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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 20, 1998
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) --- All year long,
ichigan State's Spartans made believers out of the
ig Ten and the rest of the country by getting timely
ontributions inside and outside.
When one facet of the Spartans' game suffered,
nother would help make up for it. The formula carried'
ichigan State to a share of the conference regular-
Cason title and into the NCAA tournament's round of

BASKETBALL

Hamilton's fall away''
crushes Washington
Utah climbs over Mountaineers, 65-62

But in last night's game against top-ranked North
,,arolina, everything fell apart for the Spartans.
They missed layup after layup. They were outhustled
loose balls. They were dominated on the boards and
itscored 40-12 in the paint. They attempted 10 3-
>minters in the first half and missed them all.
By the time the game was over, the Tar Heels had a
3-58 victory and the Spartans had plenty of questions
it no answers.
"I don't know if we were a little intimidated or a lit-
le nervous or what it was," coach Tom Izzo said, shak-
g his head.
It was Michigan State's biggest game since 1979,
"hen Magic Johnson directed the Spartans past Larry
3ird and Indiana State for the national title.
Johnson sat in the stands last night at the Greensboro
oliseum but was reduced to the role of a relatively
edate spectator as the thousands of Tar Heel faithful
atched their team roll to the lopsided victory.
"I'm very proud of what we've done," said
vAichigan State's Mateen Cleaves, the Big Ten player of
he year. "We made the sweet 16, and we were picked
o finish eighth in our conference."
| Michigan State came in as the nation's fifth-best
.bounding team. The Spartans had only been outre-
(ounded seven times all season, and never by more
han seven. The final numbers last night: North
arolina 51 rebounds, Michigan State 33.
"It was very frustrating," Michigan State forward
*Antonio Smith said. "It just seemed like they were a
tep quicker and came up with all the loose balls."
North Carolina did most of its damage in the first
'alf, building a 38-24 lead by outscoring Michigan
tate 24-6 in the paint and holding the Spartans to just
ree offensive rebounds.
Michigan State, which made a school-record 3-
ointers this season, opened second-half scoring with a
asket from beyond the arc, but by then, it was too late.
he Spartans were unable to dig themselves out of their
' hole.
North Carolina's Shammond Williams drew the
assignment of spearheading the Tar Heels' defensive
fforts on Cleaves, who had 18 points but missed 14 of
Als 21 field-goal attempts.
ti Cleaves' teammates didn't fare much better. The
partans shot 31 percent, their worst outing since
7nuary.
' "I can't complain about a lot of the looks we had,"
6,*Zzo said. "The ball just wouldn't go in the basket."

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -
Richard Hamilton had never made a
buzzer-beater in his life, let alone in
the NCAA tournament. Connecticut
now has two this decade to get to the
final eight.
Hamilton's rebound jumper in the
lane at the buzzer, Connecticut's third
shot in the final eight seconds, gave
the second-seeded Huskies a 75-74
victory over Washington in the East
Regional semifinals yesterday.
Connecticut (32-4) will play top-
seeded and top-ranked North
Carolina, which beat fourth-seeded
Michigan State 73-58, in
Saturday's regional final
with a berth in the Final
Four at stake.
"It has been a season of
buzzer-beaters and you can
add our name to the list,"
Connecticut coach Jim + '
Calhoun said.
"I guess we wanted to be
included in everything."
Washington (20-10), the 11th seed
which had one of the tournament's
more surprising runs, tok iots first
lead at 74-73 with 33 seconds left on
a 3-pointer by Donald Watts.
Connecticut called a timeout with
29 seconds remaining.
"When you go to the sidelines at a
timeout you never think you're going
to lose," Watts said.
"I thought I put us over the top but
they didn't give up and they won."
Freshman point guard Khalid El-
Amin dribbled the ball near midcourt
until there were 10 seconds left. He
drove toward the basket and passed
the ball to center Jake Voskuhl, whose
shot bounced off the rim. Hamilton
got the rebound and shot, again with
the ball coming back off the rim.
After it was tipped from the other
side, Hamilton grabbed the loose ball
and hit a fadeaway jumper over 7-foot
Patrick Femerling, the ball falling
through the basket as the buzzer
sounded.
UTAH 65, W. VIRGINIA, 62
Jarrod West couldn't come up with
another miracle for West Virginia,
and this time, he even had three
chances.
Michael Doleac made two free
throws with 6.5 seconds remaining
and West missed a 3-pointer as time

