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Llewellyn Cole is averaging 8.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg off the bench.

Jan. 12, 1998

Friars Battle No. 15 Orangemen Again

#18 AP/#15 USA SYRACUSE (14-1/4-0)
Carrier Dome (33,000) - Syracuse, New York
Tuesday, January 13, 1998 - 7:35 p.m.

FRIARS VERSUS ORANGEMEN...These two teams meet again for the second time in less than a week. Last Wednesday, January 7th, Syracuse gave the Friars their worst loss since 1996, defeating PC, 77-59, at the Providnce Civic Center. Tonight's game is the 41st meeting in the all-time series with the Orangemen holding a 34-6 advantage. The Orange have won four in a row in the series and seven of the last eight meetings. At Syracuse, the Friars have won just once in 16 tries (1-15).

FRIAR UPDATE...The Friars close out a string of five games in 11 days tonight against Syracuse. PC is currently 1-3 having played its last four games in eight days. The Friars broke a three-game losing streak on Saturday with an 87-77 home win against Pittsburgh. Kendrick Moore (19), Justin Farley (18), John Linehan (14) and Jamel Thomas (11) all scored in double figures in the win. PC forced 27 Pitt turnovers. John Linehan set a Providence BIG EAST record and a BIG EAST freshman record with a career high nine steals in the game.

Pos.No. Name                Pts/Reb.    Ht. Wt.   Class Hometown
F   33  Jamel THOMAS        17.3/7.2    6-6 215     Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
F   40  Justin FARLEY       7.6/2.8     6-6 205     Jr. Indianapolis, Ind.
F   24  Erron MAXEY         6.8/3.5     6-6 195     Fr. Lake Elsinore, Cal.
G    3  Kendrick MOORE      10.1/3.2    6-3 180     Jr. Hartford, Conn.
G   12  John LINEHAN        5.8/1.5     5-9 165     Fr. Chester, Pa.    
C    5  T.J. McKENZIE       2.2/1.8     6-10 235    Fr. Friendswood, Tex.
G   10  Corey WRIGHT        3.0/2.2     5-8 160     Jr. New York, N.Y.  
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.
G   20  Dennis CLEARY       0.7/0.0     6-0 160     So. West Orange, N.J.
F   25  Ben PERKINS         10.4/5.1    6-7 200     Fr. Vinton, La.
F   42  Llewellyn COLE      8.9/5.2     6-7 215     So. New York, N.Y.
F   50  Rick  CORDELLA      1.0/0.5     6-4 210     Jr..Foxboro, Mass.
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Jamel Thomas (33) and John Linehan (12)

ONE FOR 1,000...With 11 points against Pittsburgh, PC's Jamel Thomas moved to within one point of becoming the 34th player in PC history to reach 1,000 points in his career. Thomas goes into tonight's game with 999 points in his first 76 games for an average of 13.1 points per game in his career. The Brooklyn, New York native leads the Friars with 17.3 ppg and 7.2 rebounds.

COMING ATTRACTIONS...After tonight's game, the Friars return home to face the Red Storm of St. John's on Saturday, January17th. Game time at the Providence Civic Center is set for 4:00 p.m.

PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1088-672 (.618) - Best in New England...Home record: 646-203 (.762)...Civic Center record: 322-122 (.726).

PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...113-177 in regular season and 126-194 overall in 19 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

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. PChas lost three games to Top 25 teams this season. After falling 64-58 at then #11- Utah, PC lost on December 27 at #7-Purdue, 81-79. The Friars' third loss came to Syracuse last Wednesday (77-59) in Providence. Syracuse was ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 19th by USAToday/ESPN for the week of January 3rd.

            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
1/07/98     #18     Syracuse    L       59-77   1/07/98     #19     Syracuse    L       59-77

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

HOME COOKING...The Friars are 5-3 at home this season after going 12-3 at home last season. The Friars are 62-18 (.775) record over the last 80 games at the Providence Civic Center (dating back to January 25, 1993). Over the last five full seasons plus eight games this year, PC is 69-21 (.767) at the Civic Center. PC is 36-5 (.878) in its last 41 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). The loss to Iona broke a streak of seven straight wins against non-conference teams.

CIVIC CENTER RECORD...PC owns a 322-122 (.726) 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. Ben Perkins - bruised left knee. Day-to-day.

NAIL BITERS...PC's 58-56 loss to Georgetown (1/3/97) was PC's second consecutive loss by five or less points. The Friars also lost at Purdue on 81-79 loss to Purdue on December 28th. The Friars are 2-2 in games decided by five or less this season. PC is now 16-13 in games decided by five points or less in Pete Gillen's four seasons at PC.

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, 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.

HOYA TOUGH...Saturday's loss at Georgetown gives the Hoyas a three-game winning streak versus the Friars and Georgetown has now won five of the last six meetings between the two teams. PC's last win at Georgetown came on February 6, 1993, a span of four games.

SCORING DROUGHT...The Friars went the final 16:13 of the second half against Iona without scoring a field goal, yet rallied from an 13-point deficit to tie the game at 62-62 with 1:05 left. The Friars made 22 of 26 free throws for their final 22 points of the half. PC shot just three-of 22 (13.6%) in the second half.

