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FEBRUARY 8, 2002


13-point lead
mnfirst half not
enough for M'
By David Horn
Daily Sports Editor


"Sometimes the team that deserves to win doesn't
win;' Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said. "Our team
deserved to win."
If all someone saw this season of Michigan and Illi-
nois was last night's 68-60
Fighting Illini win at Crisler fl ILLINOIS 68
Arena, that person might think
that he was watching another MICHIGAN 60
hard-fought, competitive bat-
tle between two Big Ten rivals. He probably wouldn't
guess that when the two teams met a month ago in
Champaign, No. 21 Illinois (5-5 Big Ten, 16-7 overall)
handled Michigan (4-6, 9-11) like the varsity team han-
dles the JV
This time Illinois was coming off three straight confer-
ence losses, and coach Bill Self saw the difficult road
victory as a possible "turning point" for his previously
struggling squad.
Michigan, as it did against Wisconsin last Saturday,
established itself on its home floor with a strong run to
begin the first half, even with walk-ons Herb Gibson and
Mike Gotfredson starting. Leon Jones and Bernard
Robinson led the Wolverines with seven and eight first-
half points, respectively, while the Michigan defense kept
the Illinois scorers quiet - except forward Brian Cook.
With 6:10 remaining in the first half and the Wolver-
ines leading 27-14, Cook had scored all 14 of the Illini's
But once the Illinois offense was able to spread the
ball around and get other players looks, the game turned
around. Illinois went on an 18-3 run to end the first half.
In the second half, neither team was able to build any
momentum. The Michigan offense struggled, as Robin-
son and Jones went dry. The hot hand was Dommanic
Ingerson, who shot 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line
and finished the game with 11 points. After back-to-back
Ingerson 3-pointers gave Michigan a 49-46 lead with 10
minutes left in the game, the two teams nipped and
tugged at each other. There were 10 lead changes in the
second half. Michigan played well down the stretch, but
Illinois played better. A Cook 3-pointer with 2:21
remaining in the game sealed the win for Illinois.
"Had we just been able to hold on to our defensive
intensity at the end of the first half, it wouldn't have even
got to that situation at the end of the second half," Michi-
gan tri-captain Chris Young said. "But we were just trad-
ing baskets with them, and you're not going to beat any
team doing that, especially not a team like Illinois."

Illinois (68)
Ferguson 8 0R1 0F0 0-1 0 1 0
Cook 28 7-16 4-4 5-9 1 4 19
Smith 14 1-2 2-2 2-2 0 1 4
Williams 35 2-7 6-6 0-4 3 1 10
Bradford 36 4-12 0.0 1-4 4 1 10
Archibald 16 1-1 0-0 0-3 0 4 2
Harrington 24 3-7 0-1 1-2 2 2 9
Johnson 27 3-5 2-2 0-8 4 4 10
Head 10 2-5 0-0 1-3 1 0 4
Powell 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals 200 23-56 14-1510.38 15 18 68
FG%: .411. FT%: .933 3-point FG: 8-24, .333 (Har-
rington 3-7, Johnson 2-4, Bradford 2-6, Cook 1-2).
Blocks: 4 (Cook 2, Archibald 1, Head 1). Steals: 5
(Williams, Bradford, Harrington, Johnson, Head).
Turnovers: 8 (Williams 3, Ferguson, Smith,
Archibald, Harrington, Johnson). Technical fouls:
Godfredson 15 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 0
Blanchard 36 5-12 0-0 3-7 3 2 11
Young 37 4-6 0-0 2-9 1 3 8
Jones 29 4-9 4-4 0-0 0 3 14
Gibson 14 1-1 2-6 1-1 1 1 4
Queen 19 1-5 0-1 0-3 3 1 2
Ingerson 17 4-9 0-0 0-1 1 1 11
Robinson 26 3-11 1-1 1-6 1 4 8
Bailey 7 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 2 2
Totals 200 22-54 9.14 7-28 12 18 60
FG%: .407. FT%: .643. 3-point FG: 7-24, .292
(Ingerson 3-6, Jones 2-7, Blanchard 1-5, Queen 0-2,
Gotfredson 0-1). Blocks: 3 (Young 2, Robinson 1).
Steals: 3 (Blanchard 2, Gibson 1). Turnovers: 10
(Blanchard 2, Robinson 2, Jones 2, Gotfredson,
Queen, Bailey, Ingerson). Technical fouls: none.
Illinois............................32 36 - 68
Michigan........................30 30 - 60
At: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor
Attendance: 10,710
Who: Michigan (4-6 Big Ten, 9-11 overall) vs.
Penn State (2-8, 6-15)
When: 11 a.m.
Latest: After last night's loss to Illinois, Michi-
gan can only afford two more losses if it wants
to finish the regular season with a winning
record. When the Wolverines visited State Col-
lege earlier this season, they won 67-63.

