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Sunday Brunch: Rivers Impacted Irish from Start to Finish


Sunday Brunch: Irish Barely Miss Another Big Ten Conquest

By John Heisler


Notre Dame Drops 65-60 Decision to Syracuse

Senior Pat Connaughton notches eighth double-double of the year with career high 15 rebounds


Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes

Notre Dame vs. Boston College


Grant Leads No. 10 Irish to 88-75 Victory Over Wake Forest

Jerian Grant led the team with 24 points and 10 assists in win over the Demon Deacons.

  • Awards and Honors
  • Career Highs
  • Career Statistics

    SENIOR SEASON (2004-05): Ranks as one of the nation's premier point guards heading into his final season...a bonafide All-America candidate...Notre Dame's career assist leader and the only player in the program's history to score more than 1,700 points and dish off better than 600 assists...has never missed a game during his Irish career and has started all 99 contests...underwent arthroscopic surgery knee on April 9 for a cartiledge tear in left kneecap...has been undergoing rehabilitation since the surgery and is scheduled to return to the court by mid-August...was the first player to lead the Irish in scoring (19.7) and assists (4.7) in the same season since David Rivers' 1987-88 campaign...regarded as one of the game's top scorers and distributors...a fearless leader who plays with a great deal of of the game's best as both a combination scorer and distributor...extremely gifted athlete with exceptional all-around skills...shows great maturity and poise on the floor...has the passing ability and court presence to ignite Notre Dame's transitional game...with a greater number of scoring options this season, will not be focal point of Irish offense and will be asked to become more of a distributor...versatile shooter with excellent range from the perimeter...his ability to drive to the basket will allow others to get more involved in offensive flow of game...his creative passing skills are instrumental in helping break down opponent defenses in the post...a difficult guard to defend because of his scoring and passing abilities...will likely set Notre Dame career records for most game played, started and consecutive starts...stands eighth on the career scoring list and likely will finish as the program's second all-time leading scorer...has displayed resiliency throughout his career and a player who has logged an average of 37.6 minutes per game...despite playing with knee injury throughout the season, averaged 38.3 minutes per game...a tough player to defend around the basket because of his scoring and passing abilities...the only player in Notre Dame basketall history to wear #1 jersey and the first Mr. Indiana Basketball (won award in 2001) to play for the Irish.

