Jan. 9, 1998
Connecticut (13-2, 3-1) at Boston College (8-7, 1-4) Preview
January 11, 1998 - Noon
Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) - Chestnut Hill, MA
INJURY REPORT: Senior center Mickey Curley, who suffered a sprained right ankle in the second half of the Eagles' win over Holy Cross on Saturday, December 20, is listed as "questionable" for today's game against Connecticut. Curley has missed the Eagles' last four games because of the ankle injury ... Curley has played in 99 of 104 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: Senior guard Duane Woodward scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Eagles in a 68-65 overtime loss at Villanova on January 6. Senior forward Antonio Granger added 15 points ... The Eagles raced out to a 23-6 lead just eight minutes into the game. Villanova narrowed the margin to seven points, before BC regained the momentum and closed the first half with a 38-24 advantage. Villanova outscored BC 17-2 to begin the second half and take a 41-40 lead. BC then went on an 11-2 run to assume an eight-point lead with 8:22 remaining. Villanova trimmed the margin, and gained a three-point lead with 1:22 to play, before BC knotted the score at 57-57 at the end of regulation. Woodward scored all eight BC points in overtime.
MORE VILLANOVA GAME NOTES: BC shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the first half, its third-best shooting half of the season (BC shot 58.6 percent in the first half vs. Providence on Nov. 30, and 63.6 percent in the second half of that same game.) ... Despite playing without Mickey Curley and losing Kostas Maglos (fouled out) with 2:37 to play in regulation, the Eagles battled the Wildcats even on the boards (37-37).
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
1997-98 PPG, RPG LAST GAME
F 21 Antonio Granger 15.3, 5.9 15 pts., 4 reb.
F 04 Jonathan Beerbohm 5.3, 3.5 7 pts., 5 reb.
C 23 Kostas Maglos 11.5, 6.8 6 pts., 4 reb.
G 13 Kenny Harley 6.3, 5.0 7 pts., 3 reb.
G 20 Duane Woodward 14.9, 4.9 apg 27 pts., 9 reb.
EAGLES VS. RANKED TEAMS: Entering today's game against eighth-ranked Connecticut, Boston College has a 0-2 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, and dropped a 79-57 decision at #22 West Virginia on January 3, 1998.
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.
WHO'S HOT: Senior guard Duane Woodward has averaged 20.5 points per game in the Eagles' last four games. Woodward has scored more than 20 points in two of the four contests, including a career-high 27 points in an overtime loss at Villanova (Jan. 6). Woodward shot 8-for-17 from the field and 9-for-11 from the foul line. He also grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against the Wildcats.
FRONTCOURT FORCE: Playing without frontcourt partner Mickey Curley for the last four games, junior forward Kostas Maglos has continued his fine play. He has recorded four point-rebound double-doubles in the last nine games, and has scored in double figures in seven of these contests. 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 64.4 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 61.4 percent (129-for-210).
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 nine contests, the junior has averaged 13.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
STEPPING UP: Freshman forward Jonathan Beerbohm has started each of the last four games in place of the injured Mickey Curley. In this four-game stretch, Beerbohm has played 30 or more minutes three times, including a career-high 40 minutes in an overtime loss at Villanova. His previous career high was 38 minutes, set at West Virginia (Jan. 3). Against the Mountaineers, the freshman contributed six points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds (the eighth double-figure rebounding effort by an Eagle this season). Against Villanova, Beerbohm recorded seven points, five rebounds and a career-high four steals.
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", 304-147. 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.
We Need 10: Boston College has a 6-1 record when getting double-digit point contributions from its reserves. In the eight games in which the bench has scored fewer than 10 points, the Eagles have a 2-6 mark.
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.
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 missed the Eagles' last four games because of a right ankle sprain, leads the team lead in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and ranks third 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).
Against Connecticut: Curley has averaged 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in five contests.
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 (5.9 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) ... Double Duty: Granger has scored in double figures in 13 of 15 games this season. In his career, he has scored in double figures 52 times, including eight games with 20 or more points.
Against Connecticut: Granger has averaged 9.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in four contests.
BC'S 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 '98 147
6. Marc Molinsky '95 143
DUANE WOODWARD: The senior guard has started each of the Eagles' last 60 games (dating back to Feb. 1, 1996) ... He has scored in double figures in each of the last seven games ... He netted a career-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds in an overtime loss at Villanova. He scored all of the Eagles' eight extra-session points ... 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 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 Connecticut: Woodward has averaged 8.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in five contests.
