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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 1, 1996 - 11A

Wolverine
tumblers
travel to
WindyCity
By Chaim Hyman
Daily Sports Writer
Coming off a number of strong per-
formances at last weekend's intra-
squad meet, the Michigan men's gym-
atcsteam will travel to University
of-Illinois-Chi cago this weekend.
The Wolverines plan to compete in
whfiat will be their first dual meet of
th'h Season. They will be trying to
Wild on last weekend's competition.
WHopes are particularly centered on
senior Kris Klinger. Last weekend,
Klinger scored a perfect 10.0 on the
Hig~h bar. Assistant coach Tim
O'Coonnell expects Klinger to win the
high bar competition in Chicago.
"We're very excited about Kris,"
O'Connell said. "Although a repeat
performance may not happen, he
should have a winning performance."
2xpectations are similarly high for
t!hior captain Chris Onuska, who is
.considered a catalyst for the Wolver-
'ines.
" "Chris has really pulled the team
together," O'Connell said. "Chris has
setthe standard for training and corn-
prv 6tion on the team."
* Onuska will be competing in the
all-around, along with junior Flavio
Martins. Although freshman Randy
D_'Amura is usually an all-around
Jnpetitor as well, he will be limited
'to the floor, pummel, ring and vault
events this weekend.
"For the team overall, the excite-
mient level is high because of the op-
'0oftunity this meet presents.
"We were really looking forward to
competing against a team last week,"
o}Connell said. "We are more than
ready to go against an actual oppo-
"We are coming off a strong perfor-
mance, realizing the potential of the
team."~
1*ead coach Bob Darden feels his
t, has to play to its personal best to
be successful in Chicago. The last
time the Wolverines competed at lli-
nois-Chicago was earlier this season
at the Windy City Invitational. There,
Michigan finished at the bottom of
the'pack, in sharp contrast to its per-
Om ance last weekend.
"I believe the Windy City Invita-
tional was a harsh reality check for
us," Darden said. "However, the intra-
squad was also a reality check be-
cause the only difference was that
another team was not present.
".Both meets were scored by real
jutdges. We have to turn this attitude
around and make sure we are compet-
*jg to our level at all times."
rThe Wolverines hope this meet will
die the start of a productive season.
"We want to be much more consis-
tetit'this week, as well as in the rest of
the'tneets of the season," O'Connell
said.
"We have to turn
tis attitude
around and make
sure we are

co mpeting to our
level"
-Tim O'Connell
Michigan gymnastics coach
1 URDUE
Continued from Page 9A
twice from the outside and Fisher was
forced to call time with 4:54 left and
-Mchigan trailing, 33-17.
That didn't stop the bleeding. It only
seemed to open new wounds.
After the break, Austin hit from long
nge and then Roy Hairston went in-
e for two more.
At the TV timeout with 3:10 left in
the half, Purdue had more than doubled
Michigan, 38-18.
Back on the floor, the Wolverines
proceeded to crawl to halftime - with
boos on their backs. The Boilermakers
had ended the period with a 29-9 run.
They had played a perfect half.
Michigan had done the opposite.
Purdue shot 60 percent for the half
'nd outrebounded the Wolverines, 17-
11.. Michigan was just 10 for 25 (40
percent) from the field, committed 10
turnovers and consistently let Purdue
get inside for easy buckets.
At halftime, the Wolverines' top two
scorers, Maurice Taylor and Louis Bul-
._A 1__ .1- - - -

Michigan suffers worst
home loss since '84-'85
Boilermakers add to Wolverines' 3-game skid

By Paul Barger
and Brent McIntosh
Daily Sports Writers
The Michigan men's basketball
team has had a great deal of success at
home over the past few seasons. Go-
ing into last night's game against
Purdue, the Wolverines had won 15
straight at home.
The Boilermakers put an end to that
in impressive fashion, embarassing
Michigan 80-59.
That is the worst home loss a Wol-
verine squad has suffered since the
1984-85 season. That year, Bobby
Knight and Indiana traveled to Ann
Arbor and took home an 87-52 vic-
tory.
"Unfortunately, somebody came
into our home and kicked our be-
hinds," freshman Louis Bullock said.
This is the worst Michigan has been
beaten home or away since last
season's 78-57 loss to Arizona.
Michigan has not lost three games
in a row since the 1990-91 season.
The Wolverines lost four contests in a
row that year, dropping games to
Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa and
Purdue. Steve Fisher's squad finished
that season 14-15 after a first-round

