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The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday- March 8,1993 - Page 5

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Blue fans show restraint in rematch
Crisler student section rowdy, but feared racial, obscene epithets are avoided

by Adam Miller
Daily Basketball Writer
Before yesterday's Michigan-
Michigan State men's basketball
contest at Crisler Arena, won by the
Wolverines, 87-81, many in the
community expressed concern that
the Michigan students would retali-
ate for the excessive taunting and
name-calling bestowed on the
Wolverines by the Michigan State
student section - "Jud's Jungle" -
in the teams' earlier meeting.
The Spartan fans peppered their
cheers with obscenities and racial
epithets, and three weeks after the
contest the Presidents of each school
issued a joint letter of condemnation
of the fans' behavior.

others that he said were perhaps un-
called for.
"The students should be able to
have fun amongst themselves with-
out it being excessive," Heathcote
said. "Some of that "Fat and Slow,
Fat and Slow" and "C - B - A!, C - B
- A!" - well ... all the taunting, and
name calling, let's cut that down."
The cheers Heathcote referred to
were aimed at Spartan center Mike
Peplowski, who, depending on
which scout you talk to, is either an
NBA prospect or an out-of-shape
big man. The CBA is the Continen-
tal Basketball Association, a profes-
sional basketball league for those
whose talents are not up to NBA
standards.
Heathcote implied that the vulgar
teasing is new, but player-specific
taunts are not. He recalled for the
media his coaching days at Montana,
where he served from 1971 to 1976.

BASICS
Continued from pageI
time a 10-point Michigan lead. In
five of the last seven trips down the
floor for the Michigan offense in the
second half, the ball made its way to
the big men in the middle.
First, it was Howard, who with
three seconds blinking on the shot
clock hit a soft nine-footer over Pe-
plowski. Then a jump hook from
Webber found the bottom of the net.
Both players tugged, pulled, bum-
bled, and pushed Spartan defenders
for position on the low blocks, rem-
iniscent of a Michigan-Michigan
State football game as opposed to a
battle on the hardcourt. Gary
Moeller and George Perles would
have been proud.
Intent on converting from the
floor or going to the line, the combi-
nation of Howard and Webber
scored seven of the last eight points
for the Wolverines, yet there was
still work to be done. Overtime
beckoned.
With Webber planting himself in
the low post and Howard at the foul

'All the taunting and
name calling, let's cut CAGERS

Peplowski

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In a pleasant surprise, nothing of
the sort materialized yesterday.
While the Michigan students were
vocal, and began the afternoon with
the oft-used "State Sucks" chant,
their cheers did not sink to the level
of obscenity used by some of the
Michigan State fans. Instead, the
highly-vocal and visible bunch -
whose visibility was increased by
the distribution of some 5,000 yel-
low pompons before the game -
concentrated on cheering for Michi-
gan, and attacking Michigan State's
record.
"Both sides cheered hard for their
team, and that's the way it's sup-
posed to be," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "And I think for the
most part, that happened."
The Spartans (6-9 Big Ten, 14-10
overall) came to Michigan needing
to sweep their final three games -
at Michigan, at Indiana, and home

hai down.
- Jud Heathcote
Spartan basketball coach
The raucous student section, the
"Montana Zoo," rode players rou-
tinely, he said.
"It was funny - well, it really
wasn't funny, I guess - the 'Zoo'
would pick out a guy in warm-ups,
and every time the guy would get
the ball in the game, they'd ride him,
shout at him, 'Double, double,
double,' and all that," Heathcote
said.
Outside of the lack of obscenity,
the crowd's most noticeable asset
may have been its visibility. All
lower-bowl ticket holders, as well as
all in the student section, found a
bright yellow, Ho Lee Chow-spon-
sored pompon on their seats when
they arrived at the game. The color
was a switch from the usual two-
tone pompon the athletic department
normally distributes.
Every time the Wolverines play
at Breslin, they are greeted by an
arena full of solid colored pompons
as well, as alternate sections wave
solid green or solid white. Fisher has
called this an "ocean of green" in the
past, but had no comment on
whether or not yesterday's showing
constituted an "ocean of maize."

