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5B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 18, 2002

Trash talk
"We've got a losing record ... We're
almost playing for nothing."
- Sophomore forward Bernard Robinson, on his team s
lack of effort in recent games, specifically in yesterday 's
loss to No. 22 Indiana.

3 Indiana 75
Michigan 55,

Players of the game

Chris Young
Young did more than just score a team-
high 18 points for the Wolverines. He did
his part down low in drawing fouls from
the Indiana big men.

Kyle Hornsby
It's hard to pick a player of the game for
Indiana. Three Hoosiers scored 17
points, but it was Hornsby s S-of-5 3-
point shooting that earns him the honor

Hoosiers offense still runs
smooth despite injured star

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Editor

Indiana's star forward Jared Jeffries played just 18
minutes and scored just four points, but the Hoosiers'
frontcourt dominated the Wolverines anyway.
Kyle Hornsby, Jarrad Odle and Jeff Newton each
scored 17 points yesterday. As a team, Michigan made
18 field goals, but those three made 20 for Indiana.
Newton came off the bench and gave the Hoosiers a
lift, tying his career high for points and adding five
rebounds and three blocks in just 23 minutes.
"This was (Newton's) best game since he has been
at Indiana," Indiana coach Mike Davis said.
Michigan center Chris Young also had one of his
best games of the year, pulling down five boards and
scoring 18 points.
"We did a very good job of making sure Chris got
touches," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said. "He
was 5-of-6 from the floor and really efficient, cQnvert-
ing a lot of free throws. I like to see that because he
becomes more of a weapon for us. If he is getting to
the line, he becomes a much more difficult player to
g But despite Young's inspired play, the Hoosiers sim-
ply had too many big bodies to throw at the Wolver-

Odle and Newton each picked up four fouls, but
both were still able to do their damage on the inside,
finishing a combined 14-of-25 from the field.
"The thing we were really struggling with was we
weren't pressuring the ball," Young said. "What we
weren't doing is what we always do - getting out in
the passing lanes and denying guys."
That lack of pressure enabled the Hoosiers to utilize
the high-low game to great success. Indiana finished
with 23 assists for the afternoon.
"They have a really solid interior post game, "
Amaker said. "They pass the ball very well, and they
stretch you because they can all shoot it from long dis-
tance. Anytime you get stretched out, that opens you
up on the inside."
When the Indiana post men weren't getting easy
layups and dunks, they were finding Hornsby for open
looks on the outside.
Hornsby set a new single-game percentage record
by connecting on all five of his 3-point attempts. His
17 points were also a career high.
"It's hard to combat size," Michigan senior Leon
Jones said. "We're one of the smallest teams in the
Big Ten, so we try to combat it with quickness. But it
doesn't always work."

Indiana (75)
Jeffries 18 2-3 0-0 0.2 2 2 4
Hornsby 25. 6-7 0-0 2-4 0 3 17
Odle 28 8-14 1-2 1-6 3 4 17
Coverdale 32 3-8 0-0 0-1 5 0 6
Fife 39 3-5 0-0 0-3 7 2 8
Moye 21 0-5 0-0 3-7 3 2 0
Leach 2 0-0 0-0 0.0 1 1 0
Perry 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
Johnson 1. 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Tapak 1 1-1 0-0 0.0 0 0 3
Newton 23 6-9 5-5 2-5 2 4 17
Totals 200 30-57 6-7 9-30 23 18 75
FG%: .545. T%: .857. 3-point FG: 9-15, .600
(Hornsby 5-5, Fife 2-4, Perry 1-1, Tapak 1-1,
Coverdale 0-3, Moye 0-1). Blocks: 4 (Newton 3, Jef-
fries). Steals: 8 (Fife 3, Jeffries 2, Coverdale 2,
Moye. Turnovers: 14 (Fife 4, Coverdale 3, Jeffries
2, Hornsby, Odle, Moye, Perry, Netwon). Technical
fouls: none.
Robinson 29 5-11 1-1 1-3 2 4 11
Blanchard 27 3-13 2-2 5-5 1 3 8
Young 33 5-6 8-9 2-5 0 3 18
Jones 33 3-7 1-3 0-3 1 1 10
Gotfredson 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Queen 25 0-4 0-0 1-2 2 0 0
Gibson 10 0-1 1-2 1-1 1 1 1
Ingerson 12 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 1 5
Groninger 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bailey 19 0-2 2-4 2-5 1 2 2
Adebiyi 1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals 200 18-48 152112-28 9 15 55
FG%: .375. FT%: .714. 3-point FG1: 4-16_ 250
(Jones 3-5, Ingerson 1-2, Queen 0-4, Blanchard 0-3,
Robinson 0-1, Gibson 0-1). Blocks: 6 (Gibson 2,
Blanchard, Young, Queen, Bailey). Steals: 7 (Queen
3, Robinson, Blanchard, Young, Bailey). Turnovers:
16 (Robinson 4, Blanchard 3, Young 3, Queen 2,
Jones, Gotfredson, Ingerson, Bailey). Technical
fouls: none.
Indiana ...................38 37 - 75
Michigan b...........27 28 - 55
At: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor
Attendance: 11,379

Indiana superstar Jared Jeffries receives instruction from coach Mike Davis. Jeffries, who was
suffering from an ankle injury, played just 18 minutes. But his teammates picked up the slack.

