Jan. 13, 1998
Boston College Travels to Rutgers
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 "day-to-day" for Wednesday's game against Rutgers. Curley has missed the Eagles' last five games because of the ankle injury ... Curley has played in 99 of 105 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-CONNECTICUT RECAP: Senior guard Duane Woodward scored 21 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to lead the Eagles in an 80-68 home loss to Connecticut on Jan. 11. Senior Antonio Granger added 20 points ... BC shot 59.1 percent from the field, its second-highest shooting percentage of the season (.608 at Providence, 11-30-97). The Eagles enjoyed their best shooting half of the season against the Huskies, hitting 64.0 percent of their first-half attempts to take a 39-35 at the intermission ... After Connecticut gained an early advantage, Boston College rallied to take the lead with 11:18 to play in the first half. The Eagles maintained the advantage for the next 20 minutes, before Richard Hamilton (38 points) hit a three-pointer to give the Huskies a 55-53 edge with 10:27 to play. After BC evened the score at 55-55, UConn took the lead for good on another Hamilton hoop.
MORE UCONN GAME NOTES: BC had a good "all-around" shooting day against the Huskies. The Eagles shot a season-high 64.3 percent from three-point range, equaling its season-best with nine treys (on 14 attempts). BC shot 70.0 percent from the foul line, marking the third time in the last four games that the team has shot at least 70.0 percent.
LOOKING TO SNAP OUT: Boston College has lost its last four games, its longest losing streak since dropping the last seven games of its 1994-95 regular-season schedule.
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
1997-98 PPG, RPG LAST GAME
F 21 Antonio Granger 15.6, 5.8 20 pts., 4 reb.
F 04 Jonathan Beerbohm 5.1, 3.3 2 pts., 0 reb.
C 23 Kostas Maglos 11.4, 6.6 10 pts., 4 reb.
G 13 Kenny Harley 6.4, 4.8 7 pts., 1 reb.
G 20 Duane Woodward 15.3, 5.0 apg 21 pts., 8 reb.
HE PLAYED HERE: Boston College head coach Al Skinner enjoyed a five-year professional playing career, spending most of his time with the New York/New Jersey Nets. During the 1977-78 season, Skinner and the Nets played their home games in the Rutgers Athletic Center.
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.
First-Year Coaches: Both Al Skinner and Rutgers' head coach Kevin Bannon are in their first years at their respective schools ... Bannon led Rider to two NCAA Tournament appearances in eight years as head coach at the Division I school, while Skinner led Rhode Island to two NCAA Tournament and two NIT appearances in nine years ... Bannon was introduced as Rutgers' new coach on April 3, 1997, and he inherited five returning starters. Skinner, meanwhile, was introduced as BC's head coach on April 17, 1997. He inherited three returning starters ... Bannon is the second of three "first-year" coaches Skinner will face this season. BC defeated Kevin O'Neill's Northwestern team on Dec. 30, and will meet Tommy Amaker's Seton Hall team later this winter.
Skinner vs. Rutgers: During his years at URI, Al Skinner had a 5-10 record against the Scarlet Knights, including a 4-4 mark since the 1991-92 season ... Skinner had a 2-5 mark in The RAC.
WHO'S HOT: Senior guard Duane Woodward has averaged 20.6 points per game in the Eagles' last five games. Woodward has led the team in scoring in each of the last three games, and has scored more than 20 points in three of the last five contests. He scored a career-high 27 points in an overtime loss at Villanova (Jan. 6), and followed that effort with 21 points against Connecticut. Woodward shot 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from the field against the Huskies, his second-highest percentage of the season (8-for-13, .615 at Providence on 11-30-97) ... He has led the Eagles in rebounding in each of the last two games. The senior grabbed a season-high nine rebounds at Villanova, and eight rebounds against Connecticut.
FRONTCOURT FORCE: Playing without frontcourt partner Mickey Curley for the last five games, junior forward Kostas Maglos has continued his fine play ... He has recorded four point-rebound double-doubles in the last 10 games, and has scored in double figures in eight 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.
League Leader: Maglos is shooting 63.8 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 61.2 percent (134-for-219).
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 10 contests, the junior has averaged 13.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
STEPPING UP: Freshman forward Jonathan Beerbohm has started four of the last five games. In these four starts, Beerbohm 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", 311-155. The Eagles' reserves outscored Central Connecticut's substitutes, 21-12, in the season opener, one of their three "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 nine games in which the bench has scored fewer than 10 points, the Eagles have a 2-7 mark.
