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    Pat Garrity scored 22 points in the loss to Villanova.

    Feb. 16, 1997

    Notre Dame Can't Muster Up Win at Nova

    PHILADELPHIA -- Alvin Williams scored 25 points and Tim Thomas added 22 to lead 18th-ranked Villanova to a 75-70 victory over Notre Dame and a sweep of the Big East series.

    Villanova (18-7, 9-5 Big East 6) rebounded from back-to-back losses to Kentucky and Pittsburgh and tied Boston College for first-place in the Big East 6.

    Pat Garrity led Notre Dame (12-10, 6-8 Big East 6) with 22 points.

    A basket by Thomas with 11:18 remaining gave Villanova its biggest lead at 48-40. But Garrity hit a three-pointer to ignite a 9-3 run which pulled Notre Dame within 51-49 with 7:17 left.

    Villanova scored the next five points on a jumper by freshman Brian Lynch and a three-pointer by Williams to increase its lead to 56-49.

    The Wildcats held a 70-64 advantage after a pair of free throws by Jason Lawson with 21.3 seconds left. But Notre Dame threatened with a late run.

    Antoni Wyche hit a three-pointer with 13.1 seconds left to cut Villanova's lead to 70-67. After Williams converted the second of two free throws, Admore White connected on a three-pointer with 7.1 seconds remaining to pull the Fighting Irish within 71-70.

    Williams converted a pair of free throws to give Villanova a 73-70 advantage. Notre Dame had a chance to tie the game, but White was called for a double dribble with 2.3 seconds left. Thomas added a pair of free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.

    Villanova used an 8-0 run to build a 29-21 lead in the first half. A tip-in by Thomas with 6:10 left capped the run. Notre Dame responded with an 11-2 spurt to take a 32-31 advantage with two minutes remaining. Villanova closed the half with a three-pointer by Lynch and a jumper by Thomas to take a 36-32 lead.

    Matt Gotsch had 17 points and White finished with 12 points and 10 assists for Notre Dame.

    Villanova has won five of the last six meetings with Notre Dame and leads the all-time series, 11-7. Thomas scored 18 points and Williams added 16 to lead the Wildcats to a 68-57 victory at Notre Dame on January 14.

    NOTRE DAME (70)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Manner          33   1-3   4-5   1-3  2  1    6
    Garrity         40 10-16   0-0   0-4  2  2   22
    Gotsch          29   4-7  9-10   0-2  0  3   17
    White           36  5-10   0-2   1-2 10  4   12
    Miller          27   2-4   0-0   0-3  1  4    5
    Young            5   0-0   0-0   1-1  0  1    0
    Wyche           13   3-4   0-0   0-1  1  4    8
    Bell             1   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
    Lalazarian       5   0-2   0-0   1-1  1  1    0
    Dillon           4   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
    Hickey           7   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
    _______________________________________________
    TOTALS         200 25-46 13-17  4-19 17 20   70
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    Percentages: FG-.543, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals:
    7-13, .538 (Garrity 2-5, White 2-3, Miller 1-2,
    Wyche 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6
    (Gotsch 5, Garrity). Turnovers: 19 (White 6,
    Garrity 5, Manner 3, Dillon, Gotsch, Lalazarian,
    Miller, Young). Steals: 6 (Miller 2, White 2,
    Garrity, Lalazarian).
    VILLANOVA (75)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Thomas          36  8-14   4-4   1-4  5  3   22
    Kornegay        20   2-2   0-0   0-2  0  4    4
    Lawson          31   2-9   6-6   2-4  1  3   10
    Celestand       16   0-0   0-0   0-0  2  1    0
    Williams        39  9-15   5-7   1-3  7  3   25
    Brown           13   1-4   0-0   0-0  1  0    2
    Bigus            5   0-1   0-0   0-1  0  2    0
    Allen           23   2-4   1-2   1-5  0  4    5
    Lynch           17   3-4   0-0   1-4  1  0    7
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    TOTALS         200 27-53 16-19  6-23 17 20   75
    _______________________________________________
    Percentages: FG-.509, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals:
    5-11, .455 (Thomas 2-5, Williams 2-5, Lynch 1-1).
    Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 6 (Allen 3,
    Lawson, Williams, Thomas). Turnovers: 15 (Lawson
    5, Thomas 3, Celestand 2, Lynch 2, Williams 2,
    Kornegay). Steals: 13 (Williams 6, Brown 3, Lynch
    2, Kornegay, Thomas).
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    Notre Dame         32   38  -   70
    Villanova          36   39  -   75
    __________________________________
    Technical fouls: None.  A: 19,372. Officials:
    John Cahill, Tom Hutchinson, Mike Kitts.
    

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