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    Jan. 30, 1998

    Notre Dame Begins Three-Game Road Stretch at St. John's

  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-7, 4-5) at St. John's Red Storm (16-6, 8-3)
  • Date: Saturday, January 31, 1998
  • Place: Madison Square Garden (19,876), New York, NY
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. EST
  • Television: National audience on NBC Sports (Don Criqui, Bill Walton, Jim Gray)
  • 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, 11-10
  • Current Streak: SJU 1
  • BIG EAST Games (since '95-'96): Tied 2-2
  • At St. John's: ND leads 5-4
  • At Notre Dame: ND leads 6-5
  • 1997-98 Meetings: Dec. 30, 1997, at Notre Dame; SJU 79, Notre Dame 69

    TODAY'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team begins a stretch of three games on the road today as it takes on St. John's. The Irish have won three of their last five games, but are coming off an 81-61 loss to Villanova on Wednesday night. Notre Dame enters today's contest with an overall record of 10-7 and a BIG EAST record of 4-5.

    In the loss to Villanova, the Wildcats went out to an 11-0 lead and led by a 38-22 count at halftime. Ironically, Notre Dame also trailed Syracuse by an 11-0 count on Jan. 21, but the Irish came back in that game to top the Orangemen by an 83-63 count.

    The closest Notre Dame could get to the Wildcats in the second half was 13 points -- 52-39 with 10:11 left to play.

    Brian Lynch led Villanova with 16 points while senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) and sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) each led the Irish with 14 points while freshman guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Pa.) had 10 points.

    After today's game, the Irish return to action on Thursday when they travel to Rutgers for a 7:30 p.m. EST game and to Georgetown on Saturday for a 12:00 p.m. EST game at the MCI Center.

    THE NOTRE DAME-ST. JOHN'S SERIES: Today's game is the 22nd meeting between Notre Dame and St. John's and the Irish lead the series by an 11-10 count. Since Notre Dame joined the BIG EAST Conference in 1995-96, each team has won two games, including a 79-69 win by St. John's at the Joyce Center on December 30, 1996. Notre Dame head coach John MacLeod has a 3-2 record in his career vs. St. John's.

    In the Red Storm win earlier this year, Lavor Postell scored 27 points, including three three-point field goals, while Zendon Hamilton scored 18 points and Felipe Lopez netted 17.

    Pat Garrity was the leading scorer for the Irish with 27 while Antoni Wyche had a career-high 20 points.

    St. John's led by a point at halftime, 31-30, and opened up a nine point lead, 43-34, with 15:52 left. The Irish then went on a 15-4 run to take their only lead of the second half, 49-47, with 11:38 left to play.

    St. John's reclaimed the lead for good with 9:19 left on a free throw by Lopez and used a 9-0 lead late in the game to take control of the contest.

    IRISH AT THE GARDEN: Notre Dame continues a long tradition of playing at Madison Square Garden with today's game against St. John's. Notre Dame was part of the first doubleheader in MSG history when the Irish faced New York University on Dec. 29, 1934. Notre Dame has an overall record of 44-22 in Madison Square Garden and a 17-8 record since 1974.

    BIG EAST START: Notre Dame's 4-5 record in BIG EAST play this year is the best start for the Irish in its three years as a conference member. In 1995-96, Notre Dame started 1-8 after nine games and was 2-8 after 10 games. Last season, Notre Dame was 3-6 after nine games and 3-7 after 10. Notre Dame's 10-7 record is the best Irish mark after 16 games since the 1994-95 team started 11-6.

    ROAD WINS: With the victory at West Virginia on January 15, 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 five 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 win over Syracuse on Jan. 21 gave the Irish their second win over a top 25 team in seven days. Syracuse was ranked No. 15 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today poll at the time of the game while Notre Dame beat West Virginia on Jan. 15 by a 74-72 tally. West Virginia was ranked No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today poll at the time of that game. Before the win over the Mountaineers, the last time Notre Dame had defeated a nationally-ranked opponent was February 17, 1994, when the Irish defeated No. 22 Marquette 68-58. The WVU 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 on Jan. 15. 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 that time, 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 (116 for 213) and 50.0 percent from three-point range (32 for 64). In BIG EAST losses, the Irish are shooting at 38.2 percent from the field (110 for 288) and 21.2 percent (21 for 99) 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 Jan. 17 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.

    Garrity scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds in the win over Syracuse on January 21 and now has a total of five double-doubles on the season and 17 in his career. All five of his double-doubles this season have come in BIG EAST contests.

    GARRITY, FRIEL HONORED BY BIG EAST: For his efforts against West Virginia and Seton Hall, Garrity was selected as the BIG EAST player of the week on Jan. 19 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.

    Friel was named the BIG EAST player of the week on Jan. 26 for his performance against Syracuse and shared the award with Boubacar Aw of Georgetown.

