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Scoreboard-. Tracking 'M' teams
MEN'S NCAA (10) XAVIER 100, Arizona St. at Check out the Michigan football team this wee in
BASKETBALL Morgan State 67 (21) UTAH, Inc. Haw th'i. hig foobappemt isHwein
KENTUCKY 97, (oo INDIANA 71, Hawaii That is, if you happen to be in Hawaii over
Wright State 75 Kansas State 70 WOMEN'S NCAAhbreak.
(5) MARYLAND 81, (18) Syracuse 82, BASKETBALL
Duquesne 47 CHAMINADE 44 (4) Dake 7B,
PENNSYLVANIA 73, Michigan 59, (22) VANDERBIT 71
(6) Temple 70 (24) CLEMSON 56 (13) Texas Tech 72,
(8) North Carolina 86, (23) ST. JOHNS 71, Southern Methodist 67 November 24, 1998
HAMPTON 75 Columbia 55

Running down a

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Michigan guard Leon Jones and his teammates kept Clemson
away from the second round of the Maul Classic yesterday.
Second-half
bombardment
sinks Clemson
By Jim Rose
Daily Spart Editor
LAHAINA, Hawaii - And to the winner goes ... less
beach time.
A cynic - or a biased reporter - would contend that all the
Wolverines did by winning, 59-56 over Clemson yesterday,
was assure themselves of a mid-afternoon (Hawai'i time, that
is) game today against Syracuse. On the other hand, Clemson,
by virtue of its loss, faces
Chaminade in the beach-friendly
loser-bracket game this morning. 33 Michigan 59
The Wolverines play the i Clemson 56
Orangemen at 2 p.m. local time
today (7 p.m. Eastern time), and the
winner plays for the Maui Classic championship tomorrow.
And no matter how costly the victory may have been with
regard to sun absorption, Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe said
he was impressed by his team's effort.
"They showed us a little bit as coaches," Ellerbe said of his
players. "They showed us that they can come back from some
adversity. We'll take this win and try to get ready for the next
game."
The teams traded baskets for much of the second half, and
neither team was able to take control of the game after
Clemson led 24-23 at halftime. But Michigan's Louis Bullock
stepped up to score 19 of his game-high 24 points in the sec-
ond half, including a pair of 3-pointers that may have been the
difference down the stretch.
With less than seven minutes remaining and Clemson cling-
ing to a four-point lead, Michigan's offense looked sluggish -
so Bullock drilled a trey from the top of the key to cut the
deficit to one. Little more than a minute later, after Clemson's
Andrius Jurkunas canned a three to put Clemson up 49-47,
Bullock hit again from long range. The pull-up shot, again
from the top of the key, gave Michigan a 50-49 lead, and
Clemson never recovered.
Robbie Reid iced it with a pull-up jumper from the left
elbow that made the score 58-53 with 30.8 seconds left.
See MAUI, Page 11
How to solve
basketball
woes - HawazI
LAHAINA, Hawaii A postcard from Hawaii:
Dear Editor,
Sorry, but I have to apologize. I missed the first half of
the basketball game. I know, I know - that's unacceptable
We're all the way out here on the island of Maui to do
"work," not to lollygag.
Instead of watching those same Wolverines who have a
chip on their shoulders the size of a palm tree, the same
team that is searching for respect even away from the
Mainland, I decided to go to the beach.
Well, it wasn't a conscious decision: I forgot to set my
watch to Hawai'ian Standard Time.
But why watch the first half, really? There was nothing to
see of importance there, especially since the game was
decided at the end when the
Wolverines edged out Clemson.
It's much more fun to watch surfers
crash into gigantic 20-foot waves. I
knew that the surfers would act just
like the Wolverines - getting back up
after bailing out early.
So with flower shirt in tow and
beach towel in hand, I sat down on the SHARAT
powdery sand and took in the scenery. RAJU
I spied a coconut falling like so many Sharat
Louis Bullock 3-pointers. in the Dark
After several serene moments
passed, I decided to wade into the

