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Women's Basketball
vs. Ohio State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

S

TS

Hockey
vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7 p.m. (PASS)
Yost Ice Arena

Pox knocks out

Quake, not illness,
merits our concern
By RACHEL BACHMAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
MINNEAPOLIS - First, there was the Great Quake
of '94. Next came the coldest weather in Michigan's
* history. Then, disaster struck.
Jimmy King and Juwan Howard got the chicken pox.
The crisis was so great for the Michigan basketball
team that last night's 63-58 loss to Minnesota was merely
an aftershock.

Wolverines, 63-58
'M' stumbles out of gate
without Howard, King

L COURT
PRESS

"We knew it was
going to be rough,"
said Olivier Saint-Jean
on being faced with the
prospect of playing
sans King and
Howard.
At the season's

tipoff, fans were grumbling about the team's gaunt bench.
Could the Wolverines return to greatness with just nine
scholarship players, none of them named Webber? Could
they win vital contests on the road?
King answered all of them - temporarily - with a
last-second three-pointer that crumbled Carver-Hawkeye
Arena and gave Michigan its third Big Ten victory.
Still, the tremors about the Wolverines' lack of depth
*and height persisted.
Two days after the Iowa game, their prayers were
answered when freshman Makhtar Ndiaye was dropped
at Crisler Arena's doorstep. The Senegal Sensation was
to solve Michigan's problems overnight.
"Big Mak's" arrival made the Wolverine faithful feel
as if someone was smiling upon them.
Nine days later, that someone stopped smiling.
"I was shocked," said Leon Derricks of his reaction
when he heard his two teammates had fallen victim to the
*chicken pox. "I said to myself, 'We're going to have to
play the best we have all year (to win)."'
To make matters worse, Michigan was heading into
the earth-shattering clamor of Williams Arena to face the
bench-heavy Golden Gophers.
Things looked bleak for the bespotted Wolverines, who
during Minnesota's first-half run must have wished the
raised arena floor would split and swallow them whole.
"At Michigan, we don't believe in moral victories," a
somber Jalen Rose said.
But while Michigan whimpered and licked its collective
wounds after losing two of its stars and an ever-important
Big Ten game, the death toll in California rose to 44.
Maybe the weather in Michigan isn't so bad after all.
After the game, there was no satisfaction at having
survived. By the looks on their faces, you'd think the
players themselves had witnessed a natural disaster.
One, however, retained his perspective on what was
simply a stroke of bad luck followed by a disappointing
game.
See PRESS, Page 13

By CHAD A. SAFRAN
DAILY BASKETBALLAWRITER
MINNEAPOLIS - The Michi-
gan men's basketball team must have
a group membership to the Grave
Diggers Association of America, be-
cause the Wolverines sure like to get
behind early in a game.
Against Minnesota the Wolver-
ines threw a bit too much dirt on
themselves as the Gophers used some
hot early shooting to thwart
Michigan's valiant rally, 63-58, last
night, before 14,452 at an overflow-
ing Williams Arena.
Playing without center Juwan
Howard and guard Jimmy King, who
were absent due to the chicken pox,
Michigan (3-2 Big Ten, 11-4 overall)
found itself down 17-2 to Minnesota
at the 11:34 mark of the first half. The
Wolverines missed 10 of their first 11
field goal attempts while the Golden
Gophers (3-1, 12-4) managed to nail
eight of their first 11.
"Minnesota jumped on us," said
Michigan coach Steve Fisher, whose
team lost consecutive games for the
first time since 1992. "We were a
little tight. We got out of the gate a
little shaky."
Michigan was so unstable that it
could not tie the game with 9:05 left
in the second half. Jackson made an
18-foot jumper from near the foul
line for two of his 11 points. That was
the last time Michigan managed to tie
the Gophers, despite the fact that
Minnesota's leading scorer on the
season, Voshon Lenard, fouled out
with a bit over six minutes remaining.
"I tell my players that they have to
find a way to win," Minnesota coach
Clem Haskins said. "I tell them that this
is the way championships are won."
Two players that must have been
listening well to Haskins were Ernest
Nzigamasabo and Townsend Orr.

Nzigamasabo came off the bench
to score nine points but four of them
really knifed into Michigan's efforts.
The 6-foot-9 senior thew up a turn-
around jumper from 15 feet. That
field goal gave Minnesota the lead for
good, 49-47, with 8:31 remaining in
the game. He later clinched the game
with two free throws.
Orr canned a leaning baseline
jumper off a drive to the basket with
24 ticks left in the game, pushing the
Gopher lead back up to three, 59-56.
"I reached and gambled a little on
Townsend Orr. I wish we could have
made it more difficult," Fisher said.
Before Orr sank his backbreaker,
Michigan had a chance to tie the game
at 57, but Leon Derricks missed an
opportunity for a three-point play
when he misfired on his free throw.
"Sometimes the stats look better
than the game itself," Haskins said. "I
don't think we did a very good job of
concentrating."
The Gophers' focus began disap-
pearing as the Wolverines fought.
back.
Following a timeout at 11:34,'
Michigan cut into the Minnesota lead
with a 20-10 run, keyed by three three-
pointers by Fife, who scored 16.
The Gophers, however, slowed
the Wolverine rally with five straight,
points, building their lead back up to
double digits, 32-22.
However, Michigan scored the last
six points of the first half.
"We're not going to quit. We
talked about fighting and that's what
we did," said Jalen Rose, who had a
game-high 19 points despite shooting
just 6-for-20.
Michigan dropped to sixth in the
conference with the loss. The Wol-
verines will have a chance to end their
losing streak when they take on Illi-
nois Sunday at 1 p.m.

