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One of three captains along with Troy Murphy and Todd Palmer...had been sidelined this season with a toe injury, a hip flexer and the flu...will miss the rest of the season with the toe injury...a scholarship player this season after spending the previous three years as a walk-on...hard-working player who does an excellent job inside the key and is a gritty rebounder.

AS A SENIOR: Started the senior night game vs. Syracuse (March 1) and scored two points in five minutes...played two minutes and had three rebounds and a steal against Syracuse (Jan. 16)...scored two points in one minute against Arizona (Nov. 24)...played eight minutes vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 4) and had two rebounds....played three minutes vs. Villanova (Feb. 8).

Will be a scholarship player this season after spending the previous three years as a walk-on ... played in the first 18 games of last season coming off the bench and made his first collegiate start vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 19) and then started again vs. West Virginia (Feb. 14) ... hard-working player who does an excellent job inside the key and is a gritty rebounder.

AS A JUNIOR: Came off the bench vs. Providence (Jan. 30) and had six points and a career-high seven rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes of action ... came off the bench vs. Rutgers (Jan. 23) and played 16 minutes, scoring four points, and played 11 minutes off the bench against Boston College (Jan. 21) ... had a career-high seven points vs. Connecticut (Jan. 12) and also had four rebounds vs. the Huskies ... had five points with two rebounds vs. Villanova (Jan. 16) ... scored four points vs. Duke (Nov. 26) and had six rebounds vs. Central Michigan (Dec. 5) ... hit key layup vs. Providence (Dec. 8) with 3:16 left to play to extend Irish lead to six points.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Played a career-high 19 minutes vs. Miami (Feb. 22) and scored two points with three rebounds...scored two points and two rebounds vs. Georgetown (Feb. 7)...played a then-career-high 12 minutes vs. the Hoyas...had three rebounds vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 22)...also played seven minutes vs. Rutgers (Jan. 11).

AS A FRESHMAN: Played in one game in 1996-97 for two minutes vs. New Hampshire (Dec. 10)..had a blocked shot and two steals.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Attended Loyola College Prep in Shreveport, La. ...played basketball for coach Brock Kantrow and team was ranked eighth in state in senior year...averaged 13 points per game and 11 rebounds in senior year and 11 points per game as a junior with nine rebounds...is leading career rebounder in school history...played in Shreveport/Bossier Senior Classic...team was two-time conference champion and he was two-time all-conference pick...was team captain and team MVP in senior year...also played football in high school at tight end and defensive end...had 62 career tackles with six receptions for 92 yards...in senior year, had 14 tackles with one reception for 15 yards...member of National Honor Society and senior class president...youngest of three children...full name is Skylard Brashawn Owens...born 4-21-78 in Shreveport, La. ...enrolled in College of Business Administration with a major in accounting and computer applications.

Owens' Career Highs

Points: 7 vs. Connecticut, 1998-99
Field Goals: 3 on two occasions
Field Goals Attempted: 5 vs. Connecticut, 1998-99
Field-Goal Percentage: 1.000 on seven occasions
Free Throws: 3 vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1998-99
Free Throws Attempted: 5 vs. Villanova (2), 1998-99
Free-Throw Percentage: 1.000 on 3 occasions
Rebounds: 7 vs. Providence (2), 1998-99
Assists: 2 vs. Providence (2), 1998-99
Blocked Shots: 2 vs. Central Michigan, 1998-99
Steals: 1 on five occasions
Minutes: 19 minutes vs. Miami (2), 1997-98

Skylard Owens' Career Statistics

YEAR G-S MIN/AVG FG-FGA PCT. FG-FGA PCT. FT-FTA PCT. O D TOT AVG. AST. STL BLK PF-D PTS/AVG
1996-97 1-0 2-2.0 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0 0 0 0.0 0 2 1 0-0 0.0
BIG EAST 0-0 0-0.0 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0-0 0.0
1997-98 14-0 75/5.0 4-10 .400 0-0 - 0-8 .000 9 8 17 1.2 2 0 0 2-0 8/0.6
BIG EAST 10-0 56/5.6 3-7 .429 0-0 - 0-6 .000 6 5 11 1.1 1 0 0 0-0 6/0.6
1998-99 30-2 319/10.6 23-34 .676 0-0 - 14-25 .560 23 34 57 1.9 8 5 5 33-0 60/2.0
BIG EAST 18-2 204/11.3 21-30 .700 0-0 - 8-17 .471 16 18 34 1.9 5 2 2 19-0 50/2.8
TOTALS 45-2 396/8.8 27-44 .614 0-0 - 14-33 .424 32 42 74 1.6 10 7 6 35-0 68/1.5
BIG EAST 28-2 260/9.3 24-37 .649 0-0 - 8-23 .348 22 23 45 1.6 6 2 2 19-0 56/2.0

Game-By-Game in '98-'99

Opponent Min. FG- FG- FT- Off Def Tot. Ast PF BS ST Pts
Miami (Ohio) 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0
Yale 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Vanderbilt 13 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0
Duke 8 2-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 4
Alaska-Anchorage 14 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 2
Southern Utah 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Indiana 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
Central Michigan 13 0-0 0-0 1-2 3 3 6 1 0 2 0 1
Providence 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Eastern Kentucky 13 0-0 0-0 3-4 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 3
Stetson 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
St. Francis (N.Y.) 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Syracuse 7 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 3
Pittsburgh 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
Villanova 13 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 2
Miami (Fla.) 8 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Connecticut 18 3-5 0-0 1-2 3 1 4 0 3 0 1 7
Villanova 15 2-3 0-0 1-5 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 5
+Seton Hall 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 2
Rutgers 16 1-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 4
Boston College 11 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Providence 18 3-4 0-0 0-1 3 4 7 2 1 0 0 6
Seton Hall 13 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2
Georgetown 13 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 5
+West Virginia 16 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 4
Syracuse 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
West Virginia 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 2
St. John's 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
Boston College 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seton Hall 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 0
+ - Games Started

Owens' Career Stats vs. The BIG EAST

Opponent G-GS Min. FG- FG- FT- Reb. Ast PF BS ST Pts.
Boston College 2-0 16-8.0 2-2 0-0 0-0 1-0.5 0 0 0 0 4-2.0
Connecticut 3-0 21-7.0 3-5 0-0 1-2 5-1.7 0 3 0 1 7-2.3
Georgetown 3-0 31-10.3 3-4 0-0 1-3 7-2.3 0 2 0 0 7-2.3
Miami 2-0 27-13.5 1-1 0-0 2-2 3-1.5 0 0 0 0 4-2.0
Pittsburgh 1-0 6-6.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2.0 1 0 0 0 0-0.0
Providence 3-0 31-10.3 4-5 0-0 0-3 8-2.7 2 2 0 0 8-2.7
Rutgers 3-0 25-8.0 1-4 0-0 2-5 2-0.7 2 3 0 0 4-1.3
St. John's 1-0 10-10.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1.0 0 2 0 0 0-0.0
Seton Hall 3-1 31-10.3 2-2 0-0 0-0 3-1.0 1 5 1 0 4-1.3
Syracuse 3-0 13-4.3 2-2 0-0 1-2 3-1.0 0 2 0 0 5-1.7
Villanova 2-0 28-14.0 3-5 0-0 1-6 6-3.0 0 2 1 0 7-3.5
West Virginia 3-1 28-9.3 3-7 0-0 0-0 5-1.7 1 3 0 1 6-2.0

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Skylard Owens
Skylard  Owens

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Shreveport, Louisiana

High School:
Loyola College Prep

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 210

Position:
Forward

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