Feb. 16, 1998

PC Looking for Revenge against Miami

Friars Meet Hurricanes for Second Time This Season

vs. UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI (16-6/9-5)

FRIARS VERSUS HURRICANES...Tonight's game is the second meeting of the season between the two schools. Miami won 64-54 at the Miami Arena on February 4th. Tonight's game is the 19th meeting all-time between the two schools with the Friars holding a 10-8 lead in the all-time series. Since Miami joined the BIG EAST, the two teams are 6-6 in 12 games played. In Providence, the Friars hold a 5-3 edge, in Miami, the Hurricanes have a 5-4 edge and on neutral courts, the Friars are 1-0. Miami has won three in a row in the series and five of the last six meetings between the two schools. PC's last win came on February 14, 1996, 77-54 at Providence. The Hurricanes last won in Providence on 1/18/95, 81-75.

FRIAR UPDATE...The Friars have now won two in a row after snapping a five-game losing streak at Seton Hall (74-73) on February 11th. PC followed that with a strong defensive effort in Saturday's 58-52 win over Villanova. Jamel Thomas led the way with 20 points including eight straight free throws in the last 3:14 of the game to preserve the win. Justin Farley was the Friars' hero with 25 points in the win over Seton Hall. Jamel Thomas added 14 before fouling out with 6:30 left in the game and Kendrick Moore added ten in the win.

THOMAS TIME...The Friars' junior All-BIG EAST candidate Jamel Thomas has scored in double figures in all 23 of the Friars' games this season and has a streak of 27 going back to last year. Thomas is just one of two BIG EAST players to score in double figures in every game this year along with Notre Dame's Pat Garrity. Garrity has been in double figures in 40 consecutive games over the last two seasons. For the year Thomas is averaging 17.8 points and 6.8 rebounds to lead PC in both categories. He now has 1,183 points in his career to rank 18th on PC's all-time scoring list.

FOR STARTERS...The Friars have used 13 different starting lineups this season. The current lineup of Kendrick Moore and Jamel Thomas at guard with Ben Perkins and Justin Farley at forward and Erron Maxey at center has started the last two games and has a 2-0 record. Jamel Thomas is the only Friar to start all 23 games this season.

Pos.No. Name                Pts/Reb.Ht. Wt.  Class  Hometown
F   25  Ben PERKINS         7.7/3.7 6-7 200     Fr. Vinton, La.
F   40  Justin FARLEY       7.6/2.4 6-6 205     Jr. Indianapolis, Ind.
C   24  Erron MAXEY         6.9/4.5 6-6 195     Fr. Lake Elsinore, Cal.
G   33  Jamel THOMAS        17.8/6.8 6-6 215    Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
G    3  Kendrick MOORE      9.8/3.4 6-3 180     Jr. Hartford, Conn.
C    5  T.J. McKENZIE       1.7/1.5 6-11 235    Fr. Friendswood, Tex.
G   10  Corey WRIGHT        2.3/1.9 5-8 160     Jr. New York, N.Y.  
G   12  John LINEHAN        5.8/1.8 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   42  Llewellyn COLE      7.4/4.5 6-7 215     So. New York, N.Y.
F   50  Rick  CORDELLA      1.0/0.5 6-4 210     Jr..Foxboro, Mass.

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

PROVIDENCE...All-time record: 1092-678 (.617) - Best in New England...Home record: 647-206 (.758)...Civic Center record: 323-125 (.721).

PROVIDENCE IN BIG EAST...117-183 in regular season and 130-200 overall in 19 seasons ... Eighth all-time in wins and percentage.

HOME COOKING...The Friars are 6-6 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 1984-85 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 63-21 (.750) record over the last 84 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 70-24 (.745) 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 323ds-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...PC's one-point win at Seton Hall improved the Friars to 4-2 in "close" games this season. The Friars are now 18-13 in games decided by five points or less in Pete Gillen's four seasons at Providence.

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.

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