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SPORTSMonday TrMa
When was the last time the Purdue
men's basketball team won the Big
Ten title?
(Answer, page 2)

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Inside SPORTSMonday
Lacrosse
Close But No Sugiura
Men's Basketball
Women's Basketball
Wrestling
Men's Track
Hockey
Men's Gymnastics
Women's Gymnastics
Men's Tennis

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*Boilermakers steal big one from Blue, 95-94

Wolverines lacking on
*defensive end of late
When the United States government formulates its budget for any fiscal
year, the largest chunk of money goes to defense. Billions and billions of
dollars are spent to serve and protect.
Any time defense spending is trimmed, critics from all over say, "You
can't cut more. You're threatening national security."
While the Michigan men's basketball team does not receive money
from the men and women in Washington D.C., it has had its own share of
defense cuts lately, endangering its NCAA tournament security.
The Wolverines, who had been playing their best defense in the Fab
Five/Four era this season, have slacked off recently in
guarding the opposition. Last Thursday, Wisconsin
connected on 54 percent of its shots in downing
Michigan. Yesterday, Purdue made 32 of 60 field
goals - a success rate of 53 percent - . its 95-94
win over the Wolverines.
Giving up 95 points is one indication of
Michigan's poor effort on defense, but the percentage
CHAD A. will trouble Steve Fisher just as much as the
SAFRAN heartbreaking loss.
Safrancisco Every Boilermaker made half of his shots with the
Treat exception of Glenn Robinson, who sank 11 of 24.
The most thankful Purdue player had to be Cuonzo
Martin. The junior guard/forward must have thought he was at a pregame
shoot around with the number of uncontested looks he had at the basket.
Martin hit five of nine treys - four of six in the second half - and all
from the same distance. The postgame play-by-play read "Martin jumper
right (and left) 21 feet" over and over again. He launched rocket after
rocket from the corners without a hand in his face.
In one sequence he missed a three only to harness the rebound and
connect on his next attempt. On both shots, not a single Michigan player
*was near Martin. A fair shooter will connect without anyone in his face.
Martin is in the top five in conference three-point success.
Surely any player is entitled to his day in the zone, but the Wolverines
concentrated so.much on stopping Robinson that they forgot about the
See SAFRAN, Page 4

Robinson's 37 points
leads Purdue past 'M'

By BRETT FORREST
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
The Purdue men's basketball team
balanced the Big Ten scales yester-
day against Michigan at Crisler Arena.
Boilermaker junior Glenn Robinson
scored the game's final five points to
beat the Wolverines, 95-94, and put
his team a half-game ahead of Michi-
gan in the race for the Big Ten title.
In the teams' Feb. 1 meeting,
Michigan (12-4 Big Ten, 20-6 over-
all) came from behind to beat Purdue
(13-4,25-4),63-62, in West Lafayette.
"I think we stole one back," Purdue
guard Matt Waddell said. "They got
one from us they shouldn't have. We
got one from them we shouldn't have.
That's what the Big Ten's all about."
With 2:31 remaining in
yesterday's game, Michigan owned
an eight-point lead, 92-84.
After a Waddell jumper and a
Robinson three-point play, Michigan
was up one point with 49 seconds left.
Wolverine swingmah Jalen Rose then
missed from three-point territory, but
Ray Jackson grabbed the rebound.
Michigan held the ball, trying to force
Purdue to foul.
The Boilermakers chose not to
foul, and with 10 seconds to go, Rose
threw an errant pass to Jimmy King
that sailed out of bounds.
"I made a bad decision," Rose
said. "I could have kept dribbling the

ball without a problem. Mistakes like
that happen."
Purdue came out of its huddle
ready to inbound the ball, but was
forced to call two timeouts, and Michi-
gan called one of its own.
"The play we had drawn up,"
Purdue's Cuonzo Martin recalled,
"they had every angle covered."
After the three stoppages, Martin
inbounded the ball to Robinson, who
powered his way through Rose from
the top of the key to the basket, scor-
ing two. The bucket gave Purdue its
first lead for good, and its first since
the start of the second half.
"We were going to get the ball in
the right person's hands," Boilermaker
coach Gene Keady said. "We just said
we got to get the ball to Glenn."
Robinson finished with a game-
high 37 points and toppled Michigan
for the first time in his career.
"I said Iwanted the ball," Robinson
said. "All the games we lost (this
season) we had the opportunity to
win. I was taking the shot all along -
I wasn't passing."
After Robinson canned his final
shot with six seconds left and Michi-
gan called a timeout, the Wolverines
inbounded and got the ball to Rose.
The junior passed to sophomore
Dugan Fife, who missed a trey. Rose
See PURDUE, Page 4

Wolverine guard Jalen Rose goes up for a basket over Purdue's Justin
Jennings in yesterday's 95-94 loss to the Boilermakers at Crisler Arena.

