December 2, 1996
Patterson is the Hero as Indiana Narrowly Defeats Irish 76-75
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Once again, Andrae Patterson came through in the clutch for Indiana. But it seems Bobby Knight isn't quite ready to let the young hero take all the credit. Patterson hit a 17-foot jumper with 19 seconds left as No. 6 Indiana rallied to beat Notre Dame 76-75, improving to 6-0 on the season before 11,418 in the Joyce Center.
But Knight had some choice words for Patterson following the win against the Irish. "Patterson made a couple of plays near the end of the game. But he tried to play too much one-on-one in the first half," Knight said.
Indiana rallied back from a 11 point second half deficit, at one time trailing 64-53 with nine minutes remaining in the game. The Hoosiers received balanced scoring from starters Jason Collier (13 points), Patterson (14), Neil Reed (21), and A.J. Guyton (15).
Notre Dame was led by Pat Garrity, who was unstoppable for the Irish, scoring 36 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field. Garrity had given Notre Dame a 75-74 lead with :36 seconds remaining, hitting both ends of a one-and-one, before Patterson's heroics.
Notre Dame, which falls to 2-1 on the season, travels to Providence on Saturday for a BIG EAST matchup with the Friars.
Notre Dame Head Coach John MacLeod:
On the game: "It was a tremendous game. They came back in the second half and got some shots, some deflections on us and some rebounds. We just could not pull it out in the end. Admore White had a great steal and a good toss. We just weren't able to pull it out. Give IU credit. Our team did a great job. They worked their tails off. We are a better team than last year."
"This is a group of good-looking kids. They are going to be able to play big games like this."
On running the fast break: "We did run. We had a cushion, but we wanted to be more aggressive, but we were not able to continue. Garrity really carried us tonight through the first half and he was on a tear in the beginning of the second. I think he was just tired the last six or seven minutes. This game will definitely help down the road."
On turning the loss into a positive: "This is a very mature group of kids. They have excellent focus. It is a tough loss, but a temporary obstacle. We have a BIG EAST game on Saturday. That experience will help. They will bounce back. They won't hang their heads. They will be disappointed, not discouraged."
Indiana Head Coach Bob Knight
On the game: "We were lucky to escape. The two inside kids of ND were great. We won't play anybody tougher than those two. Garrity was a real b..... for us to control. The turning point was when we set Collier up to shoot threes. I'm the only guy who can recruit a center who can shoot threes but not score from underneath the basket. We're not good on the inside. The guards were not very good, by this I mean Guyton will be sitting on the bench when we return to the playing court."
On Indiana's comeback: "ND played better than we did. We luckily came back at the end when we were down. It was a great success for us to come back the way we did. We should have done it all game."
On Pat Garrity: "He is a very tough kid. He worked very hard with the coaches in the offseason and he proved that today against us. He is one of the toughest players we have experienced this year."
On Notre Dame: "John's team played hard and was well disciplined. The last time we were here, we did the same thing we did today and came out on the losing end."
Notre Dame Player Quotes:
Junior Forward Pat Garrity: "I don't know if I'd call it pressure, but we have to be able to 'get up' for the big games. We were playing a top-10 team tonight and I was really excited and confident going in."
"It's hard to play a game like that where you play close for 40 minutes and then lose the way we did. I know I played well, but I'm not happy about the outcome."
Senior Guard Pete Miller: "I grew up around South Bend and always was a big IU fan. Getting a chance to play them is a really big deal for me. I'm sorry it came out the way it did."
"It's frustrating to see so many fans cheering for them but they have a great tradition and a huge following around here. We just have to be able to play through that."
NOTE: Following the game, the Indiana locker room was closed to the media and players were not available for interviews.
Indiana 76, NOTRE DAME 75
Indiana -- Collier 5-13 1-2 13, Patterson 6-11 2-3 14, Mandeville 1-2 0-0 2, Reed 5-10 9-10 21, Guyton 5-12 2-2 15, Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Jiminez 0-1 0-1 0, Lewis 3-6 0-0 7, Egger 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0, Mujezinovic 0-2 2-2 2, Paul 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 16-20 76
Notre Dame -- Manner 3-6 0-0 6, Garrity 12-20 9-12 36, Gotsch 4-7 0-0 8, White 1-12 0-2 2, Miller 2-4 0-0 6, Lalalzarian 6-7 1-1 13, Friel 0-1 0-1 0, Dillon 1-2 0-0 2, Wyche 0-3 0-2 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Hickey 0-1 2-3 2. Totals 29-63 12-21 75.
Halftime: Indiana 41 ,Notre Dame 38.