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MEN'S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN ROUNDUP
SUNDAY FEB. 5
No.23 Michigan, 54 at No.9 Michigan State 64
Minnesota 69 at Nebraska 61
Northwestern 74 at Illinois 70
SATURDAY FEB. 4
No.3 Ohio State 58 at No. 19 Wisconsin 52
No. 20 Indiana 78 at Purdue 61
Penn State 64 at Iowa 77
THURSDAY FEB. 2
Nebraska 74 at Northwestern 84
WEDNESDAY FEB.16
No.10 Wisconsin, 62 at No.11 Purdue, 70
No. 20 Indiana, 56 at No.23 Michigan, 68
Minnesota, 59 at Iowa, 63
TUESDAY FEB.15
No. 9 Michigan State 41 at Illinois 42
No.19 Wisconsin 52 at Penn State 46
BIG TEN STANDINGS
1) No. 3 Ohio State (8-2)
2) No. 9 Michigan State (7-3)
3t) No.23 Michigan (7-4)
3t) No. 19 Wisconsin (7-4)
5) No. 20 Indiana (6-6)
6t) Illinois (5-5)
6t) Purdue (5-5)
8t) Minnesota (5-6)
8t) Iowa (5-6)
10) Northwestern (4-6)
11) Nebraska (3-8)
12) Penn State (2-9)
ICE HOCKEY
CCHA ROUNDUP
SATURDAY FEB. 4
Miami (Ohio) 0 at No.7 Michigan 3
Alaska 4 at No.16 Western Michigan 1
Bowling Green 3 at No. 8 Notre Dame 2
Michigan State 3 at Ohio State 2
No.6 Ferris State 3 at Northern Michigan 1
FRIDAY FEB. 3
Miami (Ohio)1 at No.7 Michigan 4
Alaska 1 at No.16 Western Michigan 2
Bowling Green 1 at No.8 Notre Dame 2
Michigan State 6 at Ohio State 3
USNTDP U-18 3 at Lake Superior State 4
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No.6 Ferris State 5 at Northern Michigan 5
CCHA STANDINGS
1) No. 6 Ferris State (41 pts.)
2) No. 16 Western Michigan (39 pts.)
3) No.7 Michigan (38 pts.)

4t.) No. 8 Notre Dame (36 pts.)
4t.) No. 18 Miami (Ohio) (36 pts.)
4t.) No. 10 Ohio State (36 pts.)
7t.) Lake Superior State (35 pts.)
7t.) Michigan State (35 pts.)
9) Northern Michigan (30 pts.)
10) Alaska (27 pts.)
11) Bowling Green (19 pts.)
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February 6, 2012 - 3B

PAUL SHERMAN/Daily
Michigan senior guard Carmen Reynolds and Michigan dropped a last-second decision to the Spartans.
3-pointers the difference in
Michigan's loss to Spartans

ByMICHAEL LAURILA
Daily Sports Writer
They got the shot they
wanted.
With 30 seconds left in the
Michigan women's basketball
game against Michigan State,
senior guard Courtney Boylan
had a chance to break a tie on
a wide-open look from behind
the arc. She missed, and the
Spartans took the 65-63 lead
with a game-winning jump
shot by senior Porsche Poole
with four seconds left.
"It didn't really feel very
good going off my hand, but it
was pretty close," Boylan said
about the missed 3-pointer.
"You have to take that shot."
Despite Boylan's missed
3-pointer, Michigan's effective
shooting performance from
deep kept the team inthe game
on Sunday. But every time the
Wolverines nailed a 3-pointer,
Michigan State responded
with a basket of its own.
The Spartans opened up the
game on an 01-0 run; starting
3-for-3 from behind the arc.
They cooled off as the game
progressed, but were led by a
surprising figure: sophomore
guard Kiarissa Bell, who has
averaged just 2.5 points per
game this season.

