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14A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 10, 1998

Behind Avery's Duke-record eight
3-pointers, Blue Devils roll, 116-86

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Mike Krzyzewski has
coached a lot of great players at Duke, so he isn't
easily impressed. But he was very impressed by
William Avery's performance against Florida last
night.
Avery sank a school-record eight 3-pointers and
finished with 26 points and nine assists as the third-
ranked Blue Devils routed the previously unbeaten
Gators 116-86.
"Of all the kids on the court for both teams, Avery
was just a level above everyone," Krzyzewski said of
his sophomore point guard.
"What a magnificent performance, not just in
shooting but in every aspect of his game - clock sit-
uation, assists-to-turnovers, good defense. That was
one of the better performances here since I've
coached. That was a special performance."
The Blue Devils (8-1) scorched the previously
unbeaten Gators (5-1) for 63 first-half points, and
Duke's point total matched the most ever against
Florida. Tennessee also had 116 against the Gators
on Jan. I1, 1979.
Avery broke the Duke record of seven 3-pointers
in a game set by Chris Collins in 1996 and tied by
Trajan Langdon in 1997. The Blue Devils made a

season-high 16 of 23 shots beyond the arc, including
8-for-10 by Avery.
"I was like, 'Man, I'm on fire, I'm on fire'" Avery
said. "But I was just so focused on running the team
I wasn't like, 'Hey, you've got to get me the ball.' I
was still running the team. That's my job and Ididn't
get caught up in the moment."
Florida had given up a total of 22 3-pointers in five
games prior to Duke's barrage.
"I think they concentrated on the inside game, but
our shooters were wide open," said Chris Carrawell.
"We had already hit four or five 3-pointers in the
first half- you've got to adjust a little bit. They did-
n't adjust."
Langdon added 20 points for Duke, while Corey
Maggette and Elton Brand had 16 each.
Udonis Haslem led the Gators with 19 points
despite battling foul trouble. Mike Miller, Florida's
leading scorer, added 15 points.
Miller, who didn't start, returned after missing two
games with an ankle injury.
The Blue Devils, playing the Gators for the first
time since defeating them in the 1994 national semi-
finals, won for the 26th straight time in Cameron
Indoor Stadium and improved to 117-2 against non-

conference teams here since 1983.
"I don't think we've earned the right to be lumped
in with the-elite group of teams," said Florida coach
Billy Donovan. "We wanted to go up and down with
them and play. We've got a lot of room to impro4
but I think the pieces are here."
The Gators, starting two sophomores and three
freshmen, held their own in the opening nine minutes
and were tied 23-23 with the Blue Devils.
But then Avery sank a pair of 3-pointers and Duke
pulled away.
Florida closed to 38-31, but Duke then went on a
25-10 run to close out the first half as Avery sank a
pair of shots beyond the arc in a 31-second span.
Duke made 12 of its first 17 3-point attempts and
Avery was 7-for-7 from long range before missin
with 13 minutes left.
Florida cut Duke's lead to 13, but a pair of dunks
by Maggette got the crowd back into the game and
Florida never got closer than I 1 over the final 10
minutes as the fans taunted the Gators with chan*sof
"Stick with football."
Duke's 16 3-pointers were the most against a
Florida team. Alabama had 14 against the Gators on
March 7, 1997.

AP PHOTO
Duke center Elton Brand scored 16 points last night in Duke's 30-point victory, but
teammate William Avery was the real story for the Blue Devils, draining a school-
record eight 3-pointers.

UConn survives scare from UMass

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -
Massachusetts forced Connecticut into a
slow tempo, but clutch shooting by Richard
Hamilton and Khalid El-Amin in the last
minute salvaged a victory for the Huskies.
Massachusetts pulled within 55-52 on
Ajmal Basit's dunk with 2:05 left, but a dri-
ving basket by Hamilton and two foul shots
by EI-Amin with 36 seconds left kept
Connecticut on top.
Albert Mouring led UConn (7-0) with 13
points. Lari Ketner scored 15 points for
UMass (1-4), which has lost four in a row
since winning its opener over Niagara.

NEW YORK (AP) - Bootsy Thornton
scored a career-high 23 points, including 15
in a 21-6 run that helped St. John's beat
Pittsburgh.
The Red Storm (7-2, 2-0 Big East) won
their fourth straight since losing consecu-
tive games to Stanford and Purdue.
Pittsburgh (7-3, 0-1) has lost three of its
last four, with all the losses against ranked
teams.
Ron Artest added 15 points on 7-of-11
shooting for St. John's, while Tyrone Grant
had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

WISCONSIN 63, P
PHILADELPH
scored 14 points ar
pointers to hand T
loss.
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first time since t
only the third time
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points and one reb
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from beyond the
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No. 18 ST.
PITTSBURGH 52