Bormet takes first, Michigan
fourth at Big Tens in Iowa City

By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
IOWA CITY -History was made
yesterday at the 80th annual Big Ten
wrestling championships.
The Michigan wrestling team,
however, only watched its formation.
Iowa won its 21st consecutive Big
Ten championship with a team score
of 118 for the two-day tournament.
The 21 straight titles established a
new conference record for any sport,
surpassing the 20 straight titles the
Indiana men's swimming team won
between 1961 and 1980.
"It (the record) is fantastic. He
(Iowa coach Dan Gable) is achieving
what has never been achieved be-
fore," Wolverine coach Dale Bahr
said.
Michigan finished fourth in the
tournament with a team score of 65.5.
Second-ranked Minnesota was sec-
ond (104.25) and third-ranked Penn

State finished third (85.75).
Bahr, however, was pleased with
his team's performance, considering
the adversity the Wolverines dealt
with during the regular season.
"We struggled throughout this sea-
son, of course, and its kind of nice to
finish fourth in the Big Ten," Bahr
said. "Because of the amount of inju-
ries we had, we knew there was no
way we could have challenged these
guys (Iowa, Minnesota and Penn
State)."
Michigan qualified five wrestlers
,for the national championships held
March 17-19 in Chapel Hill, N.C -
seniors Sean Bormet, Steve King,
Brian Harper, Chad Biggert and
sophomore Jesse Rawls, Jr.
The Wolverines were led by the
All-American Bormet, who success-
fully defended his title in the 158-
pound championship by defeating Dan
Wirnsberger of Michigan State by

tiebreaker in the final.
It was the third time this season
that Bormet had defeated Wirnsberger
in overtime.
"It's nice to win the Big Tens. It's
the toughest wrestling conference in
the country, but it still doesn't (com-
pare) with an NCAA title," Bormet
said.
Bormet reached the finals by de-
feating Ernest Benion of Illinois, Penn
State's Tony Griffin and Zac Taylor
of Minnesota by scores of 7-3, 11-5
and 8-1, respectively.
With the victory over Wirnsberger
in the final, Bormet ran his season
record to 27-1.
Michigan also got a strong perfor-
mance out of Rawls.
Wrestling for the first time since
injuring his left knee in an 8-4 loss to
Michigan State's Erich Harvey Jan.
See WRESTING, Page 5

AP PHOTO
Michigan's Brian Harper wrestles against Iowa's Lincoln Mcllravy at the Big Ten Championships last weekend.

*Icers suffers surprising
loss to Fems at home

Back with a vengeance
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OTS WRITESharp's commitment helps "A lot of the problem earl
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By PAUL BARGER
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
The unthinkable has happened.
After a season filled with team
triumphs and individual accolades,
the Michigan hockey team (24-5-1
GCCHA, 29-6-1 overall) has hit a low
Wat the worst possible time. With the
CCHA playoffs beginning in less than
a week, the team has lost four of its
last five contests.
The final game of the regular sea-
son Saturday brought about one of the
most surprising defeats Michigan has,
endured, in a long time - 6-2 at the
hands of Ferris State (12-17-1, 13-22-
1). The loss came one night after the
*Wolverines had ended a three-game
losing streak by winning at Bowling
Green, 2-1.
Michigan never led in the season
finale against the Bulldogs and did
not play its best hockey until after
coach Red Berenson pulled the

2 hockey game, it was much closer.
I'm not kidding myself."
The tone for the evening was set
when Michigan's Mike Stone inad-
vertently pushed the puck past
goaltender Steve Shields for Ferris's
first goal of the evening. From then
on it was all downhill.
Michigan was able to tie the game
at 1-1 before the end of the first pe-
riod, but Ferris regained the lead early
in the second and did not relinquish it.
The Wolverines, accustomed to
outplaying their opponents in the third
period, were thoroughly beaten in the
final 20 minutes.
"It let us know that we can play
with Michigan," Daniels said. "It is
another stepping stone for our team."
The only thing that the loss affects
is Michigan's mindset heading into
the crucial part of the season. The
CCHA regular-season title has been
wrapped up for a long time so pride

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championship fighter are
commitment and the ability
to come back from adversity. If a
fighter is knocked down, he gets
right back up and goes after his
opponent even harder than he did
before.
Michigan men's swimmer
Royce Sharp is a fighter.
He has battled adversity many
times during his 21 years and has
come back stronger in every
instance.
As he gets ready for the NCAA
Championships March 24-26 in
Minneapolis, Royce will have
overcome his most recent obstacle
- an early-season bout with
academic problems.
Two months ago the
sophomore was placed on
temporary academic probation (he

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atmosphere, and that is gone. The
temptation isn't there anymore."
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek
believes the situation might be the
best thing that could have happened
to Royce. Urbanchek told him not
to worry about his swimming this
year and to get his academic life
back on track.
He thinks this will be extremely
beneficial in the long run.
"The biggest joy for me was to
see him turn around his academics,"
Urbanchek said. "He finally has a
niche in this school where he can
continue to pursue some sort of goal
after swimming.
"He's realized he has to have a
degree, too, because there is no
money in swimming - even if he'
wins (an Olympic) gold medal.
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