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Dec. 23, 1997

Villanova Hosts the Flying Dutchmen of Hofstra

VILLANOVA WILDCATS 
(4-4 Overall, 2-0 Big East)
vs.
HOFSTRA FLYING DUTCHMEN
(6-4 Overall, 1-1 America East)

December 27, 1997 - 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Villanova, Pa. - The Pavilion

Game Information
Television  N/A
Radio   WPHT-FM (1210 am)
Talent  Andy Musser
    Whitey Rigsby
Series Info VU leads, 3-0
Last meeting    VU 91-57, 12/18/95 @VU

VU Coach    Steve Lappas 
    107-60 (.641) / 6 yrs. (VU)
    163-122 (.572) / 10 yrs.

HU Coach    Jay Wright
    37-55 (.402) / 4 yrs. (HU)
    37-55 (.402) / 4 yrs. 


Villanova-Hofstra Comparison
(Eight game VU totals; 10 game HU totals)
VU                                      HU
549         Points Scored               683
68.6        Avg. PPG                    68.3    
204-483     FG-FGA                    247-552
.422        FG Pct.                     .447    
51-172      3FG-3FGA                  44-147
.297        3-Pt. Pct.                  .299
90-125      Free Throws               145-228
.720        FT Pct.                     .636
555         Points Allowed              654
69.4        Avg. Allowed                65.4
313         Total Rebounds              350
39.1        Avg. RPG                    35.0
-0.8        Rebound Margin              0.0
131         Assists                     127
16.4        Avg. APG                    12.7
146         Turnovers                   169
18.3        Avg. TO Per Game            16.9
54          Steals                      97
6.8         Avg. SPG                    9.7

Probable Villanova Starters
No. Pos.    Name                            PPG     RPG
#15 F       Malik Allen (So., 6-10, 240)    9.6     8.6
#22 F       HOWARD BROWN (Jr., 6-5, 200)    10.8    5.8
#31 C       Rafal Bigus (Jr., 7-1, 270)     7.9     5.6
#13 G       John Celestand (Jr., 6-3, 175)  14.3    4.4
#10 G       JERMAINE MEDLEY (Fr., 6-0, 185) 6.8     1.6

Probable Hofstra Starters
No. Pos.    Name                            PPG     RPG
#3  F       JOE BROWN (So., 6-7, 195)       9.5     3.6
#4  F       ROBERTO GITTENS (Fr., 6-6, 230) 10.3    5.4
#45 C       DUANE POSEY (Jr., 6-7, 215)     6.7     6.6
#10 G       CRAIG CLAXTON (So., 5-10, 165)  16.1    4.3
#15 G       ANTHONY DAVIS (Jr., 6-0, 180)   10.0    2.8

Series Facts
First Meeting   VU 64-62 @N
    Dec. 27, 1976
Last Meeting    VU 91-57 @VU
    Dec. 28, 1995
Series Record   VU leads, 3-0


The Last Meeting
Villanova 91, Hofstra 57
Dec. 28, 1995 -  The Pavilion
HOFSTRA         MN   FG-A    FT-A   R   A   PF  PT
Tim Beckett     15   1-5     0-0    5   1   5    3
James Parisi    30   1-7     2-2    3   2   4    4
Ahmad Jackson   22   1-3     0-0    2   0   3    2
Darius Burton   36   3-6     4-6    2   4   3   10
Lawrence Thomas 34   6-17    7-7    4   2   2   20  
Anthony Davis   22   2-8     0-0    2   1   0    6
Seth Meyers     21   3-6     3-5    3   1   0   10
Jamil Greene    11   0-2     0-2    0   0   5    0
Chris Parsons    6   1-1     0-0    1   0   0    2
Matt Carpenter   2   0-0     0-0    0   0   0    0
Tom Marich       1   0-0     0-0    0   0   2    0
TOTALS          200 18-55   16-22  28  11  24   57  
Three-point Goals:  5-16 (Davis 2-6; Meyers 1-1; Beckett 1-4; Thomas 1-5); 
Team Rebounds:  5; Blocked Shots:  0; 
Turnovers:  21 (Thomas 6; Burton, Meyers 4; Parisi 3; Davis 2; Beckett, Parsons 1); 
Steals:  10 (Parisi 4; Burton 3; Jackson, Thomas, Greene 1).

