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General's plans have
no edge over Fisher's'
by Andy De Korte
Daily Basketball Writer
Being down by one with precious few
seconds remaining in the game was cer-
tainly not a new experience for the
Michigan basketball team.
Although the opponent had changed
from then-No. 5 North Carolina to No. 6
Indiana, Michigan found itself needing a
hoop at the end to overcome a one-point
In both cases the Wolverines missed the
jumpshot. In both cases Wolverines en-
gulfed the rebound. This time Chris
Webber could not get clear of the voracious
Indiana leapers. Hoosier forward Alan
Henderson said, "I think I got a piece of
Time expired to leave Michigan with a
The critics may claim that Indiana's
Bobby Knight is a better coach than
Michigan's Steve Fisher. This game did no
more to support that thesis than the North
Carolina game showed Fisher to be better
than Dean Smith.
Fisher's critics have long protested that
he does not have control over his players.
They prefer strict discipline a la Knight.
Looking at the first half statistics, three
sophomores - Webber, Jalen Rose, and
Jimmy King - shot a combined one-for-
nine from beyond the three-point stripe.
It is easy to argue that that could never
happen to a Bobby Knight-coached team,
because he would pull the offending player.
The easygoing Fisher may take some
blame for allowing his players to take so
many first shots during the second 10 min-
utes of the first half. However, he would
have taken at least as much heat if Webber
or Rose or Juwan Howard had tried to take
over the game and continually attempted to
drive the lane.
Indiana, using a sound strategy devised
by Knight, took away the opportunity for
Michigan to get into the paint and domi-
nate, by using Bailey to sandbag the
Wolverine post players.
Recognizing the difficulty, Fisher and
his staff made the adjustments that needed
to be made. Webber and Howard scored 21
second half points - most coming from
within the paint.
Early in the second half, Michigan faced
a 43-33 deficit. Fisher knew his players and
there was no panic. He did not call a time-
out. His players responded with a furious 8-
Moments later, the score was 45-45.
While Fisher did nothing in a wild fit that
might please a Knight fan, no one ques-
tioned his influence - even his counter-
"In preparation for this game we of
course look at the tapes of earlier games
and the latest ones," Knight said. "I've seen
a lot of progress from them. I told Steve
before the game that he's done some good
stuff here, and he has."
The victory was Knight's 500th at
Indiana and his 602nd overall, so he obvi-
ously knows plenty about coaching.
However, it was a mistake by Knight,
that gave Michigan its last great shot to
win. While the officials were putting the
ball in play during a free throw attempt by
Hoosier Todd Leary, he motioned to for-
ward Calbert Cheaney to get into the back-
court to guard against a Michigan fast
break, causing a lane violation and conse-
Knight admitted after the game the mis-
cue was probably his fault. That error is
about as close as a coach can come to de-
ciding a game.
To say the freestyling sophomores could
not play for Knight is to say he would not
coach players that do not conform to his
style. Because this is true, it limits the
kinds of players Knight can pursue.
It is to Michigan's advantage that
Fisher's ego allows him to recruit the best
players available and lets them play their
FG FT Reb.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F PS.
Cheaney 39 9-19 1-2 0.3 3 2 20
Henderson 36 10-15 2-2 2-8 1 3 22
Nover 33 3-7 2.6 1-4 0 2 8
G. Graham 36 5-7 0-0 1-5 5 0 12
Bailey 32 2-5 0-0 1-3 10 1 6
Reynolds 6 0-0 0-0 0-2 2 1 0
Leary 6 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 12
Evans 11 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 0 6
Knight 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
TotalsF 200 32-58 5-10 8-33 22 10 76
FG%-552. FT%-500. Three-point goals: 7-
17, .412 (Bailey 2-4, Evans 2-2, G. Graham 2-2,
Cheaney 1-5, Henderson 0-2). Team rebounds: 4.
Blocks: 7 (Henderson 5, Nover 2). Turnovers: 6
(Cheaney 4, Nover 3, G. Graham 2, Henderson 1).
Steals: 2 (G. Graham, Henderson). Technical
FG FT Reb.
Min. N-A M-A O-T A F Pt.
