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    January 2, 1997

    Fighting Irish Move to 1-1 In Big East Behind Garrity's 25 Points

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame took control of the game from the opening tip and never trailed as the Fighting Irish beat visiting Syracuse 69-52 in a Big East Conference game Thursday at the Joyce Center.

    Pat Garrity led all scorers with 25 points - 16 in the first half - and finished with 11 rebounds.

    The Fighting Irish (7-3, 1-1) opened the game with a 22-8 run and, by the end of the first half, held a comfortable 37-21 lead. Syracuse (8-5, 0-3) mounted a run with under 10 minutes left to play in the second half and cut the Notre Dame lead to 11 points and 50-39 with 8:34 left.

    Notre Dame, however, quickly built the lead up again and took its biggest lead with 4:55 left, going up 22 points.

    "(The win)'s huge," Garrity said. "Last year we didn't get our first conference win until midway through the season. To start off like this, against a good team like Syracuse, is a great win."

    Joining Garrity in double figures in scoring was guard Admore White who finished with 14 points and 10 assists.

    "I thought I had to step up tonight," White said. "I knew they were going to leave me open at the top of the key against the zone. Coach (John MacLeod) told me he had confidence in me and to keep shooting the ball and fortunately a couple shots went down."

    Syracuse was led by Otis Hill who scored 17 points.

    The Notre Dame defense stifled Syracuse as the Orangemen finished the game shooting 28 percent from the floor.

    MacLeod was pleased with both the Irish's play on offense and defense.

    "I thought defensively, we did a good job," he said. Of course, Syracuse did not have Todd Burgan, and without him, they are a different tea, It was a situation where it was a defensive battle the whole way.

    "From the offensive standpoint, we moved the ball well. they have a good zone; it is very effective. We were shotting 3s and came out of it early and intermittently we were able to go back to it. Overall, from an offensive standpoints, it was a good game."

    SYRACUSE (52)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Thomas          30   5-8   3-5   3-9  0  2   13
    Cipolla         35   0-8   2-2   0-5  1  0    2
    Hill            30  6-19   5-8   7-8  0  4   17
    Hart            33   1-9   3-5   1-3  3  3    5
    Janulis         24   2-7   0-0   0-3  0  3    5 
    Lloyd           11   1-6   0-0   1-1  1  1    2
    Riggins          4   1-1   0-0   0-1  0  0    2
    Howard          13   0-3   0-0   2-3  2  3    0
    Ovcina          20   2-4   0-0   0-2  0  3    6
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    TOTALS         200 18-65 13-20 19-42  7 19   52
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    Total FG%   First half:  7-36 .194  Second half: 11-29 .379   Game: .277
    3-Point FG% First half:   1-9 .111  Second half:   2-6 .333   Game: .200
    FT%         First half:   6-9 .667  Second half:  7-11 .636   Game: .650
    Deadball Rebounds: 5          
    NOTRE DAME (69)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Manner          26  2-12   2-3   5-6  1  0    6
    Garrity         35 11-19   0-3  5-11  1  3   25
    Young           19   1-1   0-0   1-5  1  3    2
    White           32   5-9   2-3   1-4 10  2   14
    Miller          23   2-4   0-2   1-5  0  3    6
    Lalazarian      13   1-4   2-2   2-2  2  1    4
    Dillon           8   0-2   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
    Wyche            9   0-0   0-0   2-2  0  1    0
    Gotsch          16   3-3   0-0   1-7  0  2    6
    Friel            9   0-5   2-2   1-1  1  1    2
    Hickey          10   1-1   2-2   0-1  1  2    4
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    TOTALS         200 26-60 10-18 18-48 18 18   69
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    Total FG%   First half: 14-34 .412  Second half: 12-26 .462   Game: .433
    3-Point FG% First half:  5-12 .417  Second half:   2-8 .250   Game: .350
    FT%         First half:   4-7 .571  Second half:  6-11 .545   Game: .556
    Deadball Rebounds: 1          
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    Syracuse          21   31  -   52
    Notre Dame        37   32  -   69
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