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Wisconsin easily, 98-73
Road vi*ctorites show
'M means business
MADISON - It was a see-saw battle through much of the first half of
Saturday's Michigan-Wisconsin matchup. By Wisconsin coach Stu
Jackson's own admission, the Badgers were an undermanned squad, and yet
the Wolverines were struggling on offense, turning the ball over 11 times in
the opening 20 minutes.
It was the Big Ten and Michigan was on the road. The sellout crowd at
the Wisconsin Field House was vocal and into the action. At the 7:26 mark
of the first half, the third-ranked Wolverines had a scant two-point cushion
as the officials called for a TV time-out.
It was the type of game that in the past Michigan has faltered in -
facing a lesser opponent in a game the Wolverines expected to win. The
Wolverines had to look no further than last season's contest in Madison to
understand that simply being talented doesn't guarantee anything. Despite
sporting a 3-9 record in the Big Ten at the time, the Badgers humiliated
Yet, this was a game the Wolverine squad had to win if it wants to
seriously contend for the conference title. Big Ten champions do not falter
Unlike in the past, Michigan understood what it had to do. Steve Fisher
and his crew had to pick up their game mentally and overcome the various
distractions they faced. Excuses no longer would suffice. The Wolverines
had to find a way get out of Madison with a road victory. And they did,
The two-point lead quickly grew after that time-out at 7:26. The
Wolverines took advantage of their greatest asset - size - and went on a
7-0 run. For the rest of the afternoon it was Michigan's inside trio - Chris
Webber, Eric Riley and Juwan Howard - who dominated the game. It was
as if the three took it upon themselves personally to leave Madison this year
with a victory; to avenge last year's mental lapse.
On countless occasions, the three simply outperformed their opponents
on the offensive glass, making put-backs for easy baskets. The numbers
*, speak for themselves.
Webber: 20 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes.
Riley: eight points and nine rebounds in 17 minutes.
And then there was Howard. Before the game, the sophomore had made
a bet with assistant coach Perry Watson that he would have 20 rebounds
against the Badgers, a strong statement considering his previous single-
game best had been 13 against Notre Dame last season. Today, Howard is
Eighteen points and 20 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Howard's performance was made all the more impressive by the fact that
the entire Wisconsin team finished with only five more boards than the
See WISCONSIN, Page 11
by Andy De Korte
Daily Basketball Writer
MADISON - While the Duke
rematch illustrated few signs of a
maturing basketball team, Michigan
showed everyone it has indeed
learned much since last season's 96-
78 drubbing against Wisconsin.
The Wolverines (2-0 Big Ten,
12-1 overall) hounded the Badgers
(0-1, 7-3), grabbing more than dou-
ble the rebounds, 57-25, forcing a
39.4 percent shooting percentage,
and running away with a 98-73 vic-
What caused the 43-point swing?
How could two teams whose major
players remained unchanged play
such a vastly different game?
"The biggest difference was in-
tensity," said forward James
Voskuil, starting in place of the in-
jured Ray Jackson. "Last year they
came out strong and played good.
We were in the middle of the Big
Ten race and they kind of embar-
.Juwan Howard not only felt the
heat from the last trip to Madison,
but also was not pleased with his
performance last Thursday vs. Pur-
due. He responded to his own pres-
sure with a career-high 20 rebounds.
In the first half he outrebounded the
entire Wisconsin team.
"The Purdue game, I was upset I
only got three rebounds and I had to
make that up somehow," Howard
said. "My attitude today was to go
out and attack the boards. Chris
(Webber) has been doing a great job
rebounding, and I feel I haven't
helped him out enough."
Help abounded Saturday. Four
starters scored in double figures, led
by Webber's 20. Senior center Eric
Riley played a key role in establish-
ing the dominance of the Wolverine
big men with eight points and nine
After having slow starts after in-
termission in a number of games be-
fore the beginning of the Big Ten
season, an 8-0 streak highlighted by
short shots increased the Michigan
lead to 52-32. The run forced even
the Badger diehards to accept the in-
evitable defeat. The crowd would
never again become a factor and the
team never got any closer than 17
Throughout the second half Wis-
consin toiled long for each scoring
opportunity. While they managed to
shoot over 41 percent in the second;
half, Michigan answered with a
blistering 55 percent. The Wolveri-
nes' running scoring summary read
like a shooting drill - lay-up, lay-
in, driving lay-up, and dunk.
Wisconsin's leading scorers,
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FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A K-A 0-T A F Pts.