Pacific Ocean. The wet sand enveloped my feet tightly, as
tight as Brandon Smith's and Michigan's firm defense on
Clemson's Terrell McIntyre.
Then the sun began to beat down upon my head like a
Josh Asselin or Peter Vignier elbow, so I needed to go and
purchase some suntan lotion.
But on the way back to the hotel, I heard people cheering
loudly. 'The Victors' and other familiar Michigan cheers
came from a small building.
I entered the Lahaina Civic Center and heard the loudest
See RAJU, Page 11

dream
Michigan's
newest cham
sets example
for us all
By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas has lots of brown stuff
growing out of the ground for miles, some cows who
sleep two feet away from the edge of dirt roads and not
much else, it seems.
Kind of like East Lansing.
And for Katie McGregor, her trip to Kansas wasn't too
much of a big deal, either.
McGregorawon her seventh and bigget individual title
of the season at the NCAA Cross Coun
Championships yesterday, becoming the first Michiga
individual champion in the school's history.
But like what Kansas has to offer, it wasn't anything
special to her.
For this young woman, winning championship after
championship is just another day.
"I'm proud of myself, I'm proud of my team, but it's
just another race, and I may or may not win the next
time," McGregor said. "Just be happy with what you get,"
Before the race, McGregor had little to worry about.
After all, it's no big deal.
"We've prepared for this all season," McGregor said,
"There's no point getting uptight about it."
McGregor showed nothing but modesty following her
incredible victory.
After crossing the finish line, she didn't scream and
shout. She didn't taunt, yell or spill a jug of gatorade on
her coach.
Instead, she smiled, hugged her-----------------
teammates and helped clean up Cross COUntry
Michigan's tarp area.
She thanked her teammates and
gave thanks that the race was over,--------------
and she performed well.
This is Michigan's new cross country national champi-
on.
McGregor just smiled when she received her award, a
small plaque which she'll "just add on to the other ones."
During the awards ceremony, McGregor stood on the
podium proudly, but during her short interview, all that
spurted from the microphone were compliments for the
other runners.
"All these girls are here for a reason," McGregor sai
"I'm not the only good runner out here."
McGregor was quite content with the competition and
fun she had with her teammates.
"We had a lot of fun" together, McGregor said.
And her coach?
He said "good job" and that's about all there was to
say.
This is Michigan's new champion.
Surprised?
McGregor's cool celebration wasn't a shock to her
teammates. They all know that she doesn't even keep
track of her personal best times.
"She doesn't care about any of that outside stuff,"
sophomore Julie Froud said. To compete "is all that she
wants. It's incredible to be her teammate."
McGregor vanquished record after record in her career
as a Wolverine.
Michigan coach Mike McGuire calls her "the best kid
I have ever coached."
And at the same time, it's not a big deal.
How does she do it? How can she remain so blase
about success, even success on the level of a nation
championship?
"It takes a good coach, motivation and great team
mates," McGregor said. "You train well with them, they

make you feel good about yourself, they make it fun and
that's the most important thing."
If only we felt that way about our jobs, our homework
and life in general.
But then again, we're not Katie McGregor.

GRAHAM K JOHNSON/University Daily Kansa
Todd Snyder earned All-American honors by finishing in 10th place in the NCAA Championship race yesterday in
Lawrence, Kan.
Men take fourth place overall

By Chris Duprey
Duly Sp oWriter
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Buried deep
in the heart of America's Great Plains,
most of Kansas is so flat that one can
see clearly for miles.
Looks sure can be deceiving.
Any runner who expected the ter-
rain at the 1998 NCAA cross country
Championships to be easy and forgiv-
ing was harshly corrected by a course
that contained no more than 200 yards
of continuous flat land.
But Michigan men's coach Ron
Warhurst wasn't surprised. After tak-
ing the Wolverines to the Jayhawk
Invitational last season, which was
held on the same Rim Rock Farm
course as yesterday's race, Warhurst
and Michigan were well prepared for
the grueling test ahead of them.
So Warhurst held his team back at
the start of yesterday's 10,000-meter
race, confident that the difficult
course would drop much of the lead
pack out of contention and allow his
team to place higher than its No. 7
ranking would have predicted.
"They were all in the 100s at the
mile mark," Warhurst said. "That was

the way we wanted to run and we
came through."
Warhurst's strategy, along with a
1:01 five-man pack time, helped them
finish fourth overall with 183 points.
Arkansas won the title with 97.
"We ran very, very well," an elated
Warhurst said. "It was our best race of
the season"
Senior Todd Snyder broke away
from a large group, finishing 10th
overall in a time of 30:34 to earn All-
America status in likely the biggest
race of his career at Michigan.
"For two miles, I was way back in
the pack - it scared me a little bit;"
Snyder said. "I almost gave up, think-
ing I wouldn't do much better than
40th. I just kept moving up."
After battling nagging leg injuries
throughout the season, John Mortimer
concluded his Michigan cross country
tenure on a slightly disappointing
note. The senior, running at less than
100 percent, never got into a groove
yesterday, posting a time of 31:09 for
31st place. It was a tough result for
Mortimer, who opted to use his final
season of eligibility in hopes of mak-
ing a run at the individual title.

