Men's Basketball Gets Set for Big East Home Opener
Irish host Syracuse Tuesday at 7:30.
December 28, 1998
NOTRE DAME/SYRACUSE SERIES
Series: ND, 13-8
Current Streak: ND 1
BIG EAST Games (since '95-'96): Tied 3-3
At Notre Dame: 6-3
At Syracuse: 7-3
1997-98 Meeting: N/A
Next Game: Saturday, Jan. 2, vs. Villanova, 8:30 p.m. EST (TV: TCI of Michiana)
Next Home Game: Saturday, Jan. 2, vs. Villanova, 8:00 p.m. EST (TV: TCI of Michiana)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-5, 1-0)
SYRACUSE Orangemen (8-3, 0-2)
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 1998
Place: Joyce Center (11,418), Notre Dame, IN
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Television: ESPN Regional Television (Tim McCormick, John Sanders) The game will be shown live on TCI of Michiana, Comcast Cable (Philadelphia), WADL-TV (Detroit, Mich.), WAV-TV (Indianapolis, Ind.), WVBG (Albany, N.Y.) and WNVS (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Live Radio: Host Communications Inc. (Jack Lorri, Jack Nolan) originates the Notre Dame Radio Network (includes WNDV-1490 AM and 92.9 FM in South Bend, WEFM-95.9 FM in Michigan City and WGON-860 in Marion and selected games on WMAQ-670 AM in Chicago)
TODAY'S GAME: Notre Dame (7-5, 1-0) plays its BIG EAST home opener tonight when the Irish entertain the 22nd-ranked Syracuse Orangemen (8-3, 0-2).
Notre Dame is coming off a 99-88 win over St. Francis on Sunday. The win was the fifth straight for the Irish, their longest win streak during Coach John MacLeod's tenure and the longest since the 1987-88 campaign. Notre Dame went over the .500 mark for the first time this season with its 79-55 win over Stetson on December 21. Against St. Francis all five starters scored in double figures for the second straight game. Troy Murphy (Morristown, N.J.) and Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) tied for game-high scoring honors as both scored 20 points each. David Graves (Lexington, Kent.) and Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Pa.) each chipped in 18 points, while Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Pa. ) added 10 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
Following tonight's contest, Notre Dame plays is second straight BIG EAST home game when the Irish host Villanova on Saturday, January 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Syracuse is ranked 22nd in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Polls. The Orangemen are 8-3 overall and 0-2 in the BIG EAST. In their most recent outing on Sunday, December 27, they beat St. Bonaventure 71-55,
THE NOTRE DAME-SYRACUSE SERIES: Notre leads the all-time series between the two teams 13-8. The Irish have won three of the last four contests, including last year's 83-63 victory over the Orangemen at the Joyce Center in the only meeting of the 1997-98 campaign.
FRESHMEN SCORING: Troy Murphy and David Graves are the two-leading scorers for the Irish this season at 19.4 and 14.3 points per game, respectively. Of the 935 points scored this season by the Irish, 43.3% of them (405) have been scored by that duo. When you add freshman forward Harold Swanagan (Hopkinsville, Kent.) to the mix, 473 (50.6%) of the Irish points this year have been scored by freshmen. In all, Notre Dame players have recorded double figure scoring 44 times this season and 22 have been from freshmen.
MURPHY AND DOUBLE FIGURES: Murphy has started his collegiate career by scoring in double figures in all 12 contests the Irish have played this year, including four double-double performances -- 21 points and 17 rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 23 points and 16 rebounds vs. Indiana and 30 points, 11 rebounds vs. Providence and 27 points and 14 rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky.
Since freshmen became eligible to play in 1970-71, no Irish freshman has ever scored in double figures in his first 12 career games. The last time a Notre Dame player scored in double figures in his first nine college games was LaPhonso Ellis in 1988-89. Ellis wound up averaging 13.5 points per game as a frosh. Ellis is the ninth-leading scorer in school history with 1,505 career points.
