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All-Star Wolverines
Glen Rice and Juwan Howard, former Michigan
basketball players, were named as reserves to
the NBA East All-Star team. Charlotte's Rice and
Washington's Howard join Terrell Brandon of
Cleveland and Jason Kidd of Dallas as the only
first-time All-Stars.

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1

Wednesday
January 31, 1996

19

Cagers look to
rebound against
Boilenn~akers

By Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
Gene Keady is at it again.
Perhaps one of the most underrated
coaches in America is in position to
lead his team to its third consecutive
Big Ten title.
No. 17 Purdue (5-2 Big Ten, 15-4
overall) comes into Crisler Arena to-
night a game behind Penn State for
the conference lead. The Boilermak-
ets take on a Michigan (4-3, 14-6)
squad that is reeling after two con-
vincing losses on the road to Indiana
and Iowa.
Tonight's game will be televised
by ESPN. Tip-off is scheduled for 7

p.m.
Two years ago, the
Boilermakers were
led by consensus All-
American Glen
Robinson. After
Robinson left West
Lafayette, no one ex-
pected Keady's
squad to be in con-
tention for the title.
Instead, they won
it outright by beating
the Wolverines on the
last day of the regu-
lar season.

*
Purdue v
Michigan
When: 7 p.m.,
Where: Criser

as any coach in the nation.
However, the Boilermakers do not
have one player that even resembles
an all-conference performer. Cur-
rently the team's leading scorer is
Chad Austin, who is averaging 10.9
points per game.
Purdue's leader is guard Porter Rob-
erts. Roberts was a key contributor in
the most recent championship run and
is averaging 8.1 points per game this
year.
Herb Dove (6.9 ppg), Roy Hairston
(9.2 ppg) and Brandon Brantley (9.6
ppg) round out the starting five.
Roberts is the only current starter
that started on last year's sqaud.
Keady has a
solid bench led
by Justin
Jennings and
Brad Miller.
Millerwasacan-
didate for Big
Ten Freshman
Player of the
C Year last season,
ESPNaveraging 6.5
points per game
r Arena and 4.3 rebounds
per game.
Individually,
none of these
players strike fear into an opponent,
but as a team they are very solid.
The Boilermakers have an ex-
tremely balanced scoring attack, as
opposed to last year when departed
seniors Martin and Matt Waddell com-
bined for 27.7 points per game.
"We have a lot of good players,"
Keady said. "We don't have any great
players, but if they play together and
have good ball movement and play
good defense, I think we'll probably
have a great team by March."
Just a week and a half ago, Michi-
gan had forged a first-place tie with
Penn State and Purdue by beating the
Nittany Lions in Ann Arbor.
The team's confidence level was
very high, but, after two straight de-
feats, that confidence is waning.
Before Sunday's game at Iowa,
Fisher stressed how important it was
for his team to play aggressively and
intelligently. Instead, Michigan was
manhandled by the Hawkeyes and
never really gave itself a chance for
victory.
"They played great," Traylor said.
'We didn't play well. I didn't play
well so I'm depressed."

Hoosiers
hold off
Hawkeyes
The Associated Press
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's
best offense came with the clock stopped.
The Hoosiers survivedan eight-minute
stretch without a field goal, scored 16
their final 20 points from the free throw
line and beat No. 16 Iowa 76-73 Tuesday
night.
Michigan lost to both teams while on
the road last week.
"Ouroffense got real slow. We weren't
cutting and moving like we were the first
28minutes ofthe game," said Brian Evans,
who led Indiana with 25 points. "The last
12 minutes we were standing, not really
cutting and moving."
Indiana's last six points came on free
throws and for the game, the Hoosiers hit
24 of 35 foul shots to just I1 of 18 for the
Hawkeyes.
Indiana(12-8, 5-3 Big Ten)blew a 16-
point lead as Iowa (15-5, 4-4) scored 10
straight points midway through the sec-
ond half. The Hawkeyes eventually closed
the gap to 74-73 with six seconds to go
before Haris Mujezinovic and Andrac
Patterson each hit one free throw for the
Hoosiers.
"It wasn't our game plan to get the ball
to me and get fouled, but it kind of hap-
pened," said Mujezinovic, a 47 percent
free throw shooter for the season.
For the game, Mujezinovic hit four of
nine free throws. He missed his second
foul shot with five seconds left, but
Patterson rebounded the ball to set up his
own free throw with less than one second
left.
"The part of this game that I'll pay th
most attention to is that last 12 minutes,
because we didn't get the kindofwork on
the backboards we've got to have and we
got to slowing down things a little bit,"
Indiana coach Bob Knight said.
"From my standpoint, as disappointed
as I might be, with the fact that really 28
minutes of good play kind of slipped
away from us, yet we did hang on and we
got some things that we had to have."
A steal and fast-break dunk by Jesi
Settles brought the Hawkeyes within 62-
59 before a basket by Indiana's Patterson.
A 3-pointer by Andre Woolridge,
who led Iowa with 19 points,cut the
lead to two before Patterson hit two free
throwsand Evans got an off-balance
hook to drop just as the shot clock
expired.
That was the Hoosiers' final field goal
of the game.
S"They just stuck it to us so bad there i
the early going it didn't even look we
were going to even be in the game. But we
just came battling back and trying to find
a way to win coming down the stretch,"
Iowa coach Tom Davis said.

