What Big Ten men's basketball
team has an all-time winning
record against every other
(For answer, see page 2)
B lame it on Niyo
.Purdue proves to be a turkey, 84 -76
Considering the results of yesterday's Michigan men's
basketball game, an 84-76 victory over Purdue, perhaps you
were expecting me to say something like this:
The Wolverines overcame great adversity yesterday, and
led by a terrific effort from their injured stars -Ray Jackson
and Chris Webber - defeated Purdue, 84-76. While fellow
injured player James Voskuil rested and did not play, the
Wolverines showed their character by not letting the difficult
circumstances interfere with their per-
Miller Sorry. I won't say that.
For one, it's clich6, and therefore
empty. How many times have you read
a story like that before? Hundreds, I'm
sure. Every one of those stories is the
same, and likeatypicaltelevision sitcom
or supermarket tabloid, all are more
style (a heroic or sob story) than sub-
stance (about the players themselves).
Furthermore, stories like that just
The players didn't necessarily act
superhuman, heroically, or against an
impossible situation; they did what they had to do to keep
playing. An elbow in the face. A mask. A sore shoulder. The
Listen to Chris Webber:
"It's not extraordinary to keep playing," he said. "I'm not
I going to stop from this. Nothing is going to stop me from
playing, unless it's something like a leg or a hip. Something
minor isn't going to stop me; you just gotta have heart."
OK, so that's a clich6, too. But it's appropriate.
There's a difference between dealing with your difficul-
ties and working through them, as these players have, and
being a superhero.
The first is reality. The second is a myth.
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'M' team effort does in
by Ken Davidoff
Daily Basketball Writer
In their heyday, The Doors were
ravaged by strife because JimMorrison's
bandmates resented all the notice the
curly-haired lead vocalist received. But
at least the group released memorable
albums that will be cherished for all
The Purdue Boilermakers (4-5 in
the Big Ten, 13-5 overall) also have a
problem with sharing the glory. But this
lack of noticeable production proved to
be fatal in their 84-76 loss to Michigan
(7-2, 18-3). Forwards Glenn Robinson
and Cuonzo Martin combined for 53 of
their team's points, over two-thirds of
the total 76.. On the contrary, the Wol-
verines spread the wealth, as four play-
ers tallied double figures.
"We can't have one guy taking 20
shots a game because we're so bal-
anced," Michigan forward Chris
Webber, whocontributed 14points, said.
"But they need those two guys to step
up, and they did."
The Wolverines insisted, however,
that they did not intend to let Robinson
and Martin "do their thing" and concen-
trate on stopping the rest of the Boiler-
"We didn't want to let Robinson get
30 points or whatever he had on us
today," assistant coach Brian Dutcher
said. "But he played a great game. He
was in his rhythm, and once he gets in
his rhythm it's tough to stop him. But
we didn't say, 'Let's go in the game and
let Glenn get his 30.' We want to shut
"We wanted to guard everybody,
including Glenn Robinson," Michigan
coach Steve Fisher added.
Jimmy King led the way with 24
points, with Juwan Howard scoring
18 and Jalen Rose 12. But defense
took over center stage. After running
off an 8-0 run to take a 16-8 lead
Michigan, who should rise in the
national polls in light of Cincinnati
and Kansas losses over the weelend,
never allowed the Boilermakers to
come closer than five points.
"I thought their defense in the first
five minutes really toqk us out of our
game," Purdue coach Gene Keady said.
"That was really the difference in the
"I pretty much thought we were in
control the whole way," Rose said.
Indeed, even the most astute of bas-
ketball scholars would be hard-pressed
to pick out a turning point in the contest.
Instead, every Michigan dunk served to
dig deeper the Boilermakers' grave.
King picked off an errant Martin pass
and took ithome authoritatively to punc-
tuate a 17-2 Michigan rally in the first
half to make it 25-10, while Webber's
windmill slam at 13:52 of the second
half completed a 12-4 Michigan run to
make it 68-55 that forced Keady to call
a time out.
In a rare display of emotion, the
Crisler Arena crowd managed to make
a difference in the contest. Although
neither the "SAT" chants nor the bizarre
See PURDUE, Page 4
Juwan Howard struggles to control the ball during yesterday's game vs. Purdue
lcers fail to third
with 4-3 Marmimmu loss
by Brett Forrest
Daily Hockey Writer
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Mike Stone takes
overtime goal puts end
to dreams of weekend
sweep after impressive
victory over Ohio State
by Brett Forrest
Daily Hockey Writer
OXFORD - It was a tale of two
different games for the Michigan hockey
team this weekend. Friday at the Ohio
State Ice Rink, Michigan waltzed to a
10-1 victory. Saturday at Miami's
Goggin Ice Arena, the Wolverines were
handed a 4-3 overtime defeat.
In Oxford, Michigan faced its tough-
esttestof the season. Trailing first-place
Miami (19-6-3 overall; 17-2-3 CCHA)
by onepointin the league standings and
one goal entering the third period, the
Wolverines needed to come up big.