VILLANOVA       MN   FG-A    FT-A    R   A   PF  PT
Eric Eberz      18   4-7     1-1     2   1   3   11
Chuck Kornegay  24   3-6     2-3     4   2   1    8
Jason Lawson    23   2-3     6-7     6   2   2   10
Alvin Williams  23   4-5     3-4     1   3   3   13
Kerry Kittles   23   4-7     4-4     6   2   2   16
Howard Brown    21   2-5     4-4     4   4   3   10
Zeffy Penn      13   2-5     1-2     2   2   2    5
John Celestand  17   2-4     2-2     3   4   2    7
Rafal Bigus     19   4-5     0-0     2   0   2    8
Jaime Gregg      9   0-0     0-2     4   1   1    0
Kevin Cox        5   0-1     0-0     2   1   0    0   
Nick Fragakis    2   0-1     0-0     0   1   2    0   
Brian Noone      2   0-0     0-0     0   0   0    0
Matthew Couture  1   1-1     0-0     0   0   0    3
TOTALS         200  28-50   23-29   37  23  23   91
Three-point Goals: 12-23 (Kittles 4-6; Williams 2-3; Eberz 2-4; Brown 2-4; Couture 1-1; Celestand 1-3); 
Team Rebounds:  1; Blocked Shots:  6 (Lawson 3; Williams 2; Bigus 1); 
Turnovers:  22 (Kornegay, Lawson, Bigus 4; Kittles 3; Williams, Brown 2; Celestand, Cox, Fragakis 1); 
Steals:  11 (Eberz, Williams, Kittles 2; Kornegay, Brown, Penn, Bigus, Gregg 1); 
Halftime Score:  50-23 VU; 
Attendance:  6,500.
Notes
Last Time Out

Villanova: The Wildcats broke the century mark on Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, defeating Florida International 103-73 at The Pavilion. John Celestand led five double-figure scorers with 20 points on eight-for-11 shooting from the field, while Rafal Bigus added 19 and Malik Allen 14. Villanova shot 60.0 percent from the field, including 75.0 percent in the second half, and limited the Panthers to only 33.3 percent shooting. Villanova also won the rebounding battle by a 46-38 margin.

Hofstra: The Flying Dutchmen improved to 6-4 on the year with an 82-59 victory over Stony Brook on Dec. 20, 1997 on their home court. Five Hofstra players posted double-figure points in the game, led by Joe Brown who scored 21 on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. Hofstra shot 55.9 percent from the floor and limited Stony Brook to only 33.9 percent shooting in the game. Hofstra won the rebounding battle by a 35-31 margin. Craig Claxton registered a double-double in the contest with 12 points and 12 assists, while Roberto Gittens added a dozen points as well.

Villanova-Hofstra Series Notes This will be the fourth meeting throughout history between the two squads, with Villanova winning all three previous match-ups. The first time the pair of schools faced off was during the 1976-77 season, in the Louisiana Classic in Baton Rouge, La. Villanova won 64-62 and went on to win the regular-season tournament with a 76-68 victory over LSU the following day. Since then, Villanova and Hofstra have met twice in The Pavilion during the 1992-93 season and 1995-96 seasons, with the average margin of victory 36 points.

The Coaches
    Villanova   Steve Lappas 
        105-60 (.636) / 6 yrs. (VU)
        161-122 (.569) / 10 yrs.
    Hofstra Jay Wright
        37-55 (.402) / 4 yrs. (HU)
        37-55 (.402) / 4 yrs.       
Next Up

Villanova: The Wildcats return to Big East Conference action, facing Boston College in Conte Forum on Dec. 30, 1997, at 7:30 p.m. The game will air locally on Comcast SportsNet.

Hofstra: Hofstra will host Colgate on Dec. 30, 1997.

