Nov. 26, 1997
Notre Dame Hosts Sam Houston State
- Notre Dame (2-1) vs. Sam Houston State (0-2)
- Friday, November 28, 1997, 7:30 p.m. EST
- Joyce Center (11,418), Notre Dame, IN
No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown PPG RPG Asst.
3 Derek Manner F Sr. 6-6 206 Webster, TX 3.0 4.7 5
53 Pat Garrity F Sr. 6-9 231 Monument, CO 19.3 7.3 8
55 Phil Hickey C Jr. 6-10 252 Wellsboro, PA 12.0 7.7 6
4 Antoni Wyche G Jr. 6-4 193 Ballston Lake, NY 9.0 3.0 8
24 Martin Ingelsby G Fr. 5-11 169 Philadelphia, PA 7.3 4.0 16
Phil Hickey is averaging 12 points per game for the Irish. (File Photo)
TONIGHT'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball
team plays its second consecutive home game tonight as it takes
on Sam Houston State of the Southland Conference. Notre Dame
enters the game with a 2-1 record and is coming off a 72-45 win
over Northeastern on Tuesday night. Senior forward Pat Garrity
(Monument, Colo.) led the Irish with 24 points while four
players, including Garrity, each had six rebounds. Freshman
Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Penn.) had 11 assists and just
Notre Dame's 27-point margin of victory is the largest for an
Irish team since it defeated Loyola Marymount by 33 points
(84-51) on Dec. 30, 1995.
Sam Houston State had a 0-2 record heading into a Wednesday
night game at Northwestern. The Bearkats have posted losses to
Eastern Washington and Houston.
After tonight's game with Sam Houston State, Notre Dame returns
to action on Wednesday, Dec. 3, when it plays at Indiana at
7:30 p.m. EST. Notre Dame's BIG EAST Conference opener is on
Sat., December 6, at Pittsburgh for a 4:00 p.m. EST game. Notre
Dame's first BIG EAST home game is Tues., December 30, against
St. John's at 7:30 p.m. EST.
TELEVISION AND RADIO COVERAGE: There is no television
coverage for tonight's game. Radio coverage is provided by the
Host Communications Network (Jack Lorri, Jack Nolan). Notre
Dame makes its first television appearance of the year on Wed.,
Dec. 3, when the Irish travel to Indiana to face the Hoosiers
on ESPN2 (Dan Shulman, Quinn Buckner).
THE NOTRE DAME-SAM HOUSTON STATE SERIES: Tonight's game
is the first meeting between Notre Dame and Sam Houston State
in the sport of basketball.
INJURY REPORT: Notre Dame freshman forward Peter
Okwalinga (Nairobi, Kenya) will miss the next four to six weeks
with bilateral stress fractures in both of his feet. Okwalinga
was diagnosed with the injury last Tuesday and has not played
in either of Notre Dame's regular season games. Senior forward
Derek Manner (Webster, Texas) is suffering from shin splints
and did not start against Northeastern, but did play five
GARRITY BREAKS CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED RECORD: Garrity
has started 87 consecutive games in his collegiate career,
dating back to his freshman debut in 1994, for a school record.
Garrity has started and played in all 87 Irish games since
coming to Notre Dame and broke the school record for
consecutive games started of 85, formerly held by Gary Novak
(1971-74) and John Paxson (1980-83).
GARRITY NO. 8 IN CAREER SCORING: Garrity enters
tonight's game with 1,516 career points, which places him
eighth in Notre Dame career scoring history. No. 7 is Bob
Whitmore with 1,580 points from 1966-69, while No. 6 is Bob
Arnzen with 1,665 points from 1966-69. The career leader is
Austin Carr with 2,560 points from 1968-71. Garrity has scored
in double figures in 76 of his 87 career games and has scored
20 points or more in all but 14 games
Pat Garrity's 87 consecutive starts are a Notre Dame record. (File Photo)
GARRITY NAMED PRESEASON BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Garrity was named the 1997-98 BIG EAST Conference preseason
player of the year at the league's annual media day, which was
held Wed., Nov. 5, in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Garrity, who was the 1996-97 BIG EAST player of the year, was a
unanimous choice for the award and was named to the all-BIG
EAST preseason first team joined by St. John's senior center
Zendon Hamilton, Miami junior forward Tim James, Pittsburgh
junior guard Vonteego Cummings and Seton Hall sophomore guard
The second team was Richard Hamilton of Connecticut, Jamel
Thomas of Providence, Felipe Lopez of St. John's, Todd Burgan
of Syracuse and Damian Owens of West Virginia. Ron Artest of
St. John's was the preseason rookie of the year.
For just the second time since 1985, the BIG EAST Conference
has a returning player of the year in Garrity. The last
returning BIG EAST player of the year was Villanova's Kerry
Kittles, who won the award in 1994-95. Previously, Patrick
Ewing of Georgetown and Chris Mullin of St. John's shared the
award in 1983-84 and returned for their senior season.
