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Cagers deny State overtime
Webber, Howard paint
Fisher an OT victory
In hindsight, it really was an easy decision.
Michigan had just finished two halves of intense basketball, only to un-
ceremoniously be forced into five more minutes of perspiration. The score-
board read 76-76 and the outcome of the game was far from certain.
So many storylines were yet to be finished. It was
Ryan Michigan-Michigan State, an intra-state battle that goes
Herrington beyond the notion of a "friendly rivalry." Both teams
would sooner suffer through a root canal than lose to
Yet the regional ramifications were paltry compared
to what was at stake nationally. The Wolverines, cam-
paigning for a No. 1 seed in the show of shows - the
NCAA tournament - needed another victory to help
smooth their path out West. The Spartans were simply
. hoping that the tournament's bubble maker would re-
T R member them come selection time, especially if they
Factor__could pull off a road win - moreover, one on national
So many people affected by five minutes in Ann Arbor.
Both coaches took the time between the end of regulation and the begin-
ning of the extra stanza to map out their strategy. For Michigan's Steve
Fisher, however, the plan of attack had already been decided for him.
Back to the basics - get the ball in the paint.
It had been the goal of both teams from the opening tap to establish the
inside game. For the Spartans, it required a strong performance from their
center, Mike Peplowski. For the Wolverines, it meant once again calling on
the services of sophomores Juwan Howard and Chris Webber.
And once again Howard and Webber answered the call.
With Jalen Rose being the lone perimeter player who was on his game,
Fisher had few alternatives coming down the stretch. Possession after pos-
session he called on Howard and Webber to help recapture what was at one
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Blue cagers need OT
to finish MSU, 87-81
by Andy De Korte
Daily Basketball Writer
If a dispute about the best bas-
ketball team in the state had arisen
after 40 minutes of basketball, the
next five minutes erased all doubts.
Yesterday, No. 4 Michigan (13-3
Big Ten, 24-4 overall) outscored
Michigan State (6-10, 14-11), 11-5,
in overtime to seal a 87-81 victory.
While needing the extra stanza
may have disappointed Michigan
fans, no Wolverines expressed sur-
prise at the Spartans' comeback. The
cross-state rivalry often brings out
the best in both teams and the game
probably represented the Spartans'
last chance to salvage a NCAA tour-
"We knew Michigan State was
going to come in here and give their
all and they played well," Michigan
forward Juwan Howard said. "The
winner of the game fought a lot har-
der in overtime."
Shooting 50 percent going into
overtime, Michigan State proceeded
to miss its first 10 shots as Michigan
went on a 7-0 run.
While Howard laid in the lone
Wolverine field goal attempt, nine of
14 shooting from the charity stripe
buried the Spartans.
"You score first, and you gain an
obvious advantage," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "Then they missed
some easy shots and we were able to
get an early lead."
A swarming perimeter defense
made the Spartans force their of-
fense. MSU guard Kris Weshinsky
continually drove into the lane only
to find no shot when he got there.
Growing defensive pressure in
the paint from Howard and Chris
Webber kept Spartans Dwayne Ste-
phens and Mike Peplowski from
making some high percentage shots
even on second and third chances.
"We didn't get as many open
shots (in the second half and over-
time) as we did in the first half,"
Weshinsky said. "That probably hurt
us. They stepped up their defense a
little bit in the second half."
The Wolverines' most important
defensive effort came after Webber
knotted the game at 76-76 by hitting
one of two free throws with 1:26
After calling a timeout, the
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Opposing centers Juwan Howard of Michigan and Mike Peplowski of
Michigan State stretch for a loose ball in yesterday's contest.
'M' tankers race to eighth straight title at Indy
by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - If the
"Cajun Man" from Saturday Night
Live was doing a commentary on
this weekend's Big Ten men's
swimming and diving champi-
onships, he would only have two
words to say.
Yes, the Michigan men's swim-
ming and diving team came to
Indianapolis as the overwhelming
favorite, and it did not disappoint.
The Wolverines won all but three
swimming events (two individuals
and one relay) on their way to their
eighth consecutive Big Ten crown.
Michigan coach and Big Ten
Coach-of-the-Year Jon Urbanchek
felt things went as expected.
