vs. Eastern Michigan
Tomorrow, 2 p.m.
Liberty Sports Complex
vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena
Wolverines tame Nittany Lions, 81-72
Fun perfect cure
for Blue's ills
Michigan ends losing
streak with early run
E ntering last night's game against Penn State,
the Michigan basketball team had nothing to
The Nittany Lions were without the services of
leading scorer John Amaechi (16.8 ppg) on this night
and would clearly be no match for the Wolverines-
And they were not, falling by a deceiving 81-72
count, after being down by as many as 27 in the second
The reality is that the Wolverines, coming off two
straight losses - including a gut-wrenching defeat to
Purdue Sunday - had everything to gain
True, practically speaking, it brought them one step
closer to at least a share of the Big Ten title.moa
But this game was important
rm mTh for less profound reasons.
This game - which
Scompletely reeked of fun from
Sthe outset - may have been just
what the doctor ordered for
Michigan, particularly with the
tension of the NCAA tourney
TIM looming on the horizon.
RARDIN "We tried to get back into a
Rardin rhythm after Purdue," Ray
to Go Jackson said. "I think we did
"It was a fun game," Dugan
Fife said. "We kind of let it get away from us, but that
won't happen in a close game. After intense games like
Purdue and Wisconsin, it was nice."
Just ask senior guard Jason Bossard - who lit up
the scoreboard for a career-high 14 in his last game at
Crisler Arena - how nice it was.
Bossard hit four-of-six shots from three-point range,
and one series in particular highlighted just how fun
this game was.
With 13:55 to go, Bossard nailed an NBA-distance
triple that nearly hit the banners above to extend
Michigan's lead to a scant 23.
Twenty seconds later, he pushed the ball up the
floor with Jalen Rose on a two-on-one opportunity.
Sure, he could've thrown the wide-open alley-oop to
Rose for an easy deuce, but no, this would be Bossard's
night to shine.
He calmly pulled up for the fade-away three on the
left side, admiring it as it dropped through, much to the
delight of the crowd, and especially to the delight of his
"He's my man," said Fife, who was spotted
breaking a smile as Bossard returned to the huddle
during a timeout shortly thereafter. "There's no better
way to go out as a senior."
See RARDIN, Page 9
By RACHEL BACHMAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
On the night that Penn State's
Goliath was relegated to the bench,
Michigan's "Davids" left the side-
lines. Their emotional lift helped the
Wolverines to an 81-72 victory last
night, giving Michigan a tie with
Purdue for first place in the confer-
Penn State (5-12 Big Ten, 12-14
overall) junior center John Amaechi
was out with a sprained ankle, and
seniors Jason Bossard and Emerson
Moore kept No. 8 Michigan (13-4,
21-6) and the crowd in the game.
Bossard, 4-for-6 from three point
range, had a career-high 14 points.
"The best part of the game was
Jason Bossard," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "I'm really happy
for him. It was a great way for him to
finish his career."
Bossard broke his old scoring mark
by four on his last night in Crisler
"It'll be one of my fonder memo-
ries as a player," Bossard said. "It's
finally hit me that the ball's going to
With 13:33 left in the game,
Bossard took a pass from Makhtar
Ndiaye coast-to-coast, pulled up and
nailed a baseline jumper from behind
the arc to send the crowd into fits. The
shot put the Wolverines up, 59-33.
Ndiaye swished two free throws
with 9:11 to go, giving Michigan its
biggest lead of the game, and pushing
the score to 68-41.
Penn State guard Rahsaan Carlton
led a comeback attempt, knocking
down two threes and 14 points in the
final eight minutes. He finished with
his fourth 20-point performance of
"We played better in the second
half," Penn State coach Bruce Parkhill
said. "Obviously, John (Amaechi) is
a key guy for us, but we hung pretty
tough under the circumstances."
Carlton's teammate, senior Steve
Wydman, added a career-high 17
points in the game, but the Wolver-
ines held off the surge to claim vic-
Besides emerging with a win, how-
ever, Michigan also showcased its
Fisher inserted Moore into the
game with 2:13 to go amidst chants of
"We want Moore!" Despite numer-
ous passes from his teammates and
shots, Moore failed to score.
With the pre-game senior good-
bye ceremonies still fresh in his mind,'
Bossard checked in early and ener-
gized the team. His second trey gave
Michigan a nine-point lead with 11:45
to go in the first half.
"He had two three-pointers and
eight points at halftime, when we
needed them and when it was signifi-
cant," Fisher said.
