Jan. 16, 1998

    Friars Battle St. Johns

    PROVIDENCE COLLEGE (7-7/2-3) vs. ST. JOHN'S (11-6/3-3)

  • Providence Civic Center (12,993)
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Saturday, January 17, 1998
  • 4:05 p.m.

    FRIARS VERSUS RED STORM...This afternoon's game is the 80th meeting between the two schools. St. John's holds a 49-30 edge in the series. The Friars have won the last four games in the series, one in Alumni Hall, one in Providence, one at Madison Square Garden and a BIG EAST Tournament (1996) game at the Garden. In Providence, the Friars are 16-16 versus St. John's, 6-4 in the last 10 meetings going back to 1/31/87. In New York, St. John's holds a 27-10 edge and on neutral courts, the Red Storm have a 6-4 edge. St. John's last win in Providence came on January 5, 1995, an 89-74 win.

    FRIAR UPDATE...The Friars have won two in a row, knocking off Pittsburgh, 87-77, last Saturday and then beating 15th-ranked Syracuse, 76-64, in Syracuse on Tuesday night. The win over Syracuse was just the Friars' second all-time (2-15) in Syracuse and just the seventh in the all-time series. PC opened the game with an 18-0 run before Syracuse scored its first basket at 14:01. Jamel Thomas (19) and Kendrick Moore (17) led the Friars in the win. The Syracuse game was PC's fifth game in 11 days. The Friars were 2-3 in that span.

    1,000 AND COUNTING...Jamel Thomas became the 34th player in PC history to go over 1,000 points in his career when he nailed a three-pointer with 18:22 left in the first half at Syracuse. He finished the game with 19 points. Thomas now ranks 33rd all-time with 1,018 points and he did it in 77 games. Thomas has averaged 13.1 points for his career and this season, the Brooklyn, New York native leads the Friars with 17.4 ppg and 7.2 rebounds.

    COMING ATTRACTIONS...The Friars take to the road on Tuesday, January 20th for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum. Next Saturday, January 24th, the Friars will be in Morgantown, West Virginia for a noon game against the Mountaineers.

    PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1089-672 (.618) - Best in New England...Home record: 646-203 (.762)...Civic Center record: 322-122 (.726).

    PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...114-177 in regular season and 127-194 overall in 19 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

    PROBABLE STARTERS
    Pos.    No. Name             Pts/Reb.   Ht.     Wt.    Class    Hometown
        F   33  Jamel THOMAS    17.4/7.2    6-6     215     Jr.     Brooklyn, N.Y.
        F   40  Justin FARLEY    7.9/3.0    6-6     205     Jr.     Indianapolis, Ind.
        F   24  Erron MAXEY      6.9/3.4    6-6     195     Fr.     Lake Elsinore, Cal.
        G    3  Kendrick MOORE  10.6/3.4    6-3     180     Jr.     Hartford, Conn.
        G   12  John LINEHAN     5.9/1.6    5-9     165     Fr.     Chester, Pa.    
            
    OFF THE BENCH
        C    5  T.J. McKENZIE    2.0/1.8    6-10    235     Fr.     Friendswood, Tex.
        G   10  Corey WRIGHT     2.9/2.1    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.
                           MARCELLINO
        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   9.2/5.2    6-7     215     So.     New York, N.Y.
        F   50  Rick  CORDELLA   1.0/0.5    6-4     210     Jr..    Foxboro, Mass.
    
    TODAY IN THE BIG EAST                PC ON THE AIR
    Notre Dame at Seton Hall    Noon        WPRO Radio - 630 AM with 
    Georgetown at Connecticut   2:00 pm     John Rooke and Joe Hassett.
    Boston College at Marquette 2:00 pm     ESPN Regional Sports with Mike 
    Rutgers at Pittsburgh       8:00 pm     Gorman and Ron Perry.
    

    HEAD COACH PETE GILLEN

    FOURTH YEAR AT PC: 7-7 (.500)/(2-3 in BIG EAST) Overall at PC: 66-44 (.600)/28-31 in BIG EAST XAVIER: 202-75 (.724) 13-YEAR CAREER: 268-119 (.693) BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: 4-3 BIG EAST GAMES: 28-31 (.475) Vs. St. John's: 4-2 NON-LEAGUE GAMES: 38-13 (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, Purdue, Iona) NCAA TOURNAMENT: 10-8 (1985-91; 1992-93, 1997) NIT: 4-3 (1993-94, 94-95, 95-96)

    1997-98 (7-7/2-3)...Coached 100th game at PC versus Utah...Named Rhode Island Words Unlimited Coach of the Year for

    1996-97 season...Upset #15/#15 Syracuse at Syracuse, 76-64...

