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BASKETBALL

The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - February 17, 1997 - 58

Wolverines peer into past
in 84-81 loss to Hoosiers

By Danioel Rumore
Daily Sports Editor
Ahe Michigan men's basketball team
walked to the lockerroom after the half-
time buzzer sounded yesterday and
walked into its past.
Michigan dropped an 84-81 decision
to Indiana yesterday at Crisler Arena that
couldn't help but spark memories of its
72-70 loss at Indiana on Jan. 21.
Despite Michigan's first half domina-
tion and a near-career day from forward
Maceo Baston, the Wolverines fell to
I ana in a few of the same ways they
to the Hoosiers in Bloomington.
A hot-handed freshman guard, A.J.
Guyton, caught fire in the second half
- again - while a hot-handed sopho-
more named Louis Bullock lost a little
fire in the second -- again. While at the
same time, Baston's steady, solid game
was overshadowed by the same out-
come.
"We're mad, we're very angry," junior
ard Maurice Taylor said. "We got to
.Out who in this lockerroom really
wants to win. There's no explanation for
the way we played today"
The first and second halves were like
night and day for the Wolverines. They
held. an 18-point lead at halftime, 43-25,
playing arguably their best half this sea-
son.,
The Wolverines outplayed the
Hoosiers, especially at the charity stripe
-- possibly the difference in the first
'. The Wolverines sank 12 of 13 foul
shots compared to Indiana's one of three.
Three trips to the foul line is usually
indicative of a lack of aggressiveness,
especially in the post. The Hoosiers'
starting three big men - Jason Collier,

Charlie Miller and Richard Mandeville
-- scored a combined six points in the
first half.
Indiana's 11 turnovers, and
Michigan's 15-0 run halfway through the
first, added to the Hoosiers' offensive
problems.
"We didn't talk about trying to win the
second half," Indiana coach Bobby
Knight said. "We just talked about trying
to run a little bit different approach on
offense and do some things differently."
The momentum turned in the second
half, when the Wolverines took a trip
into the past. In the Jan. 21 loss at
Indiana, Guyton scored all 15 of his total
points in the second half. Yesterday, he
scored all but five of his 31 total points
in the second stanza.
"I guess they tightened up on me in
the first half, and figured I can't do noth-
ing in the second half, and they let me
go," Guyton said.
Guyton hit 11 of 20 shots from the
field, including seven of 12 from 3-point
range. The Hoosiers set screens for
Guyton, setting up key threes, especially
down the stretch.
The Wolverines were up 60-50 with
10:02 remaining in the game when
Guyton buried a triple, cutting the
Michigan lead to seven.
On the Hoosiers' next trip down the
floor, with Bullock guarding him,
Guyton controlled the ball near the top
of the key. The 7-foot Collier stepped out
near the top of the key, and the 6-2
Bullock ran into him. The screen left
Guyton open for another triple, cutting
the lead to 60-56.
After Taylor gave the Wolverines a 75-
69 lead with 1:12 remaining, Guyton

burned defender Travis Conlan, launch-
ing a three from the right side with 50.6
seconds remaining.
With a three-point lead, Bullock con-
trolled the ball near midcourt, letting the
shot clock wind down. He drove to the
left side and popped an off-balanced
jumper that clanked off the rim. At
Indiana, Bullock tried two consecutive
3-pointers - in that case, for the win -
that also glanced off the rim. In that
game, Bullock finished with 10 points.
Yesterday, he finished with 15.
After Bullock's miss with 19.8 sec-
onds remaining, Guyton faked out
Conlan, took a step, and let the game-
tying triple fly - the one that sent the
game into overtime.
"The thing that pleased me most
about the whole game was the last bas-
ket that put us into overtime that Guyton
hit;' Knight said. "He makes a shot-fake,
he gets the defender up in the air, he
comes under, gets squared away, and hits
a hell of a shot."
The Wolverines shot just 1-of-7 in
overtime compared to the Hoosiers' 3-
of-7. Baston buried four consecutive
free throws before fouling out, helping
Michigan stay close in the overtime peri-
od. He finished with 24 points - two
short of his career high - and eight
boards.
A pick set up for Guyton to shoot the
game-clincher. He buried a jumper from
the free-throw line off a Neil Reed feed.
"We fought hard but they just did a
great job of executing, and they got a
couple of guys hot," Bullock said. "One
thing about their offense is when they
get one guy hot, they do a great job of
getting him more and more looks."