With the loss of Cuonzo Martin to
graduation, Purdue looked like it
would be an also-ran this time around.
But Keady has waved his magic wand,
and the Boilermakers are in the thick
ofthe Big Ten race without a bonafide
star on their roster.
Tonight's game is a must win for
No. 20 Michigan. The Wolverines'
road woes have cost them crucial
ground in the conference race. To be
a legitimate contender for the Big Ten
title, Michigan must continue to be
successful at home.
The Wolverines are mired in a very
difficult stretch that has gotten off to
a bad start. After tonight's game,
Michigan coach Steve Fisher must
take his team back on the road again
for contests against Ohio State and
Purdue.
"This is a big game for us," fresh-
man Robert Traylor said. "We have to
stop the losing streak."
There are a lot of teams Michigan
would rather play in order to end the
streak.
Purdue matches up well with the
Wolverines at most positions, and
Keady gets as much out of his players

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Robert Traylor dunks in the Wolverines' win over Illinois. Traylor and his teammates take on second-place Purdue tonight in a
crucial Big Ten contest.

Recent Big Ten regular season champic
Year Team
1985-1986 Michigan1
1986-1987 Indiana1
1987-1988 Purdue
1988-1989 Indiana+
1989-1990 Michigan State
19904991 Ohio State
1991-1992 Ohio State
1992-1993 Indiana
1993-1994 Purdue
1994-1995 Purdue

Purdue has won 20 Big Ten regular season titles,
the most of any Big ten team. The Boilermakers
either won or shared the championship in 1911,
1912, 1921, 1922, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932,
1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1969, 1979,
1984, 1987, 1988, 1994, and 1995.

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By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
Not again.
Following its worst weekend show-
ing in almost two years, the Michigan
hockey team was hit with more bad
news yesterday.
For the second time this season, the
Wolverines' top player, center
Brendan Morrison, is battling an in-
jury. This one concerns a sprained
wrist that he hurt in Saturday night's
6-5 loss to Bowling Green.
"He has a sprained wrist, and we
put it in a cast," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "He had it X-rayed
and it doesn't show anything."
Berenson said
that Morrison in-
jured the wrist -in
the middle of the
game Saturday \iWC
night. He scored his
only goal of the Notebook
weekend in the
third period of that
game.
Morrison did not
practice yesterday.
His status for this weekend's pair of
home games against Ohio State is up
in the air.
"It's just a matter of (whether) it
getsbetter in time to play or not,"
Berenson said. "Right now he's a big

sists) and tops the nation in scoring
average with a clip of 2.4 points per
game.
He has been named CCHA Player
of the Week four times this season
and his name has been consistently
mentioned among the leading candi-
dates for the Hobey Baker Award,
given to the nation's top collegiate
hockey player.
Morrison did not miss a game last
season and missed only three his fresh-
man season in 1993-94.
Men's track
High jumper Jon Royce has jumped
to an early start this season and isn't
resting on his laurels. Royce's early
season jump of 7-foot-2 made him a
provisional qualifier two weeks ago
at the Red Simmons Invitational. The
defending Big Ten Champion, Royce
is out to prove that his title was no
fluke.
This past weekend, at the Michigan
Intercollegiate meet, Royce remained
victorious as he leaped 7-foot-I. He
was unable to clear the bar when it
was at 7-foot-3 but will have a few
more shots to become an automatic
qualifier.
The NCAA standard for automatic
qualifiers in the high jump is 7-foot-
4.
- Mark Snyder

from behind. We did it again (against
Indiana).
"We've got to come out, and we
have to set the tempo of the game."
Michigan did not set the tempo and
played flat in both games of the week.
end set.
Against the Hoosiers, the Wolver-
ines fell behind, 4-0, and didn't score
until there was 16:49 left in the first
half.
A Jennifer Brzezinski turnover and
a traveling violation by Akisha
Franklin helped increase the Wolver-
ines' deficit from five to 17 in the first
four minutes.
The Hoosiers led, 25-8, with ,1
minutes to go in the half.
The Wolverines headed into half-
time down 14. A late Michigan charge
in the second half wasn't enough to
overcome the Hoosiers.
"If we played in the first half as
well as we did in the second half, I
think the outcome would have beena
little bit different," Roberts said.
- James Goldstein
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