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Men's Basketball Hosts West Virginia

Mountaineers come in ranked 19th.

BC AT HOME: Boston College has an 8-6 home record this season, including a 2-6 BIG EAST home record.

WVU ON THE ROAD: The Mountaineers have a 4-4 road record, including a 3-4 road mark in BIG EAST play.

STREAKS: Boston College enters tonight's game with a two-game losing streak ... West Virginia enters tonight's contest with a two-game winning streak.

FIRST MEETING: Senior Duane Woodward scored 16 points and freshman forward Jonathan Beerbohm grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to lead Boston College in a 79-57 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown on January 3. BC trailed 13-10 with 10:04 remaining in the first half, before WVU extended its margin with a 14-0 run over the next five minutes. BC trailed, 38-22, at halftime. The Eagles were unable to trim the deficit in the second half. Senior Antonio Granger (12 points), junior Kostas Maglos (11 points) and freshman Kenny Harley (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Eagles ... BC committed 25 turnovers, equaling its "season high".

LAST TIME OUT: Senior Antonio Granger scored 24 points and junior Kostas Malgos registered his eighth double-double of the season (17 points, 10 rebounds) to lead BC in an 84-67 loss to Georgetown in the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. ... BC led 18-7 midway through the first half, before the host Hoyas used an 18-5 run to take the lead with 5:22 to play in the opening half. Georgetown led 41-33 at the intermission. BC closed to within four points (52-48) with 12:52 to play in the game, before the Hoyas rallied to extend their lead ... BC shot 65.0 percent (13-for-20) in the first half, but Georgetown forced 16 first-half turnovers and dominated the boards to gain the advantage ... BC committed 22 turnovers for the game, and was outrebounded, 39-33.

#19 West Virginia (22-5, 11-5) 
at Boston College (13-15, 5-12)
February 25, 1998 - 7 p.m.
Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) - 
Chestnut Hill, MA

BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS

1997-98                  PPG, RPG       LAST GAME
F   21  Antonio Granger 17.7, 6.4       24 pts.,  6 reb.
F   23  Kostas Maglos   12.9, 6.9       17 pts., 10 reb.
C   14  Mickey Curley   10.9, 6.5       13 pts.,  6 reb.
G    5  Dwayne Pina      1.5, 1.6 apg    2 pts,   3 reb., 3 asts.
G   20  Duane Woodward  15.3, 5.0 apg   11 pts.,  5 reb.

EAGLES VS. RANKED TEAMS: Tonight will mark the Eagles' fifth game this season against a nationally-ranked opponent. To date, Boston College has a 1-3 mark against nationally-ranked teams. The Eagles defeated 21st-ranked Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. on January 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 #8 Connecticut, 80-68, on January 11, 1998.

MODEL OF CONSISTENCY: Senior captain Antonio Granger is averaging 20.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in the Eagles' last 13 games. He has scored 20 or more points in eight of these 13 games, and has recorded three double-doubles in this stretch ... He scored a career-high 29 points at St. John's (Feb. 18), and followed that effort with 24 points at Georgetown (Feb. 21) ... He scored 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) ... He has scored 20 or more points in 12 games this season ... He has recorded four point-rebound double doubles this season.

DWAYNE PINA: Sophomore guard Dwayne Pina has started each of the Eagles' last five games. He has averaged 4.6 assists per game in his five starts ... Pina, who was used sparingly early in the season, has seen his minutes increase dramatically as the season has progressed. In his five starts, he has played an average of 31.2 minutes per game. Pina played a career-high 35 minutes at Georgetown (Feb. 21) ... The sophomore made his first collegiate start at Pittsburgh (Feb. 8), finishing the contest with four points, four rebounds and a career-high eight assists in 30 minutes. He followed that effort with six points, a career-high six rebounds and three assists at Notre Dame (Feb. 11) ... The New Bedford, Mass. product joined the team as a walk-on prior to the start of the season, and earned a scholarship for the second semester of the 1997-98 academic year with his impressive early-season play.

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 151-141.

Against WVU: Skinner has a 6-9 record against West Virginia.

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 19th on BC's career scoring list with 1,193 points. Granger ranks 18th with 1202 points.

CENTURY MARK: Each of the Eagles' three seniors -- Curley, Granger and Woodward -- have played in more than 100 collegiate games. Woodward has played in 114 games, Curley has played in 111 games, and Granger has played in 110 games.

SHOOTING: Boston College shot 55.8 percent from the field against Rutgers (Feb. 14), its third-highest shooting percentage this season and its best shooting in more than one month (since shooting 59.1 percent vs. Connecticut on Jan. 11). BC shot 70.8 percent from the field in the second half, its best shooting half of the season ... The Eagles have made at least half their shots in six games this season ... Two other "good" shooting halves for the Eagles have come against Georgetown. BC shot 65.2 percent (15-for-23) in the second half of its home game against Georgetown (Feb. 1), its second-best shooting half of the season, and 65.0 percent (13-for-20) in the first half of its game at Georgetown (Feb. 21) ... 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.