Wildcat Dress Roster

No. Name            Pos.    Ht.     Wt. Cl.-Exp.    Hometown
0   Simon Ogunlesi  F       6-10    265 Fr.-HS      Lagos, Nigeria
10  Jermaine Medley G       6-0     185 Fr.-HS      Wilmington, Del. 
11  Marvin O'Connor G       6-4     190 Fr.-HS      Philadelphia, Pa. 
12  Brian Noone     G       6-2     175 Sr.-2L      Syossett, N.Y. 
13  John Celestand  G       6-3     175 Jr.-2L      Piscataway, N.J. 
15  Malik Allen     F       6-10    240 So.-1L      Medford, N.J. 
20  Joe Jackson     G       5-8     170 Jr.-TR      Ridgewood, N.J.
21  Brian Lynch     G       6-6     185 So.-1L      Belmar, N.J.
22  Howard Brown    G       6-5     200 Jr.-2L      Pottstown, Pa.
31  Rafal Bigus     C       7-1     270 Jr.-2L      Stargard, Poland
33  Zeffy Penn      F       6-6     195 Sr.-3L      Harrisburg, Pa. 
40  Johnny Holley   F       6-6     180 Fr.-HS      McKinney, Texas
50  T.J. Caouette   F       6-7     215 So.-1L      Winthrop, Maine 
51  Chris Lee       F       6-5     200 Jr.-1L      Havertown, Pa. 
WILDCAT NOTES

On Fire The Wildcats recorded their best shooting performance in nearly two years on Monday in their 103-73 win over Florida International, hitting 39-of-65 field goals (60.0 percent). The last time Villanova shot that well was on Jan. 25, 1995, versus Miami when the Wildcats converted 33-of-55 from the field, also for 60.0 percent. Villanova won that game by 30 points as well, defeating the Hurricanes 92-62 at The Pavilion. In addition, Villanova's 103 points was its most since March 17, 1994, when the Wildcats defeated Canisius 103-79, and it marked the 49th time in school history that Villanova posted 100 or more points in a single game.

Celestand Lights It Up

celestand
John Celestand.
In the best shooting performance of his career, John Celestand hit eight-of-11 (.727) from the field to lead the team with 20 points against Florida International, including 15 in the second half. The junior also was a perfect four-for-four from behind the three-point stripe, the best shooting performance from three since Jonathan Haynes did it on Dec. 5, 1994 in a 98-75 win over Seton Hall. Haynes also converted four-of-four from the field. In one of his most complete games as well, the Piscataway, N.J., native, had five rebounds, six assists, three steals and only two turnovers in 30 minutes of play.

Bigus Comes Up Big In only 16 minutes of play versus Florida International, Rafal Bigus scored a career-high 19 points on seven-of-nine shooting from the field. The Stargard, Poland, native also registered a personal-best five-of-five from the foul line, and his seven field goals marked a career-high. Bigus scored 13 points in the second half of the game.

More Career Highs Two other Wildcats also posted personal-best scoring performances against Florida International. Brian Lynch, who had spent most of the Wildcats' first seven games as a member of the injured reserve, came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points on five-for-nine shooting from the field. His five field goals were also a personal best for the Belmar, N.J., native. In addition, Simon Ogunlesi scored six points on three dunks in five minutes of play versus Florida International.

Villanova Versus the America East The Wildcats have posted a record of 5-0 versus teams from the America East Conference under head coach Steve Lappas. Two of those victories were versus Hofstra, and all five wins were by an average margin of victory of 33.8 points per game. Villanova has also defeated Delaware twice and Vermont once in the Lappas tenure. Additionally, no America East team has posted 60 points against a Lappas-coached Villanova team.

Familiar Roots The coaching staffs at Villanova and Hofstra each have ties with the other school. First-year Wildcat assistant coach Joe Jones spent three years in the same capacity at Hofstra, working under current head coach Jay Wright. Wright, meanwhile, spent five years as an assistant coach at Villanova under Rollie Massimino from 1987-92

Home, Sweet, Home The Wildcats have recorded 35-straight sellouts in their on-campus arena, The Pavilion, and boast a record of 94-35 (.729) in the building since it opened in 1986. From the 1994-95 season on, Villanova is 32-3 (.914) in The Pavilion, including an 18-2 (.900) mark in Big East Conference match-ups.

Few and Far Between Under head coach Steve Lappas, Villanova owns a record of 21-2 (.913) versus non-Big East Conference foes in The Pavilion (1992-present). After losing to Florida, 85-77, on Dec. 22, 1993, the Wildcats won 14-straight non-league contests in the arena over a period of three-plus seasons before falling to New Orleans, 77-64, on Dec. 13, 1997. Villanova rebounded after the defeat to the Privateers with a 68-57 victory over Temple on Dec. 16, 1997.

