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Scoreboard COLLEGE ASKETALL
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Indiana 76, NOTRE DAME 75
TORONTO 100, Houston 89 DUKE 103, Lehigh 51
Dallas 108, ORLANDO 102 NORTH CAROUNA 106, B. Cookman 62
UTAH 107, Charlotte 97 XAVIER 95, Florida A&M 64
GEORGETOWN 55, Seton Hall 51
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
San Francisco 34, ATLANTA 10 Home team in CAPS

Tuesday
December 3, 1996

9

fgly play
ot way to
- for
Jic/h gan
playing "ugly" can sometimes be
turned into an art form. If not
that, then at least into a style of
;lay that produces a winner. (See
Purdue of the past two seasons).
There's no flash and there's no glitz
involved, but such teams play with a
workmanlike attitude. They hustle
after loose balls, crash the offensive
lass, and wear the opposing team
down mentally.
Michigan must
realize that it
can't play this
way. Especially
after last night's
near-debacle
against Bradley.
ALAN The
.OLDENBACH Wolverines are a
he Bronx team built
Womber around winning
glamorously.
They're all supe-
rior athletes who try to run their oppo-
nents off the court with lightning-
quick fast'breaks, thunderous dunks
and the electricity of the 3-point shot.
When the finesse game isn't work-
ing for Michigan, anything can hap-
pen. Like losses to middle-of-the-
, ack, Missouri Valley Conference
ans without their best player.
Last night, Bradley was without its
top player and only legitimate scoring
'threat, Anthony Parker. With Parker,
the Braves are at best a borderline
NCAA Tournament team. Without
him, they should be nothing more than
Athletes In Action.
Alright. Maybe not that good.
But what Bradley did to compensate
for Parker's loss was play ugly. The
raves hustled after loose balls.
Despite shooting only 40 percent from
See BOMBER, Page 10

Wolverines brave
Bradley in OT
Taylor's block seals victory for 'M'

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Editor
Last night's Michigan men's basket-
ball game versus Bradley was as exciting
as a root canal and as ugly as Lyle Lovitt.
And the fact of the matter is, if Bradley's
star Anthony Parker had played - he
was sidelined with a leg injury - the
Wolverines probably would have lost.
Bradley 64
f Michigan 66
Amidst poor foul shooting, poor
rebounding and poor shooting, the
Wolverines managed to squeak by the
Braves, 66-64, in overtime last night at
Crisler Arena in a game that can only be
described as ugly.
The fact that the game went into over-
time and neither team scored 70 points
suggests how poorly each team shot.
Bradley shot a meager 40.7 percent from
the field and still outshot the Wolverines.
The Wolverines managed just 36.7 per-
cent from the field and an even more
gut-wrenching 26.7 percent from 3-
point range.
"Our shots just weren't falling for us,"
Michigan forward Jerod Ward said, who
finished with five points.
The Braves held the lead at the half,
29-26. Lack of rebounding by the
Wolverines, and better rebounding by
the Braves kept the game close through-
out the night.
"We outrebounded them," Bradley
coach Jim Molinari said. "What
Michigan does the best is offensive
rebounds, but sometimes I think they
rely on their athletic ability, and we were
fortunate to get some good bounces and
get a lot of offensive rebounds."

The Wolverines simply did not box
out, evidenced by Bradley's 23-15
rebounding margin at the half. In fact,
the Wolverines did such a poor job on
the boards, that Bradley's Cameron
Rigby had eight rebounids by the end of
the first, the same number by Robert
Traylor, Maceo Baston and Maurice
Taylor combined.
All in all, the Braves managed to out-
rebound Michigan, 41-37.
"(You need to) move to where the ball
will probably go," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "I thought too often we
stood in a spot rather than pursuing the
ball. You can't do that:'
To the Wolverines' credit, they did
manage to defend the Braves for the
most part throughout the contest. And
defense has been one of the Wolverines'
maladies.
"Defensively, we played well, but our
rebounding didn't bring closure to it,"
Fisher said. "They had eight offensive
rebounds and our charts had those eight
offensive rebounds leading to 12 points.
You can't let that happen."
After Louis Bullock hit a 3-pointer tc
put the Wolverines up, 59-56, Bradley
guard Aaron Zobrist pulled up at the top
of the key and drained a 3-pointer, tying
the game.
Traylor put the Wolverines up, 61-59
with an easy layup, and after a Bradley
miss at the other end, Michigan's
Brandun Hughes took a quick off-bal-
anced 3-pointer. Zobrist raced down the
right side, drove past Travis Conlan into
an undefended lane and scored an
uncontested layup to send the game into
overtime with nine seconds left.
In overtime, a total of two field goals
were made. Baston hit 2 of 4 from the
charity stripe and Bullock made 1 of 2.
Up 66-64, Rigby took an off-balanced
shot in the lane, rebounded his own shot
and was rejected in the final seconds by
Taylor to end the game.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Maurice Taylor skies for a shot last night at Crisler Arena. The junior forward scored 19 points to lead the Wolverines, but
Michigan needed overtime to dispatch Bradley, 66-64.

