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    Notre Dame center Phil Hickey

    Jan. 13, 1998

    Irish Set to Play at West Virginia

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-5, 2-3)
    at West Virginia Mountaineers (14-2, 4-2)

    Date: Thursday, January 15, 1998
    Place: WVU Coliseum (14,000), Morgantown, WV
    Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
    Live Television: ESPN Regional Television (Gus Johnson, Bucky Waters) -- the game will be seen in the South Bend area on TCI Cable and WBND TV-58 and in Chicago on WJYS-TV. The game will also been seen on Fox Sports Pittsburgh and Madison Square Garden Network.
    Live Radio: Host Communications Inc. (Jack Lorri, Jack Nolan) originates the Notre Dame Radio Network (includes WNDU-1490 AM and 92.9 FM in South Bend, WEFM-95.9 FM in Michigan City and WGON-860 in Marion).

    Series: Notre Dame leads, 10-6
    Current Streak: Notre Dame 1
    BIG EAST Games (since '95-'96): WVU leads 2-1
    At West Virginia: WVU leads, 4-3
    At WVU Coliseum: WVU leads, 4-3

    TONIGHT'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team begins a two-game road trip tonight as it travels to West Virginia. Notre Dame enters the game with an overall record of 8-5 and a BIG EAST mark of 2-3. The Irish are coming off a 91-76 win over Rutgers on Sunday afternoon at Notre Dame.

    In that contest, senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) scored a game-high 32 points, including a 10-for-10 performance from the free throw line, and junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Pa.) had 16 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) scored 12 points off the bench, all on three-point field goals, while junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) had 11 points.

    West Virginia, which is ranked No. 20 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 21 in the USA Today/ESPN poll, has an overall mark of 14-2 and is 4-2 in the BIG EAST. The Mountaineers are coming off a 98-84 win over Miami on Saturday.

    After tonight's game, the Irish return to action on Saturday when they take on Seton Hall at the Continental Airlines Arena at 12:00 p.m. That game will be the BIG EAST television game of the week and will be seen in 28 markets, including South Bend (WNDU-TV).

    Wyche photo
    Irish starting guard Antoni Wyche

    THE NOTRE DAME-WEST VIRGINIA SERIES: Tonight's game is the 17th meeting between Notre Dame and West Virginia and the Irish lead the series by a 10-6 count. Since the Irish joined the BIG EAST in 1995-96, West Virginia leads the series 2-1. West Virginia holds a 4-3 advantage in games played at the WVU Coliseum and Irish head coach John MacLeod is 1-3 in his collegiate career against the Mountaineers.

    Last season, the two teams split a pair of games as West Virginia posted a 67-66 win in Morgantown on Jan. 25, 1997, and the Irish won at Notre Dame by a 90-76 count on Feb. 11, 1997.

    In the game at Morgantown, the Mountaineers led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but the Irish took the lead by a 45-44 count with 13:17 left on a layup by Pete Miller.

    Miller then hit a three-pointer with 6.9 seconds left in the game to give the Irish a 66-65 lead, but Irish forward Derek Manner was whistled for a foul with 2.0 seconds left and Damian Owens hit two free throws for the win.

    Notre Dame picked up the win on Jan. 25 as Pat Garrity scored 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds while Admore White added 17.

    NOTRE DAME STARTING LINE: 
        No. Player          Pos Ht.     Wt. Class   PPG     RPG Other       Notes: 
        3   Derek Manner    SF  6-6     206 Sr.     6.8     5.5 48.7 FG%    Career-high 14 pts. vs. Dartmouth
        53  Pat Garrity     PF  6-9     231 Sr.     22.8    7.8 19-50 3FG   Now has five career 30-point games
        55  Phil Hickey     C   6-10    252 Jr.     11.6    7.5 27.8 mpg    31 points in last two games
        4   Antoni Wyche    2G  6-4     193 Jr.     10.1    3.2 22-25 FT    Career-high 20 pts. vs. St. John's
        24  Martin Ingelsby PG  5-11    169 Fr.     7.2     2.9 6.3 apg     Three games with double-figure scoring
    NOTRE DAME OFF THE BENCH: 
        No. Player          Pos Ht. Wt. Class   PPG RPG Other       Notes: 
        14  Keith Friel     G   6-3 188 So.     6.8 1.6 24-54 3FG   12 pts. vs. Rutgers-BIG EAST career high
        20  L. Williamson   F   6-6 200 Fr.     2.6 1.7 9.5 mpg     10 pts. in start vs. Northeastern
        33  Hans Rasmussen  F   6-9 218 Fr.     2.4 2.8 11.4 mpg    Has scored in seven games
        44  Todd Palmer     F   6-7 223 So.     2.4 1.1 6.5 mpg     Six points vs. Northeastern
        21  Jimmy Dillon    G   6-1 171 So.     1.2 1.0 17 ast.     Four assists vs. Rutgers
        34  Skylard Owens   F   6-3 201 So.     0.3 1.3 3.8 mpg     7 minutes vs. Rutgers
    