Stepping Up Junior Howard Brown, the most consistent player for the Wildcats this season, stepped up his play a notch even higher versus Temple. The Pottstown, Pa., native, scored a career-high 19 points on six-for-11 (.545) shooting from the field, including a four-of-seven (.571) performance from three-point range. Brown led both teams in scoring and surpassed his previous high of 18 points scored last year versus St. Joseph's. Brown has posted double figures in five games this season and is averaging 10.8 ppg, the second-highest number on the team. He's shot better than 50 percent from the field four times, and 40 percent or better from behind the arc four times. In addition, Brown tied two career-highs versus Temple, for rebounds with nine, and three-pointers with four. Additionally, he led the team with blocked shots with a career-high three against the Owls.

O'Connor On Fire Freshman Marvin O'Connor has been shooting exceptionally well from the field over the last three games, recording double-figure scoring outings versus New Orleans and Temple. The Philadelphia native has hit 12-of-22 (.545) from the floor in the trio of games and seven-of-15 (.467) from behind the three-point arc, averaging 10.7 points per contest during that time. His back-to-back three-of-six shooting from three against New Orleans and Temple marks the most three pointers in a single game and also the best percentage of his career. O'Connor scored a career-high 13 points against New Orleans.

In the Clutch Marvin O'Connor, a Philadelphia native, grew up with the Big Five and understands the magnitude of city series games. The Simon Gratz product, playing against familiar opponents on the Temple Owl roster, made his presence felt in his first-ever Big Five contest. The rookie scored 12 points on four-for-eight shooting from the field and three-for-six shooting from behind the three-point arc, grabbed three rebounds and had two assists in the game. Most importantly, however, he hit back-to-back treys with five minutes remaining in the game to stifle a Temple comeback and put the Wildcats up for good. The Owls had chiseled a 14-point Villanova lead to three when O'Connor put the nail in the coffin.

Lappas and Non-Conference Opponents Currently in his sixth season at the helm of the Wildcat program, head coach Steve Lappas has posted a mark of 46-18 (.719) versus non-conference opponents during his tenure. In his first year on the Main Line, the Wildcats were 5-3; in 1993-94 Villanova recorded a mark of 10-3 in non-Big East games. In 1994-95, the Wildcats registered a mark of 8-3, and in 1995-96 they were 11-2 out of conference. Last season, Lappas posted a mark of 10-3 in non-league contests, while Villanova is 2-4 in 1997-98.

When the Wildcats Shoot ... Shooting has been the Wildcats' achilles heel this season, as Villanova has converted only 42.2 percent (204-483) from the field after eight games. In all four of their victories this season, the Wildcats hit for better than 40 percent from the floor (44.4 versus Georgetown; 46.4 versus Seton Hall; 42.0 versus Temple; and 60.0 versus FIU). In contrast, each of their four losses had the Wildcats shooting below the 40-percent mark (38.2 versus Minnesota; 37.3 versus Bradley; 36.6 versus Duke; and 33.3 versus New Orleans).

Lappas Versus Ranked Opponents Under head coach Steve Lappas, the Wildcats have recorded a mark of 17-16 (.515) against nationally-ranked teams, including a record of 13-9 (.590) over the past four years. This season, the Wildcats have split against nationally-ranked squads, defeating No. 16 Temple (68-57) on Dec. 16, 1997, and falling to No. 1Duke on Dec. 10 (L 94-66).

Jermaine for Three Freshman Jermaine Medley had a breakout game versus Seton Hall on Dec. 6, 1997, registering a career-high 15 points on five-for-nine shooting from the field. The Wilmington, Del., native, converted five-of-eight from behind the three-point arc, one of the best performances of all time for a freshman at Villanova. Medley's five treys set a single-game record for made three-pointers for all Wildcat freshman, while his percentage of .625 is the third best of all-time among Villanova rookies. Kerry Kittles owns the top two three-point shooting marks, converting four-of-four against Lehigh on Dec. 28, 1992, and hitting four-of-six (.667) against Syracuse on Feb. 23, 1993.

