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After blowout, Blue
has trouble with Ferris
By Jim ROse
Daily Sports Writer
Well, the "slump" is officially over.
After a surprising 3-3 tie with
Cornell on Tuesday night, the
Michigan hockey team was faced with
4nfamiliar task: getting back on
track. The last time the Wolverines
were anything but winners was Nov.
16, when they tied Bowling Green, 3-
But the Wolverines (20-1-2) didn't
take long to return to form, winning
two games this weekend by a com-
bined score of 21-5. Saturday night,
they dispatched Ferris State, 8-4, after
a 13-1 trouncing of Alaska-Fairbanks
o~ riday.
rris State came into Ann Arbor
looking for redemption after an I1-1
pasting at Yost Ice Arena on New
Year's Eve. And early on Saturday
night, Michigan seemed to be headed
for a repeat performance.
The Wolverines flew out to a 5-0
lead after the first period, getting on
the board three minutes into the game
with Matt Herr's 50th career goal.
hris Fox's one-timer made the
s e 2-0, and Mike Legg scored two
'goals - of four on the night - in
4:30, to double the lead. John Madden
added one to finish the scoring for the
period, and Michigan coasted into the
first intermission.
But the Wolverines coasted after
the intermission as well, and scored
just once while surrendering four
goals to the Bulldogs in the second
*he good thing that (the Bulldogs)
did was that they really played hard,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"They knew that they could really be
embarrassed in this building and they
didn't let that happen."
Michigan goaltender Marty Turco
was lifted after giving up four goals
on nine shots in the period, and little-
used backup Gregg Malicke took over
ihe third.
alicke was sharp in relief, picking
up 13 saves - one more than Turco
-in just 20 minutes of work but was
reluctant to take much credit.
"The bounces went my way," he
said. "I think there were two or three
that went off the post tonight.
Sometimes luck is just on your side."
Two third-period goals, by Legg and
Rominski, finished off Ferris State.
Berenson praised Legg for his work
he offensive end, and Malicke for
ob between the pipes.
"That's what I want to see,"
Berenson said of Malicke. "That he
can come in and make a difference in
the game"
Friday night's game started in much
the same way as Saturday's, but unfor-
tunately for Alaska, the Wolverines
didn't have any letdowns.
And the Nanooks could do Na-
ing about Michigan's offense.
ixteen of Michigan's 18 skaters
scored at least one point in the
blowout, led by Jason Botterill, whose
hat trick among four points included

his first collegiate shorthanded goal.
Legg, Bill Muckalt and Sean
B Griesec
or senior
From Staff Reports,
Junior quarterback Brian Griese has
next season for his final year of eligibi
1995 season, but none during the 1996
Iove, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr nam
Outback Bowl Jan. 1, which the W
Griese completed 21 of 37 passes in
records - throwing for 287 yards an(
once, leading to an Alabama touchdowi
Griese came off the bench to lead M
over Ohio State in Columbus in the fina
mnra trcl n h vh ..u .. :n-n

The Michigan
women's basket-
ball team had an
weekend, losing
at Purdue Friday
before bouncing
back to beat
Illinois, 93-87,
yesterday at
Crisier Arena.

By Kevin Kasborski
Daily Sports Writer
If you build it, they will come.
They are building a women's basketball
team at Crisler Arena, and a season-high 2,903
fans came out yesterday to watch the Michigan
women's basketball team defeat Illinois, 93-87,
knocking the Illini out of the top spot in the
Big Ten standings.
Michigan (3-2 Big Ten, I11-3 overall) held a
six-point cushion for most of the second half
and led by as many as nine points with three
minutes remaining. But Illinois (4-2, 12-4)
made a late run and cut Michigan's lead to one
on a jumper by Ann Henderson with 28.4 sec-
onds left,
Michigan's senior point guard Jennifer

