Steve Donahue and the Boston College Eagles head south to take on the Providence Friars at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island (TV/Radio: ESPN3/WEEI).
Boston College trails the all-time series against Providence, 57-48. The Eagles have won the last three meetings against the Friars, with two wins coming at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA. The last time the Friars defeated the Eagles was on December 1, 2007, when Providence posted a 98-89 win. BC defeated Providence, 88-86, last season at Conte Forum.
Of the 105 meetings between the Eagles and Friars, 56 came in the Big East Conference. The Eagles played in the Big East from 1979 through 2005, when Boston College joined the Atlantic Coast Conference, where they have played since.
BC (2-6) has lost three games in a row and six of its last seven. The Eagles' most recent shortcoming came against the Boston U. Terriers in a 75-61 blowout loss. Lonnie Jackson scored 11 points to lead the Eagles, who made 24-of-54 field goals to shoot 44.4 percent. In addition, BC made 6-of-17 three pointers and 7-of-10 shots from the free throw line.
Patrick Heckmann is the Eagles' leading scorer, averaging 11.1 points per game, and also leads the team in assists with 2.1 dimes per game. Matt Humphrey is second in scoring with 11 points per contest while Ryan Anderson averages a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game.
Providence (7-2) has been on a roll, winning its last three games. The Friars decimated the Brown Bears, 80-49, in their last game on December 5. Providence had four players score in double digits, with VIncent Council leading the way with a game-high 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton each scored 19 points and Gerard Coleman added 10 points in the victory.
Council is the Friars' leading scorer, averaging 18.1 points, and also leads the team with 6.3 assists and also averages 4.1 rebounds in a team-high 37.3 minutes per game. Coleman is second in scoring with 16.1 points per contest and also averages 6.3 rebounds while Cotton averages 14.9 points and 1.4 steals. Henton is the only other Friars player who averages double-digit scoring with 13 points and 8.2 boards per contest.
BC returns home to face Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon in Chestnut Hill.