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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January l0, 1994 - 7

CHAD A. SAFRAN
Safrancisco Treat
OWA CITY - When kids are younger, they are punished for doing
things they are not supposed to be doing.
Parents ground their child for using bad language, hitting, or taking
something without asking.
i "Why are you punishing me?" the young one cries.
"To teach you a lesson," answers the parent.
While the Michigan basketball team did take something without permis-
sion in its game with Iowa Saturday - namely a win and the hearts of the
Hawkeye players - the Wolverines surely do not need to be grounded for
it.
On the contrary, the four juniors for Michigan have already learned
plenty of lessons over the past two seasons, and that is why Steve Fisher's
team was able to come away with the 71-70 victory.
The fact that the Hawkeyes were up 17 at halftime did not faze the
Wolverines. They had been in a similar situation before.
Just nine months ago, Michigan trailed UCLA in the NCAA tournament
by as much as 19, and14 at halftime. The Wolverines came back to win that
game in dramatic style, triumphing in overtime on a last-second putback.
Although the stakes were not as high before the thunderous Carver-
Hawkeye crowd, the game was not much different in the way the Wolverine
players treated it.
"The second half we played with poise and toughness, the little things,"
Fisher said.
Ray Jackson, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Jalen Rose have started 99
rcent of Michigan's games together since Feb. 1992. It showed in the
losing minutes of the game as the Fantastic Four scored 14 of the Wolver-
ines' final 16 points.
Rose, who has a penchant for forcing a few shots in his style of play, made
many smart decisions in the stretch run, especially Michigan's final two field
goals.
He nailed a short jumper from just inside the foul line with 34:1 seconds
left on the clock after giving a little dribble spin move that freed him for
the open shot.
And on the Wolverines' biggest posession of the game, instead of throw-
ing up a prayer towards the rim with two Hawkeyes defending him, Rose
icked it out to King on the other side.
"I knew Jimmy would be over there," Rose said.
"Two years ago, Jalen would have shot that ball," Fisher said.
But two Big Ten seasons and a couple of NCAA tournament games teach
players lessons.
So, Rose fed Cool Hand Jimmy - the Texas gunslinger - the ball, who
promtply drained it from way beyond the three-point arc.
How far?
Say, King's hometown of Plano?
"No, but it felt like down in Texas," said King, who scored the winning
field goal against the Bruins as well.
* After Michigan's go-ahead basket, the Hawkeyes launched a desparation
three-pointer that fell short.
"I think on that final play we showed our inexperience," Iowa coach Tom
Davis said. "In the closing minutes, Michigan got good shots and we
struggled for good shots."
Iowa's James Winters epitomized this struggle.
The lone Hawkeye senior canned only one of seven second-half field goals
as the Wolverines forced him to take shots over the arms of Howard, who
played valiant defense despite carrying four fouls for the final 8:31.
Experienced players know that when one of their teammates is having an
ff day - as Howard did against the Hawkeyes - they need to pick up the
lack. Iowa, with just one veteran, was unable to do that. However, Michigan,
with the help of Jackson, can and did.
While he may have been 2-of-6 from the field while committing seven
turnovers, the 6-foot-6 forward hit all five of his free throws and collected

