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No.2 N. CAROLINA 97,
No 1 Duke 73
Washington 81.
No. 5 UTAH 83,
Brigham Young 68
No. 6 UCLA 81

No. 12 N. MEXICO 89,
Wyoming. 59
No. 14 ARKANSAS 100.
No. 16 Mississippi 87
No. 20 Cincinnati 109.
No. 25 Geo. Wash. 82,
Eastern Michigan 67

No. 20 WASH. 77,
No. 9 Arizona 73
No. 10 Vanderbilt 72.
r No. 12 FLORIDA 80,
Arkansas 69


The Michigan track teams compete all day tomorrow
in the Meyo Invitational. If you want to support the
team in person, you're in for a hike. The meet takes--
place in South Bend.


February 6, 1998 0


Al' better late
fihan never ...
for now
t's one thing when Michigan fans don't show up to
Crisler Arena. It's another thing when the
Wolverines themselves don't come.
Not to say that the Wolverines didn't show up at all
at last night's game against Northwestern. They were
just ... embarrassingly, unfashionably late.
For once -- and I mean once - the fans had an
excuse. Deciding between a Michigan-Northwestern
game and Must-See TV, Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan
or Duke-North Carolina is a no-brainer.
For those who did watch Michigan jump out to a 7-
0 lead over the Wildcats before switching to Harding-
Kerrigan -- the other cat-fight -- were probably
shocked to check back and see the Wolverines down
34-27 at the half- to Northwestern!
What happened? Evan Eschmeyer is what hap-
pened. The Wildcats' center, Northwestern's version of
Charles Woodson, flat-out exerted his will on the
Wolverines in the first half.
Eschmeyer went 5-of-6 from the
field - from right under the net
to be exact, netting 10 points
and six boards before halftime.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats not
only silenced the Michigan
offense, but also its fans. While
DAN Eschmeyer dominated inside the
STILLMAN paint, the Wildcats' three-point
specialist, Sean Wink, burned
S the the Wolverines from the perime-
ter. Nine of Wink's 18 points
came from beyond the arc, while
most of the other nine came from just a step or two
insIde of it.
Midwav through the second half, the Wildcats-
yes, the 1-8-in-the-conference Wildcats - held a 12-
point lead over the Wolverines. Northwestern even
managed to do the impossible - silence Robert
Traylor's grandmother - for most of the game.
Not that a letdown is ever acceptable, but one would
be most expected against Northwestern. As usual, the
AVildcats came to Ann Arbor last night drowning near
the bottom of the Big Ten, just in front of last-place
Ohio State.
But this wasn't just some meaningless game against
a struggling team. These are games the Wolverines
can't afford to overlook. One loss ---just one -- to a
conference cellar-dweller is all it will take to knock
M ichigan out of the Big Ten race.
With all that, no matter how played out it sounds.
the Wildcats are a tougher opponent than their record
indicates. The Wildcats also led for most of their game

Blue de-claws


pesky Wildcats.I
Wolverines overcome 12-pt. deficit

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
With a lot of defense and a lot of help
from unlikely sources, Michigan did a
little growing up last night.
The Wolverines, who got a strong all-
around showing from Jerod Ward and a
pair of timely 3-pointers from Robbie
Reid, shook off a "nonchalant" perfor-
mance and a pesky Northwestern team
last night to win, 74-67, in front of
12,173 fans at Crisler Arena:
Michigan trailed by as many as 12 in
the second half, but held the Wildcats to
just 33 points after halftime and

Michigan 74
Northwestern 67

c 1 i n l i e d
the victory
by making
7 of 8 free
throws in

the game's final 2:22.
"Northwestern played an excellent
game," Ward said. "But we just kept
fighting and fighting and fighting. and
we did what we had to do. It's a great
victory for us."
Michigan trailed for most of the
evening, and used an 18-4 run to turn a
52-40 deficit into a 58-56 lead with
4:15 remaining. The spurt was high-
lighted by Reid's bombs from beyond
the are, and the play that finally gav c
the Wolverines the lead was an emphat-
ic dunk by Ward off a nifty interior
wraparound pass by Robert Traylor.
But the Wildcats refused to fold, even
when Big iTen scoring leader Evan
Eschmeyer, who scored 15 points but
managed just one field goal after hal f-
time, fouled out with 1:31 remaining. It
was one of the few times during the
game when the crowd was on its feet,
and Eschmeyer departed to a Yost-like
"See Ya!
Northwestern freshman Shawn
Wink, who Michigan coach Brian
Ellerbe referred to as "money," hit three
jumpers in a span of two minutes and
almost single-handedly kept his team
afloat. But two straight three-point
plays by Maceo Baston and a host of
free throws secured the victory for

"I think talent might have taken over:
Northwestern coach Kevin O'Neill sid
about the game's conclusion. "They're
probably a better team than wec are right
now, but w e had a chance to win the
game. We're very disappointed."
Ward's contribution was a welcoine
one for the Wolverines, who got ju,4 10
points .-- on 2-for-10 shooting - from
Traylor. Northwestern double-teamned
Traylor for much of the evening,and
with Baston in his usual foul trouble (he
picked up his fourth with 6:50 remain-
ing), the Wolverines were looking for
someone to step up.
Ward made seven of his 10 shots
from the field en route to 19 points,;but
more impressive were his other stars'--
8 rebounds and 4 steals against just one
"The guy's starting to mature as a
player," O'Neill said about Ward. "I
think he's a very valuable piece of thei
team. He hurt us tonight by being
aggressive, and he's just a good player."
Michigan started the game trapping
the inbound pass after made baskets,
and jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the
opening five minutes. But by the sec-
ond television timeout, with 1 1:42 until
halftime, the Wildcats had narrowed the
gap to a single point.
Eschmeyer used his 6-foot- Ii rame
to tally 10 points and four assists by the4
half, and with no Michigan player in
double digits, the Wolverines went into
the lockerroom down 34-27.
The Wildcats started the second half
by pushing their lead to 11 poiits.
When Michigan closed to within six at
46-40, a goaltending call on Baston
and an offensive foul on Traylor led to
a Nate Pomeday 3-pointer and eventu-
ally landed Michigan in a 12-point
"I thought we could have done some
things better, but Northwestern rally
just played a very good game," Ellerbe
said. ""They took us right down to the
wire. I'm just glad we came out with a
\ 1in.

