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gan men's basketball team did not
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'M' smokes Spartans, Broncos to take
our-point CCHA lead
By Melanie Schuman
Daily Hockey Writer
EAST LANSING - This week-
end the Michigan hockey team found
the simplest way to gain ground in the
CCHA standings. It won back-to-back
*rucial league contests against Michi-
gan State, 5-3, and Western Michi-
With Bowling Green playing a
non-conference series versus Alaska-
Fairbanks, the Wolverines took ad-
vantage of their two remaining games
in hand to stretch their one-point lead
Big Ten foes
' y John Leroi
Daily Basketball Writer
Not quite your typical weekend
for the Michigan women's basketball
The Wolverines began the three-
day road trip with an embarrassing
loss to Purdue on Friday, but dug
themselves out of the basement with
a 74-69 victory over Illinois, pulling
Ohead of the Illini and into tenth place
in the Big Ten standings
Friday night the Wolverines (3-8
Big Ten, 8-13 overall) took on No. 19
Purdue (16-6, 8-3) in famed Mackey
Arena. The Boilermakers gunned
down Michigan, 85-34, marking the
second time in as many contests that
Purdue has thrashed the Wolverines
by at least 50 points. The loss is
Michigan's 18th straight to Purdue.
Sunday the Boilers defeated No. 3
Penn State at home, 57-43.
The Wolverines only good stretch
against Purdue came in the middle of
the first half. Despite spotting the
Boilermakers a 9-0 lead, the Wolver-
ines fought back to trail by eight.
Jennifer Brzezinski's driving layup
with just over nine minutes left in the
alf cut the score to 22-16.
But the Wolverine's could only
control Purdue's front line for so long.
Led by All-American candidate
Stacey Lovelace and forward Jannon
Roland, the Boilers ended the half on
an 18-2 run. Roland had eight points
to ignite the run.
Purdue's height plagued the Wol-
verines for the entire game. The Boil-
ermakers outscored the Wolverines
@4-12 in the paint.
"We were outmanned,
outheighted, outshot and outplayed,"
coach Trish Roberts said. "It's darn
tough to score over girls that much
taller than we are."
The only thing in Michigan's fa-
vor in the second half was the posses-
sion arrow. Purdue opened up the
second half with a 25-6 run capped by
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over the Falcons to four. Michigan
would not be so comfortably atop the
CCHA had it not awakened in the
final 20 minutes of both contests to
score a total of seven goals.
The Wolverines (16-2-1 CCHA,
21-4-1 overall) traveled to Munn Ice
Arena to take on Michigan State (12-
4-3, 17-7-3) in their lone matchup at
that venue this season.
One would expect Michigan to
come out full of intensity, riding the
wave of a blowout victory the night
before against Western. But it came
out flat and Michigan State set the
tempo through much of the first two
Knotted at 3-3 after two periods,
Michigan put the game away when
Mike Knuble netted the game winner
5:09 into the third. Brendan Morrison
was caught at the point with two Spar-
tan defenders literally crawling down
his back. Somehow he managed to
fight both off and found Knuble, who
shot it through Spartan goalie Mike
Buzak's five hole. Morrison notched
an insurance goal four minutes later
when he beat Buzak the same way.
"As the game went along our de-
fense coughed up some loose pucks
and allowed them to walk in," Michi-
gan State coach Ron Mason said.
Freshman Matt Herr sparked his
teammates 6:58 into the second after
Ron Sacka, skating at left wing so
Herr could center the checking line,
put the puck on net from the left
boards. Herr deflected the puck be-
hind Buzak's stick side into the net
and the Wolverines tied the score, 2-
2. About seven minutes later, off a
faceoff scramble in the Michigan zone,
Spartan senior Matt Albers' wrist shot
beat Marty Turco as Michigan State
regained the lead.
The second period was relatively
clean, but the whistle blew three times
late, within a span of 1:16, leading to
a Michigan power play and a John
Herr put Michigan on the
scoreboard in the first when, as he had
done the night before, he converted a
scoring opportunity while Anson
Carter watched from the penalty box.
Michigan was down 2- 1 after the first,
mostly due to outstanding goaltending
by Buzak. It had scrambled to convert
on the man advantage during the final
two minutes of the first period, and
despite some crafty setups, the unit
simply could not find the back of the
Michigan waltzed away with two
points from a 5-3 win, but it was
essentially a four-point game Not
only did the Wolverines shut-down
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Poor shooting dooms Wolverines
By Ryan White has been seeing only limited action
Daily Basketball Writer due to arthritic knees, played strong
MINNEAPOLIS - The Michi- the entire game and finished with I I
gan and Minnesota basketball teams points and ten rebounds.
played a game of catch Saturday night. Townsend Orr led the Gophers
The Wolverines would throw up shots, with 20 points.
and the Golden Gophers would pull Lenard and Walton, however,
them in as they missed. weren't alone in helping to bury the
Michigan (6-3 Big Ten, 12-9 over- Wolverines; Michigan did its share to
all) shot 35.5 percent from the floor, help finish itself off.
and was even worse from 3-point The Wolverines hit just 5 of 23
range, en route to a 80-58 loss to the attempts from behind the 3-point arc,
Golden Gophers in front of 14,520 at and connected on only 52.9 percent of
Williams Arena. their free throws.
