Providence College To Honor Ray Flynn And Vinnie Ernst

On Saturday, February 19, Providence College will honor two of its greatest backcourt players of all-time at the men's basketball game versus Cincinnati at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The College will honor teammates Ray Flynn `63 and the late Vinnie Ernst `63 by unveiling banners in the rafters of the Dunkin' Donuts Center with their names and numbers 14 and 10.

A pre-game Jersey Retirement Celebration will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, in the Rotunda Room, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For questions about attending the event please contact Jennifer Cunningham at 401-865-1880 or jennifer.cunningham@providence.edu. A reserved table that will seat 10 guests costs $500.00. General Admission tickets to the event costs $50.00 while children 12 & under cost $25.00 each. Following the event, fans are invited to attend the game. Fans interested in attending the game against Cincinnati, may purchase tickets to the game by calling the Providence College Ticket Office at 401-865 GOPC.

Flynn and Ernst will become the eighth and ninth members of the Friar basketball family to be honored as part of the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. The Friar Legends Forever Tradition began in 1996. To earn the honor, the player or coach must have made a significant impact on Friar basketball and he must have received national recognition during his career at Providence. Lenny Wilkens `60 was the first PC player to have his number retired in 1996. In 2007, the College honored former coaches Joe Mullaney and Dave Gavitt. In 2008, Jimmy Walker `67, Marvin Barnes `74 and Ernie DiGregorio `73 had their numbers retired. In 2009, the College honored John Egan `61 as his number was retired.

Flynn, a longtime resident of South Boston, was one of the greatest outside shooters in the history of Friar basketball. Flynn helped the Friars capture two NIT titles (1961 and 1963). In his junior season, he averaged 12.8 points per game and earned All-East honors. As a senior, Flynn averaged 18.9 points, which helped him earn his second All-East accolade, an All-New England award and Academic All-America honors. He also was named NIT Most Valuable Player in 1963. In 82 career games, Flynn recorded 1,025 points in just three seasons, which ranks 41st all-time in scoring at Providence. In 1988, Flynn was named to the NCAA Silver Anniversary Team. After graduating from Providence, he went on to have a very distinguished political career, including positions as the Mayor of Boston from 1984-93 and the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican) from 1993-97.

Ernst, a native of New Jersey, was one of the greatest point guards all-time at Providence College. A 5-foot-8-inch wizard with the ball, he also helped the Friars capture the NIT titles in 1961 and 1963. As a sophomore, Ernst was named NIT Most Valuable Player. He recorded 243 assists as a senior and still holds the PC single-game assist mark (16) and single-season-average assist record at 8.68 (28 games). Ernst recorded 911 points in three seasons (83 games) of action. As a junior, Ernst was named UPI Honorable Mention All-America, All-East and All-New England. In his final season with the Friars, he earned UPI Small Player First Team All-America, Associated Press and UPI Honorable Mention All-America, All-East and All-New England. Ernst also played for the United States World Championship Team and the United States Pan American Games team in 1963. Fans interested in attending the game, may purchase tickets to the game by calling the Providence College Ticket Office at 401-865-GO PC.

 

 

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