Dec. 24, 1997

Providence Travels to Purdue

Mackey Arena (14,123) - West Lafayette, Indiana
Saturday, December 27, 1997 - 2:06 p.m.  - CBS Sports

FRIARS VERSUS BOILERMAKERS...The Friars and the Boilermakers have met five times with Purdue holding a 4-1 edge in the all-time series. The two teams last met on December 13, 1980 in Providence with Purdue taking a 64-59 win. PC's lone win in the series came on December 13, 1975 at Purdue, 66-59. PC is 0-2 at home against Purdue, 1-1 in West Lafayette and 0-1 on neutral courts.

PC VERSUS BIG 10...Providence comes into Saturday's game with Purdue owning a 10-11 all-time record against BIG 10 teams (this includes Penn State). The Friars have a two-game winning streak against the BIG 10 with a pair of wins versus Wisconsin. PC defeated the Badgers, 58-57, in Providence in December of 1995 and then won at Madison last December, 59-57. That win at at Wisconsin last year, was the Friars first road win against a BIG 10 team since December 13, 1975 when the Friars won at Purdue, 66-59. PC is 4-3 at home, 3-1 on the road, and 3-7 on neutral courts when facing BIG 10 teams.

FRIAR UPDATE...The Friars have won three in a row after losing three...The Friars defeated Loyola Marymount on Tuesday by an 89-74 score. Four Friars were in double figures led by Erron Maxey's 19 points, He was followed by Ben Perkins with 16, Jamel Thomas had 13 poionts and 12 rebounds while Corey Wright added 11 points. On Saturday the Friars won at Buffalo, 71-69, to snap a three-game losing streak.

PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1086-668 (.619) - Best in New England...Home record: 644-201 (.762)...Civic Center record: 320-120 (.727).

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

TODAY IN THE BIG EAST                                    PC ON THE AIR
Maryland Eastern Shore at Pittsburgh       5:00 pm       WPRO Radio - 630 AM with John 
Duquesne at West Virginia                  7:00 pm       Rooke and Joe Hassett
Hofstra at Villanova                       7:30 pm       CBS Sports with Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery
Miami vs. Georgia Tech                     3:00 pm       
St. John's vs. Drexel/Princeton          7/9:00 pm

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 lost a 64-58 decision to Utah on December 2nd to go 0-1 this season. Utah was ranked 11th by the Associated Press and 10th by USA Today/ESPN. PC goes up against its second ranked opponent this afternoon when the Friars face Purdue. The Boilermakers are ranked seventh in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Polls

                        Associated Press                                         USA TODAY/ESPN
DATE       RANK   TEAM       W/L    SCORE          DATE      RANK       TEAM       W/L    SCORE
12/2/97    #11    Utah       L      56-64        12/2/97     #10        Utah       L      56-64
12/27/97   #7     Purdue                         12/27/97    #7         Purdue
PROBABLE STARTERS
Pos.   No.    Name              Pts/Reb.    Ht.     Wt.    Class    Hometown
F      25     Ben PERKINS       11.3/6.3    6-7     200    Fr.      Vinton, La.
F      42     Llewellyn COLE     8.3/4.6    6-7     215    So.      New York, N.Y.
C       5     T.J. McKENZIE      1.5/1.8    6-10    235    Fr.      Friendswood, Tex.
G      33     Jamel THOMAS      18.6/8.7    6-6     215    Jr.      Brooklyn, N.Y.
G       3     Kendrick MOORE     8.0/3.1    6-3     180    Jr.      Hartford, Conn.
              
OFF THE BENCH
G      10     Corey WRIGHT       3.4/2.1    5-8     160    Jr.      New York, N.Y.       
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      1.0/0.0    6-0     160    So.      West Orange, N.J.
G/F    24     Erron MAXEY        7.0/2.7    6-6     195    Fr.      Lake Elsinore, Cal.
G/F    40     Justin FARLEY     10.0/4.5    6-6     205    Jr.      Indianapolis, Ind.
F      50     Rick  CORDELLA     1.0/0.5    6-4     210    Jr.      Foxboro, Mass.

