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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 24, 1998

Huskies chomp on Friars;
Sooners can't catch Kansas
Kansas seniors finish perfect careers at Allen Fieldhouse

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Richard lamilton
scored 20 points and Khalid El-Amin added 19 as
No. 6 Connecticut overcame a sluggish start and
pulled away late in the second half for a 77-68 victo-
ry over Providence last night.
Jake Voskuhl added 15 points and had 13 rebounds
for the Huskies (14-3 Big East, 25-4 overall), who
are guaranteed at least a share of the regular-season
title and one of three first-round byes in next month's
-------------- conference tournament.
NCAA Jamel Thomas scored 22 points
and Justin Farley added 19 for the
Roundup Friars (6-11, 11-15), who dominat-
------------- ed the first half, leading by five
points three times, before Connecticut got on track.
KANSAs 83, OKLAHOMA 70
Paul Pierce scored 31 points, including 15 straight
during a remarkable second-half surge, and Kansas
finished unbeaten at home for a fourth-straight sea-
son.
Pierce, a 6-foot-7 junior, had the sellout crowd
chanting "One more year! One more year!" in the
final minutes, after he took charge of the game. ie
is a preseason All-America along with senior Raef
LaFrentz, and may opt to enter the NBA draft.
The Jayhawks (14-1 Big 12, 30-3 overall), who
clinched the Big 12 championship on Saturday, ran

their unbeaten home streak to a school-record 60
ganes.
Seniors LaFrentz, Billy Thomas and C.B. McGrath
never lost at Allen Fieldhouse, and posted back-to-
back 30-win seasons for the first time in Kansas his-
tory.
Oklahoma (10-5, 19-9) got 15 points apiece from
Evan Wiley and Cory Brewer.
WESTERN MICH, 80, N. ILtNOIs 71
Saddi Washington scored 22 points as Western
Michigan beat Northern Illinois 80-71 last night to
clinch at least a share of the Mid-American
Conference West Division title.
Western Michigan (14-3, 20-1), which won 20
games for just the third time in school history, can
win the title outright with a victory tomorrow at Ball
State. A loss would leave the Cardinals and Broncos
tied for first.
The Broncos used runs of 17-6 and 10-2 to open a
42-27 halftime lead over Northern Illinois (5-12, 9-
16). Western led by as many as 17 points in the sec-
ond half when Washington, who had his 15th 20-
point game of the season, hit a jumper to make it 59-
42 with 12:14 left.
Western Michigan also got 18 points from Rashod
Johnson and 13 points from Shaun Jackson.
Northern Illinois was led by T.J. Lux's 27 points.

Nagano 1998
Final Medal Count
Nation6 S B Total
Germany 12 9 8 29
Norway 10 10 5 25
Russia 9 6 3 18
Austria 3 5 9 17
Canada 6 5 4 15
United States 6 3 4 13
Finland 2 4 6 12
Netherlands 5 4 2 11
Japan 5 1 4 10
Italy 2 6 6 10
France 2 1 5 8
China 0 6 2 8
Switzerland 2 2 3 7
South Korea 3 1 2 6
Czech Republic 1 1 1 3
Sweden 0 2 1 3
Belarus 0 0 2 2
Kazakhstan 0 0 2 2
Bulgaria 1 0 0 1
Denmark 0 1 0 1
Ukraine 0 1 0 1
Australia 0 0 1- 1
Belgium 0 0 1 1
Great Britain 0 0 1I 1

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Connecticut's Jake Voskuhl keeps his eye on the ball in the Huskies' 77-68 victory
over Providence. Voskuhl pulled down 13 rebounds last night.

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Sprinter goes the distance for 'M'

EBERWEIN
Continued from Page 9
Richardson had a lot to work with in
Eberwein. A member of the United
States team in the World University
Games in August, she was also a member
of the elite Foxcatcher Swim Club in
high school.
"1 started training at Foxcatcher, which
is one of the top swim clubs in the coun-
try," Eberwein said. "That environment
really encouraged me to become a com-
petitive swimmer."
Interestingly enough, medals and
championships were not the inspiration
Eberwein's parents used to get their
daughter involved with swimming.
"We had a swimming pool down the
street, and my parents started me swim-
ming there when I was six," Eberwein
said. "They wanted me to swim because
-they wanted me to be able to swim in
cse I got into danger."
The only danger that Eberwein faces
now is tiring easily during training. While
this might explain her slower dual-meet
times, that fact is totally irrelevant after

