Jan. 27, 1998
Eagles Play Host to Miami
Hurricanes Come in at 13-4, 6-3
Miami (13-4, 6-3) at Boston College (11-9, 3-6)
BC AT HOME: Boston College has a 6-4 home record this season, including a 0-4 BIG EAST home record.
MIAMI ON THE ROAD: The Hurricanes have a 5-3 road record this season, including a 2-3 BIG EAST road record.
STREAKS: Boston College has won three of its last four games ... The Eagles are looking for their first home win in conference play ... Miami snapped a three-game losing streak with a 78-63 home win over Villanova on Jan. 22.
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 joined 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 22nd on BC's career scoring list with 1,059 points. Granger ranks 24th with 1,039 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.
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS 1997-98 PPG, RPG LAST GAME F 21 Antonio Granger 16.7, 6.3 19 pts., 5 reb. F 23 Kostas Maglos 11.6, 6.6 20 pts., 10 reb. C 14 Mickey Curley 12.3, 6.9 2 pts., 6 reb. G 13 Kenny Harley 5.6, 4.6 0 pts., 2 reb. G 20 Duane Woodward 14.8, 5.6 apg 17 pts., 8 reb., 8 asts.
THE SERIES VS. MIAMI
BC holds a 9-4 advantage in its series against Miami. BC has won eight of the 11 BIG EAST regular-season meetings ... Boston College has won the last three meetings ... Miami won the only overtime meeting -- 77-71 in Conte Forum on Feb. 25, 1995.
In Conte Forum: Boston College has a 4-1 record against the Hurricanes in Conte Forum.
Close Calls: Eight of the teams' 11 BIG EAST meetings have been decided by six points or less. The Eagles have won five of those games.
BC Players vs. Miami - Career Averages Name GP Pts. Reb. Asts. PPG RPG APG HIPts. HI Reb. HI Asts. Curley 5 26 16 4 5.2 3.2 0.8 11 8 1 Granger 4 29 20 1 7.3 5.0 0.3 14 7 1 Woodward 5 56 16 12 11.2 3.2 2.4 23 5 3 Maglos 1 7 11 1 7.0 11.0 1.0 7 11 1 Foster 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Last Year's Meetings
Boston College 59, @Miami 57 (2/19/97): Scoonie Penn netted a game-high 22 points and Mickey Curley scored the game-winning basket with 8.6 seconds remaining to give BC its 11th conference win of the season and its second consecutive road triumph. Both teams shot below 30 percent in the first half and the score was deadlocked, 23-23, at the intermission. BC led by five points early in the second half, before Miami tied the game and then led by three points six times (the last time, 54-51, with 4:34 to play) ... BC tied the score at 55-55 on a Kostas Maglos tip-in with 2:11 left ... Maglos gave BC a two-point lead with 1:13 to play, before Alex Fraser's two free throws knotted the score with 42.8 seconds remaining. Curley scored the game-winning points when Fraser was called for goaltending in the closing seconds ... BC shot 88.9 percent from the foul line (16-for-18), and outrebounded the Hurricanes, 42-32.
@Boston College 65, Miami 62 (1/2/97): Duane Woodward registered 23 points and Mickey Curley added 11 points and eight rebounds to lead the Eagles to a three-point home win over the Hurricanes. Andy Bedard added eight points off the bench for the victors. The Eagles trailed at halftime (29-26). BC took the lead for good on a Bedard three-pointer with 16:58 to play (32-31) ... The Eagles overcame a tough shooting night from three-point range (4-for-21, 19.0 percent) and low-scoring performances from its top two scorers (Abrams, six points; Penn, four points) ... BC outrebounded the Hurricanes, 37-31.
WHO'S HOT: Antonio Granger had his four-game streak of 20 or more points snapped at Seton Hall on Saturday, January 24. Yet, Granger did not let his team down. The senior finished the game with 19 points (13 in the second half) and five rebounds. He is averaging 20.6 ppg over the last five games, and has recorded two point-rebound double doubles in this stretch. After finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds at Marquette (Jan. 17), Granger registered 21 points and 11 rebounds against Providence College (Jan. 20). The double doubles were his second and third of the season and the fifth and sixth of his collegiate career ... He has shot 50.7 percent (37-for-73) from the field and 50.0 percent (16-for-32) from three-point range in these five games.