loss in the NIT.
TOTAL DEFEAT: Michigan was domi-
nated in almost every category last
night, including bench scoring. The
Wolverines pride themselves in hav-
ing three reserves - Dugan Fife,
Willie Mitchell and Robert Traylor
- who could start on any given night.
Against Purdue, that strength be-
came a weakness as the Boilermaker
bench outscored Michigan's, 25-18.
NEW TECHNOLOGY: Crisler Arena
now features the "SlaM Abacus," a
rack of balls above the east entrance
to Crisler's bowl. The 10 balls begin
on one end of the rack; After each
Michigan dunk, a ball is rolled to the
other end by the students sitting above,
thereby keeping a tally of Wolverine
slams.
The abacus found its first use when
Robert Traylor jammed home the re-
bound of a Maurice Taylor airball
with the Boilermakers up 26-13 and
8:30 left on the clock in the first half.
WHERE'S THE DUDE?: President
James Duderstadt and his wife Anne
were conspicuously absent from their
seats last night. The seats were occu-
pied by an indifferent fan and a rabid
Purdue rooter.

MICHIGAN (59)
FQ FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Taylor 29 4-11 1-2 1-2 0 2 9
White 22 3-8 0-0 2-2 0 2 7
Baston 16 1-1 2-2 3-5 0 5 4
Bullock 37 7-14 3-3 2-4 0 2 17
Conlan 27 2-7 0-0 0-3 5 1 4
Traylor 27 6-9 4-6 3-4 0 2 16
Fife 18 0-2 2-2 1-3 1 1 2
Mitchell 18 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Morton 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Oliver 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
DeKuiper 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Szyndlar 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 20 23-55 12-151429 617 59
FG%: .418. FT%: .800. 3-point goals: 1-9, .111
(White 1-3, Bullock 0-3, Conlon 0-2, Fife 0-1).
Blocks: 2 (Taylor, Traylor). Turnovers: 19
..(Conlon 6, Baston 3, Fife 3, Taylor 2, Mitchell 2,
White, Bullock, Traylor). Steals: 5 (Bullock 3,
Conlon, White). Technical Fouls: none.
PURDUE (80)
FU FT RED
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Hairston 28 4-6 0-0 3-8 2 4 8
Dove 23 2-7 2-2 1-3 1 3 6
Brantley 25 4-7 3-3 3-5 0 2 11
Roberts 37 3-8 1-1 0-4 7 2 7
Austin 29 10-12 0-0 0-2 1 0 23
Miller 23 2-5 4-4 1-2 2 1 8
Foster 14 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 6
Eldridge 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Jennings 15 3-4 3-4 0-2 2 3 10
Clay 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Lesmond 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Gilvydis 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Ten Dam 1 0-1 1-2 1-1 0 0 1
Totals 200 30.55 14-16 10-30 1616 80
FG%:.545. FT%:.875. 3-point goals: 6-11,.545
(Austin 3-3, Foster 2-3, Jennings 1-1, Roberts 0-
2, Brantley 0-1, Lesmond 0-1). Blocks: 1
(Jennings) Turnovers: 14 (Dove 3, Hairston 2,
Brantley 2, Roberts 2, Miller 2, Austin,
Jennings,- Lesrnond ) Steals: 10 (Dove 3,
Roberts 3, Austin 2, Foster 2) Technical Fouls:
none.
Purdue........44 36-80
Michigan....... :22 37- 59
At: Crisler Arena; A: 13,562

AP PHOTO
Penn State dropped to 6-2 in the Big Ten after last night's loss to Michigan State.
Spartan s slence
NitLteany 1Lion Tlar
Tree teams tied for BigTnla

