December 14, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame freshman Troy Murphy (Morristown, N.J.) was named the BIG EAST Conference rookie of the week for his performance in the 83-80 Irish win over Providence last Tuesday. The award marks the second time this season that Murphy has been selected as rookie of the week.
Murphy scored a career-high 30 points against the Friars as the Irish opened up their BIG EAST portion of the 1998-99 schedule with a win. The 30 points tied a BIG record for most points by an individual in a their conference debut. Georgetown’s Allen Iverson also had 30 points in his debut on December 7, 1994, vs. Providence.
Murphy leads the Irish in scoring at 18.7 points per game and 8.8 rebounds. Notre Dame received a tremendous effort from all three of its freshmen including forwards David Graves and Harold Swanagan in the Providence win as they combined to score 60 points.
Murphy is the first Irish player to score in double figures in his first nine career games since LaPhonso Ellis in 1988-89. He was picked as the BIG EAST preseason newcomer of the year by Basketball News.
Notre Dame has an overall record of 4-5 and returns to action on Saturday, December 19, for a 2 p.m. EST game against Eastern Kentucky.