    JUNIOR SEASON (2003-04): Associated Press Honorable Mention selection and BIG EAST second-team honoree for the second straight year...garnered first team NABC All-District 10 honors and was named to the USBWA District V team...named Notre Dame Monogram Club leader in assists with 638...set the record in home game against Connecticut on February 9, 2004...currently ranks eight in scoring with 1,783 points and is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish off 600-plus of just three players with 1,000 points and 500 assists and led the Irish in scoring an assists, averaging 19.7 points and 4.7 assists...Notre Dame's leading scorer in 22 contests and in 13 of the last 14 games...averaged 22.7 points in three National Invitation Tournament games...scored a career-high 39 points (fifth 39-point outing of career) in Notre Dame's win over Saint Louis in the second round of the NIT...finished the game hitting 12-20 shots from the field, including 6-10 shooting from three-point range and 9-10 from the free-throw line...scored 19 points in season-ending loss to Oregon in third round of NIT and scored 11 points in first-round win over Purdue...failed to score in double figures in just two games and ended the season with 16 straight games in double figures...led the Irish in scoring in 11 straight games and scored 20-plus point in eight of the final 14 games...scored 20-plus points in four consecutive outings for the first time in his career against Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Seton Hall and Syracuse...the 105-point total was the highest four-game total of his career as he averaged 26.3 points in those contests...netted 23 points in loss at home to Panthers, hitting 9-17 shots and 5-10 from three-point range...topped the 30-point mark for the first time during the season as he scored 31 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished off five assists in win over Connecticut as he connected on six three-point field goals in the contest...scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished off four assists in win over Seton Hall...earned BIG EAST and Player of the Week honors as well as being named Dick Vitale's Co-Player of the Week for his performances against the Huskies and Pirates...averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in BIG EAST tournament games...registered only double double of the season against Providence with 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds...dished off a season-high 11 assists against Quinnipiac...had one of his best shooting performances of the season in season-finale at St. John's when he scored 25 on 9-14 shooting from the field, while hitting on 6-11 three-point attempts...scored 21 points in win at UCLA...scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off six assists in win over Georgetown... posted eighth 20-point outing of the season against Virginia Tech when he scored a game-high 23 points (with 19 of those points coming in the second half)...also dished off five assists and turned the ball over once in 38 minutes...registered back-to-back 20-point scoring efforts against Villanova and Pittsburgh, scoring 26 points against the Wildcats and 29 points versus the Villanova game, shot 7-17 from the field and 10-12 from the charity stripe and netted 21 of those points in the second half...was 11-22 from the field against the Panthers and tied a career-high with seven three-pointers on 13 attempts...dished off nine assists and turned the ball over just four times in 40 minutes... finished with 11 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals in loss at Rutgers...tallied 28 points versus American as he connected on 8-15 shots from the field and 3-6 from three-point range...registered 20-plus points for the 30th time in his career with 23-point effort against Morehead State...played all 40 minutes against Kentucky and finished with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists...saw his 27-game double-figure scoring streak snapped against Quinnipiac when he finished with just seven points in the game...registered back-to-back 24-point efforts against Central Michigan and Indiana...scored 22 points in 29 minutes against Mount St. Mary's...netted 17 points and dished off season-high seven assists in the season opener versus Northern Illinois... finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists against the DePaul, while turning the ball over just once (fewest turnovers of the season)...turned the ball over just once in both DePaul and American games as he averaged one turnover every 39.5 minutes...scored 13 points and dished off three assists in loss to Syracuse...grabbed eight rebounds against West Virginia in 39 minutes...also finished with eight rebounds and seven assists versus the Mountaineers...had 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 39 minutes against Boston College...played 40 minutes in 12 games overall and in eight of the last 17 contests...has logged 40-plus minutes in 35 career games...named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team...earned CBS Player of the Game honors in contests at Connecticut and St. John's...entered his name for the 2003 National Basketball Association Draft on May 6 and then withdrew on June 6 to return to Notre Dame for the 2003-04 year.