Three-pointers: Boston College made 6-of-12 three-point attempts against Rutgers (Feb. 14), marking the fourth time this season that the Eagles have shot 50.0 percent or better from long range.

THE SENIORS: 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.

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 (17.7 ppg). He is averaging 18.2 ppg in 17 BIG EAST contests ... He has scored 20 or more points in 12 games, including his career-high 29-point effort at St. John's (Feb. 18). He shot 11-for-18 from the field, including 3-for-6 from three-point range, against the Red Storm ... Granger scored 24 points (7-for-13 FG, 3-for-5 treys) at Georgetown (Feb. 21) ... He tallied 23 points 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.

Among League Leaders: Granger ranks among BIG EAST leaders in four categories (all games): three-point field goals made/game (third), three-point field goal percentage (fifth), scoring (sixth) and free-throw percentage (ninth).

Rebounding Better: Granger ranks third on the team with a 6.4 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 ... Granger has grabbed eight or more rebounds in nine games this season.

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 '98 186
6.  Marc Molinsky '95   143

MICKEY CURLEY: The senior center has scored in double figures in 16 games this season and has registered two double-doubles ... He scored a career-high 25 points (9-for-15 FG, 7-for-9 FT) against George Washington in the Maui Invitational (Nov. 25) ... His 19 points against Georgetown (Feb. 1) marked his second-highest scoring total of the season ... Curley ranks second on the team in rebounding (6.5 rpg) and fourth in scoring (10.9 ppg) ... He recorded the first of his two point-rebound double-doubles -- a 16-point, 13-rebound effort -- against Florida Atlantic (Nov. 19). More recently, he had 13 points and 11 rebounds at Pittsburgh (Feb. 8).

DUANE WOODWARD: The team leader in minutes per game (35.8), the senior guard has started each of the Eagles' last 73 games (dating back to Feb. 1, 1996) ... He has scored in double figures 24 times this season, including 19 of the last 20 games. He has led the Eagles in scoring nine times this season ... In the Eagles' win at Notre Dame (Feb. 11), Woodward scored a team-high 23 points (9-of-17 FG) and handed out eight assists in 38 minutes. The ND contest marked the senior's fifth game this season with at least eight assists ... He netted a team-high 22 points in a home win over Rutgers (Feb. 14) ... The senior led the team with 20 points against Georgetown (Feb. 1) ... He paced the Eagles with 21 points against Connecticut (Jan. 11) ... 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 ... He scored 24 points (8-for-13 FG, 3-for-5 treys) in the Eagles' game at Providence (Nov. 30).

Triple Double: Woodward registered a rare triple-double at Rutgers (Jan. 14), finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists. 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).

Assist List: Woodward ranks fifth on BC's career list assist. He has handed out 471 assists in 114 games. Michael Adams '85 ranks fourth with 475. Howard Eisley '94 ranks third with 544.

Among League Leaders: Woodward ranks sixth among BIG EAST assist leaders.

KOSTAS MAGLOS: Junior forward Kostas Maglos has recorded eight point-rebound double-doubles this season, the third-highest total among all BIG EAST players. His most recent double double came at Georgetown (Feb. 21), where he registered 17 points and 10 rebounds ... He finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Rutgers (Feb. 14) ... In the Eagles' game at St. John's (Feb. 18), he recorded 17 points (8-for-15 FG) and six rebounds. He scored 12 of his points in the team's second-half rally ... He had 20 points and 10 rebounds at Seton Hall (Jan. 24), and followed that outing with a 13-point, 12-rebound effort against Miami (Jan. 28). He also recorded back-to-back point-rebound double-doubles earlier in the season -- against Fordham (17 points, 14 rebounds) and Syracuse (12 points, 10 rebounds) ... 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 a BIG EAST-best 59.1 percent from the field this season. WVU's Damian Owens ranks second in field-goal percentage (52.3 percent).

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 21 games, Beerbohm has made five starts, while Rodriguez has started two games.

KENNY HARLEY: The 6-foot-4-inch freshman guard 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 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 grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds at West Virginia (Jan. 3) ... He played a key role in the Eagles' win over Rutgers (Feb. 14), finishing with six points (3-for-4 FG) and four rebounds in 10 productive minutes ... He came off the bench to record nine points and four rebounds in 29 minutes at Providence (Nov. 30) ... He recorded a career-high 11 points and six rebounds in 22 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, scored 11 points (3-for-5 FG, 2-for-3 treys) in the Eagles' win over Rutgers (Feb. 14), his sixth collegiate double-figure effort ... He has earned two starting assignments -- against Connecticut and at Rutgers (Jan. 14) ... In the Eagles' game at Pittsburgh (Feb. 8), Rodriguez finished with eight points and five rebounds in 25 minutes. The five rebounds matched his career high ... 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.

