Jan. 31, 1998
BC Prepare for the Hoyas
BC AT HOME: Boston College has a 6-5 home record this season, including a 0-5 BIG EAST home record.
GEORGETOWN ON THE ROAD: The Hoyas have a 1-3 road record, all in BIG EAST play.
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS 1997-98 PPG, RPG LAST GAME F 21 Antonio Granger 17.0, 6.5 23 pts., 11 reb. F 23 Kostas Maglos 11.7, 6.8 13 pts., 12 reb. C 14 Mickey Curley 11.6, 6.6 2 pts., 3 reb. G 13 Kenny Harley 5.5, 4.3 5 pts., 0 reb. G 20 Duane Woodward 14.7, 5.5 apg 14 pts., 4 asts.
STREAKS: Boston College enters today's game after dropping a 67-57 decision to Miami on January 28. BC has won three of its last five contests ... Georgetown had a two-game winning streak snapped in its last game -- an 84-66 loss to Syracuse on January 26.
HEY, YOU LOOK FAMILIAR: Freshman guard Kenny Harley, who has started each of the team's last 19 games, hails from All Hallows (N.Y.) High School, a school that has produced many present and former collegiate stars, including Georgetown sophomore forward Rhese Gibson (Georgetown), Olden Polynice (Virginia/Sacramento Kings), Shawnelle Scott (St. John's/Cleveland Cavaliers) and Daryll Walker (Seton Hall).
WHO'S HOT: Antonio Granger continued his recent hot streak against Miami on Wednesday, January 28. He scored a career-high 23 points (tying his season high with five three-pointers) and grabbed 11 rebounds against the Hurricanes. The senior has scored 20 or more points in five of his last six games. He is averaging 21.0 ppg over those six games, and has recorded three 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, third and fourth of the season and the fifth, sixth and seventh of his collegiate career ... He has shot 40.6 percent (42-for-94) from the field and 46.7 percent (21-for-45) from three-point range in these six games.
DID YOU SAY "STEPPING UP"? With senior captain Mickey Curley hampered by a sore right ankle, the Eagles have relied heavily on their other two senior captains -- Duane Woodward and Granger -- as well as junior forward Kostas Maglos. Most recently, the trio netted 50 of the team's 57 points against Miami (Jan. 28). Prior to that effort, the same three players scored all 38 of the team's second-half points in a 64-61 win at Seton Hall (Jan. 24). All totaled, Granger, Woodward and Maglos have scored 88 of the team's last 95 points (over the last 60 minutes).
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 1,073 points. Granger ranks 23rd with 1,062 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.
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 14 points, three rebounds and four assists in a 37-minute effort against Miami (Jan. 28).
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).
BEWARE OF DROUGHTS: After suffering through two tough scoring stretches in its loss to Providence, BC has experienced similar scoring droughts at Seton Hall and against Miami ... 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. Against Miami the Eagles went 6:01 (15:52 to 9:51 in the second half) without a point, allowing Miami to stretch its lead from four to 11 points.
SHOOTING: Boston College has experienced some shooting troubles in the last few contests. The Eagles have shot below 32.0 percent in two of the last three games, hitting a season-low 31.4 percent against Providence (Jan. 20) and 31.6 percent against Miami (Jan. 28). Interestingly, BC shot significantly better from three-point range than from inside the stripe against Miami. Led by Granger's five treys, BC converted 37.5 percent of its long-range attempts, while sinking just 27.3 percent of its two-point tries ... 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 (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 five 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. Still bothered by his ankle injury, the senior has tallied two points in each of the last two games ... Curley ranks second on the team in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and ranks fourth on the team in scoring (11.6 ppg) ... He has scored in double figures in 12 of the 15 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 (17.0 ppg) and ranks third in rebounding (6.5 rpg) ... He has scored 20 or more points in nine games, including five of the last six ... Granger tallied a career-high 23 points (5-for-21 FG, 5-for-13 treys) against Miami (Jan. 28). He also grabbed 11 rebounds to record his third double-double in the last four games (and his fourth this season) ... 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.
Double Duty: Granger has scored in double figures in 19 of 21 games this season. He has scored in double figures 58 times in his collegiate career, including 13 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 '98 168 6. Marc Molinsky '95 143
DUANE WOODWARD: The team leader in minutes per game (35.6), the senior guard has started each of the Eagles' last 66 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: Junior forward Kostas Maglos has recorded a point-rebound double-double in each of the last two games to bring his season total to six. He tallied a career-high 23 points (8-of-10 FG) and grabbed 10 rebounds in a home loss to Villanova (Dec. 30) ... He has twice recorded back-to-back point-rebound double-doubles -- first against Fordham (17 points, 14 rebounds) and Syracuse (12 points, 10 rebounds); and, most recently, at Seton Hall (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Miami (13 points, 12 rebounds).
League Leader: Maglos is shooting 61.4 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 18 of the team's 21 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.
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 19 games ... He has twice scored in double figures and once grabbed double-digit rebounds ... 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.
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.