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By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Editor
Don't let the final score of the
Michigan men's basketball team's
91-64 loss to No. 5 Michigan State
last night fool you.
It :wasn't that close.
Even though they only won by 27,
the Spartans were ahead 29 points at
the half, 56-27, following a 10-
minute stretch where they outscored
Michigan 30-9.
From the midpoint of the first half
until there was 3:10 remaining,
Michigan State held Michigan (3-5
Big Ten, 9-10 overall) scoreless,
running off 24 unanswered points.
"It's incredibly disappointing,"
junior forward Chris Young said in
the press conference after the game.
"I can hardly show my face in here.
I just want to go and hide under my
The Spartans (6-2, 17-2) out-
played the Wolverines in every
aspect of the game in the first half.
Michigan had just one assist to
Michigan State's 11 in the -first 20
minutes. The Wolverines shot 6-for-
28 from the field, while Michigan
State went 18-for-27.
"We could not have played a better
first half," Michigan State coach
Tom Izzo said. "I am very proud of
my guys, and I don't give out com-
pliments very often."
While Michigan State blistered
the Wolverines early in the game,
knocking down its first six shots,
Michigan struggled to make its open
"We got down early and people
tried to bring us back by themselves,
me included," Michigan forward

Asselin 22 1-4 0-0 041 0 4 2
Blanchard 35 719 10-12 5-7 0 4 27
Young 24 2-5 78 6-7 0 2 11
Queen 20 2-5 0-0 1-1 0 1 5
Robinson 33 4-13 1-1 0-3 1 3 10
Jones 2' 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Searight. 19 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Gonzales 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Gibson -2 0-0 0-2 1-2 0 0 0
Gotredson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 -0 0
Groninger 17 0-2 0-0 0-1'1 0 0
Moore 22 4-9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0
Adebiyi 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 2059 19.2413-24 6 15 64
FG%:.339. FT%:.792. 3-point FG: 5-15.333
(Blanchard 3-8, Robinson 1-4, Queen 1-2, Groninger 0
1). Blocks: 2 (Blanchard Moore). Steals: 5 (Searight
2, Asselin, Robinson, Young). Turnovers: 9 (Queen 3,
Blanchard 2, Searight 2, Groninger, Moore). Technical
foals: bench.
MlchigarrState (91)
Richardson 23 6-9 2-2 2-5 3 2 17
Hutson 28 5>8 5-5 4-10 3 2 15
Randolph 15 6-7 1-1 2-6 1 1 13
Taylor 20 2-5 0-0 0-1 3 2 4
Bell 28 4-9 4-4 1-5 2 1 13
Wolfe 7 3-5 0-0 3-6 0 1 6
Smith 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 0
Thomas 13 1-1 2-2 0-2 2 1 5
Ishbia 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Chappell 18 5-6 0-0 0-1 0 4 12
Anagonye 16 1-2 4-4 1-3 2 0 6
Andreas 10 0.1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
Ballinger 11 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 4 0
Totals 200 24.53 6.10 6.19 2019 65
FG%: .579. FT%: 1.000. 3-point FG: 7-16_ 438
(Richardson 3-4, Chappell 2-3, Bell 13, Thomas 1-1,
Smith 0-2, Ballinger 0-1, Taylor 0-1, Wolfe 0-1).
Blocks: 3 (Andreas, Ballinger, Thomas Steals: 4
(Anagonye, Hutson, Richardson, Thomas). Tumnovers:
16 (Wolfe 3, Bell 2, Chappell 2, Smith 2, Taylor 2,
Ballinger, Hutson, Randolph, Richardson, Thomas).
Technical fols: none.
Michigan State.........56 35 - 91
Michigan............................27 37 - 64
At: Crisler Arena
Attendance: 13,562
LaVell Blanchard said. "It's frustrat-
ing because we've got to do what the
coaches say and we're not doing that
right now."
Most of the credit for Michigan's
poor shooting in the first half should
go to a Michigan State defense that
consistently forced the Wolverines
to settle for less-than-ideal shots as
the shot clock wound down.
Time after time, the Michigan
guards found themselves unable to
work the ball inside and were forced
to throw up a desperation shot
before the shot clock expired.
"Our young guards didn't respond
to certain situations very well, and

