Feb. 21, 1998
Notre Dame Men's Hoops Takes on Miami Sunday
Fighting Irish play second of three-straight at home
TODAY'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team plays its second of three-straight home games today as it takes on Miami. Todays meeting is the second between these two teams in the past nine days. Notre Dame has lost four of its past five games and enters todays game with an overall mark of 12-11 and a 6-9 BIG EAST record.
Notre Dame dropped an 88-79 decision to nationally-ranked Connecticut on Tuesday night. Senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) had a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds. Junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Pa.) had 16 points and eight rebounds while junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Notre Dame led by a 45-33 score at halftime, but the Huskies came out quickly in the second half and tied the game at 50-50 with 15:52 left in the game. The game remained tight the rest of the way as the Irish were within three points of UConn (78-75) with 2:53 left, but the Huskies scored 10 of the games last 14 points for the win.
After tonights game, Notre Dame closes out the home portion of the regular season against Georgetown on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EST at the Joyce Center. That game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Miami enters this afternoons game with an overall mark of 16-7 and is 9-6 in the BIG EAST. Miami lost to Providence by a 59-57 score on Wednesday.
THE NOTRE DAME-MIAMI SERIES: Todays game is the ninth meeting between Notre Dame and Miami and the Irish lead the series by a 5-3 count. Since Notre Dame joined the BIG EAST in 1995-96, Miami leads the series 3-1 and Notre Dame is 3-1 vs. Miami at the Joyce Center. John MacLeod is 1-3 vs. the Hurricanes in his collegiate coaching career.
The last meeting between the two teams came last Saturday at the Miami Arena a 66-57 Hurricane win. Garrity led the way with 20 points while Wyche had 16 and Hickey 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.
INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) suffered a thigh contusion with 1:03 left in the win over St. Johns on Jan. 31. Friel has missed the past five games and is out for todays game vs. Miami.
ROAD WINS: With the victory at St. Johns 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.
NOTRE DAME STARTING LINE: No. Player Pos Ht. Wt. Class PPG RPG Other Notes: 3 Derek Manner SF 6-6 206 Sr. 6.6 6.1 44.4 FG% Double figure scoring in 3 of past 6 games 53 Pat Garrity PF 6-9 231 Sr. 23.0 8.2 49.4 FG% 7th double-double of year vs. UConn 55 Phil Hickey C 6-10 252 Jr. 11.0 7.9 28.6 mpg Double figure scoring in four of past five games 4 Antoni Wyche 2G 6-4 193 Jr. 9.3 3.0 39-47 FT Career-high 20 pts. in 1st game with St. Johns 24 Martin Ingelsby PG 5-11 169 Fr. 6.7 2.6 5.8 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. 9.2 1.7 42-87 3FG Missed last five games with thigh contusion 15 Paul Rainey G 6-1 184 Sr. 0.9 0.2 6-9 FG Career-high 6 pts. vs. UConn 20 L.Williamson F 6-6 200 Fr. 2.3 2.0 9.5 mpg Career-high 7 rebs. vs. Miami 21 Jimmy Dillon G 6-1 171 So. 1.1 0.8 29 ast. Four assists vs. UConn 33 Hans Rasmussen F 6-9 218 Fr. 1.9 2.4 10.2 mpg Has started four games this season 34 Skylard Owens F 6-3 201 So. 0.5 1.0 3.8 mpg 12 minutes vs. Georgetown was career high 44 Todd Palmer F 6-7 223 So. 1.8 0.8 5.3 mpg Career-high seven points vs. Gtown
KNOCKING OFF THE TOP 25: Notre Dames 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 Dames 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 40.3 percent from the field (203 for 503) and 26.6 percent (41 for 154) from three-point range.
91 POINTS A BIG EAST HIGH: Notre Dames 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 Deans List for the fall 97 semester. Making the Deans List were: Academic All-American Pat Garrity, Phil Hickey, Derek Manner, Paul Rainey and Nick Wills.
GARRITY NO. 4 IN CAREER SCORING; APPROACHES 2,000: Garrity enters todays game with 1,988 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 96 of his 107 career games. Garrity has scored 20 or more points in 45 career games and has scored in double figures in 42 straight contests and 81 of the past 84 games.
GARRITY AND BIG EAST POINTS: Garrity scored a game-high 31 points vs. Connecticut on Tuesday night and became the 19th player in BIG EAST Conference history to score 1,000 points in league regular season play. Garrity enters todays with 1,028 career BIG EAST points. Felipe Lopez and Zendon Hamilton of St. Johns both became members of that group earlier this season.
GARRITY AND CAREER STATISTICS: Garrity currently stands 10th on the Notre Dame career list for rebounds with 739 while Adrian Dantley is No. 9 with 843 from 1973-76. Garritys 92 three-point field goals made is second in school history behind Ryan Hoovers 248 from 1992-96. His 258 trey attempts is third to Elmer Bennett (259 from 1988-92) and Hoovers 680.