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

HOME COOKING...The Friars are 3-1 at home this season after going 12-3 at home last season. The Friars are 60-16 (.789) 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 67-19 (.779) at the Civic Center. PC is 35-4 (.897) in its last 39 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 320-120 (.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...With the 71-69 win over Canisius on Saturday, the Friars are now 16-11 in games decided by five points or less in Pete Gillen's four seasons at PC. The Friars are 2-0 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.

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...Junior guard Kendrick Moore turned in a career high 16 point performance in the win against Canisius. Moore was 6-9 from the floor (2-4 3PT). He also added three assists in playing a career best 35 minutes. The 16 points was Moore's career best at Providence and Missouri. He twice had 15 point games at Missouri. "Silk" transferred to Providence in September of 1996 after two years at Missouri. He sat out last season.

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.

FRIARS VERSUS 1997-98 OPPONENTS:
University of Vermont:      3-0
Brown:                    82-24
Boston College:           49-37
University of Utah:         1-2
Rhode Island:             59-49
Canisius:                  20-5
Loyola-Marymount:           2-0
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              

BOARD GAMES...The Friars versus their opponents on the boards through seven 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
Canisius        37     32       +5.0
LOYOLA MARY     43     32      +11.0
TOTALS         259     247     +12.0

DOUBLE-DOUBLES....Friars with double-doubles this season:

PLAYER       GAME          
J. Thomas    VERMONT     25 pts/11rebs.
B. Perkins   VERMONT     10 pts/12 rebs.
J. Thomas    BROWN       16 pts/10 rebs.
J. Thomas    LMU         13 pts/12 rebs.

DOUBLE FIGURES...Junior swingman Jamel Thomas is the lone Friar to score in double figures in every game this season. Thomas has scored 130 points in seven games for an 18.6 ppg average. He now has 904 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 50 of 62 (.806) including 33 of his last 40 (.825). Thomas made 13 of 14 free throw in the game against Rhode Island.

TEAMWORK....PC rallied from an eight-point deficit in the win against Canisius...and they did it without Jamel Thomas. Thomas was held to just two points in the second half after getting 13 in the first half. The Canisius game marked PC's best offensive output with 71 points. PC also shot a season best 47.5% from the floor while having four players score in double figures.

BEST THIS SEASON...PC found its shooting touch in the 89-74 win against Loyola Marymount. PC shot 50.8% (31-61) for the game (previous best .475 versus Canisius). PC shot 20-for-30 in the second half (.667) and at one point had made 10 shots in a row.

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.

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.

MORE JAMEL....Thomas picked up his third double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds versus Loyola Marymount. That's the sixth double-double of his career.

DEFENSE... The 33 points that Providence held Brown on November 25th were the fewest given up by the Friars since December 5, 1992 when PC defeated New Hampshire, 56-27. Brown scored 13 points in the second half. In the 12/5/92 game against UNH, the Wildcats were held to just 12 points in the first half.

MAKING THEIR MARKS....PC's four freshman are showing what they can do early in the season. Forward Ben Perkins is second in scoring with 11.3 points per game and 6.3 rebounds. Swingman Erron Maxey is playing just 11.7 minutes per game but has scored 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds. Guard John Linehan started with two games where he scored 13 and 10 points respectively while T.J. McKenzie has played in six of the Friars first seven games averaging 1.5 points and 0.5 rebounds per game.

MAXEY EFFORTS...Freshman swingman Erron Maxey (Lake Elsinore, Cal.) has been a valuable addition to the Friars coming off the bench. In three games this season, he has scored more points than minutes played. Versus Brown, in nine minutes, Maxey scored 11 points with three rebounds. Against Boston College, Maxey came in off the bench to spark the Friars. In 13 minutes against Boston College he had 12 points and on Tuesday against Loyola Marymount, he scored 19 points in 17 minutes. In the three game span, over 39 minutes, Farley has 42 points. the 6-6, 195-pounder had 12 points and five rebounds. In the win against Canisius, Maxey played 17 minutes, scoring two, but adding six rebounds while shutting down Canisius' top scorer, Jamie Cammaert. Maxey is averaging 5.0 per game and 2.7 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game.