MURPHY SETS BIG EAST RECORD: Murphy's 30 points against Providence tied a BIG EAST record for most points by an individual in their first conference game. Allen Iverson of Georgetown also had 30 points in his first game -- against Providence on December 7, 1994.
MURPHY HONORED BY BIG EAST FOUR TIMES: For the third straight week, Murphy has been named the BIG EAST Conference rookie of the week. He averaged 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in Notre Dame's two wins last week over Stetson and St. Francis. It marks the fourth time this season he has received the honor. Murphy was first named on November 16 for his performance in Notre Dame's opening two games, on December 14 for his performance in the Providence game and again on December 21 for his performance in the Eastern Kentucky game. The awards mark the first time in Notre Dame's four-year history as a BIG EAST member that an Irish player had been named the rookie of the week.
Murphy has led either led or tied Notre Dame in scoring in each of the last six games and in 10 of 12 contests.
MURPHY RECOGNIZED BY BASKETBALL NEWS, BIG EAST BRIEFS: Murphy was selected as the newcomer of the year in the BIG EAST Conference by Basketball News in the publication's annual preseason yearbook. Murphy was also named the BIG EAST preseason newcomer of the year by BIG EAST Briefs newsletter. Murphy was named his team's most valuable player last spring at the prestigious Capital Classic in Washington, D.C., where he had 18 points and 21 rebounds in the postseason game.
IRISH WIN STREAK LONGEST IN MACLEOD ERA: Notre Dame's current five-game win streak is the longest under eighth-year head coach John MacLeod and the longest since the 1987-88 campaign. The Irish have not lost since dropping a 76-72 overtime decision at home to Indiana on December 1.
IRISH STARTERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME: Against St. Francis all five Irish starters were in double figures for the second straight games as Troy Murphy and Antoni Wyche each scored 20 points, Martin Ingelsby and David Graves chipped in 18 points apiece, while Phil Hickey added points. Against St. Francis on December 21, all five starters were in double figures for the first time this season. That game marked the first time since Notre Dame's 84-73 victory over Xavier on January 21, 1995 at the Joyce Center that all five Irish starters were in double figures (Jason Williams-19; Ryan Hoover-16; Marcus Young-13; Pat Garrity-12; and Lamarr Justice-10).
GRAVES NETS FRESHMAN HIGH: Graves scored a career-high 29 points against Southern Utah in the Great Alaska Shootout. Before Murphy had 30 points against Providence, Graves' 29 points was the most by a Notre Dame freshman since Adrian Dantley had 41 points against West Virginia in 1973-74.
TWO FRESHMEN STARTERS: Notre Dame had two freshmen start the opening game against Miami of Ohio with Murphy and Graves. It marked the first time since the 1982-83 opener that the Irish have two freshmen starting a season-opening game. In that season, Notre Dame started Tim Kempton and Ken Barlow as the Irish beat Stonehill by a 74-60 count. Kempton scored nine points in the contest while Barlow had 14.
SWANAGAN GETS CAREER HIGHS: Swanagan has seen his playing time increase since the beginning of the Great Alaska Shootout. In the first three games of the season prior to the tournament, he was playing just 6.7 minutes per game. Since the tournament began, Swanagan is averaging 19.0 minutes per game. Swanagan scored a career high 17 points against Duke in the first round of the event and then had a career high 10 rebounds vs. Southern Utah. Against Indiana, Swanagan had another solid performance with 11 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action. In the win over Providence, Swanagan scored 13 points.
INGELSBY NETS CAREER HIGH: Notre Dame sophomore guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Penn.) scored a career-high 20 points vs. Eastern Kentucky on December 19, including an eight-for-nine performance from the free throw line. Ingelsby, a member of the BIG EAST all-rookie team last year, had a previous career-high 16 points vs. Florida International last season. Ingelsby leads Notre Dame with 58 assists this season and has turned the ball over just 32 times in 333 minutes of action.