Voskuil 21 1-2 0-0 0-5 1 3 2
Webber 26 8-11 4-4 2-5 2 4 20
Howard 31 6-13 6-8 5-20 2 1 18
King 32 6-11 4-4 6-7 3 2 16
Rose 32 7-18 4-6 1-4 6 2 18
Riley 18 4-5 0-0 6-9 0 2 8
Pelinka 18 2-5 3-3 0-1 0 2 7
Fife 12 0-1 1-2 1-0 0 1 1
Derricks 6 0-1 2-4 0-0 0 0 2
Bossard 3 3-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 6
Dobbins 1 0-0 0.2 11 0 00
Totals 200 37-7124-33 25-57 14 17 98
FG%- .521. FT%- .625. Three-point goals:
0-7, .000 (Rose 0-2. Bossard 0-1, King 0-1,
Pelinka 0-1, Voskuil 0-1, Webber 0-1). Team
rebounds: 4. Blocks: 6 (Riley 2, Webber 2. King.
Voskui). Turnovers: 21 (King 6 Howard 4, Voskul
3, Webber 3, Rose 2, Derricks, Fie, Riley). Steals:
7 (Webber 2. Fife, Howard, King. Rose, Webber).
Technical fouls: none.
FG FT Rob.
Min. K-A M-A OT A F Pt..
Kelley 15 0-4 1-2 1-1 0 3 1
Finley 33 7-16 1-1 4-8 6 4 17
Harrell 18 0-1 2-2 0-3 0 1 2
Webster 38 9-20 4-4 0-3 5 3 25
Kilbride 17 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 4 3
McGee 16 2-4 0-0 2-3 1 3 4
Ely 15 1-2 1-3 0-0 0 3 3
Johnsen 23 2-5 0-1 0-3 1 1 6
Carl 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Johnson 10 0-2 2-2 1-1 0 1 0
McDuff le 7 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 2
ata 2 002 1 -1314 S f26 T
FG/- .394. FT%-.765. Three-point goals: 8-
26, .308 (Webster 3-9, Finley 2-8. Johnsen 2-5,
Kilbride 1-4). Team rebounds: 1. Blocks: 1
(Finley). Turnovers: 17 (Finley 5, Webster 4,
Harrell 2, Carl, Johnsen. Kelley, Kilbride,
McDuffie. McGee). Steals: 6 (Finley 2, Webster 2,
Kilbride, McGee). Technical fouls: none.
Michigan ................ 44 54 - 98
Wisconsin .......32 41 - 73
At Wisconsin Field Hou se; A-il1,500 (paid)
DOUGLAS AN I cWIy
Chris Webber lays in two of his team-high 20 points dUring Saturday's game
at Wisconsin:The Wolverines 98-73 victory was their 11th consecutive win.
Goalie Steve Shields stops a shot during the Friday night victory over UIC.
Flames burn Blue
In weekend series
by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Basketball Writer
The Purdue women's basketball
team gave Michigan a lesson in the
meaning of the word execution in
yesterday's 99-64 thrashing at
Going into the game, Michigan
coach Trish Roberts knew her team
had matchup problems. When the
game was over, it was obvious that
Boilermaker coach Lin Dunn had
done her homework.
Because of the indefinite disci-
plinary suspension of guard Jen Nu-
anes and the loss of guard Tannisha
Stevens, the Wolverines were left
with only one true ballhandler in se-
nior Stacie McCall. While McCall
faced only occasional pressure
against Indiana on Friday night,
Purdue applied full-court pressure
for most of the game.
"In the full court we were able to
do what we wanted to do, pressure
number 10 (McCall)," Dunn said. "I
played four different people on her.
Every time a sub came in she took
McCall did an admirable job,
turning the ball over only five times
while facing 40 minutes of intense
presssure from the Purdue defense.
But the defensive pressure resulted
in 24 turnovers overall for Michigan,
and knocked the Wolverines' of-
fense out of sync.
"They knew after scouting the
game Friday night that we had one
basic ballhandler," Roberts said.
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by Chad A. Safran
CHICAGO - All seemed to
be going the way of the Michigan
Wolverines in their game Saturday
against Illinois-Chicago. Despite
the absence of junior center Brian
Wiseman, who re-aggravated his
ailing back during warm-ups, the
Wolverines jumped out to a 3-1
But at the 16:23 mark of the
first stanza, all began to fall apart
Cam Stewart's fighting major,
which resulted in a game dis-
qualification, was the turning
point of the game. The Flames
capitalized on the absence of two
of Michigan's top three scorers to
topple the Wolverines, 6-4, and
sDlit the weekend series. Michigan
a 2-on-1 bearing down on Michi-
gan goalie Steve Shields. Right
wing Link 'Bessert grabbed the
puck along the boards, skated in
and slid the puck to Cory Hextall,
who one-timed it into the net.
Flames 4, Wolverines 3.
"That was a big letdown," said
Michigan center Mike Stone. "We
came out fired up, but we let up. It
took us a while to bounce back."
Unfortunately for the Wolver-
ines, that bounce came much too
late. Just 19 seconds into the third
period, Bessert scored his second
goal of the game as his shot hit
Shields in the chest and then
rolled behind the fallen goalie. If
the short-handed goal was demor-
alizing, then this one was
"We gave up goals that hurt
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