tapering for Big Ten meets.
"I get broken down easily. but vhen I
get rest, I can really focus w lel,
[berwein said. "I just like to build up my
training well dunrvin the season so1 I can
swim my fastest after I taper"
Focusing is no problem. Eberwein's
ability to drown out outside distractions
and concentrate on big meets has been a
n oft-used asset in her career at Michigan.
She "not only has great physical talent.
but she has the ability to block out dis-
tractions emotionally and bring a great
focus in regards to racing,' Richardson
said.
Eberwein has a similar focus When it
comes to the team. A characteristic of all
of Michigan's I 2 consecutive Big Ten
championship teams is team unity. I.ike
her fellow Wolverines, Eberwein sub-
scribes to this ideal it was what led her
to Michigan in the first place.
"The deciding factors were the com-
bination of athletics and academics -
which Michigan was the best in and
the team concept. I was impressed with
the team and felt I could fit in well."
Eberwein could have had her pick of

schools to attend, as she was pursued by
Arizona, Georgia. Northwestern and
Stanford, as well as Michigan.
Eberwein tries to share her happiness
as a Wolverine with every recruit she
meets.
"I try to tell them what I wanted to
know coming in, telling them about our
close-knit team and our academics,"
Eberwein said. "Coming to Michigan
was the best decision I could have made
by far."
That decision has paid dividends for
both Eberwein and the Wolverines, as
they have celebrated three conference
championships together. They hope to
keep cashing in four weeks from now.
at the NCA A Championships in
MI inneapolis,
"It feels amazing. The reason I'm
swimming is to have an enjoyable time
in a group," Eberwein said. "It's more
exciting to win in a group."
Michigan was in a great position
when the Big Ten Championships
ended Sunday.
And the new, improved Eberwein led
the way.

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Jennie Eberwein, Kasey Harris and the rest of the Wolverines are No. 1 for the
12th-straight year. Eberwein led the way with three impressive victories.

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HOOPS
Continued from Page 9
a stairmaster, doing light bench presses
and using the exercise bike in his work-
outs, but he's no longer hopping around
on crutches.
Even though Michigan trainer Steve
Stricker said last week that a return for
this Saturday's Wisconsin game would
be a "long shot," Baston said he's itching
to play against the Badgers in his final
game at Crisler Arena.
"I just want to get the opportunity to
thank the fans for their support in my
four years here,"said Baston, referring to
Senior Day, when the seniors usually
walk out on the court with their parents.
Playing in the Big Ten Tournament,
which is to be held in Chicago's United
Center from March 5-8, is important to
Baston. Michigan's first-round opponent
will likely be Indiana, and if the
Wolverines win that game, then
Michigan State could be next in line.
"Playing Indiana and possibly
Michigan State in the (Big Ten)
Tournament would make up for the two
games I missed against them," Baston
said.
QuIcK CHANGE: Two months after
squaring off for the first time, the pendu-
lum has swttng in Michigan's direction.
When Michigan faced Indiana in
Bloomington on Jan. 6, the Hoosiers
dominated. After racing out to an early
lead, the Hoosiers fought off Michigan
behind 33 points from forwards Andrae
Patterson and William Gladness.
But on Sunday, the duo was insignifi-
cant, contributing a mere six points in 35
minutes.
Patterson did not score, while
Gladness pulled down half as many
rebounds as he had in the first meeting.
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe attrib-
uted the defensive shutdown to
Michigan's adjustments.
"Defensively, we're more conducive
guarding them without Maceo
(Baston)," Ellerbe said. "They don't have
a low post player in the program."
But with Maceo, "that matchup is dif-
ficult for us."
QUICK GUNNERS: After a full season
of bombing away from beyond the 3-
point arc, the results were plentiful for
Michigan on Sunday.
With three players- Bullock, Robbie
Reid and Jerod Ward - nailing four
triples apiece, Michigan finished with a
school record 15 3-pointers.
The total was one short of the Big Ten
single-game record set by Purdue on Feb.
7.
Entering the game, Michigan was
averaging seven 3-pointers per game and
shooting at a 40-percent clip for the sea-
son.
Sunday, the Wolverines finished 15-
of-25 from beyond the are.

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balls. Then centerfielder Dan Sanborn
jacked a three-run home run to give
the Wolverines their only lead of the
contest.
Michigan's Brian Berryman took
the mound in relief of Steinbach in the
bottom of the sixth inning, and his
control problems became apparent.
Baylor third baseman Matt Williams
drew a walk and advanced to second
on a wild pitch. One out later, infield-
er Preston Underdown singled to
score Williams, and Baylor had tied it
up.

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