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Feb. 17, 1998

Notre Dame Succumbs to Connecticut, 88-79

Game Stats

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Khalid El-Amin scored a career-high 30 points and No. 7 Connecticut survived a late Notre Dame rally to beat the Irish 88-79 Tuesday night.

El-Amin scored seven points in the first 4:15 of the second half as the Huskies (23-4, 12-3 Big East) erased a 12-point deficit with a 17-5 run to tie the game at 50.

Another El-Amin basket less than two minutes later put UConn ahead for good at 56-54.

The win kept the Huskies atop the Big East Six, one game ahead of St. John's, despite only 15 points from leading scorer Richard Hamilton, seven below his average.

Pat Garrity's 31 points led the Irish (12-11, 6-9 Big East) and center Phil Hickey added 16.

The Huskies built their second-half lead to eight at 76-68 with 4:25 left, but four points from Garrity and a 3-pointer from Antoni Wyche, who scored 13 points, pulled Notre Dame within three at 78-75 with 2:50 remaining.

But Ricky Moore, who finished with 20 points, hit both ends of a one-and-one and added another basket to give UConn an 82-75 advantage. Moore also hit two free throws with 40 seconds left to put the Huskies ahead by nine.

Notre Dame capitalized on a sloppy early performance by the UConn offense, which committed seven of its 13 first-half turnovers in a seven-minute span. That contributed to a 13-4 run that gave Notre Dame a 23-17 lead.

But El-Amin's string of 14 straight UConn points kept the Huskies within reach during the same stretch.

The Irish rallied again with a 10-2 run in the final three minutes of the half to take a 45-33 lead at halftime.

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