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No. 2 WAKE FOREST 61, Va. Tech 44 PHILADELPHIA 4, Phoenix i
No. 9 LOUISVILLE 71, Depaul 54 N.V Islanders at CALGARvY inc.
No. 20 XAVIER 91, Rhode Island 79
SYRACUSE 93, Seton Hall 60 Detroit 93, MILWAUKEE 84
Hnme team in CAPS

January 29, 1997


.Injury during scuffle sidelines Muckalt for 3 weeks

By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
It's a coach's nightmare.
Injuries are a part of sports, but they're not sup-
posed to happen in practice.
Junior left wing Bill Muckalt is expected to
miss three weeks after dislocating his left shoul-
der Monday.
What makes the injury even worse is that it
appened as a result of a scuffle between Muckalt
and goaltender Marty Turco - his housemate.
"You hate to lose players in practice,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "It's bad

enough to lose them in a game. So I am not very
happy about it."
The incident occurred
early in Monday's practice
after Muckalt took a shot on.
As Muckalt skated by to
the right of the goal, the net-
minder took a swing at
Muckalt with his stick.
Muckalt then turned around
and charged back at Turco
who came out to meet him. Muckalt

They collided and fell, after which assistant
coach Mel Pearson escorted Muckalt off the ice.
"It was a freak accident," said Muckalt, who
has been wearing a cast on his left hand since the
Jan. 7 game against Cornell due to ligament dam-
age. "When we fell on the ice I just fell awkward.
I couldn't really brace myself because I had a cast
on my hand.
"It could've happened just sliding into the
Turco said it was Muckalt's hard, high shots
that made him lose his temper. But the house-
mates discussed the incident afterwards and said

that no hard feelings exist.
"We had a long talk about certain things, about
me and about him, and I think a lot came out of
it," Turco said. "Unfortunately, someone had to
get hurt out of the whole ordeal."
Muckalt said: "We're great friends. I'd be the
first guy to back him up."
Muckalt is the Wolverines' third-leading scor-
er with 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists). He tallied
28 goals and 30 assists during last year's champi-
onship season.
"It's a big loss anytime a regular player gets
injured at this time in the season;' Berenson said.

"The good thing is he'll be back in time to get
geared up for the playoffs."
Among the games Muckalt will miss are con-
tests against second-place Lake Superior State
and fourth-place Michigan State on Feb. 7 and 8.
Taking Muckalt's place on the top line with
Brendan Morrison and Matt Herr will be Warren
Luhning, who has been slumping recently an the
offensive end.
Sophomore Dale Rominski will move up to
play with Bobby Hayes and John Madden on the
second line.

Blue just
an injury
away from
Lions fate
games into last season, Penn
State was 15-1. The Nittany
Lions had cracked the top 25 for the
:first time since the late 1960s, and
were steaming their way to a second-
place Big Ten finish in only their
fourth season in the conference.
No one exactly expected a repeat
poerformance from this season's crew.
Whfter all, the Lions' top two leading
scorers in conference play last sea-
son, Matt
Gaudio and
Glenn Sekunda,
were lost to
graduation, as
were their com-
bined 26-plus
points per game.
VALLBut nobody
cAMCA LL expected things
Whatcha talkin' to be this bad.
bout Willis? Going into last
night's game
against Michigan, Penn State was 8-8
overall, and was challenging
Northwestern's hold on the Big Ten
cellar door with a 1-6 conference
The key to the Nittany Lions'
eteoric fall from national basketball
'brace is injuries. Senior point guard
Olan Earl - considered one of the
top three in the Big Ten at his posi-
tion - has been out of action all sea-
son because of a back injury. That's
apother 12 points per game the Lions
are missing - and it hurts.
And gone from last night's contest
was senior forward Rahsaan Carlton,
who has averaged nearly 10 points
pr game in Big Ten play over the
iurse of his career.
So Michigan's 67-59 win at the
still-pretty-close-to-brand-new Bryce
Jordan Center last night was hardly a
shocker. A good payback by the
Wolverines after a 10-point loss here
last season, and a boost in the confer-
ence standings. And that's about it,
Wrong. If there's anything
Michigan needs to take away from
.st night's contest, it is how very,
very easily the Wolverines could be
in the same dire straits as the Nittany
It's hard to imagine an injury to
any one of Michigan's top-seven
players that wouldn't spell trouble for
the Wolverines. The squad has been
without all three of its big men for a
substantial amount of time during the
season - Maceo Baston was side-
'ned early in the season by an
chilles tendon injury, and both
Maurice Taylor and Robert Traylor
have both spent some extensive time
in foul trouble. And when these three
have been out, it's been a dicey situa-
tion for Michigan. The Wolverines
have been lucky to get some wins
they probably shouldn't have gotten.
Imagine this, if you will: one of the
guards goes out for the rest of the

eason. Any of them. If Travis Conlan
goes down, the Wolverines lose their
}best defender and a team leader. If
=Brandun Hughes sits, they lose a
scrappy player, a fiery sparkplug.
And if Louis Bullock is on the shelf,
well, there goes the neighborhood.

