Jan. 21, 1998

    Preview: Providence College (8-8/3-4) at #23 AP/#21 USA West Virginia (16-3/6-3)

    WVU Coliseum (14,000) - Morgantown, West Virginia
    Saturday, January 24, 1998 - 12:05 p.m.
    PROBABLE STARTERS
    Pos. No. Name           Pts/Reb.    Ht.  Wt. Class  Hometown
    F    33  Jamel THOMAS   17.6/6.9    6-6  215   Jr.  Brooklyn, N.Y.
    F    40  Justin FARLEY   7.5/2.7    6-6  205   Jr.  Indianapolis, Ind.
    C     5  T.J. McKENZIE   1.9/1.6    6-11 235   Fr.  Friendswood, Tex.
    G     3  Kendrick MOORE 10.1/3.4    6-3  180   Jr.  Hartford, Conn.
    G    12  John LINEHAN    6.2/1.9    5-9  165   Fr.  Chester, Pa.    
            
    OFF THE BENCH
    G   10  Corey WRIGHT     2.6/1.9    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-MARCELLINO        
                             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      6.7/3.4    6-6  195   Fr.  Lake Elsinore, Cal.
    F   25  Ben PERKINS      8.8/4.5    6-7  200   Fr.  Vinton, La. 
    C   42  Llewellyn COLE   9.4/5.3    6-7  215   So.  New York, N.Y.
    F   50  Rick  CORDELLA   1.0/0.5    6-4  210   Jr.  Foxboro, Mass.
    

    FRIARS VERSUS MOUNTAINEERS...Today's game is the eighth meeting between the two teams and the only meeting this season. The Friars hold a 6-1 edge in the all-time series. PC is 3-1 against WVU since the Mountaineers joined the BIG EAST. The Friars have never won at the WVU Coliseum where they are 0-1 (90-78 ot win on 2/9/97). The two teams met three times last year with the Friars winning in Providence (74-61 in Providence), losing at WVU before winning in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament (76-69).

    FRIAR UPDATE...The Friars have won three of their last four games winning Tuesday night at Boston College, 58-54. PC trailed by 12 with 15:52 left and 10 with 9:48 left but rallied for the win holding BC to just four points in the last 9:48. Jamel Thomas had 17 points, Llewellyn Cole added 15 with nine rebounds and Erron Maxey added ten and seven boards off the bench in the win.

    COMEBACK KIDS...The Friars rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to defeat Boston College, 58-54 on Tuesday night. That was the biggest deficit that the Friars have rallied from this season. The previous best was an eight-point deficit at Canisius.

    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 29th all-time with 1,056 points. Thomas has averaged 13.2 points for his career and, this season, the Brooklyn, New York native leads the Friars with 17.6 ppg and 6.9 rebounds.

    COMING ATTRACTIONS...The Friars return home on Tuesday night, January 27th to face the 8th-ranked Connecticut Huskies at the Providence Civic Center. That game will start at 7:30 p.m.

    PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1090-673 (.618) - Best in New England...Home record: 646-204 (.760)...Civic Center record: 322-123 (.724).

    PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...115-178 in regular season and 128-195 overall in 19 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

    TODAY IN THE BIG EAST            PC ON THE AIR
    Memphis at Georgetown           CBS 2:00 pm WPRO Radio - 630 AM  
    Connecticut at Syracuse         CBS 4:00 pm John Rooke and Joe Hassett.
    Boston College at Seton Hall    8:00 pm ESPN Regional with Dave Sims and Bob Wenzel.
    
    HEAD COACH PETE GILLEN FOURTH YEAR AT PC: 8-8 (.500)/(3-4 in BIG EAST)
    Overall at PC: 67-45 (.598)/29-32 in BIG EAST
    XAVIER: 202-75 (.724)
    13-YEAR CAREER: 269-120 (.692)
    BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: 4-3
    BIG EAST GAMES: 29-32 (.475)
    Vs. West Virginia: 3-1
    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 (8-8/3-4)...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)
    

    MONTH BY MONTH (1997-98)...2-1 in November...3-3 in December...3-4 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). Expected to miss the entire 1997-98 season.

    NAIL BITERS...After losing two close ones in a row to Purdue and Georgetown, PC won its third close (five points or less) game of the year, 58-54, at Boston College (1/20/98). The win improves the Friars to 3-2 in "close" games this season. The Friars are now17-13 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. Connolly has scored over 2,000 points in his high school career.

    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.

    FRIARS VERSUS 1997-98
    OPPONENTS:
    University of Vermont:  3-0
    Brown:      82-24
    Boston College: 50-37
    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
    

    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. The Friars play their
    fifth game against a ranked opponent this afternoon against West Virginia.