SWEET LOU...Sophomore Llewellyn Cole (New York, N.Y.) turned in career highs against Boston College in minutes played (31), points (12) and rebounds (9). "Sweet Lou" is averaging 8.2 points per game and 4.3 rebounds. He is 20-37 from the floor for a .541 shooting percentage. He's also nailed three, three-pointers. Lou added to his minutes played career high when he played 35 minutes versus URI.

HOME OPENERS....The Friars opened their 71st season of play with a win against Vermont on November 18th. The Friars are FRIARS IN SEASON OPENERS..... Providence is 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.

BIG EAST OPENERS...PC's game against Boston College marked just the fifth time in 19 years that PC opened the BIG EAST schedule at home. With the loss to Boston College, the Friars have now lost eight straight BIG EAST openers. The last time PC won was in December of 1989 when they beat Boston College at home. That was also the last time the Friars opened the league schedule in Providence. PC is now 8-11 overall in home openers and 3-16 overall in season opening games.

BOUNCED ON THE BOARDS...PC has struggled in the rebounding department the past two games. Utah outrebounded the Friars by a 49-24 margin and Rhode Island did it at a 45-30 clip. Utah's 49 rebounds were the most against the Friars since Villanova pulled down 51 in December of 1996. Utah's frontline of Hanno Mattola, Alex Jensen and Michael Doleac combined for 25 of the 49 rebounds. URI's Joshua King and Antonio Reynolds-Dean had 21 of URI's 45. Last year, the most anyone outrebounded PC by was 17 as St. John's had a 44-27 edge on January 2nd in a 77-67 PC win.

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.

TURNING POINT...Providence trailed Canisius, 51-45 with 13:39 left in the second half. At that point, the Friars went on a 12-0 run over a period of 6:56 that put PC ahead, 57-51. Over the final 13:39 of the game, PC outscored Canisius, 26-18 to pull out the win.

HOLDING ON TO THE BALL....The Friars made ten turnovers in the first half against Canisius, but just four in the second half.

LADIES' DAY...The Providence College women's basketball team will take over the Providence Civic Center on Saturday, February 7th when they host the nationally-ranked University of Connecticut Huskies. PC's women's team will be looking to set a Rhode Island attendance record for a women's athletic event in Rhode Island. The Civic Center holds 12,993 for basketball and there are currently less than 500 tickets remaining for this game. For ticket information, call the Friars' ticket office at (401) 865-GOPC. Members of the media planning on covering the PC-Connecticut women's game should contact Heidi McGuigan for credentials at (401) 865-2201.

ROSTER CHANGES...Sophomore center Ndongo N'Diaye (Dakar, Senegal) and sophomore forward Kofi Pointer (Baltimore, Md.) have decided to transfer at the end of the fall semester (December 19). Neither student-athlete has indicated where they plan to transfer.

THE WRIGHT STUFF...Junior point guard, Corey Wright came to life against Loyola Marymount as he equalled a career high for scoringe with 11 points. Many of his baskets were off of his season high five steals which also equals his career best in that area.

AWAKEN FROM THE SLUMBER...PC's offense which has struggled most of the season had its best outing of the year against Loyola Marymount. The 31 field goals was a season as were the points (89), field goal percentage (50.8), free throws and free throws attempted (26) and (38.0). PC also had a season high with 20 steals.

