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The Michigan Daily- Monday, January 13, 1992 -Page 11
WOLVERINES' INDIVIDUAL PLAY LEADS TO FIRST BIG TEN LOSS

John Niyo

Minnesota holds off Blue,

Will the real Michigan
team please stand up?
The cynics probably liked what they saw Saturday when Minnesota
handed Michigan a stinging 73-64 loss that served notice to Wolverine
fans.
And if Saturday's game didn't get the point across, Minnesota's fans did
0their part. The chants of "Overrated, overrated," echoed around the Michi-
gan squad as it watched its five-game win streak snapped.
The Wolverines, led by the five first-year players, had been getting away
with a lot of things up until Saturday. But a Minnesota team which got
trounced 96-50 by Indiana two days earlier provided a little lesson in hu-
mility for this young team - Big Ten basketball style.
It became painfully obvious on the raised floor of Williams Arena that
one-on-one basketball will not get Michigan many conference wins, espe-
cially on the road.
Yet it was starting to look like that wasn't going to matter. This
Michigan squad has shown a knack for proving doubters wrong.
Everyone wondered what would happen when Duke came to town a
month ago. Everyone, that is, except for the players, who outplayed, out-
hustled, and almost beat the No. 1 team in the nation.
Those same doubts surfaced again as the Wolverines prepared to start
Big Ten play at Iowa. But Michigan dismantled Iowa's press and earned an
overtime victory on the road. No more doubts, right?
Wrong.
It was ugly to watch, really. Saturday, there was little sign of the team
that scared Duke, or the one that beat Iowa.
Aside from Jalen Rose - who certainly isn't playing like a rookie, hit-
*ting tough shots and knocking down clutch free throws - no one else
seems to get into the flow of the game when it becomes a half-court con-
test. And maybe that was the major cause of Saturday's debacle, although
the game was so muddled from a Michigan standpoint that we can't be sure.
In a wide-open game, when Michigan can get out on the fast break, ev-
erything falls into place. The dunks reappear. The three-pointers go down.
Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, and Eric Riley all seem to find room to
move inside.
But those situations didn't materialize against Minnesota, and we are
left to wonder why. And now we are also left to wonder when that team
that we saw against Duke will take the court again.
* Webber, disappointed in both his own and his team's play made a
promise after Saturday's game. He said that never again will we see the
Michigan team that Minnesota embarrassed and upset. He might be right.
We'll just have to wait and see.

by Albert Lin
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan men's basketball
team lived on the edge last Thursday
in Iowa City, but came out on top.
Saturday at Williams Arena in
Minneapolis, the Wolverines were
not as lucky. The Gophers (1-1 in the
Big Ten, 9-6 overall) kept Michigan
(1-1, 9-2) off-balance much of the
game and came away with a 73-64
victory. The Wolverines' penchant
for individual play led to 40 percent
shooting from the floor.
"Our halfcourt offense wasn't
there," Michigan head coach Steve
Fisher said. "Everything was one-
on-one; everything was 'I'm going
to do it.' Everybody thought they
could post up and be the guy to get
the basket. It does not work that
way,
"We had chances. We clawed
back, but then we went through a
stretch where we went back to try-
ing to get it done one-on-one. When
we made a run, we got stuff off our
defense, with easy baskets, but we
didn't give ourselves enough chances
to get easy baskets against this
team."
Voshon Lenard welcomed his
former Detroit Southwestern
teammate and coach, Jalen Rose and
Perry Watson, to his new home
with a 25-point outing to lead the
Gophers.
"I didn't know, but I thought
(Lenard) was capable of having big
numbers," Fisher said. "I thought
we could have defensed him a little
better. He made a lot of big bas-
kets."
The biggest was a three-pointer
with less than two minutes left
which "sealed the fate" of the
Wolverines, according to Fisher.
With Michigan down six points -
the closest it would be for the rest
of the game - and the clock wind-
ing down, Lenard passed the ball to
Gopher center Bob Martin, then
moved behind him to the left side-
line. Rose left Lenard to help dou-
ble-team the seven-footer, who fired
a return pass. Lenard went up, fading
toward the baseline, and drained the
trey with two seconds left on the
shot clock.
The Wolverines had fought back

