Jan. 20, 1998
Notre Dame Hosts Syracuse
Date: Wednesday, January 21, 1998
TONIGHT'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team returns home to the Joyce Center tonight to play Syracuse after splitting a two-game BIG EAST road trip last week. The Irish defeated West Virginia by a 74-72 count last Thursday night and dropped a 64-58 decision to Seton Hall on Saturday.
Notre Dame enters the game against Syracuse with an overall record of 9-6 and a 3-4 mark in the BIG EAST. In the loss to Seton Hall, senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) scored a career-high 37 points for Notre Dame and had 13 rebounds. Junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Pa.) scored six points and had a career-high 15 rebounds.
Syracuse enters the game with an overall mark of 15-2 and a BIG EAST record of 5-1. The Orangemen are ranked No. 15 in both the latest Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN polls. The Orangemen are coming off an 85-67 win over Miami on Sunday.
After tonight’s game, the Irish have a weekend off and return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 28, when they play host to Villanova for a 7:30 p.m. EST game. That contest will be televised live in the South Bend and Chicago areas by SportsChannel Chicago.
THE NOTRE DAME-SYRACUSE SERIES: Tonight’s game is the 21st meeting between Notre Dame and Syracuse and the Irish lead the series by a 12-8 count. Since Notre Dame joined the BIG EAST Conference in 1995-96, Syracuse leads the series by a 3-2 count. Irish head coach John MacLeod is 3-3 in his career against the Orangemen. Syracuse has a 3-1 record against the Irish in the Joyce Center.
Last season, Notre Dame won both regular season meetings between the two schools and the Orangmen won a game in the BIG EAST Tournament. Notre Dame defeated Syracuse by a 69-52 score on January 2, 1997, at the Joyce Center. Pat Garrity scored 25 points in that contest for the Irish and Admore White added 14 with 10 assists. Otis Hill was the leading scorer for the Orangemen with 17.
Notre Dame backed that win up with a 73-58 decision in the Carrier Dome on January 18. Garrity was the game’s leading scorer in that game as well with 22 points while Gary Bell had 14 and White with 11. Hill led Syracuse with 14.
Syracuse gained revenge on the Irish with an 84-66 win in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on March 5, 1997. Four Syracuse players scored in double figures — led by Jason Hart with 24. White had 12 points for the Irish.
ROAD WINS: 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 four 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.
KNOCKING OFF THE TOP 25: Notre Dame's 74-72 victory over West Virginia last Thurday was the first Irish 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. West Virginia was ranked No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today poll at the time of the game.
LIGHTS OUT: Notre Dame connected on 31-of-53 field goal attempts for 58.5 percent against West Virginia last Thursday. 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 West Virginia games, when the Mountaineers shot 52.6 percent in a victory over Georgetown, the second-best field goal percentage defense team in the country at the time of the game, and 41.6 percent in a victory over Miami, the national leader in field goal percentage defense at the time.
IRISH SHOOTING A KEY IN BIG EAST: Notre Dame’s field goal and three-point field goal shooting percentages have been drastically different in its BIG EAST wins and losses.
In BIG EAST wins, Notre Dame is shooting 54.6 percent from the field (89 for 163) and 42.2 percent from three-point range (19 for 45). In BIG EAST losses, the Irish are shooting at 37.3 percent from the field (88 for 236) and 19.7 percent (14 for 71) from three-point range.
91 POINTS A BIG EAST HIGH: Notre Dame’s 91 points in its win against Rutgers on Jan. 11 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.
CAREER HIGH FOR GARRITY: Garrity scored a career-high 37 points vs. Seton Hall on Saturday as he shot 12 for 22 from the field and was 12 of 14 from the free throw line. Garrity also pulled down 13 rebounds in the contest for the double-double and now has a total of four double-doubles on the season and 15 in his career. All four of his double-doubles this season have come in BIG EAST contests.
GARRITY HONORED BY BIG EAST: For his efforts against West Virginia and Seton Hall, Garrity was selected as the BIG EAST player of the week and shared the award with Duane Woodward of Boston College. The award marks the second time in Garrity’s career that he has won it.
