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April 07, 1992 - Image 10

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vs. Eastern Michigan
Today, 3 p.m.
Varsity Diamond


vs. Ferris State
Today, 1 p.m. (DH)
Fisher Stadium

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, April 7,1992

Page 10 *


Duke's experience
conquers Michigan
MINNEAPOLIS - The victors have been crowned, and that title goes to
what is truly the best team in college basketball.
KDuke showed why it has been the No. 1 squad in the country for the last
tvo years - and the first to repeat in nearly two decades - by summoning
every last energy to end the Wolverines' hopes of capping an incredible
When legendary UCLA coach John Wooden - leader of the greatest
dynasty in sports and the last team to win back-to-back titles - was asked
whether he would prefer a talented team or an experienced one, he said he
would go with the talent.
Michigan certainly has a world of talent, and the
Albert team's youthful core may have been to the dent in
history it is making, allowing the Wolverines to come
Lin as far as they have.
But when they met up with a team that has fantastic
players and one that has experienced only the Final
Four during every members' entire collegiate career, the
combination proved too much to handle.
Both teams seemed weary in the first half, slowed by
three grueling weeks of travel and basketball. Duke's
Christian Laettner looked like everything but a
consensus all-American in the first half, committing
u seven turnovers and not demonstrating the hustle he
usually displays.
Bqt he was able to work through his lull, finishing
with 19 points and 7 rebounds without committing a
turnover in the second half. The Wolverines believed that they wanted to
win more than any other team in the country, but they may have
underestimated Duke's inner strength.
Or maybe it's just time the Blue Devils received their due - as close as
you can come to a dynasty in this era.
Chris Webber cried on the bench after he was removed from the game.
Never has anything hurt so much - to know the championship is in your
reach and to not quite be able to grasp it.
Coach Steve Fisher told CBS that his kids would have to cry in order to
let the pain out, but he wants them to be very proud of what they
accomplished and to remember how they did it. And to be even more
determined this October 15 to go out and make the dream a reality.

'AN 51
Coach K's halftime
changes spark title

Keyed Up. K as in Killer Instinct. K
as in King of the Court.
Mike Krzyzewski - a.k.a. Coach
K - made the adjustments, stroked
the egos and showed some
uncharacteristic sideline emotion
Monday night in guiding Duke to its
second consecutive NCAA
basketball title with a 71-51 victory
over Michigan.
"Coach, all he did was challenge
us at halftime to play better," Grant
Hill said. "We were making mental
It was the second time in this
Final Four that Duke made major
halftime adjustments. The first time,
the Blue Devils defeated Indiana and
Krzyzewski's mentor, Bob Knight.
The second time, Krzyzewski was
rewarded with another title.
Krzyzewski, the ninth coach to
win more than one championship,
has taken Duke to the Final Four six
times in seven years, including the
last five.
Duke trailed 31-30 at halftime.
Christian Laettner missed six of
eight shots and committed seven
turnovers, and Michigan shot 48
percent while breaking the Blue
Devils' press.
Krzyzewski challenged Laettner
to be the best he could be and got
Duke to turn up the heat on defense.
Of Laettner, his star, his senior,
his leader, his coach on the floor, his

national Player of the Year,
Krzyzewski said: "I don't know if
it's just the emotion of going
through this thing or not. Seven
turnovers. He was throwing up
"And we were only one down.
We knew if we could turn up the
emotion, we could get going. Our
defense, in the second half was the
As his star turned up the attack"
(finishing with 19 points) and as his
team turned up the pressure,
Krzyzewski turned up his own emo-
Duke led only 48-45 with 7 min-
utes left but finished the game with a
23-6 surge. The Blue Devils held
Michigan to 29 percent shooting in'
the second half and forced 10,
turnovers after intermission.
"In the second half, we had no
semblance of order on offense,"
Wolverines coach Steve Fisher said.
"And I think it was as much their
defense as anything."
Duke built its lead and
Krzyzewski became more and more
animated. At first, he'd pump a fist
or take little leaps along the side-
Finally, when Hill stole a pass.,
from James Voskuil and fed Antonio
Lang for a fast-break dunk that put
Duke ahead 62-49 with 1:54 to go,
Krzyzewski jumped out of his seat
and pumped both fists into the air.

