Jan. 16, 1998
Boston College to Visit MarquetteBoston College (9-8) at Marquette (10-3)
January 17, 1998 - 1 p.m.
Bradley Center (19,150) - Milwaukee, WI
BC-RUTGERS RECAP: Senior guard Duane Woodward recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists -- the sixth triple-double in BIG EAST history -- to lead Boston College to a 69-62 win over host Rutgers on January 14. Senior forward Antonio Granger scored a game-high 21 points and did not commit a single turnover in 37 minutes. The Eagles led 29-27 at halftime, and shot 51.9 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes to gain the victory. BC committed just 10 turnovers in the game. The score was tied three times in the opening minutes, before BC used a 9-0 run to take a 19-10 advantage with 8:29 to play in the first half. Rutgers trimmed its deficit in the closing minutes, with Geoff Billet's three-point play with one second remaining narrowing the margin to two points at the intermission. After BC extended its lead early in the second half, Rutgers closed to within one point -- 41-40 with 13:24 to play -- before the Eagles rallied for a double-digit advantage. Rutgers never got closer than five points in the final minutes.
MORE RUTGERS GAME NOTES: Senior center Mickey Curley returned to action after missing five games with a sprained right ankle. Curley saw 24 minutes of action off the bench, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists ... Sophomore guard Dwayne Pina, who earned a spot on the team as a walk-on in preseason workouts, played 24 minutes, contributing two points, two steals, one rebound and one assist. He had played a career-high 30 minutes in the team's previous game -- against Connecticut on Jan. 11.
TRIPLE DOUBLE: With his triple-double at Rutgers on January 14, Duane Woodward joined an exclusive group. Only four other players in league history had previously recorded double-digit totals in three statistical categories in a single game -- Lazarus Sims (Syracuse, vs. St. John's 2-26-96), Darelle Porter (Pittsburgh, vs. Providence 1-23-91), Harold Pressley (Villanova, vs. Providence 1-11-86) and Leo Rautins (Syracuse, vs. BC 2-19-83 and vs. Georgetown 1-10-83).
WHO'S HOT: Duane Woodward has averaged 19.8 points per game in the Eagles' last six games ... Woodward has led the team in scoring in three of the last four games. He scored a career-high 27 points in an overtime loss at Villanova (Jan. 6), and followed that effort with 21 points against Connecticut (Jan. 11) ... Woodward has shot better than 50.0 percent from the field in each of the last two games -- 58.3 percent (7-for-12) against Connecticut and 54.5 percent at Rutgers ... He has also led the Eagles in rebounding in each of the last three games. The senior grabbed nine rebounds at Villanova, eight rebounds against Connecticut and a season-high 10 rebounds at Rutgers.
1,000-POINT SCORER: With his 21 points against Connecticut, Duane Woodward became the 24th player in Boston College basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The senior entered the game with 988 points, and scored his 1,000th point on a jump shot with 7:55 to play in the second half. He currently ranks 23rd on BC's career scoring list with 1,025 points.
ON THE VERGE: Senior forward Antonio Granger, who currently leads the team in scoring with a 15.9 ppg average, is closing in on the 1000-point plateau. Granger enters today's game against the Golden Eagles with 977 career points.
CENTURY MARK: Antonio Granger will play in his 100th collegiate contest today ... Mickey Curley played in his 100th game as an Eagle at Rutgers (Jan. 14) ... Duane Woodward has the "most experience", having played in 103 collegiate games.
SERIES VS. MARQUETTE: Boston College has a 0-1 all-time record against the Golden Eagles. Playing at home, Marquette won the only meeting, 80-64, on Feb. 1, 1958.
JESUIT FOE: Marquette represents the fourth of five Jesuit institutions that Boston College will meet on the hardwood this winter. BC has a 3-0 record against Jesuit teams this season, having defeated Fordham, Fairfield and Holy Cross. The Eagles will meet Georgetown -- twice -- later this season.
SHOOTING WELL: Boston College has had the "hot hand" of late. The Eagles have shot better than 50.0 percent from the field in three of their last four halves, including both halves of the Connecticut game. BC shot a season-best 64.0 percent in the first half of the Connecticut game on Jan. 11, and finished the game shooting 59.1 percent (with nearly one-third of the attempts coming from three-point range) ... BC 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.
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS 1997-98 PPG, RPG LAST GAME F 21 Antonio Granger 15.9, 5.8 21 pts., 6 reb. F 23 Kostas Maglos 11.4, 6.5 10 pts., 5 reb. C 14 Mickey Curley 13.8, 7.0 12 pts., 4 reb. G 13 Kenny Harley 6.0, 4.6 2 reb., 2 steals G 20 Duane Woodward 15.4, 5.4 apg 16 pts., 10 reb., 12 asts.