    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 101 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. 4 IN CAREER SCORING: Garrity enters today's game with 1,854 career points, which places him fourth in Notre Dame career scoring history. David Rivers is No. 3 with 2,058 points from 1984-88 while the career leader is Austin Carr with 2,560 points from 1968-71. Garrity has scored in double figures in 90 of his 101 career games. Garrity has scored 20 or more points in 41 career games and has scored in double figures in 36 straight contests and 75 of the past 78 games.

    THIRTY SOMETHING: Garrity's 37-point game vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 17 marked the sixth time, and second in 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).

    FRIEL FOR THREE: Sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) scored a career-high 30 points in the win over Syracuse on Jan. 21 and connected on eight of ten three-point field goal attempts.

    Friel's eight trey set the Notre Dame single-game record of seven, set by Ryan Hoover against Dayton on Jan. 9, 1993.

    Friel had six three-pointers in the first half against Syracuse to help the Irish rally from an 11-0 deficit at the beginning of the game and take a 38-36 halftime lead.

    Friel also scored 11 points including a game-winning 15-foot jump shot with 0.4 seconds left as the Irish defeated West Virginia 74-72 on Jan. 15. Friel had 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.

    Friel is Notre Dame's leading scorer off the bench at 8.8 points per contest and averages 16.2 minutes per game.

    Friel tied for the team lead with 14 points against Villanova on Wednesday and now has scored in double figures in four of the past five games, after scoring in double figures just once in the first 12 games of the season. Friel is averaging 14.6 points per game in the last five games.

    Friel leads Notre Dame with 41 three-point field goals and has registered just six two-point field goals this year. Of his 109 field goals attempts, 83 are from three-point range. In BIG EAST play, 26 of his 29 field goals are from three range as are 51 of his 64 attempts.

    Friel shoots 49.4 percent from three-point range in overall games and just 23.1 percent from two-point range. In BIG EAST play, those numbers are 51.0 percent for threes and 23.1 for twos.

    COMING OFF THE BENCH: Friel's 30 points was the most by a BIG EAST player in a conference game as a substitute since Greg Woodard of Villanova had 33 points off the bench against Pittsburgh on January 30, 1991.

    MANNER OF TRUST: Senior forward Derek Manner (Webster, Texas) scored a career high 15 points against West Virginia on Jan. 16. Manner, who connected on seven-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. 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 6.9 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per contest.

    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 tied as the eighth leading scorer in the country through games of Jan. 29 at 23.3 points per game. Charlie Jones of Long Island University is first at 29.1 points per game. Meanwhile, Ingelsby is 17th in the country in assists per game at 6.4. Ahlon Lewis of Arizona State leads the country at 9.2.

    IRISH IN BIG EAST STATISTICS: Here is how the Notre Dame players and team stand in the latest BIG EAST statistics through Jan. 30.

    Name                Category        Overall Games   Conference Games
    Pat Garrity         Scoring         1st at 23.3     1st at 24.4
                        FG Pct.         4th at 50.7     2nd at 52.9
                        FT Pct.         8th at 75.2    11th at 75.9
                        Rebounding      5th at 8.4      1st at 9.7
                        Def. Rebs.      1st at 6.35     1st at 7.78
    Phil Hickey         Rebounding      6th at 8.1      7th at 8.4
                        Blocks         10th at 1.12   t10th at 1.00
                        Off. Rebs.     t6th at 3.00    10th at 2.89
                        Def. Rebs.      5th at 5.06     6th at 5.56
    Martin Ingelsby     Assists         2nd at 6.41    t4nd at 5.89
                        3FG Pct.        5th at 39.5     --
                        Ast./TO Ratio   3rd at 2.37     5th at 2.04
                        3FG Made       13th at 1.76     --
    Keith Friel         3FG Pct.        1st at 49.4     1st at 51.0
                        3FG Made        6th at 2.41     2nd at 2.89
    Derek Manner        Steals         12th at 1.82     --

    In team statistics, Notre Dame is second in field goal percentage (46.0), first in three-point field goal percentage (37.9), fifth in rebounding offense (39.8), fourth in rebounding margin (+4.1), first in assists (18.59) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.13). In conference games, Notre Dame is fourth in field goal percentage (44.3), fifth in rebounding (39.6), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (34.0), fourth in rebounding margin (+2.0), first in assists (17.11) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.05).

    Garrity's 37 points vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 17 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 second-best in all games. Friel's eight three-point field goals vs. Syracuse are the most by a BIG EAST player in both overall and conference games this season.

    Garrity's 12 field goals vs. Seton Hall are tied as the second-most in a conference game this year. Garrity's 12 free throws vs. the Pirates are tied for the highest in a conference game this year and his 16 attempts vs. Pittsburgh are the highest.

    Garrity's five double-doubles are the second highest in conference games this year and he is tied for fifth with five 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 13 three-point field goals made vs. Syracuse are 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 .

