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November 16, 1998 - Image 9

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Big Dayne
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MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Florida International freshman basketball player Karel
Rosario celebrates after defeating Michigan, 69.62.
Panthers stun
Men In opener
By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Writer
MIAMI - Bleachers full of screaming Florida
International fans officially welcomed Michigan's bas-
ketball team to the regular season Friday night. Storming
the court to embrace their heroes for the night - the
Florida International players - the fans and the players
celebrated the first victo-_
ry of the season as Fla. International 69
though they had won the
last game in March. Michigan 62
Smiling students
crowded around Florida International guard Raja Bell,
hoping to touch greatness the way the 6-5 senior had all
night, scoring 23 points as he lifted his team into school
history with a 69-62 victory over Michigan.
Bell recounted the way Florida International president
Modesto Maidique came into the lockerroom after the
game: "He said, 'Fellas, I just want to let you know that
was the biggest win in FIU history."'
"That was beautiful tonight," Bell said of the record
See HISTORY, Page 8B
W omen sun
Commodores
By Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
NASHVILLE - Heartbreak Hotel.
For the Michigan women's basketball team, Vanderbilt's
Memorial Gym was just that.
The Wolverines went into Friday's game against the No.
20t Commodores looking to pull off an upset. They fell
short, just like many of their shots. In fact, Michigan mus-
tered just 45 points in the game, losing 57-45.
With every missed shot, the collective heart of the
Wolverines was slowing breaking.
Defensively, however, Michigan (0-1) was surprisingly
effective. The Wolverines succeeded in holding one of the
most productive offenses in the country to 57 points.
The defense created many opportunities for the
Wolverines, but no matter what they tried, they just could-
n't convert.
"I didn't think that defensively we played too badly,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "To hold Vanderbilt to
57 points in their own gym on opening day isn't too bad.
"We missed a lot of easy shots and if we'd been able to
make a couple of those, we'd have a different ballgame."
The shooting woes began early for the Wolverines. They
shot 18-percent in the first half, making just five field
goals. Vanderbilt (1-0) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and
led 27-15 at the half.
"I think they will grow as the season progresses,"
Vanderbilt coach Jim Foster said of Michigan. "I think
defensively they're there already. I like a lot of what they
See WOMEN'S HOOPS, Page 9B

on Dayne was sitting by him-
self on the bench, looking
straight ahead. There were
just a couple minutes left in
Saturday's game between Wisconsin
and Michigan, and Dayne's team
was already beaten, so there wasn't
much he could do. But then, he was-
n't able to do much of anything all
afternoon.
Dayne was the big name coming
into the game.
the 260-pound
running back
you just had to
see to believe.

He was big,
they said, big-
ger than each
and every
M i c h i g a n
linebacker.

JIM
ROSE

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Josh Williams and the Michigan defense harassed Wisconsin quarterback Mike Samuel all game in Michigan's 2740 victory over the Badgers.

Smelling
like a Rose

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.._ .:_

And he was R
bad, they said, Beef
badder than
anyone the Wolverines had seen.
Lloyd Carr said the Wolverines
didn't have anyone who could simu-
late Dayne in practice. If they did,
Carr said, they wouldn't use him -
they didn't want anyone actually get-
ting injured before the real game.
But as it turned out, the
Wolverines did find somebody to
take on Dayne's role, at least for a
while. One defensive starter said
that freshman Dave Armstrong, list-
ed as a 6-3, 250-pound linebacker,
assumed Dayne's role in the days
before the game. Armstrong wasn't
quite as fast as Dayne, he said, "but
he was about as big."
Whether Armstrong had anything
to do with it or not, the Wolverines
absolutely outclassed the Badgers
from start to finish, and Dayne's
inability to get moving, so to speak,
had a lot to do with it.
The "Great" Dayne was averaging
more than 140 yards per game, but
on Saturday he managed just 53.
After the game, reports surfaced that
Dayne had played with an ear infec-
tion. Amazing how that happens.
But, I suppose if I were more than
100 yards under my average, I might
just find myself an ear infection,
too.
It started with Dayne, but his futil-
ity against Michigan's defense was
just that - the start. The rest of the
game - the start, the middle, the
finish - belonged to Michigan as
well.
I don't know exactly how it looked
from the stands, but from the press
box, Saturday's win was Michigan's
best performance of the season.
The running game? How's two
backs with more than 100 yards
each?
The passing game? Try 200-plus
yards from Tom Brady, the old tight-
end-misdirection play working to
perfection and five more catches by
See ROSE, Page 4B

By thumping Wisconsin
on Saturday, Michigan
took a big step toward
its second straight trip to the Rose Bowl.
The Wolverines can assure themselves of a
trip to Pasadena by beating Ohio State on
Saturday.
Regardless, the Big Ten representative will
be determined after this weekend, which
sees Wisconsin host Penn State in addition
to the showdown in Columbus.
A breakdown of the three remaining hope-
fuls, and their chances of making it to the
Grandaddy of them All:
I Michigan will go to the Rose Bowl if: The
Wolverines beat Ohio State this Saturday.
End of story.
Wisconsin will go to the Rose Bowl if:
The Badgers beat Penn State on Saturday,
and Ohio State beats Michigan.
I Ohio State will go to the Rose Bowl If:
The Buckeyes beat Michigan, and
Wisconsin loses to Penn State.

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MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Marcus Ray stopped Ron Dayne on this run, and the Wolverines stopped Dayne all after-
noon long.

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -

Katie McGregor
ran away from
the rest of the
getdat this week-
end's NCAA
regional, setting
a new course
record of 17:02
and leading the
Michigan
women's cross

Katie McGregor won yet another
meet this weekend ... this time,
the NCAA regional meet. And she
did it in record time. The Michigan-
women took second place, and so
did the men, who ran without All-
American John Mortimer.
Up next for the both the men's and
women's teams: the NCAA
Championships, one week from
today in Lawrence, Kan.
The Daily was in Indiana for the
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