No. 25 UTAH 87, WEBER ST. 74
No. 16 TEMPLE 56 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -Andre Miller
A (AP) - Sean Mason scored 19 points and became Utah's career
nd Wisconsin made 13 3- steals leader.
emple its fourth straight Miller keyed a 15-4 Utah rally midway
through the second half that blew open a
lost four in a row for the close game and gave the road-weary Utes
he 1992-93 season and (5-3) a much-needed home victory. Miller
in the John Chancy era. scored six points and assisted on another
straight and finished 14- basket during the run.
aney's first season. Hanno Mottola added 17 points as Utah
had 13 points for the won its fifth straight over Weber State (4-
ose stifling defense frus- 3). Alex Jensen had 15 points, eight
Pepe Sanchez and held 6- rebounds and eight assists for Utah. Harold
Lamont Barnes to three Arceneaux led Weber State with 23 points.
ound. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Elton
Jerwood each made four Scott scored 19 points and reserve Brooks
sconsin shot 13-for-21 Berry had eight of his career-high 16 points
arc. Mark Karcher led in a key second-half run as West Virginia
oints, with all but one won its Big East opener.
nd half. Syracuse (7-2) lost for the second time in
five days.
JOHN's 73, No. 20 West Virginia (4-3), which trailed 32-30
at halftime, used a zone defense early in the

second half to cut off Syracuse's inside
game and hold the Orangemen scoreless for
seven minutes.
DETROIT 60, CENT. MICHIGAN 51
DETROIT (AP) - Jermaine Jackson
scored 15 points and Walter Craft grabbed a
career-best 13 rebounds in pacing Detroit to
a 60-51 win over Central Michigan on
Wednesday night.
Jackson became the 28th player in
Detroit's history to tally at least 1,000
career points.
The Titans (6-2) led 26-20 at halftime
and never trailed against Central (3-
5).Detroit outrebounded Central, 44-34.
Desmond Ferguson and Rashad Phillips
each added 12 points for the Titans.
Mike Manciel led Central with 16 points,
and Tim Kisner added 14 points.
WAYNE, MICH. 80, MADONNA 57
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) - Tony Goins
scored 19 points - nine from 3-point range
- and grabbed five rebounds, helping
Wayne State to a 80-57 win Wednesday
night over Madonna.
Tom Pauly added 12 points for the Tartars
(7-1), who led the Crusaders (2-8) 33-29 at
halftime.
Wayne State hit half of its 60 shots from
the field and outrebounded Madonna 38-
25. Madonna shot 42 percent from the
floor, and connected on just 35 percent of
its shots in the second half.
Narvin Russaw scored 14 points and
John-Mark Branch had 10 for Madonna.

No. 1 Connecticut survived a scare last night In its five-polnt victory over Massachusetts. Connecticut
improved its record to 7-0 with the narrow win, while the Minutemen dropped to 1-4.

Powers plans to stay

- for now

After six years, sought-after assistant coach still loyal to 'M'

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
Looking behind the bench of the
Michigan hockey program, it's evident
who's in charge - the man with the
cherry locks.
But Red Berenson isn't the only
one responsible for the Wolverines'
two national championships, and other
schools know it. Sooner or later, rival
programs will pursue one of
Michigan's behind-the-scenes men -
such as sixth-year assistant coach Billy
Powers.
Even though Powers says he would
eventually like to assume the reins of
his own team, for now he's satisfied in
Ann Arbor, working with Berenson
and helping to direct one of the nation's
most prolific hockey programs.
"I don't think I'm too concerned
about that at this point," Powers said. "I
think I still have two or three good
ears to continue to learn some things."
As a Michigan player under
erenson from 1986-88, Powers
amassed a successful career, including
elping the Wolverines win the famed
11-10 game against defending national
hampion RPI in 1986, notching a hat
rick.

Even though to some it may be a
dream to work at their alma mater, it's
all business to Powers.
"It's a nice feeling to be familiar
with the atmosphere that you're in,"
Powers said. "I'm more than willing to
leave if I have to, but you've just got to
keep doing what you're doing.
"i don't want to put myself in a
position where I took a job just so I
could be a head coach"
INTELLIGENT ICERS: This week is
one of the most difficult of the season
for the Wolverines - not just because
they're facing Northern Michigan
tomorrow in a rematch of Halloween
night's 6-1 drubbing at Yost Ice Arena,
but because the Wolverines have to
strike a balance with their final exams
as well.
The margin for error is slim, both
against the Wildcats and in class, as the
academic-oriented Berenson always
places a high priority on education and
grades.
So the Wolverines must learn their
lessons well, both in economics and
history as well as in stopping Northern
Michigan's J.P. Vigier, the CCHA's
goal-scoring leader with 14.
Berenson said this week has been

tough, with players missing parts oft
various practices due to tests. Playing
on the road two weekends in a row has
n't helped Michigan settle in the acadt
emic groove much, either. '
"The challenge is for us to gbt
through this week," Berenson said. "
want them to take care of business
school."
STAT BOOK: Allowing just eighir
goals in his past seven games has
moved Michigan goaltender Josh
Blackburn into the lead for the confer- i
ence's top goals-against average.
The freshman's 1.44 mark puts hinY
just hundreths ahead of rival namesake
Joe Blackburn of Michigan State.
More Powers to you,
Michigan hockey assistant coach
Billy Powers isn't the only famous ,.
Powers. Here are some others:
Michigan assis:-
tant coach >.
Powers hopes'
to land a head
coaching job
someday.
Billy Powers
Bowling Greer
hockey coac
Buddy Power
has already
lost to
Michigan
d F' twice this
sea-son.

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