73-64
from a 38-29 halftime deficit. Eric
Riley came out of the lockerroom,
on fire, scoring Michigan's first
nine points to cut the lead to 43-38.
The Gophers moved back up by
eight, but then the Wolverines' in-
creased defensive pressure began to
cause some Minnesota miscues.
Juwan Howard stole an errant
pass and fed Rose for a slam. Then
Rose stepped into a passing lane to
start a two-on-one, which finished
with a spectacular dunk by Jimmy
King over 6-foot-9 Ernest Nziga-
masabo. A Rose three brought
Michigan within one, but on their
next possession - with a chance to
take the lead - the Wolverines
turned the ball over.
"Those are the kinds of mistakes
I keep harping on, especially when
you're playing on the road," Fisher
said. "We need to go back and talk
about the whys and whats, and make
certain when we go on our next trip
to Illinois (this Saturday), we don't
let one get away we're supposed to
win, or at least we think we should
win."

Minnesota forward Randy Carter drives past Michigan's Chris Webber
in the Golden Gophers' 73-64 upset of the Wolverines.

CdM Sports Calendar
Monday, January 13
No events scheduled
Tuesday, January 14
No events scheduled
Wednesday, January 15
Men's Basketball vs. Purdue, 8 p.m., Crisler
Arena
Thursday, January 16
No events scheduled
Friday, January 17
Ice Hockey vs. Illinois-Chicago, 8 p.m., Chicago
Men's Gymnastics at Windy City Invitational, 8 p.m.,
Chicago
Men's Swimming & Diving vs. Stanford (non-dual),
7 p.m., Canham Natatorium
Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern, 8:30 p.m.,
Evanston
Saturday, January 18
Ice Hockey vs. Illinois-Chicago, 8 p.m., Chicago
Men's Basketball vs. Illinois, 4 p.m., Champaign
Men's Gymnastics at Windy City Invitational, 8 p.m.,
Chicago
Men's Indoor Track vs. Indiana & Kentucky, TBA,
Bloomington
Men's Swimming & Diving vs. Stanford, 5 p.m.,
Canham Natatorium
Women's Gymnastics vs. Pittsburgh & West Virginia,
7 p.m., Pittsburgh
Women's Indoor Track vs. Indiana & Minnesota,
TBA, Bloomington
Wrestling hosts Illinois, Purdue & Central Michigan,
noon, Cliff Keen Arena
Sunday, January 19
Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m.,
Madison

BASKETBALL
Continued from page 10
that put the Boilermakers ahead by
16 and the game all but out of
reach.
"I think are defense (was a
key)," Purdue coach Lin Dunn said.
"This was probably the best defen-
sive effort we've had. We did a bet-
ter job of getting into the passing
lanes. I thought we were able to
bother Trish Andrew.
"Down the stretch we played
at least ten people double minutes
and that's tough (for Michigan)
because physically, with that kind
of pressure, they had to wear
down."
Andrew was not the offensive
threat that she was against Illinois.
After sitting much of the first half
with foul trouble, Andrew was
held to only 11 points, 10 below
her season average.
Meanwhile, Purdue's inside trio
of Donna Gill, Tina Eddie and Kay
Tucker were able to capitalize in
the second half on their distinct
height advantage by getting good
position on the offensive glass and
finding the seams in the zone. The
three finished with 17, 10 and 8
points, respectively.
"We have to put (the game) in
perspective," VanDeWege said.
"Purdue is awfully good and they
played awfully well tonight. You