ROSENBERG
Continued from Page 9A
Wolverine fans had to play mind
games, thinking "If we can cut it to 17
by the 10-minute mark ..." or "If we
can cut it to 14 by the four-minute
mark ..." and eventually "If we can
cut it to a dozen by Friday ..."
The Wolverines are a young team.
But they aren't just young - they're
bad, too. At least, they were last night.
They even admitted it.
"Purdue was very, very good and
we were very, very bad," Fisher said.
Then he added one of his favorite
phrases: "You're never quite as good
as you're talked about or as bad as
you're talked about."
His team is testing that theory. Af-
ter the Indiana game, the Wolverines
felt bad. Then they went to Iowa and
played worse, which made them feel
awful, which doesn't compare to how
they felt after the disaster of last night.
Keady made a point of not overstat-
ing the game's importance.
"We're just happy to be going home
again," he said.
Hey, Gene. If you were that anx-
ious, you guys could have left at half-
time.
You probably still would have won.
- Michael Rosenberg can be reached
over e-mail at mcr@umich.edu.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -
The burden of first place in the Big Ten
and the school's first Top 10 ranking in
over 50 years proved too much for Penn
State to handle.
Quinton Brooks scored 15 of his 19
points in the second half Wednesday
night, and Michigan State grabbed a
three-way share of first place in the
conference with a 61-58 victory over
the 10th-ranked Nittany Lions.
The Spartans won with good defense.
But the fact that the Nittany Lions sud-
denly lost their shooting touch also was
a factor.
"I thought we were impatient on of-
fense and made some bad decisions,"
Penn State coach Jerry Dunn said. "They
are a good defensive team. You can't
panic. We made bad decisions in transi-
tion andtried to make passes that weren't
there."
The Nittany Lions broke into the
national rankings four weeks ago. This
week, they are ranked in the Top 10 for
the first time since the 1954 team fin-
ished ninth.
"Michigan State was a better team
tonight," Dunn said. "They executed
better and it showed."
Penn State shot just 39 percent on 20-
of-58 shooting.
The Nittany Lions entered the game
leading the nation in 3-point shooting at
47.3 percent. But the Spartans defense
held the Nittany Lions to 6-of-26 shoot-
ing from beyond the arc for a season-
low 23.1 percent.
"I thought they played good defense
on everybody," Dunn said. "They got
on everybody, right down the line."
It was just the second loss for the
Nittany Lions (15-2, 6-2 Big Ten), and
both of them came in the Great Lakes
State. They took a 67-66 loss at Michi-
gan on Jan. 21.
It was the fourth straight victory for
Michigan State (12-8, 6-2) and tied the
Spartans for first place with Penn State
and Purdue. The Boilermakers won 80-
59 at No. 20 Michigan.
Michigan State's victory was far from
pretty.
The Spartans, who shot 45 percent,
went without a field goal in the final
3:28 of the game as a 55-43 lead melted
away.
"I neversaid it would be easy," Michi-
gan State coach Tom Izzo said. "That
was worse than going to the dentist."
Glenn Sekunda and Matt Gaudio each
had 19 points for Penn State.
There were many dry spells. Penn
State, whose last lead was 34-32 with
17:23 remaining, went almost four min-
utes without a basket early in the sec-
ond half. The Nittany Lions then had

another stretch of 6:30 without a field
goal later irn the half.
Brooks has led the Spartans in scor-
ing 13 times, including last week at
Minnesota where he scored 17 of his 19
points in the second half, following a
stern halftime lecture from Izzo.
"We work hard," Brooks said. "I
know our hard work is paying off right
now for us. It's starting to show. We're
playing well as a team."
After grabbing a 9-6 lead with 12:27
left in the first half, Penn State went
without a field goal over the next
5:03. The Spartans, with Thomas
Kelley coming off the bench to score
two quick baskets off steals, took ad-
vantage of the Penn State lull to forge
a 21-13 lead.
Sekunda brought the Nittany Lions
back. They trailed 27-24 at halftime
and finally took the lead, 34-32, on Pete
Lisicky's 3-pointer early in the second
half
But Daimon Beathea scored six of
his 12 points and Brooks added four in
a 15-4 Michigan State burst that gave
the Spartans a 47-38 lead.
"I was happy we got out of here with
a win," Beathea said. "Because Penn
State is a heck of a ballclub. They're for
real. We have to play them again, and
it's going to be another war."
Gaudio, who had eight points at
halftime, scored the last three field
goals for Penn State. But they all were
from close range at a time when the
Nittany Lions desperately needed 3-
pointers.
Penn State outrebounded the Spar-
tans 41-31, including a 13-4 edge on the
offensive boards.
"Teams are coming at us now,"
Brooks said. "They're trying to keep
Antonio (Smith) and me off the glass.
We just need to find a way to get around
that."
INDIANA 76, No. 16 IowA 73
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -
Indiana's best offense came with the
clock stopped.
The Hoosiers survived an eight-
minute stretch without a field goal,
scored 16 of their final 20 points from
the free throw line and beat No. 1 6 Iowa
76-73 Tuesday night.
"Our offense got real slow. We
weren't cutting and moving like we
were the first 28 minutes of the game,"
said Brian Evans, who led Indiana with
25 points. "The last 12 minutes we were
standing, not really cutting and mov-
ing."
Indiana's last six points came on free
throws and for the game, the Hoosiers
hit 24 of35 foul shots to just I1 of 18 for
the Hawkeyes.

Next up
Michigan takes
on Ohio State', -
Saturday at 8
p.m . in
Columbus.

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