Bell finished the game
at 3-for-4 from deep, one of
which opened up the scoring
for Michigan State.
"We thought that if there
was a kid we could get off
stastically, it was (Bell)," said
Michigan coach Kevin Bors-
eth. "She made shots though."
Senior forward Carmen
Reynolds had one of her better
shooting performances of the
season, finishing 3-for-5 from
behind the arc, all of which
came in the first half. Strug-
gling of late to find her stroke,
Reynolds looked comfortable
in her shots.
Michigan finished 50 per-
cent from behind the arc - 20
percent higher than its season
average. There were moments
in the game where it looked
like the Wolverineswere going
away from the deep ball and
trying to get it inside to junior
forward Rachel Sheffer, but
Spartan senior center Lyken-
dra Johnson posed problems
for the post players all game.
Whether the looks were
wide-open or highly contest-
ed, Michigan used the 3-point-
er to its advantage.
"That's the thing about our
team, is that one half it may
be going inside and the next
half it may be going outside,"

Boylan said. "That's the nice
thing about our offense. You
don't have to rely on one thing,
necessarily."
The Wolverines shot fewer
3-pointers in the second half
since they were able to get
production from other places.
Boylan had 15 second-half
points, only three of which
came from behind the arc.
With 5:18 left in the sec-
ond half, Michigan had a five
point lead - its biggest of the
day - and the offense looked
to be in complete rhythm.
Then, Michigan State coach
Suzy Merchant came up with
a unique way to stop the Wol-
verines' hot shooting.
All season, one common
denominator of Michigan's
losses has been its struggles to
score.
This is one of the first losses
for the Wolverines where they
have performed well and come
up short. Their 50-percent clip
from behind the arc is the best
percentage they've had since
opening Big Ten play on Dec.
30.
Though Michigan lost, the
win should help its confidence,
especially that of the shooters,
who saw a lot of success on the
perimeter against the tough
Michigan State defense.

Meanwhile, Michigan State
SPARTANS capitalized on the offensive end,
From Page 1B opening up a 16-point lead by
the 12:57 mark. And the Spar-
tans received some help from a
the offensive end with a balanced rare meltdown from Beilein, who
scoring effort, and eight Spartans got called for a technical foul for
went into the locker room with arguing a travel call on Novak -
first-half points. They attacked a sub-par gift for the coach's 59th
the Wolverines underneath, rec- birthday. Michigan State guard
ognizing that Michigan's post Austin Thornton knocked down
defense has been relatively weak both free throws.
all season long. "He was just trying to protect
The Wolverines (7-4, 17-7) us," Douglass said. "Have I ever
looked stagnant on offense in the seen him like that before? I don't
first half, and at one point, they know. I don't even know if he's
trailed by as many as 14. From the gotten a technical since I've been
set offense, Michigan was hardly here."
able to penetrate the Spartan A few minutes later, Spartan
defense, and coach John Beilein coach Tom Izzo was called for a
had to rely heavily on his perim- technical of his own for arguing
eter shooters. Novak, Burke and with refs in the middle of a Michi-
Douglass combined for 4-for-9 gan possession. Novak hit one of
shooting from behind the arc in the two free throws.
the first half. But in the end, the game was
Burke's conversion was par- not about the coaches - it was a
titularly clutch, as he nailed a tri- battle between the senior cap-
ple from the top of the key in the tains looking to puttheir personal
final seconds of the half, cutting stamps on the heated rivalry.
Michigan's deficit to a manage- Both Novak and Green scored a
able eight points, game-high 14 points.
But the Spartan defense sty- "I'veheard people talking
mied the Michigan offense in the about (personal records against
beginning of the second half just Michigan State)," Douglass said.
as well as it did in the first. The "We've won three of the last four
Wolverines didn't score until red- games, so that's not too bad. We
shirt sophomore forward Jordan might actuallysee them inthe Big
Morgan hit a pair of free throws Ten Tournament, and we're look-
four minutes into the half. They ing forward to that. We have a lot
didn't score from the field until of respect for them - it's a lot of
about a minute later. fun playing them."
beating to get pucks out (of our
H UNWICK zone)," Berenson said.
From Page 1B Even after scoring with his
team a man down, Moffie wasn't
finished. In the second period,
they mattered most - when the Treais found himself skating with
Wolverines were killing off pen- the puck in the left faceoff circle
alties. and spotted Moffie streaking
Berenson sung the short- towards the goal. After receiving
handed unit's praises but didn't a perfect pass, Moffie hammered
hesitate to call out his team for the puck home fromthe slot to put
spending far too much time a man the Wolverines up 2-0.
down. The referees laid off their
"Too many penalties - that's whistles in the second period, but
what cost us," Berenson said. "I things soon got out of hand in the
thought there were some real third. Michigan and Miami com-
good parts of (the penalty kill), bined for 16 penalties in the last
and there were some other parts 20 minutes.
of it where your goalie has to be In the midst of the chippy peri-
your best penalty killer." od, junior forward Chris Brown
During Michigan's 3-0 win on scored the goal of the season for
Saturday, the infractions started the Wolverines, a highlight-reel
early and kept on coming. When gem that turned the faces of the
senior defensenan Greg Pateryn RedHawks' defensemen andgoal-
was whistled for a slash just 39 tender the same shade of red as
seconds into the contest, the their sweaters.
parade to the penalty box began. Brown received the puck and
Fifty-two penalty minutes later, skated the length of the ice, but
a frustrated Miami power play paused at the top of the circle to
walked away empty-handed. send the puck through the legs
In fact, the Wolverine penalty of Miami's Will Weber. Knapp
killers answered the call, not just must've been too busy gaping at
by making quick work of the four the deke - which sent the Yost
Miami power plays, but also by Ice Arena crowd into a frenzy -
scoring a goal of their own. to make a serious attempt at stop-
On a RedHawk advantage in pingthe ensuingshot.
the first period, Miami overcom- With one minute remaining,
mitted in the attacking zone. tensions culminated with a fight
Junior forward Kevin Lynch in a corner in the Miami zone.
managed to knock the puck out of Brown and Weber got into a tus-
the zone and senior captain Luke sle, and the referees dealt each a
Glendening was there to start the game disqualification. When the
odd-man rush. The lone Miami Wolverines travel to Munn Ice
defenseman looked mystified as Arena on Friday night to try and
Glendening's pass whizzed by, extend their three-game win-
and Knapp couldn't possibly catch ningstreak, they will have to doit
up to the shot that followed from without Brown.
junior defenseman Lee Moffie. Though the score might not
"A big thing with two-on-ones reflect the difficulties Michigan
is that ... they're a lot more pro- faced, Berenson can't help but
ductive when the pass is made shake his head at the lack of disci-
early," Moffie said. "That's what pline his team displayed.
(Glendening) did and that's what "You shouldn't have to kill that