INGELSBY GETTING HIS POINTS FROM THE LINE: Martin Ingelsby leads the team in free throw percentage (89.0%) having made 33 of 37 attempts this season. Last season, Ingelsby was just 14-23 (.609) from the line in 27 games.
DILLON RECORDS ASSIST HIGH: Notre Dame junior guard Jimmy Dillon (Philadelphia, Penn.) had a career-high seven assists in Notre Dame's win over Providence and also came off the bench to play a career-high 35 minutes. Previously, the most minutes Dillon had played in one game was 21 and his previous assist high was six, which he had accomplished twice. Dillon is averaging 15.0 minutes of playing time this season, while he entered the season with a career average of 9.5 minutes per game.
HICKEY GETS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF SEASON: Phil Hickey recorded his first double-double of the season on Sunday against St. Francis scoring 10 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. It marked the second straight double figures scoring effort for the Irish senior and the sixth time this season he has scored 10-plus points in a game.
RAINEY GETS VALUABLE TIME: Notre Dame senior forward Paul Rainey (Hattieville, Ark.) played a career-high 21 minutes in the win over Providence. Rainey picked up four assists and two rebounds in the win. Rainey, who is in his first year as a scholarship member of the team after playing as a walk-on for three seasons, had just 50 minutes of playing time over three seasons prior to the Providence game.
BIG EAST LEADERS: Here is where Irish players and the Notre Dame team stand in the latest BIG EAST statistics through Dec. 27.
Name Category Overall Games
Troy Murphy Scoring 3rd at 19.4 (first among rookies)
Rebounding 3rd at 9.1 (first among rookies)
FG Pct. 1st at 59.6
Blocks t12th at 1.00
Def. Reb. 1st of 6.25
Off. Reb. 7th at 2.83
Graves FG Pct. 7th at 50.0
FT Pct. 9th at 80.4
Hickey Rebounding 12th at 6.50
Def. Reb. 7th at 4.58
Blocks 11th at 1.08
Inglesby Assists 3rd at 4.83
Ast./TO Ratio 6th at 1.81
Wyche FT Pct. t10th at 80.0
The Notre Dame team is fourth in scoring offense (77.9 ppg), second in field goal percentage (48.5%), first in assists per game (18.25) and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.02).
THE JOYCE CENTER: The Joyce Center is in its 31st season of use by the Notre Dame basketball team and the Irish have an overall record of 364-106 (.774) in the building. Of the 470 games played at the Joyce Center, 202 have been sellouts.
IRISH INK TWO: Matt Carroll, a 6-5 1/2 guard from Horsham, Penn., and Hatboro-Horsham High School, and Mike Monserez, a 6-5 guard from Moeller High School and Cincinnati, Ohio, signed National Letters of Intent on November 11, 1998, to enroll at the University of Notre Dame next fall and play for head coach John MacLeod's basketball team.
Carroll averaged 23.6 points per game as a junior in high school and added 8.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. He is ranked No. 30 in the country among high school seniors by All-Star Sports and its publisher Bob Gibbons and No. 67 by Future Stars.
Carroll was named all-area and all-league for his first three years in high school and was named the 1988 state player of the year in Pennsylvania.
In the summer of 1998, Carroll was a member of the USA Basketball men's junior world championship qualifying team, which won the gold medal at the COPABA junior world championship qualifying tournament. Carroll averaged 6.5 points per game in the tournament and 2.0 rebounds.
Monserez led Moeller to an 18-4 record in his junior year and the team finished ninth in the Associated Press Ohio Division I poll after losing in the sectional finals. Monserez led the team with 12 points per game as a total of five Moeller players averaged in double figures. Monserez also averaged 7.5 assists per game, shot 38.5 percent from the three-point distance and 78 percent from the foul line.
He was named first team all-Southwestern Ohio by the AP, first team all-city by the Cincinnati Enquirer and co-player of the year in the Greater Catholic League of Cincinnati and Dayton.
