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6- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, December 12, 1994

Freshmen steal the spotlight
Duke trio outperforms.Blue rookies in big moments


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Daily Basketball Writer
DURHAM, N.C. - In a game
billed as the last battle Michigan se-
niors Jimmy King and Ray Jackson
would have against Duke senior
Cherokee Parks and the Blue Devils,
the freshmen stole the spotlight.
Wolverine forwards Maurice Tay-
lor and Willie Mitchell were the key
elements in Michigan's astonishing
24-0 first-half run. Mitchell's 3-
pointer with 8:20 remaining in the
opening stanza cut the Duke lead to
11 and provided the spark for the
Wolverine explosion.
Taylor led Michigan in scoring
with 15 points but had only one re-
bound. The Wolverines were never
the same after Taylor picked up his
fourth foul with 12:04 to play in the
"Taylor is going to be a great
player," Duke coach Mike
Krzyzewski said. "They're going to
be a hell of a team, this year. I don't
think there's any question."
Jerod Ward also started for Michi-
gan, hitting a 3-pointer for the Wol-
verines' first points of the evening.
Ward was kept on the bench in the
critical moments of the game and his
frustration was quite obvious.
The Duke freshmen handled the
big-game pressure in impressive fash-
ion. Point guard Steve Wojciechowski

scored only four points but played
outstanding defense and settled the
Devils down during Michigan's first
half run.
Trajan Langdon came off the
bench to score 13 points including
three 3-pointers. He ignited the Dev-
ils early in the game, scoring eight
points in under three minutes of play.
Langdon's spurt ended with a 3-
pointer to put Duke up by 13 with
11:15 to play in the first half.
Freshman guard Ricky Price was
enthused after the game and made a
bold prediction about the future of
Duke's newcomers.
"We are learning more and more
everyday," Price said. "We are all
great players. I see what we can do
now and I think of what we can do a
year or two or three from now. I see a
national championship."
The depth of both teams was high-
lighted by the fact that 18 players had
significant playing time Saturday.
Michigan received 13 points from its
bench, and Duke answered with 23.
Down the stretch Krzyzewski al-
lowed his freshmen to guard
Michigan's top players, including
Wolverine senior Jimmy King.
Wojciechowski was a constant pest,
forcing King into many difficult shots.
"I have confidence in every one of
the players we put into the ballgame,"
Krzyzewski said. "I don't look at

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them as freshmen. I just look at them
as three of our guys."
The Duke freshmen have not got-
ten the same hype as their counter-
parts from Ann Arbor, but clearly
deserve it. Wojciechowski and Price
are becoming fixtures in the Devils'
starting five, and many feel that
Langdon will develop into one of the
deadliest shooters in the nation.
With the continued improvement
and maturity of the first-year players
at both Michigan and Duke, the ri-
valry should continue at its high in-
tensity level.
The contract for the Michigan-
Duke series is signed through the next
few seasons so fans can expect some
classic battles in the near future.

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Continued from page 1
quickly as it had fallen behind, Michi-
gan took the lead, 29-28. When all
was said and done, Michigan had
outscored the Blue Devils 24-0 over
an eight-minute stretch and held a
35-28 advantage.
"All of a sudden we had a huge
stretch where we played the best
we've played all season," Fisher said.
The Blue Devils regrouped to
score five points in the last minute to
trail by just two at halftime, 35-33. "
"I've never seen a team come
into our gym and for an eight-minute
period, totally dominate us the way
Michigan did in that first half,
Krzyzewski said. "We played well
the last two minutes, and I think we
just settled down. I don't think I
coached well during those eight min-
"The last couple minutes we did
a good job of keeping composure,"
Parks said. "Instead of letting them
run away with it, we settled down
and went down just a couple at the
'I've never seen a team
comeinto our gyrmand
for an eight-minute
period, totally g oiaeu h a
domiateus he way - 1
Michigan did In that
first half ..lidon't°
think I coached well
during those eight
- Mike Krzyzewski
Duke basketball coach
The Wolverines took an early 5-2
lead in the game but quickly fell be-
hind. Duke reeled off nine straight to
take a seven-point lead.
A 10-0 run increased the Blue h
Devils' lead to 28-11 midway through
the half.,,,- "
Taylor led the Wolverines with 15
points. Jimmy King had 14 while Ray
Jackson grabbed a game-high 11 re-
For Duke, Parks tallied 16 points,
and freshman guard Trajan Langdon
added 13 off the bench. Meek came
through with 1I points and seven
boards for the Blue Devils.




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Jackson 32 4-14 2-2 7-11 0 1 10
Ward 20 3.9 0-0 3-5 0 3 7
Taylor 23 7-14 1-2 1-1 2 4 15
Fife 22 0-2 0.0 022 0
King 35 6-12 2-2 36 2 3 14
Ndiaye 20 1-5 00 17 0 5 7
Baston 16 1-3 0-0 1-5 03 2
Crawford 16 0-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Mitchell 16 3-6 2-2 1-3 3 1 9
Totals 200 25.70 74 2043 923 59
FG%: .357. FT%: .875. Threepoint goals: 2-11,
.182(Ward 1-2, Mitchell 1-2, King 0-3, Fife 0-2,
Crawford 0-2). Blocks: 3(Baston 2, Ndiaye).
Turnovers: 19 (King 6, Jackson 5, Ndiaye 3, Fife 2
Baston,Taylor,Ward). Steals: 8 (Fife 2, King 2,
Taylor 2, Baston, Mitchell). Technical Fouls: none.

Duke center Cherokee Parks attempts a shot as Michigan's Maurice Taylor
(left) and Maceo Baston defend. Parks scored 16 points and collected eight

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