Michigan managed to Ward off Northwestern last night, beating the Wildcats, 74-67, after being down by as
many as 12 points. Jerod Ward was one of the keys for the Wolverines, pouring in 19 points on the night.

against Michigan State on Saturday, until the Spartans
overtook them near the end.
First-year coach Kevin O'Neill senses his is a dif-
ferent Northwestern team than ones of years past.
"This time of year. our guys usually fold up. have a
book club and do all that," said O'Neill.
In fact, the Wildcats looked nothing like a team
considering giving up. For most of the game, their
shooting was good, their passing crisp and their deci-
sions smart. But as O'Neill admitted, Michigan's talent
eventually took over.

And as Michigan found its game late in the second
half, Traylor's grandmother found her voice.
Even though the Wolverines escaped with a
they know they can't afford to show\ up late again
especially tonorrow in Minneapolis, where they
haven't won since 1993.
"Obviously, we're not going to win if we play like
that in Minnesota:' Iravis Conlan said.
Obvious ly.
D /an Si'i/l n can be leached
bie e-mail at dn ysuumic.edu

Familiar venue for hockey tomorrow

By Fred Link
Daily Sports Writer
Over the past two seasons. Joe Louis Arena has
been home-away-from-home for the Michigan
hockey team. The Wolverines (16-4-1 CCII A 22-
6-1 overall) have played II times at Joe Louis, los-
ing only once.
-------------------- Despite their familiar-
Tomorrow's game ity with the Joe, playing
Who: Michigan vs. LSSU at the home of the
Where:joe Louis Arena Detroit Red Wings is
When:7 pm. still special for some of
Notables: Michigan blew the the Wolverines.
Lakers out,7-0.in the teams "Personallv. I like
first mneeting this season.
Lake Superior and coach playing at Joe Louis.
Scott Borek will try to repay Michigan defenseman
the Wolverines - and this Sean Peach said. "I like
time Fox Sports Detroit playing in front of a lot
(Channel 27) is televising the of people. It kind of
mnatchup. makes me feel like a pro
when I play there."
But this weekend's matchup with Lake Superior
State (9-9-4, 12-11-4) would be a big game no
matter where it was played.
The Wolverines find themselves in first place in
the CCHA, just two points ahead of second-place
Michigan State, which plays at Ohio State and at
Miami (Ohio) this weekend.
"With Michigan State, they're two points back
with one game in-hand," Peach said. "So, if they

win that gaiie, we're tied with them. Every gaie
is Iu gc, because if we finish in first we get ali
automatic bid to the NCA As."
If the Wolverines are to take two points from
the Lakers, they'll have to rebound from a hor-
rendous third period in Saturday's 5-4 victory
over Notre Dame, in which Michigan blew a
three-goal lead.
"When you have a bad period, the guys realize
that they can't be kidding themselves anymore,"
Michigan forward Greg Crozier said. "We're
going to go out there and be focused for a com-
plete 60 minutes, so I think it was kind of a wake-
up call for us."
Even though Michigan beat the Lakers, 7-0, ear-
lier this season in Sault Ste. Marie, the Wolverines
expect a much better game this weekend.
Since losing to Michigan, the Lakers have gone
8-4-1 and have moved into sixth place in the con-
"We were playing Lake State at a time when
they were struggling a little bit," Peach said. "And
they've definitely picked up their game. This
should be a tough challenge."
Offensively, the Lakers are led by senior center
Terry Marchant and Junior left wing Jason Sessa.
Marchant is fourth in the CCHA in scoring with
16 goals and 21 assists, while Sessa has 14 goals
and 10 assists.
"They're as good as there is in the league at

cyclinc their forwards." Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "They're big and strong along the
boards and they try to keep there and cycle it.
That's one of their trademarks.
"Marchant is having a great year, just like
(Michigan forward Bill) Mtckalt. And Sessa is a
real sniper forward. He's a real good goal-scorer.
So they've got two or three forwards up front -
just like we do - that can break open a game."
On the blue line, the Lakers are a young tean
and have struggled at times due to their inexperi
"Back on defense, they're young like we are,"
Berenson said. "You don't know what you're gQing
to get from game to game."
In goal, the Lakers rely on freshman netmimder
Rob Galatiuk, who boasts a 2.28 goals-against
average and a 0.900 save percentage.
"At the start of the year they weren't gettingthe
goalkeeping they needed," Berenson said. -But
now they're tightening up, and they're a teamha.
is still in the hunt for home ice in the playoffs."
On special teams, the Lakers lead the CCHA in
penalty killing, having given up just 1 1 power-play
goals in league games. while scoring 10 short-
handed goals.
"They're a better team than when we played
them last," Berenson said. "Hopefully, we're a bet-
ter team too.
"This won't be a 7-0 game -- I'll tell you that."

Mchigan's Scott Matzka will get to show off his sparring techniques tomorrow
night at Joe Louis Arena, when the Wolverines face Lake Superior State.

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