Jan. 1, 1998

    Providence Travels to Georgetown

    Providence College (5-4/0-1) at Georgetwon (7-3/1-2)
    MCI Center (20,600) - Washington, D.C.
    Saturday, January 3, 1998 - 12:05 p.m.

    FRIARS VERSUS HOYAS...The Friars make their debut at MCI Center this afternoon. Georgetown leads the all-time series, 29-14. Georgetown won both meetings last season and has a two- game winning streak in the series. In Providence, PC is 9-10 versus the Hoyas. In Washington, the Friars are just 3-14 and on neutral courts, PC is just 2-5. This afternoon's game is the only meeting between the two schools this season.

    FRIAR UPDATE...The Friars had four players score in double figures in Monday's 72-60 win over Cleveland State. Jamel Thomas led the way with 15 points, Llewellyn Cole added a career high 14, Kendrick Moore added 11 with seven assists and Justin Farley chipped in ten points off the bench. Providence has won three of its last four games heading into the 1998 portion of the schedule.

    PROBABLE STARTERS

    P   No.	Name                Pts/Reb.      Ht.   Wt.  Class   Hometown
    F   25  Ben PERKINS         11.9/5.4     6-7    200    Fr.   Vinton, La.
    F   42  Llewellyn COLE      9.1/5.3      6-7    215    So.   New York, N.Y.
    C    5  T.J. McKENZIE       1.5/1.6     6-10    235    Fr.   Friendswood, Tex.
    G   33  Jamel THOMAS        18.2/8.2     6-6    215    Jr.   Brooklyn, N.Y.
    G    3  Kendrick MOORE      9.1/3.2      6-3    180    Jr.   Hartford, Conn.

    OFF THE BENCH

    G   10  Corey WRIGHT        3.1/2.2      5-8    160    Jr.   New York, N.Y. 
    G   12  John LINEHAN        5.0/1.3      5-9    165    Fr.   Chester, Pa. 
    G   13  Mark ADAMS          0.0/0.0      6-3    200    Sr.   Clifton, N.J.
    F   15  FARRELL-MARCELLINO  0.0/0.0      6-5    195    Fr.   Hanover, Mass.
    G   20  Dennis CLEARY       1.0/0.0      6-0    160    So.   West Orange, N.J.
    G/F 24  Erron MAXEY         6.6/2.7      6-6    195    Fr.   Lake Elsinore, Cal.
    G/F 40  Justin FARLEY       8.0/2.3      6-6    205    Jr.   Indianapolis, Ind.
    F   50  Rick  CORDELLA      1.0/0.5      6-4    210    Jr.   Foxboro, Mass.

    HONORS AND AWARDS...PC's Jamel Thomas was selected CBS' Player of the Game following the December 27th loss at seventh-ranked Purdue. Thomas had 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in the 81-79 loss to the Boilermakers. Thomas leads the Friars with 18.2 ppg and 8.2 rebounds.

    COMING ATTRACTIONS...This afternoon's game opens a busy stretch for the Friars. Beginning today, Providence plays four games in the next eight days. The schedule:

    • Jan. 3 at Georgetown 12 noon
    • Jan. 5 IONA 7:30 p.m.
    • Jan. 7 SYRACUSE 7:30 p.m..
    • Jan. 10 PITTSBURGH 7:30 p.m.

    PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1087-669 (.619) - Best in New England...Home record: 645-201 (.762)...Civic Center record: 321-120 (.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 ON THE AIR
    Notre Dame at Connecticut Noon WPRO Radio - 630 AM with John Rooke and Joe Hassett.
    Miami at Pittsburgh 2:00 pm
    Seton Hall at St. John's 2:00 pm - BIG EAST Game of the Week with John Sanders and Mark Plansky.
    Boston College at West Virginia 7:00 pm

    Head Coach Pete Gillen

    FOURTH YEAR AT PC:     5-4 (.556)/(0-1 in BIG EAST)
    Overall at PC:       64-41 (.610)/26-29 in BIG EAST
    XAVIER:             202-75 (.724) 

    13-YEAR CAREER: 266-116 (.696)

    BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: 4-3

    BIG EAST GAMES: 26-29
      vs. Georgetown: 2-4

    NON-LEAGUE GAMES: 38-12 (Losses vs. Vlllanova - BE Tourney (1995, 1996, 1997); Virginia Tech - NIT; at Texas, ST. JOSEPH'S - NIT, Middle Tennessee State, Rhode Island (1997, 1998) Arizona - NCAA, Utah and Purdue)

    NCAA TOURNAMENT: 10-8 (1985-91; 1992-93, 1997)

    NIT: 4-3 (1993-94, 94-95, 95-96)

    1997-98 (5-4/0-1)...Coached 100th game at PC versus Utah...