    SOPHOMORE SEASON (2002-03): An honorable mention Associated Press selection...ranked second on the team in scoring with an 18.7 scoring average...also averaged 6.9 assists and 1.8 steals to lead the team, in addition to 4.0 rebounds...ranked eighth nationally in assists...scored in double figures in final 20 games of the season and dished off eight or more assists in 13 contests...became the 43rd player in Notre Dame basketball history to score 1,000 career points and just seventh player to reach the mark in his second season...has scored in double figures in 55 of 67 career games and has dished off 10-plus assists in 14 career contests...has registered 20-plus points in 24 career games...his .871 free throw percentage during the 2002-03 campaign is the best in school history...leading scorer for the Irish in its three NCAA tournament games as he averaged 21.9 points...finished with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists against Arizona in West Regional semifinal contest in Anaheim, Calif...scored 17 points to help Notre Dame over Illinois in NCAA second round...led Irish with 27 points and eight rebounds in first round vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee...logged 40 minutes in all three NCAA tournament games...scored 18 points, dished off nine assists and grabbed six rebounds versus St. John's in BIG EAST tournament first-round loss to Red Storm...dished off his 400th career assist against Georgetown on Feb. 1...earned BIG EAST Co-Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career for the week of January 27 after averaging 25.5 points, 6.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds in road wins at Providence and Boston College...dished off his 200th assist in '02-'03 in Rutgers game on March 1 to become the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to dish off 200-plus assists in consecutive seasons...registered 15 20-point Irish win over Georgetown at the MCI Center, finished with 29 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals...scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds (tying a career high) in loss to Rutgers...registered his fourth double double of the season in win over Virginia Tech as he scored 21 points and tied his career-high with 13 assists...also finished with six rebounds and three steals...scored 24 points in win over Pittsburgh and also dished off eight assists against the second meeting versus West Virginia, scored 13 points in 38 minutes and finished with eight assists and no turnovers...netted 19 points and nine rebounds against Connecticut...scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished off eight assists against Syracuse in second meeting between the two teams...scored 14 points and dished off six assists in loss at Seton Hall...netted his fourth 20-point outing in a seven-game span in double-overtime win against Georgetown as he scored 24 points..connected on 14-16 from the free throw line (both career bests) and dished off six assists...played 45 minutes before fouling out for the first time ever in his career (spanning 54 games) against GU...finished with 28 points in overtime at Boston College, scoring 25 points in the second half...also added a season-high eight rebounds and dished off seven assists versus the Eagles as he played 42 of a possible 45 minutes...scored 16 points and dished off six assists in 38 minutes in loss at Syracuse... vs. Canisius scored 17 points and dished off 13 assists, which matched his career-high...played 23 minutes in the game (the fewest ever in the first 44 games of his career)...also had a double double against DePaul as he scored 22 points and dished off 10 assists...matched his career best with 32 points in win over Marquette...also finished with 10 assists for his eighth career double double and first of the season...scored in double figures in 10 straight games before being held to just eight points in win over Valparaiso...netted a game-high 23 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished off six assists in 38 minutes in win over Providence...scored 22 points in win over Seton Hall in first meeting between the two second matchup with Seton Hall, finished with 14 points and six assists...netted 20-plus points in consecutive games versus Bucknell, Furman and Creighton, marking the first time in his career that he scored 20-plus points in three straight contests...had 19 points, a season-high six rebounds and eight assists in win over No. 2 Texas...his three-pointer with 2:06 remaining against the Longhorns gave the Irish the lead for good...netted 19 points, dished off five assists and made three steals against Vanderbilt...scored 10 points and dished off nine assists versus Maryland...tied Dan Miller for game-high scoring honors versus Furman as he finished with 20 points, three assists and four steals...had team-high 22 points against Creighton, in addition to four assists and five steals...leading scorer against Bucknell as he finished with 20 points...scored 18 points, dished off seven assists, grabbed six rebounds and made three steals in win over West Virginia in matchup at the Joyce Center...finished with 14 points (all in the second half), seven assists and three steals against Albany...netted 14 points and dished off six assists against Kentucky...scored 15 points and dished off eight assists versus Belmont...finished with eight points and 11 assists in win over IUPUI...held to eight points against both IUPUI and Valparaiso...netted a season-low five points against Pittsburgh in first game of season.

