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10A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 17, 2000

Continued from Page 8A
But the Badgers (5-7, 13-11) shook off
their reputation off a sluggish offense
which slows down games, and put on a 3-
point shooting display in the first half.
Guards Duany Duany, Jon Bryant and
Roy Boone knocked themselves uncon-
scious from long range, nailing 10 of 10
3-point attempts, all but sealing the vic-
tory by the halftime score, 47-33.
"It's a whole different ballgame when
you make some shots," Wisconsin coach
Dick Bennett said. "We've been waiting
for that for a long time. We came out
early and shot the ball with great confi-
dence, so we were able to go inside in the
second half.'
Wisconsin's long-range accuracy was
record setting. After converting all 10 of
their attempts in the first half, Boone
knocked down his first try after the
break, giving the second-lowest scoring
team in the Big Ten I 1 in a row, tying an
NCAA Division I record.
"For (Wisconsin) to come out and
shoot the way they did was amazing"
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe said. After
his team's sixth-consecutive loss to

Indiana this past Sunday, Ellerbe had said
that Wisconsin was a team closer to the
Wolverines' playing ability.
Michigan tried a different look in the
lineup - starting two big men who
weren't used to the honored introductions
a week ago - Chris Young and Peter
Vignier. Young also started Sunday
against Indiana. But the twin towers were
ineffective, shooting a combined 1-of-4
in 39 minutes of action.
"I tried to reward those kids for play-
ing solid ball," Ellerbe said. "But they
had opportunities early and didn't con-
vert. You've got to hit those."
Duany started off the game with his
first of five 3-pointers just 25 seconds
after the tipoff, and Michigan never actu-
ally held the lead. But the game remained
a seesaw battle until Boone's triple with
9:20 remaining in the first half, increased
Wisconsin's lead to 10 points.
What was supposed to be a battle
between a high-scoring run-and-gun, yet
poor defensive team against a good
defensive team with few offensive
weapons quickly unfolded into a game of
P-I-G for the Badgers' sharpshooters.
Kevin Gaines led the Wolverines with
16 points.

M' heads east to prep for tourney

Blanchard 34 3-13 3-5 4-7 1 2 9
Young 27 1-3 2-2 1-6 1 3 4
Vignier 12 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 1 0
Jones 28 3-5 1-2 0-1 2 3 10
Gaines 38 614 3-4 0-3 3 4 16
Groninger, 16 0- 0-1 0-2 0 1 0
Asselin 22 2 4 3-4 13 0 2 7
Smithl 18 5-7 1-2 0-2 1 S 11
Anderson 5 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2
Totals 200 20-48 15-22 9-31 9 21 591
FGl: .417 FT%: .682 3-point FG: 4-14< .286 (Jones 3-4, _
Gaines 1-5, Blanchard 04. Srnth 0-1). Blocks: 6 (Young
3, Blancthard, Vigniei (i-oninger) Steals 4 (Gaines 2,
)ones, Blanchard Turnovers, 11(ones 3, Blanchard 2,
Young, Vigntei-.Gaines Asselin, Smith, Anderson).
Technical Fouls: none,
Linton 29 2-6 3-4 0-2 3 2 7
Kowske 30 4-9 0-2 4-6 0 3 6
Vershaw 25 2-6 3-4 0-4 1 4 7
Duany 21 6-6 0y-0 0-2' 0 2 17;
Kelley 27 1-1 0-0 0-2 2 2 2.
Davis_ 13 1-2 2-6 0-4 3 '2 -4
Bryant 16 3-6 0-0 0- 1 0 9
Penney 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Smith 1 0.1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1_
Boone 17 56 33 0-0 3 2 17
Wills 18 0-3 3.6 1-3 2 1 3
Totals 200 24-47 1527 8-29 15 20 75
FG%:,.511 FT%: .556 3-point FG: 12-17, .706 (Duany5-5,
Boone 4-5 Bryant 3.5, Wils 0.23. Blocks 2 (Linton.
Vershaw) teals: 6 (Boone 2, Bryant; Kelley, Kowske,
Linton). Turnovers: 18 (Linon 3, Vershaw 3. Duany 2,
Davis 2). Technical Fouls: none.

By Rohit Bhave
Daily Sports riter

After a two-week stretch of elite colle-
giate and national gymnastics competi-
tion, the No. 1 Michigan men's gymnas-
tics team travels to Massachusetts to face
the over-matched Minutemen in the
Curry Hicks Cage.
Entering Michigan coach Kurt
Golder's "second phase" of the season,
the Wolverines will juggle their lineup to
see which specialists can emerge to help
them at the Big Ten and NCAA
Saturday, Michigan finally injects
highly acclaimed sophomore Daniel
Diaz-Luong into its lineup.
The first half of Diaz-Luong's season
was wiped out by his ankle injury. In
Amherst, he will participate in four
events: High bar, parallel bar, rings, and
pommel horse. His ankle will still keep
him out of the vault and the floor exer-
cise, but he -will tremendously benefit
the Wolverines on the high bar, their
weakest event.
While all-around performers like
.:ophomore Scott Vetere and junior co-

captains Justin Toman and Kevin
Roulston rest on some events this week-
end, ring specialists senior Ethan
Johnson and freshman Conan
Parzuchowski will both compete for the
first time this season.
Golder looks for one of them to
emerge and earn a spot in their champi-
onship meet lineup.
Of the two, Johnson has the highest
score on rings, having scored 9.75 twice
this season, against Penn State and
against Illinois-Chicago.
Because Michigan can only use 12
gymnasts on six events in the later charn-
pionship meets, it is critical that it finds
the right specialists to use in its top line-
up. Because of the intense competition
for the final roster, specialists Tim Dehr
(pommel horse), Kenny Keener,
Johnson and Parzuchowski (rings) need
to establish themselves as champi-
onship-ready in the next few meets.
Instead of using this meet to flex their
strongest squad, Golder's staff will
attempt to find the gymnasts who will
contour their final lineup into champi-
onship form.
"We get (Diaz-Lutng and sophomore

Brad Kenna) back ... it is (now) a matter
of getting them both to peak at the end of
the year," Golder said.
In Diaz-Luong, Michigan receives an
All-American vault and high bar com-
petitor. In Kenna, an excellent floor exer-
cise and vault performer.
Both significantly improve the'
Wolverines in their weakest event, the
vault and the high bar. Ohio State
exposed these two flawed events and
came back to hand Michigan a nail-bit-
ing loss in Columbus.
Although subsequent dual-meets do
not pose rough competition for the top-
ranked tumblers, the Wolverines cannot
overlook their need to improve as a team
before the NCAA Championships in late
March. To earn the crown, Michigan
needs 12 gymnasts to arrive in Iowa City,
lowa in peak form.
Last season, vital role-players caught
fire to elevate the Wolverines to a nation-
al title.
The next month of meets and work-
outs will go far in determining exactly
which gymnasts play a role in
Michigan's highly anticipated post-sea-

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