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Hoosiers erase
20-point deficit
Guyton leads Indiana to OT win

.Sweep puts
Blue in CCHA
drives seat
By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend at Yost Ice Arena had a little bit of
everything. The recipe was as follows: One bad
game, one good game, two Michigan hockey
records, one whole banana, and half a period of
Greg Daddario for seasoning.
The end result? The usual. Two Michigan victo-
On Friday, the Wolverines (19-2-2 CCHA, 28-2-
3 overall) trudged their way to an uninspired 3-1
victory over Notre Dame. At one point, a fan
tossed a banana onto the ice - perhaps as com-
entary on the players', well, "rotten" perfor-
ance. But the Wolverines sprang to life on
Saturday, giving the Irish a 6-1 thrashing.
The big story of the weekend was Brendan
Morrison - the senior Hobey Baker candidate
became Michigan's all-time leading scorer on
Saturday night, surpassing former Wolverine
Denny Felsner with two goals and two assists. On
Friday, Morrison's two-assist night had moved him
ahead of Brian Wiseman as Michigan's career
assist leader.
Morrison has 168 career assists among 262
points. His season totals (23-43-66) lead the
Gregg Malicke started Saturday's game in net,
and the junior gave up one goal on 16 shots before
being replaced by sophomore fan-favorite Greg
Daddario for the last half of the third period.
The cheers for the Malicke-Daddario switch
were outdone only by the standing ovation for
Morrison's record-breaking point, which came on
an assist to Matt Herr 2:58 into the third period.
The Michigan bench emptied and mobbed
"i* See IRISH, Page 453

By John Lerol
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan basketball coach Steve
Fisher has seen the devil, and his
name is A.J. Guyton.
The slick Hoosier freshman
waltzed into Crisler Arena and
torched the Wolverines for a career-
Indiana 84
2 Michigan 81
high 31 points, only five of which
came in the first half, and almost sin-
gle-handedly erased a 20-point
Michigan lead on the way to a gut-
wrenching, heart-breaking, nail-bit-
ing, stomach-churning 84-81 Indiana
win over the Wolverines in overtime
Guyton, who nailed seven of 12
attempts from 3-point range, scored
eight points in the final three minutes
of regulation to force the extra ses-
sion. With 50 seconds left and the
Hoosiers trailing, 75-69, Travis

Conlan sagged just a little too far off
Guyton, who hit a 23-foot trey to
bring Indiana within three.
After Louis Bullock missed a run-
ning jumper on the Wolverines' next
possession, Guyton got Conlan to fall
for a ball fake at the top of the key,
took a step to his left and drained
another three to tie the game at 75
with 2.1 seconds left in regulation.
Guyton then broke an 81-81 tie
with 26 seconds left in overtime with
a 13-foot jumper in the lane. Bullock
missed a three the next trip down the
court. Andrae Patterson grabbed the
rebound and was fouled by Conlan,
He hit one of two free throws with
five seconds left.
Jerod Ward's 24-foot three at the
buzzer was off. After holding the
Hoosiers to just 23 points in the first
half, Michigan let Indiana score 59 in
the next 25 minutes.
"This is loss that is hard to accept
and may be hard to understand,"
Fisher said. "This is a game we
should have won, but didn't. It's dev-
See HOOSIERS, Page 58

Brendan Morrison (middle) is congratulated by teammates Jason Botterill (right) and John Madden (left)
after he became Michigan's all-time leading scorer during Saturday night's 6-1 victory over Notre Dame.

Book it! Morrison sets scoring record
Six-point weekend puts Wolverines' leader and best in record, history books

By Dan Stiliman
t ly Sports Writer
When Brendan Morrison broke Denny
Felsner's Michigan scoring record early in the
third period of Saturday night's game against
Notre Dame, the rest of the Wolverines came off
the bench to congratulate him.
Morrison had eclipsed the all-time assists
record the previous night - a great achievement.
But nothing can compare to becoming the
school's most prolific scorer ever.
It was a moment that the Wolverines and their
fans had been anticipating for weeks, and it had
finally happened.
"It didn't quite come on the play that I had
envisioned," Morrison said. "You always picture
the perfect pass, or an end-to-end rush."
The record-breaking point came on an assist,
2:58 into the third period. Sean Peach sent in a
shot from the point, which Morrison deflected to
Matt Herr, who put it in the back of the net.

