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Ben Perkins averages 8.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg for the Friars.

PC Plays at Seton Hall

Friars Have a 3-9 BIG EAST Record


Continental Airlines Arena (20,000)
- East Rutherford, New Jersey
Wednesday, February 11, 1998 - 7:35 p.m.

FRIARS VERSUS PIRATES...Tonight's game is the 73rd meeting between the two schools. Providence holds a 38-33 all-time advantage, but Seton Hall leads the BIG EAST series, 19-16. The Pirates have won the last four meetings and ten of the last 13 meetings. The Friars are just 3-8 at the Meadowlands/Continental Airlines Arena and have lost two in a row there. The two teams met on January 31st in Providence with the Pirate's winning, 68-58. PC's last win against the Pirates came on February 13, 1995 at the Continental Arena, a 77-53 PC win. At Seton Hall, the Friars are 14-22 all-time.

FRIAR UPDATE...Tonight's game is the Friars' third consecutive game away from home. The first two losses came at Miami (64-54) last Wednesday and 75-55 at Rutgers on Sunday. PC is in the midst of a five-game losing streak, their longest since January of 1992. Besides the losses to Miami and Rutgers, PC has also lost to West Virginia (81-68), Connecticut (63-56) and Seton Hall (68-56) during the losing skid

Pos.No. Name                Pts/Reb.    Ht. Wt.  Class  Hometown
F   33  Jamel THOMAS        17.9/6.7    6-6 215     Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
F   25  Ben PERKINS         8.1/3.8     6-7 200     Fr. Vinton, La.
C   24  Erron MAXEY         6.7/4.1     6-6 195     Fr. Lake Elsinore, Cal.
G    3  Kendrick MOORE      10.0/3.4    6-3 180     Jr. Hartford, Conn.
G   10  Corey WRIGHT        2.3/1.9     5-8 160     Jr. New York, N.Y.  
C       5   T.J. McKENZIE   1.6/1.5     6-11 235    Fr. Friendswood, Tex.
G   12  John LINEHAN        6.0/1.8     5-9 165     Fr. Chester, Pa.    
G   13  Mark ADAMS          0.0/0.2     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       0.4/0.0     6-0 160     So. West Orange, N.J.
F   40  Justin FARLEY       6.9/2.4     6-6 205     Jr. Indianapolis, Ind.
F   42  Llewellyn COLE      7.7/4.4     6-7 215     So. New York, N.Y.
F   50  Rick  CORDELLA      1.0/0.5     6-4 210     Jr..Foxboro, Mass.
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Jamel Thomas

SCORING SHORT CIRCUIT...The Friars have been held to 60 points or less in six of their last seven games. The Friars scored just 56 points in three of those meetings. They were held to a season low 54 points in Wednesday's loss to Miami (2/4). The Friars have been held to less than 60 points ten times this season and are 1-9 in those games. The lone win came when the Friars defeated Boston College 58-54 on January 20th.

THOMAS TIME...Junior Jamel Thomas continues to have an outstanding season for the Friars. The 6-6 swingman has scored in double figures in all 21 of the Friars games this season. He had 25 points and five rebounds in the loss at Rutgers on Sunday. For the year he is averaging 17.9 points and 6.7 rebounds to lead PC in both categories. Thomas has already registered career highs in free throws (117), free throws attempted (150) and percentage (.771). Thomas has led PC in scoring 13 times and in rebounding eight times on the year. His 25 points at Rutgers gives Thomas 1,149 for his career and moves him into 20th on the all-time scoring list.

FOURTH YEAR AT PC:      8-13 (.381)/(3-9 in BIG EAST)
    Overall at PC:      67-50 (.573)/29-37 in BIG EAST
           XAVIER:      202-75 (.724)     
13-YEAR CAREER:         269-125 (.683)
BIG EAST GAMES:         29-37 (.439)
      Vs. Seton Hall:   2-4

2-1 in November...3-3 in December...3-7 in January...0-2 in February

PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1090-678 (.618) - Best in New England...Home record: 646-206 (.760)...Civic Center record: 322-125 (.724).

PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...115-183 in regular season and 128-200 overall in 19 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

HOME COOKING...The Friars are 5-6 at home this season after going 12-3 at home last year. The last season the Friars had a losing record at home was the 19984-85 season when they were 5-10 in games at the Civic Center. That was also the last time that PC lost more than six games at home. On the plus side, the Friars are 62-21 (.747) record over the last 83 games at the Providence Civic Center (dating back to January 25, 1993). Over the last five full seasons plus 11 games this year, PC is 69-24 (.742) 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 322-125 (.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.

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 (Europe), 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.

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