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MEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(1) Liconn 70
MIAMI, FL. 68
(2) Duke 82
CLEMSON 60
(6) KENTUCKY 72
(7) Auburn 62

(9) St. John's 84
PROVIDENCE 57
(12) UCLA 98
USC 80
(16)WISCONSIN 75
Illinois 53
Alabama 67
(21) ARKANSAS 60

OKLAHOMA ST. 75
Baylor 47
Nebraska 96
(25) OKLAHOMA 81
NORTHWESTERN 62
Penn St. 60

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Check out the Michigan hockey team tonight with
Standing Room Only tickets. They are available today
at the Hartwig ticket office, so if you missed the sea-
son ticket sale this fall, here's your chance.

Thursday
January 21, 1999

IDA

Icers look to shuffle with retooled lineup

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team has
caught itself in a midseason shuffle.
Not only has the team tallied a
mediocre 3-3 record of late, but
Michigan coach Red Berenson has
shaffled his lineup again.
Instead of a hockey sweater,
Andrew Merrick and Greg Crozier
will be wearing cardigans and suits
while they sit in the press box watch-
ing their team battle Bowling Green
tonight at 7 p.m.
Both were involved in the fracas at
the end of the Ferris State game this
past Friday.
"This isn't discipline," Berenson

said. "Merrick's a fourth-line player,
and he did not help himself by being
in that incident. We've seen what they
can do, now it's time to see what (oth-
ers) can do."
Senior center Bobby Hayes will join
them because of a major high sticking
penalty and game disqualification
committed against Western Michigan
on Saturday.
In place of the three icers, Berenson
will insert forward Craig Murray, who
has recovered from a nagging lace bite
injury. Krikor Arman and Bob
Gassoff, who performed admirably
well in Saturday's win over Western
Michigan, will also be replacing the
trio.

"We've been practicing with
(Gassoff) at forward since about two
weeks ago so he'll be ready,"
Berenson said. .
Luckily for the Wolverines, forward
Geoff Koch is expected to return after
missing the Western Michigan game
due to a concussion.
And perhaps Michigan can continue
to the luck that it has already had
against the Falcons. The host
Wolverines have two 5-2 victories to
their credit over the Falcons thus far
this season.
Still, Bowling Green has the poten-
tial to upset the Wolverines. The
Falcons proved to be pesky last Friday,
tying first-place Michigan State.

"I've been impressed (with Bowling
Green). Obviously they're playing
close to their expectations of last sea-
son," Berenson said. " They've got
talent. They've got one big line that is
as good as any line in the league."
Bowling Green comes in with one
of the most prolific power plays in the
conference, which could pose a threat
to the Wolverines without Hayes, one
of the team's best penalty killers.
"The thing that scares you is their
offense," Berenson said. "They're a
team that can beat you on the power
play. The games we've had with them
are really good, hard-fought games.
"The first game (Oct. 30 At Yost)
See FALCONS, Page 12A

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NATHAN RUFFER/DaiIy
Michigan winger Josh Langfeld will battle against Bowling Green tonight at Yost
Ice Arena.

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OHANI JONES/Daily
Michigan guard Stacey Thomas lays out for a loose ball in yesterday's 76-75 over-
time victory against Michigan State. Thomas had 15 points for the Wolverines.
Women break losing
Streak, eSpartans

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
If there was any victory that was
worth waiting six games for, it was
played last night at Crisler Arena.
The Michigan women's basketball
team broke its five game losing streak
when it defeated Michigan State, 76-
75, in overtime.
The Spartans took an early lead
when Becky Cummings made a
jumper 10 seconds into the game.
But that act was the fuel that the
Wolverines needed to prompt a 15-3
run. Freshman Alayne Ingram would
give Michigan their first lead of the
game and contributed to that lead by
scoring a 3-pointer, giving the team
took a 7-4 lead.
And freshman Ruth Kipping would
add two jumpers, helping her team to
their biggest lead of the night. But that
was where the Wolverine's fire would
be put out. The Spartans would go on
a run of their own, as they outscored

the Wolverines 12-0 in a span of five
minutes.
Michigan called a necessary time-
out to regain composure.
"Everybody's going to go on a run,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said.
"So you call your time-out to stop
momentum. At that point we were
turning the ball over ... We needed to
slow down a little bit and be a little
more patient."
Even with a few smaller Spartan
runs, the Wolverines were able to keep
the game close at the half, trailing
Michigan State, 35-31.
And all of the emotions were let
loose upon entering the second half.
Michigan quickly regained the lead,
with key lay-ups from Alison Miller
and Anne Thorius.
Michigan was up by as many as
seven points when the Spartans came
storming back to tie up the game at 66
with just a minute left, a score that
See STATE, Page 13A

