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    Dec. 29, 1997

    Notre Dame Hosts Red Storm from St. John's

    University of Notre Dame Basketball
    St. John's (8-4,0-2) at Notre Dame (7-2,1-0)
    Tuesday, December 30, 1997, 7:30 p.m. EST 
    Joyce Center (11,418), Notre Dame, IN
    

    TONIGHT'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team returns to BIG EAST competition tonight as it takes on St. John's. Notre Dame enters the game with a four-game winning streak and has been off since beating Dartmouth by a 75-50 score on Dec. 22. In that contest, senior forward Derek Manner (Webster, Texas) led the way with 14 points and eight rebounds. Notre Dame has an overall record of 7-2 and is 1-0 in the BIG EAST with a 73-69 win at Pittsburgh on Dec. 6.

    St. John's enters the contest with a record of 8-4 and is coming off a 75-46 win over Drexel in the consolation game of the ECAC Holiday Festival on Saturday night. The Red Storm have a 0-2 record in the BIG EAST with losses to Syracuse and West Virginia.

    After tonight's contest, the Irish return to action on Saturday when they travel to Connecticut for a 12 p.m. game at the Hartford Civic Center. That game will be seen in 18 different television markets as part of the BIG EAST game of the week package.

    TELEVISION AND RADIO COVERAGE: Tonight's game is being televised live by ESPN Regional Television (Ted Robinson, Ron Perry) and is being seen in the South Bend area on TCI Cable and in the Chicago area on WJYS-TV. The game is also being seen in the New York City area on MSG2. Radio coverage is provided by the Host Communications Network (Jack Lorri, Jack Nolan).

    THE NOTRE DAME-ST. JOHN'S SERIES: Tonight's game is the 21st meeting between Notre Dame and St. John's and the Irish lead the series by an 11-9 count and have a 3-2 record against the Red Storm at the Joyce Center. Since Notre Dame joined the BIG EAST in 1995-96, Notre Dame is 2-1 vs. the Red Storm and 1-1 in the Joyce Center. Notre Dame has won eight of the past 11 meetings between the two teams dating back to the 1968-69 season.

    Last season, Notre Dame won the only meeting between the two schools with a 75-70 win at the Joyce Center on Feb. 4, 1997. In that contest, Pat Garrity led the way for the Irish with 17 points while Admore White added 15 and Pete Miller scored 13. Three St. John's players scored in double figures as Zendon Hamilton led the way with 28 points.

    INJURY REPORT: Notre Dame freshman forward Peter Okwalinga (Nairobi, Kenya) has not played in any of the Irish regular season games due to bilateral stress fractures in both of his feet. Freshman forward Hans Rasmussen (Portland, Ore.) suffered a groin pull in practice on Saturday, but is expected to play.

    PROBABLE STARTERS
                                   
    No. Name                Pos.    Cl. Ht.     Wt. Hometown            PPG     RPG     Asst.
    3   Derek Manner        F       Sr. 6-6     206 Webster, TX         6.2     6.1     22
    53  Pat Garrity         F       Sr. 6-9     231 Monument, CO        22.7    7.8     25
    55  Phil Hickey         C       Jr. 6-10    252 Wellsboro, PA       11.9    7.6     11
    4   Antoni Wyche        G       Jr. 6-4     193 Ballston Lake, NY   9.9     3.6     24
    24  Martin Ingelsby     G       Fr. 5-11    169 Philadelphia, PA    8.3     3.0     63 (7.0)
    

    12 THREES ONE SHORT OF RECORD: Notre Dame registered 12 three-point field goals vs. Florida International on Dec. 20 on 30 attempts. The 12 treys were one short of the school single-game record of 13 against Dayton on Jan. 9, 1993.

    IRISH OFF TO HOT START: Notre Dame's 7-2 start to the 1997-98 campaign is the best mark for an Irish team after nine games since the 1988-89 team also started out 7-2. The last time Notre Dame has a better start than 7-2 was 1985-86, when the team was 8-1. The last time a Notre Dame team started the season 8-2 was also 1988-89.

    Notre Dame's 1-0 start in the BIG EAST marks the first time in the school's three-year league membership that the team won its opening conference game. In 1995-96, it took the Irish seven games to win their first contest and 10 to win their second. In 1996-97, it took the Irish two games to win their first and seven to win their second.

    GARRITY BREAKS CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED RECORD: Garrity has started 93 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).

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    Pat Garrity.

    GARRITY NO. 7 IN CAREER SCORING: Garrity enters tonight's game with 1,662 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 82 of his 93 career games.

    GARRITY IS TURNOVER FREE VS. FIU: Garrity scored 24 points and had seven rebounds vs. Florida International on Dec. 20 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 (Nov. 28) 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 82 of his 93 career games.

    INGELSBY IN STARTING LINEUP: Freshman point guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Penn.) has started all nine games this season and is averaging 8.3 points per game with 3.0 rebounds and has recorded a total of 63 assists (7.0 per game).

    Ingelsby had a career-high 12 assists against Indiana and has recorded nine or more assists in four of his last seven 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 Dec. 20 with 16 against Florida International.

    In his last seven games, Ingelsby has recorded 52 assists for an average of 7.4 per game. Ingelsby has played 284 minutes this season and committed just 22 turnovers -- one for every 12.9 minutes of play. The freshman has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.9 assists for every turnover. Before the Dartmouth game on Dec. 22, he has led the Irish in the assist column in six straight game. 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: Junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Penn.) scored 15 points with 10 rebounds on Dec. 20 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 11.9 per game and rebounds at 7.6 per game. Hickey has led the team in rebounding in five games this season.

    FRIEL FINDS THE MARK AGAINST BEARKATS: Sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) 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 16 of 34 attempts from three-point range for 47.1 percent.

    WYCHE IN DOUBLE FIGURES : Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) has been in double figures in five games this season. He is the team's third leading scorer averaging 9.9 points per game and is shooting 51.6 percent from the field (33-64) and 33.3 percent (12-36) 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 28, Garrity is first in scoring (22.7), eighth in field goal percentage (49.3) and ninth in rebounding (7.8). Phil Hickey ranks 11th in rebounding (7.6) and tenth in blocked shots (1.22), while Ingelsby is second in assists (7.00) and fourth in assist to turnover ratio. Keith Friel is second in three-point field goal percentage (.471)

    As a team, the Irish lead the league in three-point field goal percentage (.402) and is first in assists (19.78 aspg.). The Irish are second in field goal percentage (48.1).

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    Head coach John Macleod.

    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 85-96 at the school and has a 176-165 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
    
    

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