Jan. 23, 1998
Men's Basketball Travels to Seton Hall
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS 1997-98 PPG, RPG LAST GAME F 21 Antonio Granger 16.5, 6.3 21 pts., 11 reb. F 23 Kostas Maglos 11.2, 6.4 8 pts., 5 reb. C 14 Mickey Curley 13.1, 6.9 6 pts., 10 reb. G 13 Kenny Harley 5.8, 4.7 5 pts., 7 reb. G 20 Duane Woodward 14.6, 5.5 apg 6 pts., 3 reb.
BC ON THE ROAD: Boston College has a 3-2 road record this season, including a 2-2 BIG EAST road record.
SETON HALL AT HOME: The Pirates enter tonight's game with a 7-2 record in Continental Airlines Arena, including a 2-1 mark in BIG EAST home dates.
STREAKS: Boston College had a two-game winning streak snapped against Providence College on Tuesday, January 20. BC has won its last two road games ... Seton Hall enters tonight's game after losing to Georgetown in the MCI Center on Tuesday, January 20. Seton Hall has split its last eight games, alternating between wins and losses.
1,000 x 2: With his 21 points against Providence College, Antonio Granger became the second BC player this season and the 25th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Granger entered the game with 999 points, and topped the 1,000-point mark on a basket with 16:43 remaining in the first half ... Granger joins classmate Duane Woodward in the exclusive club. Woodward became the 24th player in Boston College basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in a 21-point effort against Connecticut. 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 is currently tied for 22nd on BC's career scoring list with 1,042 points. Granger ranks 24th with 1,020 points.
CENTURY MARK: Each of the Eagles' three seniors -- Mickey Curley, Granger and Woodward -- have played in more than 100 collegiate games. Curley played his 100th game at Rutgers on Jan. 14. Granger reached the milestone at Marquette on Jan. 20, while Woodward played in his 100th game at West Virginia on Jan. 3.
BC CAREER SCORING LIST
WHO'S HOT: Antonio Granger has recorded point-rebound double doubles in each of the last two games. After finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds at Marquette, Granger registered 21 points and 11 rebounds against Providence College. The double doubles were his second and third of the season and the fifth and sixth of his collegiate career ... Granger has scored 20 or more points in each of the last four games. He has shot 52.5 percent (31-for-59) from the field and 48.0 percent (12-for-25) from three-point range in these four games.
BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Duane Woodward earned BIG EAST Co-Player of the Week honors (along with Notre Dame's Pat Garrity) for the week ending January 18 after posting impressive numbers in the week's two games. He followed a triple-double (16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists) at Rutgers on Jan. 14 with a double-double at Marquette (11 points, 11 assists).
Triple Double: With his triple-double at Rutgers, 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).
BC-PROVIDENCE RECAP: Senior Antonio Granger recorded 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boston College in a 58-54 home loss to Providence College (Jan. 20). Mickey Curley added six points and 10 rebounds ... The Eagles led 50-40 with 9:48 to play, but could muster only one field goal and two free throws for the remainder of the game ... Providence was 8-for-8 from the foul line in the game's final 3:25 ... BC outrebounded the Friars, 43-36 ... BC shot a season-low 31.4 percent from the field, including 24.0 percent shooting (6-for-25) in the second half ... BC was hurt by two field-goal "droughts". In addition to their late-game struggle, the Eagles went 7:27 in the first half (11:43 to 4:16) without a field goal.
SHOOTING: Boston College's recent shooting success came to an end against Providence in Conte Forum. After shooting better than 50.0 percent from the field in four of their previous six halves, the Eagles could not top the 40.0 percent mark in either half of the PC game. Ironically, 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 and its best percentage in a BIG EAST contest since shooting 63.0 percent against Villanova on Jan. 4, 1994 ... BC shot a 1997-98 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).
FRONTCOURT FORCES: Joining with Mickey Curley to give the Eagles a dynamic frontcourt is junior forward Kostas Maglos. The Athens, Greece product has recorded four 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 (15 points, 10 rebounds on Dec. 20).
League Leader -- Almost: Maglos is shooting 62.4 percent from the field this season. He is not ranked among league leaders because he is two field goals (made) shy of the 5.0 made per game minimum.
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. BC's reserves have been outscored by the "other bench", 352-189 ... BC's reserves scored a single-game high 22 points at Rutgers (Jan. 14).
We Need 10: Boston College has a 7-1 record when getting double-digit point contributions from its reserves. In the 11 games in which the bench has scored fewer than 10 points, the Eagles have a 3-8 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 has played in the last three games after missing five games with a right ankle sprain. In his first game back, he finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes off the bench at Rutgers. He returned to the starting line-up at Marquette and had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists. Most recently, he registered six points and 10 rebounds against Providence. The PC game marked his second double-figure rebounding effort this season and the seventh of his career ... Curley leads the team lead in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and ranks third on the team in scoring (13.1 ppg) ... He has scored in double figures in 12 of the 13 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 (16.5 ppg) and ranks third in rebounding (6.3 rpg) ... He has scored 20 or more points in eight games, including each of the last four games ... Twice this season he has equaled his career high of 22 points -- against Northwestern on Dec. 30 (8-for-12 FG, 5-for-6 treys) and at Marquette (8-for-13 FG, 4-for-8 treys) ... 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 fifth collegiate double-double (his second this year) with 22 points and 10 rebounds at Marquette.