STARTING LINEUP W-L:
Granger, Maglos, Rodriguez, Harley, Woodward 1-1
Granger, Maglos, Beerbohm, Harley, Woodward 2-3
Granger, Maglos, Curley, Harley, Woodward 7-7
Granger, Maglos, Curley, Foster, Woodward 2-0
Granger, Maglos, Curley, Pina, Woodward 1-4

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", 489-241 ... BC's reserves scored a single-game high 22 points at Rutgers (Jan. 14), and a season-low zero points twice -- against Miami (Jan. 28) and at Georgetown (Feb. 21).

We Need 10: Boston College has an 8-2 record when getting double-digit point contributions from its reserves. In the 18 games in which the bench has scored fewer than 10 points, the Eagles have a 5-13 mark.

THE SERIES VS. WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia holds a 6-1 advantage in its all-time series with the Eagles. The Mountaineers have won three of the four BIG EAST regular-season meetings, including a 79-57 win in Morgantown on January 3, 1998 ... Prior to the 1995-96 BIG EAST contests, each of the first three meetings came in in-season tournaments (Dates: Dec. 26, 1962; Dec. 27, 1989; and Dec. 27, 1991) ... Boston College earned it first win over the Mountaineers on February 3, 1996, taking an 84-63 win in Morgantown.

In Chestnut Hill: WVU gained a 108-89 win in Conte Forum on February 21, 1996, its only visit to Chestnut Hill.

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 21 games, Beerbohm has made five starts, while Rodriguez has started two games.

KENNY HARLEY: The 6-foot-4-inch freshman guard 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 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 grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds at West Virginia (Jan. 3) ... He played a key role in the Eagles' win over Rutgers (Feb. 14), finishing with six points (3-for-4 FG) and four rebounds in 10 productive minutes ... He came off the bench to record nine points and four rebounds in 29 minutes at Providence (Nov. 30) ... He recorded a career-high 11 points and six rebounds in 22 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, scored 11 points (3-for-5 FG, 2-for-3 treys) in the Eagles' win over Rutgers (Feb. 14), his sixth collegiate double-figure effort ... He has earned two starting assignments -- against Connecticut and at Rutgers (Jan. 14) ... In the Eagles' game at Pittsburgh (Feb. 8), Rodriguez finished with eight points and five rebounds in 25 minutes. The five rebounds matched his career high ... 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.

Second-Half Magic: Woodward has played a key role in the Eagles' second-half rallies in recent games. After going scoreless (0-of-5 FG) in the first half against St. John's (Feb. 4), Woodward registered 19 points in the second half, shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 5-of-9 from the line. Prior to that, he had scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half of the Eagles' come-from-behind win against Georgetown (Feb. 1). 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 ... At Notre Dame (Feb. 11), BC trailed 67-56 with 5:15 to play, but rallied to tie the game before dropping a 75-72 decision. Woodward played a role in 14 of the team's final 16 points. He scored 11 points in the final run, and assisted on Pina's three-point play as well.

... Duane Woodward earned BIG EAST Co-Player of the Week honors

BEWARE OF DROUGHTS: After suffering through two tough scoring stretches in its loss to Providence, BC 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.

... Junior forward Kostas Maglos finished the game with 10 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes ... With its fine second-half shooting effort against the Scarlet Knights, BC has now shot better than 50.0 percent from the field in three of the last four halves (including both halves vs. Connecticut)

 
Led team in scoring:
Granger (14)
Woodward (9)
Maglos (4)
Curley (3)

Led team in rebounding:
Maglos (11)
Granger (7)
Curley (7)
Woodward (5)
Harley (3)
Beerbohm (1)
Pina (1)

Double-Figure Rebounds:
Maglos (8)
Granger (4)
Curley (3)
Beerbohm (1)
Harley (1)
Woodward (1)

Double-Figure Scoring:
Granger (26)
Woodward (24)
Maglos (22)
Curley (15)
Rodriguez (6)
Harley (2)
Beerbohm (1)

20+-point Games:
Granger (12)
Woodward (8)
Maglos (4)
Curley (1)

30+-point Games:
none

Triple-Doubles:
Woodward (1)

Double-Doubles:
Maglos (8)
Granger (4)
Curley (2)
Woodward (1)

OUR RECORD WHEN...

Opponent shoots 50 percent or better:   1-6
Opponent shoots 40-49 percent:  4-8
Opponent shoots 30-39 percent:  8-1
Opponent shoots below 30 percent:   0-0

BC shoots 50 percent or better: 5-1
BC shoots 40-49 percent:    8-6
BC shoots 30-39 percent:    0-8
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:   5-11

BC commits fewer turnovers: 6-6
BC commits more turnovers:  6-9

BC outrebounds opponent:    7-3
BC is outrebounded: 6-11

BC shoots 70 percent or better FT   4-6
In overtime 0-1

BC scores 50-59 points  0-5
BC scores 60-69 points  6-6
BC scores 70-79 points  5-4
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    7-4
Opponent scores 70-79 points    2-4
Opponent scores 80 or more points   0-6

BC bench outscores opponent bench   3-3

Game is decided by 1-4 points   4-3
Game is decided by 5-10 points  3-5
Game is decided by 11 points or more    6-7

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