Jan. 28, 1998
Notre Dame Falls at Home to Villanova
Keith Friel scores 14 points. (file photo)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Brian Lynch led five Villanova players in double
figures with 16 points as the Wildcats beat Notre Dame 81-61 Wednesday night.
Villanova (8-10, 5-5 Big East) scored the game's first 11 points and later
ran off a 16-3 run to build a 33-11 lead with 12 minutes to go in the first
half. Howard Brown sparked the run with six of his 10 points on two straight
John Celestand scored 15 points for the Wildcats, who shot 56 percent
(32-of-57) for the game. Malik Allen and Rafal Bigus each added 10.
The Wildcats hit 12-of-22 3-pointers, holding off two Notre Dame (10-7, 4-5)
second half rallies when the Irish twice cut the lead to 13 points.
Celestand hit all three of his 3-point attempts and Jermaine Medley
connected on three more for all of his nine points.
Notre Dame shot just 36 percent (22-of-61) from the field.
Pat Garrity, last year's Big East player of the year, was double-teamed
throughout. He hit just 4-of-13 shots and 6-of-10 from the free throws for 14
Keith Friel scored 14 points and Martin Ingelsby added 10. No other Notre
Dame player hit double figures.