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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 1, 1998

Smith absent from lineup,
likely to return for Bradley

By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Writer
Starting forward Brandon Smith was absent from
Michigan's lineup yesterday, because the sophomore
returned to Texas to be with his family.
Smith's grandmother died Saturday, and services were
held yesterday in his hometown of Amarillo. Smith, who
had started every game this season and was averaging 6.5
points and 4.3 rebounds per game, is expected to return
for Wednesday's game against Bradley.
Smith's return will hopefully give the Wolverines an
extra boost to exact revenge against Bradley after they
were upset last season.-
"We miss Brandon a lot, because
he's a big part of the team," guard Basketball
Robbie Reid said. "He'll definite- Notebook
ly be included in our prayers." _____-___-
Freshman Leon Jones took
Smith's place in the starting lineup and scored four
points before fouling out with just more than three min-
utes to play.
WHITE OUT: To combat boredom during last night's
ho-hum contest, the normally-stoic Crisler fans took a
sudden liking to Tiger freshman guard Danny White.
Jeering "Whiiiiite!" every time the sub touched the ball,
the Tempe, Ariz. native elicited more crowd noise than
the Wolverines could all evening.
The reserve may have been fazed by the taunts, going
the length of the game without attempting a shot. But at
least he gave the Michigan faithful a reason to stick
around in the second half.
GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS: Both teams came out
catatonic in the first half, putting on a listless offensive
showing that was reminiscent of a high school game.
Michigan did not reach double figures on the scoreboard
until the contest was I1 minutes old, and the teams com-
bined for just 39 points in the first frame, despite a late

"We miss Brandon a lot,
because he's a big part of
our teams He'll definitely
be included in our prayers"
- Robbie Reid
Michigan men's basketball guard
surge by Michigan to take a 23-16 lead into the locker
The Wolverines were able to warm up in the second
half, but the Tigers still suffered an icy touch from the
field, shooting just thirty-seven percent and scoring just
45 points.
"We tried to put pressure on them early and make
them do things they weren't accustomed to doing,"
senior guard Louis Bullock said of Michigan's full-
court press, which they adopted midway through the
first half.
LOU LEADS THE CHARGE: Bullock single-handedly
helped the Wolverines out of their first-half scoring
slump, putting in nine points during a three-minute
stretch near the end of the half.
The Wolverines' switch to a full-court press kindled a
Michigan run, as Bullock knocked the ball away from
Towson forward Josh Davalli and hammered down a
dunk at the other end of the court.
Bullock would go on to hit three more buckets, includ-
ing a 3-pointer, as the Wolverines scored 14 unanswered
points and took a lead they would never relinquish.
Towson forward Alphonso Hawes finally stopped the
bleeding for the Tigers, grabbing a miss and putting it in
with 3:25 left and Michigan enjoying a 21-10 lead.

Louis Bullock led the Michigan charge against Towson with 15 points and five
rebounds In 34 minutes.

Wrestlers ready to hit the slots
Blue heads to Nevada for first out-of-state tournament

ByDavid Mosse
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team
hopes to continue its flying start as it
prepares for its third tournament of
the season. This weekend the
Wolverines will have travel to
Primm, Nev., in search of further
Michigan is coming off excellent
performances in its first two compe-
titions of the season.
The Wolverines opened the season
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the Michigan State Open.
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232 Bay State Rd., 5th Floor their weight class. Several others fin-
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abroad@bu.edu Last week the Wolverines sparkled
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champions which definitely satis-
fied the Michigan coaches.
"It was a tough tournament
because it was all day with no
breaks," Michigan assistant coach
Kirk Trost said. "We had four cham-
The fast start is especially pleasing
to the Wolverines squad which,
heading into the season, faced sever-
al questions regarding its youth.
Several freshmen and sophomores
participated in the McMullen Open
and performed admirably.
The Wolverines have benefited
from their depth as several different
wrestlers have achieved successful
At the McMullen Open, Mike
Kulezycki, Charles Martelli and
Matt Brink each won their respective
weight classes.
Kulczycki compiled a 4-0 record
in winning the 141 pound division.
Martelli posted a 5-0 record in win-
ning the 157 pound class. Brink, 4-0,
was tops in the heavyweight divi-
Brink's victory was personally
gratifying - the Muskegon native
wrestled in front of several family
and friends.
As the Wolverines finish digesting
their thanksgiving dinners and return
to practice to continue their season,
the team knows it must guard against

