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,,Sprts Monday Trivia
Who was the MVP of Super
Bowl I and what restaurant
chain did he start?
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 6)

11 s i "S 6 t s V a a
'M' Sports Calendar 2
AP Top 20 2
Griddes22
'M' gymnastics coverage 2
Get Rich Quick 3
Q&A 3
'M' men's basketball coverage 4
'M' swimming coverage 5
'M' track coverage 6
'M' ice hockey coverage 7

Rumeal' s

heroics

steal

the

show

For a basketball team which has seen six of its seven
*conference opponents either lead them or trail them by
one or two points in the final minute, close games are
standard fare.
But Saturday's game had a new wrinkle which set it
apart from many of Michigan's previous close
encounters. Michigan found itself in the unfamiliar
position of coming from behind.
Normally, the Wolverines opponents spot them a 15
or 20 point lead, then chip away to tie or lead in the late
going.
The Spartans weren't so courteous. They led by seven
early in the second half and were in the process of
proving they are in the Big Ten race to stay. What little
they lack in talent they make up for in chemistry. The
Wolverines were not going to outclass them.
They challenged Michigan to either wake up or be
brushed aside as a Big Ten also-ran.
Michigan answered the challenge.
Rumeal Robinson - three-pointer. Robinson -
passes up the open jump shot to drive and stuff. Terry
Mills - a fade away turn-around. Robinson - lay-up.
Michigan 48, Michigan State 48.
The Wolverines showed resolve. Just as Iowa had
done to them last week, they scored on second and third
efforts.
Sean Higgins had a shot blocked, but Robinson
shoveled up the loose ball, drove and scored to tie the
game again at 55.
Two possessions later, Robinson and Higgins each
missed shots. But there was Loy Vaught - tip, tip, tip,
and finally in. 59-57, Michigan.
This was the gutty basketball that any team, no
matter how talented, needs to play to win the Big Ten.
After the game a reporter asked Michigan coach Steve'
Fisher "is this a case of being luckier than good?"
Normally Fisher is reserved in press conferences, pausing
before answering questions, then speaking methodically.
This time he spoke quickly and with conviction.
"No," he said with finality, almost before the
question was finished. "We played hard. We played hard."
See RESOLVE, page 4

by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer
Right before Saturday's tipoff, Michigan State's star guard Steve Smith
told Sean Higgins, "It's money time."
Call it a challenge to all the Wolverines.
Put up or shut up time at Crisler.
But in the end, Rumeal Robinson answered Smith's call with a right
hook, knocking the ball into the basket and the life out of the Spartans.
Michigan proved its money's worth with a 65-63 win over the upstart
Spartans.
As Robinson would later say about Smith's words, 'Talk is cheap."
And Robinson proved another cliche: Let your actions speak louder than
words.
With the score tied 63-63 and 5.4 seconds left in the second half, Higgins
inbounded the ball to Terry Mills, who quickly dished to Robinson. As time
ticked away, Robinson sped towards the basket and as he drove to the hoop,
sent a right hook over 6-foot-10 center Mike Peplowski before falling out of
bounds.
It fell. Robinson fell. The clock struck zero.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher tried to maintain his composure as he ran
to shake Jud Heathcote's hands while Higgins celebrated on the press table.
"We run it a lot in practice where you throw to the side and I get the ball
in the middle," Robinson said. "The big man didn't cover Terry so I was
able to get it and get a shot off.
"I saw it go in. I felt it was going to go in because it left the fingers like
it was supposed to."
A week ago to the day, Michigan lost to Iowa when Robinson missed
almost exactly the same shot as the one he made against the Spartans.
"The result wasn't the same," Robinson said. "That's important."
The Wolverines moved into a second place tie in the Big Ten at 5-2 in
the conference and 15-3 overall. The Spartans fell to 16-4. Purdue leads the
Big Ten with a perfect 7-0 mark and face the Wolverines Wednesday at
Crisler.
Robinson's shot only capped a final 20 seconds which had more strategy
twists than Generals Lee and Grant matching wits.
Fisher called a timeout with 20 seconds left to set up the final shot. But
Spartan coach Jud Heathcote tried to out-maneuver the Wolverines by
fouling Demetrius Calip after the inbounds pass. Calip missed the front end
of a one-on-one and Michigan State had a chance to win it with a final shot.
See SPARTANS, page 4

Rumeal Robinson stuffs the ball in Saturday's game. Robinson's three-point basket at the
first half buzzer tied the game, and his hook at the second half buzzer won it.