expired as Utah held off the
Mountaineers 65-62 in the W
Regional semifinals last night.
"I had good looks at them, they just
didn't fall down for me," said a tear-
ful West, whose final 3-pointer would
have forced overtime.
"I thought he made it," Doleac
said. "It hit the front rim. Thank God
the clock ran out, their pressure gets
to you."
Andre Miller, guarding West on the
final play, said his main concern was
to not commit a foul.
"If he makes it, it's OK," Miller
said. "If it did go into over-
time, we probably would
have won."
Utah, seeded third, faces
top-seeded Arizona tomor-
row with a spot in the Final
Four at stake. The Sun
o Devils beat Maryland 87-79
in the other regional semi
nal.
ARIZONA 87, MARYLAND 79
There's no stopping Arizona's scor-
ing spurts.
Playing their closest game yet in
the NCAA tournament, the top-seed-
ed Wildcats turned their scoring on
and off at will, getting a flurry of
points when they needed them.
And they did against Maryland.
Mike Bibby scored 18 of his 26
points in the first half as defendi
champion Arizona defeated t
fourth-seeded Terrapins 87-79
Thursday night to advance to the Wesi
Regional final.
The Wildcats (30-4) will play No. 3
Utah tomorrow y. The Utes were 65-
62 winners over 10th-seeded Wesi
Virginia.
The Terrapins (21-11) were the
only team in the field to beat two of
the top seeds during the regular sg
son, but victories over North Carolina
and Kansas couldn't prepare them fox
Arizona's lethal transition game.
After trailing by 14 early in the sec-
ond half, Maryland closed within one
with 10:32 remaining. Arizona simply
kicked in its speedy offensive game.
reeling off nine straight points to put
down the Terps' threat.
Michael Dickerson had five points
in the run that increased Arizo '
lead to 66-56. The Terps never
closer than five the rest of the way.

AP PHOTO
Although Ed Cota took his eye off the bail he and his teammates had little trouble dispatching the Spartans in
last night's East Region semifinal. 73-58.

Congratulations!
The following students will be among those recognized during e Honors Convocation program on Sunday, March 22, 1998. These individuals have
demonstrated the highest level of undergraduate academic success by achieving seven or more consecutive terms of all A's and earning the designation
of Angell Scholar. The University of Michigan congratulates these students on their superior scholastic achievement and wishes them continued success.

Seven Term Angell Scholars

Charitha Felix Amerasinghe
Gregory Harold Benz
Lynne Melissa Blaszak
Naomi R. Brenner
Kelly R. Brown
Kimberly Ann Candido
Randall R. Defauw
Douglas Frederick Domke*
Tammy Marie Durant
Steven Allen Gray
Ethan David Handelman*
Charles Scott Innes
John Anthony Kinahan
Emily Susan Kniebes
Harry Lee*
Frederick Allen Link
Jesseca Rae Long
Jennifer Ann Meddings
Nicole Marie Okeley*
Lukasz M. Paszek
David Alan Peterson*

College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
College of Engineering
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
College of Arts, Sciences,
and Letters, U-M Dearborn
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts Inteflex Program
College of Engineering,
U-M Dearborn
College of Engineering
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
College of Engineering
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
College of Engineering
School of Business Administration
College of Pharmacy
College of Engineering
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts Inteflex Program
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
School of Business Administration
College of Literature, Science,

Eight Term Angell Scholars
Aaron Elvis Andrus*
Joshua Martin Drucker
Nicole M.,Freeman
Ellen Davina Haskell*
Harry Albert Kemp*
Kristin Louise Laberteaux*
Daniel Jason Levin*
Robert Allen Michniak*
David James Najarian*
Dipak Ratilal Patel*
William Robert Prucka*
Maria Lynne Sampen*
Jennifer Anne Thompson*
Elaine Bon-Wen Yu
Nine Term Angell Scholars

College of Arts, Sciences,
and Letters,
U-M Dearborn
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
College of Arts, Sciences, and
Letters, U-M Dearborn
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
School of Business
Administration
School of Art and Design
College of Literature, Science,

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and the Arts
College of Literature,
and the Arts
College of Literature,
and the Arts

Science,
Science,

College of Engineering
College of Engineering
School of Music
School of Music
College of Pharmacy

Andrew Marc Haidle
Scott Travis Lefurgy
Shane Paddy Malone*

College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts and
School of Music :
College of Engineering

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