    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   #11   VILLANOVA (71-70)
    1988-89   #4    Louisville (85-83)                  1994-95   #20   SYRACUSE  (71-69 OT - BE Tourney)
    1989-90   #25   Loyola Marymount (115-113 OT)       1995-96   #21   Boston College (76-75)
    1989-90   #8    Georgetown (74-71 - NCAA Tournament)1995-96   # 8   GEORGETOWN (84-77)
    1990-91   #11   Nebraska (89-84 - NCAA Tournament)  1996-97   #18   TEXAS (74-66)
    1992-93   #17   New Orleans (73-55)                 1996-97   # 8   VILLANOVA (91-68)
    1992-93   #19   Cincinnati (82-76  OT)              1996-97   #25   BOSTON COLLEGE (83-71)
    1994-95   # 4   CONNECTICUT (72-70)                 1996-97   #8    Duke (98-87 - NCAA Tournament)
    1997-98   #15   Syracuse (76-64)

    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 is 1-3 this season against ranked teams. PC has lost to then #11- Utah (64-58), #7 Purdue (81-79) and then #18 Syracuse (77-59) on January 7th. PC avenged that loss on January 13th by winning 76-64 at #15 Syracuse.

    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 1/13/98 #15 Syracuse W 76-64 1/13/98 #15 Syracuse W 76-64

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

    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.

    HOYA TOUGH...The January 3rd 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.

    BOARD GAMES...Through the first 14 games this season, the Friars have been outrebounded five times and are 1-4 on the year in those games. The lone win came against Pittsburgh in a game the Panthers outrebounded the Friars by a 28-27 margin. Overall, the Friars have won the battle of the boards nine times and are 6-3 in those games. Here is the Friars versus their opponents on the boards through 14 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 ten games, PC has a 380-285 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
    Syracuse        39    36   + 3.0
    TOTALS         492   488    +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.
    J. Thomas       IONA    14 pts/11 rebs.
    E. Maxey        IONA    11 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 244 points in 14 games a 17.4 ppg average. Versus Syracuse he became the 34th player in PC history to go over 1,000 points in his career. Here's where he stands on the all-time scoring list:

    NO   PLAYER         GP      POINTS
    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   JAMEL THOMAS    76     1,018

    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 six straight starts since December 27th versus Cleveland State. In three early games this season, he 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 96 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 eight 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. 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).

    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 seven games going back to the Purdue game, Moore is averaging 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists. He is shooting 27-for-51 (52.9%) from the floor and nine of 19 (47.3%) from the three point line. He has recorded seven assists in two of his last seven 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.

    NO EX'CUSES...Providence has had its share of problems in the all-time series against Syracuse. PC has now won just twice at the Carrier Dome (2-15) and is just 7-34 in the all-time series.

    GREAT START...The Friars used an 18-0 start at the beginning of the game to get off to a fast start against the Orangemen. The 18-0 run is the Friars biggest uninterrupted run this season. PC made its first six shots to start the game and eight of its first ten for the 18-0 lead. Syracuse got its first basket with 14:01 left in the first half.

    SUPERPEST...PC guard John Linehan is gaining the reputation of a top notch defender. In his last two games, he's taken on two of the BIG EAST's best players and shut them down. Last Saturday against Pittsburgh, Linehan held Pitt's Vonteego Cummings to 11 points and helped force him into a BIG EAST record 12 turnovers. On Tuesday, Linehan (5-9) guarded Todd Burgan (6-7) most of the game and held him to 10 points. Against Pitt, Linehan had a career high nine steals and added four more against Syracuse. He also had a career high eight assists in the win at Syracuse.

    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.

    PROVIDENCE - ST. JOHN'S SERIES FACTS

    Series Record: 80th meeting - Providence trails in series, 30-49 BIG EAST Series: Providence trails, 12-22 At St. John's: PC trails, 10-27 At Providence: Series tied, 16-16 Neutral Courts: PC trails, 4-6 Last Meeting: 1/15/97 - @MSG PC 72 SJU 59 Last PC win: 1/15/97 Last St. John's Win: 2/22/95 @MSG SJU 77 PC 72 Last PC Win At SJU (Alumni Hall): 1/6/96 PC 82 SJU 78 STATISTICAL COMPARISON PC St. John's 7-7 Overall Record 11-6 2-3 BIG EAST Record 3-3 .425 Field Goal Pct. .418 .299 3-Pt. Field Goal Pct. .319 .697 Free Throw Pct.. .624 .431 Opp. FG Pct. .406 .303 Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct. .330 .650 Opp. FT Pct. .671 35.1 Rebound Average 44.6 +0.2 Rebound Margin 9.1 13.8 Assists/Game 13.5 15.7 Turnovers/Game 16.0 3.1 Blocks/Game 3.8 8.4 Steals/Game 8.1 68.8 Points/Game 73.4 66.8 Pts Allowed/Game 67.9

