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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
cagers
hang on
to win
By DANIEL LEVY
Daily Sports Writer
OXFORD - At Monday's press conference,
Michigan players said that getting handled
by North Carolina State in the Big Ten/ACC
Challenge taught them what it takes to win
away from Crisler
Arena. MICHIGAN 62
But early in the sec- MIAMI (OH) 56
ond half of last night's
62-56 win over Miami (Ohio), it looked like
Michigan could use a refresher course.
With their 10-point halftime lead (which at
one point reached 18) cut to just two minutes
into the second half, the Wolverines were in
danger of failing yet another road test. Some-
one needed to step up. And on a team filled
with experienced seniors, it was freshman
Ekpe Udoh.
Playing extended minutes because of big
men Courtney Sims and Brent Petway's foul
trouble, Udoh worked his way into the paint
and banked in a shot while absorbing con-
tact. The 6-foot-10 forward rattled home the
following free throw to complete the three-
point play - Michigan's first tallies of the
half. On the next possession, Udoh got loose
in the lane for a follow-up tip, putting Michi-
gan up 40-33.
Udoh's efforts snapped the Wolverines out
of their funk. Sims followed up with a bank
shot downlow, and senior Lester Abram sank
two free throws after that to give Michigan
an 11-point cushion.
"That was definitely one of the backbreak-
ers for them," Petway said of Udoh's first
shot. "Then, all of a sudden, we hold them
scoreless and run off nine straight."
The run quieted the pro-Miami crowd
and gave the Wolverines the separation they
needed to hold on for the win at Millett Hall.
Michigan's defense was impressive - the
Wolverines held the RedHawks to just 36
percent shooting - but its offense fell off in
the second half. Michigan shot just more than
41 percent itself in the final frame, compared
to a 52-percent performance in the first half,
openingthe door for a Miami comeback.

Friday, December 8, 2006 - 7

Harris hits it
big for Blue

By H. JOSE BOSCH c
Daily Sports Editor tf
-- -- it
OXFORD - Between Nov. 22 ,and
27, senior Dion Harris had no problem T
getting a good shot. it
He just couldn't find the net. V
But with three fi
minutes remain- NOTEBOOK tc
ing in an unex- tf
pectedly tight game against Miami
(Ohio), Harris hit nothing but the net d
and drilled a big 3-pointer to put Mich- A
igan up by 10 and quell the RedHawks' D
chances at a comeback. e
"I knew it was big," Harris said after t
the 62-56 win. "We needed that 10- w
point cushion this time out on the road
to be comfortable and not have any- N]
thing happen where they get back into it
the game in those last three minutes."
Beginning with a 2-for-12 perfor- fr
mance against Youngstown State two m
weeks ago, Harris shot a putrid 30
percent from the floor during a three- p
game stretch. l
But after hitting5-of-9 shots against w
Wofford last Saturday, the Detroit tI
native couldn't seem to miss in the tI
first half - even when he had a hand
in his face. A
On two separate occasions in the g
first half of last night's game, Harris b
nailed shots despite an onrushing.
Midway through the first frame, b
Harris received the ball outside the 3- o
point line near the left sideline. Taking H
a quick look at the defender, he picked d
up his dribble and launched a shot in
one fluid motion. The 3-pointer gave P
the Wolverines a 22-5 lead. a
The senior point guard made a simi- g<
lar shot with little more than three- o
and-a-half minutes to go before the
half, this time fading away. He picked R
up two points, and Michigan added to si
its large lead. a
"We always told him, we're not giv- re
ing up on him, and there's only one
way through this and that's straight
ahead," Amaker said of Harris's previ- n
ous shooting troubles. T
Harris's efficiency came in handy tc
during the second half. He shot 75 per- w

