Dec. 23, 1997
Northwestern (6-1) at Boston College (7-4)
Silvio O. Conte Forum - Chestnut Hill, Mass. 7 p.m.
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
INJURY REPORT: Senior center Mickey Curley will miss tonight's game after suffering a sprained right ankle in the second half of the Eagles' win over Holy Cross on Saturday, December 20. Curley is expected to be out of action for two weeks ... Curley has played in 99 of 100 games since coming to Boston College in 1994. He had played in 95 consecutive games before missing the Fordham game earlier this year because of back spasms.
THE SERIES VS. NORTHWESTERN
Boston College has a 1-1 all-time record against the Wildcats. Northwestern won the first meeting, 77-68, on Dec. 27, 1968 in the championship game of the Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. ... BC evened the series with an 89-76 victory on Dec. 28, 1990 in the opening round of the Abdow's Hall of Fame Classic in the Springfield (Mass.) Civic Center.
BC VS. BIG TEN: Since meeting Northwestern on Dec. 28, 1990, Boston College has played just three games against Big Ten schools. BC lost to Ohio State, 69-67, in the Maui Invitational on Dec. 23, 1993 ... Both of the Eagles' wins have been NCAA Tournament victories over Indiana -- 77-68 on March 25, 1994 (regional semifinals) and 64-51 on March 15, 1996 (first round) ... In 1997-98, BIG EAST schools have a 1-3 mark against Big Ten rivals ... Northwestern is 1-0 this season against the BIG EAST, having defeated Seton Hall, 51-44, on Dec. 13.
BC-HOLY CROSS RECAP: Junior Kostas Maglos registered 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Eagles to a 69-54 non-league win over Holy Cross in the 100th meeting between the two Jesuit rivals. BCs three senior co-captains also all netted double-digit scoring totals in the Conte Forum victory as Antonio Granger netted 13 points, and Mickey Curley and Duane Woodward each added 11 points ... BC led 43-16 at halftime. The Eagles tallied 24 unanswered points during a nine-minute Holy Cross drought late in the first half. BC limited Holy Cross to 18 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes ... The Eagles extended their lead to as many as 34 points in the second half (64-30 with 8:55 remaining), before the visiting Crusaders rallied and closed the final margin to 15 points.
MORE HOLY CROSS GAME NOTES: BC hit 15-of-30 field goal attempts in the first half (50 percent), including 5-of-9 from three-point range... BC outrebounded Holy Cross, 53-33.
WHO'S HOT: Junior forward Kostas Maglos has recorded three point-rebound double-doubles in the last five games. In each of his two "non-double-double" games in this stretch, he has grabbed at least eight rebounds. He recorded back-to-back point-rebound double-doubles against Fordham and Syracuse, and added his third double-double against Holy Cross (Dec. 20). Maglos finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds against Fordham, leading the frontcourt attack in the absence of Mickey Curley. Against Syracuse, he scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Against Holy Cross, he finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds ... Maglos scored 14 points against Arizona in the first round of the Maui Invitational.
League Leader: Maglos is shooting 63.9 percent from the field this season, tops among all BIG EAST players ... Maglos shot 62.3 percent from the floor (43-for-69) last winter. For his career, he is shooting 60.6 percent (109-for-180).
RECENT STRUGGLES: The Eagles have had some "shooting woes" of late ... Against Syracuse on Dec. 6, BC made a season-low 19 field goals and shot a season-low 32.8 percent from the field ... Against Massachusetts on Dec. 14, BC shot 38.2 percent from the field, its second lowest percentage of the season ... BC hit three three-pointers in each of these two contests, its lowest two long-range efforts this year ... Against Holy Cross, BC shot a slightly-improved 42.9 percent from the field and made six three-pointers.
ON THE MARK: Boston College shot 60.8 percent from the field at Providence on Nov. 30, its best single-game field-goal percentage since shooting 61.2 percent against Long Island University on Dec. 29, 1994 ... The last time the Eagles hit a higher percentage in a BIG EAST contest was Jan. 4, 1994 -- shooting 63.0 percent against Villanova.
OUR TEAM: The 1997-98 Eagles 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.
THE CAPTAINS: The 1997-98 Eagles are led by their three senior captains -- center Mickey Curley, forward Antonio Granger and guard Duane Woodward. All three are experienced leaders, having 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.