    SERIES NOTES

    Streaks:The Friars have won the last four meetings in this series. One win came in Providence, one at Alumni Hall, one at Madison Square Garden and one in the BIG EAST Tournament at the Garden. St. John's comes into the game with a two-game winning streak. Providence also has a two-game winning streak heading into today's game.

    Notes: The last time St. John's won in Providence was 1/5/95, an 89-74 win. PC has won six of the last 10 games played in Providence dating back to 1987.

    THIS WEEK IN THE BIG EAST
    Monday, January  12
    Georgetown  67    Villanova   61
    Tuesday, January 13 
    PROVIDENCE  76    Syracuse   64   
    Connecticut  80      Seton Hall   59
    St. John's   73     Miami   64
    Wednesday, January 14
    Boston College  69    Rutgers  62
    Thursday, January 15
    Notre Dame  74    West Virginia  72
    
    THIS WEEK IN THE BIG EAST
    Monday, January  12
    Georgetown  67    Villanova   61
    Tuesday, January 13 
    PROVIDENCE  76    Syracuse   64   
    Connecticut  80      Seton Hall   59
    St. John's   73     Miami   64
    Wednesday, January 14
    Boston College  69    Rutgers  62
    Thursday, January 15
    Notre Dame  74    West Virginia  72
    Saturday, January 10
    Notre Dame at Seton Hall        Noon
    Georgetown at Connecticut    CBS    2:00 pm
    Boston College at Marquette     2:00 pm
    St. John's at Providence        4:00 pm
    Rutgers at Pittsburgh       8:00 pm
    Sunday, January 18
    Miami at Syracuse           Noon
    West Virginia at Villanova      CBS 2:00 pm

    3 Kendrick Moore

  • JR 6-3, 180
  • Hartford High/Missouri/Hartford, Conn.
    Came to Providence after two seasons at Missouri
    One of Friars' tri-captains in 1997-98 with Jamel Thomas and Corey Wright
    Pulled down seven rebounds in PC's win over BROWN
    Played career high 35 minutes versus Rhode Island
    Had career high 16 points (6-9 FG, 2-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) at Canisius
    Has recorded career high seven assists versus Purdue and CLEVELAND STATE
    Led the Friars with 14 points (2-4 FG, 1-1 3PT, 9-12 FT) versus IONA
    Leads Friars with 39 assists to just 17 turnovers
    Scored career high 19 points (8-13 FG, 3-7 3PT) against PITTSBURGH
    Had 17 points (5-10 FG, 1-3 3 PT, 6-9 FT), seven rebounds and five assists at Syracuse

    5 T.J. McKenzie

  • FR 6-10 235
  • St. Joseph's (Trumbull, Conn.)/Friendswood, Tex.
    Missed first game versus VERMONT with sprained right wrist
    Played nine minutes versus BROWN and pulled down five rebounds
    Scored a career high six points in game versus BOSTON COLLEGE
    Made first career start versus Utah
    Had career best two blocked shots against CLEVELAND STATE
    Played career high 19 minutes with six points and five rebounds versus SYRACUSE

    10 Corey Wright

  • JR 5-8 160
  • Plains J.C./New York, N.Y.
    One of team's tri-captains with Kendrick Moore and Jamel Thomas
    Defensive wizard who is most effective for the Friars coming off the bench
    Equalled a career high when he scored 11 points (3-3 FG, 1-1 3 PT, 4-5 FT)versus LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
    Has five steals in games against LOYOLA MARYMOUNT and CLEVELAND STATE
    Leads Friars with 26 steals

    12 John Linehan

  • FR 5-9 165
  • Winchendon (Mass.) School/Chester, Pa.
    Has made four starts this season for the Friars
    Had career best 13 points versus VERMONT
    Went scoreless in BOSTON COLLEGE and Utah games
    Career high four assists versus BROWN and LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
    Played 32 minutes versus IONA and scored eight points (1-5 FG, 6-6 FT)
    Has now made 26 consecutivefree throws in a row since December 23rd and has missed just one this season (28-29)
    Had career high 14 points (2-5 FG, 10-10 FT) and nine steals versus PITTSBURGH
    Nine steals is a BIG EAST freshman record and a PC record in a BIG EAST game
    Scored seven points with a career high eight assists, four rebounds and three steals vs. Syracuse

