Jan. 4, 1998
BC Hosts Red Hot St. John's
St. John's (16-7, 8-4) at Boston College (12-10, 4-7) February 4, 1998 - 9 p.m. (ESPN) Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) Chestnut Hill, MA
BC AT HOME: Boston College has a 7-5 home record this season, including a 1-5 BIG EAST home record. The Eagles gained their first BIG EAST home win in their last contest -- a 74-63 victory over Georgetown (Feb. 1) ... Tonight will mark the last of three consecutive home games for the Eagles.
ST. JOHN'S ON THE ROAD: The Red Storm has a 6-2 road record, including a 4-1 mark in BIG EAST play.
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
1997-98 PPG, RPG LAST GAME F 21 Antonio Granger 16.8, 6.5 14 pts., 7 reb. F 23 Kostas Maglos 11.8, 6.7 15 pts., 5 reb. C 14 Mickey Curley 12.1, 6.4 19 pts., 3 reb. G 13 Kenny Harley 5.4, 4.3 2 pts., 3 reb. G 20 Duane Woodward 15.0, 5.5 apg 20 pts., 9 reb., 4 asts.
STREAKS: Boston College enters tonight's game after defeating Georgetown, 74-63, on February 1. BC has won four of its last six contests ... St. John's had a seven-game winning streak snapped in its last game -- a 73-65 loss to Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden (Jan. 31).
THE CENTER OF ATTENTION: After registering back-to-back two point games (hampered by a sore right ankle), senior captain Mickey Curley returned to form in the Eagles' win over Georgetown. The center finished with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. He scored 12 of his points in the second half as BC rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit.
WHO'S HOT: Senior captain Antonio Granger is averaging 20.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in the Eagles' last seven games. He has scored 20 or more points in five of these games, and he has recorded three point-rebound double doubles in this stretch. He scored a career-high 23 points (tying his season high with five three-pointers) and grabbed 11 rebounds against Miami (Jan. 28). He finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds at Marquette (Jan. 17), and followed that with 21 points and 11 rebounds against Providence College (Jan. 20).
STEPPING UP: Prior to Curley's "re-emergence" against Georgetown, the Eagles relied heavily on their other two senior captains -- Duane Woodward and Granger -- as well as junior forward Kostas Maglos. The trio netted 50 of the team's 57 points against Miami and, 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).
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 1,093 points. Granger ranks 23rd with 1,076 points.
CENTURY MARK: Each of the Eagles' three seniors -- Curley, Granger and Woodward -- have played in more than 100 collegiate games. Woodward played in his 100th game at West Virginia on Jan. 3, Curley played his 100th game at Rutgers on Jan. 14, and Granger reached the milestone at Marquette on Jan. 20.
DUANE, DUANE, DUANE: Senior captain Duane Woodward scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half of the Eagles' come-from-behind win against Georgetown. After sinking one of just two shots in the first half, the Queens, N.Y. product shot 4-of-5 from the field and 9-of-11 from the foul line in the second half. He was 8-for-8 from the foul line in the game's final 2:06. The game marked the senior's sixth game this season with at least 20 points ... Woodward registered a rare triple-double at Rutgers (Jan. 14), finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. He followed that effort with a double-double at Marquette (11 points, 11 assists on Jan. 20).
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).
SHOOTING: Boston College shot 50.0 percent from the floor against Georgetown, marking the fifth time this season that Eagles have made at least half their shots. BC shot 37.0 percent in the first half against the Hoyas, before hitting 65.2 percent (15-for-23) in the final 20 minutes, its best shooting half of the season ... Prior to the Georgetown effort, BC had shot below 32.0 percent in two of the previous 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.
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 played a key role in the Eagles' come-from-behind win against Georgetown (Feb. 1), finishing with 19 points (his second-highest scoring total of the season). He has played in the last six games after missing five games with a right ankle sprain. In his first game back from the injury, he finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes off the bench at Rutgers (Jan. 14). 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 ranks third on the team in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and in scoring (12.1 ppg) ... He has scored in double figures in 13 of the 16 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 (16.8 ppg) ... He has scored 20 or more points in nine games, including five of the last seven ... 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 fourth double-double of the 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.
Rebounding Better: Granger ranks second on the team with a 6.5 rebound per game average. Through his first three years, Granger had a 3.3 rpg average, including a season-best 4.1 rpg average in 1996-97.