MICKEY CURLEY: The senior center, who will miss tonight's game because of a right ankle sprain, is tied for the team lead in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and ranks second on the team in scoring (14.0 ppg). He has scored in double figures in each of the 10 contests in which he's played ... He has grabbed seven or more rebounds in seven of his 10 contests ... In the BIG EAST opener at Providence (Nov. 30), he shot 7-for-10 from the floor to finish with 16 points. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds ... He has recorded one point-rebound double-double (the fourth of his career) -- a 16-point, 13-rebound effort against Florida Atlantic (Nov. 19) ... He scored a career-high 25 points (9-for-15 FG, 7-for-9 FT) and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds against George Washington in the Maui Invitational (Nov. 25).
ANTONIO GRANGER: The Detroit, Michigan native, who led all BIG EAST players in three-point field goal percentage last winter, currently leads the Eagles in scoring (15.3 ppg) and ranks third in rebounding (6.2 rpg) ... He has led the team in scoring in five games, including three games with 20 or more points ... He earned All-Tournament honors in the Maui Invitational, averaging 17.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in the three games. He recorded 21 points (one shy of his career high) and a career-high five assists in the opening-round game against top-ranked Arizona. He registered his fourth collegiate double-double with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against Chaminade (Nov. 26) ... He has scored in double figures in nine of the 11 games this season ... Granger currently ranks sixth on BC's career three-point list.CAREER THREE-POINT FIELD GOAL LEADERS
1. Dana Barros '89 291 2. Malcolm Huckaby '94 199 3. Howard Eisley '94 197 4. Gerrod Abram '94 187 5. Marc Molinsky '95 143 6. Antonio Granger '98 138
Long Distance: No one doubts Granger's long-range shooting ability, but the senior is quickly giving "long range" a new meaning. After sinking a 40-foot shot just before the halftime buzzer against Arizona in the Maui Invitational, the senior hit a 43-footer in the second half at Providence.
DUANE WOODWARD: The senior guard has started each of the Eagles' last 56 games (dating back to Feb. 1, 1996) ... In the Eagles' game at Providence, he scored a career-high 24 points (8-for-13 FG, 3-for-5 treys) ... He has tallied six or more assists in seven contests, matching his career high with nine assists against George Washington in the Maui Invitational ... He netted 22 points in 24 minutes of action against Central Connecticut (Nov. 16). He also recorded a career-high six steals against CCSU ... He made five steals against Syracuse.
Among League Leaders: Woodward ranks among BIG EAST leaders (Top 10) in three categories -- assists (sixth), steals (sixth) and assist-turnover ratio (ninth).
RETURNING LETTERMEN: Along with the three senior captains, Boston College returns two additional lettermen -- Kostas Maglos and sophomore guard Damien Foster ... Foster, who missed five games earlier this season because of a right hip flexor injury, has played in five games.
THE NEWCOMERS: Head coach Al Skinner's first three recruits -- guards Kenny Harley and Javier Rodriguez, and forward Jonathan Beerbohm -- have already made significant contributions to the Eagles' attack. Each of the three signed with the Eagles after Skinner became the team's head coach ... Two of the three have already earned starting assignments. Harley has started each of the last nine games, while Beerbohm made his starting debut against Fordham. He is likely to return to the starting line-up tonight in place of the injured Mickey Curley.
JONATHAN BEERBOHM: The 6-foot-7-inch forward, who averaged 21.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a senior at Fairbury (Neb.) High School last winter, played a key role in the Eagles' win at Providence, coming off the bench to record nine points and four rebounds in a career-high 29 minutes (filling in for Maglos, who was in foul trouble) ... He recorded 11 points and six rebounds in 22 productive minutes against Florida Atlantic on Nov. 19 ... The athletic freshman had six points and four rebounds against top-ranked Arizona ... He Sings, Too: In addition to his basketball skills, Beerbohm is a talented singer, having learned the art from his father who is a vocal music instructor.
KENNY HARLEY: The 6-foot-4-inch guard has started each of the team's last nine games ... He registered a career-high 13 points in the Eagles' win over Chaminade (Nov. 26) ... He grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in the team's win over Holy Cross ... He contributed six points (6-6 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and three steals in 29 minutes against Syracuse ... Harley hails from All Hallows (N.Y.) High School, a school that has produced many present and former collegiate stars, including Rhese Gibson (Georgetown), Olden Polynice (Virginia/Sacramento Kings), Shawnelle Scott (St. John's/Cleveland Cavaliers) and Daryll Walker (Seton Hall).