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 has missed the Eagles' last five games because of a right ankle sprain, is "questionable" for Wednesday's game at Rutgers ... Curley 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).
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 (5.8 rpg) ... He has scored 20 or more points in five games, including his 20-point effort against Connecticut (Jan. 11) ... 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 14 of 16 games this season. In his career, he has scored in double figures 53 times, including nine games with 20 or more points.
Against Rutgers: Granger has averaged 15.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in three contests.
The team leader in minutes per game (34.7), the senior guard has started each of the Eagles' last 61 games (dating back to Feb. 1, 1996) ... He has scored in double figures in each of the last eight games ... Most recently, he paced the Eagles with 21 points against Connecticut ... Prior to that, he netted a career-high 27 points and grabbed a season-high 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 24 points (8-for-13 FG, 3-for-5 treys) ... He has tallied six or more assists in eight contests ... He netted 22 points in 24 minutes of action against Central Connecticut (Nov. 16).
Against Rutgers: Woodward has scored in double figures in two of three meetings with the Scarlet Knights.
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 ... All three have already earned starting assignments. Harley has started each of the last 14 games, Beerbohm has made five starts, while Rodriguez made his starting debut against Connecticut on Jan. 11.
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 14 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 28.9) ... He has played 36 or more minutes in three of the last five 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, made his starting debut against Connecticut (Jan. 11). He finished the game with two points in 14 minutes ... The freshman 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.), who made the team as a walk-on during pre-season workouts, further impressed the coaches with his early-season play and has since earned an athletic scholarship for the second semester of the 1997-98 academic year. He has seen action in 13 of the team's 16 games. In the Eagles' most recent game, he hit two three-point field goals (on two attempts) to finish with six points in a career-high 30 minutes (including 18 second-half minutes) ... He grabbed three offensive rebounds and made three steals in 19 minutes at Villanova ... He had three points, 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, finishing with two points, two rebounds and two assists.
LONG RANGE: Boston College has made nine three-point field goals in three games this season (most recently vs. Connecticut on Jan. 11) ... BC has made six or more three-pointers in eight 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 ... BC shot 59.1 percent from the field against Connecticut on Jan. 11 (with nearly one-third of the attempts coming from three-point range). The Eagles shot 64.0 percent in the first half, its best single-half percentage this season.
STARTING LINEUP W-L:
Granger, Maglos, Rodriguez, Harley, Woodward 0-1
Granger, Maglos, Beerbohm, Harley, Woodward 2-3
Granger, Maglos, Curley, Harley, Woodward 4-4
Granger, Maglos, Curley, Foster, Woodward 2-0
THE SERIES VS. RUTGERS
Boston College holds a 4-2 lead in its all-time series against the Scarlet Knights. BC has won all three meetings since Rutgers joined the BIG EAST Conference (prior to the 1995-96 season), including a 95-67 win in The RAC on Jan. 3, 1996.
Last Year's Meeting
@Boston College 73, Rutgers 64 (12/4/96): Antonio Granger scored 19 points and Andy Bedard netted 17 points to lead the Eagles past the Scarlet Knights. BC shot 50.0 percent from the field in the contest, including 55.6 percent in the first 20 minutes. BC led 38-30 at the break. Danya Abrams added 13 points and nine rebounds for the victors, while Duane Woodward chipped in with 11 points and seven assists.
QUICK FACTS: BC has attempted 20 or more three-pointers in six games this season ... Boston College has made nine three-point field goals in three games 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. RANKED TEAMS: Boston College has a 0-3 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, dropped a 79-57 decision at #22 West Virginia on January 3, 1998, and lost to Connecticut, 80-68, on January 11, 1998.
EAGLES VS. 1997 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Boston College has a 2-5 mark against teams that earned berths in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. BC has lost to Arizona, Massachusetts, Villanova (twice) and Connecticut. 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: Tonight's game can be seen on SportsChannel New England. John Sanders (play-by-play) and Mark Plansky (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 Marquette on Saturday, January 17. Game time is 1 p.m. (2 p.m. in the Eastern time zone).
Led team in scoring:
Led team in rebounding:
Opponent shoots 50 percent or better: 1-4
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: 2-1
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: 6-3
BC is tied at half: 0-0
BC is losing at half: 2-5
BC commits fewer turnovers: 4-3
BC commits more turnovers: 3-5
BC outrebounds opponent: 5-1
BC is outrebounded: 3-6
BC shoots 70 percent or better FT 1-4
In overtime 0-1
BC scores 50-59 points 0-3
BC scores 60-69 points 3-4
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 0-3
BC bench outscores opponent bench 1-2
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 5-5