IRISH ON TELEVISION: Notre Dame will once again make a number of appearances on national and local television this season. Notre Dame will appear on ESPN twice (November 26 vs. Duke in Great Alaska Shootout and February 10 vs. Pittsburgh) and espn2 once (January 5 vs. Pittsburgh). Notre Dame games will also be televised on WNDU-TV in South Bend (remaining games: Jan. 16 vs. Villanova, Jan. 23 vs. Rutgers, Jan. 30 vs. Providence, Feb. 6 at Seton Hall and Feb. 14 at West Virginia), WBND-TV in South Bend (Jan. 9 at Miami and Feb. 28 vs. Boston College) and TCI of Michiana (Dec. 29 vs. Syracuse, Jan. 2 vs. Villanova, Jan. 12 at Connecticut, Jan. 19 vs. Seton Hall, Feb. 17 at Syracuse, Feb. 21 vs. West Virginia and Feb. 24 at St. John's) as part of the ESPN Regional television package.
IRISH RADIO NETWORK: Host Communications, Inc., originates the Notre Dame basketball radio network for the 11th year in 1998-99. Jack Lorri will once again handle play-by-play duties and this season will mark his 30th year of announcing Irish games. Jack Nolan handles the color commentary.
WMAQ-AM radio will carry Notre Dame basketball games in the Chicago market for the next two seasons as part of the network originated by Universal Sports America, an affiliate of Host Communications, Inc.
Remaining Notre Dame basketball games on WMAQ this season include: Sun., Dec. 27, vs. St. Francis (N.Y.); Tue., Dec. 29, vs. Syracuse; Sat., Jan. 2, vs. Villanova; Sat., Jan. 16, at Villanova; Tues., Jan. 19, vs. Seton Hall; Sat., Jan. 23, vs. Rutgers; Sat., Jan. 30, vs. Providence; Sat., Feb. 6, at Seton Hall; Sun., Feb. 14, vs. West Virginia; Sun., Feb. 28, vs. Boston College; Wed.-Sat., March 3-6, BIG EAST Tournament, TBA.
WMAQ-AM (670), with its 50,000-watt clear channel signal, covers a larger geographic area than any other radio station in Chicago. WMAQ's other sports properties include the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks -- and WMAQ is also affiliated with CNN Radio.
Others stations on the network include: WNDU 1490 AM and 92.9 FM in South Bend and WLUV 96.7 FM and 1520 AM in Rockford, Ill.
JOHN MacLEOD FILE
Notre Dame Record (Yrs.): 99-113 (8th)
Career College Record (Yrs.): 189-182 (14th)
NBA Record (Yrs.): 707-657 (18 seasons)
Career Record (Yrs.): 896-839 (32st)
BIG EAST STANDINGS
Through December 22
Conference GB Overall
1. St. John's 2-0 -- 43
Rutgers 2-0 -- 8-2
Seton Hall 2-0 -- 8-3
4. Connecticut 1-0 0.5 9-0
Miami 1-0 0.5 7-2
Notre Dame 1-0 0.5 7-5
7. Villanova 1-1 1.0 10-2
West Virginia 1-1 1.0 6-5
9. Georgetown 0-1 1.5 7-3
10. Syracuse 0-2 2.0 8-3
Pittsburgh 0-2 2.0 8-4
Providence 0-2 2.0 7-4
Boston College 0-2 2.0 3-7
Tuesday, December 29
Syracuse at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 30
Miami at Georgetown, 12:00 p.m.
Boston College at Seton Hall, 4:00 p.m.
Providence at Pittsburgh, 5:00 p.m.
Villanova at Connecticut, 7:00 p.m.
Rutgers at West Virginia, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 2
Seton Hall at Providence, 1:00 p.m.
West Virginia at Syracuse, 4:00 p.m.
Georgetown at Connecticut, 8:00 p.m.
Villanova at Notre Dame, 8:00 p.m.
St. John's at Rutgers, 8:00 p.m.
