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December 7, 1998 - SportsMonday - The Michigan Daily - 58

Quote of the weekend
"We have to be a scra team,
and We didn't scrap. out-
scrapped us.
- Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe,
on his teams hustle.

Michigan 74
Western Michigan 81

Player of the game
Shooting guard Louis Bulock
The senior guard poured in a carer-best 32
points and he almost ledM ichigan to a coe-
back vicbory over Ifestern Michigan tiesterfda;

Road woes continue for Michigan

Ich~igan stats eaders

By Josh Kleinbaim
Daily Sports Editor
GRAND RAPIDS - Crisler Arena
is starting to look awfully far away to
the Michigan basketball team right
about now.
The Wolverines continued a disturb-
ing trend yesterday afternoon when they
dpped an 81-74 decision to Western
igan - they can't win on the road.
They lost to a far-from-impressive
Western Michigan team that had its best
player, forward Shaun Jackson, sitting
on the bench with a broken foot.
Michigan, 3-1 at home and just 1-4 on
the road, struggled to make its-shots all
day. The Wolverines shot an anemic
.281 in the first half and, by the time
they found their shot in the second, were
t ng by 15 points.
Whe main culprit was Robbie Reid,
the streaky guard who can drain 30-
footers when he's on and miss just about
everything when he's not. Yesterday,
Reid was about as off as Ann Arbor's
recent weather. The senior shot 1-of-9
from the field, including just 1-of-8
from long range.
Reid didn't hit a shot from the floor
until 7:33 left in the game, when he
squared up on the right baseline and
fgi from long range. But by then, the
Broncos - who practically gave Reid
the shot since he'd been missing all day
- already had their 15-point edge.
"I felt really good out there,' Reid
said. "I thought I had a few of those
shots, but they were in and out. They

say a shooter has to have a short memo-
ry. Maybe I have to have a little shorter
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe has
said all season that when one of his first
two options - Reid and shooting guard
Louis Bullock - can't put points on the
board, the Wolverines need to find a
third or fourth scoring option. The prob-
lem was, options three, four and five -
Josh Asselin, Brandon Smith and Peter
Vignier -were all in foul trouble, rotat-
ing in from the bench for most of the
second half.
This left Michigan in trouble.
Bullock was the only Wolverine finding
the net, scoring a career- high 32 points.
After that, only Smith scored in double
Smith did show flashes of brilliance
-- a pretty power dunk on a breakaway,
a stolen inbounds pass that he laid in for
a bucket, a driving layup that turned
into a three-point play in the middle of
Michigan's dramatic-but-too-short
comeback. But in the end, none of it
Bullock blamed the site, Grand
Rapids' Van Andel Arena, for part of
Michigan's shooting woes.
"Usually, on the road, we get a
chance to get in there the day before or
the day of and check out the arena,"
Bullock said. "Unfortunately, we didn't
get to come in before game time. And
none of us has played here before."
The loss comes after two of
Michigan's best games of the season -

shooter has to
have a short
memory. Maybe I
have to have a
little shorter one."
-- Robbie Reid
Michigan guard
a 15-point victory over Detroit and a
30-point pounding of Bradley. But both
of those games were at home.
This was Michigan's first road game
since the Maui Invitational, where the
Wolverines dropped two of their three
games. In its season-opener, Michigan
fell to Florida International in Miami
despite being heavily favored.
Bullock and the rest of the
Wolverines better get used to these road
games, because they don't end anytime
On Wednesday, Michigan plays
Eastern Michigan at the brand-new
Convocation Center. Next Saturday, the
Wolverines play at the familiar-but-not-
so-friendly confines of Duke's
Cameron Indoor Stadium. Michigan
won't return to Crisler for almost two




Vignier 8.2
Asselin 5.4
Smith 4.3
Field goal pet
Vignier .478
Asselin .435
Smith .440