'M' re-learns lesson in
narrow victory at Iowa

BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK
Big man Ndiaye makes
comminutment toBlue
By RACHEL BACHMAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
IOWA CITY - Two of the Michigan basketball team's most glaring
weaknesses - its lack of size and depth - were strengthened Saturday when
Makhtar Ndiaye, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound freshman transfer from Wake Forest,
verballycommitted to the Wolverines.
Ndiaye, who chose Michigan over UCLA, is expected to sign officially
today, and should begin practice immediately. He is eligible to play
because of rules violations announced by the NCAA against the Demon
Deacons' basketball program last Thursday.
The infractions involve James Davies, an interpreter Wake Forest hired to talk
to Ndiaye's family during its recruiting of the Dakar, Senegal native.
Apparently Davies, who lives just outside the Winston-Salem campus,
became involved with Ndiaye directly - before, during and after he signed -
providing him with transportation and a place to live.
The 20-year-old Ndiaye was found innocent in the investigation.
At Oak Hill, he averaged 10.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.1 blocks in less than
20 minutes per game. He and North Carolina freshmen Jerry Stackhouse and
Jeff McInnis helped lead Oak Hill to a 30-0 record and a No. 3 ranking in the
final USA Today prep poll of 1993.
SOLEMN ANNIvERSARY: Saturday's game was nearly the one-year anniver-
sary of the death of Iowa's Chris Street. The junior forward was killed Jan.
19, 1993 in an automobile accident on his way back to campus after a team
meal.
Michigan played the Hawkeyes last year in their first home game without.
Street, losing the intense contest, 88-80.
"Last year, that was highly emotional for them and their fans," Jalen Rose
said, "and for us, too.
"I'm a young athlete, and that gives you a reality check."
Several fans at Saturday's game wore t-shirts emblazoned with. Street's
number 40 and the message "the spirit continues" in remembrance of him.
This notation is engraved on a memorial outside the Iowa lockerroom that also
houses Street's team photo from last year.
An annual award will be presented each season to "a Hawkeye player who best
exemplifies the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris Street."
Street's number has been permanently retired.
FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALL: The Wolverines have been outrebounded in
the last two games, both of which they ended up winning.
Against Michigan State last Wednesday, Michigan snagged 27 boards to the
Spartans' 40.
In the Iowa game, the Wolverines grabbed 33 caroms while the Hawkeyes had
40, including 18 at the offensive end.
"We're going to have to fight and scratch," Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
"We don't have 6-foot-9, 6-foot-10,6-foot-1 l(players) like we did last year. Our
margin of error is a little shorter, and we've got to just resign ourselves to that."
MOVE OVER DEION: Freshman Seth Smith, a wide receiver on the Wolverine
football team, began practicing with the Michigan basketball team last Thursday.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound from Murphysboro, Ill., is waiting to find out if he
must give up his redshirt in football in order to compete on the basketball team.
The USA Today Honorable Mention All-American in football played point
guard in high school and would play the same position for Michigan.
"(Playing basketball) is something I decided when I signed my letter of
intent," Smith said.
He had to wait until after the Hall of Fame Bowl to begin practice.
Smith should find out his eligibility status some time this week.

141" I
MICHELLE GUY/Daily
Jimmy King, Juwan Howard and Bobby Crawford trap Iowa's Kenyon Murray
during the second half of Saturday's game, which Michigan won, 71-70.
a game-high 10 rebounds.
And while this may have been just another lesson the juniors can add to
their collection, it was a valuable experience for the team's younger
players.
"It was a good confidence builder for all our guys, especially the younger
ones," Rose said.
One of those "younger ones" was Dugan Fife, who scored 10 points,
dished out five assists and had zero turnovers. It was another solid perfor-
mance from one of those inexperienced players the Wolverines will need to
win.
Michigan will certainly need that confidence in all its players through the
upcoming stretch, which has five of its next seven games on the road,
including consecutive battles at Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois.
The Wolverines can take the lesson they re-learned against Iowa and apply
it to future Big Ten encounters.
After all, isn't college supposed to be about learning?

Around *ug1M Hoosiers edge Penn State

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Damon bailey scored 25 points
and Pat Graham added a career-high
24 as No. 14 Indiana used a flurry of
second-half foul shots to hold off
Penn State, 80-72.
The Hoosiers (1-0 Big Ten, 8-2
overall), who scored their last 11
points from the line, set a school
*ecord with their 36th straight home
victory.
Michael Jennings had 18 points to
lead the Nittany Lions (0-2, 7-4).
No.15 Wisconsin 69, Ohio State
55
Michael Finley led a second-half
charge with 19 points as the No. 15