Surprising 'M' women cagers come
within 3 points of knocking off No. 1
bk-

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Pranay Reddy
y Sports Writer
Three points.
That's all that separated the Michigan
women's basketball team from top-ranked
Stanford (6-0) on Sunday night in the champi-
:onship game of the Hawaiian Air Wahine
)Classic.
The Wolverines (5-1) came inches short of
pulling off the largest upset of the young col-
lege season, losing, 77-74, in Honolulu.
Stanford 77
-+ Michigan 74
Stanford's Kate Starbird sealed the victory for
the Cardinal, by hitting two free throws with 14
econds left.
The contest pitted two polar opposites.
'Coming off a 7-20 record last season,
,Michigan wasn't exactly the top-notch compe-
tition the Cardinal was accustomed to facing.
However, the Wolverines proved they were
:more than up to the challenge this past week-
,end.
Coming into the contest, Michigan was on a
roll. The Wolverines had just defeated tourna-
,ment host Hawaii, 75-63, as well as opening-
ound foe Virginia Tech.
Even with the two strong showings,
Michigan showed the most heart in its loss to
Stanford.
As many had expected, the Cardinal began
the game by completely dominating the over-
matched Wolverines.

Stanford forward Vanessa Nygaard made
back-to-back 3-pointers more than seven min-
utes into the half to give the Cardinal an 11-
point lead at 22-11. Nygaard continued her hot
shooting in the period by hitting 5-of-8 3-point
attempts to help the Cardinal to a 43-32 half-
time lead.
Michigan center Pollyanna Johns was the
lone threat in the first half for the Wolverines.
The junior scored 12 of her team-high 19
points in the half, barely keeping Michigan in
the contest.
The halftime score must have been a sur-
prise for many, however, considering Stanford
had won its first two games in the tournament
by more than 30 points each. Taking into
account Michigan's dubious history, as well as
the Cardinal's recent dominance in women's
college basketball, it was a surprise that the
Wolverines were even that close.
"Playing us will bring out the best in any
team," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.
"Every team will come out and get after us."
But it was Michigan's charge in the second
half that provided the biggest shock of the
evening.
Stanford increased its lead to 17 in the sec-
ond half before stalling unexpectedly. And
with the door slightly open, the Wolverines
charged in, led by guard Stacey Thomas.
It was Thomas' 13 second-half points that
spurred Michigan's comeback. The freshman
scored five points in a crucial two-minute span
near the end of the game to cut Stanford's lead
to four, 73-69. Thomas finished the game with
17 points.
Also vital to Michigan's comeback was the
offensive effort of guard Ann Lemire. Lemire
matched Thomas' scoring in the game with 17

Playing us will
bring out the best in
any team.5"
- Tara VanDerveer
Stanford women's basketball
coach
in helping Johns shoulder Michigan's offensive
load.
Despite Michigan's inability to obtain a lead,
VanDerveer was duly impressed with the effort
by the Wolverines.
"They didn't fold," VanDerveer said. "A lot
of teams would have said, 'That's enough,'
when they fell behind."
But in the end, it was the redemption of
Starbird that prevented Michigan's salvation.
The Stanford forward initially looked like the
goat after missing the front end of a one-and-
one free throw opportunity, with the score at
75-71.
Michigan's Molly Murray responded with a
3-pointer, to cut the Cardinal's lead to one with
16 seconds left in the contest.
The ensuing foul by Michigan guard
Jennifer Kiefer ended up being Starbird's sav-
ing grace, giving Stanford two free throws with
15 ticks left. Starbird didn't let this chance slip
through her fingers, scoring the final two of
her 15 points on the night.
Despite the victory, VanDerveer is wary of
the problems her team had against the unher-
alded Wolverines.
"We had our opportunities," VanDerveer
See STANFORD, Page 10

Try as it might, No.1 Stanford could not keep Jennifer Kiefer and Michigan down for long. The
Wolverines proved resilient Sunday In Hawaii, even though they lost In the final seconds, 77-74.

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