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    Mar. 18, 1997

    Irish Advance to NIT Quarterfinals

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Pat Garrity scored 20 points and Pete Miller added 16 as Notre Dame jumped out to an early lead and coasted to an 82-72 defeat of Texas Christian in a second-round National Invitation Tournament matchup.

    Notre Dame (16-13) will host the winner of the Michigan-Oklahoma State contest Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Fighting Irish opened a 10-point lead midway through the first half and were never threatened.

    "Sixteen games is the most anyone on this team has won," Garrity said. "I'm just happy to be a part of this."

    "Everything came together for us tonight," Miller said. "It's the last go-around for the four seniors and we're trying to enjoy it."

    Damion Walker had 16 points and Mike Jones added 15 as TCU ended its season at 22-13. The Horned Frogs have dropped all five meetings with Notre Dame.

    Notre Dame led 13-10 just over six minutes into the contest when they went on an 8-2 run. Derek Manner, who finished with 12 points, sparked the burst with a layup and Garrity then hit a pair of baskets for a 19-12 advantage. David Lalazarian capped the spurt with a basket and TCU never got closer than six the rest of the way.

    "There were a lot of instances where we had fast break opportunities," Notre Dame coach John MacLeod said. "Derek Manner had some dunks. It was a solid effort. We had four players in double figures and a minimal number of turnovers."

    Phil Hickey had 13 points, on 6-of-7 shooting, and 12 rebounds for Notre Dame, which made 19-of-35 shots in the second half.

    TCU made just 10-of-44 shots in the first half and finished the game 8-of-27 from three-point range.

    "We couldn't get shots falling in the first half and I was surprised we were still within 12 the way we played in the first," TCU coach Billy Tubbs said. "That's as bad offensively as I've seen us play in a long time."

    TCU (72)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Johnson         38  4-17   1-4   0-4  2  3   11
    Davis           19   1-2   0-0   2-9  0  2    2
    Walker          37  6-16   4-7   3-8  1  3   16
    Fowler          19   4-8   0-0   2-4  2  0   10
    Jones           35  5-19   2-2  9-15  7  2   14
    Burks           12   0-4   1-2   0-0  0  2    1
    Jacobs          14   3-6   0-0   0-0  2  0    8
    Penny           18   4-7   0-0   1-4  1  4    8
    Tuialii          8   1-3   0-0   1-1  0  1    2
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    TOTALS         200 28-82  8-15 18-45 15 17   72
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    Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.533. 3-Point Goals:
    8-27, .296 (Johnson 2-9, Fowler 2-4, Jones 2-7,
    Burks 0-2, Jacobs 2-3, Penny 0-1, Tuialii 0-1).
    Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Penny 2,
    Walker). Turnovers: 10 (Jones 3, Jacobs 2, Walker
    2, Burks, Davis, Penny). Steals: 6 (Jacobs 3,
    Johnson, Jones, Penny).
    NOTRE DAME (82)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Manner          27   6-8   0-0   2-4  4  4   12
    Garrity         35  9-19   2-2   0-6  6  3   20
    Hickey          31   6-7   1-2  4-12  3  2   13
    White           34  4-14   1-3   0-7  9  2    9
    Miller          29   5-6   1-2   0-4  1  2   16
    Wyche           10   0-2   0-0   0-1  2  0    0
    Lalazarian      13   2-7   3-7   0-1  0  0    7
    Friel            7   1-2   0-0   0-1  2  0    3
    Gotsch          11   1-5   0-0   2-6  0  2    2
    Young            3   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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    TOTALS         200 34-70  8-16  8-42 27 15   82
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    Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals:
    6-19, .316 (Garrity 0-4, White 0-5, Miller 5-6,
    Wyche 0-1, Lalazarian 0-1, Friel 1-2). Team
    rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Gotsch 2, Hickey,
    Garrity, Young). Turnovers: 12 (White 3, Garrity
    2, Manner 2, Miller 2, Gotsch, Hickey, Wyche).
    Steals: 4 (White 2, Friel, Manner).
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    Tcu                23   49  -   72
    Notre Dame         35   47  -   82
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    Technical fouls: Tcu 1 (Team).  A: 6,927.
    Officials: Norm Nelson, Tim Fogarty, Terry
    Anderson.
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