,5 .500
0 .625

Fre thirow percentage
Jones .928 1.000
Bullock .907 1.000
Reid .891 1.000




Standings and Results

oes kinzge on
RAND RAPIDS - If numbers can tell a story,
there are two numbers that told the story of the
Michigan basketball team's 81-74 loss to
S rn Michigan yesterday more than anything else:
2 and 32.
Forty-two is the number of rebounds grabbed by the
roncos in the game.
Thirty-two is the number grabbed by Michigan.
And those two numbers speak volumes.
Make no mistake about it, Western Michigan is short.
fter 6-foot-9 center Emil Mulic and 6-7 forward Brad
anTimmeren, no Bronco who saw playing time is
ller than 6-4.
And early in the second half, both Mulic and
a!mmeren were on the Broncos' bench with foul
Which meant that the Wolverines should have domi-
ated the boards. They didn't.
But Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe was quick to point
ut that size isn't that important in rebounding.
"Size means nothing in rebound-
ing," Ellerbe said. "It's an effort
Which means Michigan wasn't
puttini out the effort to get up on
the glass.
Much more disturbing.
This is not a Michigan team
S1 loaded with talent. There are no
LEINBAUM Robert Traylors, Chris Webbers or
Glenn Rices who can take the team
pocalypse on their shoulders and carry it to
ow the promised land.
Which means that the Wolverines
ed effort if they're going to win this season.
N~ tern Michigan coach Bob Donewald said that
bo ding is a result of "quickness, intensity, heart
d determination." The Broncos played with heart, the
oncos played like the team inspired and the Broncos
t-rebounded the Wolverines.
And - surprise, surprise - the Broncos won.
For a stretch late in the game, Michigan showed us
e team it could be.
The Wolverines played tight defense, made their
ots and rebounded the ball. Pete Vignier was grab-
ng balls off of the offensive glass the way a 6-foot-1
nter should. Brandon Smith made several highlight-
el iks. Louis Bullock and Robbie Reid each hit 3-
In a blink of the eye, a 15-point deficit became a
c-point margin, and it was anyone's game.
And if not for an extremely questionable intentional
ul called on Smith with 38 seconds to play, Michigan
st might have pulled out the game.
But it begs the question: what happened to the first
minutes of the game?
"We just turned up the effort, the intensity," Reid
id. "We have a tendency to just go through the
t*, both offensively and defensively. All of the
dden, we said, 'Hey, we don't want to lose this
The Wolverines don't have the talent to say, 'Hey, we
n't want to lose this game' with seven minutes left.
ey have to say it before the opening tip.
"We want to be around for some NCAA Tournament
tion at the encl" Reid said "Thereae vnnep that we.

Michigan guard Robbie Reid had a dismal game from the field yesterday. The
senior made just one of his nine shots, eight of which were 3-pointers.
Continued from Page 18
efforts by scoring the first five points of the run. Smith first
went airborne to deliver a rousing dunk before hitting a lay-up
and adding a free throw on a foul to cut the lead to five, at 73-
A two-possession game with 1:42 left, Michigan made a
stop on defense as forward PeterVignier grabbed a rebound off
a Barksdale miss. On the offensive end for Michigan, Bullock
drove baseline for a shot, but was called for an offensive foul
when Jones stood his ground and Bullock plowed over him.
But on the ensuing inbounds pass from Jones, Reid inter-
cepted the ball and found Bullock, who knocked down his
fourth and final three pointer of the game to make the score
73-70 with 53 seconds left.
The inbounding trouble continued for the Broncos, as they
threw the following pass directly out of bounds, giving the
Wolverines the ball again. Michigan capitalized on the oppor-
tunity, as Vignier added a basket off a Reid miss to cut the lead
to one.
After a Vignier jumper made the score 77-74, controversy
began. On the Broncos' possession following Vignier's basket,
Smith fouled Western Michigan forward Isaac Bullock to stop
the clock. The call ended up being an intentional foul, giving
the Broncos two free throws and the ball.
Ellerbe, livid from the controversial call, stormed the court
only to be held back by his fellow coaches. Barksdale convert-
ed both free throws to make the score 79-74 and put the game
out of reach.
Bullock paced the Wolverines in the first half, scoring 17 of
Michigan's 28 points. Despite putting up big numbers early,
Bullock's 5-of-13 shooting in the half wasn't much better than
Michigan's paltry 28 percent field goal percentage during the
period. -
In addition, Bullock's efforts weren't enough to slow down
the Broncos, who got out to a quick start on the back of Jones.
The 6-foot guard was all over the place, using his quickness to
get to the charity stripe, as well as to get open looks from long
And while Jones was working the outside game, Mulic was
exploiting Michigan's interior defense. Mulic out-hustled
DAVID ROCHKIND/Oaiy Michigan's 6-foot-I I frontcourt of Vignier and Josh Asselin
ines fell to for six offensive rebounds, contributing to his 10 points at the
half - matching Jones' total to lead the team.

Team W L
Ohio State 1 0
Minnesota 0 0
Indiana 0 0
Purdue 0 0
Wisconsin 0 0
Michigan State 0 0
Northwestern 0 0
Illinois 0 0
Iowa 0 0
Michigan 0 0
Penn State 0 1

7 1
5 1
4 1
3 1
4 2
2 4
3 1

Louis Bullock's 32 points yesterday weren't enough as the Wolver
Western Michigan.

