Jan. 1, 1998
Boston College Faces No. 22 West VirginiaNext Match Up
Boston College (8-5, 1-2) at #22 West Virginia (11-2, 1-2)
January 3, 1998 - 7 p.m.
WVU Coliseum (14,000) - Morgantown, WV
TV: (SportsChannel New England)
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS 1997-98 PPG, RPG LAST GAME F 21 Antonio Granger 15.6, 6.3 13 pts., 9 reb. F 04 Jonathan Beerbohm 5.1, 2.8 4 pts., 3 reb. C 23 Kostas Maglos 12.0, 7.3 23 pts., 10 reb. G 13 Kenny Harley 6.0, 5.1 4 pts., 4 reb. G 20 Duane Woodward 13.9, 5.3 apg 18 pts., 3 reb.
INJURY REPORT: Senior center Mickey Curley will miss his third consecutive game tonight 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 return to action on Sunday, January 11 against Connecticut ... Curley has played in 99 of 102 games since coming to Boston College in 1994. He had played in 95 consecutive games before missing his first collegiate contest -- the Fordham game -- earlier this year because of back spasms.
BC-VILLANOVA RECAP: Junior forward Kostas Maglos recorded a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Boston College in an 83-76 BIG EAST loss to Villanova before 5,673 fans in Conte Forum. Maglos' totals gave him his fourth point-rebound double-double in the last seven games. Villanova shot 61.8 percent from the floor, including a blistering 64.3 percent in the first half. Sophomore forward Malik Allen led the Wildcats with 21 points, 17 of those in the second half. Villanova raced to a 33-17 lead midway through the first half, before the host Eagles rallied to take a 42-41 halftime advantage. Maglos led BC with 14 first-half points, while freshman Javier Rodriguez scored 12 points before the intermission. BC extended its lead to five points (49-44) with 16:35 remaining in the contest, before Villanova scored nine straight points to gain the advantage. BC tied the score at 53-53 on a Maglos dunk with 13:17 to play. Villanova then scored eight unanswered points to assume a lead it never relinquished.
MORE VILLANOVA GAME NOTES: BC committed just 11 turnovers and outrebounded the Wildcats, 31-27 ... Javier Rodriguez converted a four-point play (a trey plus a free throw) with 5:22 to play in the first half ... BC shot 51.6 percent from the field in the first half, before hitting just 35.7 percent in the final 20 minutes ... The Eagles shot a season-best 82.6 percent (19-for-23) from the foul line ... The Eagles were whistled for just two first-half fouls. In fact, BC had committed just four team fouls -- including the two first-half fouls -- through the game's first 36 minutes.
ONE-POINT WIN: The Eagles' 64-63 victory over Northwestern marked the team's third consecutive win in games decided by one point (dating back to a 73-72 win over Rutgers on March 1, 1996 ... BC's seniors have a 3-3 record in one-point contests.
NEW YEAR'S GREETINGS: In the 1990s, Boston College has a 4-4 record in its first game of the calendar year. BC has won two of its last three "year-opening" contests, including a 65-62 home win over Miami on Jan. 2, 1997.
EAGLES VS. RANKED TEAMS: Boston College enters tonight's game against the 22nd-ranked Mountaineers with 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.
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.
Against WVU: Skinner has a 6-8 record against West Virginia, having faced the Mountaineers twice each year while at URI (from 1988-89 through 1994-95) ... After losing six of the first seven contests, Skinner's URI teams defeated WVU in five of the last seven games ... Skinner has a 1-6 record in Morgantown.
PROTECTING THE BALL: Boston College has recorded its three lowest single-game turnover totals in the last four games. The Eagles committed 10 turnovers against Massachusetts (Dec. 14), a season-low eight against Northwestern (Dec. 23) and just 11 against Villanova (Dec. 30). In the one "other" game in this recent stretch, the Eagles made 21 turnovers against Holy Cross -- five in the first half and 16 in the second half (most of which came after the game had been decided).
WHO'S HOT: Junior forward Kostas Maglos has recorded four point-rebound double-doubles in the last seven games. He has scored in double figures in six of these seven games. Most recently, he tallied a career-high 23 points (8-of-10 FG) and grabbed 10 rebounds in a home loss to Villanova (Dec. 30) ... 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.
League Leader: Maglos is shooting 63.6 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 60.8 percent (121-for-199).
Coming on Strong: After averaging 8.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the first six games of the 1997-98 season, Maglos has increased his productivity. In the last seven contests, the junior has averaged 15.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
BENCH PRODUCTION: While the freshmen have made significant contributions already this season, the Eagles' lack of depth is a source of concern for the coaching staff. Already this season, BC's reserves have been outscored by the "other bench", 258-142. The Eagles' reserves outscored Central Connecticut's substitutes, 21-12, in the season opener, one of their two "bench" wins ... George Washington's bench outscored BC's by a 36-2 margin ... BC's reserves did not score against Northwestern.
Just Six: Only six players saw action in the Eagles' 83-76 loss to Villanova (Dec. 30). Freshman Javier Rodriguez registered 14 points in 29 minutes of action off the bench.
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 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 ... 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 (15.6 ppg) and ranks third in rebounding (6.3 rpg) ... He has led the team in scoring in six games, including four games with 20 or more points ... He equaled his career high with 22 points (8-for-12 FG, 5-for-6 treys) against Northwestern ... 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 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).
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. Antonio Granger '98 144 6. Marc Molinsky '95 143
Among the League Leaders (through games of 12/30/97): Granger ranks among league leaders in three-point field goals made (fifth - 2.23/game), three-point field goal percentage (10th - .382), field goal percentage (13th - .453) and scoring (14th - 15.6 ppg).