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 '98 170 6. Marc Molinsky '95 143
DUANE WOODWARD: The team leader in minutes per game (35.8), the senior guard has started each of the Eagles' last 67 games (dating back to Feb. 1, 1996) ... He registered a game-high 20 points against Georgetown (Feb. 1), leading the Eagles in scoring for the seventh time this season ... 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 two of the last three games to bring his season total to six. He registered 20 points and 10 rebounds at Seton Hall (Jan. 24), and followed that outing with a 13-point, 12-rebound effort against Miami. He also recorded back-to-back point-rebound double-doubles against Fordham (17 points, 14 rebounds) and Syracuse (12 points, 10 rebounds) earlier 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).
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 19 of the team's 22 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 20 games, Beerbohm has made five starts, while Rodriguez has started two games.
KENNY HARLEY: The 6-foot-4-inch freshman guard has started each of the team's last 20 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.
Strong Background: Harley, who has started each of the team's last 20 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).
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 7-6 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", 381-199 ... BC's reserves scored a single-game high 22 points at Rutgers (Jan. 14), and a season-low zero points against Miami (Jan. 28).
We Need 10: Boston College has a 7-1 record when getting double-digit point contributions from its reserves. In the 14 games in which the bench has scored fewer than 10 points, the Eagles have a 5-9 mark.
QUICK FACTS: BC has attempted 20 or more three-pointers in eight games this season ... Boston College has made nine three-point field goals in four games this season (the most recent coming against Miami on Jan. 28) ... 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. ST. JOHN'S
St. John's holds a 36-19 advantage in its series against BC. The Eagles have won the last three meetings, and five of the last seven ... St. John's leads the BIG EAST regular-season series, 20-14 ... The Red Storm has won three of four BIG EAST Championship Tournament meetings with the Eagles.
In Conte Forum: Boston College has a 3-5 record against St. John's in Conte Forum.
BC Players vs. St. John's - Career Averages
Name GP Pts. Reb. Asts. PPG RPG APG HI Pts. HI Reb. HI Asts. Curley 5 41 24 1 8.2 4.8 0.2 14 8 1 Granger 5 33 14 4 6.6 2.8 0.8 16 8 2 Woodward 4 34 9 19 8.5 2.3 4.8 17 4 6 Maglos 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 Foster 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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 4-6 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, Marquette and Georgetown.
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 150-136.
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 against the Red Storm can be seen on ESPN. Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Len Elmore 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 play at Pittsburgh on Sunday, Feburary 8. Game time is 12:30 p.m.
Led team in scoring: Granger (10) Woodward (7) Maglos (4) Curley (3) Led team in rebounding: Maglos (8) Granger (6) Woodward (5) Curley (4) Harley (3) Beerbohm (1) Double-Figure Rebounds: Maglos (6) Granger (4) Curley (2) Beerbohm (1) Harley (1) Woodward (1) Double-Figure Scoring: Granger (20) Woodward (18) Maglos (15) Curley (13) Rodriguez (5) Harley (2) Beerbohm (1) 20+-point Games: Granger (9) Woodward (6) Maglos (3) Curley (1) 30+-point Games: none Triple-Doubles: Woodward (1) Double-Doubles: Maglos (6) Granger (4) Curley (1) Woodward (1)
OUR RECORD WHEN...
Opponent shoots 50 percent or better: 1-4 Opponent shoots 40-49 percent: 3-5 Opponent shoots 30-39 percent: 8-1 Opponent shoots below 30 percent: 0-0 BC shoots 50 percent or better: 4-1 BC shoots 40-49 percent: 8-3 BC shoots 30-39 percent: 0-6 BC shoots below 30 percent: 0-0 BC leads at half: 8-4 BC is tied at half: 0-0 BC is losing at half: 4-6 BC commits fewer turnovers: 6-3 BC commits more turnovers: 5-7 BC outrebounds opponent: 6-2 BC is outrebounded: 6-6 BC shoots 70 percent or better FT 4-4 In overtime 0-1 BC scores 50-59 points 0-5 BC scores 60-69 points 6-4 BC scores 70-79 points 4-1 BC scores 80 or more points 2-0 Opponent scores less than 50 points 0-0 Opponent scores 50-59 points 4-1 Opponent scores 60-69 points 7-3 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 3-2 Game is decided by 5-10 points 3-3 Game is decided by 11 points or more 6-5