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             2             25
Dennis Cleary (Jr.)                             3             9             2             14
Richard Cordella (Jr.)                          5             9             2             17
Jamel Thomas (Jr.)                             29            36             7             72
Justin Farley (Jr.)                                          transfer       2              2              
Kendrick Moore (Jr.)                                         transfer       7              7
Corey Wright (Jr.)                                           36             7             43
Llewellyn Cole (So.)                           28            redshirt       7             35
John Linehan (Fr.)                                                          7              7
Peter Farrell-Marcellino (Fr.)                                              2              2
Erron Maxey (Fr.)                                                           7              7
T.J. McKenzie (Fr.)                                                         6              6
Ben Perkins (Fr.)                                                           7              7

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
       
      
PROVIDENCE STATS IN        WINS    LOSSES       HOME       AWAY     NEUTRAL
FG Percentage              .448      .364       .417       .400        .412
FG Percentage Defense      .387      .490       .420       .443        .440
Three-point Percentage     .375      .212       .294       .212        .438
Free Throw Percentage      .661      .695       .678       .682        .600
Rebounds Average           41.8      30.7       42.0       33.5        24.0
Rebound Margin            +11.0     -10.6      +11.7       -5.0       -25.0
Points per Game            73.5      59.3       71.3       64.5        58.0
Points Allowed per Game    59.8      70.3       62.0       69.0        64.0

FRIAR LEADS AND DEFICITS
BIGGEST LEAD:    37  (67-30/:33 left in second  half) vs. BROWN
Biggest lead lost:  6 (6-0/18:39 left in first half to 8-9/15:42 left in first half) vs. VERMONT
BIGGEST DEFICIT:   18 (56-74/2:39 left in second half) vs. BOSTON COLLEGE 
Biggest deficit overcome:   8 (37-45/17:42 left in second half)  vs. Canisius
BIGGEST RUN:   44  (58-14 - 28:09/from 8:42  left in first half to :33  left in second half) vs. BROWN
BIGGEST RUN ALLOWED:  18 (14-32  -12:25/from 14:52 left in first half to 2:27 left in first half) vs. BOSTON COLLEGE
COMEBACKS AND LOST LEADS
OPPONENT             SCORE       LED/TRAILED       TIME LEFT
VERMONT              67 - 63     Trailed  37-39    15:56 left in second half
BROWN                67 - 33     Trailed   9-16     8:42 left in first half
BOSTON COLLEGE       62 - 78  -  Led       8-7     14:52 left in first half       
Utah (Great Eight)   58 - 64  -  Led      21-20     8:07 left in first half
Rhode Island         58 - 69  -  Led      27-26     3:17 left in first half
Canisius             71 - 69     Trailed  49-51    11:19 left in second half
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT     89 - 74     Trailed  10-7     14:14 left in first half
FRIARS' FOUL SHOOTING FREE THROW SHOOTING IN THE FINAL THREE MINUTES (Game score 10 or fewer) PLAYER 1997-98 CAREER Llewellyn Cole 0-0 (.000) 0-0 (.000) Ndongo N'Diaye 0-0 (.000) 0-0 (.000) Justin Farley 1-2 (.500) 1-2 (.500) Ben Perkins 3-4 (.750) 3-4 (.750) John Linehan 2-3 (.667) 2-3 (.667) Kofi Pointer 0-0 (.000) 0-0 (.000) Erron Maxey 0-0 (.000) 0-0 (.000) Jamel Thomas 7-8 (.875) 28-38 (.737) T.J. McKenzie 0-0 (.000) 0-0 (.000) Corey Wright 2-4 (.500) 10-19 (.526) Kendrick Moore 2-2 (.000) 0-0 (.000) PROVIDENCE 17-23 (.739) OPPONENTS 13-20 (.650) FRIAR GAME KEYS: 3-3 in games shooting under 50% 1-0 in games shooting over 50% 3-0 when PC has better FG% 0-0 when committing more turnovers 4-2 when opponent held to 75 or less 2-0 when PC leads at the half FRIARS BY THE NUMBERS.... CURRENT STREAK: Win 2 OVERALL RECORD: 4-3 LAST FIVE GAMES: 2-3 LAST TEN GAMES: 6-4 HOME: 3-1 ROAD: 1-1 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: 2-0 AWAY: 0-0 HOME: 2-0 NEUTRAL: 0-0 WHEN TRAILING AT HALFTIME: 2-3 HOME: 1-1 AWAY: 1-1 NEUTRAL: 0-1 RECORD AFTER 7 GAMES IN 1996-97: 5-2
1997-98 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE WINS AND LOSSES

FRIARS RECORD WHEN....