JAVIER RODRIGUEZ: The 6-foot-2-inch guard, who hails from Vitoria, Spain, has scored in double figures in four games this season ... He scored a career-high 12 points against Fairfield, shooting 2-for-3 from three-point range and sinking 6-of-7 free-throw attempts ... He scored 11 points against Chaminade in the final game of the Maui Invitational ... He has scored 10 points in each of two games -- in his collegiate debut against Central Connecticut and against Holy Cross ... He also grabbed a career-high five rebounds against Holy Cross.
HE'S RUNNING NOW: Sophomore guard Dwayne Pina (New Bedford, Mass.) is one of four walk-ons who earned a spot on the BC roster. Pina has seen action in nine of the team's 11 games. He had an impressive line of three points (on his first collegiate trey), four assists, two rebounds and two steals against Fordham ... In the BIG EAST opener at Providence, Pina saw 17 minutes of action (eight in the first half), finishing with two points, two rebounds and two assists.
BENCH PRODUCTION: While the freshmen have made significant contributions already this season, the Eagles' lack of depth has been a source of concern for the coaching staff. Already this season, BC's reserves have been outscored by the "other bench", 242-128. The Eagles' reserves outscored Central Connecticut's substitutes, 21-12, in the season opener, their only "bench" win ... George Washington's bench outscored BC's by a 36-2 margin.
STARTING LINEUP W-L: Granger, Maglos, Beerbohm, Harley, Woodward 1-0 Granger, Maglos, Curley, Harley, Woodward 4-4 Granger, Maglos, Curley, Foster, Woodward 2-0
RANKINGS: 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 was 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.
QUICK FACTS: BC has attempted 20 or more three-pointers in four games this season ... Boston College made nine three-point field goals in its season opener, two shy of its 1996-97 single-game high (BC hit 11 treys twice last winter) ... BC attempted a season-low 41 field goals against Fairfield ... In addition to Pina, the team's other walk-ons are: sophomore Jim Boland (Waite Hill, Ohio), and freshmen Julian Bah (Bronx, N.Y.) and Nicolas Dunn (Braintree, Mass.).
EAGLES VS. RANKED TEAMS: Boston College has a 0-1 mark against nationally-ranked teams this season. The Eagles lost to top-ranked Arizona, 99-69, in the opening round of the Maui Invitational on November 24, 1997.
EAGLES VS. 1997 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Boston College has a 2-2 mark against teams that earned berths in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. BC has lost to Arizona and Massachusetts, and defeated Providence and Fairfield.
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.
Almost Even: Skinner enters tonight's game with a 145-130 career coaching record. Northwestern's Kevin O'Neill enters the game with a 146-121 record.
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.
EARLY SIGNEES: Two highly-touted recruits -- forward Brian Ross (North Quincy, Mass./North Quincy HS) and swingman Clinton Sims (Paris, Ky./Maine Central Institute) -- have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Boston College, beginning with the 1998-99 season. Ross, who earned Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors in 1996-97, averaged 20.3 points and 12.0 rebounds per game as a junior. Sims played his high school ball at and graduated from Paris (Ky.) High School. He was selected to play in last winter's prestigious Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game. At Maine Central Institute, he's slated to be a starter for the talent-laden team. Sims is the younger brother of former University of Louisville star Alvin Sims.
ON RADIO: 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 enjoys the unique distinction of having served as the broadcaster for each of Boston's four Division I basketball schools -- BC, BU, Harvard and Northeastern. He is in his third season as the team's play-by-play voice and his 19th calling college basketball action. Joining Sarandis for tonight'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 serves as senior vice-president at CB Commercial/Whittier Partners, LP and serves as a color analyst for many college basketball telecasts.
UP NEXT: Boston College will host Villanova in Conte Forum on Tuesday, December 30. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Led team in scoring: Granger (5) Woodward (3) Curley (3) Maglos (2) Led team in rebounding: Curley (4) Maglos (4) Granger (3) Harley (2) Double-Figure Rebounds: Maglos (3) Curley (1) Granger (1) Harley (1) Double-Figure Scoring: Curley (10) Granger (9) Woodward (8) Maglos (6) Rodriguez (4) Beerbohm (1) Harley (1) 20+-point Games: Granger (3) Woodward (2) Curley (1) Maglos (1) 30+-point Games: none Double-Doubles: Maglos (3) Curley (1) Granger (1)