    1996-97 Meetings:
    Jan. 25 at West Virginia: WVU 67, Notre Dame 66
    Feb. 11 at Notre Dame: Notre Dame 90, WVU 76

    The Last Meeting

    Notre Dame 90, West Virginia 76
    February 11, 1997
    Joyce Center - Notre Dame, IN

    West Virginia
    Player      min fg  fga ft  fta reb ast pf  tp
    Owens       32  0   7   2   4   10  2   5   2
    Solheim     26  1   5   0   0   5   2   4   2
    Varejao     29  2   5   0   0   4   2   3   4
    Pledger     26  6   11  1   2   4   3   4   14
    Jefferson   34  7   17  3   6   1   3   3   22
    Jones       14  4   9   0   0   1   0   3   10
    Ligouri     9   1   4   0   0   1   1   3   0
    West        13  4   9   3   4   2   1   1   14
    Goree       6   0   1   2   5   4   0   0   2
    Beynon      2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
    Lewis       9   1   3   1   4   3   0   4   3
    Team                            4
    Totals      200 26  71  12  25  39  13  33  76
    Notre Dame
    Player      min fg  fga ft  fta reb ast pf  tp
    Manner      33  5   5   1   3   6   2   1   11
    Garrity     38  9   18  8   10  13  6   2   27
    Gotsch      7   1   1   0   0   0   0   5   2
    White       30  4   5   5   6   8   5   2   17
    Miller      21  4   7   0   0   0   2   3   11
    Lalazarian  3   1   2   0   0   1   0   0   2
    Bell        7   2   6   1   4   1   0   3   5
    Dillon      10  0   1   1   2   1   1   1   1
    Wyche       19  1   3   8   14  5   2   2   10
    Young       13  1   1   0   0   2   0   0   2
    Hickey      19  0   0   2   2   6   0   3   2
    Team                            1
    Totals      200 28  49  26  41  44  18  22  90

    Halftime - Notre Dame 42, West Virginia 30
    Turnovers - Notre Dame 16, West Virginia 12
    Three-Point Field Goals - West Virginia 12-33 (Owens 0-3, Solheim 0-1, Pledger 1-1, Jefferson 5-12, Joens 2-6, Ligouri 1-3., West 3-7); Notre Dame 8-16 (Garrity 1-3, White 4-4, Miller 3-6, Lalazarian 0-1, Dillon 0-1, Wyche 0-1).
    Attendance - 9,007

    91 POINTS A BIG EAST HIGH: Notre Dame's 91 points in its win against Rutgers on Sunday was the most number of points the Irish have scored in a BIG EAST game in its two-plus years of membership in the league. The previous high was 90 vs. West Virginia in the Joyce Center last season.

    IRISH EXCEL IN CLASSROOM: Once again, the Notre Dame basketball team had another successful semester academically as a total of five players made the Dean's List for the fall '97 semester. Making the Dean's List were: Academic All-American Pat Garrity, Phil Hickey, Derek Manner, Paul Rainey and Nick Wills.

    Garrity photo
    Pat Garrity

    DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR GARRITY: Garrity scored 19 points and had 15 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 6 for his second double-double of the season as he also had 28 points and 15 rebounds vs. the Panthers in the teams' first meeting of the year on Dec. 6. Garrity now has a total of 14 career double-doubles.

    GARRITY FOULING OUT A RARITY: Garrity fouled out of the game vs. Connecticut on Jan. 2 as he scored 15 points in just 19 minutes of playing time. The game marked the first foul out for Garrity in 51 contests, as he last fouled out of a game vs. St. John's on Feb. 11, 1996. The 19 minutes were the fewest Garrity played in a game since he played 14 minutes against Oregon in the finals of the Far West Classic in 1994.

    GARRITY BREAKS CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED RECORD: Garrity has started 97 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).

    GARRITY NO. 5 IN CAREER SCORING: Garrity enters tonight's game with 1,755 career points, which places him fifth in Notre Dame career scoring history. Tom Hawkins is No. 4 with 1,820 points from 1956-59 while the career leader is Austin Carr with 2,560 points from 1968-71. Garrity has scored in double figures in 86 of his 97 career games. Garrity has scored 20 or more points in 38 career games and has scored in double figures in 32 straight contests and 71 of the past 74 games.

    THIRTY SOMETHING: Garrity's 32-point outing in the Irish win over Rutgers on Sunday marked the fifth time in his career that he had scored 30-plus points in a game. Garrity was 10 for 18 from the field against the Scarlet Knights and was 10 for 10 from the free throw line.

    Garrity's other 30-point outings were: 32 points vs. Sam Houston this season (Nov. 28); 36 points vs. Indiana (Dec. 2, 1996); 31 points vs. Loyola (Dec. 30); and 33 points vs. Boston College (March 1, 1997).

