Notre Dame Hosts Dartmouth
TONIGHT'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team plays the fourth of five consecutive home games tonight as it takes on Dartmouth of the Ivy League. Notre Dame enters the contest with a 6-2 record and has won three games in a row, including a 99-85 win over Florida International on Saturday.
Senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) was the leading scorer in that game with 24 points, including 20 of them in the second half. A total of four Irish players scored in double figures in the win with junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Penn.) registering a double-double with 15 points and ten rebounds.
Dartmouth brings a 2-6 record into tonight's game and the last action for the Big Green was an 80-55 loss to Harvard on Dec. 16.
Tonight's game against Dartmouth is Notre Dame's final non-conference game of the regular season. The Irish return to BIG EAST action on Tues., December 30, when they play host to St. John's for a 7:30 p.m. EST contest.
RADIO COVERAGE: There is no television for tonight's game. Radio coverage is provided by the Host Communications Network (Jack Lorri, Jack Nolan).
THE NOTRE DAME-DARTMOUTH SERIES: Tonight's game is the fourth meeting between Notre Dame and Dartmouth in the sport of basketball and the Irish lead the series by a 3-0 count. The last time these two teams met was in 1982-83, an 88-45 win by the Irish at the Joyce Center.
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 has not played in any of Notre Dame's regular season games. Senior forward Derek Manner (Webster, Texas) has suffered from shin splints and did not start against Northeastern, but was back in the starting lineup against Sam Houston and played 26 minutes.
12 THREES ONE SHORT OF RECORD: Notre Dame registered 12 three-point field goals vs. Florida International on Saturday on 30 attempts. The 12 treys were one short of the school single-game record of 13 against Dayton on Jan. 9, 1993.
GARRITY BREAKS CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED RECORD: Garrity has started 92 consecutive games in his collegiate career, dating back to his freshman debut in 1994, for a school record. Garrity broke the school record for consecutive games started of 85, formerly held by Gary Novak (1971-74) and John Paxson (1980-83).
University of Notre Dame Basketball
Dartmouth (2-6) at Notre Dame (6-2)
Monday, December 22, 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 5.3 5.9 17
53 Pat Garrity F Sr. 6-9 231 Monument, CO 24.3 8.1 23
55 Phil Hickey C Jr. 6-10 252 Wellsboro, PA 12.0 7.8 9
4 Antoni Wyche G Jr. 6-4 193 Ballston Lake, NY 10.0 3.4 21
24 Martin Ingelsby G Fr. 5-11 169 Philadelphia, PA 7.9 2.9 61 (7.6)
Notre Dame Basketball Notes
GARRITY NO. 7 IN CAREER SCORING: Garrity enters today's game with 1,652 career points, which places him seventh in Notre Dame career scoring history. Sixth is Bob Arnzen with 1,665 points from 1966-69, while Kelly Tripucka is fifth with 1,719 points from 1978-1981. The career leader is Austin Carr with 2,560 points from 1968-71. Garrity has scored in double figures in 81 of his 92 career games.
GARRITY IS TURNOVER FREE VS. FIU: Garrity scored 24 points and had seven rebounds vs. Florida International on Saturday and also played the entire game without a turnover. The last time Garrity went without a turnover in a game was Feb. 28, 1996, a 71-59 loss to Miami in which Garrity scored 20 points and had eight rebounds.
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 Shaheen Holloway.
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 seasons.
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-America selection by the Associated Press and Basketball Weekly
GARRITY GARNERS PRESEASON HONORS:
Garrity has earned '97-'98 preseason honors from virtually every publication and preseason team that has been announced thus far. They include:
* 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 10 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.
THIRTY SOMETHING: Pat Garrity's 32-point outing in the Irish win over Sam Houston marked the fourth time in his career that he has scored 30-plus points in a game. Garrity was 11 of 18 from the field and three of six from three-point range in 37 minutes of action. His first 30-point outing was last season at the Joyce Center against Indiana when he tossed in a career-best 36 points in a one-point loss to the Hoosiers. In that contest, he was 12 of 20 from the field and three of four from three-point range. The other 30-plus point performances were against Boston College last season when he tossed in 33, hitting 11-18 from the field and against Loyola Chicago when he scored 31 points, connecting on 11-17 field goal attempts.
Garrity has scored 20 or more points in 36 career games and has scored in double figures in 81 of his 92 career games.
INGELSBY IN STARTING LINEUP: Freshman point guard Martin Ingelsby has started all eight games this season and is averaging 7.9 points per game with 2.9 rebounds and has recorded a total of 61 assists (7.63 per game).
Ingelsby had a career-high 12 assists against Indiana and has recorded nine or more assists in four of his last six games. The 12 assists against the Hoosiers were the most by an opposing player in Assembly Hall against a Bobby Knight-coached team.
Ingelsby recorded a career-high for points on Saturday with 16 against Florida International.
In his last six games, Ingelsby has recorded 50 assists for an average of 8.3 per game. Ingelsby has played 256 minutes this season and committed just 18 turnovers - one for every 14.2 minutes of play. The freshman has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.38 assists for every turnover. He has led the Irish in the assist column in six straight games heading into tonight's contest. 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 10 rebounds on Saturday vs. Florida International to post his second double-double of the season and third of his career. Hickey opened the season with 15 points and 11 rebound against The Citadel and had 13 points and 12 rebounds vs. TCU in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament last year. The 12 rebounds were also a career high for Hickey. He is second on the team in points at 12.0 per game and rebounds at 7.8 per game. Hickey has led the team in rebounding in five games this season.