    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...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 ...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  # 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)

    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 has lost two games to Top 25 teams this season. After falling 64-58 ot then #11- Utah, PC lost on Saturday at #7-Purdue, 81-79. The Boilermakers were 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
    12/23/97   #7   Purdue  L   79-81    12/23/97   #7  Purdue  L   79-81

    MONTH BY MONTH (1997-98)...2-1 in November...3-3 in December...

    HOME COOKING...The Friars are 4-1 at home this season after going 12-3 at home last season. The Friars are 61-16 (.792) record over the last 77 games at the Providence Civic Center (dating back to January 25, 1993). Over the last five full seasons plus five games this year, PC is 68-19 (.782) at the Civic Center. PC is 36-4 (.900) in its last 40 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 321-120 (.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...The Friars' 81-79 loss to Purdue on December 28th was their first loss of the season in games decided by five or less points. PC is now, 16-12in games decided by five points or less in Pete Gillen's four seasons at PC. The Friars are 2-1 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.

    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, one sophomore and five freshman.

    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:                   1-5
    Cleveland State:          2-0
    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 nine games. PC has been outrebounded in its three of its four losses (Utah, URI and Purdue) by a 134-85 margin. In the Friars other six game, PC has a 235-182 edge on the glass.

    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
    Purdue         31   40   -9.0
    CLEVELAND ST.  30   29   +1.0
    TOTALS        320  316   +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.
    J. Thomas    LMU 13 pts/12 rebs.
    L. Cole      Purdue 10 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 164 points in nine games for an 18.2 ppg average. He now has 938 career points. Thomas needs just 62 points to become Providence College's 34th 1,000 point scorer.

    NO   PLAYER        GP    PTS
    28   Steve Wright 123  1,060
    29   Jerry Scott   97  1,045
    30   Mike Pascale  66  1,035
    31   Derrick Brown 66  1,034
    32   Ray Flynn     82  1,025
    33   Eric Williams 60  1,001
    34   Ron Jackson   56    971
    35   James Stone   68    968
    36   JAMEL THOMAS  73    928

    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 55 of 70 (.786) from the charity stripe. Thomas made 13 of 14 free throws 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.

    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 to 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 11.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds. Swingman Erron Maxey is playing just 11.8 minutes per game but has scored 6.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Guard John Linehan started the first two games where he scored 13 and 10 points respectively while T.J. McKenzie has played in eight of the Friars first nine games averaging 1.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

    MAXEY EFFORTS...Freshman Erron Maxey (Lake Elsinore, Cal.) made his first career start against Cleveland State on December 27th. Prior to that he had 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, against Loyola Marymount, he scored 19 points in 17 minutes. In the three game span, over 39 minutes, Maxey scored 42 of his 59 points this season.

    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 against nationally-ranked teams on the schedule. Utah outrebounded the Friars by a 49-24 margin and Rhode Island did it at a 45-30 clip. Purdue had a nine rebound edge at 40-31. In those three games, the Friars have been outrebounded by a 134-85 margin.

    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. PC is averaging just 14.3 turnovers per game this season.

    PC VERSUS THE BIG 10...The Friars loss to Purdue (81-79) snapped a two-game PC winning streak against the BIG 10. The Friars had won two in a row against Wisconsin (1995 and 1996). PC is now 10-12 all-time against teams from the BIG 10.

    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. Wright also had five steals in that game, a figure he matched in the win over Cleveland State six days later. Wright now has 11 steals in his last three games.

    BEST THIS SEASON...PC shot a season high 52.1% (25-48) in the win over Cleveland State. Over the past three games, has shot 49.1% (87-177). In their first six games, the Friars shot just 39.9% (131-328). Against Loyola Marymount. PC shot 50.8% (31-61) for the game. PC shot 20-for-30 in the second half (.667) and at one point had made 10 shots in a row.

    TWO IN A ROW...PC followed the Loyola Marymount game with a second strong offensive performance against a good Purdue team. PC shot 49.2% from the floor (30-61), including 62.1% in the second half. PC made a season high 10 three pointers and shot 55.6% in that departmen on 10 of 18 shooting. The Friars' dished out a season high 20 assists in the game.

    MAKING A PASS...PC guards Kendrick Moore and Corey Wright combined for 13 of the Friars' 20 assists in the loss to Purdue. For Moore, his game high seven were also a career best. Wright dished out six helpers which was a season high for him and equalled his career best.