Kiefer received the inbound pass and was
immediately fouled. She sank both ends of the
one-and-one, extending Michigan's lead to
three, and bringing the crowd to its feet.
Illinois' Tauja Catchings drove quickly
upcourt but missed a two-point attempt.
Michigan junior center Pollyanna Johns got the
last of her game-high 15 rebounds, and
Catchings was called for intentionally fouling
Ann Lemire.
Lemire made both free throws, two of her
career-best 26 points, and Illinois' comeback
was effectively over.
"We had some big-time performances out of
some players," Michigan coach Sue Guevara
said. "Friday it was a total team effort in the
loss (66-44, to Purdue) and today it was a total

team effort in the win.
"Our performance improved 1,000 percent
between Sunday afternoon and Friday
Lemire was the Wolverines' top performer.
Her 26 points came on 10-for-13 shooting,
including 2-for-2 from behind the arc. She also
grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five
assists. Most of her points came off the dribble,
on pull-up jumpers from 10 feet or drives to the
"If I feel I'm on, I will probably look to cre-
ate more, and penetrate," Lemire said.
Although Michigan led by as many as I I in
the first half, it looked as though the Illini
might take the lead into the lockerroom at the
See ILLINI, Page 7B

n cagers oust Illini






Gophers in Big Ten drivers' seat

By John Leroi
Daily Sports Editor
MINNEAPOLIS -. If there were any doubt
which team was the early favorite to win the Big
Ten, it was quickly erased on Saturday.
Though Michigan was the choice of nearly
every preseason magazine, Minnesota hopped
into the conference driver's seat after holding off
the Wolverines, 70-64, in a noisy Williams Arena.
When the game was over, Michigan coach
Minnesota 70
Michigan 64
Steve Fisher and the rest of the Wolverines were
left saying the same things they have all season:
Michigan didn't do a great job on the boards and
they didn't execute well on offense.
"We had difficulty rebounding against this
team," Fisher said. "We gave up way too many
offensive rebounds. We let them get a couple runs
sparked by offensive rebounding by them and
turnovers by us.
"That hurt us. You can't let that happen if you

want to beat a good team, and Minnesota is a
good team."
The Gophers are now 4-0 in the Big Ten (15-1
overall, their best start in 20 years) after
Saturday's win and a 96-91 upset of Indiana in
Bloomington - something hard to come by --
last week. The last time Minnesota began confer-
ence play 4-0 was during the 1971-72 season ,
when it won the Big Ten.
"It's good to get a win at this point of the sea-
son," said Minnesota guard Bobby Jackson, who
led all scorers with 20. points and - even at 6-
foot-1 -snagged I 1Irebounds.
"It shows that we can play with any team -
Indiana, Michigan, whoever."
The Wolverines fell to 2-2 in the conference
(11-4 overall), including a home-court loss to
lowly Ohio State. While the Wolverines have
some ground to make up, four games into the
season, they are certainly not out of the confer-
ence race, even after a loss to the Gophers.
"I'm not going to sit here and say Minnesota is
a better team than we are, 'cause they're not,'
Michigan forward Maurice Taylor said. "They
just did the little things down the stretch to win
this game. We have another game with them in
See GOPHERS, Page 5B

'M' could learn from Mnnesota

M INNEAPOLIS -The Wolverines
looked dejected, a lost and sad look
of frustration plastered across their
With the clock ticking down and Michigan
trailing, the players on the bench knew the
game was over. They stood in front of the

bench chins resting on the
Williams Arena, on top of
their arms, crossed and
resting on the hard wood.
The game ended, and
the Wolverines dropped
their fourth game of the
season, 70-64, to
Minnesota on Saturday.
The Gophers, on the
other hand, felt differently
than Michigan, confident
and satisfied.
After the game,
Minnesota tri-captain
John Thomas left the tun-

