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Scoreboard NATIONAL BA SKETBALL ASSOCIATION
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Miami 102, BOSTON 94
Temple 70, No. 4 CINCINNATI 55 ATLANTA 78, Orlando 67
Southern Cal 75, No. 6 Arizona 62 HOUSTON 89, Sacramento 80
No. 9 Utah 74, S. METHODIST 57 DENVER 88, Cleveland 87
TULSA 80, No. 12 New Mexico 57 UTAH 95. Phoenix 91
Tulane 87, No. 14 XAVIER 85
Home teams in CAPS

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Friday
January 17, 1997

10

'M' icers carry long
memories into series

By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team didn't
lose much last season on its way to the
national championship, but it did lose its
season series with Western Michigan.
And the Wolverines haven't forgotten.
At the end of one practice this week,
third-string goaltender Greg Daddario
threw a puck into the stands and nailed
the Western Michigan banner.
This weekend, the Wolverines (11-1-1
CCHA,. 20-1-2 overall) will try to
reclaim the series title with a home-and-
home series against the Broncos (5-6-2,
9-10-2). The teams face off tonight at
Lawson Arena and return to Yost Ice
Arentlomorrow. Both contests will start
at 7p.m. Tomorrow's game will be tele-
vised4y PASS.
"They're definitely a team we owe,"
Michigan defenseman Harold Schock
said. "At the end of practice
(Wednesday), coach asked us what hap-
penedghe three times we played Western
(last year)."
Indeed, the memory of last season's
series isn't too pleasing.
The Broncos embarrassed Michigan,
7-2, at Yost Ice Arena on Oct. 20, 1995,
and Michigan escaped from Lawson the
following night with a 3-2 victory. But
wh" --the Wolverines returned to
Kalamazoo on Dec. 9, 1995, the
Broucoa lassoed them, 5-0.
Mihigan already leads this season's
series, 1-0, after a tight 3-1 victory Dec.
4 at Yost.
Tonight will mark Michigan's first
road game since Dec. 7, when it traveled
to Big,Rapids for a 7-3 victory over
Ferris State.
Michigan coach Red Berenson hopes
the teath hasn't gotten too comfortable
sittingat home for over a month.
"It demands that we play well, or else
we'll bein for a beating," Berenson said.
T"Iweekend also marks Michigan's
first home-and-home series of the year,
\Ihich the players enjoy.
"It helps to get rivalries going,"
Shock said. "You go to their place and
their fans are all over you. And then we
c)me back here, and we have our fans
bhind us the next night."

The Broncos are led by sophomore
Mike Melas and senior Justin Cardwell.
Cardwell leads the team in goals with 14
- 10 of which have come on the power
play. Melas leads the team in points with
eight goals and 19 assists for a total of27
points.
But since Western Michigan doesn't
share the offensive prowess of the
Wolverines, Berenson expects the
Broncos to focus more on defense.
"We know they're going to play the
kind of hockey where they're going to be
in your face, and they're going to hold
and hook; and clog up the middle' he
said. "That's how they play against
Michigan, and we're going to have to
play through all of that."
Goaltending was Western Michigan's
biggest hole entering the. season, after
the departure of freshman phenom Marc
Magliarditi to the professional ranks.
Sophomore Matt Barnes has been fill-
ing in between the pipes for most of the
year. He is averaging 3.35 goals against.
But the most interesting thing about
Barnes is his height - or lack thereof.
Barnes is only 5-foot-4, three inches
shorter than Michigan fan favorite
Daddario.
Height, however, isn't the most impor-
tant characteristic of a goaltender.
"There's a lot of heart in him,"
Michigan center Mike Legg said. "We
have a lot of respect for him."
Michigan heads into the weekend
with a relatively healthy roster. The one
exception is sophomore Justin Clark,
who is suffering from mononucleosis.
Seniors Brendan Morrison and
Warren Luhning each missed some
practice this week with minor injuries,
but both are expected to play tonight.
Morrison - the team captain and a
Hobey Baker candidate - leads the
Wolverines in points with 45 (14 goals,
31 assists).
STANDING AROUND: The Michigan
Athletic Department has made 100
standing-room tickets available for
each of its final eight regular-season
home games. The tickets will go on
sale beginning at 5:45 p.m. Saturday
before the Michigan hosts Western
Michigan.

Threes
0
Prduer
parade
By John Leroi
Daily Sports Editor
The 300-pound mass that is Robert
Traylor dribbled the length of the floor
for a dunk.
That's just how bad Purdue's defens
was in the second half, and it pretty mu
explains how well Michigan played after
the break.
It just goes to show you that 30 min-
utes of excellent basketball is plenty good
enough for an 89-65 whipping of the
Michigan 89
Purdue 65'
three-time defending conference champs
- and the game wasn't that close.
After 10 rather uninspiring minutes,
the Wolverines turned around everything
that they possibly could. Michigan (3-2'
Big Ten, 12-4 overall) was so good in the,
second stanza, it shot 55 percent, pulled
down 21 rebounds to the Boilermakers'
14, and held Purdue (2-2, 7-7) to just 38
percent shooting - its second low*
output all season.
And even more impressive was that -
even when Michigan had 20-point leads
- Wolverines were diving on the floor
for loose balls and boxing out with a pas-
sion unseen this season.
As soon as it took the floor for the see-,
ond half, Michigan looked like it wanted
to kick the pulp out of Purdue.
"The second half was what we were{
waiting for all year," Traylor sa'
"Tonight was the first night that eve
body had a good game at the same time.
"That was the kind of stuff that people
expected out of us all year."
See PURDUE, Page 11

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Michigan's Maurice Taylor fights Purdue's Brian Cardinal for the ball last night. The Wolverines blew out the Boilermakers, 89-
65.