DUANE, DUANE, DUANE: It seemed like the television and radio broadcasters spent most of their time calling Duane Woodward's name in the Eagles' game against Rutgers (Jan. 14) and again in the game at Marquette. The senior registered a rare triple-double (16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists) at Rutgers, and followed that effort with a double-double at Marquette (11 points, 11 assists) ... Most recently, Woodward tallied 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 40-minute effort at Seton Hall (Jan. 24).
BC CAREER SCORING LIST 21. Gerry Ward '63 1108 22. Duane Woodward '98 1059 23. Frank Fitzgerald '71 1042 24. Antonio Granger '98 1039 25. Steve Benton '89 1000
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).
DID YOU SAY "STEPPING UP"? In the Eagles' 64-61 win at Seton Hall (Jan. 24), two of the team's senior captains -- Woodward and Granger -- and junior forward Kostas Maglos "stepped up" their games as the Eagles rallied from a three-point (29-26) halftime deficit. This trio scored all 38 of the Eagles' second-half points and grabbed 12 of the team's 16 rebounds in the final 20 minutes.
BC-SETON HALL NOTES: BC recorded its third consecutive road win (after winning at Rutgers and Marquette) ... Kostas Maglos recorded his fifth double-double of the season against the Pirates, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The game marked Maglos' third game this season with at least 20 points ... Struggling with a sore right ankle, senior center Mickey Curley finished with two points and six rebounds in 35 minutes. Why 35 minutes? "We needed his presence. We needed his body. We needed his mind," Eagles' head coach Al Skinner said after the game.
DEE-FENSE: Boston College has not allowed any of its last three opponents to shoot better than 35 percent from the field. The Eagles limited Marquette to 34.6 percent shooting from the floor, Providence College to 35.1 percent shooting, and Seton Hall to 35.0 percent shooting.
BEWARE OF DROUGHTS: After suffering through two tough scoring stretches in its loss to Providence, BC experienced another scoring drought after Seton Hall ... Against PC, the Eagles went 7:27 in the first half without a field goal (11:43 to 4:16) and then managed just one field goal (and two free throws) in the final 9:48 of the game. At Seton Hall, BC jumped out to a 10-0 lead with 16:52 remaining in the first half, before going 6:23 without a point.
SHOOTING: With the exception of a tough shooting night against Providence in Conte Forum (Jan. 20), Boston College has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field in five of its last eight halves ... 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 (and then could not reach the 40.0 percent plateau in either half of its second meeting with Providence) ... BC shot a 1997-98 season-best 64.0 percent in the first half of the Connecticut game (Jan. 11), and finished the game shooting 59.1 percent (with nearly one-third of the attempts coming from three-point range).
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 four 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. 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 (12.3 ppg) ... He has scored in double figures in 12 of the 14 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 (16.7 ppg) and ranks third in rebounding (6.3 rpg) ... He has scored 20 or more points in eight games, including four of the last five 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 18 of 20 games this season. He has scored in double figures 57 times in his collegiate career, including 12 games with 20 or more points.
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 '98 163 6. Marc Molinsky '95 143
DUANE WOODWARD: The team leader in minutes per game (35.5), the senior guard has started each of the Eagles' last 65 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).
KOSTAS MAGLOS: Joining with Mickey Curley to give the Eagles a dynamic frontcourt is junior forward Kostas Maglos. The Athens, Greece product has recorded five 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: Maglos is shooting 62.6 percent from the field this season, leading the league in field-goal percentage.
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 17 of the team's 20 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 19.7 minutes per game in the last six contests ... He has played 223 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 18 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: Granger, Maglos, Rodriguez, Harley, Woodward 1-1 Granger, Maglos, Beerbohm, Harley, Woodward 2-3 Granger, Maglos, Curley, Harley, Woodward 5-5 Granger, Maglos, Curley, Foster, Woodward 2-0
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", 361-195 ... 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 12 games in which the bench has scored fewer than 10 points, the Eagles have a 4-8 mark.
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.).
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 149-135.
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 WABU-TV Channel 68 in Boston. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and George Blaney (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 is Bill Newell. Newell began the 1997-98 winter season as the analyst on BC hockey broadcasts, before making the move to the hardwood.
UP NEXT: Boston College will host Georgetown on Sunday, February 1. Game time is 12:30 p.m. in Conte Forum.