Wildcats on the Tube During the Lappas tenure on the Main Line, Villanova has made 53 appearances on five national television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, ABC, and NBC). The Wildcats have recorded a mark of 31-22 (.584) in those games, including an 11-14 record on ESPN. Villanova is 8-1 on ESPN2, 9-7 on CBS, 1-0 on ABC, and 2-0 on NBC during the six years Lappas has served as Villanova head coach.

Starting from Scratch The Wildcats were virtually starting from scratch prior to the start of the season, with only one starter returning to the 1997-98 lineup, as Chuck Kornegay, Jason Lawson, Tim Thomas, and Alvin Williams have all departed. Combined, the quartet amassed 4,244 career points and 2,142 career rebounds during their varied tenures at Villanova. In addition, the Wildcat seniors from a year ago (Kornegay, Lawson, Williams) compiled 95 victories during their four-year stint, the most wins by a class in school history. The class of '97 surpassed the class of '85, which posted a record of 92-38 and won the NCAA title.

Holley to Redshirt Freshman Johnny Holley, a 6-foot-6 forward from McKinney, Texas, will redshirt the 1997-98 season due to an inflammatory condition in his right knee. Holley played in only one game this season, seeing limited action against Bradley.

At Home and on the Road in the Big East Over the last four years (1994-present), Villanova has recorded a mark of 24-4 (.857) at home in Big East Conference regular-season contests. In Big East games in The Pavilion during that time, the Wildcats are 18-2 (.900). During the Steve Lappas era at Villanova, the Wildcats are 30-16 (.652) at home in league play, including a stellar 23-11 (.676) in The Pavilion.

The Villanova Wildcats have recorded a mark of 25-21 (.543) on the road in Big East Conference match-ups under Lappas, including a stellar record of 23-14 (.622) over the last four years, and a 1-0 mark this season after a 73-69 win at Georgetown.

   
Big East 
Season  Record  Road     Home
1997-98   2-0    1-0     1-0 (1-0 Pavilion / 0-0 Phila.)
1996-97  12-6    5-4     7-2 (4-1 Pavilion / 3-1 Phila.)
1995-96  14-4    6-3     8-1 (7-0 Pavilion / 1-1 Phila.)
1994-95  14-4    6-3     8-1 (6-1 Pavilion / 2-0 Phila.)
1993-94  10-8    5-4     5-4 (4-3 Pavilion / 1-1 Phila.)
1992-93  3-15    2-7     1-8 (1-6 Pavilion / 0-2 Phila.)
Totals  55-37   25-21   30-16 (23-11 Pavilion / 7-5 Phila.)

Experimenting with the Lineup Villanova head coach Steve Lappas has utilized three different starting lineups this season. The constants have been Malik Allen, Rafal Bigus, and John Celestand, while Jermaine Medley has been inserted at the point guard position and Howard Brown replaced Zeffy Penn versus Georgetown. Following are each of Villanova's lineups this season, and the result:

Lineup                                                      Record
(F) Allen, (F) Penn, (C) Bigus, (G) Lynch, (G) Celestand     0-1
(F) Allen, (F) Penn, (C) Bigus, (G) Celestand, (G) Medley    0-1
(F) Allen, (F) Brown, (C) Bigus, (G) Celestand, (G) Medley   4-2

Villanova and the NBA Last season, three Villanova players were taken in the NBA Draft's two rounds, the highest number from any school in the nation. Tim Thomas was selected with the No. 7 pick by the New Jersey Nets, and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, while Jason Lawson was chosen with the No. 46 selection by the Denver Nuggets. He, too, was traded later in the evening to the Orlando Magic. Alvin Williams went to the Portland Trail Blazers with the No. 48 pick.

In addition, over the last two years, Villanova has had four players selected in the Draft, with Kerry Kittles chosen by New Jersey with the No. 8 pick. Those four players selected in two years rates as the nation's second-highest number (Kentucky with six is first).

