Jan. 18, 1998

PC Looks to Get Back on Winning Track

Moore photo
Kendrick Moore

Friars Take on Boston College

at BOSTON COLLEGE (10-8/2-5)
Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) - Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Tuesday, January 20, 1998 - 7:35 p.m.

FRIARS VERSUS EAGLES...Tonight's game is the 87th meeting all-time and the second this season between the Friars and the Eagles. PC leads the all-time series, 49-37. The Eagles won the BIG EAST season opener inProvidence on November 30th by a 78-62 margin. BC has won two of the last three meetings, but PC has taken eight of the last 11 going back to January 12, 1993. At Chestnut Hill, the Friars are 15-23 all-time. At Conte Forum, the Friars are 6-3. The last time that PC won at Boston College was February 1, 1996, a 76-75 win. In all, the Friars are 32-11 in Providence against the Eagles and 2-3 on neutral courts.

FRIAR UPDATE...The Friars shot just 34.8% in Saturday's 63-56 loss to St. John's at the Civic Center. The loss snapped a two-game PC winning streak. Jamel Thomas led the Friars with 21 points and John Linehan added 13. Thomas topped the Friars on the boards with five. SJU's Felipe Lopez had a season high 27 points against the Friars, the most anyone has scored against PC this year.

Pos.No.     Name            Pts/Reb.    Ht.  Wt.    Class   Hometown
F   33  Jamel THOMAS        17.7/7.1    6-6  215    Jr.     Brooklyn, N.Y.
F   40  Justin FARLEY       7.6/2.8     6-6  205    Jr.     Indianapolis, Ind.
C   42  Llewellyn COLE      9.0/5.0     6-7  215    So.     New York, N.Y.
G    3  Kendrick MOORE      10.4/3.5    6-3  180    Jr.     Hartford, Conn.
G   12  John LINEHAN        6.3/1.8     5-9  165    Fr.     Chester, Pa.    
C   5   T.J. McKENZIE       2.0/1.7     6-11 235    Fr.     Friendswood, Tex.
G   10  Corey WRIGHT        2.7/2.0     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   24  Erron MAXEY         6.5/3.2     6-6  195    Fr.     Lake Elsinore, Cal.
F   25  Ben PERKINS         9.5/4.8     6-7  200    Fr.     Vinton, La.
F   50  Rick  CORDELLA      1.0/0.5     6-4  210    Jr..    Foxboro, Mass.
Farley photo
Justin Farley

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 30th all-time with 1,039 point. He has passed Eric Williams, Ray Flynn, Derrick Brown and Mike Pascale. Thomas has averaged 13.2 points for his career and, this season, the Brooklyn, New York native leads the Friars with 17.7 ppg and 7.1 rebounds.

Series Record:      87th meeting - Providence leads series, 49-37
BIG EAST Series:    Providence leads, 19-15
At Boston College:  PC trails, 15-23
At Providence:      PC leads, 32-11
Neutral Courts:     PC trails, 2-3
Last Meeting:       11/30/97 -   BC  78   PC  62 
Last PC win:        2/1/97 - @PC  83   BC  71
Last Boston College  Win:  11/30/97 - BC 78 at PC  62
  PC                            Boston College
 7-8    Overall Record          10-8
 2-4    BIG EAST Record          2-5
.420    Field Goal Pct.         .453
.309    3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.   .333
.705    Free Throw Pct..        .649
.438    Opp. FG Pct.            .432
.300    Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct.      .329
.651    Opp. FT Pct.            .669
34.4    Rebound Average         45.2
+0.0    Rebound Margin          - 1.4
13.7    Assists/Game            13.1
15.5    Turnovers/Game          16.4
 3.1    Blocks/Game             3.7
 8.3    Steals/Game             8.1 
67.9    Points/Game             68.7
66.5    Pts Allowed/Game        68.1

Series Notes

Streaks: Boston College has won two of the last three meetings, but the Friars have won eight of the last 11 in the series. PC is 6-3 at Conte Forum. PC had a two-game winning streak snapped by St. John's on Saturday. The Eagles are coming off a 64-54 win against 23rd-ranked Marquette on Saturday. BC has now won two in a row coming into the PC game.