LAST TIME AGAINST SYRACUSE
Notre Dame 83, Syracuse 63
January 21, 1998
Notre Dame, IN
Player min fg fga ft fta reb ast pf tp
Burgan 34 8 18 3 3 3 3 2 22
Blackwell 38 3 8 4 4 9 2 2 10
Thomas 30 3 7 0 3 6 1 1 6
Hart 32 3 12 2 2 3 2 4 9
Janulis 26 2 5 0 0 0 0 5 5
Campbell 14 1 6 0 0 2 0 2 2
Griffin 8 2 2 1 2 1 1 3 6
Williams 7 1 1 1 2 4 0 3 3
Brown 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ovcina 10 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0
Totals 200 23 62 11 16 34 11 22 63
Notre Dame (83)
Player min fg fga ft fta reb ast pf tp
Manner 25 3 5 1 3 5 2 1 7
Garrity 39 7 12 6 7 10 3 2 21
Hickey 33 1 7 0 0 12 1 3 2
Wyche 20 0 1 2 2 2 2 1 2
Ingelsby 33 3 5 1 2 0 10 2 10
Friel 26 9 13 4 7 2 2 1 30
Rainey 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Williamson 10 1 2 2 4 2 1 2 4
Dillon 7 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 3
Rasmussen 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 2
Owens 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Palmer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 27 50 16 27 37 24 13 83
Halftime - Notre Dame 38, Syracuse 36
Turnovers - Notre Dame 19, Syracuse 19
Three-Point Field Goals - SU 6-16 (Burgan 3-5, Blackwell 0-1, Hart 1-3, Janulis 1-3, Campbell 0-1, Griffin 1-1, Brown 0-1, Ovcina 0-1), ND 13-19 (Garrity 1-2, Wyche 0-1, Ingelsby 3-5, Friel 8-10, Dillon 1-1).
Attendance - 9,909
NOTRE DAME STARTING LINE:
No. Player Pos Ht. Wt. Class PPG RPG Other
3 Troy Murphy PF 6-9 225 Fr. 19.4 9.1 59.6 FG%
Four-time BIG EAST rookie of the week
34 David Graves SF 6-5 211 Fr. 14.3 3.4 13-39 3-pters.
Nine double-figure scoring games
55 Phil Hickey C 6-11 272 Sr. 8.3 6.5 46.7 FG%
10 points, 10 rebounds vs. St. Francis
4 Antoni Wyche SG 6-5 196 Sr. 12.5 2.6 31.6 3-FG%
Nine double-figure scoring games
24 Martin Inglesby PG 5-11 171 So. 8.7 2.0 58 ast.
Career-high 20 points vs. Eastern Kentucky
NOTRE DAME OFF THE BENCH:
No. Player Pos Ht. Wt. Class PPG RPG
15 Paul Rainey F 6-1 191 Sr. 0.9 0.9
6.8 mins. per game Career-high 21 minutes vs. Providence
20 Leviticus Williamson F 6-6 194 So. 1.3 0.8
55.6 FG% Four points vs. Central Michigan, Stetson
21 Jimmy Dillon G 6-2 171 Jr. 3.6 0.9
32 ast. Career-high seven assists vs. Providence
22 Dennis Carroll G 6-5 207 Sr. 1.6 0.3
4 ast. Three points in four games
42 Harold Swanagan F 6-6 242 Fr. 5.7 4.1
61.5 FG% 13 points vs. Providence
43 Skylard Owens F 6-4 210 Jr. 1.0 1.8
60.0 FG% Six rebounds vs. Central Michigan
44 Todd Palmer F 6-6 220 Jr. 1.6 1.9
77.8 FT% Three points, four rebounds vs. St. Francis
HEAD COACH JOHN MacLEOD
Notre Dame head coach John MacLeod (Bellarmine '59), the 1997 BIG EAST Conference coach of the year, is in his eighth season in charge of the Irish program. MacLeod, who led the Irish to the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament in '92 and the quarterfinals of that event in '97, has an overall record of 99-113 in his tenure at Notre Dame and an overall record of 189-182 in 13 years as a collegiate head coach as MacLeod was also the head coach at Oklahoma for six seasons from 1967-73.
