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Athlete of the Week
The R.H. Factor
'M' holds off lini,
Wolverines survive second-half scare; Howard returns to score 20
By RACHEL BACHMAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
CHAMPAIGN - Although the
venue was different, the story was the
same. Juwan Howard and Jalen Rose
combined for 48 points as their team
once again relinquished an early lead,
but topped Illinois, 74-70.
After amassing two 20-point leads
during the first half, Michigan (4-2
Big Ten, 13-4 overall) fell behind
briefly in the second stanza, then re-
grouped to squeak past the Illini (3-2,
"We got the early lead and we
were hoping we could quit right then,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "We
were really, really good early on, and
that set the table for us."
Jalen Rose led all scorers with 28
points, as he pulled Michigan into
fourth place in the Big Ten behind
Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue (4-
It was not until the clock showed
29.5 seconds remaining in the game
that Michigan sealed the victory. Af-
ter Howard's right side jumper
missed, Jackson rebounded and put
up another miss. Leon Derricks
snagged the board and made the
putback to put the Wolverines up, 72-
Two Rose free throws and a
putback by Illinois' T.J. Wheeler
ended the game, as the buzzer sounded
and Howard palmed the ball and cel-
ebrated at center court.
After sitting out Thursday's game
against Minnesota due to a bout with
the chicken pox, Howard scored 20 in
his home state of Illinois. But his
fatigue showed as he notched just two
rebounds, his first with less than two
"I'm at about 85 percent," Howard
Coach Lou Henson was consider-
ably more generous.
"I've seen him play well, but I've
never seen him play like that," Henson
said. "He was unbelievable in the first
half. When a guy's playing like that,
it's hard to stop him."
Howard shot 70 percent from the
field (7 for 10) and totaled 16 points
in the first 20 minutes.
"He got fatigued but we, in my opin-
ion, had to have him in," Fisher said.
The first half saw streaks of the
Wolverines' most flawless play of the
season. Howard helped Michigan
claim both of its huge 20-point first-
half leads, the first on a fast break
dunk with 8:38 remaining, the second
just two minutes later on a 14-foot
jumper in the lane.
Jalen Rose was 6 for 6 in the first
stanza, including three treys. In con-
trast, the Illini shot just 31 percent
during the same period.
Michigan shot over 60 percent
from the line and beyond, including a
blistering 65 percent from the field.
Leon Derricks snagged three de-
fensive boards and starter Makhtar
Ndiaye showed flashes of what Steve
Fisher hoped he could do when the 6-
foot-9 forward arrived at Michigan.
His defensive presence resulted in
two first-half blocks. The Wolverines
See ILLINOIS, Page 4
Healthy Howard vital to
Michigan's continued success
CHAMPAIGN - Does Juwan Howard make a difference for the
Michigan basketball team?
Well, a sundae without hot fudge and nuts is just ordinary vanilla ice cream.
And without Howard, the Wolverines become just an ordinary
basketball team as
they displayed in their loss to Minnesota Thursday.
Howard showed his importance to the success of
this year's team in Michigan's win over Illinois as he
overcame a week-long layoff because of the chicken
pox. The junior center scored 20 points, including 16 in
the first half, on 9-of-17 shooting, while playing 36
Twenty points after being ill for seven days and not
picking up a basketball during that time?
Following the game, Howard said he felt 85 percent
How many players could perform that well if they
were 100 percent? And at what is the most physically
See SAFRAN, Page 4
Makhtar Ndiaye dunks home two of his six points against Illinois yesterday.
. 2"\Z <oi Blue bounces back
.. . . ~ *.to salvage weekend
split with Spartans
By PAUL BARGER
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
EAST LANSING - The Michi-
gan hockey team followed its biggest
letdown of the season with one of its
most important victories.
Going into Friday night's contest
with Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena,
the Wolverines were unbeaten in 24
consecutive home games and had won
16 straight CCHA contests. Both of
those streaks ended when the Spar-
tans triumphed, 6-3, and moved within
eight points of the conference lead.