    FRESHMAN SEASON (2001-02): Named National Freshman of the Year by Basketball Times and Basketball News...heralded Irish rookie is the first Mr. Basketball from Indiana to attend Notre Dame...finished as the team's second-leading scorer with a 15.6 scoring average...established Notre Dame single-season record for assists (252) and steals (72)...his 516 points during the season rank as the second-most ever by an Irish freshman... named to the 2002 BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament team (first player in Notre Dame history to be selected) after averaging 19.5 points, 10.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds...Sports Illustrated's Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 11 after averaging 27.0 points, 11.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in wins over Rutgers and Georgetown...a six-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honoree...averaged team-leading 7.64 assists and 2.18 steals...finished fifth nationally in assists and 14th in free throw percentage...averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists in Notre Dame's two BIG EAST Tournament games...averaged 6.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in NCAA tournament action...dished off seven assists in both NCAA tournament games, against Charlotte and Duke...grabbed a career-high nine rebounds versus the Blue Devils...averaged 38.0 minutes and played the entire game in 14 games (played 1,255 minutes of a possible 1,340)...played 30-plus minutes in 32 of 33 games (season-low 26 vs. Monmouth)...started all 33 games...scored in double figures in 24 contests and netted 20-plus points in nine games...dished off 10-plus assists in nine games and recorded seven double-doubles...registered the first triple-double in Notre Dame history as he scored 24 points, dished off 11 assists and made 11 steals against New Hampshire in his first collegiate outing...played entire 60 minutes in win against Georgetown and finished with 22 points, 12 assists and a season-high eight rebounds...hit game-winning jumper with 1:56 to play that gave the Irish the lead for good in the fourth overtime session versus the Hoyas...turned the ball over just five times in the game and once in the final 40 minutes...scored 15 points, dished off 11 assists and made five steals in BIG EAST tournament quarterfinal win over St. John's and had 24 points and 10 assists in semifinal loss to Connecticut...played all 40 minutes in both contests...connected on 6 of 9 three-pointers against the Huskies...had fourth double-double of the season against Miami as he matched his season-high with 32 points, in addition to dishing off 12 assists...tied Notre Dame single-game free-throw percentage mark as he connected on all 10 of his free-throw attempts in that game...posted third double-double in five games and fourth of the season against West Virginia as he scored 26 points and dished off 12 assists... dished off 10 assists and scored eight points in loss at St. John's...averaged one turnover every 12.30 minutes...was one of four Irish players in double figures against Providence in regular-season finale as he finished with 13 points... became the first freshman in Notre Dame history to score 30-plus points and dish off 10-plus assists in a game when he tallied a season-high 32 points and dished off 11 assists (matching a personal best) versus Rutgers for his first career double-double in the first meeting between the two teams...hit 10 of 14 shots from the field was 7 of 9 from three-point range...scored game-winning lay-up with 5.8 seconds remaining in 63-61 victory on the road at Seton Hall...netted 10 points, six assists and three steals while playing 40 minutes and committing just one turnover...tied for team-high scoring honors with David Graves when he finished with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field against Pittsburgh in second meeting between the two teams...scored 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and blocked two shots in 39 minutes of action in win over Seton Hall...played the entire 40 minutes against Georgetown in first meeting, tallying 13 points and dishing off eight assists...scored 13 points and eight assists in 39 minutes versus Kentucky...netted 28 points (18 in the second half) against Colgate as he connected on 9 of 12 shots from the field and 6 of 8 three-point BIG EAST opener vs. Villanova, he played all 40 minutes, scored 18 points, dished off seven assists and made four steals...scored 15 points (all in the second half) in come-from-behind win at West Virginia...hit three key three-pointers in that contest and was 6 of 7 from the foul line in the final 1:23...played entire game in nine of 16 BIG EAST games... had nine assists and only turned the ball over two times against Syracuse...scored 14 points (all in the second half) in loss to Alabama while logging 39 minutes...tied his then season-best of 24 points against Indiana...logged 40 minutes in road games at Indiana and Miami-Ohio and in both BIG EAST tournament contests...did not commit a turnover in three of first five games (Cornell, Hawaii Pacific, Monmouth)...had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds against Canisius...scored 19 points in win at Miami-Ohio while also dishing off four assists and making three steals...had 13 points six-of-10 shooting and nine assists on vs. Army...earned all-tournament honors in Hawaii Pacific Thanksgiving Classic, averaging 10.3 points and 8.0 assists...had 19 points and eight assists while hitting 12 of 12 free throws vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga...dished off career-high 13 assists vs. Hawaii Pacific...his 11 steals against New Hampshire in his first collegiate outing broke the Notre Dame and Joyce Center record for steals in a game, shattering Ray Martin's seven against Northwestern in 1974...scored 22 points, including 6-of-7 shooting from three-point range, against Cornell to become the first freshman in school history to score 20 or more points in his first two games...the last Irish player to put up 20 in his first two varsity games was the school's all-time leading scorer, Austin Carr, who did it as a sophomore in 1968-69...held without a field goal in second Rutgers game 0-14 and 0-9 from three-point range.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year varsity player under head coach Alan Darner, leading Pike High School to two state of 12 McDonald's All-Americans and the first Mr. Basketball from Indiana to attend Notre Dame...a fourth-team Parade All-America selection and the USA Today Indiana Player of the Year after leading Pike to the 2000 state championship in 2001...squad finished with a 26-3 record and final ranking of 23rd in the USA Today national rankings...averaged 23.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.7 steals during his final season...had 20 points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds in class 4-A state championship game as Pike defeated Penn High School 56-42...also was a member of the Pike team which claimed the state title in 1998...finished 11th on the Indiana all-time high school scoring list with 2,156 career points...led Pike to a four-year record of 91-15...averaged 24.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.5 steals as junior in leading Pike to an 18-6 record...played in all 106 games during his prep a sophomore, averaged 22.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals as squad finished with a 17-5 his freshman season netted 12.9 points per game while helping squad capture '98 state crown with a final record of 30-1...finished as Pike's career leader in points (2,156), assists (502), steals (312), free throws made (453) and three-point field goals made (241)...set the school's single-season records for points (676) and free throws made (148)...also established school records for consecutive free throws made (36) and consecutive games with a free throw (17) as well as the single-season free-throw percentage record (.902)...recipient of the prestigious Arthur L. Trester Award for Mental Attitude, following the 2000 state championship game...had 11 points, three steals and two assists in 20 minutes of action in McDonald's All-Star Game...played for West squad in Sonny Vaccaro's EA Sports Roundball Classic...a three-time first-team all-state selection...three-time captain and team MVP...played in two Indiana/Kentucky all-star games...scored 24 points in first game (a 103-90 loss) and then netted 26 points in second game (107-91 win)...played on Bloomington Red AAU club team that lost in semifinal game at national AAU tournament in summer 2000...his Bloomington squad suffered semifinals loss to Cincinnati AAU team which featured current Irish teammate Jordan Cornette.

