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SPORTSMonday Tdvla
* What was the last men's
basketball team to win the Big Ten
and national titles in the same
(Answer, page 2)


Inside SPORTSMonday
Q & A
The R.H. Factor
Men's basketball
Women's basketball
Women's swimming
Men's swimming
Men's tennis


King and Jackson sit; Spartans get smashed

Uproar will soon
* be out of style
AST LANSING -0 shots, 0 rebounds, 0
blocks, 1 STEAL.
The magic marker signs bobbing in the
student section at the Breslin Center Saturday night
said it all. Michigan was in trouble again, and it had
nothing to do with timeouts or the chicken pox.
Starters Jimmy King and Ray Jackson and walk-
on Chris Fields were suspended for at least one game
for violating team policy. Allegedly, they broke the
rule about stealing beer from neighborhood party
Forget about their innocence or guilt, or even their
taste in beer (although Molson Ice is not a bad choice).
What Spartan fans were concerned about, more than
Ray's mental state or Jimmy's
future eligibility status, was their
evening's taunting material, and the
players' theft was just the kind of
fuel they needed.
The story broke Friday,
eliciting a collective groan from
newspaper readers and sports bars
RACHEL around Ann Arbor. Saturday,
BACHMAN Spartan fans, wearing empty beer
Bach's Score cases on their heads, seized the
opportunity to rub Michigan's
latest Hard Copy-type plot in
their intrastate rivals' faces.
Hi Mom. Send Bail Money.
The students reveled in the seediness of it all,
chanting "Tastes great. Less filling," in spirited unison.
They should enjoy it while it lasts, for this
embarrassment, too, shall pass.
Although the Wolverines crisply dismissed the
Spartan entourage, Steve Fisher was more than a bit
troubled by his absent players' predicament.
After the game, the sweaty-lipped coach said he
told his players to let the jeers just, "Be noise. Don't
take anything personal." The clearly unnerved coach
did not take his-own advice.
Fisher handles scandals like neckties - they're
not comfortable, but sooner or later you know you'll
See BACHMAN, Page 4

Rebounding ices win over
Michigan State, 59-51

EAST LANSING - In a season
with more surprises than an O. Henry
short story, the Michigan men's bas-
ketball team was forced to deal with
yet another unexpected drama over
the weekend.
Playing without the services of
suspended starters Jimmy King and
Ray Jackson, the No. 13 Wolverines
(7-2 Big Ten, 15-4 overall) rose to the
challenge Saturday, conquering
Michigan State, 59-51, before 15,138
at the Breslin Center.
After being rocked on the boards'
by the Spartans (5-5, 14-8) in the
teams' Jan. 5 meeting in Ann Arbor,
Michigan dominated underneath,
outrebounding the hosts, 38-22.
Michigan State managed just three,
offensive boards to Michigan's 12.
"They kind of manhandled us out
there," Michigan State coach Jud
Heathcote said. "They were a little
stronger physically. We didn't get in
sync offensively at all."
The Wolverines were ferocious
when it came time to defend under the
basket. They showed no mercy on
Michigan State's big man, Anthony
Miller, forcing him to kick the ball
out to the perimeter nearly every time
he touched it. They allowed Miller
only six attempts from the field.
In fact, the Spartans shot just 36.7
percent (18-of-49) as a team. State's
leading scorer, junior guard Shawn
Respert, never found his rhythm,
shooting 29.4 percent (5-of-17) from
the field, finishing with a team-high
15 points.
"(It was) our best defensive effort

of the season," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "I think there's a reason
when you shoot poorly. They had
very, very, very few second looks at
the basket."
The Wolverines had numerous
second chances of their own, espe-
cially early, grabbing eight offensive
boards in the opening stanza.
Michigan did what it planned to
do in the first half - get the ball
inside to its experienced center. How-
ever, Juwan Howard could not find
his range, hitting just two of his 10
shots in the first half.
Likewise, Makhtar Ndiaye had
problems from the field. The fresh-
man hit only one of his six shots, all in
the first half. The one basket was an
uncontested layup from the blocks off
a solid pass from Leon Derricks at the
16:00 mark of the first half.
Howard recovered in the second
half to lead both teams in scoring (18)
and rebounding (12). The big man has
stepped up his rebounding game re-
cently. Against Purdue last week he
snagged 17 boards.
"I'm really concentrating more
with my rebounding," Howard said.
"We knew that tonight was going to
be stressed more with the rebound-
Michigan nearly forgot its funda-
mentals late in the game. Halfway
through the second half the Wolver-
ines led by 11 points. The Spartans
then drew close.
After a steal and breakaway dunk
by State's Eric Snow with 8:50 left in
the game, Michigan's Dugan Fife
missed and Ndiaye picked up his
See SPARTANS, Page 4

Jalen Rose drives against Michigan State in Michigan's 59-51 win over the Spartans at the
Breslin Center Saturday. The victory kept the Wolverines in first place in the Big Ten.

