Nov. 5, 1999
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Sophomore forward Troy Murphy scored 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Notre Dame men’s basketball team posted a 94-79 exhibition win over the International Select All-Stars. The game marked the head coaching debut for first-year Irish coach Matt Doherty.
Notre Dame received a strong game from freshman guard Matt Carroll, who had 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Freshman forward Jere Macura added 13 points and eight boards while junior guard Martin Ingelsby chipped in with 10.
The International All-Stars were lead offensively by forward Yaseen Mahmood, a native of the Middle Eastern country of Qatar, who had 17 points and seven rebounds. Former Southwest Missouri forward Tony Graves added 15 points.
“I thought this game was a good start for us,” said Doherty. “We won the game and we played well. But, we showed that we have some things to work on. This team has worked very hard in the preseason and now we have a game film to look at. That will be very helpful for us as coaches.”
Notre Dame trailed 48-46 at the half, but outscored the All-Stars 48-31 in the second half for the 94-79 final.
The Irish took control of the game early in the second half as they changed the two-point deficit to a 78-60 lead with 9:16 left to play in the game.
With the game tied at 52-52, Notre Dame took the lead for good on a three-point jump shot from the left corner by Carroll. Macura then hit a three-pointer 16 seconds later to give the Irish a 58-52 lead.
Notre Dame led 63-56 with 14:34 left to play, but then went on a 10-0 run as five different players scored a basket.
The Irish return to action November 11 for a home exhibition game against Marathon before the regular season opener November 16 at Ohio State in the first round of the Preseason NIT.