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Feb. 26, 1998

1997-98 University of Notre Dame Basketball Biography Updates

53, Pat Garrity, Forward, 6-9, 231, Senior, Monument, CO (Lewis Palmer)
The leading scorer and rebounder for the Irish this season, averaging 23.3 points per game and 8.3 one of 10 finalists for the Naismith National Player of the Year Award...has led Notre Dame in scoring in 21 of 25 games and tied in another...had his eighth double-double of the season and 20th of his career last Sunday vs. Miami with 29 points and 10 rebounds...had a game-high 31 points vs. Connecticut (Feb. 17) for his eighth career game of 30 points or more..had 31 points vs. Boston College and added 10 rebounds (Feb. 11)...has had a double-double in three of the past five games...just missed a double-double Wednesday vs. Georgetown with 24 points and nine rebounds...scored a game-high 23 points with eight rebounds in Irish win over St. John's (Jan. 31)...scored a career-high 37 points vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 17)...was named the BIG EAST player of the week for his performance against the Pirates and for scoring 27 points with 10 rebounds in the Irish win over West Virginia (Jan. 15)...shared that award with Duane Woodward of Boston College...his 37 points vs. the Pirates is the second-highest in the BIG EAST this season in all games...had 21 points and 10 rebounds vs. Syracuse (Jan. 21)...scored 32 points in win over Rutgers (Jan. 11) and also recorded a season-high seven assists...through games of Feb. 25, is the seventh-leading scorer in the country...through games of Feb. 25, is the leading scorer in the BIG EAST for overall games and also first in conference games at 23.9 points per overall games, is fifth in field goal percentage (.484), ninth in free throw percentage (.746), fourth in rebounds (8.3) and tied for first in defensive rebounds (6.28) conference games, is third in field goal percentage (.484), third in rebounding (8.9), first in defensive rebounding (7.00) and ninth in free throw percentage (.748)...the Irish co-captain has made a Notre Dame school-record 109 consecutive starts...stands fourth on the all-time Notre Dame scoring list with 2,041 points...his 758 career rebounds is ninth in school history and his 95 three-point field goals is second...has scored 20-plus points in 16 of the last 22 games...fouled out against Connecticut on Jan. 3 to mark the first time in 51 games that he had fouled out of a contest...posted his first double-double of the season when he scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in Notre Dame's win at Pittsburgh (Dec. 6) and then scored 19 points and 15 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 6) the first Pitt contest, he and teammate Phil Hickey combined to score 31 of Notre Dame's 35 second-half points...hit 11-of-16 free throws in the contest...has been in double figures in 44 straight games dating back to last season...has scored in double figures in 98 of his 109 career games and has scored 20 or more points in 47 career games.
Career Highs                       Season Highs
37 points vs. Seton Hall, 1/17/98  37 points vs. Seton Hall, 1/17/98
17 rebounds vs. Akron, 11/25/95    15 rebounds in two games
9 assists vs. Syracuse, 1/18/97    7 assists vs. Rutgers, 1/11/98
3, Derek Manner, Forward, 6-6, 206, Senior, Webster, TX (Clear Brook)
Registered a career-high 15 points at West Virginia (Jan. 15) scoring eight of Notre Dame's final 14 points...added 10 rebounds against the Mountaineers to record his first career double-double...posted his second career double-double against Rutgers (Feb. 5) as he scored 10 points and grabbed a personal best 12 rebounds...barely missed a double-double vs. Boston College (Feb. 11) with 10 points and nine rebounds...had 10 points and seven rebounds in win over St. John's (Jan. 31)...also had 10 rebounds vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 17)....scored 14 points vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 22)...set his career high with five assists and tied his season high with eight rebounds against the Big Green...scored a then season-high 12 points vs. Florida International (Dec. 20)...missed first start in 33 games against Northeastern (November 25) because of shin splints...the senior co-captain had started 32 straight games prior to that contest...played just five minutes against the Huskies...was back in the starting lineup three nights later versus Sam Houston State (Nov. 28)...averaging 6.3 points per game and 5.8 rebounds...grabbed eight rebounds in consecutive contests versus Pittsburgh and Drexel...second on the team with 62 offensive rebounds...has led or tied for the lead for the Irish in rebounding in seven games this season, including 12 vs. Rutgers (Feb. 5) and 10 at West Virginia (Jan. 15).
Career Highs                          Season Highs
15 points vs. West Virginia, 1/15/98  15 points vs. West Virginia, 1/15/98
12 rebounds vs. Rutgers, 2/5/98       12 rebounds vs. Rutgers, 2/5/98
5 assists vs. Dartmouth, 12/22/97     5 assists vs. Dartmouth, 12/22/97
55, Phil Hickey, Center, 6-10, 252, Junior, Wellsboro, PA (Wellsboro)