Providence shoots 50% or better from the floor.................................................. 1-0

Providence shoots le ss than 50% from the floor.................................................. 3-3

Providence holds opponent to 50% or less from the floor.................................... 4-2

Providence opponent shoots 50% or better from the floor................................... 1-1

Providence outrebounds opponent...................................................................... 4-1

Opponent out rebounds Providence.................................................................... 0-2

Providence makes 40% of three point tries......................................................... 1-2

Providence makes less than 40% of three point tries.......................................... 3-2

Providence scores 60 or more points.................................................................. 4-1

Providence scores 70 or more points................................................................. 2-0

Providence scores 80 or more points................................................................. 1-0

Opponent held to less than 60 points................................................................. 1-0

Opponent scores 60 or more points.................................................................... 3-2

Opponent scores 70 or more points.................................................................... 1-1

Opponent scores 80 or more points.................................................................... 0-0

FRIARS WHEN AHEAD, TIED AND TRAILING....
                     WHEN  AHEAD       WHEN TIED       WHEN TRAILING
Halftime             2 - 0             -----           2 - 3       
10 Minutes Left      3 - 0             0 - 0           1 - 3 
5 Minutes Left       4 - 0             0 - 0           0 - 3
STARTING  LINEUPS RECORDS:
2-1:  Wright - Linehan - Cole - Thomas - Perkins
1-1:  Thomas - Moore - McKenzie - Cole - Perkins
0-1:  Wright - Moore - Cole - Thomas - Perkins
1-0:  Thomas - Linehan - McKenzie - Cole - Perkins
       .       
RECORDS  AS STARTERS
4-3:   Llewellyn Cole
3-1:   John Linehan
2-1:   T.J. McKenzie
1-2:   Kendrick Moore
4-3:   Ben Perkins 
4-3:   Jamel Thomas
2-2:   Corey Wright
   
GAMES LOST - INJURY/ILLNESS/ACADEMICS (11)
Waleed Driscoll - (torn ACL - right knee - VERMONT, BROWN, BC, Utah, Rhode Island, Canisius)
T.J. McKenzie -   (sprained right wrist - VERMONT)
Kofi Pointer - (personal reasons - BC, Utah, Rhode Island - transfer 12/19
GAMES LED PC IN:       
Scoring:  Thomas (4), Perkins (2), Maxey (1)  
Rebounding:  Perkins (3), Thomas (3.5), Cole (0.5) 
Scoring and Rebounding: Thomas (2), Perkins   
DOUBLE/DOUBLES:
Thomas (3), Perkins (1)   
20-POINT GAMES:
Thomas (3),  
30-POINT GAMES:  
FRIARS' MARGIN DIFFERENTIAL
            1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11  12  13  14  15  16-20   21-25   26-30    31-35   35+
Won         1               1                                                                                                                  1                                                                                               1
Lost                                     1                                             1                                                                       1
Average Win:   (55):  13.8
Average Loss:  (33):  11.0
Overall:       (22):   3.1

