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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 20, 1997 - 9A

Ward shines; backcourt struggles again

10i19 Bullock and
* kkcourt mate
Robbie Reid
Itruggled last
flight, committing
10 turnovers and
;dishing out Just
six assists.

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
Jerod Ward wasn't superhuman last
night. He wasn't a hero. But he was
active. And for Michigan coach Brian
Ellerbe, that's a step in the right direction.
"Jerod Ward was very active early in
the game" Ellerbe said. "I was happy
with the way he worked out on the floor.
His activity on the boards really helped
us get off to a good start."
With Ward banging the glass early, the
Wolverines were able to exploit
Cleveland State's halfcourt zone-defense
en route to a 14-point halftime lead.
Michigan outrebounded the Vikings, 24-
18, in the first half and went on to win the
game, 77-59. Ward scored 14 points and
grabbed nine boards. His rebound total
was second-best in the game, behind only
teammate Robert Traylor's 15.

And here's an even more impressive
statistic: Ward had four steals last night.
Now, if it were Travis Conlan with a four-
steal game, it wouldn't merit comment
- but Ward had only 17 total steals last
"That's me. If you
want to call it the new
me- OK," Ward said.
"That's me. That's
something you can
expect to see through
the season, and it's only
going to get better."
After the game, the
ultra-reserved Ward
was still reserved, but he did admit that
Michigan's season-opening loss to
Western Michigan was "quite embarrass-
ing" for the team. He also admitted he
was not mentally prepared for the opener,

and said the Wolverines wanted to "make
a statement" in last night's contest.
"We challenged Jerod a little bit,"
Ellerbe said. "He's a senior. He's gotten a
lot of support from people in the pro-
gram, and we're giving him some oppor-
tunities in terms of minutes and options
within the offense. And he's starting to
take advantage of them."
Ward's teammates were pleased with his
effort last night, there was one player who
probably didn't benefit from Ward's
strong performance: Brandon Smith. He.
electrified the crowd with a couple of
nifty second-half moves to the hoop and
played a strong game overall, scoring
nine points in just 15 minutes of action.
Ellerbe said with Ward playing the
way he was, it was difficult to find extra
minutes for Smith.

"Brandon improves a little bit each
game," Ellerbe said. "He's a guy that
should really be out on the floor for more
than 15 minutes, but it was hard tonight
with Jerod playing so well."
The tattooed freshman, who thrives on
the fast break, is already becoming a bit
of a fan favorite.
"Sometimes it looks like he doesn't
play hard because he's so smooth out
there," Ellerbe said.
and Louis Bullock struggled for the sec
ond-straight game, amassing .10
turnovers together and just six assists.
Bullock, who made just one of his nine
shots in the loss to Western, was 5 for 15
last night. And after entering the season.
having made at least one 3-pointer in 44-
straight games, Bullock is 0-for-i4-
behind the arc this season.


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8awens 27 4-14 1-2 3.8 0 5 11
Bowie 22 2-8 0-0 3.7 0 5 4
McKey 24 2-7 2-2 1-4 6 0 6
Maison 32 9-20 2-2 2-2 0 3 26
Jackson 16 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 5 2
Hocevar 6 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
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Dixon). Technical Fouls: none.
BAiton 24 5-7 7-11 1-5 1 4 17
Ward 28 6-11 2-5 1-9 1 3 14
Traylor 32 5-9 3-4 5-15 1 3 13
Reid 38 2-8 4-4 1-7 1 1 10
Bullock 36 5-15 2-2 0.3 5 3 12
Oliver 5 0.0 0.0 01. 1 1 0
Asselin 6 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2
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. Cleveland St........21 38 - 59
Michigan..,,..35 42 - 77
At: Crisler Arena
Continued from Page 5A
Re Bowl.
Fast forward to 1996. Griese lost his
Wrting spot to Scott Dreisbach. But in
the final game of the season against the
ldckeyes, Griese came in at halftime
and carried the Wolverines to a 13-9 vic-
tory, again spoiling the Buckeyes' unde-
fat&id season.
'So what's the secret against the
'"tSecret? I don't know. The secret has
been good weather," Griese joked.
Bit all kidding aside, Griese has trav-
an interesting road to get where he
is now. And the only secret to Griese's
success this season is hard work, dedica-
tion and a commitment to fundamentals.
:And it has all paid off. Griese is cur-
rehtriy ranked 19th in the country in pass-
ing efficiency, just two spots behind
Tennessee's Peyton Manning, the front-
rutier for the Heisman Trophy.
e Griese's ascent is even more remark
abie considering he never possessed a
arm. He has racked up 1,895 passing
g'ards for the season with short, method-
iiei'passes, helped by a few key blocks.
"""Brian Griese is doing a great job run-
fII - that football team," Ohio State
&4ch John Cooper said.
It's strangely appropriate that Griese
will cap off his collegiate career against
ofhib State. A victory will give Michigan
a 6se Bowl berth.
"I had always dreamed of (the Rose
l), but Inever thought it would come
To that,' Griese said. "I haven't had a
0lem relaxing. You only get to live
ohe and go through this (type of) expe-
&ttlnued from Page 5A
aid doesn't make predictions for the sea-
sbih:But he does share the team goals to
win the Big Ten, take another trip to the
ose Bowl, and the ultimate dream - to
wpa national title.
Alot of things have to happen:' he
saad. "We just have to do it"
Ie said he wants to take another trip to
th( Rose Bowl "really bad."
*It's hard to put into words. I've
al ays dreamed of going to the Rose




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