Michigan guard Jalen Rose works for position under the basket

FO FT Rob.
Mn. M-A M-A O-T A FPts.
Webber 30 6-12 2-5 4-11 1 4 14
Jackson 16 0-1 0-0 1-1 2 1 0
Howard 29 4-9 1-3 1-3 0 3 9
Rose 37 5-12 1-2 2-5 4 4 11
King 40 3-10 0-0 1-2 1 1 7
Riley 19 2-6 0-0 2-4 1 2 4
Voskuil 15 1-2 2-2 0-3 3 2 4
Pelinka 10 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 2
Hunter 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Talley 1 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Bossard 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Seter 0 0-1 0-0' 1-1.. 0 0...0
Totals 200 22-58 6-12 15-35 13 17 68
FG- .379. FT- .500. Three-point goals: 1-11,
.091. Team rebounds: 2. Blocks: 3. Turnovers:
;W. Steals:8. Technical fouls: none.
DUKE (71)
Mn. M-A M-A O-T A F' Pts.
Lang 32 2-3 1-2 2-4 0 1 5
G.1-jill 37 8-14 2-2 5-10 5 2 18
L4ttner 35 6-13 5-6 1-7 0 1 19
Hurley 37 3-12 2-2 0-3 7 4 9
T. Hill 35 5-10 5-8 3-7 0 2 18
-Parks 13 1-3 2-2 2-3 0 3 4
'Davis 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Ast 0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
:lark 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
.Blakeney 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
:Burt 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 25467 14-21 1447 12 13 71
FG- .439. FT- .773. Three-point goals: 4-9,
.444. Team rebounds: 2. Blocks: 4. Turnovers:
,14. Steals: 9. Technical fouls: none.
Michigan ........31 20 - 51
Duke ............... 30 41 - 71
* At Metrodome: A-50,379 (paid)

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But he came out for the second half determined.
Laettner took a pass from Bobby Hurley in the lane and
put Duke back on top with a lay-in, 32-31.
Then, after a Juwan Howard basket, Laettner calmly
knocked in a three-pointer to give the Blue Devils a
lead they would not relinquish.
Grant Hill picked up much of the slack in the first
half, scoring three straight baskets at one point to keep
Duke close.
"I think he's their best player," Jalen Rose said,
when asked if he was surprised by Hill's play. "He's a
more versatile player than Laettner."
Grant Hill and Laettner were supported by the play
of Tournament MVP Hurley, who finished with nine
points, but dished out only seven assists.
But a game Michigan squad was able to hang in for
awhile in the second half. Ray Jackson picked up a
loose ball and fed Jimmy King, who went in for an un-
contested jam to make the score, 39-37, with 16:28 to
But then the fouls began to add up. Rose had picked
-up his third at 17:27, and Webber was whistled for his

third 20 seconds later, reaching in on Hurley.
Then, Rose had to sit down after he was called for
his fourth with 12:45 still left on the clock.
Duke began to milk the shot clock, on offense, but
Webber grabbed an Antonio Lang miss and fired an off-
balance pass to Rose, who streaked in for a layup to pull
the Wolverines within three.
Laettner countered after a Duke timeout with a re-
verse layup, and then intercepted a pass at the other end.
Grant Hill hit a reverse layup of his own to give the
Blue Devils a 52-45 lead.
And from that point on, it was a matter of some fran-
tic play by the Wolverines and Duke capitalizing with
several easy baskets.
"We wanted to get four points every time down the
floor," Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "We unrav-
eled with some bad shots, and you can't do that against
a really good team."
Grant Hill grabbed an offensive rebound and put
back two more to make it, 60-49, as Webber, saddled
with his four fouls, could only stand and watch. Duke
then began hitting the obligatory free throws to send the
Blue Devils home with a convincing victory.
"I feel we deserve it," Krzyzewski said of the win.

The Michigan basketball team will fly into Willow Run Airport today.
This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

Michigras '92

Michigan forward Chris Webber dunks home two of his 14 points in last
night's NCAA Championship game. Duke beat Michigan, 71-51.



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