After four spectacular seasons, the Michigan
captain, twice a Hobey Baker Award finalist,
notched his 262nd point.
When asked what it has been like watching
Morrison operate over the
last four years, senior
Mike Legg replied: "He's
the surgeon.la T g
Unbelievable. The guy's
What Morrison _
achieved Saturday night
was indeed truly incredi-
ble. Points - the com-
bined total of goals and
assists - are the ultimate +
statistical indication of
accomplishment in hockey.
In the future, the record will serve as historical
proof of how special a player Morrison was at

For those who have seen him play, or even
played with him, no statistical proof is needed.
"He was different right from the start," Legg
said. "He was a leader right when he first came
in here.
"From freshman (year), everybody was look-
ing up to him, and it's just continued."
During the 17 minutes that remained in the
game after he set the record, Morrison showed
why he is a leader.
The Fighting Irish turned decidedly rougher,
especially towards Morrison, after the celebra-
tion of the record-breaking assist, which helped
extend Michigan's lead to 6-0.
Second-year Notre Dame coach Dave Poulin
was hardly in a celebratory mood when the game
stopped momentarily and the Michigan bench
spilled out onto the ice.
"There's a rule in the book, and it states clear-
ly that there's a penalty if the entire team goes on

* Prescription for success
All-American Richardson wrestling way to medical school

Michigan forward Maceo Baston shoots over Indiana's Richard Mandeville (left)
and Jason Collier in yesterday's 84-81 overtime loss to the Hoosiers.
WOlverines i dre
need ofsoe heat

By Jordan Field
Daily Sports Writer
ust about every morning, Airron Richardson's
alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m. He goes to morning
practice from 6:30 to 8:30, grabs a quick break-
fast, then goes to class from 10 to 2. After a three-hour
afternoon practice, he eats dinner, then hits the books
until 1 am when he goes to bed.
And besides being a tri-captain of the wrestling
team, the junior is an All-American and maintains a
3.0 GPA as a German major - one who intends on
going to medical school.
But to Richardson, none of this is a big deal.
Growing up in Toledo, Richardson's mom
ght him to strive to be the best, but to
never get a big head about personal.
Late one night during Richardson's
senior year in high school, he returned'
home from Pennsylvania where he
had competed in the National High

and how he upset other state champions to win the
title. They talked for maybe a half an hour before she
told him she was going to bed, and he'd better take out
the garbage before he went to sleep.
"My mom has always been very good at making
sure my head doesn't get too big,"

Richardson says. "She was happy for me, but winning
the championship didn't mean anything changes."
Richardson's mother and stepfather, who helped
raise him since he was two, not only made sure he
wasn't getting a big head, they also made sure at a
young agehe knew academics came before athletics.
"I always knew that if I got a "C" on my grade card,
I couldn't wrestle for the team," he says. "It's been like
that even through junior high, and for any sport I
Grades still come first for Richardson. Although
he pushes himself everyday in the weight room and
f at practice, his major focus at Michigan is still his
x classes. And to Richardson, success in one does not
substitute for success, nor can it excuse failure in the
With good grades throughout high school,
Richardson was in the National Honor Society and
on the dean's list for eight semesters. In fact, his
grades were so high, he earned a full academic
scholarship to Morehouse College in Atlanta, where
Sht cnint c fir hman vear of n11ae. At

it's no less than three weeks, three
days, nine hours ... well, maybe
seven hours, until the start of the
single greatest event in all of sports.
It's the NCAA Division I men's bas-
ketball tourna-
ment. And March
13 is sneaking up F
on us pretty
And when that
thrilling Thursday
afternoon arrives,
there will be 64 AIAN
teams all possess- GOLDENBACH
ing something The Bronx
more than a Bomber
dream of a cut-
ting down the nets in Indianapolis 18
days later.
Those teams all have the proverbial

off a 20-25-win campaign, then it had
to have built up some heart during the
course of the season.
You need heart to win those games
that go down to the wire. You need
heart to win games where your star
player goes down with an injury or
foul trouble. You need heart when you
go up against a better team, and need
to pull off the upset.
You even need heart in those games
against teams like Chico State where
the bigger challenge is not whether
you win, but whether you cover the
Right now, Michigan has no heart.
Not even an artery, a vein or a drop
of blood.
Just emptiness.
The Wolverines haven't demonstrat-
ed at any noint during this Big Ten

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