Michigan brigs hammer down on Boilermakers

A ere in the world did they get that hammer?
Indeed, the guys wielding that hammer -
of the sledge variety, to be sure - couldn't
have been more surprising culprits.
In last night's 89-65 drubbing
of Purdue, Jerod Ward and
Travis Conlan teamed up to
provide the unlikeliest of wreck-
ing crews.
At halftime, Louis Bullock
and Maurice Taylor, Michigan's :.
big guns, had all of four points
between them. And all of them
were Taylor's. WILL
But somehow, the Wolverines McCAHILL
had a five-point lead at the Whatcha talkin'
break, and Ward and Conlan 'bout Willis?
had led the charge. Ward had
11, more than halfway to his
career high. Conlan had seven, also more than
halfway to equaling his highest output in a Michigan
uniform.
And then they brought out the hammer.
The Wolverines just simply erupted out of the
blocks in the second half, in as sustained a period of
excellent basketball as they have played all year. The

kind of basketball the media had in mind when it
made Michigan a preseason top-10 team.
Just 2 1/2 minutes into the second half, Ward took
a pass from Bullock at the top right of the are and
calmly nailed a trey to make it a 45-35 Michigan
lead.
At that point, the Wolverines could have settled
into a nice, slow game, keeping the Boilermakers at
an arm's length. But visions of Purdue's last visit to
Crisler were dancing in the Wolverines' heads,
visions of a 21-point shellacking, memories of the
Boilermakers questioning Michigan's heart, its
desire, its strength.
"All the guys remember what Purdue did to us a
year ago," Ward said. "They walked out of here
laughing in our faces, making all type of comments,
and we didn't like that at all. It was unnecessary."
The meting-out of justice continued after that.
Conlan hit a 3-pointer with 15:03 remaining in the
half, pushing the Michigan lead to 50-37 and making
Purdue coach Gene Keady holler for a timeout. The
Crisler Arena crowd was on its feet and in full throat.
Thirty-seven seconds later, Louis Bullock got the
ball at midcourt, drove into the paint, somehow got
the ball through the forest of gangly Boilermakers'
limbs and was fouled. The bucket counted.

And although he was the trailer on the play,
Conlan might as well have been a cheerleader
escaped from the nuthouse.
He raced down the floor, legs pumping, arms flap-
ping, challenging the crowd to feel the excitement of
the moment, to somehow get a dose of the adrenaline
coursing through his veins.
Bullock made the foul shot, and the Michigan lead
was 57-38, a 19-5 run from the start of the second'
half. By this time, Conlan and Ward had gotten the
rest of the Wolverines all juiced up, and there was no
looking back.
Ward had gone to the bench just before BullockW
three-point play, in need of a breather from the
melee.
He sat to a standing ovation, now just three points
shy of his career high, less than six minutes into the
second half.
Soon enough, it was Conlan's turn to take a blow,
and it was only fitting that Ward came in to spell
him.
With Michigan's lead at 66-42, Maceo Baston
dumped the ball out of the post to Ward, again wait
ing just beyond the arc. And again, Ward brought the
hammer: 69-42, Wolverines.
See McCAHILL, Page 11

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Tho ichigan captain Brendan Morrison sat out a few practices this week, he
is e ed to return to the ice this weekend against Western Michigan.
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By Eugene Bowen
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's gymnastics
season will begin tomorrow as the
tumblers travel to Chicago to compete
in the Windy City Invitational. With
every Big Ten school, and two addi-
tional teams competing, tension and
anticipation is at a boiling point.
"It's the first counting meet of the
season, so this is 'The Beginning,"'
senior co-captain Flavio Martins said.
"It's a good meet to find out how well
we're doing in comparison to every-
body else."
Martins, who will compete all-
around, vows to do everything in his

power to avoid the costly mistakes he,
made during December's Maize &
Blue Intrasquad, which landed him
scores, such as a fairly weak 8.9 on t;
high bar and a paltry 6.6 on the rings.
Senior transfer Timothy DeGraw,
who is competing on the floor, vault
and parallel bars, is looking forward to
his first taste of inter-varsity competi-
tion as a Wolverine. But he is not with
out concerns.
"This meet sort of sucks" he said.
"With so many teams competing, it's
going to take forever. Plus, with every-
body there, there' won't be maO
chances to warm up (on the equip-
ment) between events. But we're still
gonna kick ass and take names."
Martins chose to be a little more;
cautiously optimistic.
"It's going to be interesting" he sad."

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