COMING ATTRACTIONS...The Friars continue their two game road swing with a trip to Morgantown, West Virginia to face the Mountaineers on Saturday, January 24th. Tip-off is at noon. PC's next home game is on Tuesday, January 27th when the Connecticut Huskies come to the Civic Center. That game begins at 7:30 p.m.

PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1089-673 (.618) - Best in New England...Home record: 646-204 (.760)...Civic Center record: 322-123 (.724).

PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...114-178 in regular season and 127-195 overall in 19 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

Head Coach Pete Gillen

FOURTH YEAR AT PC:      7-8 (.467)/(2-4 in BIG EAST)
    Overall at PC:      66-45 (.595)/28-32 in BIG EAST
           XAVIER:      202-75 (.724)     
13-YEAR CAREER:         268-120 (.691)
BIG EAST GAMES:         28-32 (.467)
  Vs. Boston College:   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 (7-8/2-4)...Coached 100th game at PC versus Utah...Named Rhode Island Words Unlimited Coach of the Year for

Providence College Basketball

MONTH BY MONTH (1997-98)...2-1 in November...3-3 in December...2-4 in January.

HOME COOKING...The Friars are 5-4 at home this season after going 12-3 at home last year. The Friars are 62-19 (.765) record over the last 81 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 69-22 (.758) 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 (1/5/98) broke a streak of seven straight wins against non-conference teams.

CIVIC CENTER RECORD...PC owns a 322-123 (.724) record at the Providence Civic Center since the building opened in 1972. The Friars recorded their 300th win on January 8, 1996 against Canisius (91-63).

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

NAIL BITERS...PC'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...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.

    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:                   7-34
    Pittsburgh:                 14-17
    St. John's:                 30-50
    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...Through the first 15 games this season, the Friars have been outrebounded six times and are 1-5 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 15 games. PC has been outrebounded in five of its eight losses (Utah, URI, Purdue, Georgetown and St. John's ) by a 195-136 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
ST. JOHN'S      24      28           - 4.0
TOTALS          516     516      
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.
L. Cole     Purdue  10 pts/10 rebs.
J. Thomas   IONA    14 pts/11 rebs.
E. Maxey    IONA    11 pts/12 rebs

ON THE LINE....Freshman guard John Linehan has now made 33 consecutive free throws after going 5-for-5 against Syracuse. On the year, the 5-9, 165 pound guard from Chester, Pa. has missed just one free throw as he's now made 35 of 36 on the season for a .972 success rate. In BIG EAST games, Linehan has made 21 in a row.

DOUBLE FIGURES...Junior swingman Jamel Thomas is the lone Friar to score in double figures in every game this season. Thomas has scored 265 points in 15 games a 17.7 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
23  Michael Smith       94      1,110
24  Rudy Williams       95      1,096
25  James Benedict      79      1,086
26  Jim Schlimm         70      1,078
27  Carlton Screen      109     1,076
28  Steve Wright        123     1,060
29  Jerry Scott         97      1,045
30  JAMEL THOMAS        78      1,039

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.

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 had started six games in a row until the January 17 game against St. John's. 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 points.

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 (1/10/98). 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 21 steals in his last nine games.

SHOOTING WOES...For just the third time this season, the Friars shot better than 50% from the floor in the Pittsburgh game. 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.

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 going back to the Purdue game, Moore is averaging 13.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. He is shooting 30-for-57 (52.6%) from the floor and 10 of 21 (47.6%) from the three point line.

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 two of the Friars' last three 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.

ST. JOHN'S LOWDOWN...The 56 points that the Friars scored versus St. John's was a season low as were the 16 fieldgoals and the 24 rebounds equalled a season low set against Utah. On the other hand, Felipe Lopez' 27 points was the most by any player against the Friars this season as were his ten field goals. The loss to the Red Storm snapped a four-game PC winning streak against St. John's.

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.

    FG Percentage           .472    .375    .407    .446    .412            
    FG Percentage Defense   .403    .471    .449    .420    .440
    Three-point Percentage  .356    .277    .280    .329    .438
    Free Throw Percentage   .679    .734    .718    .688    .600
    Rebounds Average        37.6    31.6     36.4   32.8     24.0
    Rebound Margin         + 6.7    -5.9     + 5.2  -4.4     -25.0
    Points per Game         75.6    61.3     69.0   68.0     58.0
    Points Allowed per Game 62.9    69.8     65.9   68.2     64.0

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