    MORE ON MOORE...Junior guard Kendrick Moore has finally shaken the rust from his game. After sitting out last year due to transferring from Missouri, the talented guard took three of four games to get his game together this season. In his last four games, Moore is averaging 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. He is shooting 16-for-29 (55.1%) from the floor and five of 11 (45.4%) from the three point line. He has recorded seven assists in each of his last two games.

    LOUISIANA LIGHTNING...Freshman Ben Perkins has made his presence known in the PC lineup. He collected a career high 23 points (9-15 FG, 3-6 3 PT, 2-4 FT) in the loss at Purdue. He has now led PC in scoring in three of the last five games.

    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.

    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       9    74
    Justin Farley (Jr.)                transfer       4     4
    Kendrick Moore (Jr.)               transfer       9     9
    Corey Wright (Jr.)                       36       9    45
    Llewellyn Cole (So.)             28 r-shirt       9    37
    John Linehan (Fr.)                                9     9
    Peter Farrell-Marcellino (Fr.)                    2     2
    Erron Maxey (Fr.)                                 9     9
    T.J. McKenzie (Fr.)                               8     8
    Ben Perkins (Fr.)                                 9     9

    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

    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
    Purdue 79 - 81 - Led 75-73 2:19 left in second half
    CLEVELAND STATE 72 - 60 Never Trailed

    FRIAR GAME KEYS:
    3-4 in games shooting under 50%
    2-0 in games shooting over 50%
    4-1 when PC has better FG%
    0-1 when committing more turnovers
    5-2 when opponent held to 75 or less
    3-0 when PC leads at the half

    FRIARS BY THE NUMBERS....

    CURRENT STREAK:   Win 1
    OVERALL RECORD:     5-4
    LAST FIVE GAMES:    3-2
    LAST TEN GAMES:     5-5
    HOME:               4-1
    ROAD:               1-2
    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
    B.E. HOME WIN STREAK: 0
    WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME:  3-0
    AWAY:    0-0
    HOME:    3-0
    NEUTRAL: 0-0
    WHEN TRAILING AT HALFTIME: 2-4
    HOME:    1-1
    AWAY:    1-2
    NEUTRAL: 0-1
    RECORD AFTER 9 GAMES
    IN 1996-97:                 6-3

    FRIARS RECORD WHEN....

    Providence  shoots 50% or better  from the floor...................................................... 2-0
    Providence shoots le ss than 50% from the floor....................................................... 3-4
    Providence holds opponent to 50% or less from the floor............................................... 4-3
    Providence opponent shoots 50% or better from the floor............................................... 1-1
    Providence outrebounds opponent......................................................................  5-1
    Opponent out rebounds Providence.....................................................................  0-3
    Providence makes 40% of three point tries...........................................................   1-3
    Providence makes less than 40% of three point tries..................................................  4-2
    Providence  scores 60 or more points.................................................................. 5-2
    Providence scores 70  or more points.................................................................  3-1
    Providence scores 80  or more points.................................................................  1-0
    Opponent held to less than  60 points................................................................  1-0
    Opponent scores 60 or more points....................................................................  4-3
    Opponent scores 70 or more points....................................................................  1-2
    Opponent scores 80 or more points....................................................................  0-1

    STARTING LINEUPS RECORDS:

    2-1: Wright - Linehan - Cole - Thomas - Perkins
    1-2: Thomas - Moore - McKenzie - Cole - Perkins
    0-1: Wright - Moore - Cole - Thomas - Perkins
    1-0: Thomas - Linehan - McKenzie - Cole - Perkins
    1-0: Thomas - Moore - Maxey - Cole - Perkins

    RECORDS AS STARTERS

    5-4: Llewellyn Cole
    3-1: John Linehan
    1-0: Erron Maxey
    2-2: T.J. McKenzie
    2-3: Kendrick Moore
    5-4: Ben Perkins 
    5-4: Jamel Thomas
    2-2: Corey Wright

    GAMES LOST - INJURY/ILLNESS/ACADEMICS (13)
    Waleed Driscoll - (torn ACL - right knee - Out for season)
    T.J. McKenzie - (sprained right wrist - VERMONT)
    Kofi Pointer - (personal reasons - BC, Utah, Rhode Island - transfer 12/19)

    GAMES LED PC IN:
    Scoring: Thomas (5), Perkins (3), Maxey (1)
    Rebounding: Thomas (4.5), Perkins (3), Cole (1.5)
    Scoring and Rebounding: Thomas (3), Perkins
    DOUBLE/DOUBLES: Thomas (3), Perkins (1), Cole (1)
    20-POINT GAMES: Thomas (3), Perkins (1)
    30-POINT GAMES:

    PROVIDENCE - GEORGETOWN SERIES FACTS
    Series Record: 44th meeting - Georgetown leads, 29-14
    BIG EAST Series: GT leads, 23-11
    At Georgetown: GT leads, 14-3
    At Providence: GT leads, 10-9
    Neutral Courts: GT leads, 5-2
    Last Meeting: 3/2/97 - GT 67 at PC 56
    Last PC win overall: 2/27/96 - PC 84 GT 77
    Last Georgetown win: 3/2/97

    Current Streak: The Hoyas have won the last two meetings and four of the last five in the series. Today's game is the Friars first at the MCI Center.

