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FRIDAY
JANUARY 19, 2001

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{118 Raael GoodsEtein
lltily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - Just when you
think they might be alive, the
Wolverines die again.
The Michigan men's basketball.
team (1-3 Big Ten, 7-8 overall)
played inspired basketball in both
halves' opening minutes. It jumped
ut to an 8-4 lead, but after that, it.
was the same old team: turnovers,
missed jump shots leading to fast-
breaks, early deficits and ultimately
a 78-61 loss.
I thought we got off to a good
start," Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe
said. "But
you have to 8 Mic~iiiPx 61
continue to
play to sus- OHIo STA Tu 78
tain it."
;f) After the game-opening run, Ohio
State responded with an 18-0 run
to take a 22-8 lead.
Just when you thought Michigan
was dead again, it went on a ,quick
11-5 spurt to tighten the game.
"It seemed like we were always
able to hit a couple of free throws, a
basket or a three," Ohio State coach
Jim O'Brien said. "There's a huge
difference when it's five and you hit
a three and you go right to eight, and
then you score again. That is a huge
gap in just those two possessions."
The Buckeyes responded with a
14-7 run to end the half and all but
pulled the plug on the Wolverines'
hopes. The way the half ended was
especially tough for Michigan, as
Bernard Robinson fouled Brian
Brown on a desperation 3-pointer
with no time left. Brown made two
, f the three free throws to put Ohio
State ahead 41-26 heading into the
lockerroom.
Once again, Michigan cut the
deficit to five to hold everyone's
attention. Then junior guard Leon
Jones slashed to the hole for a layup
and drew body contact. But a foul
was not called and Ohio State's
Boban Savovic hit a 3-pointer to
widen the gap from a potential three
points up to eight.
"Those were big shots," O'Brien
said. "We made big plays when we
had to."
With just under seven minutes to
go and the Wolverines down six
points, sophomore forward LaVell
Blanchard stepped in front of a pass
and was on his way to a dunk --
which he missed.
"We did a great job of double-
teaming and we got a piece of the
*all and deflected it then we missed
the dunk and gave up the three,"
Ellerbe said. "You give up the three
the other way and it's a huge, huge
play."
These specific mistakes were the
difference in the game for Michigan.
A couple more points from
Savovic and the game was all but
over.
* "Boban definitely came through,"
Ohio State center Ken Johnson said.
The Wolverines travel to No. 16
Iowa tomorrow for the final road
game of this three-game stretch.

"We haven't played with a lot of
intensity on the road," Ellerbe said.
"We played with more tonight. It's
just that they're not making plays
with the game on the line."

Women thrash Wildcats by 42

By Davd Roth
Daily Sports Writer

with injuries, the Wolverines o
scored in double digits, and nin
"We had some kids that cam

EVANSTON - The shore of Lake Michigan set the stage ty that (Goodlow and Gandy)L
for the Michigan women's basketball team to cleanse itself of the rebounding end and the def
inconsistency and mediocrity. While Michigan normallyu
After losing four of five Big Ten games and holding the combination of Goodlow, Jen
shabby eighth-place position in the conference, the Wolverines Guevara plugged in AnneThor
vented on Northwestern in an 83-41 one post player in the paint.
rout. Shooting just shy 9f 60 percent MICHIGAN 83 "Obviously we were a little b
in the first half, and holding ical and she was able to get intl
Northwestern to 21 percent shoot- NORTHWETERN 41 set up nice screens," Guevara s
ing in the second half, Michigan The Wolverines simply foun
made the Wildcats look more like the Wildkits, the mascot of throws, 5-of-I I 3-pointers, and
the local Evanston high school team. "They were on fire," North
The Wolverines blasted off to a 40-16 lead and never looked said. "But we were definitely g
back. Despite a sizable halftime margin, Michigan didn't cher- The Wildcats shot 28 percer
ish its lead, but extended it. second straight blowout loss. L
"It was good for us to come out in the second half and not chicken feed compared to their
think about what the score was but just to execute," Michigan past Sunday.
coach Sue Guevara said. "We are better than what we
With Stephanie Gandy and Raina Goodlow on the bench said. "We usually play better th
Blowout good for record

verloaded the gaps. Five players
e tallied at least three rebounds,
ne out and picked up the intensi.
usually give us - especially on
fensive end," Guevara said.
uses two post players from the
nifer Smith and LeeAnn Bio,
ius at small forward, leaving just
bit smaller, but she's pretty phys-
hcre and get some rebounds and
aid of Thorius.
nd the net, hitting 24-of-30 free
53 percent of their field goals.
iwestern coach June Olkowski
iving up way too many points,"
nt on the night en route to their
Last night's 42-point defeat was
94-37 thumping by Purdue this
performed tonight, Olkowski
an this at home."
books

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AP PHOTO
Michigan sophomore LaVell Blanchard drives to the basket against Ohio State's
Zach Williams. The Buckeyes held Blanchard to 13 points, four below his average.
Road minutes provide
Seaih with new le