Going into Saturday's game, Michigan
was pointless when trailing after two
They did come up big, pelting
Redskin goalie Richard Shulmistra with
17 shots in that period. With under
12:00 left in the final stanza, Michigan
center Mark Ouimet worked feverishly
behind the Miami net to dig the puck out
and fed left wing Dave Roberts in the
right circle. At the 7:48 mark, Roberts
slid a backhand shot past Shulmistra
low on the far side to tie the score at two.
With 9:00 left in the third period, the
line of Roberts, Ouimet and Mike Stone
was mucking it up in the offensive
corners. Roberts worked for the puck
and, through a crowd of players, fed
Stone who was sitting in the goalmouth
to the left of Shulmistra. The pass hit
Stone's stick as the open net yawned.
He did not get enough wood on his one-
time shot and the puck slid away harm-
defenseman Bobby Marshall whoan-
ticipated the move and stole the disk.
Marshall fed center Brian Savage who
smoked his 24th goal of the season up
high past goalie Steve Shields from the
"I fanned on the dump-in," Ward
said. "I wasplaying high. It wasn'tgood
having me do that with only one
That could have been all for Michi-
gan. But :55later, center Brian Wiseman
won an offensive left circle draw to
right wing Mike Knuble at the top of the
circle. Knuble fired his shot past
Shulmistra low to the far side.
"(Assistant coach) Mel (Pearson)
wanted me to go through with it on the
forehand,"Wiseman said. "ButI'd been
beating those guys (on faceoffs) all night.
I thought I'd bring it back to Knuble."
"We lost the draw, there was'a big
scramble," Shulmistra said. "I moved
out. I heard his stick hit the ice and I felt
it hit my stick. I looked back and it was
in the net. There was nothing I could do
about it. Wipe it away and face the next
The teams remained tied at three for
the rest of regulation time. Michigan
tookarecordof0-0-3 in overtime games
into the extra period of what was possi-
bly the most important game of the
One minute into the overtime, it was
all over. Miami's Jason Mallon, a fourth-
line sophomore right wing, received a
pass from linemate Kevyn Adams in the
slot. He moved in on Shields and shot it
off the crossbar. The puck slammed
down off the crossbar and may or may
not have gone over the goaline.
The goaljudge was late in turning on
the red light-no one was certain. It did
not matter. The referees signaled a goal
and Miami beat Michigan for the first
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This guy does not drink Perrier.
He is not wowed by the stylings of
Versace. You won't find him tooling
around town in an Aston Martin.
Stone is not attracted by the exces-
sive, the outrageous - he wants it
cut and dried.
Mike Stone is not graced with
great size, amazing speed or absurd
puck-handling ability. However, he
is capable in every aspect of the
game - and when he comes to the
rink, he comes to work.
If there is a battle in the corner,
expect Stone to knock around some
bodies. If there is a race to the puck,
expect him to win it. If a penalty
needs to be killed, expect him to kill
it. With Stoney, there's no quarter
asked, none given.
Stone, a native of Utica, Mich.,
played for Detroit's vaunted
Compuware club during his minor
hockey days. He then took his
talents to the North American Junior
Hockey League to play for the
Detroit Junior Red Wings.
In 1989-90, Stone was a second-
team all-league left wing, Most
Valuable Player of his team and a
119 point scorer. While with the
Junior Wings, Stone attended Bishop
Foley High School in Madison
Heights. He earned two varsity
letters playing baseball there and
was an all-league and all-Catholic
selection as well.
In his final season of junior
hockey, Stone was courted by
Illinois-Chicago, Ferris State and
Lake Superior State. He had
scholarship offers from UIC and
FSU, and if he had played another
year of juniors, from LSSU also. He
no prisoners on ice
out, but when we told them what
happened, they let us slide. So my
brother started off leading us in the
Stone stayed in school and
played in all but two of Michigan's
games in his rookie season. With
Don as co-captain, the team had its
best year since the NCAA champi-
onship season of 1964 and made it
to the NCAA quarterfinal round.
Mike played on the fourth line with
senior Jim Bailantine and freshman
Dave Wright, racking up 18 points
on eight goals and 10 assists. He
also saw time on the penalty-killing
"We had never played on the
same team before, because he's
three years older," Stone said of his
brother. "I got to know Don in a
different way. I saw how he acted
around other people. I got to know
his friends real well. (Playing on the
team with Don) was a big deal for
my parents - my mom loved it."
In the 1990 Great Lakes Invita-
tional at Joe Louis Arena, Don
assisted on a goal by Mike in a game
against Michigan Tech. It was a
dream come true for Mrs. Stone.
"One thing I always wanted was
for them to score a goal together,"
Nancy Stone said. "Having the boys
play together was my biggest thing.
It was a great thrill."
His freshman season was a
definite transition for Stone. After
scoring 56 goals for the Junior
Wings, he had to take on a different
role under coach Red Berenson at
Michigan. He found himself setting
up shop in the corners for the
"I understood that coming here,"
Stone said. "I led my team in
scorine in Jurnior. I knew I wasn't
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