    STATISTICAL COMPARISON

    PC                     Georgetown
    5-4    Overall Record         7-3
    0-1    BIG EAST Record        1-2
    .432   Field Goal Pct.       .463
    .333   3-Pt. Field Goal Pct. .252
    .678   Free Throw Pct.       .563
    .436   Opp. FG Pct.          .330
    .329   Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct.    .288
    .646   Opp. FT Pct.          .649
    35.6   Rebound Average       49.7
    +0.5   Rebound Margin       +14.8
    13.7   Assists/Game          15.3
    13.8   Turnovers/Game        19.0
    3.1    Blocks/Game            4.5
    8.1    Steals/Game           13.6
    69.2   Points/Game           78.9
    65.7   Pts Allowed/Game      57.5

    SERIES NOTES

    Streaks: Georgetown won both meetings last year and have won four of five in the series. The last time that the Friars won at Georgetown was February 6, 1993 by a 66-58 margin. The Friars have lost three straight in D.C. since that win.

    Notes: What a difference a year makes. Last year's PC team was a veteran team. This year's team has just three players who have ever seen action against Georgetown. With their win versus West Virginia on Wednesday, the Hoyas now have a four game winning streak.

    FRIARS CAREER STATS VS. GEORGETOWN

    No. Player       GP PPG RPG  APG
     3  Moore         First Meeting
     5  McKenzie      First Meeting
    10  Wright        2 3.0 2.0  4.5
        Career Best - 2/12/97 - 2 pts./4 rebs./5 asts.
    12  Linehan       First Meeting
    13  Adams         Has Not Played
    15  F.-Marcellino First Meeting
    20  Cleary        Has Not Played
    24  Maxey         First Meeting
    25  Perkins       First Meeting 
    33  Thomas        3 11.3  2.3  2.3
        Career Best - 2/27/96 - 13 pts./3 rebs/3 asts.
    40  Farley        First Meeting
    42  Cole          1  0.0  0.0  0.0
    50  Cordella      Has Not Played

    1997-98 BIG EAST STANDINGS (as of January 2, 1997)

    BIG EAST  7  League    Overall
                W  L  PCT   W  L   PCT
    Miami       3  0 1.000 10  1   .909
    Syracuse    2  0 1.000 11  1   .917
    Georgetown  1  2  .333  7  3   .700
    Pittsburgh  0  1  .000  5  3   .625
    Providence  0  1  .000  5  4   .556
    Rutgers     0  2  .000  6  4   .600
    Seton Hall  0  2  .000  6  6   .500
    BIG EAST  6  League    Overall
                W  L  PCT    W  L  PCT
    Villanova   3  0 1.000   6  4  .600
    Connecticut 2  0 1.000  12  1  .923
    W. Virginia 1  2  .333  11  2  .846
    Notre Dame  1  1  .500   7  3  .700
    St. John's  1  2  .333   9  4  .692
    Bos. Col.   1  2  .333   8  6  .615

    THIS WEEK IN THE BIG EAST
    Monday, December 29
    at Georgetown 85 Southern 48
    at PROVIDENCE 72 Cleveland State 60

    Tuesday, December 30
    Villanova 83 at Boston College 76
    at Connecticut 90 Fairfield 63
    St. John's 79 at Notre Dame 69
    at Rutgers 89 Loyola (Md.) 67
    Pittsburgh at Syracuse ppd. snow

    Wednesday, December 31 Miami 78 at Seton Hall 65
    at Georgetown 74 West Virginia 65

    Friday, January 2
    Villanova at LaSalle 1:00 pm

    Saturday, January 3
    Notre Dame at Connecticut Noon
    Providence at Georgetown Noon
    Miami at Pittsburgh 2:00 pm
    Seton Hall at St. John's 2:00 pm
    Boston College at West Virginia 7:00 pm

    Sunday, January 4
    Rutgers at Syracuse Noon

    Monday, January 5
    Iona at Providence 7:30 pm
    Georgetown at West Virginia 7:30 pm