Howard and Rose added 13 and
12, respectively, in the first half to
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PENN STATE (72)
Williams, P. 33
Williams, D. 7
2-30- - 41 5
2-4 -10 4 13 13
8-12 0-0 7 24 20
1-7 01 2- 1 03
Totals 200 23-53 16-22 9-30 1719 72
FG%: .434. FT%: .727. Three-point goals: 10-
19, .526 (Carlton 4-4, Bartram 2-3, Wydman 2-8,
Earl 1-1, Jennings 1-3). Blocks: 4 (Bartram 2,
Joseph, Wydman). Turnovers: 20 (Earl 7, Baudio
3, Carlton 2, Williams, D. 2, Wydman 2, Bartram,
Joseph, McKenna, Williams, P.). Steals: 6
(Baudio 3, Bartram, Williams, D., Williams, P.).
Technical Fouls: none.
Moore 2 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 32-65 10-18 16-41 2121 81
FG%: .492. FT%: .556. Three-point goals: 7-16,
.438 (Bossard 4-6, Rose 2-4, King 1-1, Crawford
0-1, File 0-1, Howard 0-1,Ndaiye 0-1, Saint-Jean
0-1). Blocks: 2 (Derricks, Howard). Turnovers; 15
(Howard 3, Derricks 2, Jackson 2, King 2.Ndaiye
2. Saint-Jean 2, Crawford, Fife). Steals: 9
(Crawford 2, Fife 2, Howard 2, Derricks, Jackson,
King). Technical Fouls: none.
Penn State. 27 45 = 72
Michigan......44 37 81
At: Crisler Arena; A: 13,231
Jalen Rose battles Penn State's Phil Williams for a rebound in last night's 81-72 victory. Rose's
20 points helped Michigan move into a first-place tie with Purdue in the Big Ten.
BY BOB ABRAMSON
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
It's pretty obvious what the
mindset of the Michigan women's
basketball team (3-22 overall, 0-16
*Big Ten) is as it heads into its final
two Big Ten games of this losing-
Play intense for the entire 40 min-
Stay out of foul trouble.
Limit its number of turnovers.
Just win one, baby.
If the Wolverines can finally gel
all of these things together, either
*tonight at home against Indiana (18-
7, 9-7) or Saturday against Purdue
(23-4, 14-2), there is a slight possibil-
ity that Michigan might pull out its
first Big Ten victory of the season.
"It's our last chance and we are
going to give it all we've got,"
sophomore Jennifer Brezeznski
said. "These two games are very
important because we really want a
Big Ten win before the end of the
season. We don't want to end up as
last chances for Big Ten win
Department of Recreational
the first Big Ten team to go winless
in the conference."
The Wolverines might as well toss
out the video tape of its last meeting
with Indiana Jan. 7. The Hoosiers,
currently fourth in the Big Ten, shel-
lacked the Wolverines,101-58, roar-
ing out to an insurmontable 38-6 first-
Indiana had six players in double
figures, including a game-high 18
points from Shirley Bryant, and shot
9 of 20 from three-point land.
"It was terrible because we really
expected to do well," Brezeznski said.
"We were really surprised that they
came out and totally dominated in the
first half. They just got a few quick
baskets and it was all chaos after
Indiana's full-court pressure
caused that chaos by forcing Michi-
gan into an array of turnovers, result-
ing in easy transition baskets for the
By game's end, the Wolverines
had committed 22 turnovers, nine of
which came at the hands of point
guard Jennifer Kiefer.
"We are a much better ballclub
now than we were when we played
them," Michigan coach Trish Rob-
erts said. "It was our second Big Ten
game, our kids were nervous, and
Kiefer had not faced that kind ofpres-
"It was the first time all year that
we had seen full-court, man-to-man,
run and jump pressure, and I think
Kiefer is a little better at handling it
It doesn't get any easier Saturday
as freshman Leslie Johnson (22.0 ppg)
and the 10th ranked Boilermakers roll
into Ann Arbor.
Johnson tore up the Wolverines in
Michigan's Big Ten opener Jan. 5,
scoring 25 points in 25 minutes en
route to a 78-57 Purdue victory.
"She's an animal inside," Roberts
said. "Every team she has faced this
year she has pretty much dominated."
Purdue, which has won four in a
row and nine out of its last 1 games,
is vying for the Big Ten title. The
Boilermakers are tied with Penn State
for first place at 14-2 in the Big Ten.
Both teams have two games remain-
ing in their conference schedules.
Purdue travels to Michigan State
on Thursday before coming to Ann
Arbor. The Boilermakers are first in
the Big Ten in field goal percentage
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