    
Schedule & Results
Date    Opponent    Result    Att.    VU High Scorer/Reb.    Opp. High Scorer/Reb.
11/14   @Minnesota  L  55-68 12,121   Penn-13/Penn-11        Jacobson-13/Tarver-10
11/29   @Bradley    L  48-60  9,533   Brown-14/Allen-8       Akinkunle-15/Two-7
12/3    @Georgetown W  73-69 13,181   Allen-16/Allen-8       Jackson-13/Jackson-7
12/6    SETON HALL  W  72-57  6,513   Celestand-9/Bigus-9    Williams-18/Kaba-11
12/10   @Duke (1)   L  66-94  9,314   Allen-17/Allen-16      Brand-15/McLeod-8
12/13   NEW ORLEANS L  64-77  6,511   Celestand-22/Allen-10  Wesley-33/Wesley-14
12/16   TEMPLE (16) W  68-57  6,651   Brown-19/Bigus-10      Brkngh-16/Barnes-9
12/22   FIU         W 103-73  6,500   Celestand-20/Two-9     Cook-20/Cook-9
12/27   HOFSTRA 7:30 p.m.
12/30   @Boston College 7:30 p.m.
 1/2    @La Salle   1:00 p.m.
 1/6    BOSTON COLLEGE  7:30 p.m.
1/10    @Seton Hall Noon
1/12    GEORGETOWN  7:30 p.m.
1/18    WEST VIRGINIA   2:00 p.m.
1/22    @Miami  7:30 p.m.
1/25    @St. John's Noon
1/28    @Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
1/31    MIAMI   Noon
2/2     @Connecticut    7:30 p.m.
2/8     KENTUCKY    1:00 p.m.
2/10    PITTSBURGH  7:30 p.m.
2/14    @Providence 7:00 p.m.
2/16    SYRACUSE    7:30 p.m.
2/21    CONNECTICUT 8:00 p.m.
2/24    @Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m.
2/28    RUTGERS Noon
3/4-7   Big East Conference Tournament
Team Highs & Lows
            
VILLANOVA
POINTS  High    42  Fla. International (12/22/97)   
(First Half)    Low 16  Minnesota (11/14/97)

POINTS  High    61  Fla. International (12/22/97)
(Second Half)   Low 25  Bradley (11/29/97)      

TOTAL POINTS    High    103 Fla. International (12/22/97)   
    Low 48  Bradley (11/29/97)

FIELD GOALS High    39  Fla. International (12/22/97)   
    Low 19  Bradley (11/29/97)  

FG ATTEMPTS High    71  Duke (12/10/97) 
    Low 50  Temple (12/16/97)   

FG PCT  High    .600    Fla. International (12/22/97)   
    Low .333    Duke (12/13/97)

3-PT FG High    10  Seton Hall (12/6/97)    
    Low 1   Minnesota (11/14/97)    

3-PT FG ATTS.   High    27  Temple (12/16/97)
    Low 16  Duke (12/10/97) 

FREE THROWS High    22  Georgetown (12/3/97)    
    Low 2   Minnesota (11/14/97)    

FT ATTEMPTS High    30  Georgetown (12/3/97)    
    Low 4   Minnesota (11/14/97)    

FT PCT. High    .889    Fla. International (12/22/97)   
    Low .500    Minnesota (11/14/97)
            Bradley (11/29/97)  

REBOUNDS    High    47  Minnesota (11/14/97)    
    Low 29  Bradley (11/29/97)

ASSISTS High    28  Fla. International (12/22/97)
    Low 11  Bradley (11/29/97)  

TURNOVERS   High    23  Fla. International (12/22/97)
    Low 12  Seton Hall (12/6/97)
            
BLOCKS  High    6   Minnesota (11/14/97)    
    Low 2   Duke (12/0/97)
                    
STEALS  High    11  New Orleans (12/13/97)  
    Low 4   Temple (12/16/97)
    
Individual Season Highs
    
VILLANOVA
TOTAL POINTS    22  John Celestand (New Orleans)
    20  John Celestand (Fla. International)
    19  Rafal Bigus (Fla. International)
    19  Howard Brown (Temple)
    19  John Celestand (Seton Hall)
    17  Malik Allen (Duke)
    
FIELD GOALS 9   John Celestand (New Orleans)

FG ATTEMPTS 23  John Celestand (New Orleans)

FG PERCENTAGE   
   100.0    Rafal Bigus (4-4)(Georgetown)
    77.8    Rafal Bigus (7-9)(Fla. International)
    72.7    John Celestand (8-11)(Fla. Int.)
    66.7    Malik Allen (6-9)(Fla. International)
    66.7    Rafal Bigus (6-9)(Minnesota)
    63.6    Howard Brown (7-11)(Seton Hall)
    62.5    Marvin O'Connor (5-8)(N. Orleans)   

