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now alone
in 1st place
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Since the weekend passed without a
Michigan hat trick, the only item that flew
from the stands at Yost Ice Arena on
Saturday was a broom.
But the gesture pleased the Michigan
hockey team just the same.
In front of 6,434 fans, Michigan (14-1-2
CCHA, 23-1-3 overall) recorded a 3-0 vic-
tory, over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. The
victory completed a weekend sweep of the
former first-place team in the CCHA.
Friday night, the Wolverines knocked off
Miami, 5-2.
"We made a giant step toward first place
this weekend," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said.
In the process of assuming that distinc-
tion, Michigan dominated Miami (13-6-0,
19-9-0) on the defensive end in both victo-
The two-game series was highlighted by
nearly five consecutive periods of shutout
hockey by Michigan goaltender Marty
Turco. Miami right wing Marc Tropper's
goal 2:04 into the second period Friday was
the last shot that got past Turco.
Michigan assistant captain Blake Sloan
maintained it was a team effort to keep
Miami from getting good shots.
"When the forwards come back, it makes
it that much easier for (the defense) to do
our job:' he said. "They did a great job at it,
and I'm just pleased to death that we had a
couple of strong games defensively."
The Michigan forwards' defensive effort
did not overshadow the offensive success,
Saturday, Michigan jumped out to an
early 2-0 lead behind goals from center
John Madden and left wing Matt Herr.
Madden, who scored the final goal in
Michigan's 5-2 victory over Miami on
Friday, took a centering pass from forward
Greg Crozier and knocked the puck to the
right of Miami goaltender Adam Lord to
See REDSKINS, Page 48

Maceo Baston dunks home two of his 12 points in Saturday's game.
Blue drops State
Non-league game gives M' boost

By Will McCahill
Daily Sports Editor
"EAST LANSING - It's all about the
The spurt was key Saturday night for
the Michigan men's basketball team as it
Mused a 17-4 second-half run to pull
ahead of Michigan State for a 74-61 vic -
Because of the vagaries of the confer-
ence schedule, there are two teams the
No. 13 Wolverines (5-3 Big Ten, 14-5
s Michigan 74
State 61
l rall) only face once in conference
A. The Spartans (4-4, 11-5), oddly
enough, are one of them. Because of the
natural rivalry between the two teams,
however, another game was scheduled,
next Saturday at Crisler Arena.
The fact that conference position was
not on the line did nothing to lessen the
fervor of the players on either side, or of
the 15,138 fans at the Breslin Center.
The Wolverines' run early in the sec-
half gave them a 51-38 lead with
j under 12 minutes to play, a sizable
deficit for the Spartans to make up.
Undeterred, however, the Spartans
challenged the Wolverines down the
stretch, hoping to take advantage of
sophomore forward Robert Traylor and
junior forward Maurice Taylor, who
were both in foul trouble.

With Michigan's lead at 56-47, Taylor
was whistled for an offensive foul - his
fifth - for clearing out Spartans sopho-
more forward Antonio Smith on a drive
to the bucket.
Taylor took a seat after scoring a
game-high 18 points in just 20 minutes
of action.
The Spartans cut the lead to six just
seconds after Taylor's exit, when junior
guard Brandun Hughes fouled Michigan
State senior forward Jon Garavaglia on a
layup. The bucket was good and
Garavaglia hit from the stripe, making
the score 56-50.
When Weathers, a senior, hit Smith on
a back-door cut just more than a minute
later, the Spartans had whittled the mar-
gin to four, and the crowd was on its feet,
green-and-white pom-pons flailing.
But sophomore guard Louis Bullock
quickly answered, nailing one of his two
3-pointers on the day to push the lead to
seven, and when a turnover led to a jam
by junior forward Jerod Ward on the
next possession, the Wolverines had suf-
focated the Michigan State threat.
The contest turned into a free-throw
fest in the waning moments, but not
before Michigan State freshman Mateen
Cleaves drew Traylor's fifth foul on a
drive to the hoop.
The Spartans, however, were unable
to put their time between Michigan's
trips to the line to good use, and junior
forward Maceo Baston's hit from the
stripe with 19.3 seconds left provided
the final 74-61 margin.

Photos by WARREN ZINN/Daily
They got behind early, but Greg Crozier and the Wolverines blew right by the red-hot Redskins,

Getting a

Legg up

More to senior center than eye can see

Say cheese! Howard
grins, Green Bay wins


By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
ere are eyes on Mike Legg - constantly. The
eyes belong to different people, all whom see dif-
ferent things that Legg, a senior center on the
Michigan hockey team, accomplishes. His actions are
watched and his movements are recorded.
But it all starts with the eyes.
In a hospital, the first eyes to make contact with a
baby are usually the father's. In Mike Legg's case, his
dad hasn't looked away since.
When Legg was growing up in the small town of
London, Ontario, he loved his father. Not that admira-
tion was unusual, for most kids love their dads, but his
father gave back with love - a love for the game.
A slow starter, Chuck Legg didn't take to the ice
until he was 19. But once hooked, he didn't let go.
When Mike was a child, it was his option to play
hockey. If Mike weren't interested, that would be
fine, but if he was, the sky was the limit.
"He chose to play hockey because it was his
No. 1 love," Chuck Legg said.
Mike made up for the time his
father missed in the game.
By the time he turned 19,
Mike had already
played in the NCAA
tournament and had
netted 10 goals for
the Wolverines.
"(My father)
has been
there all

since he got me into (hockey)," Mike said. "He just
suggested it. He didn't force me into it. He said, 'If you
play this game, it's up to you.' So it started me off, and
my love for the game just grew. He's been there through
it all."
And his dad lives through Mike's play.
Chuck's eyes watch every game, home and away.
Over the course of Mike's Michigan career, his parents
have missed only eight games. No distance was too
great to watch their son play.
At Yost Ice Arena, the stands behind the Michigan
bench are reserved for the players' families. Many of
the parents live too far from Ann Arbor to regularly
attend games, but a three-hour drive is no problem for
the Leggs.
"It just shows me they really care about it,' Mike
says. "They want to see me play good all the time.
When they're always there, it's pretty special."
March 24, 1995 - NCAA regional final -
Michigan vs. Minnesota.
This time, those watching Mike Legg had to rub
their eyes. Never had fans been so deceived by their
own pupils.
No one could score like that. Or so they thought.
Television executives were thankful for instant replay,
because they couldn't believe what they had seen.
Legg's game-tying goal in the middle of the second
period against Minnesota came from behind the net.
Lacrosse-style, he picked the puck up on the blade of
his stick and placed it over the Minnesota goalie's left
shoulder into the net.
Most fans worldwide don't even know Legg's name.

Green Bay Packers finally have a pre-
sent to go with their past.
The 35-21 Super Bowl victory over
t New England Patriots yesterday
dly brought back memories of Vince

had closed to within six points at 27-
Howard, the first special teams play-
er ever to win MVP, finished with a
record 244 return yards.

Lombardi's grind-it-out champi-
ons of the '60s.
Instead, it was a high-powered
Pack - doing it with big plays,
especially by MVP Desmond
Howard - that returned Green


The win was the 13th straight for an
NFC team and kept Bill Parcells,
who had two of those 13 with the
Giants in 1986 and 1990, from
becoming the first coach to win
a Super Bowl with two different

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