Feb. 28, 1998
Men's Basketball Falls to Providence, 77-62
Pat Garrity scores 26 points to lead Notre Dame
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Junior Jamel Thomas scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Providence past Notre Dame 77-62 Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Pat Garrity scored 26 points for Notre Dame (13-13, 7-11 Big East), with teammate Phil Hickey adding 12. John Linehan had 10 points and made seven steals for the Friars (12-15, 7-11). Justin Farley also had 10 for Providence.
Thomas made two straight 3-pointers to spark a 10-4 surge in the first four minutes of the second half to give the Friars a 50-37 lead. Notre Dame, despite 14 points from Garrity in the second half, never got closer than seven points the rest of the game.
The fighting Irish, who normally shoot 45.2 percent from the field, were held to 8-for-24 shooting (33 percent) in the second half. The Friars also forced 21 turnovers and stole the ball 15 times.
The Friars, who never trailed, took a 26-13 lead at 8:04 in the first half on a 3-pointer by Thomas. Garrity warmed up and scored 10 points in the final six minutes of the half, including a 30-foot 3-pointer two seconds before intermission, to cut the Friar margin to 37-33 at the break.
Providence College, which averaged 41.2 percent from the field, shot 29-for-56 (51.8 percent).