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(8) ARIZONA 89, Washington 2,
Oregon State 72 CAROLINA 2 (OT)
(12) Utah 71, OTTAWA 2,
-!A1 JOSE STATE 49 Boston 0
M) Stanford 89, Montreal 3,
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Washington 95,
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The Michigan soccer team landed two new recruits this
week. Abby Crumpton and Amy Sullivant, both from
Michigan, are the beginning of a potentially strong fresh-
man class next season.

February 19, 1999


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* s called paying your'dues and Michigan's been
doing it all season, even though they paid at least
half a season's worth last night. Not only did the
tth-place Wolverines have to watch as the Spartans
bounced on to the court to celebrate their second Big
Ten title in a row, but they had to do it in an arena
packed with hostile fans.
That hurts. Especially at home. And that's the kind of
thing that can be a big motivator - or just a big fat pain
in the butt.
All game, the Michigan players listened to the chants
and taunting rain down on them from the Michigan
State fans packed along the top rows of Crisler Arena.
What's worse is that the Michigan
ns- who, by the way, were there
st night - couldn't top them.
They sounded more like the Maize
Dazed than the Maize Rage.
The Michigan State fans, who
apparently know a dud crowd when
they see one, began taunting the
Maize Ragers, who simply and RICK
silently took it. FREEMAN
To cap it off, Morris Peterson put Freeman of
the exclamation point on Michigan's the Press
*$#@! of a night when he threw
down an alley-oop feed from Jason
Klein - and the crowd erupted.
"I feel for Michigan," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said.
And he does. He's had this happen before to him.
Three years ago, when the reins of the Michigan State
program were still fresh in his hands, Indiana fans came
and invaded the Breslin Center, much to Izzo's frustra-
Now, with his second Big Ten title firmly in his back
pocket, such incidents don't hurt as much as they did
en - or do for Brian Ellerbe now.
"I'm disappointed in our team to no end," Ellerbe
said. "We played like we didn't know what to do."
k He's wrong of course. He's probably right when he
said "nobody played well today."
But he's wrong, his disappointment will end - some-
day. Whether or not he wins a Big Ten regular-season
title, the hurt and the embarrassment created on the
Crisler Arena floor will be long gone, banished in a
spontaneous celebration and a wash of Gatorade like the
one that stained the shoulders of Izzo's jacket last night.
* Ellerbe might sound like he's given up on his team,
Tut he hasn't - it's not in the man to do something like
But as last night showed convincingly, it's definitely
in the fans to give up.
- Rick Freeman can be reached via e-mail at rick-

By Josh KI.inbaum
Daily Sports Editor
As the lower bowl of Crisler Arena slowly began to thin out,
waves of maize-and-blue fans streaming towards the exits, a
ring of green- and-white clad rooters in the upper rows of the
arena weren't going anywhere.
As No. 4 Michigan State sealed its 73-58 victory over arch-
rival Michigan to clinch a share of the Big Ten title, the Spartan
faithful broke out a cheer that was more than due: "We own
And for one night, they sure did.
Playing in front of a home crowd that was far from partisan
- if anything, it was Spartisan - the Wolverines were embar-
rassed in their own building, by
both their play and their crowd. MICHIGAN ST. 73
In a game that was closer than
the score indicated - the MICHIGAN 58
Wolverines pulled to within
seven with 4:20 to play - Michigan State took advantage of
strong offensive rebounding and Michigan's inability to exe-
"I'm disappointed in our team," Michigan coach Brian
Ellerbe said. "We didn't think. We played the game like we
didn't know what we were doing."
Michigan (4-9 Big Ten, 10-16 overall) didn't box out, didn't
set screens and, in the second half, couldn't get its shots to fall.
"It was the entire team," Ellerbe said. "Nobody played well
today. You can point to excuses, but there is not excuse."
Spartan forward Antonio Smith had a field day on the
boards, grabbing 14 of them. Michigan State (13-1, 24-4) out-
rebounded Michigan, 36-24.
In the second half, Michigan was unable to get any open
looks at the basket, largely because they didn't create opportu-
nities - screens and picks that should have been set weren't.
The result? The Wolverines shot just .304 from the field in the
second stanza.
But the Wolverines hung tight, in large part to 35 minutes of
solid defense, and the Spartans didn't put the game away until
there was just over three minutes to play. Michigan guard
Louis Bullock had just missed a 3-pointer in- which he
appeared to be blatantly fouled, but when he appealed to the
referee, he was promptly given a technical.
"I thought I got fouled," Bullock said. "I said something to
him that he didn't like, but I didn't curse at him or say anything
too bad."
It was the first technical in the senior's Michigan career.
Michigan State's Morris Peterson drained both of the ensuing
free throws and, when the Spartans got the ball back, all-
America candidate Mateen Cleaves hit a layup, giving them a
13 point lead.
But the referees were calling the game tightly both ways.
The Wolverines benefitted from a questionable technical as
well, bringing them to within six points, their closest in the
See SPARTANS, Page 13

