Jan. 30, 1998

Friars Prepare for Seton Hall

Providence College (8-10/3-6)
vs. Seton Hall (9-10/3-6)

Location: Providence Civic Center (12,993)
Providence, Rhode Island
Saturday, January 31, 1998
Time: 4:05 p.m.

Probable Starters
Pos.    No. Name               Pts/Reb. Ht.  Wt. Class   Hometown
    F   33  Jamel THOMAS       18.0/6.7 6-6  215 Jr.     Brooklyn, N.Y.
    F   25  Ben PERKINS         8.5/4.1 6-7  200 Fr.     Vinton, La.
    C   24  Erron MAXEY         6.8/3.5 6-6  195 Fr.     Lake Elsinore, Cal.
    G    3  Kendrick MOORE      9.7/3.5 6-3  180 Jr.     Hartford, Conn.
    G   12  John LINEHAN        6.4/1.7 5-9  165 Fr.     Chester, Pa.   
Off The Bench
    C    5   T.J. McKENZIE      1.6/1.4 6-11 235 Fr. Friendswood, Tex.
    G   10  Corey WRIGHT        2.4/1.8 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   40  Justin FARLEY       7.2/2.5 6-6  205 Jr. Indianapolis, Ind.
    F   42  Llewellyn COLE      8.6/4.9 6-7  215 So. New York, N.Y.
    F   50  Rick  CORDELLA      1.0/0.5 6-4  210 Jr. Foxboro, Mass.

FRIARS VERSUS PIRATES...This afternoon's game is the 71st meeting between the two schools. Providence has a 38-32 edge in the all-time series, but Seton Hall leads the all-time BIG EAST series, 18-16. PC is 21-7 all-time against the Pirates at home. Seton Hall has won the last three meetings and nine of the last 12 between the two schools. The two teams met just once last year with Seton Hall winning, 73-66 at the Meadowlands. PC's last win was on February 13, 1995, a 77-53 win at the Meadowlands. The two teams meet again on Wednesday, February 11th at the Meadowlands.

FRIAR UPDATE...The Friars enter today's game having lost two in a row to nationally-ranked foes. On Tuesday night, the Friars fell to #9/#8 UConn, 63-56, at the Civic Center. Last Saturday, January 24, the Friars lost 81-68 at the WVU Coliseum to then #23/#21 West Virginia. PC won its last game against non-ranked teams on January 20th at Boston College, 58-54.

THOMAS TIME...Junior Jamel Thomas played his best game of the season against Connecticut as he scored a season high 26 points with eight rebounds against the Huskies. Thomas was 7-13 FG and 12-14 from the line. Thomas has been in double figures in all 18 of the Friars' games this season. He has led PC in scoring 12 times and in rebounding eight times on the year. He played a career high 39 minutes against the Huskies.

CALIFORNIA KID...Freshman Erron Maxey played one of his best games of the season against Connecticut scoring a personal BIG EAST high of 16 points with five rebounds. Maxey and Thomas combined for 42 of PC's 56 points in the loss to UConn.

ROAD SHOW...The Friars take to the road for three games in a row after today. On Wednesday, February 4th, the Friars travel to Miami for a 7:30 p.m. game. On Sunday, February 5th, the Friars travel to Rutgers for a 3:00 p.m. game and then visit Seton Hall on Wednesday, February 11th for a 7:30 p.m. game at Continental Airlines Arena.

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FOURTH YEAR AT PC: 8-10 (.444)/(3-6 in BIG EAST)
Overall at PC: 67-47 (.588)/29-34 in BIG EAST
XAVIER: 202-75 (.724)
13-YEAR CAREER: 269-122 (.688)
BIG EAST GAMES: 29-34 (.460)
Vs. Seton Hall: 2-3

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 (8-10/3-6)...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.

    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)

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE BASKETBALL MONTH BY MONTH (1997-98)...2-1 in November...3-3 in December...3-6 in January.

PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1090-675 (.618) - Best in New England...Home record: 646-205 (.760)...Civic Center record: 322-124 (.724).

PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...115-180 in regular season and 128-197 overall in 19 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

HOME COOKING...The Friars are 5-5 at home this season after going 12-3 at home last year. The Friars are 62-20 (.756) record over the last 82 games at the Providence Civic Center (dating back to January 25, 1993). Over the last five full seasons plus ten games this year, PC is 69-23 (.750) 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 322-124 (.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.


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: 6-2
Connecticut: 20-30
Seton Hall: 38-32
Miami: 10-7
Rutgers: 4-0
Villanova: 25-38
Notre Dame: 5-3

BOARD GAMES...PC's lack of size finally caught up with them in recent weeks. Despite holding their own through the first 14 games of the year, the Friars have been outrebounded by a 141-103 margin the last four games. The Friars have won twice when they were outrebounded and are 2-7 in games that the opposition has won the battle of the boards. 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 seven of its ten losses (Utah, URI, Purdue, Georgetown, St. John's, West Virginia and UConn) by a 269-179 margin.

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
CONNECTICUT     21    43   -22.0
TOTALS         593   631   -38.0

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 saw his streak of 35 consecutive free throws snapped against Connecticut. After missing his first of the game, he made three in a row. Linehan has now made 38 of his last 39 and 40 of 42 (.952) on the season. a .974 success rate. In BIG EAST games, Linehan has made 26 of 27 (.963) on the year.

DOUBLE FIGURES...Junior swingman Jamel Thomas is the lone Friar to score in double figures in every game this season. Thomas has scored 324 points in 18 games an 18.0 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
18  Michael Brown   123      1,163
19  Bill Eason      116      1,159
20  Kevin Stacom     63      1,143
21  Marty Conlon    103      1,135
22  Billy Fields    108      1,116
23  Michael Smith    94      1,110
24  JAMEL THOMAS     83      1,098

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.

MORE MAXEY...Erron Maxey had the best BIG EAST game of his young career against Connecticut. The Elsinore, California native scored 16 points and added five rebounds to help keep the Friars close in the game. He and Jamel Thomas combined for 42 of PC's 56 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). N'Diaye has decided to attend the University of Delaware and Pointer will attend Coppin State.

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 was held off the scoreboard in the Friars' loss to Connecticut. He played 33 minutes and was 0-2 from the floor. In the previous ten games he had been averaging12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists while shooting 35-for-76 (46.1%) from the floor and 11 of 28 (39.3%) from the three point line. Against Pittsburgh, Moore led the Friars with 19 points, including 17 in the first half.

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 (#9) for two games, Purdue (#10), Syracuse (#18) for two games, Rhode Island (#21) and West Virginia (#19). Six of Providence's ten losses have come to nationally-ranked teams - Utah (64-58), URI (69-58), Purdue (81-79), Syracuse (77-59), West Virginia (81-63) and Connecticut (63-56).

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.

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.

CONGRATS...Providence College basketball coach, Pete Gillen, and the 1996-97 PC men's basketball team will be honored by Words Unlimited - the Rhode Island organization of sportswriters, sportscasters and publicists - on Sunday, February 1 at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick. Gillen was selected as teh organization's Coach of the Year for taking the Friars to the Elite Eight. The Friars' team was selected as Words Unlimited's "Team of the Year" for their exciting 1996-97 season and run in the NCAA Tournament.

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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