"He's disappointed, because that's
the way he is - he's a competitor,'
Warhurst said, adding that Mortimer
is his own biggest critic.
Michigan's No. 3, 4 and 5 runners
sealed the trophy, finishing just 18
seconds apart. Junior Steve Lawrence
showed why he should be a valuable
asset to next year's team, finishing
53rd in a time of 31:28. Jay Cantin,
also a junior, was right behind
Lawrence, in 58th place.
That left the race in the safe hands
of senior co-captain Don
McLaughlin. Chased by a pack of five
competitors, McLaughlin used his
long stride down the stretch to pull
away and wrap up the scoring for
Michigan.
Freshman Mark Pilja capped a solid
first season with his time of 32:42,
and Chris Bunt chipped in by posting
a time of 33:40.
While the Wolverines have the dif-
ficult task of replacing three of its top
five runners,'they'll take some time to
savor their performance before indoor
track begins.
"We're totally excited," Snyder said.
"This is more than we asked for."

Full of BCS
The most recent Bowl Championship Series standings,

Travel could be toughest foe

as of Monday, Nov. 23
Team
1. Tennessee
2. UCLA
3. Kansas State
4. Florida State
5. Texas A&M
6. Ohio State
7. Arizona
8. Florida
9. Notre Dame
10. Wisconsin
11. Tulane
12. Nebraska
13. Arkansas
14. Michigan
15. Georgia
16. Air Force
17. Virginia
18. Oregon
19. Georgia tech
20. Miami (Fia.)

By Rick Freeman
Points Previous Daily Sports Writer
This season's not over yet. Michigan
still has a game left. It's a must-win
4.39 1 game because, well, who wants to lose to
5.07 2 a team that has lost 11 games this sea-
6.31 3 son? And which bowl would want them?
6.3 The Rose Bowl might. Might. Michigan
8.20 4 coach Lloyd Carr isn't ruling it out.
12.52 6 But Carr is never one to look past an
13.41 7 opponent. Even the Rainbow Warriors.
But Carr's worried. And not about the
16.71 8 Rainbow Warriors' two-quaterbacks
20.47 5 scheme. Carr is worried about the effects
22.23 10 that a day - Thanksgiving Day - of
travel, and a game that will be played at
23.43 13 what will be 9:30 p.m. for his players.
29.70 16 "It will definitely be a change,"
30.77 14 Michigan offensive tackle Jon Jansen
said. "I don't think that that will have a
35.32 9 big effect on the team"
37.27 12 But if the Wolverines survive a team
37.42 15 ,whose mascot can be found in a Lucky
3.4 Charms box (they're 0-1 so far, after los-
38.35 18 ing to Notre Dame), and get a lot of help
40.99 21 from a shakeup in the Bowl
41.00 11 Championship series rankings, the
Wolverines just might be headed to
41.77 22 Pasadena again.
46.00 24 A Rose by any other way would still
be as sweet, just not very likely. But still

possible. There's a chance, althougth it
seems as distant as the state of Hawai'i
right now, that things could still come up
Roses for the Wolverines.
If Ohio State, currently sixth in the
BCS rankings, plays in the Fiesta Bowl,
the Rose Bowl would get a choice of Big
Ten teams, rather than being locked into
Wisconsin. And despite Wisconsin's
large contingent of traveling cheese-
heads, the Rose Bowl selection commit-
tee might not want to take a team with a
cream-filled 10-1 record.
"Whether or not they would choose
Wisconsin, I don't know, "Carr said.
Either way, Carr was displeased with
the Big Ten's tiebreaker system that
seems to have a weak Wisconsin team
destined for Pasadena.
"I think they should look at that;" Carr
said.
But in Pasadena, teams other than the
8-3 Wolverines probably look more
attractive. The selection committee
could take a look at 10-1 Notre Dame
this weekend, as the Irish come to Los
Angeles to play Southern Cal. But even
a 10-2 Notre Dame team might outshine
the Wolverines in the eyes of the Rose
Bowl selection committee. Also, the
BCS rankings would need a shakeup of

Is that 'Hawaii'
or 'Hawai'i'?
Some readers have noticed
the Daily's spelling of the word
"Hawai'i". Some have even
gone so far as to point out our
"error."
But rest assured, the word"
is correctly spelled "Hawai'i"
in Hawaiian. The little mark
that looks like a backwards
apostrophe is a character in '
the Hawaiian language called
an Okina. The state officially
changed the spelling about
two years ago.
San Andrean magnitude to thrust Ohio
State into the championship game.
despite Carr's optimism, bitter Citrus or
an exile to the Outback are more likely
options. By any name.
INJURY UPDATE: Carr said that run-
ning backs Demetrius Smith, who blew
out his knee before the season, and Ray
Jackson are likely to make it to spring
practice. Tackle Chris Ziemann, who
broke his leg aginst Michigna State, is
questionable.

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