    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:                 14-30
    Iona College:               1-2
    Syracuse:                   6-34
    Pittsburgh:                 14-17
    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...For the first time this season, the Friars won a game that they were outrebounded in. Pittsburgh had a 28-27 edge on the glass, but the Friars finished with an 87-77 edge on the scoreboard. PC is now 1-4 when outrebounded. Here is the Friars versus their opponents on the boards through 13 games. PC has been outrebounded in its four of its seven losses (Utah, URI, Purdue and Georgetown) by a 167-112 margin. In the Friars other nine games, PC has a 341-285 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
Georgetown      27    33        - 6.0
IONA            38    35        +3.0
SYRACUSE        41    40        +1.0
PITTSBURGH      27    28        - 1.0
TOTALS          453   452       +1.0

ON THE LINE....Freshman guard John Linehan has now made 26 consecutive free throws after going 10-for-10 against Pittsburgh. On the year, the 5-9, 165 pound guard from Chester, Pa. has missed just one free throw as he's now made 28 of 29 on the season for a .966 success rate.

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. Erron Maxey made his first two starts against Cleveland State and Georgetown.

MORE JAMEL....Thomas picked up his fourth double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds versus Iona. That's the seventh 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 currently out with a knee injury is second in scoring with 10.4 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. Swingman Erron Maxey has started at center the last four games. In 14.4 minutes per game this season he is averaging 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while T.J. McKenzie has scored six points in each of his last three games and is averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds. Guard John Linehan had his best game of the year against Pittsburgh with a career high 14 points, including 10-for-10 from the foul line. Linehan also had a career high nine steals which is a BIG EAST record for a freshman. Linehan averages 5.8 points per game and 1.5 rebounds.

MAXEY EFFORTS...Freshman Erron Maxey (Lake Elsinore, Cal.) picked up his first career double-double against Iona with 11 points and 12 rebounds in a career high 31 minutes. Maxey has now made five straight starts since December 27th versus Cleveland State. 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 88 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.

TRANSFER NIGHT...PC's two transfer players carried the scoring load for PC in the win over Pittsburgh. Kendrick Moore (Missouri) and Justin Farley (Evansville) combined for 37 points in the Pittsburgh win. Moore had a career high 19 points and Farley added 18 while pulling down a PC game high seven rebounds. Both players are in their first year of playing for Providence.

LAST MAAC LOSS...The last time that Providence had lost to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team was November 30, 1988 when the Friars lost a 99-98 decision at Holy Cross. Since that time, PC has gone 5-0 against teams from the MAAC.

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 scoring 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 19 steals in his last seven games.

SHOOTING WOES...For just the third time this season, the Friars shot better than 50% from the floor against Pittsburgh. The Friars made 28-54 for a 51.9% shooting percentage. When PC makes more than half its shots, the Friars are 3-0. Until the Pittsbu

Against Iona, PC shot just three-for-22 (13.6%) from the floor in the second half. For the game, PC shot just 32.7%. Against Syracuse, the Friars shot five-for-26 (19.2%) in the first half and finished the game with a 17-59 mark (28.8%). The 19.2% shooting is a PC record for a low half as well as a BIG EAST record. The previous PC record was eight-for-32 (25.0%) against Georgetown on March 9, 1991.

BEST THIS SEASON...PC shot a season high 52.1% (25-48) in the win over Cleveland State. Until Monday's game with Iona, the Friars had been shooting 48.6% (106-218) during the last four games. Against Iona, PC shot just 32.7%, including 13.6% in the second half. In their first six games, the Friars shot just 39.9% (131-328).

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 has found the scoring touch. Against Pittsburgh, Moore led the Friars with 19 points, including 17 in the first half. In his last eight games, Moore is averaging 12.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. He is shooting 30-for-55 (54.5%) from the floor and ten of 21 (47.6%) from the three point line. He has recorded seven assists in two of his last six games.

BAD NIGHT...The Friars 18-point loss to Syracuse on January 7th was PC's worse home loss since a 20-point (82-62) loss to St. Joseph's in the 1996 NIT Tournament. The worse loss in Pete Gillen's four years at Providence came on February 8, 1995, a 100-76 loss at Syracuse.

FRIARS AND THE RANKED...There are currently six teams (eight games) ranked in the top 25 by the Associated Press that the Friars have faced or will face at sometime this season. PC's schedule includes Utah (#3), Connecticut (#8) for two games, Purdue (#9), Syracuse (#18) for two games, Rhode Island (#23) and West Virginia (#25). Four of Providence's seven losses have come to nationally-ranked teams - Utah (64-58), URI (69-58), Purdue (81-79) and Syracuse (77-59).

TURNOVERS...The Friars forced the University of Pittsburgh into a season high 27 turnovers on January 10th. Panther guard Vonteego Cummings set a BIG EAST record in that game by making 12 turnovers. The 12 turnovers were the most ever by an opponent against the Friars.

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.

BIG EAST TICKETS...Tickets for the BIG EAST Tournament can be ordered through the Providence College Ticket Office. The cost of the package for the March 4-7 Tournament is $200.00 plus a $10 handling fee per order. For information on the BIG EAST Tournament tickets call 865-GOPC (4672) or stop in the Alumni Hall Ticket Office to fill out an order form. Mastercard and Visa accepted. Tickets will be mailed prior to the BIG EAST Tournament.

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