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
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
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.