Friday's games:
IOWA 82, South Alabama 58
Minnesota 77, FRESNO STATE 65
Saturday's games:
CONNECTICUT 82, Miigan St 68
ILLINOIS 53, Bradley 48
INDIANA 63, Temple 62
IOWA 61, Detroit 60
NORTHWESTERN 61, Dayton 57
TOLEDO 64, Ohio State 63
PENN STATE 70, Villanova 53
Purdue 71, XAVIER 57
WISCONSIN 71, Illinois State 54
Sunday's game:
W. MICHIGAN 81, Mkhligan 74
Top 25 weekend results
4 t Conneb t beertNo.9 MechagnSt,8248
2. Maryland beat No. 5 Stanford, 62-20
3. North Cardna lost to Cog, of Chareston, 66.64
and beat Old Domnin, 63-61
4. Duke beat North Carolina State, 8949
5. Stanford lost to No. 2 Maryland, 62-60
6. Cincinnati beat Olakland, 106.78
7. Kansas beat Pppercline, 62-55
8. Kenticky beat Miami (Rai)74-65
9. Michigan State lost to No.1 Coun, 8268
10. Temple lost to No.16 indiana, 634?
11. Oklahoma State lost to No. 18 UCLA, 6966
12. Syracuse beat Santa Clara 95-75
and lost to Ohio, 61-55
13. Arizona beat ~W yoming, 94-$4
14. Pusrhje beat NcL 23 Xavier,7A-57
IS. Washington lost to Boise Sta 69-61
16. Indiana beat No. 10 Temple,63.62
17. New Me"xcodid notplay
18. UCL.A beat No. 11 tklahoma Slam,~ 69-66
19. Arkansas lost to Oklahoan487-57
20. Pittsburgh lost to Tennessee, 56-53
21. Utah beat Long Beach State, 61-54
22. Miami (Ohio)lost to Wsc.-Geen Bay,7860
23. Xavier lost to No. 14 Purdue, 71-57
24. Clemson did not play
25. St John's beat Boston College, 74-55
Asselin 22 2-4 0G0 1-3 0 5 4
Smith 29 548 3-5 0-4 1 5 13
Vignier 25 2-6 2-2 5-8 0 4 6
Reid 38 1-9 2-2 0-1 3 3 5
Bullock 39 9-22 10-0 4-5 1 2 32
Jones 31 3-10 3-3 2-3 2 2 9
Oliver 5 0.1 0-0 1.1 0 0 0
Young 11 2-4 12 2-2 0 2 5
Totals 200 24"4 21.2417-32 7 23 74
FG%:.375. FT%:.875. 3-point F6: 5-201 .250.
(Bullock 4-7, Reid 1.8, Smith 0-1, Jones 044).
3 (Asselin, Smith, Jones). Steals: 7 (Reid
3, Smith 2, Vignier, Bullock). Turovers: 12 (Smith
3. Jones 3, Asselin, Vignier, Reid, Bullock, Oliver,
Young). Technical Fouls: none.
Bullock 30 4-9 7-8 0-4 1 1 17
VanTimmeren 29 2-4 0.0 5-7 2 4 5
Mulic 22 . 58 0.2 8-11 0 4 10
Brown 35. 1-4 2-2 1-5 9 4 4
Jones 37 5-15 10-10 02 3 1 22
Williams 16 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 2
Evans 2 0-0 00 0-1 020
Barksdale 30 7-13 5.5 2-3 2 2 21
Totals 200 25.56 24-27184218 20 81
0%:.446. 2%:.889. 3pont F: 7-21. .333
(Jones 2-9, Bullock 2-6, Barksdale 2-3,
VanTimmeren 1-1, Williams 0.2). Blocks: 3Mulic,
Williams. Evans). Steals: 7 (Vanrimmeren 2,
Bullock, Brown, Jones. Williams. Barksdale).
Tun ers: 18 (Mulic 5, Barksdale 5, Jones 3.
Brown 2. Williams 2. VanTimmeren). Technical
Fods: none.
Michigan..-..-.-.........28 46-74
Western Michigan...............34 47 -81

State comes up short; Terps prevail

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - There wasn't
much that kept Jim Calhoun from smiling
Saturday. His top-ranked Connecticut
Huskies had just beaten No. 9 Michigan
State, 82-68, in an impressive outing in
front of a wild home crowd and a national
television audience.
His smile got a little wider, though, when
he was asked about the shooting struggles
of Richard Hamilton, the Huskies' presea-
son All-America guard.
"Part of why I'm feeling so good is that
we passed a tough test and we beat a very
good team by 14 points without our best
player," Calhoun said, referring to
Hamilton's 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting,
including 1-for-6 from 3-point range.
"When the lead went from four to 16, he
was sitting beside me."
But the Huskies (6-0) had so many other
weapons on the floor. Sophomore point
guard Khalid El-Amin had 20 points - 12
on 3-pointers, - and six assists. Junior
center Jake Voskuhl had 17 points on 7-of-
10 shooting. Junior power forward Kevin
Freeman had 16 points and six rebounds.
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