By David Horn
Daily Sports Writer
EVANSTQN - If you see a member
of the Michigan women's basketball
team on campus today, call her a D.J.
Last night the Wolverines were spinning
and re-spinning records like it was their
job. Entering last night's game against
Northwestern, Michigan was 2-4 in Big
Ten play, posting inconsistent if not lack-
luster numbers. It took an 83-41 victory
against the conference cellar-dwellers to
give the Wolverines some fodder for
next year's media guide.
Last night's win - sandwiched
between Sunday games against Ohio
State - was highlighted by a slew of
personal, career and team season-highs.
THORInS' SEVEN POINTS JUST SHORT:
Junior guard Anne Thorius needed just
nine points last night to become the first
player in Michigan history to score 1000
points and dish 400 assists in her career.
After scoring the first four points of the
game, the Danish captain cooled down.
1er 3-pointer at the start of the second
half left her two points shy of the
10001400 mark, and one point short of
13th place on the all-time Michigan
scoring list.

GUEAARA TIES BiG TEN WIN MARK:
Michigan coach Sue Guevara tied the
school record for all-time Big Ten wins
with her 41st last night. She will try to
surpass Bud VanDeWege - who took
four more years than Guevara to reach
41 - on Sunday against the Buckeyes.
"I was happy that I was able to get
everybody some time, get everybodya
score," Guevara said.
INGRAM MOVES TO SECOND ON ALL-
TIME 3-POINT LIST: Junior guard Alayne
Ingram shot 2-for-4 from 3-point land
last night. Her 102 career 3-pointers ties
her for second with Jennifer Keifer and
Amy Johnson. She needs 32 more to
reach Molly Murray's record of 134.
TEAM SETS RECORD FOR ASSISTS,
MARGIN OF VICTORY: The 25 team
assists, led by Alayne Ingram's seven
and Anne Throius' five, is a season high
for Michigan. The 42-point margin of
victory is also a season high.
OTHER NOTABLES: All 10 of Guevara's
available players - forwards Raina
Goodlow and Stephanie Gandy are both
nursing leg injuries - played last night.
Five players scored in double-digits,
including Infini Robinson off the bench.
The team's 13-for-13 free throw shooting
in the first half was also a team-high.

YESTERDAY'S GAME
MICHIGAN ($3)
fG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0T A F PT9
Oesterle 26 5.9 46 16 4 1 15
Smith. 28 4-7 6.7 27 0 3 14
Bies 29 6-8 4.6 3-4 2 2 16
Thorius 28 3-5 00 2.4 5 3 7
Ingram 26 4-7 4.4 0.3 7 0 141
Jara 11 02 00 36 1 2 0
Leary 16 0-5 1-2 1-4 4 1 1
Schumacher 13 1-1 2.2 43 2 1 4
Robinson 16 4-7 3-3 0-0 0 2 12
Totals 200 27.51 2430 42 25 16 0.
FG%: .529- FT%: .800. 3-puintFG: 5'11, .455 (Ingram
2.4, Oesterle 14. Thorius 1-1, Robinson 1-1,Jara 0.1:
Leary 03). Blocks: 4 (Smith, Bies, Leary,
Schumacher). Steals: 7 (Thorius 3, Oesterle. Smith,
Leary, Schumacher). Tunovers:18 (Dykhouse 4,
Smith 3, Ingram 3. Schumacher 3, Oestefle, pies,
Thorius, Leary. Robinson). tU MiesFo*W: none.
Northwstp
110(41FGTF REB
MIN M-AM-A 0t A FPTS
Sears 29 6 12237
Messenger 25 4 2 222Z
Koester 18 0o0 12 11 0
Butler 28 1-8 00 9 14 2
Fisher 3 0-0 00 1 01 0
Leonard 1.6 04 00 0
Holland 9 01 0 3
Zylstra 19 25 00 23 01
Will 24 3~6 2-3 2-5 1 5 8
Russell 1 .4 12 1-1- 1 1 3
To0tals 28 " 0"1" 22it4
FP0%: .2781 "Pc:£00. 3u:t 0: 28.250
(Messenger 1-1, Zylstra 1-3, Butler 02.LeonardO).
Blocks 2(Zylstra 2). StM: 8 (Messenger 3,.Sears
2. K~oester, LenadWill). Twnowfs: 19 (Messenger
3. Doand 3, Sears 2. oglland 2, Leonard 2, Holand ,
Wi 2, Russel2). Tedeinkcafouls;nrne.
Mihgn.............44 39 --83
N~orthwestern .........23.18 -41
At Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanstoii
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Iy Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - Although fresh-
man Maurice Searight was as visibly
unsatisfied as the rest of his team-
mates by Michigan's 17-point loss to
Ohio State last night, he couldn't
contain a grin when questioned
about his surprising performance.
Searight had been growing roots
on the bench in recent games dating
back to the Eastern Michigan contest
on Dec. 30, when he failed to see
court time at all.
But against the Buckeyes, Searight
played 22 minutes, scoring six points
on 3-of-4 shooting.
"I came out with a lot of confi-
dence," Searight said. "The opportu-
nity just came upon me and I made
the best of it."
Searight finished a dribble drive in
his first scoring chance and proceed-
ed to put together a breakthrough
performance. While Searight didn't
have his highest scoring total of the
year, his ability to penetrate. avoid
turnovers, and defend the opposing
point guard has renewed Michigan
coach Brian Ellerbe's confidence in
his youngster.
"Maurice did a pretty good job of
getting in gaps and kicking it out."
Ellerbe said. "I thought it was big
for him to come in right away and
get to the basket for a lavup. lie got
his confidence so we could get some
more minutes out of him."
Michigan's teammates noticed a
rejuvenated Searight as the game
progressed.
"He asserted himself today," fel-
low freshman guard Bernard
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ON JAN. 22 AT 7 P.M.
PUNCt AND PIE...