MacLeod was a head coach in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons (Phoenix Suns from 1973-87, Dallas Mavericks from 1987-90 and the New York Knicks from 1990-91). MacLeod has an overall mark of 707-657 as an NBA coach.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
Notre Dame has played a total of 44 games against teams ranked in the Associated Press poll during John MacLeod's tenure as Irish coach. Notre Dame has defeated two of the last five ranked teams it has faced with an 83-63 win over No. 15/15 Syracuse on January 21, 1998, and a 74-72 win over No. 20/21 West Virginia on Jan. 15, 1998. The last time Notre Dame beat a top 10 team was Feb. 5, 1994, a 79-63 win over No. 4 UCLA.
JOHN MacLEOD SHOW
The John MacLeod show is broadcast each week during the basketball season and features game highlights, player interviews, player tips and trivia contests. The show, produced in conjunction with Host Communications, features John MacLeod and Jack Nolan of WNDU-TV in South Bend and the color commentator for Notre Dame basketball on the radio. The show can be seen on WNDU-TV, Fox Sports Chicago and various Fox Sports outlets throughout the country.
3 Troy Murphy
Forward, Freshman, 6-9, 225, Morristown, NJ (Delbarton)
Freshman forward who has started all 12 games...is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Irish at 19.4 points per game and 9.1 rebounds....has been named the BIG EAST rookie of the week four times (three straight weeks) -- once on Nov. 17, on Dec. 14 , on Dec. 21, and again on Dec. 28...first honor came after opening week of season after scoring 19 points in collegiate debut vs. Miami of Ohio (Nov. 13) and 16 points vs. Yale (Nov. 15)...second honor came after scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds in Notre Dame's BIG EAST Conference-opening win over Providence (Dec. 8)...the 30 points vs. the Friars tied a BIG EAST record for most points by an individual in first career conference games...tied record of Allen Iverson of Georgetown, who also scored 30 points vs. Providence on Dec. 7, 1994...was eight-of-15 from free throw line vs. the Friars, but made four-straight free throws in the last 15 seconds of the contest...third honor came after scoring 27 points vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 19)...fourth honor came after averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in wins over Stetson and St. Francis.. has scored double figures in all 12 games becoming the first Notre Dame freshman ever to score in double figures in first 12 career games since freshmen became eligible in 1970-71...in BIG EAST statistics (through Dec. 27) in overall games, is third in scoring (first among newcomers), third in rebounding (first among newcomers), first in field goal percentage at 59.6% (first among newcomers), tied for 12th in blocks at 1.00 per game, first in defensive rebounding at 6.25 per game and is seventh in offensive rebounding at 2.83 per game...has recorded a double-double in four games this season with 21 points and 17 rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Nov. 27), 23 points and 16 rebounds vs. Indiana (Dec. 10), 27 points and 14 rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky on Saturday and the Providence game...was named the BIG EAST newcomer of the year by Basketball News and BIG EAST Briefs.
Season and Career Highs
30 points vs. Providence, 12/8/98
17 rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 11/27/98
4 assists vs. St. Francis, 12/27/98
34 David Graves
Forward, Freshman, 6-5, 211, Lexington, KY (Lexington Catholic)
Freshman forward who has started all 12 games..is the second-leading scorer for the Irish at 14.3 points per game...has proven to be a threat from three-point field goal range with 33.3 shooting percentage from that range (11-of-36)...leads team regular in free-throw shooting percentage at 80.4% (37-of-46)...in BIG EAST statistics (through Dec. 27) in overall games, is seventh in field goal percentage and ninth in free-throw percentage..has scored in double figures in nine games...his 29 points vs. Alaska-Anchorage was the most for an Irish freshman since Adrian Dantley had 41 points against West Virginia in '73-'74 (before Murphy had 30 vs. Providence)...scored 17 points in BIG EAST-opening victory vs. Providence (Dec. 8), as three Irish freshmen combined for 60 points...scored 18 points vs. St. Francis (Dec. 27).