The favor was returned Saturday
night, when the Wolverines captured
their first victory at Munn Ice Arena
since 1988 by a score of 3-1. In doing
so, Michigan regained its 10-point
league advantage over the second-place
"It was important for our team to
rebound after a lackluster perfor-
mance," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "It was important for
our young players to get the feeling
that we can bounce back the next
night against a good team."
Michigan played uninspired
hockey in the opener against its intra-
state rival. The Spartans were able to
grab the lead early and kept their
opponents off their game for the dura-
tion of the contest.
However, the heartbreaker did not
come until midway through the third
period. With the Wolverines trailing,
4-3, Michigan center Brian Wiseman
had an opportunity to tie the contest.
State goaltender Mike Buzak made
the save and started a breakaway for
Spartan freshman Tony Tuzzolino
beat goaltender Steve Shields and
Michigan's hope for a 17th straight
CCHA victory faded.
The Spartans scored first and never
trailed. Their initial tally came at 7:20
of the opening period when left wing
Rem Murray scored on a feed from
center Steve Suk. The Spartans had
overcome the first obstacle by quickly
silencing the Wolverines' fans.
"Yost has great fan support,"
sophomore Anson Carter said. "We
wanted to keep the crowd out of the
game as long as possible, until we
could get our feet wet."
Michigan managed to tie the game
on a power-play goal after State's
Josh Wiegand was whistled for a
roughing penalty. At 10:57 of the
first, Brian Wiseman dished the puck
off to linemate David Oliver, who
rifled the puck past Mike Buzak for
his 20th goal of the season.
See SPARTANS, Page 6
Michigan's Rick Willis.squares off with Spartan Bart Turner at Yost Arena Friday night. The Wolverines suffered their first CCHA loss against Michigan State.,
Men tankers nipped-by
Longhorns in Dallas
By BRETT JOHNSON the Classic only allows one swimmer
DAILY SPORTS WRITER from each school to compete in each
Fresh off the heels of a dual meet heat.
loss to No. 2 Texas, the No. 3 Michi- "Dolan said when we walked into
gan men's swimming and diving team the pool, '(Namesnik's) still up
had a chance to stick it to the Long- there,"' Michigan coach Jon
horns in the Dallas Morning News Urbanchek said. "Dolan went out and
Classic. broke it, and then five minutes later,
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Marcel did it. It shows Michigan still
Texas repeated Thursday night's dual dominates the 400 IM."
meet performance by edging out a The Wolverines continued to pro-
332-300 win at the two-day event. vide a strong challenge to the Long-
The 15th-ranked Mustangs of horns on the second day of competi-
Southern Methodist took the third tion, winning three individual events.
spot, followed by No. 6 Auburn, No. Dolan started things off with a victory
9 Tennessee and No. 7 UCLA. inthe 500 freestyle in a time of 4:23.67.
The biggest highlight for Michi- In the consolation finals of the 500,
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will be your father figure
By MELINDA ROCO
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
t first glance, Bill Seeley
strikes you as a simple,
He has deep-set blue eyes, a
pensive countenance and a soft-
spoken demeanor that seem to
reflect the warmth of a wise father
figure rather than the wrath of a
powerful outside hitter on the
Michigan men's volleyball team.
Perhaps it's his defined features
and philosophical nature that leave
others with the impression of a
Perhaps it's his confidence and
ontimistic attitude that enable him
Seeley sets tone for hitters
shook his head in dismay.
"It makes me feel so old,"
Seeley laughed. "That's terrible!
"How many of our guys are over
20 anyway," he asked, looking over
the team roster. "Nine of them are
underclassmen. I'm just ... old."
Seeley feels somewhat elderly in
the classroom as well.
"I'm taking all these prerequisite
courses, and everyone in my classes
is 18 or 19, younger and greener,"
he sighed. "It's all starting to give
me an age complex."
A transfer from Brown, Seeley
is completing premedical
requirements at Michigan in
nrenaration for study in psvchiatrv.