Nov. 1, 2001
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team was impressive in its first exhibition test of the season as the Irish, defending BIG EAST West Division champions, cruised to a 108-75 victory over the Sport is War.com All-Stars. Notre Dame displayed a balanced scoring attack with six players finishing in double figures.
Senior Ryan Humphrey (Tulsa, Okla.) had 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, in addition to blocking five shots, while classmate David Graves (Lexington, Ky.) recorded a double-douoble of his own as he finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Junior Matt Carroll (Horsham, Pa.) tied for game-high scoring honors as he contributed 21 points.
Freshman point guard Chris Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 14 points and nine assists in his debut while playing 29 minutes. Sophomore Torrian Jones (Morrisville, Pa.) added 11 points off the bench, while junior Jere Macura (Split, Croatia) finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Harold Swanagan (Hopkinsville, Ky.) was the only starter who did not score in double figures as he finished nine points, but had eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in 30 minutes of action.
Former Irish point guard Martin Ingelsby played for the Sport is War.com All-Stars and finished with two points in 19 minutes of action.
Notre Dame jumped out to a 52-36 halftime advantage while only trailing once in the contest. The Irish shot 51.3 percent from the field while holding its opponent to just 39.5 percent from the field. Notre Dame also owned a 58-39 advantage on the boards.
The Irish shot 40.0 percent from three-point range (10-25), but struggled from the foul line hitting just 18-30 (.600) from the charity stripe.
Notre Dame will play one more exhibition game (vs. EA Sports All-Stars on Thurs., Nov. 8 at 7,30 p.m. before opening up the regular season at home against New Hampshire on Fri., Nov. 16 at 9:00 p.m.