Jan. 16, 1998
Notre Dame Takes on Seton Hall
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-5, 3-3) at Seton Hall Pirates (8-8, 2-4)
Date: Saturday, January 17, 1998
Place: Continental Airlines Arena (20,029), East Rutherford, NJ
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
Live Television: BIG EAST Conference Game of the Week (Dave Sims, Jim Spanarkel) -- the game will be seen in 28 markets including the South Bend area on SportsChannel Chicago.
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).
TODAY'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team concludes
a two-game road trip today as it battles Seton Hall at the Continental
Airlines Arena. Notre Dame enters the game with an overall record of 9-5
and a BIG EAST mark of 3-3. The Irish have two consecutive victories
defeating Rutgers 91-76 on Sunday afternoon at Notre Dame and winning at
No. 20/21 West Virginia 74-72 on Thursday night.
In the game against the Mountaineers, the Irish overcame a seven-point
second half deficit to claim their second conference road victory of the
season and snap West Virginia's nine-game home court winning streak. Senior
forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) connected on 11-of-17 attempts from
the field en route to a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward
Derek Manner (Webster, Texas) poured in a career high 15 points on the
strength of 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. Sophomore guard Keith Friel
(Durham, N.H.) came off the bench to score 11 points, including a 15-foot
jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining to give the Irish a two-point victory.
Notre Dame shot 58.5 percent from the field, including 61.5 percent
(16-of-26) in the second half to claim its first victory over a
nationally-ranked opponent since February 17, 1994 when the Irish defeated
No. 22 Marquette 68-58.
After today's game, the Irish return to action on Wednesday when they take
on Syracuse at the Joyce Center. Game time is set for 9 p.m. and will be
televised nationally by ESPN.
THE NOTRE DAME-SETON HALL SERIES: Tonight's game is the sixth
meeting between Notre Dame and Seton Hall and the Irish lead the series by
a 3-2 count. The previous five games in the series have been won by the
home team. Since the Irish joined the BIG EAST in 1995-96, Notre Dame leads
the series 2-1. Irish head coach John MacLeod is 2-1 in his collegiate
career against the Pirates.
Last season, the two teams split a pair of games as the Irish posted an
86-72 win at Notre Dame on Jan. 22, 1997, and Seton Hall won in East
Rutherford by an 85-74 count on Feb. 18, 1997.
In the game at Notre Dame, the Irish trailed 33-29 at the half before
posting 57 second-half points for the victory. Admore White led a balanced
Irish scoring attack with 16 points. Four Notre Dame players scored in
double figures and eight Irish players tallied seven or more points in the
In East Rutherford, the Irish raced to a 39-30 halftime lead before Seton
Hall rallied for an 85-74 win. The Pirates enjoyed a 28-14 edge from the
free throw line to overcome 51.9 percent field goal shooting by Notre Dame.
Pat Garrity paced the Irish with a game-high 27 points and nine rebounds.
ROAD WARRIORS: With the victory Thursday night at West Virginia, the
Irish claimed their second BIG EAST Conference road victory of the season,
equaling the total number of wins Notre Dame had on the road its first two
seasons in the league. In 1995-96, Notre Dame defeated St. John's 86-83 at
Madison Square Garden on January 31, 1996, for its first BIG EAST road
victory. Last season, the Irish won at Syracuse 73-58 on January 18, 1997.
This season, Notre Dame has won two games in its first three league road
tests. The Irish won the league opener at Pittsburgh 73-69 on December 6,
prior to winning in Morgantown, W.V., on Thursday. Notre Dame became the
first visiting school this season to win at the WVU Coliseum and snapped a
West Virginia five-game BIG EAST home court winning streak.
Of the 13 league teams, only five have winning conference road records
entering Saturday's games - Connecticut, St. John's, Syracuse, Villanova
and Notre Dame.
KNOCKING OFF THE TOP 25: Notre Dame's 74-72 victory over No. 20/21
West Virginia was its first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent since
February 17, 1994, when the Irish defeated No. 22 Marquette 68-58. The win
snapped a 20-game losing streak to ranked teams.
LIGHTS OUT: Notre Dame connected on 31-of-53 field goal attempts for
58.5 percent against West Virginia. The Irish shot 61.5 percent in the
second half, hitting on 16-of-26 attempts.
On the other end of the court the Irish were just as impressive. Notre Dame
limited West Virginia to just 39.5 percent field goal shooting. That figure
is better than the two previous games, when the Mountaineers shot 52.6
percent in a victory over Georgetown, the second-best field goal percentage
defense team in the country and 41.6 percent in a victory over Miami, the
national leader in field goal percentage defense.
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.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR GARRITY: Garrity scored 27 points and pulled down
10 rebounds against West Virginia for his third double-double of the
1997-98 season. All three have come in BIG EAST Conference games. The
senior had 19 points and had 15 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 6, and 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
98 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 today's game with
1,782 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 87 of his 98 career games. Garrity has scored
20 or more points in 39 career games and has scored in double figures in 33
straight contests and 72 of the past 75 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 11th
leading scorer in the country through games of Jan. 14 at 22.9 points per
game (current average is 23.1 would rank ninth). Charlie Jones of Long
Island University is first at 30.7 points per game. Meanwhile, freshman
point guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Pa.) is 19th in the country in
assists per game at 6.3 (current average of 6.4 would rank 15th). 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. 16.