Robinson said. "I think for the first
time in a long time he was ready to
go in and do that."
While Searight's stock seemed to
rise, Robinson and freshman point
guard Avery Queen continued to
show flashes of aptitude mixed with
immature mistakes.
"They're solid players," Ellerbe
said. "They're freshmen that have to
play heavy minutes and make plays a
good bit for us. That's a lot to ask for
any freshman
As for Michigan's point-guard
future, it seems that Ellerbe is con-
tent trusting the hottest hand
between Searight and Queen on a
game-by-game basis. The pair main-
tains a close relationship, and they
hope to be successfully complement
each other in time.
"Everybody thinks we're not cool
with each other," Searight said.
Queen "is one of my best friends.
We're rooting for each other."
IN A TIZZY OVEIR TRESSEL: Ohio
State's recently coronated football
coach, Jim Tressel, was on hand last
night at Value City Arena for the
basketball game.
Tressel was announced as the
Buckeyes' new coach yesterday,
replacing John Cooper.
Tressel was welcomed with a
standing ovation and chants of
"Tressel! Tressel!" as he spoke to the

Surprise Broncos riding high in CCHA

By JoaeSmith
DAly Sports Writer

Western Michigan has pulled off one of
the biggest turnarounds in college hockey.
Picked preseason to finish I1Ith in the
CCHA, the Broncos have won more than
half as many games as they have in the
previous three years combined on their
way to a current second-place tie with No.
9 Michigan in the CCIA and a No. 7
national ranking.
And they may have the Wolverines to
thank for it. Although the Broncos haven't
beaten Michigan in 12 tries, Western's
Steve Rymsha said their two losses to
Michigan in the first round of last years
CCIA playoffs "left a bitter taste" in their
mouths and gave the team something to
think about all summer.
The loss "was actually the best thing
for our team,' said David Gove, the
nation's third-leading scorer. "I think
playing at Michigan (last year) was very
essential for our season this year, a real
stepping stone for us.
Western Michigan hung with the
Wolverines at Yost Ice Arena, and

although they lost 4-2, and 6-2, its success
against an elite team on the road gave
them reason to believe.
Boasting the most explosive offense in
the country, the run-and-gun Broncos
unleash a deadly power-play unit and a
potent first line that has combined for 47
goals and 114 points - making it safe to
say that they will no longer be surprising
anyone, especially in the CCHA.
"I'm very impressed with the rise of
Western this year," Michigan State coach
Ron Mason said yesterday. "They deserve
to be where they're at."
The Broncos and Michigan are both
tussling to keep pace with the red-hot
Spartans in the heated CCHA race.
Michigan State is unbeaten in its last 20
games (17-0-3) and leads both teams by
four points, making the home-and-home
series - the only meetings between the
two schools - the "most important

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weekend of the year," Michigan defense-
man Bob Gassoff said.
The last time the Broncos were in sec-
ond place this late in the year was in 1995,
which was also the last time it played
Michigan in a game of this magnitude.
The Broncos won that matchup, and
while they haven't beaten Michigan since,
- it's fitting their paths will cross once
again.

fans at halftime.
"I am so excited to
ball coach," Tressel
assure that you will be

be your foot-
said. "I can
proud of your

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young people in the classroom, in
the community, and most especially
in 310 days in Ann Arbor,
Michigan."

Are You Feeling
Sad or Blue?

YESTERDAY'S GAME
Michigan (61)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Asselin 35 1-2 13-14 4-8 1 4 15
Blanchard 34 5-11 2-2 1-3 1 1 13
Young 21 2-3 1-2 0-3 1 2 5
Queen 17 0-5 -*0-0 1-1 2 4 0
Robinson 27 6-13 4-4 0-4 1 3 17
Jones 15 0-1 0-2 0-1 1 2 0
Searight 22 3-4 0-0 2-3 0 5 6
otfredson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
roninger 24 2-4 0-0 0-2 3 4 5
Moore 4 0-2 0.0 0-0 0 1 01
Totals 200 19-45 20.2411-28 9 26 61
FG%: .422. FT%: .833. 3-point FG: 3-12, .250
(Groninger 1-2. Blanchard 1-3. Robinson 1-3, Jones
0-1. Queen 0-3). Blocks: 3 (Asselin 2, Young).
Steals: 6 (Queen 2, Robinson 2, Searight 2).
Turnovers: 21 (Asselin 6, Robinson 6, Blanchard 2.
Groninger 2, Jones, Moore. Queen, Young).
Technical Fouls: none.
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