Feb. 16, 1998
Irish Host UCONN
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 1998
NOTRE DAME/UCONN SERIES
Next Game: Sunday, Feb. 22, Miami, 12:00 p.m. EST (TV: ESPN Regional)
Next Away Game: Saturday, Feb. 28, at Providence, 3:00 p.m. EST (TV: NBC)
TONIGHT’S GAME: After playing four of its past five games on the road, the University of Notre Dame basketball team begins a stretch of three-straight home games tonight as it takes on Connecticut. Notre Dame has lost three of its past four games (all three losses on the road) and enters tonight’s game with an overall mark of 12-10 and a 6-8 BIG EAST record.
Notre Dame dropped a 66-57 decision at Miami on Saturday night as senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) scored a team-high 20 points and brought down eight rebounds. Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) had 16 points while junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Pa.) had 11.
The Irish trailed by one at the half, 66-57, and took a 41-34 lead with 12:43 left in the game, but the Hurricanes then scored 19 of the next 22 points to take a 53-44 lead with 6:11 left. The Irish then cut the lead to two, 59-57, with 1:45 left, but Notre Dame went scoreless the rest of the game for the Hurricane win.
After tonight’s game against UConn, the Irish close out the home portion of the regular season with games against Miami (this Sunday at 12:00 p.m. EST) and Georgetown (next Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. EST).
Connecticut enters the game with an overall mark of 22-4 and 11-3 in the BIG EAST. The Huskies are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll.
THE NOTRE DAME-CONNECTICUT SERIES: Tonight’s game is the fifth meeting between Notre Dame and Connecticut and the Huskies lead the series by a 3-1 count. All four previous meetings have come in Notre Dame’s time as a BIG EAST member. John MacLeod is 1-3 vs. the Huskies in his collegiate coaching career.
UConn won both meetings vs. the Irish in 1995-96 and Notre Dame came back to win last season by a 71-65 overtime score on Feb. 8, 1997. This season, Notre Dame lost to UConn by a 84-58 count at the Hartford Civic Center on Jan. 3.
INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) suffered a thigh contusion with 1:03 left in the win over St. John’s on Jan. 31. Friel has missed the past four games and is out for tonight’s game vs. Connecticut.
ROAD WINS: With the victory at St. John’s on Saturday, Jan. 31, the Irish claimed their third BIG EAST Conference road victory of the season, surpassing 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 Jan. 31, 1996, for its first BIG EAST road victory. Last season, the Irish won at Syracuse, 73-58, on Jan. 18, 1997.
This season, Notre Dame has won three league road tests. The Irish won the league opener at Pittsburgh 73-69 on Dec. 6, prior to beating West Virginia by a 74-72 count in Morgantown on Jan. 15. 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.
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 50.1 percent from the field (166 for 327) and 42.3 percent from three-point range (39 for 92). In BIG EAST losses, the Irish are shooting at 39.4 percent from the field (175 for 444) and 23.6 percent (34 for 144) 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.
GARRITY AND BIG EAST POINTS: Garrity enters tonight’s game against Connecticut with 997 career points in BIG EAST regular season games. Garrity is looking to become the 19th player in BIG EAST history to score 1,000 points in a career. Felipe Lopez and Zendon Hamilton of St. John’s both became members of that group earlier this season.
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.
Last Wednesday night against Boston College, Garrity posted his sixth double-double of the season and 18th of his career as he scored 31 points vs. the Eagles and had 11 rebounds. All six 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 106 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 tonight’s game with 1,957 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 94 of his 106 career games. Garrity has scored 20 or more points in 44 career games and has scored in double figures in 41 straight contests and 80 of the past 83 games.
THIRTY SOMETHING: Garrity’s 31-point game vs. Boston College last Wednesday night marked the seventh time in his career that he scored 30-plus points in game. Garrity had a career-high 37-point game vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 17 and also scored 32 points in Notre Dame’s win over Rutgers on January 11 to give him two 30-point games in three contests.
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 ON VITALE TEAM: Garrity was named a midseason first team All-American by ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale. Garrity was joined on this team by Antwan Jamison (his midseason player of the year), Paul Pierce of Kansas, Bonzi Wells of Ball State and Arizona’s Mike Bibby. Raef LaFrentz of Kansas was an honorary member of the first team.
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 AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Garrity is the ninth leading scorer in the country through games of Feb. 15 at 22.7 points per game. Charlie Jones of Long Island University is first at 28.9 points per game.
IRISH IN BIG EAST STATISTICS: Here is how the Notre Dame players and team stand in the latest BIG EAST statistics through Feb. 15. Name Category Overall Games Conference Games Pat Garrity Scoring 1st at 22.7 1st at 23.1 FG Pct. 4th at 48.9 2nd at 49.1 FT Pct. 12th at 74.7 11th at 75.0 Rebounding 5th at 8.1 4th at 8.8 Def. Rebs. t1st at 6.32 1st at 7.21 Phil Hickey Rebounding 6th at 7.9 6th at 8.1 Blocks 10th at 1.14 12th at 1.07 Off. Rebs. 6th at 3.00 6th at 2.93 Def. Rebs. 7th at 4.91 6th at 5.14 Martin Ingelsby Assists 3rd at 5.82 5th at 5.14 3FG Pct. 7th at 38.3 — Ast./TO Ratio 4th at 1.97 t8th at 1.60 Keith Friel 3FG Pct. 1st at 48.3 — 3FG Made 6th at 2.33 — Derek Manner Offensive Rebs. 15th at 2.64 —
In team statistics, Notre Dame is third in field goal percentage (45.2), third in three-point field goal percentage (35.9), fourth in rebounding margin (+3.5), first in assists (17.45) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.05). In conference games, Notre Dame is fifth in field goal percentage defense (41.7), second in assists (15.86) and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (0.99).