Illinois Junior forward Brian Cook (left) had his way with the Wolverines last night, scoring 19 points -
many of which came against Michigan junior forward LaVell Blanchard.

revenge M
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
For the Michigan women's basket-
ball team, it's time to step up.
Michigan (4-7 Big Ten, 14-8 overall)
comes into Sunday afternoon's game
against Ohio State (5-7, 11-12) in a
must-win situation. With just five
games remaining before the Big Ten
Tournament, the Wolverines, who
seemed like an NCAA Tournament
lock just a month ago, are in a position
where they can only lose one regular
season game to have a chance at mak-
ing the tournament.
But after a lackluster performance
against Northwestern on Sunday,
Michigan must play like the team that
was 10-1 during the nonconference
season in order to achieve its goals.
"Knowing the position that we are
in, with 14 wins and four wins in the
Big Ten, this team realized that we got
away with a win (last Sunday)," Gue-
vara said.
The Wolverines need to start this
last-minute push by getting revenge in
Columbus. A month ago, the Buckeyes
came into Crisler Arena having lost
two starters in their previous match-up,
but still stunned the Wolverines 77-66
by lighting it up from behind the arc in
the second half
"Losing to Ohio State without two of
their starters on our home floor was a
bad loss," Guevara said.
The Buckeyes have their two
starters, Courtney Coleman and Tome-
ka Brown, back in the lineup, but they
have not been playing like the team that
showed up in Ann Arbor in January.
Since its upset, Ohio State has lost six
of its last eight - with five of those
losses by more than 10 points.
To prevail against the Buckeyes and
down the stretch, the Wolverines are
going to need their seniors (Alayne
Ingram, Heather Oesterle and Susana
Jara) to lead them on and off the court.
While Oesterle has yet to fully recover
from a knee injury she suffered toward
the end of last season, she will start and
see extensive playing time against Ohio
As for the rest of the team, Guevara
will continue to use the lineup of
Oesterle, Ingram, Sierra Hauser-Price,
LeeAnn Bies and Jennifer Smith
because the group has worked hard in
practice of late. Guevara also hopes
this lineup can start out strong in the
first five minutes of each half to set the
tempo for the remainder of the contest.
"I'm just hoping the sense of
urgency is with this team," Guevara
said. "You have to put that challenge
out to them. But if we drop a game,
now what."
Who: Michigan (4-7 Big Ten, 14-8 overall) vs.
Ohio State (5-7,11-12)
When: 4:00 p.m.
Latest: The Wolverines will start Alayne Ingram,
Heather Oesterle, Sierra Hauser-Price, LeeAnn
Bies and Jennifer Smith against the Buckeyes.

Improved Illin effort keyed by Cook

By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor

Illinois forward Brian Cook finally found
the answer to his road woes.
Coming into last night's game against
Michigan, Cook was averaging just 6.8 points
in the Fighting Illini's four Big Ten road
games, compared to 18.2 points at home. It's
no coincidence that Illinois lost all four of
those games. In fact, it hadn't won a game on
an opposing team's floor all season long.
Until last night, when Cook took over.
The junior kept the tentative Fighting Illini
in the game early by scoring his team's first 14
points. His defensive intensity then kick-start-
ed Illinois' 18-4 run to end the half, and his 3-
pointer from the top of the key gave his team
the lead for good, 62-58, with just 2:21 to play.

His block of Bernard Robinson's layup with
less than a minute to play sealed the deal.
"He's the whole package - he can do it all,"
Michigan senior tri-captain Chris Young said.
Cook finished with 19 points and nine
rebounds in what coach Bill Self called his
"best game of the season." This offensive resur-
gence was much needed for the Fighting Illini,
who had both Lucas Johnson and Robert
Archibald in foul trouble. Archibald, who
scored 19 points against Michigan in the teams'
last meeting, ended up with just two points and
left the game with a sprained wrist. Archibald
said he still expects to return to practice.
The only thing that could slow down Cook
was his teammates themselves. Four minutes
into the second half, both Cook and Johnson
dove on a loose ball. The two banged heads and
laid on the floor for a couple minutes, scaring

Self, whose team has had more than its fair
share of injuries this season.
"I don't know where I've ever had two guys
almost get a concussion on the same play," said
Self, who has questioned the toughness of his
team in previous games. "But I liked our effort
- it was just what the doctor ordered."
Frank Williams, a preseason All-American
choice, has taken his share of flack for his
sometimes disinterested body language on the
court. The guard was ripped by Self this week
for not playing with enough emotion.
Williams admitted that he didn't give 100
percent on every play in a 67-61 loss to
Michigan State on Sunday.
"I told them sometimes I tend to relax," said
Williams. "It's not always 100 percent, but I
can turn it on. But I gave pretty much 100 per-
cent tonight, and we got the 'W."'