Josh Asselin, try all he might, couldn't reject Michigan State's bid for a
Big Ten title, which it achieved with a 73-58 victory last night.

Weekend vital for
, M' hockey's future

'M' in third so far


By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Editor
Josh Langfeld isn't counting his
Michigan hockey team out of the
,onference race, even though they
rail Michigan State by six points in
he CCHA standings with just six
games to play.
"Were still trying to win the
league," Langfeld asserts. "If we take
four points this weekend and Notre
Dame beats Michigan State (tonight),
you're looking at 38 and 36 (points)
Those are two big ifs. The
Wolverines haven't won a game in
their last six tries, including last
Saturday's fortunate .2-2 tie on the
ad against Western Michigan -
the same squad they face tonight in
Michigan coach Red Berenson
isn't quite as publicly ambitious
about Michigan's conference finish
as is his sophomore winger.

"Our first priority is to get home
ice (for the CCHA playoffs),"
Berenson said. "Right now we're on
the bubble, where we could finish
fifth or sixth."
With victories in dire necessity, the*
schedule certainly picked a tough
time for Michigan to meet archrival
Michigan State.
The Spartans have not lost in 18
games, going 14-0-4 over the stretch,
and will roar into Joe Louis Arena
tomorrow night trying to continue
their success.
As usual with heated rivalries,
records and momentum mean little
when these two teams step on the ice.
But Michigan State won't wait
patiently for the Wolverines while
they sort out their problems.
To win either of the weekend's
games, the Wolverines will need to
avoid the first-period plague that has
hindered them throughout their
See BRONCOS, Page 12

By Michaet Kern
and Ryn C. Moloney
Daily Sports Wiliters
MINNEAPOLIS - It has been
only one day, but already the
Michigan women's swimming team is
performing up to Michigan coach Jim
Richardson's expectations.
The Wolverines swam to third-
place in the Big Ten Championships
last night with a score of 134 after one
day of events, despite not having any
swimmers in the 500 freestyle finals.
Minnesota finished the evening in
first place with a score of 181, fol-
lowed by Northwestern at 166.
The meet exploded out of the gates
with an exciting 200 free relay, in
which Michigan finished second to
the Wildcats by only .02 second.
"Those are the two fastest times in
the country" Richardson said.

As she has done all year, junior
Shannon Shakespeare won the 200
individual medley to capture her third
straight Big Ten title. In a rare display
of emotion after the race, Shakespeare
pumped her fist to the crowd and
flexed her biceps.
In what may be the comeback story{
of the year, senior Jen Eberwein fin-
ished second in the 50-free, losing to
defending Big Ten champion Jennifer
Christy of Indiana by only .04 sec-
Suffering from Epstein-Barr
Syndrome, Eberwein missed half of
December and the entire month of
January - it was questionable
whether she would be able to return
for the Big Ten Championships.
"It is a testament to how tough she
is and what kind of racer she is,"
Richardson said.

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