Webber 33 8-17 1-3 1-6 0 4 18
Voskuil 24 3-7 0-0 0-4 3 2 8
Howard 35 8-12 1-1 1-5 4 1 17
Rose 37 9-18 1-1 1-5 4 3 19
King 38 4-8 0-0 3-4 4 3 19
Talley 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Pelinka 13 0-3 0-0 2-3 1 1 0
Riley 12 0-2 2-2 1-3 1 1 2
Fife 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0
Totals 200 32-68 4-6 11-31 19 15 75
FG%- .470. FT%- .667. Three-point goals: 7-
20,_350 (King 3-7, Voskuil 2-5, Webber 1-4, Rose
1-2, Fife 0-1, Pelinka 0-1). Team rebounds: 3.
Blocks: 3 (Webber 3). Turnovers: 6 (Webber 2,
Howard, King, Riley, Rose). Steals: 3 (Rose 2,
King). Technical fouls: none.
Indiana ...................37 39 - 76
Michigan .........31 44 - 75
At Crisier Arena; A-13,562
Hoosier Matt Nover skies over Michigan's Juwan Howard for a rebound last night. Nover had
four rebounds on the night.
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battle, both sides made remarkable
runs at the other, with the Hoosiers
stringing together a 14-6 advantage
near the end of the first half to head
into the lockerroom up; 37-31.
The Wolverines answered in the
second half, racing up and down the
court, dunking and hitting threes to
the tune of a 14-5 advantage to knot
the score at 45 in just under five
The rivals also produced mem-
orable performances from their
sophomores. Henderson, previously
mired in a slump, hit jumpers from
all over the court, ending with a
game-high 22 points on 10-for-15
"We knew Henderson was a guy
who would step out and shoot the 17
to 18-footer," Fisher said. "We
didn't figure he'd hit so many."
Fisher's own sophs put up a good
show of their own. Webber, Rose,
Juwan Howard and Jimmy King all
hit for double figures, led by Rose's
In the aftermath, the Wolverines
were heartbroken, but certainly not
ready to give up.
"We're playing good but we can
be even better," Howard said. "We
haven't played our best yet."
"The club that we've got will
have a quiet resolve to come back
and make somebody else pay for
what Indiana did tonight," Fisher
After Webber hit a three-pointer
to tie the game at 45, the game
turned into a nail-biter, each team
answering its opponent. For a while,
it seemed the team which had the
ball last would be the one that would
In that final 15:25, the biggest
lead either team could take was four,
Michigan at 56-52 and Indiana at 49-
45. There were five ties and five lead
The last came with 96 seconds
remaining, when Henderson stuck
his 21st and 22nd points over
Howard on a 17-footer to make the
score 76-75. The game's penultimate
play came with Nover on the line.
Knight motioned Cheaney away
from the key, but as Nover already
had the ball, it was a violation,
giving the ball to Michigan.
by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Basketball Writer
There are headaches and then
there are Excedrinheadaches.
After last week, Michigan State
women's basketball coach Karen
Langeland is probably eating
Excedrin like candy.
The week started on a high
note for the Spartans (1-0 Big Ten,
5-5 overall) who pulled off a 60-
56 home upset over 10th-ranked
Purdue. The game featured stand-
out performances by center Sher-
onda Mayo-Powell, who scored 14
points and grabbed 15 rebounds,
and frontcourt mate Annette Ba-
bers, who added 10 points and 10
boards. Unfortunately- for the
Spartans, this would be the last
game of the season for both.
Babers, a junior, will miss the
remainder of the season due to
pregnancy. Mayo-Powell suffered
a career-ending knee injury in
practice Sunday night.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m.,
Langeland's Spartans will face
Michigan (0-2, 1-10) at Crisler
Arena without two of their top re-
bounders and scorers.
Though Purdue, the two teams'
only common opponent, easily de-
feated the Wolverines, 99-64, it is
a different Spartan team facing the
"Those are two key players that
have been, I think, the key to their
success," said Michigan coach
Trish Roberts of Mayo-Powell and
Babers. "We now feel that even
though we don't have the depth
inside, we can play them a pretty
While the Wolverines don't
have the depth inside, they have
been hitting the boards hard lately,
thanks in part to the emergence of
Shimmy Gray as a force on the
glass. The 5-foot-11 forward has
recently moved into the starting
lineup for Michigan and re-
sponded by grabbing 14 caroms
All hands not on deck
for Spartans at -Crisler
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