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 Tuesday night against Connecticut, Garrity posted his seventh double-double of the season with 31 points and 10 rebounds vs. Connecticut. Garrity now has 19 career double-doubles and all seven 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 Garritys 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. Johns 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 107 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).
THIRTY SOMETHING: Garritys 31-point game vs. Connecticut on Tuesday marked the eighth time in his career that he scored 30-plus points in game. Garrity also scored 31 points in the win over Boston College on Feb. 11. Garrity had a career-high 37-point game vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 17 and also scored 32 points in Notre Dames win over Rutgers on January 11 to give him two 30-point games in three contests. Garritys 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 Arizonas 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:
GARRITY AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Garrity is the ninth leading scorer in the country through games of Feb. 20 at 23.0 points per game. Charlie Jones of Long Island University is first at 28.7 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. 20.
Name Category Overall Games Conference Games Pat Garrity Scoring 1st at 23.0 1st at 23.6 FG Pct. 4th at 49.1 2nd at 49.4 FT Pct. 10th at 74.7 9th at 75.0 Rebounding 5th at 8.2 4th at 8.9 Def. Rebs. 1st at 6.30 1st at 7.23 Phil Hickey Rebounding 6th at 7.9 6th at 8.1 Blocks 11th at 1.09 t13th at 1.00 Off. Rebs. 5th at 3.09 t5th at 3.07 Def. Rebs. 7th at 4.83 6th at 5.00 Martin Ingelsby Assists 4th at 5.83 4th at 5.20 3FG Pct. 7th at 38.9 Ast./TO Ratio 4th at 1.97 6th at 1.63 Keith Friel 3FG Pct. 1st at 48.3 3FG Made 5th at 2.33 Derek Manner Offensive Rebs. 14th at 2.61 Steals 14th at 1.70
In team statistics, Notre Dame is third in field goal percentage (45.3), third in three-point field goal percentage (36.8), fifth in rebounding margin (+3.4), first in assists (17.48) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.04). In conference games, Notre Dame is fifth in field goal percentage defense (44.0), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (33.5), second in assists (16.00).
Garritys 37 points vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 17 is the second-highest in the BIG EAST this year in all games and conference games. Friels eight three-point field goals vs. Syracuse are the most by a BIG EAST player in both overall and conference games this season.
Garritys 12 field goals vs. Seton Hall are tied as the second-most in a conference game this year. Garritys 12 free throws vs. the Pirates are tied for the highest in a conference game this year and his 16 attempts vs. Pittsburgh are tied as the highest.
Garritys seven double-doubles are the highest in conference games this year and he is tied for third with seven overall.
Notre Dames 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 leagues 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. Johns 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. Johns, Todd Burgan of Syracuse and Damian Owens of West Virginia. Ron Artest of St. Johns 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 Villanovas Kerry Kittles, who won the award in 1994-95. Previously, Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Chris Mullin of St. Johns 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 Smiths yearbook
GARRITY LEADS USA TEAM: Garrity spent this past summer as a member of the United States Under-22 National Team. Coached by Utahs 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 6.7 points per game with 2.6 rebounds and has recorded a total of 128 assists (5.6 per game).
Ingelsbys 128 assists is the 15th-highest in school single-season history while Jack Meehan owns the record with 214 in 1970-71.
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 763 minutes this season and committed just 68 turnovers one for every 11.2 minutes of play. The freshman has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.97 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. Friels 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. Johns 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 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 Dames 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 fourth-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.
Friels 42 threes are seventh in school single-season history. Hoover is the leader with 80 in 1993-94.
COMING OFF THE BENCH: Friels 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 on Feb. 11 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. He is averaging 6.6 points per game and 6.1 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. Johns 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 Rasmussens 20 minutes of playing time, another career high.
Rasmussen has played in all 23 games this season and is averaging 1.9 points per game and 2.4 rebounds.
HICKEY SETS CAREER HIGH AGAIN: Notre Dame junior center Phil Hickey had a career-high 21 points coming off the bench on Feb. 11 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 Feb. 14 at Miami.
Hickeys 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 12 games this season and in four of the past five games. He is the second leading scorer and rebounder on the Irish averaging 11.0 points per game and 7.9 rebounds.
His 25 blocked shots this season are the ninth-highest in school history while Marcus Young (1994-95) and Matt Gotsch (1995-96) are tied for seventh with 28. LaPhonso Ellis is the leader with 86 in 1991-92.
WYCHE HITS CAREER HIGH: Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) has started 22 of 23 games this season and scored a career-high 20 points vs. St. Johns on Dec. 30. Wyche was five of nine from the field and four of eight from three-point range. Wyches 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 13 points vs. Connecticut on Tuesday, which was his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 19th of his career.
He is the teams third-leading scorer averaging 9.3 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 Feb. 14. His previous high was four against St. Johns 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. Johns 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 WNDUs 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.