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here by Andre
patterson,
Michigan forward
Maceo Baston
went to town on
Indiana, yester-
day. He scored
24 points - two
off his career
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accuracy from
s~r the free-throw
line an pulled
down eight
k rebounds.
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Michigan, Bastor .
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hope down the
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fouled out with
1:22 remaining in
-- 05 NB" overtime.
SARA STILLMAN/Daily
Spectacular first half prelude
to horrendous second for Blue

By John Leroi
Daily Sports Editor
If you thought Michigan looked
really good in the first half, you were
right.
If you wondered what happened to
the Wolverines in the second half,
you're not alone.
If a team could put together two
halves that were polar opposites in the
same game, Michigan did so yester-
day.
The Wolverines were brilliant in the
first, especially on the defensive end.
They held Indiana to 34 percent shoot-
ing from the floor. No Hoosier had
more than five points.
Heck, the whole team had just 25.
And despite hitting only 40 percent
of its shots, Michigan got to the line
13 times, capitalizing on 12 of them.
The Wolverines had five first-half
steals and forced I1 Indiana
turnovers.
The second half was not so good.
The Hoosiers shot an unbelievable
64 percent from the floor. A.J. Guyton
lit Michigan up for 24 second-half
points, including six 3-pointers.
Indiana scored 59 points after the
intermission.
,"As phenomenal as we were in the
first half, they were in the second,"
Fisher said. "We just played really,
really poorly."
It didn't help that Michigan shot
just 14 percent in overtime either.
THE SEEDING GAME: Today is
'February 17. It says so at the top of the
page.
That, in and of itself, is not so excit-
ing, but when you count the days from
now until the NCAA announces the
pairings for the 64-team tournament,
you'll get 20 days.
The Wolverinesghave .six games
before then: three tough road games
(at Iowa, Purdue and Illinois) and one
not-so-tough one (at Ohio State). One
GOLDEN BACH
Continued from Page 11B
leticism and it's not working now that
the meat of their schedule is upon
them.
It worked in the early going of the
season when Michigan squeaked by
teams like Cleveland State and Bradley.
Michigan got even luckier in
December when it beat Duke.
But as far as what has transpired dur-
ing its Big Ten slate, forget about any
kind of heart.
Those close games? Just look at yes-
terday's catastrophe, where Michigan
fumbled away a 20-point second-half
lead. Want more? Look back a few
weeks to when these same two teams

of Michigan's home games is against
No. 3 Minnesota (the other is against
Northwestern).
It doesn't exactly take an engineer-
ing professor to see that the
Wolverines' tournament seed is up in
the air. ESPN projected Michigan as a
three-seed in the Southeast bracket as
early as last week in a projected brack-
et on its Internet site.
If Michigan wins its final six con-
tests and ends up 23-7, a three-seed is
likely. But, if
Michigan drops two
or three more games
- a distinct possi-
bility - it could
receive anywhere
between a five and a
seven seed.
If the Wolverines
end up losing the
three road games to Iowa, Purdue and
Illinois and lose at home to the Golden
Gophers, they're looking at a seed
considerably worse.
A SMALL PRICE TO PAY: The Athletic
Department's budget was set back a
couple hundred bucks this week after
the custom mask Maurice Taylor
wears to protect his broken nose was
cracked this week in practice.
Fisher said it cost between $400 and
$500 to get a new one made, but the
expense must have been worth it:
Taylor scored 14 points in both games
he's worn the mask.
ON THE REBOUND: To say the
Wolverines have had trouble rebound-
ing lately would be like saying beta-
max VCRs were a minor disappoint-
ment.
Despite one of the meatiest and
most talented frontcourts in the
nation, Michigan has been outre-
bounded more often than not this sea-
son, many times by smaller oppo-
nents.
Even though the Wolverines
Michigan went into Minnesota and
pretty much conceded victory to the
Gophers. Never did the game get out of
hand, but the result was never in doubt.
Minnesota played Michigan like a yo-
yo in that game, letting the Wolverines
get close, but never close enough to
think they could beat the Big Ten's
frontrunner.
And lastly, let's look at those games
where you know you're going to win,
but you just need to show up for 40
minutes and simply remember how to
dribble.
When Michigan lost its Big Ten sea-
son-opener at home to Ohio State, the
most significant dribbling was a result
of Michigan choking on its Gatorade.
The heck with covering the spread.