"We can't get too full of ourselves
because we still have a long way to
go," assistant coach Joe McFarland
said. "It's only two tournaments."
This week in practice the
Wolverines will get back to funda-
mentals as they work to shake off the
rust built over the thanksgiving
Conditioning drills and technique
work was the order of the day for the
grapplers on Monday.
"We just need to go over basic
things," Michigan coach Dale Bahr
said. "We should be ready for this
McFarland, who is set to take over
as head coach next season, is perhaps
the happiest person to see the fresh-
man and sophomores flourishing on
this years squad. These wrestlers will
most likely form the nucleus of next
year's team.
But the future is now for the
Michigan wrestlers who appear on a
mission to send their legendary
coach out a winner.
Bahr will retire at the end of the
season after 21 years as the head
man at Michigan.
The tournament in Nevada will
mark the first trip outside the state of
Michigan for the Wolverines. The
competition opens Friday night and
ends Saturday night.

'M' hoops
Continued from Page 9
wanted it
"I don't know how much you
enjoyed that," Jaskulski said to the
media. "It was an awful, slow-paced
game. But it's something we felt we
had to do."
With Michigan's distinct size
advantage - Vignier and Jos
Asselin towered over their Tigew
counterparts by a solid five inches
- Jaskulski knew that Michigan
would control the boards. So the
Tigers had to slow the pace, working
to get open looks for their outside
shooters. Only the shooters couldn't
make the shots fall.
"We came in knowing that we're
not going to get second chances,"
Jaskulski said. "But we did havO
some open looks, and we needed to
make them all. If we shot 50- or 60-
percent from the field, we would
have been right in this game."
Michigan used a well-balanced
attack, with Bullock scoring 15 and
Reid and Asselin adding 14. Vignier
led the Wolverines with nine
Chris Young, seeing significant
playing time with Brandon Smith's
absence, scored seven points an*
grabbed six boards.
Towson (45) i TRED
MN M-A M-A 04 A F P11
Barber 29 410 34 2-2 1 3 11"
Hawes 37 3-6 0-1 35 0 3 6
Davali 33 1-6 1-2 0-1 0 0 3
DePablo 33 04 0-0 0-2 0 3 0
Cason 26 24 22 03 1 2 6
Mauro 14 39 24 2-2 0 2 9
White 13 00 0-0 0-3 2 0 0
Holtz 15 47 22 26 0 2 1
Totals 200 17.45 1415 926 4 15
FG%: .370 FT%:.667. 3-oInt F: 1-14 .071
(Mauro 1-4. Davali04, DePablo 0-4, Barber 0-1.
Cason 0-1). Blocks: 1 (Hawes). Steals: 2 (Davalli,
Holtz). Technical Fouls: 0.
Michigan (60) FT RED
Jones 16 1-2 22 00 1 5 4
Asselin 30 3-3 8-11 0-5 1 0 14
Vignier 30 2-4 00 19 1 2 4
Reid 35 5-0 00 041 3 2 14
Bullock 34 6-13 1-2 1-5 1 2 15
Taylor 8 01 0-0 0-0 12 0
Oliver 24 1-1 00 0-0 2 1 2
Denning 2 041 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Young 18 2-4 3-4 2-6 0 2 7
Szynlar 3 0-0 00 00 0 1
Totals 200 2039 14-19 6-29 10 17
FG%: 513 FT%:.737 3-point FG: 617 353(Rei
48. Bullock 27, Denning 01, Jones 01) Blocks:
2 (Asselin 2). Steals: 1 (Bullock). Technical Fouls:
Towson------------16 29-45
Michigan------------.........23 37 - 60
At: Crisler Arena
Attendance: 10,916
Continued from Page 9
teams are in the same position.
Any team can win and claim to love
the game. It's easy to get along with
teammates when events fall into place
and the team is winning.
There were no problems when the
Wolverines swept then-No. 22
Minnesota in their annual Rock the
House game. But there was no bitterness
or finger pointing when team finished
its season on a eight-game losing streak.
They still had fun.
If it weren't for the frustration tl'
team endured, however, there would
have been no hardship to overcome and
nothing to persevere. Instead of disinte-
grating, it has persevered.
Through hardship, disappointments,

and frustration, the players strove high to
maintain their love for the sport and the
friendships they've made.
"This is not a program in shambles;"
Giovanazzi said. "This is a tight unit th
hasn't competed well this year, but h
stayed together. Nobody has left the pro-
gram, there hasn't been any problems,
there hasn't been any of that bullshit.
"It's been just straight forward trying
to get better and not succeeding."
They have stayed together, picked
each other up and played with an emo-
tion rarely seen in college sports today.
The Wolverines believe that they have
won a more important victory than most
teams have won this year.
A moral victory.


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