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 six 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 13 games, while Beerbohm has made five starts, including each of the last four 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, grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds at West Virginia ... 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 a career-high 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 13 games ... He recorded 10 points (his second double-figure scoring effort) and six rebounds at West Virginia ... He played a key role in BC's one-point win over Northwestern, finishing 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.
Minuteman: Harley ranks third on the team in total minutes played (fourth in minutes per game at 29.0) ... He has played 36 or more minutes in three of the last four games, including a career-high 37 minutes in each of the two Villanova contests.
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.
KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Sophomore guard Dwayne Pina (New Bedford, Mass.) is one of four walk-ons who earned a spot on the BC roster. He has seen action in 12 of the team's 15 games. In the Eagles' most recent game, he grabbed three offensive rebounds and made three steals in a career-high 19 minutes at Villanova (his third 19-minute outing) ... He had an impressive line of three points (on his first collegiate trey), four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes 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 seven games this season.
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 2-3
Granger, Maglos, Curley, Harley, Woodward 4-4
Granger, Maglos, Curley, Foster, Woodward 2-0
THE SERIES VS. CONNECTICUT
Connecticut holds a 44-32 lead in its series against the Eagles. Connecticut has won the last 18 meetings. BC's last win was a 64-56 victory at the Boston Garden on Feb. 23, 1988 ... BC has a 0-8 record against the Huskies in Conte Forum.
Last Year's Meetings
Connecticut 61, @Boston College 56 (2/12/97): Danya Abrams recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Boston College in a home loss to the Huskies. Scoonie Penn (12 points) and Duane Woodward (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Eagles ... Boston College held Connecticut to just eight first-half field goals to take a 26-22 lead at halftime ... In the second half, Connecticut turned the tables and registered 13 field goals while limiting BC to eight ... Connecticut shot 6-for-10 from three-point range in the game ... Connecticut outscored BC 13-2 to begin the second half, taking a 35-28 lead with 14:17 to play. BC ran off seven consecutive points to even the score with 11:29 to play. Connecticut took the lead for good (41-39) on Ricky Moore's hoop with 8:50 remaining ... BC shot 4-for-8 from the foul line in the final two minutes.
@Connecticut 61, Boston College 54 (12/7/96): Danya Abrams recorded 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Boston College in its seven-point loss at Connecticut. The Eagles shot 37.0 percent from the floor, and just 47.4 percent from the free-throw line (9-for-19). BC committed a season-low nine turnovers ... The score was tied, 29-29, at halftime. BC led by as many as five points in the second half (twice, including 39-34 with 14:37 to play), before Connecticut went on a 15-5 run to take a 49-44 lead with 8:12 to play. The Eagles battled back to take a 52-50 advantage with 3:58 remaining. The host Huskies outscored BC, 11-2, in the closing minutes to secure the victory.
QUICK FACTS: BC has attempted 20 or more three-pointers in six 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 2-4 mark against teams that earned berths in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. BC has lost to Arizona, Massachusetts and Villanova (twice). BC has 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 TELEVISION: Today's game can be seen locally on WCVB-TV Channel 5. Mike Gorman (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (color analyst) will call the action.
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 Rutgers on Wednesday, January 14. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Led team in scoring:
Led team in rebounding:
OUR RECORD WHEN...
Opponent shoots 50 percent or better: 1-3
Opponent shoots 40-49 percent: 2-4
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: 6-3
BC shoots 30-39 percent: 0-4
BC shoots below 30 percent: 0-0
BC leads at half: 6-2
BC is tied at half: 0-0
BC is losing at half: 2-5
BC commits fewer turnovers: 4-3
BC commits more turnovers: 3-4
BC outrebounds opponent: 5-1
BC is outrebounded: 3-5
BC shoots 70 percent or better FT 1-3
In overtime 0-1
BC scores 50-59 points 0-3
BC scores 60-69 points 3-3
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 4-2
Opponent scores 70-79 points 1-3
Opponent scores 80 or more points 0-2
BC bench outscores opponent bench 1-1
Game is decided by 1-4 points 2-1
Game is decided by 5-10 points 1-2
Game is decided by 11 points or more 5-4