we've been working on." many penalties in a game like
Michigan's breakaways and that," Berenson said.
odd-man rushes this season have Berenson continues to preach
been ugly, but the one scored by the importance of limiting pen-
Moffie on Saturday was pictur- alty minutes. A vast majority of
esque. power-playunits will make Mich-
The shorthanded tally was the igan pay for its misdoings. But
Wolverines' third of the season, with the penalty kill playing its
and their first since November. best down the stretch, it's com-
After the game, Blasi credited forting to know he has defense-
the Michigan penalty killers for men willing to sacrifice their
preventing most of his team's bodies to get the puck away from
chances before they could come danger. And even more so, that
to fruition. his backstop, Hunwick, is seeing
"Part of it is good goaltend- the ice just fine, at even strength
ing," Blasi said. "And guys block- or not.
ing shots and things. As a whole, "When you're playing against
Michigan was the better team all Miami, in front of crowds like
weekend long." that, and the intensity of this
That edge came at a cost, series," Hunwick said, "I was just
though. trying to play the game and have
"Our defense had to take a fun."
tn a "yes face" when he's suffering "It's just something Tim's
to through shooting slumps, and got to mature with," said senior
's players have acknowledged that guard Stu Douglass. "It's been
re he gets too down on himself. an up-and-down road. ... I don't
ed Hardaway's emotions seemed know if it's something now
to get the best of him from the where he just needs to hit some
es get-go, starting when he missed shots and get it going one game,
)d a 3-pointer just 72 seconds into but he needs to just stay poised
x- the game. After most of his nine mentally. He's working on it."
he misses, he hung his head or com- Douglass pinpointed Hard-
n- plained about a foul not being away's emotional struggles as a
n. called, causing him to be slow to case of putting too much pres-
en get back on defense. sure on himself.