Fab Five forward Ray Jackson knifes through the lane for a rebound in
yesterday's 87-81 overtime victory over Michigan State. Jackson
finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Continued from page 1
Spartans worked the ball around the
three-point line for a shot. Tied up
by Wolverine defenders, Stephens
launched a triple with 39 seconds
left in the game. After the miss,
Shawn Respert grabbed the Spar-
tans' first offensive rebound in
almost 12 minutes.
Another quick timeout yielded
no immediate results for Michigan
State - the Spartans could not turn
huddle plans into points.
When a frustrated Weshinsky
traveled into the lane, Webber and
Howard blocked him. The ball car-
omed to Stephens; Weshinsky crash-
ed to the floor.
Stephens quickly went ahead
with the shot but Webber swatted
the ball , grabbed it in mid air and
called a time out with five seconds
remaining.
Jalen Rose missed a chance to
end the game in regulation with a
shot in heavy traffic from the top of
the key.
"I had my eyes open (to make a
pass) certainly, but I ain't second-
guessing myself," Rose said. "That's
a shot I have to make."
Rose, along with Webber and
Howard, led the team in scoring
with 20, 21, and 19 points, respec-
tively.
"It's a disappointing loss. We

line, the duo stood firm against the
,Spartan challenge. No other
Wolverine shot the ball in the first
three and a half minutes, when
Michigan went on a 7-0 run to all
but eliminate Michigan State from
NCAA consideration.
The scoring summary told the de-
licious tale for the Wolverines.
Howard: 19 points, seven re-
bounds.
Webber: 21 points (team-high),
14 rebounds (game-high)
"It doesn't matter how man,
points I score, as long as we win,"
Webber said following the hard-
fought victory.
While it might not have mattered
to Webber, the offensive production
he and Howard supplied certainly
mattered to Fisher and the rest of the
Wolverines. The tandem proved that
they are the go-to players for Michi-
gan come crunch time.
If Michigan finds itself in a close
game in the NCAA tournament, the
squad can look no further than yes-
terday and realize the decision is
easy.
Back to the basics - get the ball
in the paint.
had our chance at the end of the
game," MSU coach Jud Heathcote
said. "We thought Stephens got
fouled on the attempt (with five
seconds left). They hung in there.
They have the ability to turn it up
and that's what makes them a great
team."
Respert, after scoring seven
points the last time he played against
Michigan, led the Spartans with 27
points.
MICHIGAN STATE (81)
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pts..
Stephens 35 3-13 1-2 5.6 1 4 9
Miller 24 3-7 1-1 1-4 0 3 7
Peplowski 39 6.8 1-4 4-13 2 2 13
Resperl 42 12-25 0-0 4-7 2 3 27
Snow 42 1-3 3-4 0-4 12 4 5
Weshinsky 32 5-12 4-4 0-2 1 5 16
Brooks 7 1-2 2-3 1-1 0 2 4
Beathea 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Nicodemnus 1 0- 00 0000 0
Totals 22531-7012-1818-41 18 23 81
FG%-.443. FT%- .667. Three-point goals: 7-
11,* .636 (Respert 3-5, Stephens 2-3, Weshinsky
2-3). Turnovers: 17 (Peplowski 4, Respert 3,
Snow 3, Ste phens 3, Brooks 2, Weshinsky 2).
Blocks: 2 (Miller, Weshinsky). Steals: 2 (Respell,
Snow. Technical fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (87)
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O0-T A F Pts..
Webber 37 6-13 9-16 8-14 2 4 21
Jackson 32 4-10 5-8 1-7 4 1 13
Howard 37 8-13 3-4 3-7 2 5 19
Rose 42 7-13 5-6 1-4 2 2 20
King 41 2-10 2-2 1-4 2 1 6
Pelinka 13 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 0
Riley 15 1-2 0-0 2-3 0 3 2
Voskuil 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 3
11le 4 1-2 M 0.000 0 0 3
Totals 22530-6524-3616-4213 17 87
FG%/- .462. FT%- .667. Three-point goats: 3-
8, .375 (Rose 1-1,Voskul 11, Talley 1-2, Pelinka
0-1, Webber 0-3). Turnovers: 11 (Rose 4, Webber
3, Howard 2, King, voskuil). Blocks. 5 (Rose 3,
King, Webber). Steals: 5 (Howard 2, Rose 2,
Jackson). Technical fouls: none.
Michigan State....... 43 33 5 -81
Michigan.........46 30 11-87
At Crisler Arena; A-13,562

against Penn State - to clinch a
NCAA tournament berth. Having
lost yesterday, they are probably
headed to the less-prestigious Na-
tional Invitational Tournament
(NIT), a fact that was not lost on the
Michigan students.
Thirteen minutes before tipoff, as
the teams came out for their final
pre-game warm-ups, a resounding
chorus of "N - I - T!, N - I - T!"
came forth from the "Crisler Cra-
zies," as ESPN-analyst Dick Vitale

refers to them. It was the first of
many instances this chant was uti-
lized by Wolverine fans.
But the real NIT-picking came
from the signs that dotted the arena.
A sign hung over the tunnel read:
"Moo U, watch the NCAA on CBS,"
and a group of six students at center-
court had a series of signs that read,
"Hey State, Can You Spell NIT?"
Michigan State coach Jud Heath-
cote said these particular cheers did
not bother him, but he singled out