Continued from Page 1B
games since 1999 and is 1-8 on the road, the Wolverines
didn't have much to be optimistic about coming into yes-
terday's loss.
"We seemed to be a little deflated and I don't think we
had as much energy as we usually do here at home,"
Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said.
And Indiana made the lethargic Wolverines pay.
Even with All Big Ten forward Jared Jeffries hobbled
by an ankle injury, the Indiana offense seemed to score at
will on Michigan. Whether it was layups, dunks or wide-
open 3-pointers, the Hoosiers made use of their shots.
"They really stretched us and their guards were very
efficient," Amaker said. "They didn't force shots, and the
open shots they were able to get - they made every one
of them"
Well, almost.
Indiana shot 55 percent from the floor, 60 percent from
3-point range and 86 percent from the line. The funda-
mentally sound Hoosiers also had 23 assists on their 30
made baskets, a sign of excellent ball movement. Amak-
er said that Indiana's offensive output forced the Wolver-
ines to hastily try to keep up with Indiana, rather than
running through their offense, which created a lot of
qtik shots and turnovers.
But Bernard Robinson's electric dunk and 11th point
of the first half cut Indiana's lead to just eight points with
under a minute to go in the half. Seconds later, however,
Indiana forward Kyle Hornsby once again found himself
open from 3-point range and knocked down a trey to give
the Hoosiers a 38-27 halftime lead - and kill Michi-
gan's momentum. This started an 11-3 Indiana run that
spilled over five minutes into the second half. It was a
run that Amaker said was the "most crucial part of the
"We certainly had a lot of breakdowns," Amaker said.
"We weren't as tough as we needed to be in crucial
Michigan's breakdowns gave Indiana's frontcourt of
Hornsby, Jarrad Odle and Jeff Newton plenty of open
looks and easy buckets down low. Each ended the game
with 17 points, making up for the fact Jeffries scored just
four points in 18 minutes of action.
Hornsby broke a school record in 3-point percentage
for a game by going 5-for-5, while Odle just missed his
third straight double-double and Indiana coach Mike
Davis said that Newton had his best game in a Hoosier
But when Davis needed Jeffries, the Big Ten's leading
scorer came through.
Davis wasn't planning on playing Jeffries in the sec-
ond half, but when Chris Young, who led Michigan with
18 points, scored his sixth straight point and drew Odle's
fourth foul with 13 minutes left - Jeffries told Davis he
wanted in.
Jeffries immediately found Hornsby for a wide open 3-
pointer in Indiana's first possession out of a timeout, and
the floodgates opened on the Wolverines. Indiana went
on a 15-4 run, extending its lead to 64-44 with five min-
utes to go, and it cruised from there. The Hoosiers'
defense suffocated Michigan, holding it scoreless for a
7:08 span in the middle of the second half - setting the
tone for the rest of the game.
Foul trouble helped limit Robinson to zero second-half
points, and LaVell Blanchard ended up shooting 3-for-13
- allowing just as many baskets as turnovers.
"The only way you can win is playing defense," said
Davis, whose Hoosiers are looking for their first Big Ten
title since 1993. "I felt that when you contest shots, take
away cuts and make it hard to pass the ball - it makes it
real tough for the opposing team.

Michian will
need to play
like i practices
Continued from Page 1B
exceeding expectations.
Setting the bar too low is just as "unfair" as
setting it too high.
Amaker has been focused on the long-term
since day one, forcing his team to adapt to his
pressure defense and motion offense, benching
players that don't give him the effort he wants,
and putting a renewed emphasis on off-court
But in the short term, he needs to get his team
to play like they practice.
"Our kids have worked hard in practice, and
that to me is the sign more so than the actual
game," Amaker said. "You can judge some things
by how we practice."
Yep, some things. But not everything.
Right, wrong, or indifferent, players and coach-
es are judged on their performances when thou-
sands of people are watching.
Amaker can have the greatest practice squad in
Michigan history, but at the end of the day, his
team needs to win games to be as successful as
"efficient" teams like Indiana.
"I'm very confident that, in due time, we'll be
able to become an efficient basketball team,"
Amaker said.
Deep in his soul, Amaker believes in that
promise. But before he can expect the rest of the
University community to take his word at face
value, his team has to show more signs of success
on the court.

Ohio State
Michigan State
Penn State

Conference Overall
9 3 18 5
9 3 17 8
9 5 16 11
7 5 19 7
7 5 14 9
6 6 15 9
6 6 15 10
5 8 10 14
4 9 15 12
4 9 12 15
3 10 7 17

Last Saturday's results:
No. 23 Ohio State 72, IowA 66
No. 18 Illinois 75, SETON HALL 65
Wisconsin 67, MINNESOTA 62
Northwestern 55, PENN STATE 49
Michigan State 62, PURDUE 59
Yesterday's game:
No. 22 Indiana 75, MICHIGAN 55
Tomorrow's game:
Iowa at WISCONSIN, 7 P.M.
Wednesday's games:
Penn State at No. 18 ILLINOIS, 8 P.M.
No. 23 Ohio State at No. 22 INDIANA 8 P.M.
Purdue at NORTHWESTERN, 8 P.M.
Thursday's game:
Minnesota at MICHIGAN STATE, 7 P.M.

