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    Jan. 25, 1997

    Irish Can't Get Over Mountain At West Virginia

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virgina held off a furious second half Irish rally for a thrilling 67-66 victory in front of 12,621 spectators in Morgantown, W.Va.

    Pat Garrity poured in a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds and Admore White and three-point specialist Pete Miller each scored 15, but 18 Notre Dame (9-8 overall, 3-6 Big East) turnovers, which the Mountaineers converted into 25 points, were too much for the Irish to overcome.

    It was Notre Dame's fifth loss in its last seven games.

    Damian Owens led West Virginia (11-5, 5-4) with 25 points, including hitting 6-6 from the line.



    NOTRE DAME (66)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Garrity         38  9-16   4-4   1-7  2  4   22
    Manner          29   1-6   1-2   3-5  2  3    3
    Gotsch          20   3-4   0-0   2-5  0  4    6
    White           37   6-9   1-1   1-5  7  3   15
    Miller          28  6-13   0-0   1-2  3  3   15
    Hickey          15   1-1   1-1   2-6  0  3    3
    Wyche           12   0-2   0-0   0-1  1  0    0
    Bell            11   0-4   0-0   0-1  0  1    0
    Young            7   0-0   0-0   1-2  0  0    0
    Dillon           3   1-2   0-0   0-0  0  0    2
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    TOTALS         200 27-57   7-8 11-34 15 21   66
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    Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals:
    5-18, .278 (Garrity 0-3, White 2-3, Miller 3-9,
    Wyche 0-1, Bell 0-1, Dillon 0-1). Team rebounds:
    3. Blocked shots: 3 (Gotsch 3). Turnovers: 18
    (White 6, Garrity 3, Dillon 2, Manner 2, Young 2,
    Miller, Wyche). Steals: 8 (Miller 3, Hickey 2,
    White 2, Manner).
    WEST VIRGINIA (67)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Owens           37  9-17   6-6   3-8  3  3   25
    Solheim         32   3-5   2-2   1-3  1  4    8
    Varejao         23   3-8   2-4   2-3  0  1    8
    Jefferson       29   1-8   2-4   0-2  2  0    5
    West            27   2-7   0-0   0-2  2  2    4
    Pledger         20   4-6   3-4   1-1  0  1   11
    Malone          20   0-5   1-2   5-9  1  2    1
    Liguori          5   1-2   2-3   1-1  0  1    5
    Lewin            4   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
    Jones            2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
    Goree            1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
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    TOTALS         200 23-58 18-25 13-29  9 16   67
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    Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals:
    3-15, .200 (Owens 1-3, Jefferson 1-5, West 0-4,
    Malone 0-1, Liguori 1-2). Team rebounds: 3.
    Blocked shots: 3 (Malone 2, Solheim). Turnovers:
    12 (Solheim 3, Malone 2, Owens 2, Goree,
    Jefferson, Lewin, Varejao, West). Steals: 8
    (Owens 4, West 2, Jefferson, Pledger).
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    Notre Dame         25   41  -   66
    West Virginia      32   35  -   67
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    Technical fouls: None.  A: 12,621. Officials:
    Mike Kitts, John Corbett, Rick Hartzell.
    
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