Is averaging 12.3 points per game in the past seven games...was in the starting lineup in the first 17 games this season and then came off the bench in the next four games, two of which he set a career high for points in...returned to the starting lineup on Feb. 14 against Miami and scored 11 points...set a career-high with 21 points vs. Boston College (Feb. 11) on eight of 12 shooting from the field...had a then career-high 20 points vs. Rutgers (Feb. 5) - hitting seven-of-nine field goals in the game...had a career-high 15 rebounds vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 16) BIG EAST action through Feb. 25, is fourth in rebounding in overall games at 8.3...also in overall games is 12th in blocked shots (1.12), fifth in offensive rebounding (3.08) and sixth in defensive rebounding (4.88) conference games, is fifth in rebounding (8.1), 14th in blocked shots (1.06) and seventh in defensive rebounding (5.06)...had 15 points vs. Florida International (Dec. 22)...second leading scorer on the team at 10.7 points per game and is second in rebounds at 8.0...had 15 points and 11 rebounds in season-opener vs. The Citadel (Nov. 17)...also had a career-high five assists...combined with Pat Garrity to score 31 of Notre Dame's 35 second-half points in road win at Pittsburgh...has scored in double figures in 13 games this year and has led or tied for the lead in rebounding for the Irish in nine contests.
Career Highs                           Season Highs
21 points vs. Boston College, 2/11/98  21 points vs. Boston College, 2/11/98
15 rebounds vs. Seton Hall, 1/17/98    15 rebounds vs. Seton Hall, 1/17/98
5 assists vs.  The Citadel, 11/17/97   5 assists vs. The Citadel, 11/17/97     
4, Antoni Wyche, Guard, 6-4, 193, Junior, Ballston Lake, NY (Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons)
Has scored in double figures in five of the past six games...scored a career-high 20 points vs. St. John's (Dec. 30)..was five of nine from the field, including a four of eight effort from three-point range...has started 24 of 25 games...had been in the starting lineup for the first 17 games of the season...came off the bench in the win over St. John's (Jan. 31) and scored seven points in 14 minutes...injured his mouth in Seton Hall (Jan. 17) game and required three stitches inside and three outside this mouth..returned to the game...returned to the starting lineup for the past seven games...had 11 points and a career-high five assists in win over Rutgers (Jan. 11)...had 16 points vs. Miami (Feb. 14), 13 vs. Connecticut (Feb. 17), 14 vs. Miami (Feb. 22) and 13 vs. Georgetown..also had a career-high eight rebounds vs. the Huskies...has scored in double figures in 12 games and is averaging 9.6 points per game and 3.1 rebounds...tied a then career-high with 17-point effort at Indiana (Dec. 3)...hit three-of-four three-pointers against Drexel and finished with 14 points (Dec. 14) and grabbed a career-high six rebounds vs. Drexel...also had 14 points in the season opener against The Citadel (Nov. 17)...shooting 43.4 percent from the field for the season (82-of-189).
Career Highs                          Season Highs
20 points vs. St. John's, 12/30/97    20 points vs. St. John's, 12/30/97
8 rebounds vs. Connecticut, 2/17/98   8 rebounds vs. Connecticut, 2/17/98
5 assists vs. Rutgers, 1/11/98        5 assists vs. Rutgers, 1/11/98
14, Keith Friel, Guard, 6-3, 188, Sophomore, Durham, NH (Oyster River)
Has scored in double figures in five of the past six games he has played in, after scoring in doubles just once in the first 12 games...missed the last seven games after suffering a thigh contusion in the final minute of the game against St. John's...scored 16 points in win over St. John's (Jan. 31), including 12 points in the final 6:07 to lead the Irish to victory...that game was his first collegiate start...tied for the team lead in scoring vs. Villanova (Jan. 28) with 14 points...scored a career-high 30 points in win over Syracuse (Jan. 28)...was named BIG EAST player of the week for his efforts and shared that award with Boubacar Aw of the Syracuse game, was eight for 10 from three-point field goal range as the eight treys made were a single-game school record...42 of his 52 field goals are from three-point range (27 of 34 in the BIG EAST) as are 87 of his 121 attempts (55 of 76 in the BIG EAST)...had 11 points and hit a game-winning 15-foot jumper to defeat West Virginia (Jan. 15)...hit on four-of-six shots including three-of-five from three-point range against the Mountaineers...had 12 points on four three-point field goals in win over Rutgers (Feb. 11)...West Virginia and Rutgers games marked the first time he had scored in double figures in consecutive games in his career..scored a career-high 16 points in win over Sam Houston State (Nov. 28)...registered a career-high four rebounds against Florida International (Dec. 20)...averaging 16.8 minutes of playing time per game and has seen action in 18 games...averaging 9.2 points per game.
Career Highs                                    Season Highs
30 points vs. Syracuse, 1/21/98                 30 points vs. Syracuse, 1/21/98
