        HOME:           1-0     
        NEUTRAL:        0-0
    WHEN TRAILING AT HALFTIME:  1-3
        HOME:           1-1
        AWAY:           0-1
        NEUTRAL:        0-1
    RECORD AFTER 5 GAMES
    IN 1996-97:         4-1
    1997-98 BIG EAST STANDINGS (as of December 14, 1997)
    BIG EAST  7     League                  Overall
                    W       L   PCT         W       L       PCT
    Miami           2       0   1.000       7       0       1.000
    Syracuse        2       0   1.000       5       0       1.000
    Seton Hall      0       1   .000        4       3       .571
    Providence      0       1   .000        2       3       .400
    Pittsburgh      0       1   .000        2       3       .400
    Georgetown      0       2   .000        3       3       .500
    Rutgers         0       2   .000        2       4       .333
     
    BIG EAST  6     League                  Overall
                    W       L   PCT         W       L       PCT
    Connecticut     2       0   1.000        8      1       .889
    Villanova       2       0   1.000        2      3       .400
    Notre Dame      1       0   1.000        4      2       .667
    Boston College  1       1   .500         6      3       .667        
    West Virginia   1       1   .500         6      1       .857
    St. John's      0       2   .000         5      3       .625
    THIS WEEK IN THE BIG EAST
    Tuesday, December 16
    Temple at Villanova     7:00 pm
    Robert Morris at West Virginia  8:00 pm
    Wednesday, December 17  
    Next Level Sports at Miami      7:00 pm
    St. John's at Manhattan     7:30 pm
    Thursday, December 18
    Navy at Pittsburgh          7:30 pm
    Buffalo at Syracuse         7:30 pm
    Bethune-Cookman at Georgetown   7:30 pm
    Friday, December 19
    Jimmy V Classic
    Seton Hall versus Clemson       9:00 pm
    Saturday, December 20
    Holy Cross at Boston College        1:00 pm
    UNC-Wilmington at Connecticut       1:00 pm
    Florida International at Notre Dame 2:00 pm
    Providence at Canisius              7:30 pm
    DePaul at St. John's                7:30 pm
    Rutgerst at Temple                  TBD
    West Virginia vs. Georgia           2:30 pm
    Syracuse at UNLV                    11:59 pm