EVAN PETRIE/Daily
Dugan Fife scored a career-high 16 points in last night's 63-58 Michigan loss to Minnesota.

MICHIGAN (58)
FO FT REB
MIN M-A W-A 0-T A F PTS
Jackson 34 5-13 1-3 0-2 0 1 11
Derricks 18 2-4 0-1 2-3 0 4 4
Ndiaye 28 0-2 2-2 1-5 0 5 2
Rose 37 6-20 5-7 1-9 5 1 19
Fife 36 5-9 2-2 0-6 4 3 16
Saint-Jean 23 3-4 0-0 1-3 0 4 6
Crawford 10 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0
Bossard 14 0-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 0
Totals 200 21-56 10-1s 732 10 18 58
FG%: .440. FT%: .600. Three-point goals: 6-18, .333 (Fife 4-8,
Rose 2-6, Jackson 0-2, Bossard 0-1, Crawford 0-1). Blocks: 2
(Ndiaye 2). Turnovers: 12 (Saint-Jean 3, Crawford 2, Jackson 2,
Rose 2, Derricks, Fife, Ndiaye). Steals: 5 (Bossard, Derricks,
Fife, Jackson, Rose).

MINNESOTA (63)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A W-A O-T A FPTS
Carter 30 4-6 1-2 1-8 3 1 9
Walton 24 3-6 0-1 0-6 1 0 6
Kolander 26 5-9 0-2 1-5 3 5 10
Lenard 22 3-11 0-0 0-3 1 5 6
McDonald 34 3-5 2-2 0-2 4 2 9
Nzigam'bo 20 3-8 3.4 3-5 1 2 9
Grim 18 1-3 0-0 1-4 2 1 2
Orr 24 4-7 2-3 2-3 2 1 12
Winter 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Wolf 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 26-55 8-14 1041 17 17 63
FG%: .473. FT%: .571. Three-point goals: 3-12, .250 (Orr 2-5,
McDonald 1-1, Lenard 0-3, Grim 0-2, Carter 0-1)Turnovers: 11
(McDonald 3, Carter 2, Grim,,Kolander, Lenard, Nzigamasabo,
Orr, Walton). Steals: 7 (Carter 2, Kolander 2, Orr 2, Lenard).

Michigan............28 30 - 58
Minnesota..........32 31 - 63
At: Williams Arena; A: 14,452

Women's basketball to
face best in Big Ten

I

Mitsui Life
Distinguished Guest Lecturer
Dr. Yung Chul Park, former Chief Economic Advisor to the
President of Korea, and currently President cf the Korean Institute
of Finance, will be the third Mitsui Life Distinguished Lecturer for
the 1993-94 academic year. Dr. Park will speak on the topic
"Korean Capital Market Liberalization: Issues and Prospects" on
Wednesday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the Assembly Hall
Boardroom of the Business School.
Dr. Park's presentation will include his perspective on the present
condition of the Korean economy and capital markets.
The lecture is open to the public.

By SCOTT BURTON
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
If the Michigan women's basket-
ball team wants to grow from challeng-
ing experiences, Crisler Arena may
have to raise its roofs an extra 10 feet
this weekend.
Tonight atCrisler, the Wolverines
(0-4 Big Ten, 3-10 overall) face the
bestplayer in the Big Ten, Ohio State's
Katie Smith. Sunday, they play the best
team in the Big Ten, Penn State, also at
home. And for the first time this year,
they'll play in front of thousands of
'fans -that is, all the people who will
watch them Sunday on SportsChannel.
Not that the seven-deep, freshman-
laden Michigan team is intimidated at
all. Sure, the Wolverines are probably
a bit outmatched in both of this
weekend's contests. But no one said
Michigan would win right away in
1994, so this weekend it can concen-
trate on simply improving.
*. "Itis probably going to be our tough-
est weekend," Wolverine coach Trish

Roberts said. "I just hope that the kids
go out and put in a good performance,
capitalize on some of the things they
learned over the past game. We're
working on the things that we need to
do and hopefully (this weekend) we
can improve on them."
The No. 18 Buckeyes (2-1, 9-4),
despite the standoutplay of Smith (21.5
points per game), have seen their share
of struggles this season. They lost three
times in the non-conference season and
then to Purdue by 24 points last week.
Ohio State has been desperately search-
ing fora scoring complement to Smith.
"I don't think we have the kind of
performances that we can count on
night in and night out," Ohio State
coach Nancy Darsch said. "I had hoped
by this point that we would have three
or four people in double figures and
that we would have a good idea what to
expect from each starter every night.
Unfortunately, that hasn't happened
yet."
See WOMEN, Page 13

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