"Coming into this meet we
thought we could win every race but
the 100 back and 100 fly and the
short sprint freestlye relay,"
Urbanchek said. "So, actually every-
thing fell into place."
The 788 points that the team
amassed was the second highest in
Big Ten championship meet history,
behind Indiana's total of 851 points
in 1974. The Minnesota Golden
Gophers won a close battle for sec-
ond by totaling 477.5 points to
Iowa's 457.5 and Ohio State's 436.5.
"We felt that (Saturday) was our
best day," Minnesota coach Dennis
Dale said. "We felt confident (Friday
night) that if we came in and swam
well (we could win). We felt we
were definitely in the driver's seat."
The large team victory was com-
prised of of many outstanding per-
formances. The Wolverines landed
seven swimmers on the All-Big Ten
conference team. Topping that list
was sophomore Marcel Wouda.
Wouda was named 1993 Big Ten
Swimmer of the Year for his record-
"It was really nice (being named
Swimmer of the Year)," Wouda
said. "I didn't really expect it. I ex-
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Wolverine champion Sean Bormet, here flipping runner-up Josh Robbins,
paced Michigan's strong showing in Columbus lastweekend.
Bor met leads wrestlers
by Paul Barger
- Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - If one were to
look up determination in the
dictionary, they may find a picture
of Sean Bormet.
After a season of ups and downs,
along with persistent health prob-
lems, Michigan's 158-pound
wrestler was crowned Big Ten
Champion Saturday afternoon. Bor-
met's performance topped the
Wolverines fifth-place showing.
Iowa finished first for the 20th
straight year with 128.00 points,
Penn State was second with 123.50,
the host Buckeyes placed third with
95.50, Minnesota was next with 80
and the Wolverines finished fifth
Bormet's championship match it-
self was a rematch of a contest that
took place on Jan. 16. On that day
Bormet fell to Penn State's Josh
first period. Early in the second,
Bormet got one additional point and
then got in his defensive mode.
"I let up a little in the third period
which kind of pisses myself off,"
Bormet said. "I've got to be more
aggressive and intense in the third
period. I was slowing up and going
on defense a little. I almost blew it
by giving away points."
"Sean had control of the match
through the whole thing," Michigan
coach Dale Bahr added. "I think he
got pretty conservative in the last
period. I guess it's human nature the
closer you get to something you re-
ally want the more you shut down
Along with Bormet's champi-
onship, Michigan had three third-
place finishes, one fourth, one sev-
enth and three eighths.
Senior Lanny Green and juniors
Brian Harper and Steve King were
by Ken Suguira
Daily Basketball Writer
You think you have a good
handle on him.
Yup, Jalen Rose, just another
crazy Fab Fiver. He's the funny
And then he throws Madd Lute
He says he wants to own a
record studio before he's done.
"The name of it's gonna be
Madd Lute Productions," he
The writer, expecting
something ordinary (bad idea), is
"Mad Loop?" he asks.
Rose spells it out, and then is
asked the meaning.
"Madd Lute? You know what
loot is? Money," he says. "And
Mad. Just crazy money."
"Oh, loot," the writer replies,
relieved he has finally tapped into
Rose's mile-a-minute mind. "Isn't
"You can spell it either way,
but see, I know that's how
everybody spells it," Rose says.
"So I will spell it like that," he
says, pointing at the "lute" on the
writer's notebook. "But for the
naner you nrobably want to put it
matures into role
body makes only one person.
There's enough in him for two
or three interesting people.
It does not do him justice to
call him the average team
joker/superstar. That would be
putting a label on him.
Even calling him unique would
be too confining. After all, other
people are unique, too.
The only fitting term for Jalen
Rose is Jalen Rose.
Only Jalen Rose has Jalen
Rose's toughness, only he has his
silly giggle and grin, his
upbringing, his relationship with
Perry Watson, his confidence, his
love for life, his intelligence and
What Rose, point guard for the
No. 4 ranked Michigan basketball
team, is, is a man whose
remarkable basketball talent is
matched only by his vibrant
"He's a 19-year old kid who
loves life," coach Steve Fisher
says. "He's fun to be around. Our
kids enjoy themselves and smile
and laugh more when Jalen's in
That life began on a January
day in 1973, when not-yet-born
Jalen decided that being delivered
in a hospital was very unoriginal,