Badgers erased their first halftime
deficit of the season and routed Ohio
State, 69-55.
Finley, held to two in the first 20
minutes, scored the first six points of
the second half and finished with 21.
Rashard Griffith and Tracy
Webster added 16 points each for the
Badgers (2-0, 11-0), who are off to
their best start since the 1915-16
team won its first 12 games.
The Buckeyes' (1-1, 8-5) leading
scorer, Derek Anderson, was held to
nine points, about half his 17.8
average.
No. 19 Minnesota 73, Northwest-
ern 65

with flurry of
Voshon Lenard scored 23 points
and Townsend Orr added 18 to lead
No. 19 Minnesota to a 73-65 victory
over Northwestern.
Lenard scored his team's first nine
points after halftime to help the
Golden Gophers (1-0, 10-3) go ahead
45-35, but the Wildcats (0-2, 9-2)
rallied on their long-range shooting.
With Minnesota leading 63-58,
Orr and Lenard each made four free
throws in the final 1:50 to clinch the
victory.
Michigan St. 79, No. 21 Illinois
74
Shawn Respert made five of six
free throws following an intentional

free throws
foul and two technicals on Illinois
coach Lou Henson as Michigan State
beat the No. 21 Illini, 79-74.
Respert converted the five-point
play with 2:38 left to give the
Spartans (1-1, 10-4) a six-point lead.,
No. 10 Purdue 69, Seton Hall 67
Glenn Robinson made two free
throws with 4.2 seconds remaining,
allowing No. 10 Purdue to hold off
Seton Hall, 69-67.
Robinson led Purdue (2-0, 13-0)
with 24 points, and Seton Hall (7-4) was
led by Arturas Karnishovas with 22
points. But he missed a 17-footer from
the corner that would have tied the game
with five seconds remaining.

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second in 3:30 of play - at the 11:27
mark and swung his arms in disgust in
frontof 15,500 taunting Hawkeye fans.
A visibly exasperated Juwan
Howard was called for his third foul
with 5:46 to go in the first period.
"We got cut up and frustrated in the
first half,"Fisher said. "Whenyoumiss,
Otaffectsyou.Itdoesn'tmatterifyou're
playing in the pee wee league or in the
pros.
"It affected us too much. Conse-
quently, we were late on the defensive
end and that allowed (Iowa) to be a
MICHIGAN (71)
FG Fr EED
MI *A MA 4T A F PTS
Jackson 36 2.6 5.5 2-10 2 3 9
Howard 28 6-11 2-2 2-6 2 4 14
Rose 40 7-16 0-0 0-4 5 3 15
Fife 31 3.6 1-2 1-2 5 2 10
King 33 6-9 47 1-3 1 2 18
Derricks 14 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 3 2
Crawford 14 1-4 1-2 0-0 1 3 3
Saint-Jean 4 0-0 0.0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 26-56 13-18 10-33 17 21 71;
FM,~ .464. FM% .722. Three-pont goals: 6-19,
.316 (Fife 3-6, King 2-2, Rose 1-8, Crawford 0-3).
Blks.(). Tunrovers: 17 (Jackson 7, King 4,
Howard 3. Rose 2, Crawford). Steals: 12 (Fife 4,
Jackson 3, King 3, Crawford, Howard). Technical
Fowlst none.

little more effective."
The Wolverines shot 29 percent
and never led in the first stanza. After
the half, though, Michigan outscored
Iowa, 19-2, in the first five minutes.
Michigan's struggles early on, how-
ever, were overshadowed by King's
last-minute heroics.
Rose's timely jump shots down the
stretch brought the Wolverines back
from the nine-point deficit they faced
after a brief three-point lead, their big-

gest of the game.
"Games like this can be bad for
your heart," quipped Rose.
Rose and King were not the only
key contributors.
"Ray Jackson was like a tiger out
there," Fisher said. Jackson collected
10 rebounds and was five-for-five from
the line.
"After coming back from that big
deficit, I had a feeling we could win it,"
Jackson said.

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