PRESS
Sadly, Semor Night loss Ins
fitingen ding for cagers
by Rachel Bachman
Daily Basketball Writer
If fairness were clothing, all five of them would have been standing in
the middle of Crisler Arena naked.
In reality, the seniors of the Michigan women's basketball team (Trish
Andrew, Nikki Beaudry, Stacie McCall, Jen Nuanes, and Sherell Stanley)
were clothed in maize uniforms Saturday, but for the last time on their
home court.
Neither the farewell bouquet of flowers nor their parents and relatives by
their sides could make up for the bitter taste in their mouths left from the
season of 1992-93, the one that was supposed to have been their grand fi-
nale.
This was a class that in 1990 reached the second round of the NCAA
tournament, a class that was part of Michigan's second winningest women's
basketball team ever.
In 1993, the same core group finds itself a part of the worst team in
Michigan women's basketball history, and perhaps even in the history of
Michigan athletics.
Who said life was supposed to be fair?
"With it being Senior Night, I really thought that the seniors would
come out and probably have one of their better games," Michigan coach
Trish Roberts said after a 40-point stripping by Northwestern.
On any other team, Roberts' theory would have held up.
But on a team which played its last road trip with seven players, two of
whom rarely have more than a four-minute break from the bench, conven-
tional wisdom does not hold.
Forward Trish Andrew, who is second on the Michigan women's all-time
scoring list and averages 20 points per game, scored just four in the first
half against Northwestern.
What did she expect, at least an average performance for her last home
game ever? To do so would be to upset the pattern of injustice that has be-
fallen the Wolverines this year.
Why should things go right for a team that lost both members of its
freshman class to season-ending injuries just two weeks into the season?
Despite all the mishaps, misfortune, and missing players, the outgoing
quintet hoped and wished that for just one game, just 40 minutes, their team
could turn the oddsmakers on their ears and go out with a win.
fnt erne to histnry the shnts didn't fall. The hoards weren't clenned.

Home finale ends in nightmare
Women cagers lose to Illinois, Northwestern

by Mike Hill
Daily Basketball Writer
Would you like an understate-
ment? How about this: The
Michigan women's basketball sea-
son has been less than stellar. But
for seniors Jen Nuanes, Stacie
McCall, Sherell Stanley, Nikki
Beaudry, and Trish Andrew, the
campaign reached its most disap-
pointing point with lopsided losses
in their final home outings.
After dropping a 92-70 contest to
Illinois (7-8 Big Ten, 12-12 overall)
Friday night, the Wolverines (0-16,
1-24) suffered their worst defeat of
the season, 98-58, to Northwestern
(12-4, 18-7) Saturday evening.
"With it being senior night, i re-
ally felt that the seniors would come
ouf i probably have one of their
betty ;unes," Michigan coach Trish
Rob s said. "But they came out
with a very slow start. And that just
threw us completely out of sink. It
seemed like nothing worked for us. I
have to give Northwestern credit
though. They're a very good team."
Maybe the credit should be given
to Wildcat guard Nancy Kennelly.
Center Patricia Babcock led the way
for Northwestern with 20 points on
eight-for-nine shooting, but was the
beneficiary of the precise passing of
Kennelly. With eight assists,
Kennelly picked apart the Wolverine
defense, seemingly able to find an
open teammate at any time.
"Nancy Kennelly is just a great
point guard," Northwestern coach
Don Perrelli said. "She can find
people. She can pick them out before
they're open. And it's nice for me to
have someone like that."
The Wildcats' performance was
all the more imnressive considering

