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Jan. 31, 1998

Notre Dame Knocks Off St. John's

Game Statistics

NEW YORK (AP) - Keith Friel scored nine of his 16 points in a late 11-1 run that enabled Notre Dame to beat St. John's 73-65 Saturday, snapping the Red Storm's winning streak at seven games.

Felipe Lopez, who led the Red Storm (16-7, 8-4 Big East) with 13 points, hit a jumper with 5:14 remaining to give St. John's its last lead, 53-52. The Fighting Irish (11-7, 5-5) then went on the 11-1 run with Friel scoring the first five points. He capped the run with a jumper with 1:58 remaining to give Notre Dame a nine-point lead.

Lopez made one of two free throws with 43 seconds left to make it 65-60 and Notre Dame scored its final eight points from the free throw line, four each by Derrick Manner and Antoni Wyche.

Notre Dame finished 21-of-31 from the line, while St. John's was 9-of-21.

Pat Garrity had 23 points and eight rebounds for Notre Dame, while Manner had 10 points.

Collin Charles added 13 points for the Red Storm.

The Fighting Irish's biggest lead of the game was 23-11 with 8:47 to go in the first half. Notre Dame led 30-23 when the Red Storm scored the last nine points of the half to take a 32-30 halftime lead.

St. John's won the first meeting of the teams this season, 79-69 at Notre Dame on Dec. 30.

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