Season and Career Highs
29 points vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 11/27/98
7 rebounds in two games
4 assists in three games
4 Antoni Wyche
Guard, Senior, 6-5, 196, Ballston Lake, NY (Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons)
Senior captain who has started all 12 games at the shooting guard position...has scored in double figures in nine games this season and has connected on 18 of 57 three point field goal attempts this season...in BIG EAST statistics (though Dec. 19) in overall games, is tied for 10th in free-throw percentage at 80.0% (327-of-46) ...scored a career-high 21 points against Alaska-Anchorage (Nov. 27) and tied a career-high with six assists vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 21)...tied for game-high scoring honors against St. Francis connecting on seven-of-nine shots from the field.
Career Highs Season Highs
21 points vs. UAA, 11/27/98 21 points vs. UAA, 11/27/98
8 rebounds vs. Conn, 2/17/98 5 rebounds vs. Miami, 11/13/98
6 assists in three games 6 assists vs. Vand., 11/21/98
55 Phil Hickey
Center, Senior, 6-11, 272, Wellsboro, PA (Wellsboro)
Senior captain who has started all 12 games at center...has scored in double figures in six games this season, including a season-high 13 points twice...has 13 blocked shots this season and currently has 67 in his career, good for seventh-place on the Irish career list...is the second-leading rebounder on the Irish team at 6.5 per game...posted first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. St. Francis...in BIG EAST statistics (through Dec. 27) in overall games, is 11th in blocked shots (1.09) and 12th in rebounding (6.50).
Career Highs Season Highs
21 points vs. BC, 2/11/98 13 points in two games
15 rbnds vs. Seton Hall, 1/17/98 10 rbnds vs. St. Francis, 12/27/98
5 assists vs. Citadel, 11/17/97 3 assists in two games
42 Harold Swanagan
Forward, Freshman, 6-6, 242, Hopkinsville, KY (University Heights Academy)
Promising freshman who came off the bench in win against Providence (Dec. 8) to score 13 points with four rebounds...has come off the role in all 12 games and is averaging 15.9 minutes of playing time per contest...played a total of 30 minutes against the Friars...has seen his playing time dramatically increase as the season has progressed...averaged just 6.7 minutes of playing time per game in the first three contests of the season, but has averaged 19.0 minutes per game since then...scored a career-high 17 points vs. Duke (Nov. 26) in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout and also scored 11 points with nine rebounds vs. Indiana (Dec. 1).
Season and Career Highs
17 points vs. Duke, 11/26/98
10 rebounds vs. Southern Utah, 11/28/98
3 assists vs. Providence, 12/8/98
24 Martin Ingelsby
Guard, Sophomore, 5-11, 171, Philadelphia, PA (Archbishop Carroll)
Has been the starting point guard for all 12 games this season...scored a career-high 20 points vs. Eastern Kentucky on Saturday...leads the team in assists with 58 and has committed 32 turnovers this season (just one every 10.4 minutes of playing time)...in BIG EAST statistics (through games of Dec. 21) for overall games, is tied for third in assists at 4.83 per game and is sixth in assist/turnover ratio at 1.81...recorded 22 assists in three games at the Great Alaska Shootout, including eight vs. Alaska-Anchorage...tied his season high with eight assists against Stetson...had his first double-figure scoring effort of the season with 12 points against Central Michigan (Dec. 5)...has scored in double figures in three of the last four games, including 18-point outing against St. Francis (Dec. 27).