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. 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 six double-doubles are the second highest in conference games this year and he is tied for fourth with six overall.
Notre Dame’s 13 three-point field goals made vs. Syracuse are the second-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:
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: Freshman point guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Penn.) has started all 22 games this season and is averaging 6.5 points per game with 2.7 rebounds and has recorded a total of 128 assists (5.8 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 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 733 minutes this season and committed just 65 turnovers — one for every 11.2 minutes of play. The freshman has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.96 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.
FRIEL MORE THAN THREES: 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.
But, Friel has established himself as more than just a three-point scoring threat. Friel made his first collegiate start on Jan. 31 against St. John’s and scored 16 points in 28 minutes of play with just one three-pointer.
Friel was a key for the Irish in their late rally as he scored 12 of his 16 points in the final 6:38 of the game as the Irish turned a 51-44 deficit into a 73-65 win.
Friel suffered a thigh contusion in the final minute of the St. John’s game and has missed the past four games.
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 now the third-leading scorer on the team at 9.2 points per game and is averaging 16.8 minutes of playing time per game. He has scored in double figures in five of the past six games he played in, after scoring in double figures just once in the first 12 games of the season. Friel is averaging 14.8 points per game in the last six games he played in.
Friel leads Notre Dame with 42 three-point field goals and has registered just 10 two-point field goals this year. Of his 121 field goals attempts, 87 are from three-point range. In BIG EAST play, 27 of his 34 field goals are from three range as are 55 of his 76 attempts.
Friel shoots 48.3 percent from three-point range in overall games and just 29.4 percent from two-point range. In BIG EAST play, those numbers are 48.3 percent for threes and 33.3 for twos.
Friel’s 42 threes are seventh in school single-season history. Hoover is the leader with 80 in 1993-94.
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: Derek Manner has his second career double-double against Rutgers on Feb. 5 when he scored 10 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. He had his first career double-double in Notre Dame's win at West Virginia on Jan. 16 with a career high 15 points and 10 rebounds. Manner, who connected on seven-of-12 field goal attempts, scored eight of Notre Dame's final 14 points against WVU.
Manner missed his third career double-double by a rebound last Wednesday night against Boston College when he scored 10 points with nine rebounds.
Manner has scored in double figures in six games this season and in 24 games for his career. This season, he is averaging 6.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
RASMUSSEN IN STARTING LINEUP: Irish freshman center Hans Rasmussen (Portland, Ore.) started four games for the Irish from Jan. 31 through Feb. 11. He made his first career start in the Irish win over St. John’s on Jan. 31. He scored five points and had four rebounds vs. Georgetown on Feb. 7.
Rasmussen 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 22 games this season and is averaging 2.0 points per game and 2.5 rebounds.
HICKEY SETS CAREER HIGH AGAIN: Notre Dame junior center Phil Hickey had a career-high 21 points coming off the bench last Wednesday against Boston College. Hickey was eight for 12 from the field and also connected on five of eight free throw attempts. Hickey was inserted back into the Irish starting lineup on Saturday against Miami.
Hickey’s previous career high was 20 points vs. Rutgers on Feb. 5. He registered his personal best in rebounding when he grabbed 16 boards against 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.
Against Rutgers in the first meeting between the two teams, Hickey also played well scoring 16 points, 14 first half points on seven-of-nine shooting from the field.
Hickey has scored in double figures in 11 games this season and in three of the past four games. He is the second leading scorer and rebounder averaging 10.7 points per game and 7.9 rebounds.
WYCHE HITS CAREER HIGH: Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) has started 21 of 22 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 scored 16 points vs. Miami on Saturday, which was his ninth double-figure scoring game of the season and the 18th of his career.
He is the team’s fourth-leading scorer averaging 9.1 points per game. Wyche averaged 3.7 points per game as a freshman in 1995-96 and put in 5.5 points per game last season.
WILLIAMSON GETS REBOUND HIGH: Notre Dame freshman Leviticus Williamson (Spring, Texas) had a career-high seven rebounds vs. Miami on Saturday night. His previous high was four against St. John’s on Jan. 31. His 21 minutes played against the Hurricanes marked a BIG EAST career high while his career high is 24 minutes vs. Northeastern on Nov. 25 — his only career start.
IRISH ON TELEVISION: Notre Dame will once again make a number of appearances on national and local television this season. Notre Dame appears 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 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, appear 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.
JOHN MacLEOD FILE
HEAD COACH JOHN MacLEOD
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 SIGNS THREE
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.
MEYER TO BE HONORED
Meyer was the head coach at DePaul from 1942-94 and played at Notre Dame from 1935-38. Meyer had an overall record of 724-354 in charge of the DePaul program and led the Blue Demons to 13 appearances in the NCAA tournament.
DANTLEY A FINLIST FOR HALL
An individual needs 18 of 24 votes from the hall’s honor committee for election. The inductees from this year will be announced on June 29 with enshrinement ceremonies in September.
Dantley played at Notre Dame from 1973-76 and remains the school’s second-leading career scorer with 2,223 points. He was named the national player of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association following his junior year in 1976.
Dantley played in the NBA for 15 seasons on seven different teams, the majority with the New Orleans and Utah Jazz (1979-86). Dantley was a six-time NBA all-star and averaged 30 points per game in four seasons.
Other players that are nominees for the hall are: Larry Bird, Larry Costello, Artis Gilmore, Marques Haynes, Gus Johnson, Sidney Moncrief and Chet Walker. The coaches are Alex Hannum, John Thompson and Tex Winter.
’78 TEAM RETURNS TO CAMPUS