"I look at (Michigan's) games
against Michigan State," Perrelli
said. "And they were very good bas-
ketball games. We're just coming
off of a Michigan State game where
we had to fight for our lives to win.
We were concerned that we would
come out flat. "
Andrew led the Wolverines with
17 points, but scored most of her
points when her team trailed by 40.
Though she passed Antoine Joubert
and Roy Tarpley on Michigan's
men's and women's combined
scoring list, Andrew perhaps had her
toughest weekend of the season. She
scored just eight points, 12 below
her average, against Illinois and
fouled out with three minutes to
play.
With Andrew spending most of
the Illinois contest on the bench,
Nuanes and Beaudry stepped up
their games. The two combined for
43 points. Beaudry added 10 boards
and Nuanes, who had missed the
previous three games while spending
time with her ill father, played as
though it were the NBA Finals.
"Today, I just kind of had a feel-
ILLINOIS (92)
FG FT Rob.
Min. M -A -A O-T A F Pts.
Dupps 34 8-14 0-0 0-8 1 2 16
Platt 22 7-9 3-5 1-5 0 2 17
Clinton 25 3-4 4-4 1-1 1 4 10
Cuningham 27 5-11 8-10 1-6 3 0 20
Estey 31 3-6 2-2 0-1 3 0 8
Dilger 20 2-2 0-0 3-9 0 0 4
Preacely 16 4-8 0-0 1-2 1 2 8
Booker 10 2-4 1-1 0-1 0 3 5
Hanna 8 0-1 4-4 1-1 0 2 4
Inman 3 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
Ruholl 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Henderson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals 200 34-61 22-26 7-38 10 15 92
FG%- .557. FT%- ,846. Three-point goals:
2-7, .286 (Cunningham 2-5, Booker 0-1, Dupps
0-1). Team rebounds: 2. Blocks: 0. Turnovers: 15
(Estey 3, Clinton 2, Cunningham 2, Dupps 2, Platt
2, Booker, Dilger, Henderson, Preacely). Steals:
8 (Clinton 2, Estey 2, Cunningham, Platt,
Preacely,_Ruholl). Technical fouls: None.

ing I was going to have a good
game," Nuanes said. "I told my fa-
ther, he asked me to play real hard
for him. So I just wanted to come
out and play as hard as I could for
him."
Michigan trailed at the half, 51-
43. And early into the second stanza,
Nuanes converted a three-point op-
portunity to cut the lead to five, 53-
48.
But Illinois shut out the
Wolverines for a four-minute
stretch. During that span; Illinois
scored 11 points to build a 76-56
lead with 8:56 to play and start a
high pitched chorus from large
women sitting in the Crisler rafters.
The Wolverines have two more
games to salvage what's become the
worst season in Michigan history.
"We lost our confidence some-
where down the road," Nuanes said
after the Illinois loss. "I don't really
know where we all went wrong. It's
not over. We still have three games.
I definitely don't want to come out
of here not winning a Big Ten game.
That's not something a senior
wants."

NiYo
Continued from page 3
That, obviously, won't happen.
When McCallwas a freshman she
was part of a team that went to the
NCAA tourney. One and 24 - and
likely 1-26 after next weekend - is
a painful conclusion to her college
career after such a successful start.
Roberts, though, can only hope
that the opposite happens for her at
Michigan. Awful start, great ending.
While that won't be easy, Perrelli
says he knows she is up to the task.
"She was put here to turn the
program around," he said, before
offering his three-step plan on how
one spins straw into gold.
"It takes some hard work -
which she'll do," Perrelli continued,
noting that Roberts is known among
the coaching ranks as someone who
is tremendously devoted to her work.
"Some super players," he said,
explaining that Northwestern went
from a decent team to a nationally-
ranked one only after an infusion of
talent. Players like Michelle Savage,
a senior last year, and Nancy Ken-
nelly, on the verge of her fourth Big
Ten assist title, helped Perrelli ele-
vate the Wildcats to another level.
"And some luck," Perrelli
concluded. "You need some luck.
"It's all got to fall in place," he
said. "You recruit a Fab Five ... and
your team could be turned around in
a season."
Hard work. Super players. And
some luck.
Roberts says she is looking for-
ward to next season. Three recruits
were in town for the weekend. One
gave a verbal commitment. The
other two are close.
"I just hope they still want to
come here after seeing that," Roberts
joked after Saturday's game.
She does have a lot to sell them
on, though. A great school. Top

NORTHWESTERN (98)
FG FT Iob
Min. M -A -A
Cook 33 7-12 0-0
M. Kennelly 31 3-9 5-6
Babcock 21 8-9 4-6 05 2
N. Kennelly 27 2-3 0-0
Holohan 23 7-12 1-4
Groh 20 3-10 1-2 2-7
Ertel 14 1-3- 3-4 4-5
Swift 12 2-2 3-4 267
Braden 10 2-2 1-2
Nolan 9 1-5 0-0

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Totals 200 36-67 18-28 12-51 19 18 98
FG% .537. FT%- .643. Three-point goals:
8-17.,.471 (Cook 5-8, M. Kennelly 2-6, Holohan
1-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocks: 1 (Babcock).
Turnovers: 14 (Eel 3, Braden 2, Groh 2, M.
Kennelly 2, Nolan 2, Babcock, N. Kennelly, Swift).
Steals: 8 (Holohan 2, M. Kennelly 2, Babcock,
Braden. Ertel, Groh). Technical fouls: None.
MICHIGAN (58)
FG FT Rb.

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