76-70
By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - Who says
there's nothing to be learned from
losses? Definitely not Brian Ellerbe.
His Michigan basketball team lost,
76-70, to No. 17 Minnesota last
night.
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v e r y N Minnesota 76
proud of Michigan 70
my team.
I think we grew up a lot tonight,"
Ellerbe said. "We fought to get the
game under control, but 76 points is
just too many to give up."
Credit Minnesota's Quincy Lewis.
The senior scored 30 points 1ast
night, topped only by Michigan's
Louis Bullock, who had 33. Lewis'
coach, Clem Haskins, felt he could
have scored more.
"I'd like to think the officials could
give him some calls," Haskins said.
If that had happened, Michigan
wouldn't have had a prayer. The
Golden Gophers (3-2 Big Ten, 12-3
overall) sank 34 of 30 free throws, 15
of which came on Lewis' 16
attempts. Michigan, by contrast,
went 10 of 14 from the line.
Haskins said his team needed the
free throws to win, and Ellerbe
wouldn't disagree. But whether he
disagreed with the disparity between
the teams' trips to the line, he would
not say. But he indicated that the dis-
crepancy had not escaped his notice.
Michigan struggled, as it has
before, at the end of the first half.
See GOPHERS, Page 14A

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Minnesota's Antoine Broxsie shoots over Michigan forward Josh Asselin in Minnesota's 76-70 victory over Michigan last
night. Asselin, who had been extremely hot the last three games, was held to just two points and two rebounds.

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Grapplers go north for Big Ten double dip

By Chris Grandstaff
[aily Sports W iter
If you think it's too cold in Ann Arbor,
be glad that you're not part of the
Michigan wrestling team. The Wolverine
grapplers will make a Nordic tour of
Lake Superior this weekend for two
important Big Ten meets.
The Wolverines will reopen small
game season as they face the Minnesota
Golden Gophers tomorrow and the
Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday.

The Gophers are ranked No. 2 in the
country, and the team is this year's
favorite to win the Big Ten. The Gophers
defeated perennial national champion
Iowa, which is currently ranked third, at
the Cliff Keen National Wrestling Duals
in Iowa City last weekend.
The Gophers are led by all-American
Brandon Eggum (184 pounds), three-
time all-America Chad Kraft (157
pounds.), defending national champion
Tim Hartung (197 pounds) and last

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Lesnar (Heavyweight).
"They've got three guys ranked No. 1
in their respective weight classes, and
their heavyweight is an exceptional ath-
lete;' Michigan wrestling coach Dale
Bahr said.
But Gophers aren't invincible.
Minnesota is coming off a loss at last
weekend's prestigious National Duals,
where they were defeated by traditional
powerhouse Oklahoma State.
"They're going to be worn out" Bahr
said. "They went through the meat
grinder at the National Duals and now
they have to come back and wrestle a
Big Ten opponent."
The Wolverines hope to capitalize on
every opportunity afforded to them by
the weakened varmits from the State of
1,000 Lakes.
"We're gonna ding them whenever we
can;' Bahr said. "It's at their place, so
they've got an advantage on us there, but
realistically we should be favored in four
of the 10 weight classes. We're going to
need to win all the matches we're
favored in, and pull off an upset some-
where."
As usual, the Wolverines will be lead

pounds)-ranked eighth, seventh and se@
enth respectively. These three, along
with fifth-ranked Otto Olson (174
pounds), are the keys to success this
weekend.
"Right now, with Minnesota a little
tired, and us wrestling the way we are,
we have a legitimate shot up there;' Bahr
said. "Minnesota is ripe for the upset."
The Wolverines will need to quickly
refocus for the meet against the Badgers,
in Madison just two days later.
Although not at the same caliber 4
Minnesota, the Badgers have "some
tough kids," Bahr said.
"Overall we're a stronger dual team.
We need to make sure that no matter
what happens in Minnesota, it doesn't
carry over in a negative way when we get
to Wisconsin:'
The Wolverines will also need to
guard against jet-lag.
"This is a tough travel weekend fo
us," Bahr said. "I just want us to give 1
our best and stay healthy."
Michigan could get an added boost
with the possible return of heavyweight
Matt Brink, who is listed as questionable
for this weekend's matches.
"We're taking him with us on the trip,

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