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    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 contest.

    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 Florida International.

    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 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 7.4 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 on Thursday.

    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 career.

    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 Newark Star-Ledger.

    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
    

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