4 rebounds vs. Florida International, 12/20/97  4 rebounds vs. Florida International, 12/20/97
4 assists in two games                          4 assists vs. Marquette, 11/21/97
21, Jimmy Dillon, Guard, Sophomore, 6-1, 171, Philadelphia, PA (Holy Ghost Prep)
Has come off the bench to see playing time in all 24 games this season...tied his career high with eight points against Miami last Sunday, including two three-pointers, and again on Wednesday against Georgetown...also had a career-high four rebounds vs. the Hoyas...hit a key three-point field goal with 2:46 left to give the Irish the lead for good...also tied his career high with six assists against Miami.
Career Highs                         Season Highs    
8 points in three games              8 points in two games
4 rebounds vs. Georgetown, 2/25/98   4 rebounds vs. Georgetown, 2/25/98
6 assists in two games               6 assists vs. Miami, 2/22/98
44 Todd Palmer, Forward, 6-7, 223, Sophomore, Harrington Park, NJ (Don Bosco Prep)
Second-year player who did not see any action in his first season...has played in 20 games coming off the bench, scoring in 10 of them...had a career high seven points vs. Georgetown (Feb. 7)...scored six points and made three steals in win over Northeastern (Nov. 25).
Career and Season Highs
7 points vs. Georgetown, 2/7/98
3 rebounds vs. Connecticut, 1/3/98
1 assist vs. Florida International, 12/20/97
24 Martin Ingelsby, Guard, 5-11, 169, Freshman, Philadelphia, PA (Archbishop Carroll)
Freshman point guard who has started all 25 games this season...leads the team with 143 assists (5.7 per game)...had his second career double-double vs. Syracuse (Jan. 21) with 10 points and 10 rebounds...through games of Feb. 25, is third in the BIG EAST in assists in overall games (5.72) also fifth in assist/turnover ratio and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (40.0) conference games, is fifth in assists (5.12) and seventh in assist/turnover ratio...averaging 6.8 points per game and registered career-high with 16 points vs. Florida International (Dec. 20)...had a BIG EAST career high 15 points vs. Georgetown on Wednesday to break a streak of seven games in single-digit scoring...has had 10 or more assists in four games...before the St. John's game (Dec. 30), had connected on eight-straight three-point field goal attempts...dished off a career-high 12 assists at Indiana, which were the most by an opposing player against a Bobby Knight-coached team at Assembly Hall...had 11 assists and just one turnover in win over Northeastern (Nov. 25) and hauled in a personal best six rebounds in the contest...has played 824 minutes this season and committed just 72 turnovers - one for every 11.4 minutes...owns a 1.99:1 assists-to-turnovers ratio...has been the Irish leader in the assist column or tied for the lead in 16 games...first freshman to start season-opening game at Notre Dame since junior Antoni Wyche versus Akron in 1995.
Career and Season Highs
16 points vs. Florida International, 12/20/97
6 rebounds vs. Northeastern, 11/25/97
12 assists vs. Indiana, 12/3/97
33, Hans Rasmussen, Forward, 6-9, 218, Freshman, Portland, OR (Central Catholic)
First-year player who has seen action in all 25 games and has started four games...made his first collegiate start against St. John's (Jan. 31)...had one point with five rebounds in 16 minutes of action in the St. John's game and scored two points and grabbed three rebounds vs. Rutgers...scored five points with four rebounds vs. Georgetown (Feb. 7)...had a career-high nine rebounds vs. Connecticut (Jan. 3)...played 20 minutes vs. the Huskies and scored six points...scored a career-high eight points vs. Florida International (Dec. 20) in 11 minutes of playing time and added six points vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 22)...hauled in six rebounds versus Northeastern (Nov. 25) and five rebounds against Drexel (Dec. 14)...second most minutes played of any freshman on the team behind Martin Ingelsby.
Career and Season Highs
8 points vs. Florida International, 12/20/97
9 rebounds vs. Connecticut, 1/3/97
2 assists vs. Sam Houston State, 11/28/97
20, Leviticus Williamson, Forward, 6-6, 200, Freshman, Spring, TX (Spring)
Has played in 22 games and registered a career-high seven rebounds vs. Miami (Feb. 14)...earned first collegiate start in third game of the season against Northeastern (Nov. 25)...missed the Georgetown game (Feb. 7) with back spasms, but returned against Boston College (Feb. 11) to score four points with three rebounds ...scored four points vs. both Syracuse (Jan. 21) and Villanova (Jan. 28)...started the Northeastern game in place of Derek Manner who was suffering from shin splints and played 24 minutes...recorded 10 points and three rebounds in the game...also had three rebounds in the season opener against The Citadel (Nov. 17).
Career and Season Highs
10 points vs. Northeastern, 11/25/97
7 rebounds vs. Miami, 2/21/98
3 rebounds vs. Northeastern, 11/25/97
52, Nick Wills, Forward, 6-5, 227, Senior, Mendota Heights, MN (St. Thomas Academy)
Fourth-year member of team as a walk-on...has been in four games this year and had four rebounds vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 22).