raised floor of

the same three sentences.
Essentially, that was all the game came
down to - playing hard, playing smart and
playing together.
It came down to the things that the stat
sheet does not show:-The basics. The funda-
Saturday's game was-a hard-fought battle
between two good Big Ten teams, contending
for the conference title.
The Gophers, coming into the contest, were
shutting down opposing offenses with their
stifling defense and full-court pressure. But
they didn't shut down the Wolverines.
Michigan did not play badly.
This game was as even as it gets - quite
unlike the losses to Memphis, Pittsburgh and
Ohio State. The Wolverines did not play well
in those games, and there are no excuses for
the winter-break disaster.
But two nights ago, the game was pretty
much even. The Gophers shot 40.3 percent
from the floor, the Wolverines, 39.7-percent.
The Gophers pulled down 43 boards. Ditto
for the Wolverines. Minnesota: five blocks,
seven steals. Michigan: six blocks, five steals.
So what was the difference?
The Gophers played a little better when it
See RUMORE, Page 5B

Has It

Michigan forward Maurice Taylor battles with Minnesota center John Thomas for the ball during
Saturday's contest. Thomas scored seven points and grabbed 11 rebounds in helping lead the Golden
Gophers to a 70-64 victory. Taylor, meanwhile, had 11 points and 10 boards in 34 minutes of action.
The loss dropped the No. 16 Wolverines to 11-4 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten, putting them in a third-
place tie with Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State. Minnesota is tied with Iowa for first place.

nel leading to the lockerrooms, but not before
he touched a series of sentences painted on
the wall in maroon and gold.
The sentences read: Play hard. Play smart.
Play together.
Somehow, I don't think the Wolverines read

to return

Bussey gave a g9ft ar more important than sports

decided to return to the football team
lity. Griese started nine games during the
campaign. In a somewhat surprising
med Griese the starting quarterback for
olverines lost, 17-14, to Alabama.
the Outback Bowl - both Michigan bowl
nd a touchdown. He was also intercepted
dichigan to a come-from-behind 13-9 win
al game of last season. He replaced sopho-
A c.v.vil+;.me, n t e ontircp of he c Pan

ETROIT - Tyronee (Tiger) Bussey 11 died in
is hospital bed at 11:45 p.m. on Jan. 3. He
was upset, not because he was dying, but
because of his timing.
Days before, even though the
tu b e s ru n n in g d o w n h is th ro a t " " h o i g h m n e u e i
were choking him and leukemia
had dropped his weight from
235 pounds to 130, he had his
mind on his father's birthday,
Jan. 4.
To die then was unacceptable.
"He didn't want his father to N
think of him dying every birth- NICHOLAS J
day he has the rest of his life," COTSONIKA
csid Mildred fliiev Tioer'.

once was, remained true.
Always a Tiger.
Of course, every time someone dies, we say nice
things. We talk about how kind the person was, how
he was giving and how he was selfless. We say those
things about everyone.
But if you'd seen that church Saturday, teeming
with people, it was clear that Bussey was not a cliche,
not another athlete whose skills in life lionized him in
death. Bussey's life served an important purpose, a
purpose that went far beyond the sporting world.
Touching people, that will be Tiger's legacy. If he
hadn't been a football player, few outside his family
would care about his death this morning. It would be
just another obituary on the inside of the newspaper.
Leukemia is such a foreign word to most of us. But

where he sat in the long, pine pews as a child and his
parents taught him to worship. Right across the street
was his high school, St. Martin De Porres, where he
had become an All-State linebacker, molded himself
into a blue-chip prospect, and earned a scholarship to
play at Colorado.
Bussey, 20, wore his favorite brown suit, per his
request, and at his head, resting on a pillow, was his
gold, No. 56 Colorado helmet. It matched the black
and gold CU flag that was draped over his casket.
Detroit mayor Dennis Archer issued a resolution,
praising Bussey as "always one to accept the chal-
lenge and fight the odds."
And then there were those he loved most, his fan-
ly, his friends, and of course, his coaches. Eight of
Bussey's coaches were there, from the man who



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