    24 Erron Maxey

  • FR 6-6 195
  • Lake Elsinore/Elsinore, California
    Scored first points in win over BROWN (11 points in nine minutes)
    Picked up 12 points (6-9 FG) and five rebounds in 13 minutes against BOSTON COLLEGE
    Pulled down career high six rebounds at Canisius
    Scored game and career high 19 points (8-9 FG, 3-3 FT) in 17 minutes off the bench agains LMU
    Had eight points and five rebounds versus CLEVELAND STATE in 17 minutes
    Played career high 31 minutes and recorded first double-double against IONA with 11 points and 12 rebounds
    Has started at center for PC the last six games

    25 Ben Perkins

  • FR 6-7 200
  • Vinton/Vinton, Louisiana
    Recorded double-double (10 pts./12 rebounds) in first collegiate game against VERMONT
    Followed with an 11 rebound game versus BROWN
    Led the Friars with 15 points and six rebounds verus Utah
    Had season high three blocked shots in loss to Rhode Island
    Had career high18 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 FT, 5-9 FT) and five rebounds at Canisius
    Scored a career high 23 points (9-15 FG, 3-6 3PT, 2-4 FT) at Purdue
    Missed SYRACUSE, PITTSBURGH and Syracuse games with bruised left knee
    Suffered bruised left knee versus IONA - Day to day

    32 Waleed Driscoll

  • JR 6-8 245
  • Lackawanna J.C./Philadelphia, Pa.
    Tore ACL in right knee during summer. Had major surgery to repair knee injury.
    Expected to miss the entire 1997-98 season

    33 Jamel Thomas

  • JR 6-6 220
  • Lincoln/Brooklyn, N.Y.
    ALL-BIG EAST CANDIDATE
    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
    One of team's tri-captains with Kendrick Moore and Corey Wright
    Recorded double-doubles in his first two games:
    (25 pts./11 rebs.) versus VERMONT
    (16 pts./10 rebs.) versus BROWN
    Led Friars with 22 points versus BOSTON COLLEGE
    Equalled season high with 25 points versus Rhode Island; made 13-14 FT in game
    15pts./9rebounds at Canisius
    Had third double-double of season (13 pts/12 rebounds) versus LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
    CBS Player of the Game versus Purdue - 19 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 3PT, 2-3 FT) with four rebounds in 38 minutes
    Led Friars with 15 points and 9 rebounds versus CLEVELAND STATE
    Fourth double-double of season versus IONA (14 points/11 rebounds)
    Added 14 points in loss t o SYRACUSE
    Scored 1,000th career point in Friars' win at Syracuse - 34th player in PC history
    Led PC with 19 points and eight rebounds at Syracuse

    40 Justin Farley

  • JR 6-6 205
  • Brebeuf Prep/Indianapolis, Indiana
    Sat out the first semester after transferring last January from Evansville
    Gives the Friars a veteran player with outstanding basketball skills
    Good shooter who should help open defenses the remainder of the year
    First game came against Canisius - Came off bench to score 12 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 FT) with four rebounds
    Had eight points off the bench versus LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
    Scored 10 points off the bench versus CLEVELAND STATE
    Made first career start against SYRACUSE; played career high 28 minutes
    Scored Providence career high 18 points (8-16 FG, 2-4 FT) and led Friars with seven rebounds vs. PITTSBURGH
    Had 10 points and five rebounds in 29 minutes versus Syracuse

    42 Llewellyn Cole

  • SO 6-7 215
  • Maine Central Institute/New York, New York
    Redshirted for the 1996-97 season - Has three years eligibility left.
    Outstanding leaper-Hard worker who made the most of his year as a redshirt
    Started first two games of his career versus VERMONT and BROWN
    Had career high 12 points and nine rebounds versus BOSTON COLLEGE
    Played career high 35 minutes versus Rhode Island
    Turned in first double-double of his career against Purdue with 10 points and career best 10 rebounds
    Scored career high 14 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 3PT, 3-4 FT) with six rebounds against CLEVELAND STATE
    Has started all 12 games this season
    Scored career high 15 points (3-10 FG, 9-12 FT) versus SYRACUSE; Career highs in foul shots and foul shots attempted
    Came off the bench to score 13 points (4-10 FG, 5-7 FT) and grab five rebounds vs. Syracuse; Collected career high four blocked shots.

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