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All-Big Ten football
Michigan offensive lineman Steve
Hutchinson was named to his fourth
All-Big Ten first team. Check online to
see what other Wolverines made the
squad.
michigandaily.com/sports

ORTS

WEDNESDAY
NOVEMBER 29, 2000

Bad shooting
sinks Blue
By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe must
have had a hard time sleeping last night.
His Wolverines blew an 11-point lead
in the second half to fall to No. 12 Wake
Forest, 71-60,
in the Big ' WAKEFOREST 71
T Ten/ACC
Challenge. MIIiGAN 60
Couple the
loss with upcoming games against No.
13 Maryland, either No. 19 St. John's or
George Washington and No. I Duke at
Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Ellerbe
might not see a good night's rest for the
next two weeks.
The second-half collapse for
Michigan (2-2) was a result of its worst
shooting half of the season. The
Wolverines shot just 34.4 percent (11-
for-32), including a 1-for-12 perfor-
mance on threes and 5-of-12 shooting
from the line.
"To lose this game is hard to swal-
low" Ellerbe said. "We shot ourselves in
the foot on the free throw line, and you
can't do that against this good of a bas-
ketball team."
Shooting just 3-of-13 from the field,
Michigan's leading scorer, sophomore
LaVell Blanchard. finished the game
with only 13 points, by far his lowest
output of the season. Freshman Bernard
Robinson, who entered the game as
Michigan's second-leading scorer with
17.4 points per game, finished with 12
points on a 6-for-19 performance.
"Shot selection," Ellerbe said simply.
"Those guys know that they have the
ability to create shots and make shots,
and they were overzealous."
Michigan crashed the boards all

Falling

down

O'Kelly shines
while Michigan'

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Blanchard suffers
By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
As marquis players, Michigan's Lavell Blanchard and
Wake Forest's Robert O'Kelley both shoulder much of
the weight of wins and losses for their respective pro-
grams.
In yesterday's 71-60 Wake Forest victory, it was the!
preseason Naismith candidate, O'Kelley, controlling
the contest with long range 3-pointers and veteran ball-
handling. Meanwhile, Blanchard forced shots and
missed free throws in crunch time.
O'Kelly had a quiet first half, but the senior emerged
in the second period with II points, including two
bombs from behind the are. The first came from well
behind the line with an expiring shot clock, allowing
Wake Forest to retake a 47-46 lead with II minutes
remaining. It was the Demon Deacons' first advantage
of the second half.
A few minutes later, O'Kelley elevated over the
defense for a second three, a dagger in Michigan's
heart.
Furthermore, the point guard's floor presence helped
Wake Forest create open shots, all while taking care of
the basketball. The Demon Deacons tallied just eight
turnovers in the game.
"Robert had an outstanding game. He produced when
we needed in a lot of ways," Wake Forest coach Dave
Odom said.
While O'Kelley thrived, Blanchard fizzled.
In the game's opening minutes. Blanchard appeared
headed to a breakout performance in front of the nation-
al television audience. He immediately demonstrated
his adroit shooter's touch, making two tough floaters.
But after those quick baskets, Blanchard proceeded
to have a miserable shooting night, missing all seven
second-half shots.
"He kind of forced up a couple shots at the end, but
See WAKE FOREST, Page 12

'M' favors WCHA
style of officiating
By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Writer
The Olympic-sized ice in the two WCHA arenas was
not the only thing the Michigan hockey team had to adjust
to this past weekend.
Out-of-conference venues brought about nearly penal-
ty- free games -- ~a rare occurrence in most of the
W'olverines' CCHA-officiated contests.
Members of the WCHA officiating crew headed by
Bill Mason raised their right arms just seven times in
Saturday's game, signifying only 14 penalty mimntes
between both teams - much to the pleasure of the jay-
ers.
"I think it was awesome," said Michigan senior
defenseman Bob Gassoff, who felt Saturday night's game
was the-"best officiated game I've seen in his years at
Michigan."
Hockey is "a man's game and you should be able to
face that adversity and to keep going and not to call every
minor little thing," Gassoff added. "Too many tiniesoffi-
cials try to dictate too much of what goes on."
Tightly-called games are known to disrupt themoitien-
tum of the game with many stoppages, while shortening
the teams' benches and forcing special-team units ti log
huge chunks of minutes. This often leaves the strengi of
a team - its first or second line - to either watch hdrm-
lessly from the bench or be worn out from participatig in
the special-teams battle.
Too many penalties "can change the makeup of our
team quite a bit:" Michigan coach Red Berenson said,
Although some argue that by calling the games closely.
it will lead to more disciplined hockey down the road.--
history tells a different story.
Case in point: The-second game of Michigan's mNie-
and-home series with Ferris State. After the penaltv-rid-
-den game called by head referee Tony Molina that Inlud-
ed four disqualifications for fighting - the two teams
definitely didn't learn their lesson as emotions boiled ever
to the tune of 34 penalties for 142 minutes in the box.
That's not all.
After the final horn sounded, a bench-clearing brawl
ensued, resulting in six suspensions -including three
Wolverines.
"People get more upset and frustrated when you re call-
ing every little thing and that may tend to make thjngs
escalate a little more,' Gassoff said.
That's why the buzz around the Michigan lockeOoom
on Saturday night was not just about the big upset of
Minnesota - but also how the teams were just allowed to
play the game.
"I think it's better to let the teams play and let them
See OFFICIATING, Page 12

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Scrappy play by Avery Queen wasn't enough to lift Michigan over No. 12 Wake Forest.

game, outrebounding the Demon
Deacons 49-33. The Wolverines had 23
offensive rebounds - including seven
from Chris Young and five apiece from
Josh Asselin and Blanchard - to Wake
Forest's six.
Young finished with 10 points and 13
rebounds for his second double-double
of the season. Asselin also had a double-
double with 12 and I1, respectively.
In a game of runs, Michigan jumped
out of the gate in the second half with an
8-0 burst to extend their lead to 11 with
16 minutes to play. But Wake Forest
countered with a 9-2 run of its own.
Down the stretch, experience and vet-
eran leadership proved to be the differ-
ence for Wake Forest (5-0). Senior guard
Robert O'Kellev scored 10 of his 19

points in the final 11:30 of the game,
including two big 3-pointers -one
from 30 feet out with the shot clock hit-
ting zero to give Wake Forest back the
lead, 47-46, with I 1:09 to go in the
tame.
"it was a game of spurts;' Wake
Forest coach Dave Odom said. "The
cold hard facts are that the difference
was our experience and not getting frus-
trated and not becoming anxious in
those moments"
With three big games on the horizon,
the young Wolverines have no time to
dwell on what could have been.
"We can't see this as a moral victory
because we hung in with the No. 12
team in the country," Young said. "We
should have wvon this game."

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