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    Notre Dame Men's Basketball Celebrates 100th With Centennial Gala

    March 6, 2005

    All-Century Team honoree Bob Whitmore (1966-69) with Notre Dame president Edward Monk Malloy.

    Former Chicago native Tom Hawkins (1956-59) with longtime Irish supporter Ed O'Rourke.

    All-time leading scorer Austin Carr, former Irish administrator and longtime sports information director Roger Valdiserri and Irish great LaPhonso Ellis gathered for a welcome reception at the home of athletic director Kevin White.

    Austin Carr and Dick Rosenthal share a laugh at a brunch prior to the men's basketball game in the Monogram Room of the Joyce Center.

    Tommy Hawkins with another Chicago native Jack Stephens (1951-55).

    Walt Sahm starred for the Irish from 1961-65.

    David Rivers' son Sebastian joined his father during the halftime ceremonies.

    The late Kevin O'Shea (1946-50) was represented by his wife Jeanne during the weekend's festivities.

    LaPhonso Ellis (1988-92) salutes the crowd at halftime ceremonies.

    Former Irish All-American John Paxson (1979-83) spoke at halftime of the Notre Dame-Pittsburgh basketball game on behalf of all the members of the All-Century Team.

    Kelly Tripucka with his sons Jake and Travis watch the Irish take on the Panthers.

    Notre Dame students saluted the All-Century Team.

    Prior to the start of the Centennial Gala, attendees were able to get autographs from members of the All-Century Team.

    Former Irish standout point guard David Rivers (1984-88) shares a laugh with a fan while signing an autograph.

    More than 500 attended the Centennial Gala at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

    Veteran broadcaster Dick Enberg seved as the evening's master of ceremonies.

    Austin Carr, who still remains the all-time leading scorer in school history, reflected on his career and the impact attending Notre Dame had on his life.

    Kelly Tripucka, a member of the 1978 Final Four team in his freshman season, spoke of the pride he has for the school and of the good times he enjoyed as a member of the Irish basketball program.

    The youngest member of the All-Century Team, Chris Thomas, shared his thoughts on what it has meant to play at Notre Dame the past four years.

    Head coach Mike Brey spoke of the tradition and excellence that the Notre Dame basketball program has enjoyed over the past 100 years.

    Father Malloy was the evening's final speaker.



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