Fans, alumni; students fed
up with state ofprogram

ernard Robinson guaranteed that
Michigan wouldn't lose by 51
again. He was right. The.
Wolverines lost by 27 points, but only
because Tom Izzo didn't want to win by
51. Had the Spartans wanted to win by
100, they would have. Last night, in
Crisler Arena, the Michigan basketball
team quit.
What happened
last night was an
embarrassment, just
like what happened
last year in East
Lansing was an
embarrassment, just
like what happened
at Oakland was an .p
embarrassment and -
just like what hap-
pened at Duke was On
an embarrassment. Point
But while those
games were embarrassing, none of those
embarrassments happened in Ann Arbor, in
front of the students, alumni and fans. A sur-
vey of the fans at last night's game shows
that fans are fed up with the program.
"Look at the results," Superfan Reza
Breakstone said. "How many times do we
have to lose like this for someone to get a
And that's coming from the Big Fan on
The men's basketball team represents
the University of Michigan, just like
every team that wears a block "M" on its
chest. And for the University to be repre-
sented as it was last night - and for the
last three years--is inexcusable.
"There is no reason that the University
of Michigan basketball program should
be as bad as it is. Never," engineering
sophomore Brian Walby said. "It's upset-
ting to me. I've been a fan since I was 10-
years-old. I've watched the Spartans
come in here two years in a row and last
year they go up to East Lansing and lose
by 51 points. It's unacceptable!
"In the last three years, I've watched
four of the worst five losses in the history

of the program. We've played for nearly
100 years and I've watched four of the
worst five losses ever."
Forget that fewer than 600 students
bought season tickets to watch this team.
The students that do buy tickets are now
disenchanted with a program that was
once the leader and the best.
And who could blame the fans? Why.
pay money to watch a team that "quits'
during a game, as Chris Young said of the
Wolverines last night.
The coach is to blame when his players
quit. After all, it's the coach who is paid to
make sure his team fights through a
screen, isn't beaten down the court on
nearly every possession, and doesn't get
outrebounded at a nearly 2-to-I clip. If
that is going to happen, why bother
spending the money on a coach?
At the beginning of the season, star
LaVell Blanchard told dreams of winning
a national title. But now even Blanchard,
one of the most optimistic athletes on
campus, is "heartbroken."
And while Blanchard's broken heart is
upsetting, one can't help but feel outraged
when Michigan State senior Charlie Bell
says he wishes the rivalry was more com-
And Bell is not alone. Not even Chris
Webber, the former posterboy fo*
Michigan basketball, will watch his for-
mer team. "Not until we have a chance to
win," Webber said earlier this season.
The University of Michigan deserves
better than this. The fans deserve better,
the alumni deserve better and the students
deserve better.
"I'm really embarrassed," said Bill
Outman, a 1964 graduate. Outman has
had tickets since he was a student.
"I'm really disappointed with the
effort. To have Michigan State and its fans
show up here like this is ridiculous. I'm
And the University should be as well.

As the Maize Rage and Bernard Robinson looked on, Andre Hutson and the
Spartans bludgeoned Michigan at Crisler Arena for the third straight year, 91-64.

consequently, the shot clock was
down a lot for us," Michigan coach
Brian Ellerbe said. "We couldn't get
the shots that we wanted."
The Spartans, who lead the nation
in rebounding margin, dominated
the glass against Michigan.
Throughout the game, Michigan
State earned second and third
chances, outrebounding the
Wolverines at their own end 13 to
"Forty-two to 24 on the boards,"
said Young of the final rebounding
margin. "That's just ridiculous."
In the second half, Michigan State
jumped on the Wolverines again,

stretching the lead out to 44 points
with 14 minutes to play.
But Izzo pulled his starters at that
point, and Michigan was able to
close the gap against the Michigan
State reserves.
Blanchard led all scorers with 27
points. But 15 of those points came
in the final 13 minutes of a game
that had long been decided.
The sophomore, who shot just 2-
of-10 in the first half, outscored his
longtime rival Jason Richardson by
I I but made it clear after the game
what was really important.
"lie won," Blanchard said. "That's
all that matters."

.The Department of Communication Studies
presents a lecture by
Professor Michael Bromley
gl 2000-2001 Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor
C:anging imes, the hanging 'Times':
A Repeat Tour
of Journalis's Uncertain Future
s~' 47- -
h 4, Wednesday, January 31, 2001
4:00-5:00 PM
Michigan Room at the Michigan League
911 North University
Open to the public.
Contact the Department of Communication
-- Studies (764-0420) for more information.

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