Double Duty: Granger has scored in double figures in 17 of 19 games this season. He has scored in double figures 56 times, including 12 games with 20 or more points.
BC'S CAREER THREE-POINT FIELD GOAL LEADERS
DUANE WOODWARD: The team leader in minutes per game (35.2), the senior guard has started each of the Eagles' last 64 games (dating back to Feb. 1, 1996) ... In recording a triple-double at Rutgers (Jan. 14), he recorded a career-high 12 assists and a season-high 10 rebounds ... He paced the Eagles with 21 points against Connecticut (Jan. 11) ... Prior to that, he netted a career-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds in an overtime loss at Villanova (Jan. 6). 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 (Nov. 30), he scored 24 points (8-for-13 FG, 3-for-5 treys).
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 16 of the team's 19 games. In the Eagles' game at Rutgers (Jan. 14), he finished with two points, two steals, one rebound and one assist in 24 minutes of action ... 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.
Minutes Played: Pina averaged 9.5 minutes played per game in his first 11 appearances. Since then, he has averaged 22.6 minutes per game in the last five contests ... He has played 218 minutes this season, the most minutes played by a BC walk-on in recent history.
THE NEWCOMERS: Head coach Al Skinner's first three recruits -- guards Kenny Harley and Javier Rodriguez, and forward Jonathan Beerbohm -- have 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 17 games, Beerbohm has made five starts, while Rodriguez has started two games.
KENNY HARLEY: The 6-foot-4-inch guard has started each of the team's last 17 games ... He has twice scored in double figures and once grabbed double-digit rebounds ... He ranks third on the team -- behind Granger and Woodward -- in total minutes played ... He recorded 10 points 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 (Jan. 3) ... He played a key role in the Eagles' win at Providence (Nov. 30), 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 (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 earned two starting assignments -- against Connecticut and at Rutgers ... The freshman has scored in double figures in five games ... 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:
QUICK FACTS: BC has attempted 20 or more three-pointers in seven 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 and made a season-low 16 field goals against Providence (Jan. 20) ... 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.).
THE SERIES VS. SETON HALL
Boston College holds a 35-25 advantage in its series against Seton Hall, including a 20-14 edge in the BIG EAST regular-season series ... BC holds a 2-1 lead in BIG EAST Tournament meetings.
Streak: Boston College has won the last four meetings.
In the Meadowlands Arena/Continental Airlines Arena: BC has a 3-8 record in the East Rutherford, N.J. complex. Seton Hall won the only overtime meeting in the Meadowlands (84-75 on Feb. 15, 1986).
Last Year's Meetings
@Boston College 74, Seton Hall 57 (2/16/97): Kostas Maglos and Antonio Granger each scored 13 points and Mickey Curley added 12 points to lead the Eagles past the Pirates ... Keenan Jourdon matched his career high with 11 rebounds ... BC shot 48.5 percent from the field in the first half and led 40-36 at the break ... BC limited Seton Hall to six field goals and 24.0 percent shooting from the floor in the second half to earn the win ... BC outrebounded the Pirates, 47-28, and forced 22 turnovers ... Danya Abrams was ejected with 8:10 to play in the first half after being involved in an altercation with Seton Hall's Jacky Kaba.
Boston College 80, @ Seton Hall 64 (1/4/97): Five Boston College players scored in double figures to lead the Eagles to an 80-64 victory at Seton Hall ... Danya Abrams scored 20 points and pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds...Mickey Curley grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his first start of the season ... The team connected on nine-of-15 from three-point range (60.0 percent) ... BC outrebounded Seton Hall, 51-21. The rebounding margin is a BIG EAST record. The old record was 24, shared by Boston College (vs. St. John's, Feb. 18, 1995) and Seton Hall (vs. Rutgers, 1995-96) ... The Eagles led Seton Hall, 41-26, at halftime.
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 1-3 mark against nationally-ranked teams this season. The Eagles defeated 21st-ranked Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. on Jan. 17. BC 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 3-6 mark against teams that earned berths in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. BC has lost to Arizona, Massachusetts, Providence, Villanova (twice) and Connecticut. BC has defeated Providence, Fairfield and Marquette.
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 ... Including his tenure at Boston College, Skinner has a career record of 148-135.
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. Mike Crispino (play-by-play) and Ron Perry (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 former Boston College basketball star Roger McCready. McCready played for the Eagles from 1982-86, serving as team captain in his senior season. He currently ranks 12th on the school's career scoring list with 1,365 points.
UP NEXT: Boston College will host Miami on Wednesday, January 28. Game time is 7:30 p.m. in Conte Forum.