Gymnasts excel in Las Vegas

By ALEX BONDY
Daily Sports Writer
Three members from the
No. 8 Michigan men's gym-
nastics team excelled in the
Winter Cup in Las Vegas this
weekend.
Sophomore Sam Mikulak
and freshmen Adrian de los
Angeles and Stacey Ervin all
earned appearances in the
finals after Thursday's com-
petition, with Mikulak and de
los Angeles earning spots on
the U.S. National Team.
To make the finals, a
gymnast had to be a top-10
performer in any event in
Thursday's competition. De
los Angeles was at the head
of the team, placing third on
the vault, while Ervin placed
ninth in the event. Mikulak
placed fourth on high bar,
fifth on parallel bars, and
sixth on rings.
"I have taken teams to the
Winter Cup since I've been at
Michigan, so almost 14 years
(here) and before that in my
coaching career," said Michi-
gan coach Kevin Golder. "This
is the best that we have ever
done, and the best I have ever
had a group do."
Though Golder had con-
cerns about Mikulak's health,
HARDAWAY
From Page 1B
Izzo said. "That's kind of how
Hardaway gets his shots. It
wasn't just shutting down Hard-
away, it was how Hardaway gets
shots, andthat's driving, kicking."
Hardaway did, however, point
to the youth and inexperience of
Burke to account for some of his

the sophomore overcame a 85
series of nagging minor inju- fif
ries that he has been battling me
with for the past few weeks. ba
Former Wolverine Ian th
Makowske (2008-11) and th.
2013 Michigan signee Kon-
ner Ackerman also competed wi
on Thursday, with Makowske Ar
finishing ninth on high bar - me
good enough to advance him an
to the finals as well. we
In the finals on Saturday, Co
Mikulak earned second place th.
on the parallel bars with a in
15.10 score, tied for seventh ab
on the rings (14.70) and placed als
seventh on the high bar all
(13.95), advanced his plans to on
make the U.S. Olympic team.
"I was real pleased, and I th.
had a lot of confidence going wi
into the competition," Miku- foe
lak said. "I felt like every- on
thing that I was doing with qu
my routines was really going the
to pan out for me during the
competition. I still have a few of
upgrades that I can still put an
in, and I'm going to get my we
floor going sometime soon. tee
This just shows me that I still me
have the rest of the season to SU
progress and just keep getting
better and better." stt
De los Angeles placed 10th gu
all-around in his rookie per- ma
formance with a total score of go
struggles. While Burke has often
looked like a veteran floor gen-
eral, in some road venues, he's
played closer to his own age.
The raucous atmosphere in
Breslin Center proved trouble-
some for Burke, who scored 11
points, but had four turnovers.
"(There was) a little bit of
miscommunication," Hardaway
said. "(The chemistry between
Trey and I is developing) a little
bit more slowly.... The chemistry

.05 on Saturday. He placed
th on vault, eighth on pom-
el horse and 11th on parallel
rs, earning him one of the
ree wild-card selections for
e national team.
"I'm completely satisfied
th my performance," de los
ngeles said. "I came into the
eet with a positive attitude
d I ended up doing pretty
ell, so I am happy with that.
onfidence-wise, this is huge
at the senior team believes
me and thinks I have the
ilities to perform. This will
so help me trust myself in
of my routines from here
out."
Ervin scored the best on
e team on the floor event
th a score of 14.55 and tied
r sixth. He also tied for 13th
the vault, but it wasn't
ite enough to earn a spot on
e national team.
Golder said the success
Mikulak, de los Angeles
d Ervin at the Winter Cup
ould motivate the rest of the
am in its upcoming home
eet against Ohio State and
NY Brockport.
"They are on the national
age, and they are young
ys," Golder said. "They
ade maize and blue look real
od."
is there, we just need it to be o
a consistent basis and just try,
make it a consistent effort. He
still learning where people a:
out on the floor, and we just nee
to keep on working at it."
But Hardaway's struggle
weren't just the result of got
defense or the faults of an ine
perienced point guard. TI
Miami native has battled to co
tain his own emotions all seaso
Beilein often tells him to put o

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