Feb. 24, 1998
Irish Play the Hoyas
Mens Hoops Looks to get Above .500 Mark
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-12, 6-10)
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 1998
TONIGHT'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team wraps up the home portion of the regular season tonight as it takes on Georgetown. Tonight's game is the second meeting of the season between these two teams as Georgetown posted a 76-56 win over the Irish on Feb. 7 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Notre Dame has lost five of its past six games and enters tonight's game with an overall mark of 12-12 and a 6-10 BIG EAST record.
Notre Dame dropped a 65-59 decision to Miami on Sunday at the Joyce Center as senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) recorded his eighth double-double of the season, and third in the past four games, with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) had 14 points while junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Penn.) had 10 rebounds.
Miami led by a 35-32 count at halftime and the game remained tight throughout. Notre Dame took a 57-55 lead with 3:17 left to play on a jump shot by Wyche for its first advantage of the game, but the Hurricanes scored the 10 of the final 12 points of the game for the victory.
Notre Dame closes out the regular season on Saturday when it travels to Providence for a 3:00 p.m. game. That contest will be televised nationally by NBC.
Georgetown enters tonight's game with an overall record of 14-11 and is 6-10 in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas are coming off an 84-67 win over Boston College on Saturday.
THE NOTRE DAME-GEORGETOWN SERIES: Tonight's game is the eighth meeting between Notre Dame and Georgetown and the Hoyas lead the series by a 5-2 count. Since Notre Dame joined the BIG EAST in 1995-96, Georgetown leads the series by a 4-0 count. The Hoyas and Villanova are the only teams in the league that the Irish have not beaten since joining the BIG EAST. Notre Dame is 2-1 vs. the Hoyas at home and 1-1 in the Joyce Center. John MacLeod is 0-4 vs. the Hoyas as a collegiate head coach.
Georgetown won the first meeting of the season between the two teams -- 76-56 at the MCI Center in Washington. Boubacar Aw led four Hoyas in double figure scoring with 19 points. Garrity had 15 for Notre Dame while Wyche had 10.
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 six games and is questionable for tonight's game vs. Georgetown. Freshman Leviticus Williamson (Spring, Texas) missed his second game in the past five contests vs. Miami with back spasms.
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 40.2 percent from the field (225 for 560) and 29.8 percent (50 for 168) 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 NO. 4 IN CAREER SCORING -- SURPASSES 2,000: Garrity enters today's game with 2,017 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 97 of his 108 career games. Garrity has scored 20 or more points in 46 career games and has scored in double figures in 43 straight contests and 82 of the past 85 games.
GARRITY AND BIG EAST POINTS: Garrity scored a game-high 31 points vs. Connecticut last Tuesday night and became the 19th player in BIG EAST Conference history to score 1,000 points in league regular season play. Garrity enters tonight's game with 1,057 career BIG EAST points. Felipe Lopez and Zendon Hamilton of St. John's both became members of that group earlier this season.
Garrity is now the 15th leading scorer in league history while Andre McCloud of Seton Hall (1982-86) is No. 14 with 1,113. Lawrence Moten of Syracuse is the leader with 1,405 points from 1991-95.
Garrity will be the leading scorer in BIG EAST history for players that have played three years of less.
Garrity's 20.3 points per game BIG EAST scoring average is the sixth-best in league history -- fourth-best among players that have played three or more seasons.
GARRITY AND CAREER STATISTICS: Garrity currently stands 10th on the Notre Dame career list for rebounds with 749 while Adrian Dantley is No. 9 with 843 from 1973-76. Garrity's 94 three-point field goals made is second in school history behind Ryan Hoover's 248 from 1992-96. His 266 trey attempts is second to Hoover's 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.
On Sunday against Miami, Garrity posted his eighth double-double of the season with 29 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hurricanes. Garrity now has 20 career double-doubles and all eight 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 108 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: Garrity's 31-point game vs. Connecticut on Feb. 17 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 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:
* 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 AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Garrity is the ninth leading scorer in the country through games of Feb. 22 at 23.3 points per game. Charlie Jones of Long Island University is first at 28.7 points per game.
INGELSBY IN STARTING LINEUP: Freshman point guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Penn.) has started all 24 games this season and is averaging 6.5 points per game with 2.6 rebounds and has recorded a total of 136 assists (5.7 per game).
Ingelsby's 136 assists is tied as the 13th-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 788 minutes this season and committed just 71 turnovers -- one for every 11.1 minutes of play. The freshman has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.92 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 six 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 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.
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 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 6.3 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per contest.
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 and has started the previous three contests.
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 12 games this season and in four of the past six games. He is the second leading scorer and rebounder on the Irish, averaging 10.6 points per game and 8.0 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 IN HOT STREAK: Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) has started 23 of 24 games this season and has scored in double figures in four of the past five games, averaging 12.2 points per game during that period.
Wyche 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 scored 14 points vs. Miami on Sunday, which was his 11th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 20th of his career.
He is the team's third-leading scorer averaging 9.5 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.
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 24 games this season and is averaging 1.9 points per game and 2.4 rebounds.
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. 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 once again is making a number of appearances on national and local television this season. Notre Dame appears or appeared 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 made 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, appeared 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.