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    Dec. 14, 1997

    Garrity Leads Irish to Victory Over Drexel

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Pat Garrity scored 28 points Sunday as Notre Dame overcame a pronounced rebounding disadvantage in the first half and raced past Drexel 78-70.

    Garrity, a 6-foot-9 forward and last year's Big East player of the year, was consistent throughout, scoring 15 points in the first half and 13 in the second.

    Notre Dame (5-2) took control early in the second half with a 12-0 run highlighted by a 3-pointer and breakaway layup by guard Antoni Wyche. Center Phil Hickey had four points and Garrity had three in the run.

    Notre Dame had six players hit 3-pointers, including Garrity, who was 2-for-5 from outside the 3-point line. The Irish opened a 70-55 lead on a 3-pointer by Todd Palmer with 5:15 to play, then held off the Dragons.

    Drexel (3-1) outrebounded Notre Dame 23-15, including 12-3 at the offensive end, in taking a 37-36 halftime lead.

    The Irish fought back beneath the boards in the second half. Garrity's layin off his own missed shot with 10:35 to play gave the Irish a 59-49 lead. Derek Manner's put-back with 7:43 left put Notre Dame up 65-51.

    Manner sealed the win with two free throws with 20.3 seconds to play after drawing a foul on a rebound of Drexel forward Joe Linderman's miss.

    Drexel finished with a 23-10 advantage in offensive rebounds but led the Irish just 54-49 overall.

    Garrity finished with six rebounds and five assists. Wyche had 12 points and six rebounds for the Irish; freshman guard Martin Ingelsby had seven points and six assists. Hickey scored nine and had eight rebounds.

    The 6-9 Linderman finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Dragons. Bryant Coursey scored 14 for Drexel and Stephen Starks had 13.

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