Career Highs Seasons Highs
20 points vs. E. Ky., 12/19/98 20 points vs. E. Ky, 12/19/98
6 rebounds vs. NE, 11/25/97 4 rebounds vs. C. Mich., 12/5/98
12 assists vs. IU, 12/3/97 8 assists in two games
21 Jimmy Dillon
Guard, Junior, 6-2, 171, Philadelphia, PA (Holy Ghost Prep)
Backup point guard for the Irish who has seen action in all 12 games this season, averaging 15.5 minutes per game...played a career-high 35 minutes in win over Providence (Dec. 8) with career-high seven assists while turning the ball over just three times...also scored seven points against the Friars...scored six points vs. Indiana (Dec. 1), including layup basket at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime...had a career-high nine points vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 21)...entered the season with a career average of 9.5 minutes played per game.
Career Highs Season Highs
9 points vs. Vand., 11/21/98 9 points vs. Vanderbilt, 11/21/98
4 rebounds vs. GU, 2/25/98 2 rebounds in two games
7 assists vs. Prov, 12/8/98 7 assists vs. Providence, 12/8/98
22 Dennis Carroll
Forward, Senior, 6-5, 207, LaGrange, IL (Lyons Township)
Senior captain of Irish team that is in first year as a scholarship player...played his first two seasons as a walk-on performer and then was on the Irish tennis team in '97-'98 before rejoining the basketball team this year...has played in 10 games this season, scoring three points in four different games.
Career Highs Season Highs
4 points vs. Loyola-M, 12/5/94 3 points in four games
2 rebounds vs. Yale, 11/15/98 2 rebounds vs. Yale, 11/15/98
1 assist in four games 1 assist in three games
44 Todd Palmer
Forward, Junior, 6-6, 220, Harrington Park, NJ (Don Bosco Prep)
Has played in seven games off the bench this season...scored three points against Central Michigan (Dec. 5), Stetson (Dec. 21) and St. Francis (Dec. 27) and two against Duke (Nov. 26)...grabbed a career-high six rebounds versus Stetson...also had four rebounds vs. St. Francis.
Career Highs Season Highs
7 points vs. GU, 2/7/98 3 points in two games
6 rebounds vs. Stetson, 12/21/98 6 rebounds vs. Stetson, 12/21/98
2 assists vs. C. Mich., 12/5/98 2 assists vs. C. Mich., 12/5/98
20 Leviticus Williamson
Forward, Sophomore, 6-6, 194, Spring, TX (Spring)
Reserve forward who has seen action in eight games...scored four points in win over Central Michigan (Dec. 5) and added two rebounds...grabbed a season-high three rebounds against Stetson.
Career Highs Season Highs
10 points vs. NE, 11/25/97 4 points vs. Central Michigan, 12/5/98
7 rbds vs. Miami Fla., 2/22/98 3 rebounds vs. Stetson, 12/21/98
2 assists vs. BC, 2/11/98 1 assist vs. Yale, 11/15/98
43 Skylard Owens
Forward, Junior, 6-4, 210, Shreveport, LA (Loyola College Prep)
Walk-on forward who has played in all 12 games off the bench...scored four points vs. Duke (Nov. 26) and had six rebounds vs. Central Michigan (Dec. 5)...hit key layup vs. Providence (Dec. 8) with 3:16 left to play to extend Irish lead to six points.
Career Highs Season Highs
4 points vs. Duke, 11/26/98 4 points vs. Duke, 11/26/98
6 rbnds vs. C. Mich., 12/5/98 6 rebounds vs. C. Mich., 12/5/98
1 assist in 3 games 1 assist vs. Central Michigan, 12/5/98
15 Paul Rainey
Guard, Senior, 6-1, 191, Hattieville, AR (Wonderview)
Senior captain of team that is in his first year as a scholarship player...has come off the bench in nine games this season, including a career-high 21 minutes of action in win over Providence (Dec. 8)...had four assists and two rebounds in game against the Friars...scored four points with three rebounds in win over Central Michigan (Dec. 5).
Career Highs Season Highs
4 points vs. C. Mich., 12/5/98 4 points vs. C. Mich., 12/5/98
3 rebounds vs. C. Mich., 12/5/98 3 rebounds vs. Central Mich., 12/5/98
4 assists vs. Prov., 12/8/98 4 assists vs. Prov., 12/8/98