grabbed four more rebounds than'
Indiana in the first half of yesterday's
game, the Hoosiers ended with just as;
many boards as Michigan: 41. That
marks the fifth-straight gamĀ£
Michigan hasn't won the war on the
glass and the seventh time in its last
eight games.
LOFTY COMPARISONS: No one
would dispute that Guyton played anr
enormous factor in the yesterday's
Indiana win. It would be hard to find
anyone who would say Guyton's 3
pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regu-
lation that tied the game at 75 wasn't a
huge play.
But Indiana coach Bob Knight laid:
it one pretty thick when answering
reporter's questions about his fresh-;
man phenom's clutch shot in the post-
game press conference:
"That's as good a play as I've ever;
had a kid make under that kind of
pressure," Knight said.
"Well, maybe Keith Smart's shot in
the '87 national championship game
was a little more important."
Smart hit a running jumper with five
seconds left in the 1987 NCAA title
game against Syracuse that won Knight
his third national championship.
Big Ten Standings
Team Conf. Overall
Minnesota 11-1 22-2
Illinois 8-5 18-7
Purdue 8-5 1310
Wisconsin 8-5 15.7
Iowa 7-5 16.8
Michigan 7- -7.7
Indiana T20-7
Michigan State 5-7 1.2-9
Ohio State 5-7 10-1.1
Penn State 2-11 913
Northwestern 1-12 6-18,

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Indiana's Jason Collier and A.J. Guyton force Brandun Hughes into a spot he doesn't want to be In - a place the Wolverines
found themselves a lot during the second half yesterday. Hughes scored just four points and had just one assist in 23 minutes.

H00SIERS
Continued from Page 1.6
What's really devastating is that as
poorly as the Wolverines (7-5 Big Ten,
17-6 overall) played in the second half,
they beat the hell out of Indiana (7-6,
19-8) in the first. Michigan led by 18
at the break, thanks mostly to superb
defense and excellent free-throw
shooting.
.Michigan shot just 40 percent in the
st half but went to the line 13 times
and made all but one of them, while
sending the Hoosiers to the stripe just
three times. The Wolverines held
Indiana to 34-percent shooting and
forced 11 first-half turnovers.
The Hniers haid no luck getting

Robert Traylor's dunk 1 1/2 minutes
into the second half gave the
Wolverines a 20-point lead in what
looked to be a Michigan blowout. But
the Hoosiers reeled of a 15-3 run over
the next three minutes, capped by two
3-pointers from Guyton.
Michigan's lead was still 10 follow-
ing a Baston dunk with 10 minutes
left. But Guyton hit two more threes
on Indiana's next two possessions.
Patterson's two free throws with 8:19
left drew the Hoosiers to within two.
But the Wolverines never let Indiana
have a chance to take the lead, getting
baskets or points from the line after
every Indiana basket, until Guyton
went to work in the final minute.
"Guyton was obviously sensational

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INDIANA (84)
FO FT REB
MIN A M-A T A F PTS
Miller 41 2-7 0-0 2-4 3 5 4
Mandeville 10 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 5 2
Collier 40 7-12 3-3 1-9 0 3 17
Reed 35 5-9 0-1 0-3 5 1 11
Guyton 43 11-20 2-2 0-1 5 1 31
Mujezinovic 9 2-3 0-0 2-2 0 2 4
Lewis 16 0-2 1-2 0-2 1 1 1
Patterson 26 4-11 6-7 4-8 2 4 14
Eggers 5 0-1 0-1 2-3 0 0 0
Totals 225 32.6712-1615411722 84
FG:.478. FT%:.750. 3-point FG: 8-21,
.381 (Guyton 7-12, Reed 1-3, Collier 0-1,
Lewis 0-1, Patterson 0-1, Miller 0-3).
Blocks: 3 (Collier 3). Steals: 2 (Guyton,
Reed). Turnovers: 20 (Guyton 4, Reed 4,
Mujezinovic 3, Collier 2, Lewis 2, Miller 2,
Patterson 2, Eggers) Technical Fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (81)
FO FT REB

those 64 teams;
13.

still playing on March

Yesterday's loss is the crowning
achievement of Michigan's season. It
encapsulates all that is wrong with this
team.
There is absolutely no reason that the
Wolverines should have let that lead get
away from them - especially after
watching Maceo Baston's emphatic
slam and Bullock's 16-foot jumper in
the final 10 seconds of the first half.
Bullock ran off the court raising the
roof and the Crisler crowd was rocking:
Michigan must have gone into the
lockerroom and given itself a gut
check.
And then promptly left those guts in
the lockerroom.

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