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Wolverine left-winger Ryan Pardowski prepares to shoot in Saturday
evening's contest versus Ohio State. During Friday's game at Columbus,
Pardowski scored a clutch second period goal.
*Icers disappointed
by weekend draws

by Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer
"Born to be Wild" - Sport
Magazine
"Enigmatic underachiever"-
Los Angeles Times
"Heartbreak Hotel" , Dow
Joneser- Dick Vitale
"Will the Real Sean Higgins
Stand Up?"- Chicago Tribune
Sean Higgins' critics have made
themselves heard during his three
years at Michigan. And though his
steady play and improved overall
game have quieted his detractors a
notch, the 6-foot-9 forward has had
trouble changing the image that
others have of him to one he feels
they should possess.
"What are they insinuating?"
Higgins bewilderedly asked after
being informed of the Chicago
Tribune's comment, written after his
32 point outburst against Duke.
Though he may understand the
implications - that he is an erratic
performer whose attitude contributes
to the inconsistency- he feels they
are inaccurate and unfair.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher
agrees. "Sometimes it's like (NCAA
president) Dick Schultz says, 'It's
Wrestlers
pound out
victory
over NU
by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
EVANSTON - Michigan's dual
wrestling meet with Northwestern
Saturday should have come with a
warning for people with heart
conditions.
After falling behind, 20-15, with
only two matches to go, the Wol-
verines needed victories from both
190-pounder Fritz Lehrke and heavy-
weight Phil Tomek to beat the 12th-
ranked Wildcats.

HOT

Sean Higgins just
asks to be understood

SHOT

not who you are but who they
perceive you to be,"' Fisher said.
"He (Higgins) is a good kid, a good
person, who wants his team to be
successful."
"If I can give a little advice to
people, it's to stop being so quick to
judge people by what you read or
hear," Higgins said. "Just like I can't
judge people because I don't know
them."
Teammate Terry Mills added: "I
think you have to meet him up
front, meet him as a person off the
basketball court to see what he's
really like."
Off the basketball court Higgins,
nicknamed "The Dean," has become
less visible. He lives by himself in
an off-campus apartment and is
somewhat of a home-body who
enjoys listening to his music, which
ranges from Luther Vandross and
George Benson to the rapper Special
Ed.
So why has Higgins received all
this unflattering attention?
A possible reason is that people
equate his on-court theatrics, done to
pump himself and the crowd up,
with an off-court wildness.
See HIGGINS, page 3
Women
upset
Spartans
InOT
by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
As Leslie Spicer calmly sank
both ends of her one-and-one, huge
smiles appeared across the Michigan
women's basketball bench. Sixteen
seconds later, the horn sounded,
overtime was complete and an ec-
static Wolverine team raced onto the
court in celebration.
Final score: 71-65, Michigan ov-
er Michigan State.
Michigan (11-6 overall, 3-4 Big

by Peter Zellen
Daily Hockey Writer

It's an old adage in hockey - but
nonetheless applicable to the Wol-
verines' weekend series against Ohio
State: "You have to play 60 minutes
of hockey if you want to win," as
Michigan coach Red Berenson put it.
So went the story of how Mich-
igan (16-10-4 overall, 12-10-4 in the
CCHA) came away with 6-6 and 3-3
ties this past weekend against Ohio
State (9-16-4, 9-11-4).
The Wolverines, who are fourth
in the CCHA, went into the series
looking to put some distance be-
tween themselves and the sixth-place
Buckeyes. However, because of their
inconsistency Michigan ended the

side with key scores by rookies
Mark Ouimet and David Roberts.
Ouimet scored the second of his
two goals off goalie Jim Fanning's
deflection of an Alex Roberts shot.
That tied the game at 4-4 with just
under two minutes to go in the sec-
ond period. All game long the
Wolverines were capitalizing off of
rebounds and deflections.
"Coach Berenson is always tell-
ing us on the bench that if we don't
work hard we won't win," Ouimet
said. "It's that second effort after the
shots that will do it."
In the third period, leftwinger
David Roberts was able to bring the
Wolverines back twice with clutch

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