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Senior Brent Petway blocks a Golden Gopher shot during Saturday's game. Petway's career-high 18 points and numerous hustle plays helped the Wolverines stage a second-half comeback and hold off the lowly Gophers, 82-80, to improve to 5-5 in the Big Ten.
MICHIGAN 82, MINNESOTA 80
JUST BARELY

C agers eke out win
with late comeback

By H. JOSE BOSCH
Daily Sports Writer
Following Saturday's 82-80 win
over Minnesota, the jury is still out
on Michigan's NCAA Tournament
chances.
But senior Brent Petway became
exhibit A in the tiny pile of evidence
supporting the Wolverines.
Led by Petway's second-half
heroics (16 points and six rebounds),
Michigan overcame a nine-point
halftime deficit to steal a win and
end its four-game losing streak.
"It was great to see him get open
shots and get our team going,"
junior Ron Coleman said. "One of
the players said we needed a spark
and I think Brent took that to heart.
He got us going with his offensive
production and on the defensive
end."
Trailingbyfiveinthesecondhalf,
Michigan and the Crisler Arena
crowd got a shot in the arm when

sophomore Jerret Smith lobbed a
pass to Petway, who finished the
alley-oop with a thunderous slam.
After the Gophers responded
with a bucket of their own, the
McDonough, Ga. native electrified
the crowd again when he drove
down the baseline and made anoth-
er two-handed slam to pull Michi-
gan within three, 51-48.
Three minutes later the Wol-
verines took their third lead of the
game when senior Ron Coleman hit
an open 3-pointer to make the game
56-55.
Michigan held off a late Minne-
sota run and relinquished the lead
just one more time en route to the
win.
Petway finished the evening with
18 points and seven rebounds. His
performance in the second frame
was a surprise considering he had
just two points and one rebound
going into halftime. And coming
off a left knee injury which limited

him to two minutes against Ohio
State, it appeared Petway was still
not ready to comeback. But Amaker
thought otherwise.
"I never thought (of replacing
him), unless he came to me and said
he wasn't feeling good or at1100 per-
cent," Amaker said. "The thought
never crossed my mind to do that. I
have confidence in him, and there's
nobody that wants to win more on
our team than Brent Petway."
Following the first half, the
Crisler crowd had nothing much to
cheer about and the boo birds made
an appearance as both teams ran
off the court.
With a quarter of the stadium
empty, the Wolverines struggled
to maintain any momentum after
opening the game with a bucket off
the tip.
Untimely turnovers and Minne-
sota's guard play kept Michigan at
bay, despite 14 first-half points from
See GOPHERS, page 3B

Look
past the
late run
Everyone wanted to talk
about the comeback.
Admittedly, the Wolver-
ines' response
was impressive.
It would have
been easy to fold
in the midst of a
four-game losing
streak and down
by nine at home.
Instead,
Michigan gutted DANIEL
out an 82-80 win BROMWICH
behind career
performances Broms Away
from seniors
Brent Petway and Dion Harris.
With just two points and one
rebound before the half, Petway
tallied 16 points and six rebounds
See BROMWICH, page 3B

Michigan senior Dion Harris attacks the basket for two of his career-high 27 points.
Harris kept Michigan afloat in the first half while the rest of his teammates struggled.

uick
starts
for 'M':
By NATE SANDALS
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - They fell into the
trap, but there was no time for the
eighth-ranked Wolverines to wal-
low in their NOTEBOOK
misery. EB
Immedi-
ately after losing 3-2 to last-place
Bowling Green on Friday night, the
Michigan hockey team had to pre-
pare for its crucial matchup with
No. 6 Michigan State at Joe Louis
Arena less than 24 hours later.
Everyone wondered: How could
Michigan bounce back quickly after
apotentially cripplingloss?
"We've just got to work a lot
harder than we did tonight," senior
captain Matt Hunwick said Friday
night.
And the Wolverines did just that.
Michigan dominated playinthe first
See STARTS, page 3B

WE'S SW:1-MMING AND DIVING
Blue good for
second place

BENJI DELL/Daly
Michigan sophomore Tim Miller fights for a loose puck in Michigan's come-from-behind 3-3 tie with Michigan State on Saturday.
Three in a row lea to ti~e
By JAMES V. Dowd in a 3-2 upset by last place Bowling lead, the Spartans reinstated the
Daily Sports Writer Green (6-24-2, 4-19-1 CCHA) on the same defense that shut down Mich-
------.._road Friday, it seemed that a run at igan in the GLI Championship
DETROIT - If the way a hockey the Mason Cup was far-fetched for game on Dec. 30.
team finishes games is critical to the Wolverines. But on Saturday But this time, the Wolverines
postsea-- - night, visions of playoff victories made up their mind that the out-
son suc- MICHIGAN 3 returned as the team battled back come would be different.
cess, it's MICHIGAN STATE 3 from a three-goal deficit to earn a "I knew that players like me had
hard to 3-3 tie against No. 6 Michigan State to step it up," sophomore Andrew
say where No. 9 Michigan (21-10-1, (18-8-3, 14-6-3 CCHA) at Joe Louis Cogliano said. "We needed to do a
16-7-1 CCHA) is headed. Arena. good job in the third period and to
After surrendering two late goals Having amassed a three-goal See SPARTANS, page 3B

By DAVID RUSSELL
Daily Sports Writer
It's said that no one remem-
bers who came in second.
But for some members of the
Michigan women's swimming:
and diving team, the Big Ten-
Championships will be memo-
rable for their individual perfor-
mances.
After the second day of the
three-day championships,
held at Minnesota's University
Aquatic Center the Wolverines
were in third place behind even-
tual champion Indiana and Penn
State. The third day began with
sophomore Emily Brunemann
swimming to a school record of
16:10.70 in the 1,650-yard free-
style, good for second place.
Two events later, senior Lind-
sey Smith won the 100-yard free-
style, allowing Michigan to be
in contention for second place
overall going into the final race
of the meet. The race, the 400-
yard freestyle relay, was almost

a sure thing for the Wolverines.
But would it be enough to pass
Penn State?
Smith swam the anchor leg
of the race, as she, senior Kait-
lyn Brady, freshman Margaret
Kelly and sophomore sister Han-
nah Smith won the race a full
second ahead of Indiana's relay
team. The Penn State relay was
disqualified, and the Wolverines
were able to vault them to second
place overall.
"It is a nice way to end my Big
Ten career with a great meet,"
said Smith, who won Swimmer
of the Championships.
Smith was on the winningside
of four races at the three-day
event, taking individual titles in
the 100- and 200-yard freestyle
and contributing to the winning
relays in the aforementioned
400-yard freestyle. She also won
the 200-yard freestyle with the
same teammates.
All four members of the relay
teams were named first-team All
See BIG TENS, page 3B

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