15, Paul Rainey, Guard, 6-1, 184, Senior, Hattieville, AR (Wonderview)
Third-year walk-on member of Irish team...has played in 15 games, including critical last defensive set against Boston College (Feb. 11)...scored two points in three different games.

34, Skylard Owens, Sophomore, 6-3, 201, Sophomore, Shreveport, LA (Loyola College Prep)
Second-year member of team as a walk-on...played a career-high 19 minutes vs. Miami last Sunday and scored two points with three rebounds...scored two points with two rebounds vs. Georgetown (Feb. 7)...played a then career-high 12 minutes vs. the Hoyas...had three rebounds vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 22)...also played seven minutes vs. Rutgers on Jan. 11...has seen action in 13 contests.

10, Matt MacLeod, Sophomore, 6-3, 173, Sophomore, Granger, IN (St. Joseph's)
First-year member of team as a walk-on...has played in five games and scored first collegiate basket vs. Rutgers (Jan.11).

35, Tom Krizmanich, Freshman, 6-3, 192, Freshman, Warsaw, IN (Warsaw)
Freshman walk-on member of team...played in the Northeastern (Nov. 25) and Dartmouth (Dec. 22) games and hit a three-point field goal vs. the Big Green for his first career points...has played in four games.

25, Peter Okwalinga, Center, 6-8, 212, Freshman, Nairobi, Kenya (Greensteds School)
Has not seen action and will miss the entire season because of bilateral stress fractures in both of his feet.

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