DUANE WOODWARD: The senior guard has started each of the Eagles' last 58 games (dating back to Feb. 1, 1996) ... He has scored in double figures in each of the last five games ... He scored the game-winning basket as time expired in BC's 64-63 win over Northwestern. He finished that game with 21 points and five rebounds ... 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.
Against WVU: Woodward has averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in three games against the Mountaineers.
Among the League Leaders (through games of 12/30/97): Woodward ranks among league leaders in assists (sixth - 5.3/game), steals (seventh - 2.69/game) and free-throw percentage (10th - .724).
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.
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 11 games, while Beerbohm has made three starts, including each of the last two games.
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, will make his fourth collegiate start tonight, replacing the injured Mickey Curley ... Against Northwestern, the freshman contributed two points, one rebound and two assists in a career-high 30 minutes of action ... He played a key role in the Eagles' win at Providence, coming off the bench to record nine points and four rebounds in 29 minutes ... He recorded 11 points and six rebounds in 22 productive minutes against Florida Atlantic on Nov. 19 ... 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 11 games ... Overshadowed by Granger's career-high scoring effort and Woodward's game-winning hoop, Harley nevertheless played a key role in BC's one-point win over Northwestern. He finished with nine points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists in 36 minutes ... 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 against Syracuse.
Strong Background: 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 five games this season ... He scored a career-high 14 points (4-for-7 FG, 2-for-5 treys) against Villanova (Dec. 30) ... He netted 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 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 10 of the team's 13 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.
LONG RANGE: Boston College equaled its season high with nine three-point field goals against Northwestern. The Eagles also hit nine treys in the season opener against Central Connecticut (Nov. 16) ... BC has made six or more three-pointers in six games this season, including two of the last three contests.
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.
STARTING LINEUP W-L: Granger, Maglos, Beerbohm, Harley, Woodward 2-1 Granger, Maglos, Curley, Harley, Woodward 4-4 Granger, Maglos, Curley, Foster, Woodward 2-0
QUICK FACTS: BC has attempted 20 or more three-pointers in five games this season ... Boston College has twice made nine three-point field goals this season, 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.).
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.
EAGLES VS. 1997 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Boston College has a 2-3 mark against teams that earned berths in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. BC has lost to Arizona, Massachusetts and Villanova, and defeated Providence and Fairfield.
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 will be Bill Newell. A 1976 graduate of the University of Vermont, Newell is in his first season as color analyst for the Eagles' basketball team. Newell spent the past three seasons, and the beginning of the 1997-98 season, as the color analyst on Boston College hockey radio broadcasts. He also handles Harvard football radio duties.
UP NEXT: Boston College will play at Villanova on Tuesday, January 6 (7:30 p.m. on ESPN2).
THE SERIES VS. WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia holds a 5-1 advantage in its all-time series with the Eagles. The Mountaineers have won two of the three BIG EAST regular-season meetings ... Prior to the 1995-96 BIG EAST contests, each of the first three meetings came in in-season tournaments (Dates: Dec. 26, 1962; Dec. 27, 1989; and Dec. 27, 1991) ... Boston College earned it first win over the Mountaineers on February 3, 1996, taking an 84-63 win in Morgantown. In Morgantown: BC has a 1-1 record in WVU Coliseum.
The 1996-97 Meeting: @West Virginia 89, Boston College 76 (1/29/97): Bevan Thomas scored 10 points to lead Boston College in a BIG EAST loss at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The Mountaineers jumped out to a 15-5 lead just eight minutes into the game and never allowed BC closer than six points before settling for an 11-point halftime margin (38-27). BC narrowed the deficit to seven points (53-36) with 13:34 to play, before WVU secured the lead with a 26-7 run over the next seven-plus minutes ... West Virginia outrebounded BC, 48-33 ... BC's reserves scored 42 points.
INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS Led team in scoring: Granger (6) Woodward (3) Curley (3) Maglos (3) Led team in rebounding: Maglos (6) Curley (4) Granger (4) Harley (3) Woodward (1) Double-Figure Rebounds: Maglos (4) Curley (1) Granger (1) Harley (1) Double-Figure Scoring: Curley (10) Granger (11) Woodward (10) Maglos (8) Rodriguez (5) Beerbohm (1) Harley (1) 20+-point Games: Granger (4) Woodward (3) Maglos (2) Curley (1) 30+-point Games: none Double-Doubles: Maglos (4) Curley (1) Granger (1) OUR RECORD WHEN... Opponent shoots 50 percent or better: 1-2 Opponent shoots 40-49 percent: 2-3 Opponent shoots 30-39 percent: 5-0 Opponent shoots below 30 percent: 0-0 BC shoots 50 percent or better: 2-0 BC shoots 40-49 percent: 6-2 BC shoots 30-39 percent: 0-3 BC shoots below 30 percent: 0-0 BC leads at half: 6-1 BC is tied at half: 0-0 BC is losing at half: 2-4 BC commits fewer turnovers: 4-3 BC commits more turnovers: 3-2 BC outrebounds opponent: 5-1 BC is outrebounded: 3-4 BC shoots 70 percent or better FT 1-2 In overtime 0-0 BC scores 50-59 points 0-2 BC scores 60-69 points 3-2 BC scores 70-79 points 3-1 BC scores 80 or more points 2-0 Opponent scores less than 50 points 0-0 Opponent scores 50-59 points 3-0 Opponent scores 60-69 points 4-1 Opponent scores 70-79 points 1-2 Opponent scores 80 or more points 0-2 BC bench outscores opponent bench 1-1 Game is decided by 1-4 points 2-0 Game is decided by 5-10 points 1-2 Game is decided by 11 points or more 5-3