3-PT FG 
    5   Jermaine Medley (Seton Hall)
    4   John Celestand (Fla. International)
    4   Howard Brown (Bradley)
    4   Howard Brown (Temple)

3-PT FG ATTEMPTS    10  John Celestand (New Orleans)

FREE THROWS 8   Malik Allen (Georgetown)    

FT ATTEMPTS 9   John Celestand (8-9)(Seton Hall)    

FT PERCENTAGE   
1.000   Malik Allen (8-8)(Georgetown)
        John Celestand (6-6)(Temple)
        Rafal Bigus (5-5)(Fla. International)

REBOUNDS    16  Malik Allen (Duke)                  
ASSISTS 7   John Celestand (Seton Hall)                 
TURNOVERS   7   John Celestand (Duke)   

BLOCKS  4   Rafal Bigus (Minnesota) 

STEALS  3   Malik Allen (Bradley)
        Zeffy Penn (Seton Hall)
        John Celestand (Fla. International)

VU's Philadelphia connection has continued this season with the addition of Marvin O'Connor, from Simon Gratz High School. Since arriving at VU, Steve Lappas has made it a priority to recruit the city, signing natives Jason Lawson and Alvin Williams in his first year. Lawson and Williams were the first Philly players at 'Nova since Chubby Cox, who played from 1973-75.

        
        
Wildcats' Record  When ...


RECORDS
Overall 4-4
Home    3-1
Away    1-2
Neutral 0-1
Big East    2-0
Non-Conference  2-4
Big Five    1-0
in Overtime 0-0
at The Pavilion 3-1
at the CoreStates Center    0-0
at the CoreStates Spectrum  0-0


MONTH BY MONTH
November    0-2
December    4-2
January     0-0
February    0-0
March       0-0


AGAINST THE CONFERENCES
Big Ten         0-1
Missouri Valley 0-1
Atlantic Coast  0-1
Atlantic 10     1-0
Trans America   1-0


Current Streak  W2
Longest Win Streak  2
Largest Margin of Victory   30 vs. FIU
Highest FG Percentage in a Game 60.0 vs. FIU
Lowest FG Percentage in a Game  33.3 vs. DU
Largest Lead    32 vs. FIU
Largest Deficit 36 vs. DU
When Leading at Halftime    4-1
When Trailing at Halftime   0-3
When Tied at Halftime   0-0
In Overtime 0-0




Individual Highlights

Games Leading VU in Scoring:  Celestand (3); Allen (2);  Brown (2); Penn (1).
Games Leading VU in Rebounding:  Allen (5);  Bigus (2); Penn (1); Brown (1).
Games Leading VU in Assists:  Celestand (5); Medley (2); Brown (2); Allen (1); Caouette (1).
Games Leading VU in Steals: Penn (4); Allen (3); Celestand (3); O'Connor (1); Medley (1);  Caouette (1).
Games Leading VU in Blocks:  Allen (5); Brown (3); Bigus (1) .
20-Point Games:  Celestand (2).
Double-figure Scoring:  Brown (5); Celestand (6); Penn (3); O'Connor (3);  
Allen (3); Bigus (3); Medley (3); Lynch (1).
Double-figure Rebounding: Allen (2); Penn (1); Bigus (1).
Double-Doubles:  Penn (1); Allen (1).

Points Margin of Victories
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  11  12  13  14  15+
            1                           1               2
            
   Points Margin of Defeat
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  11  12  13  14  15+
                                            1   2       1
                                            
Records when scoring ...
VU scores 59 or less    0-2
VU scores 60-69 points  1-2
VU scores 70-79 points  2-0
VU scores 80-89 points  0-0
VU scores 90+ points    1-0

Opponent scores less than 50    0-0
Opponent scores 50-59 points    2-0
Opponent scores 60-69 points    1-2
Opponent scores 70-79 points    1-1
Opponent scores 80-99 points    0-1

Games decided by five or less   1-0
Games decided by 6-10 points    0-0
Games decided by 11 or more     1-3
Games decided by 20 or more     1-1 
    

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