    PERSONAL: Father Frank played basketball at Butler University and was an Indiana all-state selection at Northside High School... second-oldest of four children...full name is Christopher Ryan Thomas...son of Frank and Tammy Thomas...born 10-3-82 in Indianapolis, economics major in the College of Arts and Letters.


  • 2004 Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP
  • 2004 and 2003 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American
  • 2002 Basketball Times and Basketball News National Freshman of the Year
  • 2002 BIG EAST Rookie of the Tear
  • 2004, 2003 and 2002 Second Team All-BIG EAST
  • 2002 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team
  • 2002 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
  • 2003 Basketball Times All-Midwest Team
  • 2004 and 2003 First Team NABC District 10
  • 2004 and 2003 USBWA District V Team
  • 2003 CBS Second Team All-West Regional
  • 2003 The Sporting News All-West Region Team
  • 2002 Guardians Classic All-Tournament Team
  • Player of the Week (week of Feb. 16, 2004)
  • Dick Vitale's Co-Player of the Week (week of Feb. 16, 2004)
  • CBS Chevrolet Player of Game vs. St. John's (March 6, 2004), vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (March 20, 2003) and vs. Georgetown (March 8, 2003)
  • BIG EAST Player of the Week (week of Feb. 16, 2004)
  • Co-BIG EAST Player of the Week (week of Jan. 27, 2003)
  • BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (weeks of Nov. 19, 2001, December 30, 2001, January 14, 2002, Feb. 3, 2002, February 11, 2002 and Feb. 25, 2002)
  • Sports Illustrated Player of the Week (week of Feb. 11, 2002)
  • BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team (2003-04 and 2001-02)
  • 2004 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year

    Career Highs
    Points: 39 vs. Saint Louis (3-22-04)
    Field Goals: 12 vs. Saint Louis (3-22-04) and vs. Marquette (12-2-02)
    Field Goals Attempted: 25 vs. Oregon (3-25-04)
    Field-Goal Pct: .714 (10-14)) vs. Rutgers (2-6-02)
    Three-Point Field Goals: 7 vs. Pittsburgh (1-12-04) and vs. Rutgers (2-6-02)
    Three-Point Field Goals Attempted: 14 vs. Marquette (12-1-03) and vs. Oregon (3-25-04)
    Three-Point Field Goal Pct.: .857 (6-7) vs. UT-Chattanooga (11-24-01)
    Free Throws: 14 vs. Georgetown (2-1-03)
    Free Throws Attempted: 16 vs. Georgetown (2-1-03)
    Free-Throw Percentage: 1.000 on 31 occasions
    Rebounds: 11 vs. Providence (2-24-04)
    Assists: 13 vs. Hawaii Pacific (11-23-01), vs. Canisius (12-22-02), vs. Virginia Tech (2-22-03)
    Blocked Shots: 2 vs. Seton Hall (1-26-02)
    Steals: 11 vs. New Hampshire (11-16-01)
    Minutes: 60 vs. Georgetown (2-9-02)

    Thomas' Career Statistics

    BIG EAST16-16644/40.274-202.36632-105.30568-78.8721246583.613032632-0248/15.5
    BIG EAST16-16610/38.1102-262.38938-110.34573-86.8491957764.810830140-1315/19.7
    BIG EAST16-16620/38.8106-281.37749-136.36057-70.8141062724.57322232-1318/19.9
    TOTALS 99-993727/37.6582-1484 .392250-682.367369-428.862843003843.963818417211-21783/18.0
    BIG EAST48-481874/39.0 282-745.379119-351.339198-234.846411652064.3311849104-2881/18.4

    Chris Thomas
    Chris  Thomas


    Indianapolis, IN

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    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 190



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