can't play tentative against people
like that or they'll eat you up."
ILLINOIS (71)
FG FT Rob.
Mi. M-A MA O-T A F Pts.
Estey 40 3-4 0-0 0-3 4 2 7
Cuningham33 4-14 8-9 0-5 2 1 18
Dilger 12 2-6 0-0 0-3 0 2 4
Waters 19 5-11 4-4 0-3 0 3 14
Dupps 31 1-4 3-4 4-12 3 1 5
Hemann 18 4-9 0-0 2-4 1 1 9
Cunditf 18 3-7 0-0 1-4 1 1 6
Walker 15 1-4 2-4 1-4 0 1 4
Riley 14 2-5 0-0 1-8 1 3 4
Totals 200 2564 17-21 9-50 12 15 71
FG%- .391. FT%- .810. Three-point goals:
4-8500 (Cunntngham 2-3,.Estey 1-2, Hemann
1-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocks: 1 (Riley).
Turnovers: 15 (Cunningham 4, Waters 3, Estey
2, Hemann 2, Duppsm2, Dilger, Walker). Steals: 5
(Estey 2, Cunningham 2, Waters). Technical
louls: 0.
MICHIGAN (56)
FG FT Rob.
Mi. M-A WA O-T A F Pts.
Nuanes 32 7-18 1-1 3-5 1 3 16
Durand 38 7-17 0-1 1-2 4 3 14
Andrew 29 9-18 0-3 2-11 1 4 18
Beaudry 40 3-10 2-4 1-8 1 4 8
Gray 11 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 0 0
Wooldridge 29 0-2 0-0 0-4 2 1 0
Jones 10 0-3 0-0 2-5 0 0 0
Stewart 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
McCall 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 200 26-73 3-9 10-41 1116 56
FG%- .356. FT%- .333. Three-point goals:
1-4, .250 (Nuanes 1-3, Durand 0-1). Team
rebounds: 5. Blocks: 10(Andrew 8, Beaudry 2).
Turnovers: 9 (Nuanes 3, Durand 2, Beaudry,
Gray. Andrew, McCall). Steals: 6 (Durand 2,
Wooldridge 2. Beaudry, Andrew). Technical
fouls: Nuanes, 2:30 1st.
Illinois ............... 33 38 - 71
Michigan.........28 28 - 56
At Crisler Arena, A-675
Yesterday afternoon game

MICHIGAN (64)
FG FT Rob.
Mini.M-A M-A O-T A F Pts.
Webber 32 4-14 1-5 4-8 1 5 9
Hunter 8 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 1 0
Riley 15. 4-5 2-4 3-4 0 4 10
Talley 25 4-6 0-0 1-1 2 2 8
Rose 37 8-19 7-10 3-7 2 3 25
King 24 2-5 0-0 0-3 2 4 4
Howard 24 0-5 2-2 3-5 1 2 2
Voskuil 14 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 5 0
Jackson 18 0-2 1-2 0-3 0 3 1
McIver 4 1-1 3-4 0-1 0 2 5
Pelinka 1 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
Totals 200 2367 16-27 15-40 11 31 64
FG%- .404. FT%- .593. Three-point goals:
2-8, .250 (Rose 2-5, Talley 0-1, Webber 0-1,
Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocks: 2
(Webber). Turnovers: 19 (Webber 5, Talley 5,
Riley 3, Rose 3, King 1, Howard 1, Mclver 1).
Steals: 6 (Rose 4, Webber 1, Voskuil 1).
MINNESOTA (73)
FG FT Rob.
Mi. WA M-A 0-T A F Pt.
Walton 18 1-4 4-4 1-2 1 1 6
Carter 26 3-7 1-2 3-7 2 5 7
Martin 23 1-2 1-3 0-2 1 2 3
McDonald 34 3-7 4-4 1-2 3 1 12
Lenard 35 6-12 9-12 1-8 2 4 25
Kolander 20 2-2 7-9 1-5 3 4 11
Jackson 19 1-8 0-0 2-2 1 3 2
Nzig'm'sabolo 0-1 4-6 1-2 1 2 4
Orr 8 0-1 1-5 0-3 1 1 1
Tubbs 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
Totals 200 18-46 31-45 13-38 15 24 73
FG%- .391. FT%- .689. Three-point goals:
6-10, .600 (Lenard 4-8, McDonald 2-2). Team
rebounds: 4. Blocks: 1 (Tubbs).2Turnovers: 16
(Carter 3, Lenard 3, Walton 2, Jackson 2,
Martin 1, McDonald 1, Kolander 1, Nzigama-.
sabo 1, Tubbs 1). Steals: 9 (Martin 2, McDonald
2, Kolanderb2, Walton 1 Jackson 1, Orr 1).
Technical fouls: 1.
Michigan............ 29 35 - 64
Minnesota...... 35 - 73
At Williams Arena; A-16,193

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