Michigan stayed close to Minne- Michigan's shooting problems
sota (6-3, 15-6) for most of the first were not confined to just behind the
half, but a 15-4 Gopher run beginning 3-point line.
with 4:33 to go in the half put the The Wolverines were 22 of 62
game out of the Wolverines' reach for from the floor as a team, and indi-
good. vidually were not much better. Ray
Minnesota's run was keyed by Jackson finished just 3 of 12, Willie
senior Voshon Lenard who knocked Mitchell 4 of 12 and Jimmy King 3 of
down three treys in the last 2:12 of the 10.
first half. Furthermore, Michigan was out
Lenard's baskets helped transform rebounded 44-33, and Minnesota's
a seven-point Gopher lead into a 16- 28 defensive rebounds led to a num-
point cushion at the half. ber of easy baskets for the Gophers.
"We got spanked pretty good from "What contributed to
the last seven or eight minutes of the (Minnesota' s) runs was rebounding,"
first half until the end of the game," Jackson said. "We didn't rebound at
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "If all."
we could have snuck out of the first Michigan also never got an inside
half without Voshon hitting those 3- game going. Freshman Maurice Tay-
pointers, we could have been right in for finished the game with ten points,
it in the second half." but he scored all of them in the first
Lenard, who returned to Minne- half. Maceo Baston also finished with
sota after being drafted late in the ten, but tire Wolverines were never
second round of the NBA Draft by the able to consistently get the ball into
Milwaukee Bucks, was scoreless in the paint.
the game until he hit his first 3-pointer. Minnesota, on the other hand, was
"We were trying to get everybody able to go inside once Michigan be-
involved in the offense," Lenard said. gan keying on Lenard and Orr. As a
"But in the last three or four minutes result the Gophers made ten more
I let the game come to me and I was free throws (27) than the Wolverines
able to hit some shots." attempted (17).
Lenard picked up at the beginning The two squads combined for 47
of the second half where he left off, fouls, including technicals against
hitting another 3-pointer 32 seconds Jackson and Minnesota's Chad
in. He finished the game with 19 Kolander. Although Michigan ap-
points, peared to get the short end of the calls.
Minnesota also got a boost from Taylor didn't blame the officiating.
senior Jayson Walton. Walton, who "I don't think (the officials) let it
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ends season with n
Michigan forward Ray Jackson, looks dejected in the Wolverines 80-58 loss to Minnesota. The Gophers'
Townsend Orr (above) had 20 points to spark his squad's victory. Michigan is now 12-9 overall and sits in third
place in the Big Ten conference. The Wolverines take on Ohio State Wednesday night at Crisler arena in the
teams' only meeting of the season.
For more men's l coverage, see page 5
Jason Botterill matured early as a player and a person
By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Hockey Writer
When you walk up to Jason
Botterill, one of the first things you're
bound to notice is the ring on his left
hand. Indeed it looks less like a ring
than a hunk of gold,
It is, in fact, his reward for playing
on the 1993 gold medal-winning Ca-
adian world junior team.
Botterill owns a ring of compa-
rable size, but this one sits in his
dresser drawer beneath his underwear.
He received the ring after the Michi-
gan hockey team won the CCHA play-
off chamnionhin Iast March (nttril
Botterill says. "I've
always hated losing,
but when you know
you're the better
team and yu
lose, it's even
It was a
crushing end to an
season for the Wol-
verines and their fresh-
man left wing. Botterill
finished the year with
21 goals and 19 assists,
Ponod enanh for a snot
is capable of winning
something bigger than
that." He uses the ring to
motivate himself to
certainly not boyish. In fact, he prob-
ably wouldn't have any trouble pass-
ing for a more coveted age at the local
a.help Michigan erase He always seemed more mature
the hurt of last than others his age. As a sophomore
year.in high school, Botterill made the
Then again, difficult decision to leave home in
Botterill has never Winnipeg, Manitoba and go to St.
needed to rely on a Paul's School in Concord, N.H. so he
tool for motivation, would stand a better chance of receiv--
He is always moti- ing a college scholarship.
vaed "He has always made decisions
vae . .for his development that have been
w Born May 19,1976, beneficial to him," Botterill's mother
Botterill is the youngest Doreen says. "When he went away to
By Dan McKenzie
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - The dual
meet season is finally over for the
Michigan men's swimming team and
probably no one is happier about that
than the team members themselves.
The Wolverines (3-0 Big Ten, 9-1
overall) are now in the post-season
which is the only thing they've been
looking forward to all year.
Michigan came into the season
ranked as the No. 1 team. Keep in
mind, it is possible to lose every dual
meet and still win the national cham-
pionship. Therefore, the dual 'meet
season can be looked at as one long
warm-up for the meet that counts.
that made the trip was sophomore Tom
Dolan. After being sick two weeks ago
and missing the Indiana meet, Dolan
gave one of his more impressive perfor-
mances of the season.
Dolan's performance was so im-
pressive that at one point during the
meet, one of the referees turned around
and commented to Michigan coach
Jon Urbanchek, "He doesn't belong
in this pool."
"When Tom Dolan is swimming
that fast in a dual meet and he isn't even
shaved or tapered, then you wonder
what he's going to do in the post-sea-
son," Michigan State coach Richard
Bader said. "They've got higher level
caliber athletes than we do."
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