Nov. 14, 1997
Eagles Host Central Connecticut
Central Connecticut at Boston College
Sunday, November 16, 1997 - 1 p.m.
Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) - Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College has won its last 23 season-opening games. Last year, the Eagles defeated Brown, 89-72, on Nov. 22. BC's last season-opening defeat was an 86-81 loss against Canisius on Dec. 4, 1973.
Only once in school history has Boston College opened its regular season before Nov. 16, the date of today's game. The Eagles kicked off the 1990-91 campaign with an 82-78 home victory over Memphis State on Nov. 14, 1990 in the Pre-Season NIT.
The 1997-98 Eagles will present a much different look from the Eagles of recent years. While five lettermen return from last year's team, eight of last year's players are no longer on the roster. Five (Danya Abrams, Pat Bosworth, Brad Christianson, Keenan Jourdon and Bevan Thomas) received their degrees and three (Andy Bedard, Nate Fox and Scoonie Penn) chose to transfer.
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
(1996-97 PPG, RPG)
F 21 Antonio Granger (10.1, 4.1)
F 23 Kostas Maglos (4.9, 3.7)
C 14 Mickey Curley (8.3, 4.9)
G 20 Duane Woodward (10.7, 3.3)
G 33 Damien Foster (0.9, 0.4)
The 1997-98 Eagles will be led by its three senior captains -- center Mickey Curley, forward Antonio Granger and guard Duane Woodward. All three played key roles in the Eagles' 1995-96 NCAA Tournament run and their 1996-97 BIG EAST titles (regular season and post-season tournament) and NCAA Tournament berth.
The senior center has played in all 89 games in his three years at Boston College. Last season, he averaged 8.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, making 22 starts. He enters his senior season with a .498 career field-goal percentage.
The Detroit, Michigan native was one of only two players to start all 31 games for the Eagles last winter. He averaged 10.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Granger led all BIG EAST players in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 40.7 percent from long range (55-for-135). He enters his senior season ranked sixth on BC's career three-point list, having converted 115 treys.
The senior guard has established himself as one of the nation's premier guards. A steady playmaker throughout his career, Woodward has improved his shooting -- and scoring -- in each of his three years on the Heights. Last winter, he averaged 10.7 points per game. He started all 31 contests.
Along with the three senior captains, Boston College returns two additional lettermen -- junior forward Kostas Maglos and sophomore guard Damien Foster. Maglos played in 21 games last season and saw his minutes increase as the year progressed. In the last nine games, he averaged 7.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game ... Foster saw limited action as a freshman, averaging 0.9 points and 0.4 rebounds per game in 10 contests.
There are seven new members of the 1997-98 team -- three recruited freshmen and four walk-ons. The three recruited freshmen -- guards Kenny Harley and Javier Rodriguez, and forward Jonathan Beerbohm -- all signed with the Eagles after Al Skinner became the team's head coach.
The 6-foot-4-inch guard averaged 18.4 points per game as a senior guard at New York City's All Hallows High School. He captured All-City second team accolades.
The 6-foot-2-inch guard, who hails from Vitoria, Spain, played the 1996-97 season at Trumbull (Conn.) High School. Last winter, Rodriguez averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists, while earning All-League accolades.
The 6-foot-7-inch forward averaged 21.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a senior at Fairbury (Neb.) High School last winter. He was a three-time All-State selection.
THE HEAD COACH:
Al Skinner assumed the head coaching duties at Boston College on April 17, 1997. Skinner, a 1974 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, enjoyed nine successful years at the University of Rhode Island before coming to the Heights. In his tenure at URI, Skinner had a 138-126 record, leading the Rams to two NCAA Tournament (1992-93 and 1996-97) and two NIT (1991-92 and 1995-96) bids.
THE ASSISTANT COACHES:
Skinner brought three of his Rhode Island assistants to the Heights with him and added one additional assistant coach. Bill Coen, Ed Cooley and former BC star guard Tim O'Shea ('84) joined the BC staff after working with Skinner in Kingston, R.I., while Pat Duquette came to BC from St. Michael's College.
Boston College holds a 1-0 advantage in its all-time series against Central Connecticut State University. The Eagles defeated CCSU, 63-53, in Conte Forum on December 27, 1996. Danya Abrams led BC with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Mickey Curley added eight points.
In a pre-season vote of the BIG EAST Conference's 13 head coaches, Boston College was picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST 6. Connecticut was selected to finish first in the six-team division, while Syracuse is the coaches' choice to win the BIG EAST 7 ... Last year, Boston College was picked second in the coaches' preseason poll, but went on to share the league's regular-season crown and capture the BIG EAST Championship Tournament title.
In its first exhibition game, Boston College defeated Marathon AAU, 85-79. Duane Woodward led five players in double figures, finishing with 22 points. He also added nine rebounds. Antonio Granger (13 points), Kostas Maglos (12 points, nine rebounds), Kenny Harley (11 points) , Jonathan Beerbohm (11 points) and Mickey Curley (10 points, 11 rebonds) joined Woodward in double figures. BC led, 47-37, at halftime.
Antonio Granger shot 11-for-12 from the field and finished with 30 points to lead BC to a 107-91 win over the Boston Amateur Basketball Club Alumni team. Kostas Maglos added 18 points, Duane Woodward recorded 18 points and 12 assists, and Mickey Curley finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. BC led, 54-44, at halftime.
Boston College basketball games will be broadcast by American Radio Sports with games being heard on WNFT-AM (1150). Calling the action for the Eagles will be Ted Sarandis, the host of the popular "Ted Nation" talk show on SportsRadio WEEI (850). Sarandis returns for his third season as the team's play-by-play voice and enters his 19th calling college basketball action. Joining Sarandis for today's game will be Ron Perry. A 1980 graduate of Holy Cross, Perry captured All-America honors as a senior and was subsequently a third-round draft choice of the Boston Celtics. He remains the Crusaders' all-time leading scorer with 2,524 points. Perry also excelled on the diamond and in the classroom. He now works at Whittier Partners and serves as a color analyst for many college basketball telecasts.
Boston College hosts Florida Atlantic in a non-league game on Wednesday, November 19. Game time is 7 p.m. The Eagles will leave on Friday, November 21 for Maui, Hawaii where they will face defending national champion Arizona in the tournament's opening round on Monday, November 24.