                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
    1/24/98   #23   West Virginia           1/24/98  #21    West Virginia
    
    

    BOARD GAMES...Through the first 16 games this season, the Friars have been
    outrebounded seven times and are 2-5 on the year in those games. The wins have
    come against Pittsburgh (1/10/98) and at Boston College (1/20/98). 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 16 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
    416-328 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 Boston College36 43 -7.0 TOTALS 552 559 -7.0 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

    ON THE LINE....Freshman guard John Linehan has now made 35 consecutive
    free throws after going 2-for-2 against Boston College. On the year, the 5-9,
    165 pound guard from Chester, Pa. has missed just one free throw as he's now made
    37 of 38 on the season for a .974 success rate. In BIG EAST games, Linehan has
    made 23 in a row. The Providence College record is 57 and was set last season by
    Austin Croshere.

    DOUBLE FIGURES...Junior swingman Jamel Thomas is the lone Friar to score
    in double figures in every game this season. Thomas has scored 282 points in 16
    games a 17.6 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  JAMEL THOMAS        81      1,056
    

    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 ten 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 nine games going back to the Purdue game, Moore is averaging 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. He is shooting 30-for-62 (4.94%) from the floor and 10 of 24 (41.7%) from the three point line. After getting shutout in the first 37 minutes against Boston College, Moore came alive and made six straight free throws down the stretch to help the Friars win that game.

    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 (#4), Connecticut (#8) for two games, Purdue (#12), Syracuse (#15) for two games, Rhode Island (#22) and West Virginia (#23). Four of Providence's eight 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.

    FREE THROW TIME...The Friars were 9-for-9 in the second half from the free throw line against Boston College. All nine free throws came in the last six minutes. During that same time period, the Eagles wer just two-for-four from the line.

    BENCH STRENGTH...Llewellyn Cole and Erron Maxey came off the bench to combine for 25 points and 16 rebounds in PC's win over Boston College. Cole equalled a career high with 15 points and nine rebounds. Maxey scored ten points and added six rebounds. Both players set career highs for shots taken as Cole tried 14 and Maxey tried 12.

    JAMEL FOR THREE...Jamel Thomas converted on four of nine three point attempts against Boston College. The four threes are the most by any Friar this season.

    SCORING DROUGHT'S...The Friars went the first five minutes of the second half against Boston College without scoring. The Eagles led 35-31 at the half and opened a 43-31 lead before PC would score...With 9:48 left in the game, PC trailed Boston College, 50-40. The Friars would outscore the Eagles, 18-4 the rest of the way, holding the Eagles to one basket and two free throws over the final 9:48.

    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 - WEST VIRGINIA SERIES FACTS Series Record: 8th meeting - PC leads, 6-1 BIG EAST Series: PC leads, 2-1 At Morgantown: 0-1 At Providence: PC leads, 4-0 Neutral Courts: PC leads, 2-0 Last Meeting: 3/6/97 - at BE Tourney @MSG PC 76 WVU 69 Last PC win overall: 3/6/97 Last West Virginia win: 2/9/97 @ WVU 90 PC 78 ot Current Streak: The Friars won the last meeting in the BIG EAST Tournament. PC has never won at Morgantown.

         STATISTICAL COMPARISON
     PC                            WVU
     8-8    Overall Record        16-3
     3-4    BIG EAST Record        6-3
    .416    Field Goal Pct.       .466
    .307    3-Pt. Field Goal Pct. .347
    .710    Free Throw Pct.       .633
    .431    Opp. FG Pct.          .430
    .300    Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct.    .313
    .653    Opp. FT Pct.          .633
    34.5    Rebound Average       41.9
    -0.4    Rebound Margin        +3.2
    13.6    Assists/Game          16.9
    15.3    Turnovers/Game        13.1
    3.0     Blocks/Game            3.7
    8.1     Steals/Game           14.3
    67.3    Points/Game           85.4
    65.8    Pts Allowed/Game      69.9
    

    SERIES NOTES

    Streaks: The Friars have won five straight against the Mountaineers, but only the two BIG EAST wins came during the regular season. The first three wins in the series came in post season play, one NCAA game (1965) and two NIT games (1991, 1993 - both in Providence).

    Notes: PC makes just its second visit ever to the WVU Coliseum today. West Virgina comseToday's game is the Friars' first visit to Morgantown. The only other BIG EAST school the Friars have not visited is Rutgers. They make their first appearance at the Louis Brown Athletic Center on February 18th.