    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'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 3.679 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, INGELSBY AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Garrity is the 12th leading scorer in the country through games of Jan. 12 at 22.8 points per game. Charlie Jones of Long Island University is first at 30.9 points per game. Meanwhile, freshman point guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Penn.) is 19th in the country in assists per game at 6.3. Ahlon Lewis of Arizona State leads the country at 9.1.

    IRISH IN BIG EAST STATISTICS: Here is how the Notre Dame players and team stand in the latest BIG EAST statistics through Jan. 11.

    Name            Category        Overall Games   Conference Games
    Pat Garrity     Scoring         1st at 22.8     2nd at 24.2
                    FG Pct.         7th at 50.0     3rd at 52.6
                    FT Pct.         10th at 73.7    --
                    Rebounding      8th at 7.8      3rd at 9.2
                    Def. Rebs.      3rd at 5.62     1st at 7.00
    Phil Hickey     Rebounding      10th at 7.5     t12th at 7.2
                    FG Pct.         --              2nd at 53.1
                    Blocks          8th at 1.15     t9th at 1.00
                    Off. Rebs.      11th at 2.85    --
                    Def. Rebs.      11th at 4.62    8th at 4.80
    Martin Ingelsby Assists         3rd at 6.31     4th at 5.20
                    3FG Made        10th at 1.77    --
                    3FG Pct.        5th at 38.3     --
                    Ast./TO Ratio   3rd at 2.48     4th at 2.00
                    Steals          --              t13th at 1.80
    Keith Friel     3FG Pct.        4th at 44.4     5th at 40.9
                    3FG Made        9th at 1.85     12th at 1.80

    In team statistics, Notre Dame is first in assists in conference games (17.60) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.10). In overall games, Notre Dame is third in three-point field goal percentage at .369, fifth in rebounds (39.3), fourth in rebound margin (+3.5), first in assists (19.23) and second in assist/turnover ratio.

    Martin Ingelsby's 12 assists vs. Indiana this year are tied as the most assists by a BIG EAST player in a game, while Pat Garrity's 15 rebounds in both Pittsburgh games are tied as the second-highest for conference games for that category.

    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 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.

    INGELSBY IN STARTING LINEUP: Ingelsby has started all 13 games this season and is averaging 7.2 points per game with 2.9 rebounds and has recorded a total of 82 assists (6.3 per game).

    Ingelsby had a career-high 12 assists against Indiana and has recorded nine or more assists in four of his last nine 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.

    Ingelsby has played 421 minutes this season and committed just 33 turnovers -- one for every 12.8 minutes of play. The freshman has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.5 assists for every turnover. Before the Dartmouth game on Dec. 22, he had led the Irish in the assist column in six straight games. 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.

    HICKEY SETS SEASON HIGH, TIES CAREER: Notre Dame junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Pa.) scored a season-high 16 points in the win over Rutgers on Sunday, including 14 first half points on seven-of-nine shooting from the field. The 16 points tied his career high as he also scored 16 vs. Connecticut in his freshman year.

    Hickey has scored in double figures in eight games this season and his previous season high of 15 was registered in three games. Hickey is also the second-leading rebounder on the team at 7.5 per game.

    WYCHE HITS CAREER HIGH: Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) has started all 13 games this season and scored a career-high 20 points vs. St. John's on Dec. 30. Wyche was five of nine from the field and four of eight from three-point range. Wyche's previous career high was 17 points against Indiana this year and Miami last year.

    Wyche also scored 11 points in Sunday's win over Rutgers, which was his seventh double-figure scoring game of the season and the 16th of his career. His five assists were a career high.

    He is the team's third leading scorer averaging 10.1 points per game and is shooting 48.9 percent from the field (46-94) and 34.0 percent (17-50) from three-point range. Wyche averaged 3.7 points per game as a freshman in 1995-96 and put in 5.5 points per game last season.

    RASMUSSEN RECORDS REBOUND HIGH: Irish freshman center Hans Rasmussen (Portland, Ore.) had a career-high nine rebounds vs. Connecticut on Jan. 3 as he came off the bench to play 20 minutes against the Huskies. Notre Dame ran into foul trouble vs. Connecticut which led to Rasmussen's 20 minutes of playing time, another career high.

    Rasmussen has played in all 13 games this season and is averaging 2.4 points per game and 2.8 rebounds.

    FRIEL GETS BIG EAST HIGH: Sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) scored 12 points against Rutgers on Sunday, on four three-point field goals, which was his career high for a BIG EAST game. His previous career high in a conference contest was nine points last season against both Providence and Rutgers.

    Friel is Notre Dame's leading scorer off the bench at 6.8 points per contest and averages 14.5 minutes per game.

    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 makes 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.

    Next Game: Saturday, Jan. 17 at Seton Hall, 12:00 p.m. EST (TV: BETV)

    Next Home Game: Wednesday, Jan. 21 vs. Syracuse, 9:00 p.m. EST (TV: ESPN)

    Next John MacLeod Press Conference: Monday, January 19 in the Notre Dame sports information office, 10:00 a.m. EST. Call Notre Dame sports information for details.

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