PROVIDENCE - PURDUE
SERIES FACTS
Series Record:   6th meeting all-time; Purdue leads the series; 4-1.ds
BIG EAST Series:  N/A 
At Purdue:   Series tied, 1-1
At Providence:  Purdue leads, 2-0
Neutral Courts:  0-1
Last Meeting:  12/13/80  PU  64  PC  59
Last PC win overall:  12/13/75 at Purdue
                 PC  66  PU  59 
Last Purdue win:  12/13/80
           STATISTICAL COMPARISON
 PC                                   Purdue
 4-3       Overall Record             10-2
 0-1       League Record               0-0
.412       Field Goal Pct.            .523
.290       3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.      .404
.672       Free Throw Pct..           .741
.429       Opp. FG Pct.               .426
.312       Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct.         .326
.635       Opp. FT Pct.               .626
37.0       Rebound Average            38.8
+1.7       Rebound Margin             +0.6
12.3       Assists/Game               20.8
17.3       Turnovers/Game             17.1
 3.0       Blocks/Game                 3.5
 8.1       Steals/Game                10.8
67.4       Points/Game                91.8
64.3       Pts Allowed/Game           74.5

SERIES NOTES

Streaks: The Friars have won just one of the first five games played between the two schools. PC's only win in the series came on the road at Purdue back in December of 1975.

Notes: Purdue is ranked seventh in the Associated Press Poll and seventh in the USATODAY/ESPN Polls...Purdue has scored over 100 points in a game five times this season...Chad Austin leads Purdue in scoring with 20.1 per game...Brad Miller has 17.9 ppg and 8.8 rebounds...Both are All-America candidates...

FRIARS CAREER STATS VS. PURDUE
No.       Player       GP       PPG       RPG        APG
 3        Moore              First Meeting
 5       McKenzie            First Meeting
10        Wright             First Meeting
12        Linehan            First Meeting
13        Adams              First Meeting
15        F-Marcellino       First Meeting
20        Cleary             First Meeting
24        Maxey              First Meeting
25        Perkins            First Meeting
33        Thomas             First Meeting
40        Farley             First Meeting
42        Cole               First Meeting
50        Cordella           First Meeting
1997-98 BIG EAST STANDINGS (as of December 24, 1997)
BIG EAST  7     League                 Overall
                W    L     PCT         W    L      PCT
Syracuse        2    0   1.000         9    0    1.000
Miami           2    0   1.000         9    0    1.000
Providence      0    1    .000         4    3     .571
Pittsburgh      0    1    .000         4    3     .571
Seton Hall      0    1    .000         6    5     .545
Georgetown      0    2    .000         5    3     .625
Rutgers         0    2    .000         5    4     .556
BIG EAST  6     League                 Overall
                W    L     PCT         W    L      PCT
Connecticut     2    0   1.000        10    1      .909
Villanova       2    0   1.000         4    4      .500
Notre Dame      1    0   1.000         7    2      .778
West Virginia   1    1    .500        10    1      .909
Boston College  1    1    .500         8    4      .667       
St. John's      0    2    .000         7    3      .700

FRIAR STATISTICAL LEADERS
(as of December 21, 1997) 
INDIVIDUAL POINTS         OVERALL   BIG EAST
Jamel Thomas              19.5      (5th)       
FREE THROW %
Jamel Thomas              .825      (3rd)
REBOUNDING
Jamel Thomas               8.2      (7th)
BLOCKED SHOTS
Ndongo N'Diaye             1.0      (t14th)
OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS
Jamel Thomas               3.0      (t11th)
DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS
Jamel Thomas               5.2      (7th)
Ben Perkins                4.5      (t14th)

TEAM              
CATEGORY             OVERALL   BIG EAST
Scoring              63.8      (11th)
Scoring Defense      62.7      (5th)       
Scoring Margin       +1.1      (10th)      
Field Goal %         .394      (11th)
Opp. FG %            .443      (12th)
3PT %                .315      (6th)
Opp 3 PT%            .329      (8th)
Free Throw %         .669      (6th)
Rebounds             36.0      (12th)
Opp. Rebounds        35.8      (5th)
Rebound Margin      + 0.2      (10th)
Assists              11.0      (13th)
Steals                8.2      (10th)
Blocked Shots         3.0      (t11th)
Turnover Margin      +3.8      (7th)
Assist/TO Ratio      0.80      (10th)

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