Senior Dion Harris led Michigan with 20 points in last night's road win over Miami (Ohio).
The Wolverines (9-1) were forced to deal trucked coast-to-coast for a layup.
with a final-minute barrage from the Red- On the next RedHawk possession, Abram
Hawks before claiming their shaky victory stole the ball and hit aturn-around of his own
on the road. to give the Wolverines a quick six-point lead.
Sophomore Michael Bramos, who led the Abram picked up another steal a few minutes
RedHawks with 22 points, hit two triples later. Even though he failed to convert the
and a layup in the final 90 seconds to bring layup, sophomore Jerret Smith had his back,
Miami (3-6) within five. After Dion Harris putting Michigan up by 10.
split a pair of free throws, Miami freshman From there, Harris took over. The senior
Alex Moosmann cut the Wolverine lead to knocked down a triple, assisted a Ron Cole-
four. But that was as close as the RedHawks man trey and splashed another 3-pointer as
would get. part of a 10-3 Michigan run that gave the
"To have an opportunity to win our first Wolverines a 22-S lead.
road game is significant for us," Michigan "I was very impressed and pleased the way
coach Tommy Amaker said. "Any time dur- we were able to start the game," Amaker said.
ing the course of the season, when you can go "That gave us the cushion that we needed,
on the road and win in a tough place against a because we had to hold on at the end."
quality opponent, you have to feel good about Harris led the way for Michigan with
it." 20 points. The senior finished 3-for-4 from
The second-half scare seemed improb- downtown (6-for-9 overall), including a
able after the Wolverines' hot start. Michi- big bucket with fewer than three minutes
gan put the pressure on from the opening remaining to give the Wolverines a 10-point
tip and jumped out to a big lead. After Harris lead. Sims added nine points and eight
hit a pull-up jumper to start the game, Sims boards, and Abram totaled 12 points on just
intercepted a pass outside the 3-point arc and 3-for-10 shooting.

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FEELING CHARITABLE: Michigan coach
ommy Amaker has preached attack-
ng the basket and drawing fouls.
While the Wolverines reached the
oul line 21 times in the second half,
hey made just 57 percent of their free
brows.
"We went up there a few times and
idn't come away with two makes,"
maker said. "I expect Lester and
ion, our two seniors and better play-
rs, to be able to knock down free
hrows late in the game to help us
in."
In the game's final 30 seconds,
Michigan went 3-for-6 from the char-
y stripe.
But early in the half, the Wolverines'
ree-throw shooting did help to slow a
ammoth Miami run.
With Michigan holding on to a two-
oint lead with more than 14 minutes
eft in the game, freshman Ekpe Udoh
'ent up strong to collect a basket and
he foul. He hit the free throw to finish
he three-point play.
Two minutes later, captain Lester
.bram drove to the basket with Michi-
an up 42-33. He drew the foul and hit
oth shots.
Senior Brent Petway said that
ecause the shots were going in and
gut, everyone's form was still fine.
le believes that as long as the team
oesn't panic, the shots will fall.
"You can't start thinking about it,"
etway said. "The more you think
bout free throws, the worse you're
oing to shoot. So you still have to go
ut there (feeling) confident."
SALT IN AN OPEN WOUND: With the
.edHawks trailing 57-49 and Harris
etting up for his second free-throw
ttempt, Miami fans fell back on a last
esort.
"Florida Gators!" they chanted.
"They were just mad," senior Court-
ey Sims said. "They had a 'Beat Big
en' weekend, and we disappointed
hem. (The football team) is about to
'in the Rose Bowl anyway."
Captain
makes it
happen
ByKEVIN WRIGHT
Daily SportsE Editor
Two-and-a-half weeks removed
from the fact, Michigan finally
beat Ohio State - for the Lombardi
Award.
Wednesday, senior defensive end
LaMarr Woodley edged Buckeye
defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock,
Penn State's Paul Poslunszny and
Texas's Justin Blalock for the 37th
presentation of the trophy, annu-
ally givento the nation's bestcollege
lineman.
"I knew that it was going to be
difficult to win because of the qual-
ity of players that were named final-
ists for this award," Woodley said
through the athletic department. "I
am honored to receive this award."
Woodley was the sixth Michigan
lineman to be named a finalist for
the award, but he became the firstto
win the coveted trophy.
Being the first Wolverine to hoist
the award was the icing on the cake
for Woodley, who also took home
the Ted Hendricks Award, which
honors the best college defensive
end, earlier that day.
"To be able to go down in his-
tory as the Lombardi Award win-
ner is great," Woodley said through
the athletic department. "It will be
around at Schembechler Hall for
hundreds of years."

