Jan. 17, 1998
Irish Fall to Seton Hall Despite Garrity's Career-High 37 Points
By TOM CANAVAN
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - There was no stopping Pat Garrity on Saturday, so Seton Hall shut down everyone else on Notre Dame.
Rimas Kaukenas scored 14 of his 16 points in two key runs for Seton Hall, and the Pirates overcame a career-high 37-point performance by Garrity in beating Notre Dame 64-58 on Saturday.
"It was the Pat Garrity show this afternoon and he did whatever he wanted," Seton Hall forward Donnell Williams said of the Big East Conference's leading scorer this season. "We just tried to limit the other guys. ... He still got 37 points. Maybe it was a quiet 37, but it was still 37."
Garrity scored 31 of the final 41 points by Notre Dame (9-6, 3-4 Big East), but it wasn't enough to overcome a more balanced effort by Seton Hall (9-8, 3-4).
"I don't think I was trying too much or hogging the ball," said Garrity, who hit 12 of a season-high 22 shots. "We just didn't have any guys scoring the ball when they got it down low or hitting the open jump shots."
There was a 17:51 stretch bridging the first and second halves where Garrity, who had been averaging 23.1 points, scored 14 straight points for Notre Dame.
"He's not going to be able to do it by himself, as good as he is," Notre Dame coach John MacLeod said. "He can't keep taking on two and three guys. He works hard to get his shots, but we need other people to step up."
Phil Hickey and Keith Friel were the next highest scorers for the Irish, adding six points apiece. Taking away Garrity's statistics, the rest of the team was 9 of 41 from the field and 0 of 6 on free throw attempts.
"I think what hurt them is they began looking for him so much that they forgot to play the rest of the game," Seton Hall point guard Shaheen Holloway said.
Holloway, who was a woeful four of 20 shooting from the field, led the Pirates with 17 points, hitting six straight free throws in a 50-second span late in the game to preserve the win.
Kaukenas hit three baskets as Seton Hall closed the first half with a 21-8 spurt to take a 31-25 lead at intermission.
"When I saw the team struggling and having a tough time, I thought I could help," said Kaukenas, who hit 7 of 14 from the field. "I hit a couple of good shots and I thought I could do it."
Garrity cut the margin to 31-29 scoring the first four points of the second half, but Kaukenas hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points overall in 14-7 burst that pushed the Pirates lead to 45-36 with 11:54 to play.
Garrity, whose career high was 36 against Indiana last season, scored 11 of the next 14 points, hitting both ends of a one-and-one free throw opportunity to bring the Irish to within 48-47 with 8:28 to go.
After Holloway made a free throw, freshman Chuck Moore made a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 52-47 with 6:30 left.
Notre Dame closed to within three points twice in the final minute. Friel, who scored a game-winning, last-second basket in the Irish upset over No. 21 West Virginia on Thursday night, hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 59-56 with 59 seconds to go, and Hickey scored on a rebound with 34.2 seconds left to make it 61-58.
Hickey, who also had a game-high 15 rebounds, missed a free throw after his basket, and Jacky Kaba made two free throws a second later to give the Pirates breathing room.
Garrity now has 1,819 career points, one less than Tom Hawkins, Notre Dame's fourth all-time leading scorer.