Bernard Robinson dumped in 11 points yesterday against the Hoosiers, including this Steve Jackson can be reached at
acrobatic layup over Jeff Newton. Robinson was held scoreless in the second half though. sjjackso@umich.edu.
Jeires return from bench spurs Indiana

Luke Recker


By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor

Helplessly sitting on the bench with ice
bags draped around his injured right ankle,
Jared Jeffries had seen
enough when Michigan BASKETBALL
closed his team's lead to Notebook
nine points.
The sophomore for-
ward is the Big Ten's leading scorer and
Indiana's most valuable player, but coach
Mike Davis had planned to rest his star for
the entire second half against the Wolverines
in hopes of keeping him healthy for the
Hoosiers' stretch run.
But after having to watch Chris Young
score three straight baskets on the inside
against Indiana's two other big men - Jar-
rad Odle and Jeff Newton - Jeffries

couldn't take it anymore.
"Coach, I'm ready," Jeffries told Davis on
the bench.
Davis reluctantly unleashed the reigns
seconds later and Jeffries entered the game.
It didn't take long for him to make his pres-
ence felt.
On the first possession, the Wolverines
collapsed on Jeffries in the paint. But just
like he has so many times this season, Jef-
fries found a wide open Kyle Hornsby for a
3-pointer, which started a 15-4 Indiana run.
"J.J.'s presence is most important," Indiana
guard Dane Fife said. "Just him being in the
game really makes people and defenses take
"I think he was a big help and psychologi-
cally it helped us - and hurt Michigan."
Even though Jeffries had just four points
in 18 minutes, by the time he sat back down

on the bench and placed the ice bags back
on his ankle, Indiana had a 20-point lead.
"I just wanted to give my team confi-
dence," Jeffries said. "But when we got the
lead back up to 15 or 16, I knew my job was
HOT AND COLD: Michigan guard Bernard
Robinson was one of the Wolverines' lone
bright spots in the first half; scoring 11
points and delivering a highlight-reel dunk
over Fife in the half's final minutes.
But three quick fouls in the second half
forced Robinson to the bench just five min-
utes in. The sophomore had one point on 0-
for-4 shooting in the five minutes he played
in the second half.
"The energy definitely left when I picked
up that foul," Robinson said. "I didn't want
to foul out of the game. I started taking jump
shots and stopped taking it the rim."

At 4-9 Iowa may be the most disappointing
team of the Big Ten season. But the Hawkeyes
do dress two of the conference's best in guard
Luke Recker and center Reggie Evans.




No. 22 OHIO STATE 72, IowA 66: -
Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien saluted
his counterpart for sending a mes-
sage. Then he applauded his own
team for playing through the emotion
that message generated.
Iowa gave the Buckeyes all they
could handle even though Reggie
Evans, the league's top rebounder
and his team's No. 2 scorer, did not
play, benched by coach Steve Alford
for missing class.
"I tip my hat to Steve Alford," O'Brien
said. "There was absolutely no ques-
tion about the imoortance of this

No. 6 Florida 68-51 Saturday.
The Rebels' best shot at beating
the deeper and more athletic
Gators was to make it an ugly
game, and that's exactly what
they did. Ole Miss snarled the high-
est-scoring offense in the SEC,
holding the Gators to their lowest
point total in six seasons under
coach Billy Donovan.
No. 3 MARYLAND 87, No. 1DUKE 73 -
No last-minute collapse.
Maryland finally beat Duke at Cole
rield H-ouse_ and the venerable

your players because what if you
lose? You just get ready to play."
Gonzaga couldn't wait to get another
shot at Pepperdine. Once it came,
the eighth-ranked Bulldogs didn't
waste it.
Dan Dickau scored 26 points as Gon-
zaga handed Pepperdine its first
West Coast Conference loss this sea-
The loss snapped a 13-game winning
streak for the Waves, who hadn't
been beaten since Dec. 28 at Ari-

1. Duke
2. Kansas
3. Maryland
4. Oklahoma
5. Cincinnati
6. Florida
7 Alabama
8. Gonzaga
9. Arizona
10. Kentucky
11. Marquette
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This week's results
Lost to No. 3 Maryland 87-73
Beat Baylor 87-72
Beat No. 1 Duke 87-73
Beat Kansas State 73-62
Beat Southern Miss 89-37
Lost to Mississippi 68-51
Beat Tennessee 95-82
Beat Pepperdine 91-78
Lost to No. 25 Southern Cal 94-89
Lost to No. 21 Georgia 78-69
Beat Louisville 75-63
Pon 1AlchnnnnCtntpr, -AA

Michigan played perhaps its best game of
the season when it knocked off Wisconsin at
Crisler, 64-53. The Badgers will play hard at
home as they jockey for postseason position.

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