The senior captain led the Michi-
gan defense, ranked third in the
nation against the run. Woodley fin-
ished the season as the team leader
in sacks (11), racked up 15 tackles for
a loss and forced and recovered four
fumbles.
The Saginawnative's 11 sacks this
season rank second best of all-time
behind David Bowens's 12 sacks
for Michigan's single-season sack
record.
"I am very happy for LaMarr and
what he has achieved," Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr said at the award
banquet throughthe athletic depart-
ment. "He has worked very hard and
deserves this recognition. There
wasn't a time that LaMarr wasn't
giving everything that he had."
Even though Woodley earned
All-American honors to add to his
individual accolades, he couldn't
corral the Chuck Bednarik Award
last night, presented to the college
defensive player ofthe year.
Senior cornerback Leon Hall
joinedhisteammateontheAll-Amer-
ica team, but barely missed outonthe
Jim Thorpe Award lastnight.Instead,
Texas cornerback Aaron Ross took
home the trophy awarded to the best
defensive back in the nation.
Junior left tackle Jake Long was
also named to the All-America
team.

For Friday, Dec. 8, 2006
ARIES
(March 21 to April 19)
Your appreciation of beauty is defi-
nitely heightened now. Give yourself the
opportunity to enjoy the beauty of arts
and crafts, painting, sculpture, parks,
architecture and beautiful places.
TA URUS
(April 211 to May 20)
By nature, yours is a very sensuous
sign. You like good food and good drink.
Today, you feel very passionate about a
romantic contact. (Be still, my beating
heart.)
GEMINI
(May 21 to June 20)
Close friendships and partnerships are
very important to you today. They can
deepen in a very meaningful way. You
can understand the transforming power
of love!
CANCER
(June 21 to July 22)
You have wonderful ideas about how
to make improvements at work. You see
better ways of doing things, and you also
see better ways for everybody else to get
along.
LEO
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
This is a very romantic, passionate day
for most of you. Some of you can also
use this energy in an artistic way, or to
compete in sports as well. You're
pumped!
VIRGO
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
You can definitely make improve-
ments or repairs to where you live today.
Someone in the family feels very
strongly about a particular issue today.
You have to respect this.
LIBRA
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Your ability to influence, sell, market,
teach and act is marvelous today! You
dazzle others with your words. This is

because you really believe what you're
saying!
SCORPIO
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
You're very determined about finan-
cial matters today. If you want to buy
something, you'll buy it. You'll work
very hard to earn money as well.
SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22 to Dee. 21)
Ronantic relationships are quite
intense today. This is definitely a time to
express your passionate feelings for oth-
ers. Actually, you feel passionately about
everything today (not just romance).
CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
Your research skills are tops now. You
will definitely enjoy digging for secrets
today. You want to get to the bottom of
something.
AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
This is a wonderful day to schmooze
and enjoy good times with groups and
friends. You feel a strong affection for
someone today. Hopefully, this feeling is
mutual.
PISCES
(Feb. 19 to March 20)
It's easy to make a great impression on
others today, especially bosses, parents
and VIPs. People think you're the cat's
meow. (You might as well milk this for
all its worth.)
YOU BORN TODAY Whatever you
do, you do it intensely with all of your
being. There are no halfway measures
for you. You have tons of energy! People
like you because you're friendly, fasci-
nating and energetic. In turn, you seek
out those who are different and stimulat-
ing. The year ahead will focus on part-
nerships and close friendships. Enjoy
good times with everyone.
Birthdate of: Teri Hatcher, actress; Jim
Morrison, singer/songwriter/poet; Reed
Johnson, baseball outfielder.

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