Name Category Overall Games Conference Games
Pat Garrity Scoring 1st at 23.1 2nd at 24.7
FG Pct. 7th at 51.1 1st at 54.8
FT Pct. 9th at 74.5 13th at 75.0
Rebounding 7th at 7.9 3rd at 9.3
Def. Rebs. 2nd at 5.93 1st at 7.50
Phil Hickey Rebounding 11th at 7.4 12th at 7.2
Blocks 11th at 1.07 t13th at 0.83
Off. Rebs. t11th at 2.79 --
Def. Rebs. 11th at 4.64 7th at 4.83
Martin Ingelsby Assists 2nd at 6.43 t3rd at 5.67
3FG Made 11th at 1.71 --
3FG Pct. 7th at 38.1 --
Ast./TO Ratio 3rd at 2.37 5th at 1.89
Keith Friel 3FG Pct. 2nd at 45.8 3rd at 44.4
3FG Made 9th at 1.93 t7th at 2.00
In team statistics, Notre Dame is first in assists in conference games
(18.00) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.07). In overall games, Notre
Dame is second in three-point field goal percentage at .373, fifth in
rebounds (39.3), fifth in rebound margin (+3.9), first in assists (19.29)
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 third-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 14 games this
season and is averaging 7.0 points per game with 2.9 rebounds and has
recorded a total of 90 assists (6.4 per game).
Ingelsby had a career-high 12 assists against Indiana and has recorded
eight or more assists in six of his last 12 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
Ingelsby has played 456 minutes this season and committed just 38 turnovers
-- one for every 12.0 minutes of play. The freshman has an
assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.37 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
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 7.4 per game.
WYCHE HITS CAREER HIGH: Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake,
N.Y.) has started all 14 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 9.9 points per game and is
shooting 50.0 percent from the field (50-100) and 33.3 percent (17-51) 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 14 games this season and is averaging 2.4
points per game and 2.9 rebounds.
FRIEL HITS GAME-WINNING SHOT: Sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham,
N.H.) scored 11 points including a game-winning 15-foot jump shot from the
right elbow with 0.4 seconds left as the Irish defeated West Virginia 74-72
In addition to hitting the game-winning shot, Friel connected on several
other key shots. He hit a three-point basket with 11:15 remaining in the
contest to pull the Irish to within two points of the Mountaineers and made
another trey with 3:22 left to give the Irish a 68-65 lead. Friel has
scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time in his
He 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 7.1 points per
contest and averages 14.9 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
Swanagan averaged 16.9 points per game last season with 9.0 rebounds for
University Heights Academy.
MANNER OF TRUST: Senior forward Derek Manner (Webster, Texas) scored
a career high 15 points against West Virginia on Thursday. Manner, who
connected on 7-of-12 field goal attempts, and added 10 rebounds to record
his first career double-double. Manner scored eight of Notre Dame's final
14 points in the game. His hook shot with 5:34 left cut the West Virginia
lead to three and he tied the game at 64 with a hook shot with 4:34 left.
His lay-up with 1:33 remaining broke a tie and gave the Irish a 72-70 lead.
Manner is averaging 7.4 points 5.8 rebounds a game and is second on the
team with 34 offensive rebounds.
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.
BIG EAST Standings
Through Games of January 15
BIG EAST 6 Conference GB Overall
1. Connecticut 5-1 -- 15-2
2. Villanova 4-2 1.0 7-7
3. West Virginia 4-3 1.5 14-3
4. Notre Dame 3-3 2.0 9-5
St. John's 3-3 2.0 11-6
6. Boston College 1-5 4.0 8-8
BIG EAST 7 Conference GB Overall
1. Syracuse 4-1 -- 14-2
Miami 5-2 -- 12-3
3. Georgetown 3-4 2.0 9-5
4. Seton Hall 2-3 2.0 8-7
Providence 2-3 2.0 7-7
5. Pittsburgh 1-3 2.5 6-5
7. Rutgers 1-4 3.0 7-6
Thursday, Jan. 15
NOTRE DAME 74, West Virginia 72
Saturday, Jan. 17
NOTRE DAME at Seton Hall, 12:00 p.m.
Georgetown at Connecticut, 2:00 p.m.
Boston College at Marquette, 2:00 p.m.
St. John's at Providence, 4:00 p.m.
Rutgers at Pittsburgh, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 18
Miami at Syracuse, 12:00 p.m.
West Virginia at Villanova, 2:00 p.m.
NOTRE DAME STARTING LINE:
No. Player Pos Ht. Wt. Class PPG RPG Other Notes:
3 Derek Manner SF 6-6 206 Sr. 7.4 5.8 50.0 FG% Career-high 15 pts. vs. West Virginia
53 Pat Garrity PF 6-9 231 Sr. 23.1 7.9 21-54 3FG Five career 30-point games/15 double-doubles
55 Phil Hickey C 6-10 252 Jr. 11.1 7.4 28.1 mpg 15 pts. vs. Pittsburgh/16 pts. vs. Rutgers
4 Antoni Wyche 2G 6-4 193 Jr. 9.9 3.0 22-25 FT Career-high 20 pts. vs. St. John's
24 Martin Ingelsby PG 5-11 169 Fr. 7.0 2.9 6.4 apg 8 ast. vs. WVU/6 games with 8 or more ast.
NOTRE DAME OFF THE BENCH:
No. Player Pos Ht. Wt. Class PPG RPG Other Notes:
14 Keith Friel G 6-3 188 So. 7.1 1.6 27-59 3FG GW shot vs. WVU was only fourth 2FG of yr.
20 Leviticus Williamson F 6-6 200 Fr. 2.5 1.7 9.4 mpg 10 pts. in start vs. Northeastern
33 Hans Rasmussen F 6-9 218 Fr. 2.4 2.9 11.2 mpg Has scored in eight 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. 1.1 0.9 19 ast. Four assists vs. Rutgers
34 Skylard Owens F 6-3 201 So. 0.3 1.1 3.6 mpg 7 minutes vs. Rutgers was career high