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 99 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 1,819 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 88 of his 99 career games. Garrity has scored 20 or more points in 40 career games and has scored in double figures in 34 straight contests and 73 of the past 76 games.
THIRTY SOMETHING: Garrity’s 37-point game vs. Seton Hall on Saturday marked the sixth time, and second in the last three games, that he has scored 30-plus points in a game. Garrity also scored 32 points in Notre Dame’s win over Rutgers on January 11. 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:
GARRITY, INGELSBY AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Garrity is the fifth leading scorer in the country through games of Jan. 18 at 24.1 points per game. Charlie Jones of Long Island University is first at 29.9 points per game. Meanwhile, freshman point guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Pa.) is 17th in the country in assists per game at 6.5. 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. 18.
In team statistics, Notre Dame is third in field goal percentage for overall games (46.2), third in three-point field goal percentage (36.1), fourth in rebounding offense (40.5), fourth in rebounding margin (+4.8), first in assists (18.57), fourth in turnover margin (+2.39) and second in assist/turnover ratio (+1.13). In conference games, Notre Dame is fourth in field goal percentage (44.4), fourth in field goal percentage defense (40.4), third in rebounding (40.9), fourth in rebounding margin (+2.9), first in assists (16.86) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.03).
Garrity’s 37 points vs. Seton Hall on Saturday is the second-highest in the BIG EAST this year in all games and conference games and Ingelsby’s 12 assists vs. Indiana are tied as the most.
Garrity’s 12 field goals vs. Seton Hall are the second-most in a conference game this year as are his 22 field goal attempts vs. the Pirates. Garrity’s 12 free throws vs. the Pirates are the highest in a conference game this year and his 14 attempts vs. Seton Hall are the second-highest.
Garrity’s four double-doubles are the most in conference games this year and he is tied for fifth with four overall.
Notre Dame’s 91 points vs. Rutgers are the second-highest in conference play this year as are its 34 field goals vs. the Scarlet Knights. Notre Dame’s 24 assists vs. Rutgers is the highest in a conference game this year.
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:
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 6.7 points per game with 2.9 rebounds and has recorded a total of 97 assists (6.5 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 493 minutes this season and committed just 40 turnovers — one for every 12.3 minutes of play. The freshman has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.43 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 CAREER HIGHS: Notre Dame junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Pa.) had a career-high 16 rebounds over Seton Hall on Saturday. His previous career high was 12 rebounds vs. TCU in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament last season.
Hickey scored a season-high 16 points in the win over Rutgers on Jan. 11, 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. Hickey is also the second-leading rebounder on the team at 7.9 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 injured his mouth in the first half of Saturday’s game vs. Seton Hall and he required stitches both inside and outside his mouth. He later returned to the game.
Wyche also scored 11 points in the Jan. 11 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 9.5 points per game and is shooting 49.1 percent from the field (52-106) and 31.5 percent (17-54) 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.
MANNER OF TRUST: Senior forward Derek Manner (Webster, Texas) scored a career high 15 points against West Virginia last 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 64-64 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 7.1 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
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 15 games this season and is averaging 2.2 points per game and 2.8 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 last 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 also scored 12 points in Notre Dame’s win over Rutgers on Jan. 11 to score in double figures in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
The 12 points against the Scarlet Knights came on four three-point field goals. The 12 points was also 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 15.3 minutes per game.
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.
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 88-99 at the school and has a 178-168 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.
Against Ranked Teams: Notre Dame has played a total of 40 games against teams ranked in the Associated Press poll during John MacLeod’s tenure as Irish coach. Notre Dame defeated a ranked team last Thursday, as the Irish defeated No. 20/21 West Virginia 74-72. That was the first Notre Dame win against a ranked opponent since February 17, 1994, when the Irish defeated No. 22 Marquette 68-58. The last time Notre Dame beat a top 10 team was Feb. 5, 1994, a 79-63 win over No. 4 UCLA.
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.
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