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    Jan. 29, 1997

    Pitt Shoots Down Notre Dame

    PITTSBURGH -- Vonteego Cummings scored 16 points in the first half, 12 on 3-pointers, as the hot-shooting Panthers raced out to a big early lead on the way to a 88-64 BIG EAST victory at Civic Arena Wednesday night.

    Cummings, who finished with 19 points, hit all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half as Pitt took a commanding 43-29 lead. Kellii Taylor led Pitt with 20 and added six steals.

    The Panthers (11-9, 5-4) connected on 7-of-11 shots (.636) from beyond the arc in the first half and 16-of-23 (.696) in the game.

    Matt Gotsch scored 14 points to lead Notre Dame (9-9, 3-7). Pat Garrity finished with 12 points, nine below his average.

    The 24-point defeat equaled the worst Notre Dame has suffered this season. The Irish also lost by 24 points to Kentucky on Dec. 14.

    Notre Dame sophomore Antoni Wyche tied his career high with 10 points off the bench.

    Pittsburgh, which was coming off an 18-point win over Georgetown on Saturday, committed only six turnovers and shot .508 from the floor.

    Notre Dame made 18-of-19 free throws in the second half.



    NOTRE DAME (64)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Manner          18   2-4   0-0   1-2  1  1    4
    Garrity         29  4-13   2-2   3-6  1  2   12
    Gotsch          24   5-7   4-4   2-6  0  2   14
    White           27   1-4   0-0   0-3  5  1    2
    Miller          19   1-5   1-1   0-1  0  3    3
    Wyche           20   2-3   6-6   0-0  0  2   10
    Lalazarian      10   1-3   2-2   1-1  0  0    4
    Bell            12   1-4   1-2   1-2  3  0    4
    Friel            7   0-2   2-2   0-1  2  0    2
    Dillon           6   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
    Young           12   1-2   1-2   1-5  0  1    3
    Hickey          16   3-3   0-0   0-1  0  2    6
    _______________________________________________
    TOTALS         200 21-50 19-21  9-28 13 14   64
    _______________________________________________
    Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals:
    3-16, .188 (Garrity 2-5, White 0-2, Miller 0-1,
    Wyche 0-1, Lalazarian 0-1, Bell 1-3, Friel 0-2,
    Young 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4
    (Gotsch 3, Young). Turnovers: 23 (Garrity 5,
    Wyche 4, Bell 3, White 3, Gotsch 2, Hickey 2,
    Miller 2, Dillon, Manner). Steals: 10 (Friel 2,
    Miller 2, White 2, Bell, Gotsch, Hickey, Wyche).
    PITTSBURGH (88)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Maile           26   5-7   2-2   0-2  1  2   17
    Varga           22   3-9   2-2   0-2  1  2    9
    Blount          26   4-8   0-0   3-9  3  4    8
    Cummings        35   7-9   0-0   3-6  7  2   19
    Taylor          27  7-13   2-4   0-1  3  2   20
    Gardella         2   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
    Lockhart        13   2-6   0-0   1-3  0  1    5
    Willard         17   0-0   0-0   0-0  6  1    0
    Jordan          17   3-8   0-0   3-4  0  3    6
    Murray           2   1-2   0-0   1-1  0  0    2
    Hawkins         13   1-2   0-0   0-1  0  1    2
    _______________________________________________
    TOTALS         200 33-65   6-8 11-29 21 19   88
    _______________________________________________
    Percentages: FG-.508, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals:
    16-23, .696 (Maile 5-5, Varga 1-3, Cummings 5-6,
    Taylor 4-6, Lockhart 1-2, Murray 0-1). Team
    rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 7 (Blount 4, Varga,
    Hawkins, Taylor). Turnovers: 19 (Cummings 7,
    Blount 4, Jordan 3, Gardella, Lockhart, Maile,
    Taylor, Willard). Steals: 13 (Taylor 6, Cummings
    3, Blount, Jordan, Varga, Willard).
    __________________________________
    Notre Dame         29   35  -   64
    Pittsburgh         43   45  -   88
    __________________________________
    Technical fouls: Notre Dame 1 (Team).  A: 13,240.
    Officials: John Cahill, Donnie Gray, Ted
    Valentine.
    
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