Men's Basketball

Presented by Bank of America

Nov. 17, 1997

Irish Down The Citadel in Season Opener

Pat Garrity
Pat Garrity led four Notre Dame players in double figures with 18 points. (File Photo)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior forward Pat Garrity scored 18 points and collected nine rebounds to lead the Notre Dame basketball team to a season-opening 72-53 win over The Citadel on Monday night before 9,170 fans at the Joyce Center. Garrity was one of four Irish players in doubles figures as junior center Phil Hickey recorded his second career double-double with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Junior guard Antoni Wyche had 14 points and four rebounds while freshman point guard Martin Ingelsby, starting his first collegiate game, scored 11 points with four assists.

Notre Dame got out of the gates quickly, scoring the first tean points of the game and led by as many as 16 points in the first half, 34-18 with 3:11 left. The Irish held a 37-24 halftime lead.

The pesky Bulldogs managed to keep it close in the second stanza and closed the Irish lead to eight points, 43-35, with 14:52 left to play. Notre Dame pulled away at the end and used a 14-6 run late in the game to take a 65-47 lead with 3:19 left.

Virgil Stevens was the leading scorer for The Citadel with 15 points while Jonathan Kunz had nine.

Notre Dame was deadly from three-point field goal range with a nine of 12 effort, including a three for three performance from Ingelsby.

The Irish return to action on Friday night at Milwaukee's Bradley Center when they play Marquette at 7:00 p.m. CST.

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