    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 17 games this season and is averaging 7.1 points per game with 2.8 rebounds and has recorded a total of 109 assists (6.4 per game).

    Ingelsby had his second career double-double on January 28 against Syracuse as he recorded 10 points and 10 assists. His first one came against Florida International (Dec. 20) when he had a career-high 16 points with 11 assists.

    Ingelsby had a career-high 12 assists against Indiana and has recorded eight or more assists in seven of his last 14 games. The 12 assists against the Hoosiers were the most by an opposing player in Assembly Hall against a Bobby Knight-coached team. Ingelsby has four career games with 10 assists or higher.

    Ingelsby has played 557 minutes this season and committed just 46 turnovers -- one for every 12.1 minutes of play. The freshman has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.37 assists for every turnover. 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 Jan. 17. 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 8.1 per game.

    WYCHE HITS CAREER HIGH: Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) has started all 16 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 the Jan. 17 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 8.9 points per game and is shooting 45.8 percent from the field (54-118). 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 16 games this season and is averaging 2.2 points per game and 2.6 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.

    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 89-100 at the school and has a 179-169 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 41 games against teams ranked in the Associated Press poll during John MacLeod's tenure as Irish coach. Notre Dame has defeated the last two ranked teams it has faced with an 83-63 win over No. 15/15 Syracuse on January 21 and a 74-72 win over No. 20/21 West Virginia on Jan. 15. 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.

    BIG EAST Standings

    Through Games of January 30
    BIG EAST 6          Conference   GB    Overall
      1.  Connecticut       8-2      --     18-3
      2.  West Virginia     8-3     0.5     18-3
          St. John's        8-3     0.5     16-6
      4.  Villanova         5-5     3.0      8-10
      5.  Notre Dame        4-5     3.5     10-7
      6.  Boston College    3-7     5.0     11-10
    BIG EAST 7          Conference   GB    Overall
      1.  Miami             7-3      --     14-4
      2.  Syracuse          6-3     0.5     16-4
      3.  Georgetown        4-6     3.0     11-7
      4.  Providence        3-6     3.5      8-10
          Seton Hall        3-6     3.5      9-10
      6.  Pittsburgh        2-6     4.0      7-8
      7.  Rutgers           2-8     5.0      8-10

    Saturday, January 31
    Miami at Villanova, 12:00 p.m.
    NOTRE DAME at St. John's, 2:30 p.m.
    Seton Hall at Providence, 4:00 p.m.
    Rutgers at Connecticut, 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday, February 1
    Georgetown at Boston College, 12:30 p.m.
    Syracuse at Pittsburgh, 3:00 p.m.

    Monday, February 2
    Villanova at Connecticut, 7:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, February 3
    Pittsburgh at West Virginia, 7:00 p.m.
    Georgetown at Seton Hall, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, February 4
    Providence at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
    St. John's at Boston College, 9:00 p.m.

    Thursday, February 5
    Duquesne at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
    NOTRE DAME at Rutgers, 7:30 p.m.

    NOTRE DAME STARTING LINE: 
    No. Player                Pos   Ht.  Wt. Class  PPG  RPG    Other           Notes: 
     3  Derek Manner           SF   6-6  206  Sr.   6.9  5.8  48.6 FG%          Career-high 15 points at West Virginia
    53  Pat Garrity            PF   6-9  231  Sr.  23.3  8.4  52.9 FG% in BE    5 double-doubles this season,  all in BIG EAST
    55  Phil Hickey             C   6-10 252  Jr.  10.1  8.1  28.4 mpg          15 pts. vs. Pittsburgh/16 pts. vs. Rutgers
     4  Antoni Wyche           2G   6-4  193  Jr.   8.9  2.9 26-29 FT           Career-high 20 pts. in 1st game with St. John's
    24  Martin Ingelsby        PG   5-11 169  Fr.   7.1  2.8   6.4 apg          Seven games with eight or more assists
    NOTRE DAME OFF THE BENCH: 
    No. Player                Pos   Ht.  Wt. Class  PPG  RPG    Other           Notes: 
    14  Keith Friel             G   6-3  188  So.   8.8  1.6 41-83 3FG          Double-figure scoring in 4 of last 5 games
    20  Leviticus Williamson    F   6-6  200  Fr.   2.6  1.8   9.3 mpg          10 pts. in start vs. Northeastern
    33  Hans Rasmussen          F   6-9  218  Fr.   2.1  2.5  10.6 mpg          Has scored in nine games
    44  Todd Palmer             F   6-7  223  So.   1.9  0.9   5.6 mpg          Six points vs. Northeastern
    21  Jimmy Dillon            G   6-1  171  So.   1.1  0.8   21 ast.          Four assists vs. Rutgers
    34  Skylard Owens           F   6-3  201  So.   0.5  1.0   3.3 mpg          Seven minutes vs. Rutgers was career high
    

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