Late Lions rally


to t
my Daulojie Rnw
Daily Sports Editor
State men's baske
of the "Little1
worked for awhil(
But behind a
impression of N
managed to outr
Nittany Lions an
Despite a relat
played game, Mic
who finished w
rebounds, and L
ished with 23 p
throws down the
16th-ranked Wol
15-5 overall) to a
Lions (1-7, 8-9)
"We're going h
coach Steve Fishc
pleased with how
the road is diffict
prevail and that's
The Wolverine
time, 35-31, and t
start the second.
But the Lions
lead, holding Mic
11-minute span,
lead was whittle
After turnover
floor, Michigan's
running jumper t
2:18 left. Traylor
off a feed from
Wolverines a 59-
went to work and'
a row. Traylor fol
tative slam to sea
"I didn't try
Bullock said. "It'
tried to control th
Yesterday's vict
little closer to thl
standings. At 5-3
Wolverines are i

nearly enough
ame Michigan
hors third place. Penn State, which has lost
seven of its past eight games - all-Big
PARK - The Penn Ten matchups -is now alone in the Big
tball team's impression Ten basement at 1-7.
Engine That Could" Last night's victory was the
e. Wolverines' first win at Universityark
Tractor and a good since Feb. 17, 1993. Since that;time,
Mark Price, Michigan Michigan had lost two straight atIenn
race the undermanned State, once in the old Recreation Hall
d eek out a victory last and once in Bryce Jordan.
This season, the Lions have had to
ively close and evenly contend with a rash of injuries. They
,higan's Robert Traylor, have been without one of their stars,
ith I1 points and 1I guard Dan Earl, who has not seedne
ouis Bullock, who fin- minute of action due to a back injug.
oints and buried free And last night, the "Lions were also
without Rahsaan Carlton, who is nursing
hg67 an arthritic knee, and Phil Williams, who
attended a family funeral. Theirabsence
left the Lions very thin in the post.
in State 59 "In spite of the injuries, the kids from
(Penn State) competed exceptionally
hard," Fisher said.
e stretch, sparked the Penn State's other star guard, Pete
verines (5-3 Big Ten, Lisicky, picked up much of the slack. He
67-59 victory over the buried five 3-pointers en route to 19
at the Bryce Jordan points. He hit three of his five 3-pointers
in the first half, helping the Njttany
ome happy," Michigan Lions amass an early 13-5 lead.
er said. "I'm not totally Penn State scored nine points off
we played,(but) life on turnovers in the first half, most off of
ult. We found a way to Michigan gaffes in the low post.
important." But, riding a hot-handed Bullock, the
s held the lead at half- Wolverines staged an early comeback.
reeled off a 10-1 run to After a timeout, Bullock beat his man off
the dribble, split two defenders and sunk
chipped away at the a driving layup to make it 13-7.
higan scoreless over an On the Wolverines' next trip down the
until the Wolverines' floor, Bullock hit a pull-up jumper in the
ed to one with 4:08 lane cutting the Penn State lead to four.
The Lions built the lead back up to
s on both ends of the 16-11, but after a timeout, Bullok hit
Travis Conlan hit a one of his three 3-pointers, cuttng~ the
o make it 57-54 with lead to two.
followed with a slam After Penn State center Calvin Booth
n Conlan, giving the hit a layup, Bullock answered again.
54 lead. Then Bullock Traylor, who was triple-teamed in the
buried six foul shots in post, kicked the ball out to a wid(epen
lowed with an authori- Bullock who buried a 3-pointer from the
l the game. left side, making it 18-17.
to force anything," For the rest of the half, the momentum
was a slow game. They seesawed, but Michigan had the lead at
he ball and control the halftime, 35-31.
"We played good defense' Penn State
ory pushes Michigan a coach Jerry Dunn said,"We were mak-
ie top of the Big Ten ing big stops. We were still right there. If
in conference play, the we get a couple shots to go down, and it's
in sole possession of a different story."

Despite poor shooting, Maurice Taylor and the Wolverines held on to beat Penn State, 67-59, last night in University Park.
Taylor finished with eight points and nine boards. Louis Bullock led all scorers with 23.

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