In the preseason coaches poll, Syracuse was picked to win the
BIG EAST 7, while Connecticut was the pick in the BIG EAST 6.
Notre Dame was picked fifth in the BIG EAST 6.
GARRITY'S HONORS IN REVIEW: Last season, Pat Garrity was:
- the BIG EAST Player of the Year
- a first team GTE Academic All-America pick and now has a 3.703 grade point average
- a unanimous first team All-BIG EAST selection
- was named honorable mention All-American selection by the Associated Press and Basketball Weekly
GARRITY GARNERS PRESEASON HONORS: Garrity has earned
preseason honors from virtually every publication and preseason
team that has been announced thus far. They include being:
- one of five national player of the year candidates according to Street and Smith's yearbook
- a preseason All-American according to Street and Smith's yearbook
- a preseason first team All-American by Blue Ribbon yearbook
- a first team preseason All-American pick by Inside Sports magazine, selected by CBS announcer Billy Packer
- a second team preseason All-American pick by Slam magazine
- a third team preseason All-American by Basketball Weekly
- one of the top ten preseason candidates for the Naismith College Player of the Year award, given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club
- one of the top 25 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, given by the Los Angeles Tipoff Club
- the third-best power forward in the country according to The Sporting News yearbook
- the fourth-best power forward in the country according to Street and Smith's yearbook
- the BIG EAST preseason player of the year according to The Sporting News yearbook
GARRITY LEADS USA TEAM: Garrity spent this past summer
as a member of the United States Under-22 National Team.
Coached by Utah's Rick Majerus, the team played exhibition
games in the beginning of the summer against National
Basketball Association rookie teams and then traveled to
Australia for the World Under-22 Championship from August 1-10.
The United States team finished fifth at that event, losing to
host Australia in the quarterfinals by an 81-63 score and then
beating Lithuania and Turkey in the consolation bracket. In the
preliminary round, the United States beat Yugoslavia, New
Zealand, China and Lithuania and lost to Puerto Rico.
Garrity was the leading scorer on the United States team,
averaging 11.8 points per contest and was the second-leading
rebounder at 4.5 boards per game. Garrity was the leading
scorer for the team in three games and tied for the lead in
another. Other members of the team included Mike Jones from
TCU, Cory Carr from Texas Tech and Sam Jacobson from Minnesota.
INGELSBY IN STARTING LINEUP: Ingelsby has started his
first three collegiate games and is averaging 7.3 points per
game with 4.0 rebounds and has recorded a total of 16 assists.
Ingelsby had a total of 11 assists with just one turnover
against Northeastern and the 11 assists were the highest for an
Irish player in a single-game since Admore White had 11 vs.
Valparaiso in his career debut in 1993. Ingelsby has played 91
minutes this season and committed just five turnovers -- one for
every 18.2 minutes of play. The last freshman to start at Notre
Dame in his collegiate debut was current junior Antoni Wyche,
who had 16 points against Akron in 1995.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR HICKEY: Hickey scored 15 points with
11 rebounds in the victory over The Citadel on Nov. 17 to
record the second double-double of his career. The first was
last season against TCU in the second round of the National
Invitation Tournament as he had 13 points and 12 rebounds. The
12 rebounds is also a career-high for Hickey.
HEAD COACH JOHN MacLEOD: Notre Dame head coach John
MacLeod (Bellarmine '59) is in his seventh season in charge of
the Irish program and has an overall record of 81-95 at the
school and has a 171-164 mark as a college coach, which also
includes six seasons at Oklahoma (1967-73). MacLeod was a head
coach in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons
(Phoenix Suns from 1973-87, Dallas Mavericks from 1987-90 and
the New York Knicks from 1990-91). MacLeod had an overall mark
of 707-657 in the NBA.
MacLeod was named the 1997 BIG EAST coach of the year as he led
his Irish to a 8-10 regular season mark in the league as Notre
Dame was tied as the second-most improved club in the
THE JOYCE CENTER: The Joyce Center is in its 30th year
of use by the Notre Dame basketball team and the Irish have a
351-99 (.780) record in the building. Of the 450 games played
in the facility, 201 have been sellouts.
EXHIBITION GAME: Notre Dame played its first exhibition
game of the season on Nov. 9 as the Irish defeated Athletes in
Action by a 78-77 count as sophomore Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.)
hit a three-point field goal at the buzzer for the win. Notre
Dame trailed by five at the half, 41-36, and was down by six
points with 40.9 seconds left in the contest, but three point
field goals by freshman Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Pa.),
junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and Friel
helped the Irish pull out the victory.
Senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) led the Irish with
23 points and 12 rebounds while senior forward Derek Manner
(Webster, Texas) had 17 points and 11 boards. Junior center
Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Penn.) had 16 points -- 15 in the second
half -- and nine rebounds.
Notre Dame also plays an exhibition game on Tues., December 9,
TICKET PLANS: Tickets are now on sale for the 1997-98
Notre Dame basketball season. Notre Dame is offering two ticket
plans this season, all of which are in the bleacher seats. The
gold package includes tickets for the St. John's (Dec. 30),
Rutgers (Jan. 11), Villanova (Jan. 28) and Connecticut (Feb.
17) games while the blue package includes the Syracuse (Jan.
21), Boston College (Feb. 11), Miami (Feb. 22) and Georgetown
(Feb. 25) games. Both packages are priced at $32 apiece.
Individual tickets for games not included in the blue and gold
packages are also now available.
NOTRE DAME SIGNS THREE: University of Notre Dame
basketball coach John MacLeod announced on November 12 that
three high school basketball players have signed National
Letters of Intent to play for the Irish and plan to enroll at
Notre Dame next fall.
The three are: 6-6 forward David Graves from Lexington, Kent.,
and Lexington Catholic High School; 6-10 center Troy Murphy
from Sparta, N.J., and Delbarton High School in Morristown,
N.J.; and 6-8 forward Harold Swanagan from Hopkinsville, Kent.,
and University Heights Academy.
Graves earned first team all-state honors last season, while
averaging 17.5 points per game and eight rebounds. He shot 61
percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point field
goal range. Graves was named the most valuable player at the
Showboat Classic in Memphis, Tenn., last summer as his team
went unbeaten at the event.
Murphy averaged 23.5 points with 10.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocks
per game last season. His team posted a 24-2 record and lost in
the finals of the Morris County tournament He is a two-time
all-Morris County selection by the Newark Star-Ledger.
Swanagan averaged 16.9 points per game last season with 9.0
rebounds for University Heights Academy.
IRISH ON TELEVISION: Notre Dame will make once again
make a number of appearances on national and local television
this season. Notre Dame will appear on NBC twice (Jan. 31 at
St. John's and Feb. 28 at Providence), ESPN twice (Jan. 21 vs.
Syracuse and Feb. 25 vs. Georgetown) and on ESPN2 twice (Dec. 3
at Indiana and Feb. 17 vs. Connecticut).
Notre Dame will make six appearances on SportsChannel Chicago
(soon to be FOX Sports Chicago) as part of the ESPN-Plus
package: Dec. 6, at Pittsburgh; Dec. 14, vs. Drexel; Jan. 3, at
Connecticut; Jan. 11, vs. Rutgers; Jan. 28, vs. Villanova; Feb.
14, at Miami. Two games, in addition to the NBC games, two
ESPN-Plus games will be shown on WNDU-TV in South Bend (Jan. 17
at Seton Hall and Feb. 7 at Georgetown) and two others on
WBND-TV in South Bend (Jan. 15 at West Virginia and Feb. 5 at
IRISH ON THE RADIO: Host Communications, Inc.,
originates the Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network for the 10th
year in 1997-98.
Jack Lorri will handle the play by play of all Notre Dame games
and this season will mark his 29th year announcing Irish games.
Lorri spent his first 14 years with Notre Dame as sports
director of WTRC-AM in Elkhart, Ind., and then five doing games
on WGN-AM in Chicago before teaming up with Host
Communications. He served as sports director for WSJV-TV in
Elkhart for 13 years beginning in 1967 and did play by play for
Kentucky football and basketball on WLAP in Lexington in
1961-63. Lorri also served as sports director of the Tribune
Radio Network in Chicago.
Jack Nolan handles the color commentary on the network. He has
been a sports anchor at WNDU-TV, the NBC affiliate in South
Bend, for over a decade. He has done play by play of Irish
basketball on both television and radio as well as combining on
various live telecasts of Notre Dame football. He is also the
host of WNDU's highly-successful Saturday and Sunday morning
Stations scheduled to be on the Notre Dame Basketball Radio
Network this season in the South Bend area are: WNDU 1490 AM
and 92.9 FM in South Bend, WEFM-95.9 FM in Michigan City,
WGOM-860 AM in Marion and WLUV 96.7 FM and 1520 AM in Rockford,
IRISH ON THE NET: Complete information on all Notre Dame
athletic teams can been found on the World Wide Web at
www.und.com. For basketball, access to a Real Audio radio
broadcast of the game is available and for home games, a "live"
box score is updated every 15 seconds.
MacLEOD TELECONFERENCE: Notre Dame head coach John
MacLeod will once again have a series of teleconferences this
season. All teleconferences are held in the Notre Dame sports
information office and the next one will be held Mon., December
1, to preview the Indiana, Pittsburgh, Marathon and Drexel