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Women's Gymnastics
Valentine Invitational
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Keen Arena

SPORTS

Ice Hockey
at Bowling Green
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Bowling Green

Blue we,
Wolverines
make easy win
seem diflcult
When you look at this morning's headline and see
that Michigan defeated Wisconsin last night by 19
points, it would be easy to believe that the Wolverines
had no problem beating their conference opponent. Just
another 85-66 ballgame. No big deal.
It's funny, though, how the
Ryan Wolverines made this "blowout" so
Herrington difficult. Despite shooting 54 per-
cent from the field, despite having
12 steals and playing aggressive
defense, despite even having a 41-
32 rebounding edge, Michigan was
determined to make this game in-
teresting.
Too interesting.
Every time Michigan seemed to
be on the verge of smearing the
Badgers up and down Crisler's 94-
foot-long floor, the Wolverines
found a way to give them another chance. For all the
talent Michigan displayed, an eerie lack of concentra-
tion seemed to pervade throughout the arena, giving no
one the feeling that this would be as simple as the 85-66
score would suggest.
The contest was far from well-played. I have seen
pimples that looked prettier.
It began in the first half. Michigan slowly opened a
seven-point lead with just under five minutes until the
intermission. The Wolverines' intensity seemed to be at
its peak and the crowd was excited. Wisconsin had al-
ready turned the ball over 14 times. It was time to pull
away.
Instead, the Wolverines felt it was better to give than
to receive. For every steal Michigan made, it found a
way to give the ball right back. Whether it was a bad
pass or a sloppy dribble, Michigan was never able to
make a run. Instead it was Wisconsin who closed the
* gap to a slim four points at the half.
It continued into the second half. Wisconsin even
had the lead, 49-47, with 14 minutes left in the game.
This was the same team that Michigan had embar-
rassed, 98-73, just 32 days ago in Madison. This was a
team Michigan was supposed to dispose of without
breaking a sweat. After the game, no one was suffering
from a lack of perspiration.
In the end, Michigan did come away with a 19-point
victory. No matter how ugly it was, it's still another
addition to the win column. Yet, Michigan can't afford
to continue making the mistakes it made last night. This
is not church, where charity is applauded. This is the
Big Ten. If you don't take advantage of your opportuni-
ties, you get left behind.
Down the road, 16 turnovers will not allow the
Wolverines to win by 19. It might just end their season
a little earlier than they would like.
WISCONSIN (66 eb ,
Min. K-A M-A 0-T A F PMe.
Kelley 25 2.8 0.0 4-10 2 2 4
Finley 38 10.18 2.6 2-4 2 3 25
Harrell 20 23 0-0 23 1 2 4
Johnson, J. 25 3.9 0.2 2-3 1 0 8
Webster 37 4.14 00 0.2 4 110
Cong.r 15 1-4 0. 0-0 2
Petersen 14 3-3 0-0 1.2 0 2 6
Cadl 3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0
JohnsonG 9 1.1 0.0 0-1 0 0 2
Mc~ee 5 1.1 2.2 0-2 0 0 4
Mc~uff is 2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0
i. 0 00 00 0 1
tae 200 21-52 4-10 13-32 12 11 66
MICHIGAN (86)Q F Reb.
Kin. M-A K-A 0QT A F Pte.
Webber 28 10.13 1-5 6-12 3 2 21
Jackson 23 6.11 2.3 06 2 2 14
Howard 30 7.9 2-2 3.7 0 1 16
Rose 29 6-15 0.2 3.5 4 3 14
King 31 3-5 0.0 1-3 4 1 7
Talley 6 2.3 0.0 0-0 1 0 4
Riley 19 2.2 0.0 0-3 0 2 4
Pefinka 13 1-3 0.0 0-0 3 0 3
Voskuil 11 0.6 0.0 1-3 1 0 0
Fife 3 0.1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Derricks 3 1-2 0.0 1.1 0 0 2
Bc~srd 1 0-1 00 00 0a 0 0
otb 200 36-71 5-12 16-41 16 12 so
Wisconsin ..... 34 32 - 66
mchgan..- 36 47 - 66

ars down Badgers, 85-66
'M' pulls away from pesky
L * eBadgers in second half

by Adam Miller
Daily Basketball Writer
Let's play a word association game.
'White.'
'Clean.'
'Sweep.' - 'Clean sweep.'
The Michigan men's basketball team (8-2
Big Ten, 19-3 overall) came out decked in its
white uniforms last night at Crisler Arena and
pulled away from a persistent Wisconsin team
(5-4, 12-6) in the second half for an 85-66 vic-
tory, sweeping the season series.
Chris Webber's driving slam on a feed from
Jimmy King at the 12:45 mark of the second
half gave the Wolverines a 53-50 lead and ig-
nited them onto a 12-4 run over the next three
minutes. Eric Riley's low-post set shot at the
10:00 mark gave Michigan its largest lead of
the game, 63-52. From then on, the Wolverines
cruised to victory, but before this burst, the
contest was hardly under Michigan's control.
Paced by the hot shooting of sophomore
swingman Michael Finley and point guard
Tracy Webster's 10 points and four assists,
Wisconsin pestered the heavily-favored
Wolverines for much of the game, leading as
late as the 13:22 mark in the second stanza, 50-
49.
Finley finished with a team-high 25 points,
including three triples.
The game defied the predictions of many
who had expected an easy Michigan victory,
especially after last month's 98-73 Wolverine
win in Madison. In that game, Michigan thor-
oughly dominated the rebounding department.
The Wolverines out-rebounded the Badgers by
an incredible 57-25 margin, and Michigan cen-
ter Juwan Howard grabbed 20 by himself.
"Wisconsin is good. They played hard,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "Their two
players, Finley and Webster, are legit for any-
body in the country."
However, as in the earlier contest,

