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Jan. 14, 1997

Thomas Leads Wildcats Past Irish

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Freshman Tim Thomas scored 18 points as No. 16 Villanova snapped a two-game Big East Conference losing streak with a 68-57 victory over slumping Notre Dame.

Alvin Williams added 16 points for the Wildcats (13-3, 4-2 Big East), who lost last week to Providence and Miami.

Pat Garrity scored 17 points to lead Notre Dame (7-7, 1-5), which suffered its fourth straight loss. The Fighting Irish have lost four of their past five meetings with Villanova.

Notre Dame trailed 33-24 at halftime, but Garrity had seven points in a 20-12 run that opened the second half to cut the deficit to 45-44 with 11:19 left.

"We made a good comeback in the second half," Notre Dame coach John MacLeod said. "It gave us a kick-start, but we could not capitalize. We hung right in there, but we missed a ton of free throws."

The Wildcats responded with a 16-1 run behind seven points from Williams, opening their largest lead at 61-45 on John Celestand's layup with 5:33 left. Notre Dame would get no closer than nine points after that.

"We knew they were going to make their runs," Thomas said. "They cut the lead and we knew we had to just get back in it."

Villanova used a 13-1 run late in the first half to turn an 18-16 lead into a 31-17 bulge with 2:54 left.

Thomas grabbed 14 rebounds and Chuck Kornegay added 11 for helping the Wildcats, who shot 41 percent (24-for-58) from the field and held a 52-35 rebounding advantage.

Villanova held Garrity, the Big East's leading scorer at 22.1 points per game, to just 3-of-8 shooting from the field. As a team, the Irish shot just 33 percent (18-for-54) and a dismal 16-for-31 (51 percent) from the line.

"Kornegay does a great job on that type of player game in and game out," Villanova coach Steve Lappas said. "Pat is a great inside-outside player, but we felt that Chuck could hold his own against a player like Garrity."



VILLANOVA (68)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Thomas          33  5-14  7-10  3-14  3  3   18
Kornegay        24   1-4   3-6  5-11  0  4    5
Lawson          30   5-7   0-0   2-8  1  3   10
Celestand       34  4-11   0-3   1-4  2  2    8
Williams        35  4-11   7-9   1-2  5  3   16
Allen           15   2-3   0-0   3-7  1  4    4
Lynch           14   2-4   0-0   0-0  0  0    5
Brown            7   0-2   0-0   0-2  0  2    0
Bigus            8   1-2   0-2   0-1  0  1    2
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TOTALS         200 24-58 17-30 15-49 12 22   68
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Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.567. 3-Point Goals:
3-14, .214 (Thomas 1-6, Celestand 0-2, Williams
1-4, Lynch 1-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots:
8 (Thomas 2, Lawson 2, Celestand 2, Williams,
Bigus). Turnovers: 17 (Allen 3, Lawson 3, Thomas
3, Celestand 2, Williams 2, Bigus, Brown,
Kornegay, Lynch). Steals: 9 (Thomas 5, Brown,
Kornegay, Lawson, Williams).
NOTRE DAME (57)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Manner          23   2-6   4-6   1-5  0  1    8
Garrity         29   3-8  9-12   1-4  2  4   17
Young           16   1-2   0-0   2-3  1  4    2
White           32  2-10   1-3   1-5  6  2    5
Miller          28   3-8   0-0   0-3  0  3    8
Lalazarian       5   1-3   0-1   0-0  0  0    2
Bell            16   3-7   1-2   1-3  1  1    8
Dillon          11   1-1   0-1   0-0  0  3    2
Gotsch          18   1-4   0-2   1-4  0  1    2
Friel            9   0-3   1-3   0-0  1  1    1
Hickey          13   1-2   0-1   3-4  0  2    2
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TOTALS         200 18-54 16-31 10-31 11 22   57
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Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.516. 3-Point Goals:
5-20, .250 (Garrity 2-5, White 0-5, Miller 2-5,
Bell 1-3, Friel 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked
shots: 1 (Garrity). Turnovers: 15 (White 4,
Garrity 3, Bell 2, Dillon 2, Friel, Gotsch,
Young). Steals: 10 (Dillon 3, White 3, Manner 2,
Young 2).
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Villanova          33   35  -   68
Notre Dame         24   33  -   57
__________________________________
Technical fouls: Villanova 2 (Thomas, Team).  A:
11,059. Officials: Jodi Silvester, Larry Rose,
Mike Kitts.

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