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Jan. 26, 1998

Friars Host No. 8 Huskies

The Game Marks the Second Straight Vs. a Ranked Team

#8 USA/#9 AP CONNECTICUT (17-3/7-2)

Providence Civic Center (12,993)
- Providence, Rhode Island
Tuesday, January 27, 1998 - 7:35 p.m.

FRIARS VERSUS HUSKIES...Tonight's game is the first of two meetings this season between the Friars and the Huskies. Tonight, the two teams meet for the 50th time in the series with UConn holding a 29-20 edge in the first 49 games. Providence won the only meeting last year, a 62-47 triumph at Gampel Pavilion, the Friars first win in 14 tries ever in Storrs, Connecticut and their first win at Gampel in seven games. In Providence, the Friars are 10-10 against the Huskies; 7-17 on UConn's home floors and 3-2 on neutral courts. PC won the last meeting, UConn has won two of the last three and the two teams have split the last ten games. UConn has been ranked in the Top 20 in seven of the last ten meetings between the two schools.

FRIAR UPDATE...Tonight's game is the Friars' second in a row against a ranked team. On Saturday, the Friars lost at #23/#21 West Virginia, 81-63. The Mountaineers shot 73.1% in the second half and 61.1% for the game in beating the Friars. Four Friars were in double figures led by Jamel Thomas with 16. Kendrick Moore and Ben Perkins each had 13 and John Linehan added ten in the loss. The Friars have now lost two of their last three games.

FRIARS VS. RANKED TEAMS....The Friars come into tonight's game against #8-ranked Connecticut with a 1-4 record against teams in the Top 25. 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. PC's fourth loss against a ranked team came at West Virginia on January 24th, 81-63. West Virginia was ranked #21 and #23 in the AP and USATODAY/ESPN Poll respectively.

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   L       63-81    1/24/98    #21  West Virginia  L       63-81
1/27/98   #9    Connecticut                      1/27/98    #8   Connecticut

Pos.    No. Name            Pts/Reb.    Ht. Wt. Class   Hometown
    F   33  Jamel THOMAS    17.5/6.6    6-6 215 Jr.     Brooklyn, N.Y.
    F   25  Ben PERKINS     9.1/4.4     6-7 200 Fr.     Vinton, La. 
    C   42  Llewellyn COLE  9.1/5.1     6-7 215 So.     New York, N.Y.
    G    3  Kendrick MOORE  10.3/3.6    6-3 180 Jr.     Hartford, Conn.
    G   12  John LINEHAN    6.4/1.8     5-9 165 Fr.     Chester, Pa.    
    C    5  T.J. McKENZIE   1.8/1.5    6-11 235 Fr.     Friendswood, Tex.
    G   10  Corey WRIGHT    2.6/1.9     5-8 160 Jr.     New York, N.Y.  
    G   13  Mark ADAMS      0.0/0.3     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     6.3/3.4     6-6 195 Fr.     Lake Elsinore, Cal.
    F   40  Justin FARLEY    7.2/2.6    6-6 205 Jr.     Indianapolis, Ind.
    F   50  Rick  CORDELLA  1.0/0.5     6-4 210 Jr..    Foxboro, Mass.

BEN'S BACK...Freshman Ben Perkins seems to have shaken the rust from his game after missing three games with a knee injury. After seeing limited duty in his first two games back, Perkins played 29 minutes at West Virginia where he scored 13 points (5-7 FG, 2-2 3 PT, 1-2 FT). He also added two rebounds.

COMING ATTRACTIONS...The Friars celebrate Parent's Weekend versus Seton Hall on Sunday, January 31st at 4:00 p.m. game. Tickets still remain for this game. On Wednesday, February 4th, the Friars travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes in a 7:30 p.m. game.

PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1090-674 (.618) - Best in New England...Home record: 646-204 (.760)...Civic Center record: 322-123 (.724).

PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...115-179 in regular season and 128-196 overall in 19 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

FOURTH YEAR AT PC:      8-9 (.471)/(3-5 in BIG EAST)
    Overall at PC:      67-46 (.593)/29-33 in BIG EAST
           XAVIER:      202-75 (.724)     
   13-YEAR CAREER:      269-121 (.690)
BIG EAST GAMES:         29-33 (.468)
    Vs. Connecticut:    3-3

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 (8-9/3-5)...Coached 100th game at PC versus Utah...Named Rhode Island Words Unlimited Coach of the Year for

    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...3-5 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.

Justin Farley - sprained left ankle at West Virginia - day-to-day.

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.

BOARD GAMES...Through the first 17 games this season, the Friars have been outrebounded eight times and are 2-6 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 through17games. PC has been out rebounded in six of its nine losses (Utah, URI, Purdue, Georgetown, St. John's, West Virginia) by a 226-158 margin. In the Friars other 11 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 College  36    43    -7.0
West Virginia   22    31    -9.0
TOTALS          572   588   -16.0

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 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 298 points in 17 games a 17.5 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  JAMEL THOMAS        81      1,072

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 24 steals in his last 11 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 ten games going back to the Purdue game, Moore is averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists. He is shooting 35-for-76 (46.1%) from the floor and 11 of 28 (39.3%) 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). Five of Providence's nine losses have come to nationally-ranked teams - Utah (64-58), URI (69-58), Purdue (81-79), Syracuse (77-59) and West Virginia.

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. So far this season he has taken on two of the BIG EAST's best players and shut them down. On January 10, against Pittsburgh, Linehan held Pitt's Vonteego Cummings to 11 points and helped force him into a BIG EAST record 12 turnovers. On Tuesday, January 13, 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.

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 28th all-time with 1,072 points. Thomas has averaged 13.3 points for his career and, this season, the Brooklyn, New York native leads the Friars with 17.5 ppg and 6.6 rebounds.

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.

COME BACK 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.

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 were 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.

NIGHT AND DAY....PC opened the West Virginia game by making its first six shots. PC ended the half shooting 52% on 13 for 25 attempts. In the second half, the Friars shot just 34.6% making only nine of 26 shots. For the game, PC shot 43.1% (22-51). Meanwhile, West Virginia shot 73.1% in the second half and 61.1 % (33-54) for the game.

LADIES' DAY - SOLD OUT...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. This game is sold out and will give the Friars the largest crowd ever to see a women's basketball game in Providence or Rhode Island. The Civic Center holds 12,993 for basketball. 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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