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Jamel Thomas
Feb. 2, 1998

Providence Prepares for the Hurricanes

Miami Arena (15,388) - Miami, Florida
Wednesday, February 4, 1998 - 7:35 p.m.

FRIARS VERSUS HURRICANES...The two teams have met 17 times in this series with the Friars holding a 10-7 edge. Miami has won the last two meetings, both at the Miami Arena and four of the last five games played. The Hurricanes also have a three-game winning streak in Miami. PC's last win at the Arena came on 2/26/94, an 88-60 win. The two teams met once last year, in Miami with the home team taking a 71-69 victory. PC trailed by eight in that game with 34 seconds left, tied the game on a Derrick Brown layup with five eight seconds left. Brown was fouled on the play and missed the free throw. Kevin Norris got the rebound and Brown fouled him with five seconds left. Norris made both free throws for the win. The series is even, 4-4, in games played at Miami. The two teams meet again on February 18th in Providence.

FRIAR UPDATE...The Friars are starting a three-game road trip tonight against Miami. PC plays Sunday at Rutgers and next Wednesday at Seton Hall. Providence is in the midst of a three-game losing streak, the Friars third of that length this season. PC has lost to West Virginia (81-68), Connecticut (63-56) and Seton Hall (68-56) in its last three games.

PROBABLE STARTERS
Pos.    No. Name            Pts/Reb. Ht.    Wt.  Class  Hometown
F   33  Jamel THOMAS        17.6/6.6 6-6    215     Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
F   40  Justin FARLEY       7.3/2.4  6-6    205     Jr. Indianapolis, Ind.
C   24  Erron MAXEY         6.8/3.6  6-6    195     Fr. Lake Elsinore, Cal.
G    3  Kendrick MOORE      9.8/3.6  6-3    180     Jr. Hartford, Conn.
G   12  John LINEHAN        6.1/1.7  5-9    165     Fr. Chester, Pa.    
        
OFF THE BENCH
C    5  T.J. McKENZIE       1.8/1.5  6-11   235     Fr. Friendswood, Tex.
G   10  Corey WRIGHT        2.3/1.9  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.
             MARCELLINO
G   20  Dennis CLEARY       0.7/0.0  6-0    160     So. West Orange, N.J.
F   25  Ben PERKINS         8.6/4.1  6-7    200     Fr. Vinton, La.
F   42  Llewellyn COLE      8.4/4.8  6-7    215     So. New York, N.Y.
F   50  Rick  CORDELLA      1.0/0.5  6-4    210     Jr..Foxboro, Mass.

SCORING SHORT CIRCUIT...The Friars have been held to 60 points or less in four of their last five games. The Friars have scored just 56 points in three of those games, all losses. The Friars defeated Boston College 58-54 on January 20th for the lone win in that span.

THOMAS TIME...Junior Jamel Thomas played his best game of the season against Connecticut (1/27) 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. Against Seton Hall, he struggled to score 11 points to keep his streak of double figures in every game this season alive. Thomas has been in double figures in all 19 games this season. He has led PC in scoring 12 times and in rebounding eight times on the year. SELLOUT....PC recorded its first sellout crowd (12,993) of the season in the loss to Seton Hall. For the year, the Friars are averaging 10,152 per game.

MONTH BY MONTH (1997-98)...2-1 in November...3-3 in December...3-7 in January.

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