PC Opens Against Fairleigh Dickinson

PC opens the regular season against an unfamiliar foe. The Friars and Fairleigh Dickinson have only met once before and that was way back in December of 1984.

Key Returnees:
Bernell Murray, JR, PG, 5'9, 6.9 ppg
Michael Peeples, SR, F, 6'6, 9.4
Cameron Tyler, SO, G, 6'0, 5.2
Andre Harris, SR, F, 6'7, 7.9
John Blackgrove, SR, G, 6'2, 3.7

Key Newcomers:
Manny Ubilla, JR, G, 6'2
Sean Baptiste, FR, G, 6'3
Lawrence Brown, FR, C, 7'0

Last year: 20-12, 14-4 (1st)

The Knights won the Northeast Conference's regular season last year, but then imploded in the conference tournament and missed a second straight trip to the NCAAs. This year, the top three scorers are gone, and FDU should take a step back in the NEC. Murray and Peeples are the two returning starters and Murray can be a dangerous three point shooter. Much will depend on Blackgrove's bad back and how quickly newcomers like Ubilla can settle into their roles. FDU is not expected to be as strong this season as they've been in the past several years. They will also take on Seton Hall in the out of conference portion of their schedule. The Providence game will be FDU's first regular season tilt of the year.

This is only the second time that PC and Fairleigh Dickinson have ever met on the hardwood. The first time was back on December 19, 1984, when FDU edged Providence 55-53 at the Providence Civic Center. It was Joe Mullaney's last year as PC's coach and the Friars were headed for an 11-20 season. Contributing for PC were Ray Knight, who led in both points and rebounds, with 10 and 6, respectively; Donnie Brown, Dave Kipfer and Alan Roth all had 8 points; and Harold Starks chipped in 7 points. Meanwhile, sophomore Billy Donovan played just 10 minutes and scored 4 points, as the Friars blew a ten point halftime lead, in front of 4,221 fans.

PC has finally received the word from the NCAA that freshman guard Jamal Barney has been cleared to play. He's been practicing with the team and is expected to make his debut against FDU. On the flip side, freshman point guard Dwain Williams suffered a twisted ankle in practice and is doubtful, meaning that Sharaud Curry will have to carry the load at the point.

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