FRONTCOURT FORCE: Junior forward Kostas Maglos, who 10 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes against Rutgers, has recorded four point-rebound double-doubles this season. He tallied a career-high 23 points (8-of-10 FG) and grabbed 10 rebounds in a home loss to Villanova (Dec. 30); recorded back-to-back point-rebound double-doubles against Fordham (17 points, 14 rebounds) and Syracuse (12 points, 10 rebounds); and had a double-double against Holy Cross (Dec. 20).
League Leader: Maglos is shooting 63.2 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 62.3 percent (142-for-228).
BENCH PRODUCTION: While the Eagles' three recruited 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", 323-177 ... The Eagles' reserves have, however, outscored the opponents' reserves in three of the last five contests.
We Need 10: Boston College has a 7-1 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 returned to action at Rutgers on Jan. 14 after missing five games with a right ankle sprain. He finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes ... Curley leads the team lead in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and ranks third on the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) ... He has scored in double figures in each of the 11 contests in which he's played ... 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 (15.9 ppg) and ranks third in rebounding (5.8 rpg) ... He has scored 20 or more points in six games, including each of the last two games ... 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 15 of 17 games this season. In his career, he has scored in double figures 54 times, including 10 games with 20 or more points.
DUANE WOODWARD: The team leader in minutes per game (35.0), the senior guard has started each of the Eagles' last 62 games (dating back to Feb. 1, 1996) ... He recorded a career-high 12 assists and a season-high 10 rebounds at Rutgers (Jan. 14) ... He has scored in double figures in each of the last nine games ... He paced the Eagles with 21 points against Connecticut ... Prior to that, 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 24 points (8-for-13 FG, 3-for-5 treys) ... He netted 22 points in 24 minutes of action against Central Connecticut (Nov. 16).
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 ... 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.
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 14 of the team's 17 games. In the Eagles' most recent game -- at Rutgers -- he saw 24 minutes of action, finishing with two points, two steals, one rebound and one assist ... 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) against Connecticut ... He grabbed three offensive rebounds and made three steals in 19 minutes at Villanova.
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 15 games, Beerbohm has made five starts, while Rodriguez has started each of the last two games.
KENNY HARLEY: The 6-foot-4-inch guard has started each of the team's last 15 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.
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).
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.
JAVIER RODRIGUEZ: The 6-foot-2-inch guard, who hails from Vitoria, Spain, has started each of the last two games -- against Connecticut and at Rutgers ... 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.
STARTING LINEUP W-L: Granger, Maglos, Rodriguez, Harley, Woodward 1-1 Granger, Maglos, Beerbohm, Harley, Woodward 2-3 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 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 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.
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 host Providence on Tuesday, January 20 in the Silvio O. Conte Forum. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS Led team in scoring: Granger (7) Woodward (6) Curley (3) Maglos (3) Led team in rebounding: Maglos (6) Curley (4) Granger (4) Woodward (4) Harley (3) Beerbohm (1) Double-Figure Rebounds: Maglos (4) Curley (1) Granger (1) Beerbohm (1) Harley (1) Woodward (1) Double-Figure Scoring: Granger (15) Woodward (14) Curley (11) Maglos (11) Rodriguez (5) Harley (2) Beerbohm (1) 20+-point Games: Granger (6) Woodward (5) Maglos (2) Curley (1) 30+-point Games: none Triple-Doubles: Woodward (1) Double-Doubles: Maglos (4) Curley (1) Granger (1) OUR RECORD WHEN... Opponent shoots 50 percent or better: 1-4 Opponent shoots 40-49 percent: 2-4 Opponent shoots 30-39 percent: 6-0 Opponent shoots below 30 percent: 0-0 BC shoots 50 percent or better: 2-1 BC shoots 40-49 percent: 7-3 BC shoots 30-39 percent: 0-4 BC shoots below 30 percent: 0-0 BC leads at half: 7-3 BC is tied at half: 0-0 BC is losing at half: 2-5 BC commits fewer turnovers: 5-3 BC commits more turnovers: 3-5 BC outrebounds opponent: 5-1 BC is outrebounded: 4-6 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 4-4 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 5-2 Opponent scores 70-79 points 1-3 Opponent scores 80 or more points 0-3 BC bench outscores opponent bench 2-2 Game is decided by 1-4 points 2-1 Game is decided by 5-10 points 2-2 Game is decided by 11 points or more 5-5