vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:00 p.m.
vs. Michigan State & hwa
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The Michigan Daily ,
Thursday, February 1, 1990
out of league race
The crowd started to flow out of
Crisler with more than 7 minutes to
play. With five fouls, Loy Vaught
left with 4:20 remaining. As time
wound down on the clock, the
number of fans looked more like the
size of a crowd attending a Liberace
fan club meeting than the one
attending a game with significant
conference title implications.
With the stadium mostly empty,
even Tony Tolbert, Sean Higgins,
and Eric Riley left the arena -
although their bodies were still on
the court and the clock still showed
' time remaining. With 10 seconds
left, Fisher called his last time out.
It wasn't because a lightning bolt
just struck and he figured out how to
mastermind a heroic comeback. The
reason: Michigan stopped playing.
They gave up. No hustle. No
flamboyance. No nothing.
And maybe rightly so. The Big
,Ten race might have just ended. And
Michigan has been left just outside
the starting gate.
"A lot of things can happen,"
.said Steven Scheffler, who's
cautious side did not show up until
the postgame press conference.
During the matchup, Scheffler
showed buoyancy and confidence -
scoring 18 points and hitting all but
one of his shots. On the miss, he
grabbed the rebound and scored.
t "We can't start letting up and
start celebrating. We could lose five
in a row. That sounds ludicrous but
it's still a race."
If Purdue plays like it did tonight
for the rest of the season, this race
M ended long before it started.
: The Boilermakers hit their shots.
They passed up good shots to get
great shots. In the end, that doomed
-Michigan more than anything else.
*"We don't have any individuals on
.our team," Ryan Berning explained.
"We have to play within our limits."
Of course, Michigan took the
«-other philosophy - take the shot,
:regardless of where it's from.
"It was disgusting," Higgins said
of the game.
When Michigan coach Steve
Fisher was asked how he felt when
he went in at halftime with his team
trailing by nine - and shooting
almost 59 percent - Fisher pointed
out the other side. "I said (Purdue)
can't shoot 70 percent in the second
half. They didn't. They shot 69."
69.6 to be exact. Which rounds
up to 70. Purdue won this game
with their shot selection. And now
they control the Big Ten.
"We got a good whipping from a
very good basketball team," Fisher
True enough. Purdue played hard,
with intensity, with smartness, and
they won. Except for one 10-0 spurt
which pulled Michigan within three
and had the stadium buzzing, the
Wolverines lacked the emotional
edge. A Purdue time out put things
back on track.
Gene Keady said coming into the
season he wanted to win three games
on the road and win all his home
contests. He accomplished his goal
before arriving in Ann Arbor.
"Just one more," he said Tuesday.
One more win on the road. It
came last night. Against Michigan.
And the game Fisher called a "must
win" became a murky loss.
Michigan gave up in the end - and
now, the opportunity for a
conference title has been taken from
the Wolverines hands.
When's the tournament?
Purdue's Tony Jones takes a dribble-drive baseline left past Michigan's Demetrius Calip en route to two of his
game-high 23 points.
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Coupled with only three
turnovers, it added up to a 47-38
In fact, Purdue played so well in
the first half that Fisher said he tried
to find salvation in the fact that
Purdue shot 70 percent and only led
Unfortunately for the Wolverines,
Purdue's efficiency was only a hair
lower in the second half.
Michigan was able to make a
game of it, briefly, early in the
second half. Demetrius Calip and
Sean Higgins made back-to back
three pointers, spurring a 10-0
Michigan run, which cut the deficit
to three and inspired Purdue coach
Gene Keady to call time out.
"I told them that if we didn't stop
them we were going to get beat, he
said. "We got eight stops in a row.
That was a turning point."
On the Boilermaker's first
possession after the time out,
Sheffler missed his only shot of th°
game. But he rebounded his miss and
scored, starting a 13-0 Purdue run.
That was the game.
"I think the guys came in a little
too sluggish," Michigan guard
Rumeal Robinson said. "Any time
its a big game like this you figure
your guys are going to come to play
and do their best but tonight it was a
But Robinson, who led the
Wolverines with 17 points, was
willing to give Purdue at least
partial credit for their shooting.
"At times they were shooting
wide open jump shots, something
we didn't want them to do," he said.
"But when they didn't have the wide
open jump shot they swung it under
the basket," Robinson said.
Scheffler concurred: "If you have
a reasonably good shot, be willing
to make the extra pass for a really
Guard Tony Jones led Purdue
with 23 points. Sheffler had 18
points, while Clyburn added 15
points and five assists.
"If he keeps playing like that,
he'll open some eyes," Keady said of
Clyburn's play. "Maybe next year
they'll pick us sixth."
Purdue was predicted to finish
seventh in the pre-season coaches'
Michigan forward Loy Vaught hits two of his ten points in Wednesday
night's loss to Purdue. Vaught also added five rebounds.
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