Hockey moves closer to CCHA title

Ferris State did exactly what it had
to do to beat No. 1 Michigan.
The Bulldogs kept the nation's
top power play unit off the ice by
committing only four penalties, all in
the first period. They also limited the
second-leading offense in the country
to a season-low two goals by playing
tight defensive hockey. Ferris State
even outshot the Wolverines, 27-24.
But the Bulldogs (9-12-1 CCHA,
10-17-1 overall) could do nothing to
take Steve Shields out of his game,
and the nation's top netminder turned
away all but one of their shots in a 2-
1 Michigan triumph before 7,498 fans
at Yost.
The Ferris State victory coupled
with a 10-4 home win over Kent State
Friday moved the Wolverines (22-1-
1, 27-2-1) to within one point of
clinching the CCHA regular-season
championship and made coach Red
Berenson the winningest coach in
Michigan hockey history.
"I thought both goaltenders were
excellent," Ferris State coach Bob
Daniels said. "What impressed me

most about Shields was how he
handled the puck. He iced it by him-
Shields, whose 2.33 goals against
average leads the nation, took matters
into his own hands several times in
the scoreless third period, shooting
the puck out of the Wolverine zone to
alleviate pressure from the defense.
"It's a good asset to have," Shields
said. "It really helps our defense to
flip it out into the neutral zone."
At the other end of the ice, Shields'
counterpart, Craig Lisko, kept the
Bulldogs in the game by holding the
Wolverines scoreless for the opening
23:09 of the contest.
Michigan's Warren Luhning fi-
nally broke Lisko's armor early in the
second period on a feed from Mike
Stone. The freshman collected the
puck at the blue line, split a pair of
Bulldog defenders and wristed a shot
at Lisko. The Ferris goalie turned
Luhning's first attempt away, but
Luhning stuffed the rebound along
with Lisko just across the goal line for
a 1-0 lead.
Brian Wiseman doubled the Wol-
verines' score when he took a pass

Wolverines to sign prospect
Center Robbie Gordon of the
Powell River (B.C.) Paper Kings
has given Michigan his verbal
commitment. Gordon is the fourth
prospect to commit to the
Wolverines. See story, page 6.
from David Oliver between the circles
and flipped a wristshot high glove
side on Lisko at the 10:30 mark of the
second period. The Ferris defense then
put the clamps on the high-powered
Michigan offense, holding it score-
less for the last half of the contest.
"Anytime you can hold Michigan
to two goals, you've got to be happy
with your defense," Daniels said. "We
need to find a way to score more
The Bulldogs finally did get on
the board when Robb McIntyre
scorched a slapshot from close range
into the top of the Wolverine net. The
tally at 16:56 of the second stanza set
the stage for a closely contested, de-
fensive third period.
"Tonight's game was anybody's
See HOCKEY, Page 5


Brian Wiseman looks to score in Michigan's 10-4 win over Kent State Friday.

Working to be the best
HITE arena isn't much of a s
rTER LIhead coach Dale Bahr.

Gymnasts topple local
rivals in State Classic


urprise to

The wrestling room inside
Crisler Arena has a climate
that compares favorably to
that of a tropical rain forest. It's one
that is in stark contrast to the cold
winter afternoon outside the arena.
On this day inside that wrestling
room, the Michigan wrestling team
is finishing practice with a 10-
minute workout, consisting of
jogging, sprinting, crawling and
jumping. It is designed to make
every part of the body ache.

mat and in the classroom

"The line I hear from the guys is
that all Harp has done since he got
to Michigan is study and wrestle,"
Bahr said.
Harper will be the first to admit
that he spends most of his time
doing just as his teammates say,
studying and wrestling, but he does
get out.
"I like to go out whenever I
can," said Harper, who is a fifth-
year senior. "The other night we
went and saw 'Tombstone' - Sean

It was a celebrity event yesterday
at Cliff Keen Arena when University
President James Duderstadt, his wife
Anne and Michigan's new Athletic
Director Joe Roberson were on hand
to watch the Michigan's women's
gymnastics team dominate its
intrastate rivals at the State of Michi-
gan Classic.
Michigan, still undefeated with a
record of 4-0, focused on the indi-
vidual team performance rather than

Western Michigan, Central Michigan
and Eastern Michigan were all in at-
tendance to support their teams.
"I like to see the kind of crowd
who can appreciate good gymnas-
tics," coach Bev Plocki said.
And "good gymnastics" could be
found in every direction.
Michigan captured the number one
spot in all five events (including all-
around) and junior Beth Wymer once
again got the crowd roaring.
Wymer, named Big Ten Gymnast
of the Month, broke her own school



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