Michigan's frontcourt proved to be the differ-
ence. Webber scored 15 of his team-high 21
points in the second half, and fellow big-man
Howard added 16 on the game.
"I think we ran out of gas toward the end of
the game," Wisconsin coach Stu Jackson said.
"They have big, physical people, and it tends
to wear you down towards the end of the
game."
'I think we ran out of gas
toward the end of the game.
They have big, physical
people, and it tends to wear
you down...'
-Stu Jackson
Wisconsin head coach
In the first half, the Wolverines trailed for
most of the first 12 minutes, as the Badgers
grabbed rebounds at both ends of the floor -
taking 16 to the Wolverines' 15 - and built a
24-17 lead at the 8:08 mark on guard Jason
Johnsen's short jumper.
Michigan came back for a 38-34 halftime
advantage, but the play wasn't pretty. The
teams combined for 22 turnovers in the half -
they eventually totaled 40 for the game - and
shot a combined 7-for-19 (.368) in three-point
attempts.
The end of the game featured the return of
Michigan crowd favorites Dugan Fife, Leon
Derricks and Jason Bossard, bench players
whose court time has diminished as the season
has progressed. With less than two minutes
remaining, and Michigan leading, 83-64, the
trio entered the contest to a standing ovation
from the remaining fans. None scored, and the
game soon ended.
For 1993, Wisconsin had been whited-out.

EVAN EmlmJaly
Michigan forward Chris Webber goes up for a reverse dunk during first-half
action in last night's 85-66 victory over Wisconsin.

Women cagers miss first

by Rachel Bachman
Daily Basketball Writer
EAST LANSING - Sometimes
compliments can be worse than insults.
"(Michigan) is one of the best winless
teams I've ever seen," Michigan State
women's basketball head coach Karen
Langeland said.
Langeland's comment came just after
Michigan's (0-10 Big Ten, 1-18 overall)
67-63 last-minute loss to the Spartans (3-
6, 7-11) last night at the Breslin Center.
It was the Wolverine's second loss this
season at the hands of MSU.
"The keys to this loss were several
missed layups at the end, and several
missed free throws," Michigan coach
Trish Roberts said.
Trailing by three with 22 seconds left
on the clock, Michigan center Trish
Andrew was fouled in three-point range
by Dianne Hall.
Amidst the din made by several
Lansing-area youth basketball teams in

the stands, Andrew missed her first two
chances from the charity stripe. She
made the third, bringing the score to 65-
63.
"I thought she was going to hit all
three," Langeland said.
Just seven seconds later, Michigan
forward Carrie Stewart fouled Kisha
Kelley, who led MSU's scoring with 18
points. Kelley sank both free throws,
sealing the Spartan victory.
"Those free throws were key,"
Langeland said.
After leading for a good portion of the
first half, Michigan blew a game-high
seven-point lead as MSU went on a 15-0
run.
"We let them get back into the game
toward the end of the first half," Roberts
said.
The Wolverines fought their way
back to a 57-54, three-point lead with
5:26 remaining in the second half, but
that was where they ran out of gas.

Big Ten win
Michigan's final breakdown began at
the 4:57 mark, when Kelley drove for a
layup from the left side, cutting the
Wolverines' lead to 57-56. The Spartans
then outscored Michigan, 9-2 - a run
that was capped by a Tanya Place base-
line three-pointer. That gave the Spartans
a 65-59 edge they would not relinquish.
"Christine is the one who leads the
show. She was reading the defense and
setting up the offense," Langeland said.
Forwards Shimmy Gray and Nikki
Beaudry cleaned the glass for the
Wolverines, tallying 10 rebounds each.
-Daily Basketball Writer Jaeson
Rosenfeld contributed to this report.

MICHIGAN (63)
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pt.
Stewart 40 1-8 3-4 3-6 3 5 5
Beaudry 40 6-17 1-3 6-10 3 3 13
Andrew 35 13-23 4-8 7-3 2 3 30
McCall 28 0-7 1-2 0-0 3 2 1
Nuanes 24 2-8 0-0 1-2 1 5 5
Stanley t 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Gray 32 4-8_ 1-1 0-10 0 3 9
Totals 200 26.71 10.18 22-47 12 21 63
FG% .366. FT%- .556. Three-point goals: 1-9,
.111. Blocks: 4. Turnovers: 16. Steals: 5. Team
rebounds: 6. Technical fouls: None.
MICHIGAN STATE (67)
Fri FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pt.
Place 35 4.11 4-4 2-5 1 3 14
Kelley 28 6-12 6-9 2-7 1 4 18
Hall 32 3-9 0-0 1-4 3 4 6
Powers 40 4-9 2-2 0-1 6 1 14
Evans 36 4.7 2-2 0-9 2 3 10
McMaster 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Gray 14 1-3 3.6 1.3 0 2 a
Smith 9 0-2 0-0 2-4 0 1 0
Totals 200 22-55 17-23 10-37 13 18 67
FG%- .400.; FT% .739. Three-point goals: 6-
15. Blocks: 0. Turnovers:1 7 Steals: 6. Technical
fouls: None. Team rebounds: 4.
Michigan.....27 36 - 63
Michigan State. 34 33 - 67
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