Jan. 15, 1998
Irish Upset West Virginia in Morgantown
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Keith Friel hit a 15-foot jumper with a second left Thursday night as Notre Dame beat No. 21 West Virginia 74-72, snapping the Mountaineers' nine-game home winning streak.
Pat Garrity, last season's Big East Player of the Year, led the Fighting Irish (9-5, 3-3) with 27 points. Derek Manner added 15 points for Notre Dame and Friel had 11.
West Virginia (14-3, 4-3) was coming off back-to-back wins over Georgetown and Miami. Damian Owens led the Mountaineers with 22 points.
Jarrod West's 3-pointer with 16:11 remaining in the second half sparked a 14-2 run for the Mountaineers. Owens' slam put West Virginia ahead 51-44 with 13:40 left.
West Virginia's Brian Lewin made two free throws with 1:08 remaining to tie it 70-70. Friel then drove the right side, dribbled behind his back and hit a leaning jumper from the foul line for the game winner.
Notre Dame shot 58.5 percent from the field and outrebounded West Virginia 41-32 while holding the Mountaineers to just 39.5 percent shooting. West Virginia had 12 steals to Notre Dame's two.
West Virginia only trailed 36-32 at halftime despite making just 14 of 41 from the field.