Icers host Mavencks
in crucial home series

By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Writer
The No. 11 Michigan hockey team
has been looking up at Michigan State
in the CCHA standings ever since Jan.
15, when the Spartans beat Ferris State
to take sole possession of first place.
But with the exception of a few slip-ups
(their 3-1 loss to Alaska-Fairbanks on
Jan. 12 and their 4-2 loss to Bowling
Green on Jan. 25), the Wolverines have
kept pace with Michigan State, as they
stand just two points behind their rivals
going into this weekend.
But Michigan doesn't have eyes in
the back of its head. While the Wolver-
ines have focused on catching the Spar-
tans, No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha has put
together an eight-game winning streak
and is now breathing down Michigan's
neck. A sweep by the Mavericks this
weekend would move them one point
ahead of the Wolverines in the CCHA.
The conference standings are not the
only place Nebraska-Omaha could jump
Dawgs un

the Wolverines with a solid weekend. At
No. 13 in the Pairwise Rankings (which
mirrors the NCAA Tournament selec-
tion process) and the USCHO poll, the
Mavericks have a chance to leap over
the Wolverines in both rankings as well.
"They're right behind us everywhere
we look," Michigan coach Red Beren-
son said. "There will be a lot of tests
within the game, and our best players
have to show that they can play with
their best players."
One of the Mavericks' best players
has been goaltender Dan Ellis (.933
save percentage). Coming into this
weekend, Ellis has recorded back-to-
back shutouts, and three in his past four
games. As a team, the Mavericks have
not allowed more than two goals in a
game since winter break.
The Wolverines and Mavericks have
already played twice this season in
Omaha, and that was arguably the
wildest weekend of hockey Michigan
has played this season. In the first
game, a 4-4 tie, the lead changed three
eatable for

Who: Michigan (13-5-4 CCHA,16-5-5 overall)
vs. Nebraska-Omaha (12-7-3,18-9-3)
When: 7:05 p.m. tonight, 7:35 p.m. Saturday
Latest: Tonight's game will be broadcast on
Fox Sports Detroit.
times before Michigan scored two goals
in the final 2:30 to tie. In the second
game, it was the Mavericks who scored
twice in the third period to tie the score
2-2, but Michigan's Eric Nystrom
scored 12 seconds into overtime to give
Michigan the 3-2 win.
"That weekend was great because we
played team hockey," Nystrom said.
"But I think defensively we have to be
better this time."
The Mavericks stumbled after that
weekend, winning just three times in
their next 10, but they have come on
strong of late. Even though much has
changed since that wild weekend,
Berenson feels that his team can take a
lot away from what they saw in Omaha.
"We got a sense for how quickly they
can move the puck and how dangerous
their powerplay can be," Berenson said.
"We also saw how Ellis can keep them
in a game when they are on their heels.
"The emotion and intensity will be
high. It'll be like playoff hockey."

Michigan football coach Lloyd
Carr announced yesterday that offen-
sive coordinator
and quarterbacks
coach Stan Par-
rish has resigned r
due to "personal ar.s
Parrish has
been coaching
Michigan's quar-
terbacks since the
1996 season, and Parrish
has served as the team's offensive
coordinator for the past two years.
But after a rocky offensive season,
capped by a 45-17 loss to Tennessee
in the Citrus Bowl, the Wolverines
will have someone new directing the
offense next year.
Parrish, who was in his 27th year
of coaching college football, was the
only member of the staff with colle-

Parrish resigns from
coaching Blue offense

giate head coaching experience
(Wabash, Marshall and Kansas
Carr also announced the hiring of
former Michigan graduate Bill
Sheridan to replace special teams
coach Bobby Morrison, who took an
indefinite leave of absence from the
team. His battle with bladder cancer
became too much for him. Sheridan
comes to Ann Arbor from Notre
Dame, where he coached last season.
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By Josh Holman
Daily Sports Writer
If it's true that you always want what you can't have, the
Michigan women's gymnastics team must really want a win
over Georgia. Historically, Michigan is 0-13 in the regular
season against the Bulldogs, with an equally unimpressive 0-
14 record in the postseason against the notori-
ously strong program.
On Sunday at Crisler Arena, the hill will be
as high as it's ever been for No. 6 Michigan, as W Rh sE No 6M
the Wolverines attempt to finally climb past Bh Ten, 9-2 M
No. 2 Georgia, a team that has already posted 2eorgia (11
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the State of Michigan Classic.
Michigan's performance on the beam this year has been as
good a story as any. The event began as a thorn in the team's
side. It was partly responsible for the Wolverines' poor show-
ing at the Maui Invitational to open up the season.
But in recent meets, the Wolverines have put together
some of their strongest routines of the season on the appara-
tus, including a 49.325 against Florida, the fifth-
highest beam score in school history.
"Last year it came down to beam and we
RENA ended up having to count a fall," senior Shannon
igan (3-0 MacKenzie said. "I think these last few meets
al) vs. No. we've really come together on beam, and we've
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