Nov. 28, 1997
Garrity's 32 Leads Notre Dame to 88-69 Win over Sam Houston
NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- Senior forward Pat Garrity scored a season-high 32 points to lead four Notre Dame players in double figures as the Irish improved to 3-1 with an 88-69 win over Sam Houston. Sophomore guard Keith Freil scored a career-high 16 points as he connected on six-of-seven shots from the field and was four- of- five from three-point range. Junior center Phil Hickey added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Antoni Wyche chipped in 11 points. Notre Dame shot a blistering 60.4 percent from the field as the Irish connected on 32 of their 53 field goal attempts and were 10 of 19 from three-point range.
The Irish held a 52-35 advantage at the half, but the Bearkats used a 16-7 run to start the second half to cut the advantage to 59-51 with 14:43 left to play in the contest. The Irish then held the Sam Houston scoreless for over five minutes as Notre Dame went on a 15-0 run to put the game out of reach. The Irish led by as many as 23 points in the second half three times.
For the third straight game, the Irish got off to a slow start as Sam Houston raced out to a 7-0 lead hitting their first three shots. Notre Dame then outscored the Bearkats 30-8 and led by as many as 20 in the first half on Freil's three-pointer with 7:22 remaining before intermission. Notre Dame has a 35-24 advantage on the boards. Garrity's 32 points was the third 30-plus performance of his career. Freshman Matin Inglesby finished with a game-high nine assists and committe just four turnovers.
Jeremy Burkhalter led three Sam Houston players in double figures as he finished with 19 points, hitting nine-of-12 from the field, while Mike Dillard added 16 points for the Bearkats who fell to 0-4.