Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Clutch Rose play keys
Wolverines' late rally
by Ken Suguira
Daily Basketball Writer
WEST LAFAYETTE - One down, 17 to go. While no one's going to
call their first step toward a Big Ten title the most treacherous they'll take,
make no doubt it wasn't an easy one, either.
In the aftermath of the Wolverines' 80-70 triumph over Purdue, there is
not a whole lot that can be learned. Purdue is good, Michigan is better, and
Jalen Rose still holds the keys to coach Steve Fisher's team.
The lead item, I suppose, was the long-awaited showdown between two
of the nation's mammoth sophomores, Chris Webber and Purdue's Glenn
Robinson. It did not disappoint.
From the opening tip, which Robinson won, the two made big play after
big play in a fantastic duel. After a 2-for-9 first half, Robinson shot 6-for-10
in the second to end with 30 points.
"We recruited Robinson, so we know how good he is, he knows how to
win," Fisher said.
Webber finished with eight fewer points, but cleared five more rebounds,
14-9, and also added five assists and four blocks. Call Robinson-Webber I a
draw, and mark Feb. 7 on your calendars when Purdue visits Ann Arbor.
Unfortunately, the rematch will probably be the finale as well.
At any rate, Michigan's real hero last night was Rose. Not the best num-
bers - 5-for-14 shooting from the floor and four turnovers - but when it
counted, Rose was the floor leader Fisher needs him to be.
With the Wolverines up, 52-50, at 13:13 of the second half, Rose drew
his fourth personal foul. Exit Rose. In the next five-and-a-half minutes, Pur-
due battled Michigan behind eight points from Robinson. When Fisher re-
turned Rose to the court, Michigan was up, 61-60, and the 14,123 crammed
into Mackey Arena tried to blow the roof off.
In the final 7:49, the Rose-led Wolverines went on a 20-9 tear to end the
"I wouldn't say it was just because of me that we came back," Rose said.
"But, a team loses its flow when its point guard is out of the game, and I am
the point guard, so..."
Fisher echoed this sentiment.
"Jalen cane back with his four fouls and played well, and then we took
off," Fisher said. "It shows how important he is to the team."
'IWomen need divine
touch for league start
Blue beats Purdue in
Big Ten opener, 80-70
by Ken Davidoff
Daily Basketball Writer
WEST LAFAYETTE - Unlike
the notorious sweathogs from
"Welcome Back Kotter," the Michi-
gan men's basketball players have
been passing all of their tests lately.
They continued this trend last night
as they defeated the Purdue Boiler-
makers, 80-70. With the victory,
Michigan (11-1) has now won 10
games in a row.
It seemed as though the contest
would live up to its hype as the two
squads kept it close most of the way,
with Purdue (9-1, 0-1 Big Ten)
leading 62-61 with 7:15 to go in the
game. Then, center Juwan Howard
hit a short jumper for a Wolverine
lead that would not be relinquished.
From that point, the Wolverines
cruised as they dazzled the noisy
Purdue crowd with a combination of
flashy plays and solid free throw
"Our kids played hard; Purdue's
kids played hard, " Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "We played the
same type of game nine points ahead
as we did one point ahead. One year
ago, we probably wouldn't have
been able to do that."
"It was one of those situations
where their experience just whipped
our behinds," Purdue coach Gene
Keady said. "We didn't block out
well all night. Poor shot selection
and not blocking out just killed us."
The much-ballyhooed Chris
Webber-Glen Robinson matchup
turned out to be interesting, but not
the main feature. Robinson shot only
2-for-9 from the field in the first
half, but he rebounded with a 6-for-
11 second half to finish with 30
points to Webber's 22. However,
everyone attempted to downplay the
"It (the matchup) wasn't even
discussed in the lockerroom," Keady
"We recruited Robinson so we
know how good he is," Fisher said.
"He knows how to win. That's all he
Howard shot an impressive 9-for-
12, including 12 points in the second
"I just had confidence in my
shot," Howard said. "The team
would come down low and pass me
the ball, so I knew I had to step up
for that second and be ready for it,
and it just happened to go right. I
just hope it can be that way for the
Although the Wolverines have
been on a tremendous roll - they
have now beaten four top 20 squads
in their last five contests - this
triumph proved especially sweet, as
the players clearly pride themselves
on the strength within their
"I think if you ask any of the
team, they'd trade all their non-con-
ference games for a Big Ten cham
pionship," Webber said.
Chris Webber scored 22 points in Michigan's Big Ten opener at Purdue.
Min. M-A M-A
Webber 35 10-16 1-3
Voskuil 18 0-4 0-0
Howard 26 9-12 0-0
Rose 34 5-14 1-2
King 40 6-11 0-0
Pelinka 17 0-3 4.4
Riley 18 3-6 4-4
Fife 11 0-1 2-2
Derricks 1 0-0 0-0
Totals 200 33-67 12-15
FG FT Reb.
Min: M-A M-A O-T A F Pts..
Robinson 39 8-1913-14 3-9 1 4 30
Martin 31 3-10 0-0 1-3 5 3 6
Stanback 20 1-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 2
Waddell 35 4-12 2-2 2-5 3 3 13
Painter 33 4-10 5-7 3-5 3 3 13
Williams 9 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Roberts 8 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0
Darner 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Dove 11 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 4
McNary 12 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 2
Total 200 23-63 20-23 13-31 13 18 70
FG%- .365. FT%- .870. Three-point
oals: .250. Team rebounds: 4. Blocks.
Turnovers:12. Steals:8. Technical fouls: none.
FG%- .493. FT%- .800. Three-point goals:
.133. Team rebounds: 2. Blocks: 7. Turnovers:
14. Steals: 4. Technical fouls: none.
Michigan................43 37 - 80
Purdue.........33 37 - 70
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by Rachel Bachman
Daily Basketball Writer
Perfection is not something with
which the women's basketball team
has had a lot of experience. Come
7:30 tonight at Crisler Arena, the
team will have to rise very close to
divinity in order to be successful
"We'd have to play a perfect
game to beat them," Michigan head
coach Trish Roberts said.
Indiana, which boasts an 8-0
overall record, is one of only eight
teams nationwide still undefeated.
Sophomore forward Shirley Bryant
leads the Hoosier offense, averaging
nearly 18 points per game.
"They're very quick, and all of
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penetrate," Roberts said.
Michigan opens the Big Ten sea-
son tonight with a record of 1-8.
"I looked at our pre-conference
schedule as a time for us to tune -up
for the Big Ten," Roberts said. "It
didn't fare the way we wanted it to."
Adding to the Wolverines' woes
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Tannisha Stevens, which she suf-
fered Dec. 26, just before the start of
the Orange Bowl Holiday Classic
Tournament in Miami.
Stevens averaged 10 points and
three assists per game and showed
promise despite being only a
As a result of the injury, coach
Roberts says, "the lineup will change
significantly. Tannisha was our
quickest player on the perimeter and
was a three-point shooting threat.
We lost that."
Roberts stressed that Stevens will
be missed both as a starter and as a
24# stock, 8.5x11
"spark plug" off the bench, and her
absence transformed the whole out-
look of the team.
"We don't seem to get buckets as
easily in transition anymore,"
The team will not change its
"It's late in the season, (so) we're
going to stay with what we've got,"
The team's second test in three
days will come on Sunday at 2:00
The Boilermakers currently post
an 8-1 record. Their only loss was at
the hands of then No. 6 ranked
Michigan, which has not beaten
Purdue since 1986, will rely on a
man-to-man defense and a fullcourt
press to try and suppress the Boiler-
makers, whose offense is averaging
76 points a game.
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