FRIEL FINDS THE MARK AGAINST BEARKATS: Sophomore guard Keith Friel came off the bench against Sam Houston State to score a career-high 16 points for the third double-figure outing of his career. Friel followed that performance up with eight points and two assists in 17 minutes of action against Indiana. As a freshman last season, Friel scored 12 points against Monmouth in the season opener and also against Nicholls State. Against the Bearkats, he missed just one shot from the field (6-7) and was four of five from three-point range. This season, Friel has connected on 14 of 29 attempts from three-point range for 48.3 percent.
WYCHE IN DOUBLE FIGURES: Junior guard Antoni Wyche has been in double figures in all but three games this season. He is the team's third leading scorer averaging 10.0 points per game and is shooting 50.0 percent from the field (29-58) and 35.3 percent (12-34) from three-point range. Wyche's 17-point effort in Notre Dame's loss at Indiana tied the career-high he set against Miami last season.
IRISH IN NATIONAL AND BIG EAST STATISTICS: Pat Garrity and Martin Ingelsby are ranked amongst the national leaders in points per game and assists. Garrity's 24.3 ppg. average places him 11th nationally in the NCAA statistics released through games of December 15. Ingelsby is 14th nationally in assists with 7.14 asp.
In the BIG EAST Conference through games of December 21, Garrity is first in scoring (24.3) and eighth in rebounding (8.1). Phil Hickey ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.580) and 10th in rebounding (7.8) and blocked shots (1.25), while Ingelsby is second in assists (7.63). Keith Friel is third in three-point field goal percentage (.483)
As a team, the Irish lead the league in three-point field goal percentage (.396) and is first in assists (19.88 aspg.).
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 84-96 at the school and has a 175-165 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 after 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 conference.
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 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, Ky., 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, Ky., 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 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 Rutgers).
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 news broadcasts.
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, Ill.
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.
1997-98 Notre Dame Basketball Roster
No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Hometown High School
21 * Jimmy Dillon G 6-1 171 So. Philadelphia, PA Holy Ghost Prep
14 * Keith Friel G 6-3 188 So. Durham, NH Oyster River
53 *** Pat Garrity F 6-9 231 Sr. Monument, CO Lewis Palmer
55 ** Phil Hickey C 6-10 252 Jr. Wellsboro, PA Wellsboro
24 Martin Ingelsby G 5-11 169 Fr. Philadelphia, PA Archbishop Carroll
35 Tom Krizmanich G 6-3 192 Fr. Warsaw, IN Warsaw
10 Matt MacLeod G 6-3 173 So. Granger, IN St. Joseph
3 *** Derek Manner F 6-6 206 Sr. Webster, TX Clear Brook
25 Peter Okwalinga C 6-8 212 Fr. Nairobi, Kenya Greensteds School
34 Skylard Owens F 6-3 201 So. Shreveport, LA Loyola College Prep
44 Todd Palmer F 6-7 223 So. Harrington Park, NJ Don Bosco Prep
15 Paul Rainey G 6-1 184 Jr. Hattieville, AR Wonderview
33 Hans Rasmussen F 6-9 218 Fr. Portland, OR Central Catholic
20 Leviticus Williamson F 6-6 200 Fr. Spring, TX Spring
52 Nick Wills F 6-5 227 Sr. Mendota Heights, MN St. Thomas Academy
4 ** Antoni Wyche G 6-4 193 Jr. Ballston Lake, NY Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons
* - denotes number of monograms won
Head Coach: John MacLeod
Assistant Coaches: Fran McCaffery, Parker Laketa, Terry Tyler
1997-98 Notre Dame Basketball Roster No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Hometown High School 21 * Jimmy Dillon G 6-1 171 So. Philadelphia, PA Holy Ghost Prep 14 * Keith Friel G 6-3 188 So. Durham, NH Oyster River 53 *** Pat Garrity F 6-9 231 Sr. Monument, CO Lewis Palmer 55 ** Phil Hickey C 6-10 252 Jr. Wellsboro, PA Wellsboro 24 Martin Ingelsby G 5-11 169 Fr. Philadelphia, PA Archbishop Carroll 35 Tom Krizmanich G 6-3 192 Fr. Warsaw, IN Warsaw 10 Matt MacLeod G 6-3 173 So. Granger, IN St. Joseph 3 *** Derek Manner F 6-6 206 Sr. Webster, TX Clear Brook 25 Peter Okwalinga C 6-8 212 Fr. Nairobi, Kenya Greensteds School 34 Skylard Owens F 6-3 201 So. Shreveport, LA Loyola College Prep 44 Todd Palmer F 6-7 223 So. Harrington Park, NJ Don Bosco Prep 15 Paul Rainey G 6-1 184 Jr. Hattieville, AR Wonderview 33 Hans Rasmussen F 6-9 218 Fr. Portland, OR Central Catholic 20 Leviticus Williamson F 6-6 200 Fr. Spring, TX Spring 52 Nick Wills F 6-5 227 Sr. Mendota Heights, MN St. Thomas Academy 4 ** Antoni Wyche G 6-4 193 Jr. Ballston Lake, NY Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons * - denotes number of monograms won Head Coach: John MacLeod Assistant Coaches: Fran McCaffery, Parker Laketa, Terry Tyler