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No.6OhioState78, Minnesota 68
Vo.18 Indiana 71, Northwestern 66
Purdue67, Illinois 62
No.7 Michigan State 69, No.15 Wisconsin 55
Penn State 69, Iowa 64
Nebraska 80, Illinois 57
Northwestern 64, Minnesota 53
No.17 Michigan 56, No. 6 Ohio State 51
No.7 Michigan State 76, Purdue 62
No.15 Wisconsin 65, Penn State 55
Iowa 78, No.18 Indiana 66
1) No. 7 Michigan State (11-3)
't) No.17 Michigan (10-4)
2t) No. 6 Ohio State (10-4)
4) No. 15 Wisconsin (9-4)
5) No. 18 Indiana (8-7)
6) Purdue (7-7)
7t) Northwestern (6-8)
7t) Iowa (6-8)
9t) Minnesota (5-9)
Wt) Illinois (5-9)
11) Nebraska (4-10)
12) Penn State (4-11)
,aRIAY FEB. 17
No.16 Michigan State 3, Alaska 2 (OT)
No.1 Ferris State 5, Bowling Green 1
No.18 Western Michigan 3, Lake Superior
State 1
No.19 Miami (Ohio) 3, No.13 Notre Dame 0
No.5 Michigan 4, No. 20 Northern Michigan
No.16 Michigan State 3, Alaska 0
No.1 Ferris State 4, Bowling Green 1
Lake Superior State 3, No.18 Western Michi-
gan 2
No.19 Miami (Ohio) 4, No.13 Notre Dame 1
No.5 Michigan 3, No. 20 Northern Michigan
2 (OT)

) No.1 Ferris State (53 pts.)
2) No.5 Michigan (47)
3) No. 18 Western Michigan (45)
4) No. 16 Michigan State (44)
5) No. 19 Miami (Ohio) (42)
6) Lake Superior State (41)
7) No. 17 Ohio State (39)
#t.) No. 13 Notre Dame (36)
8t.) No. 20 Northern Michigan (36)
10) Alaska (30)
11) Bowling Green (19)

February 20, 2012 - 3B

Duo leads Blue to
convincing win

Senior guard Courtney Boylan posted 14 points and five assists against Indiana on Sunday.
Michigan hounds Hoosiers

Daily Sports Writer
home game, the crowd at Assem-
bly Hall stands until Indiana
scores its _
first basket MICHIGAN 61
following INDIANA 48
the tipoff.
When the Michigan women's
basketball team traveled to
Bloomington on Sunday after-
noon, the crowd stood for the
first two minutes of the game.
The Wolverines took a 6-2 lead
during that stretch, never relin-
quishing it, and went on to defeat
Indiana 61-48.
Duringthe first half, Michigan
looked like the team that easily
handled Indiana in Ann Arbor on
Jan. 22. Senior guard Courtney
Boylan tallied 11 first-half points,
and junior forward Rachel Shef-
fer finished the period with eight
rebounds and eight points.
But at other times, the Wolver-
ines looked like the same team
that blew a 13-point lead against
Iowa at home last Thursday.
Michigan uncharacteristically
turned the ball over nine times
duringthe first frame - some on
consecutive possessions - and
looked flustered against Indi-
ana's defense.
The Wolverines' nine turn-
overs in the first half matched
their entire game total the last
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trying to do."
Added Michigan coach Red
Berenson: "Game in and game
out, he plays like a man."
Senior goaltender Shawn
Hunwick continued his stel-
lar season in net, posting
26 saves on both Friday and
Saturday, bailing out a Wol-
verine defense that played a
less-than-spectacular game.
Hunwick allowed just two
goals, and even then, a bad
defensive turnover left him
out to dry on the Wildcats' first
tally of the night.
And though Treais was the
hero, the game was won by the
captain. On that game-win-
ningshot, Luke Glendening got
the puck on the opposite side of
Treais and sent off an absolute
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content to let Morgan handle him
alone most of the time.
"That's the Jordan Morgan
we've seen flashes of, and (that)
we're starting to see more and
more," said senior guard Zack
Novak. "He played like a man
"Everyone talks about Sull-
inger, (and) he's avery, verygood
player. ButI think Jordan was up
to the challenge tonight."
On the offensive end, Morgan
was efficient, making five of his
eight field-goal attempts.
Morgan might not ever be the
type of player that can consis-
tently score with his back to the
basket in the paint, but he contin-
ues to grow as a fast-break run-

ning mate and an opportunistic
finisher off misses.
In the tense second half, Mor-
gan forced the raucous Crisler
Center crowd to its feet with a
pair of emphatic, one-handed
fast-break slams. The first came
when two minutes had elapsed
after the break, and the second
followed a minute later. Both
came after Ohio State baskets,

time the two teams squared off.
But Michigan coach Kevin
Borseth attempted to rally his
troops in the locker room during
halftime, and whatever he said
seemed to work.
The Wolverines went on a 9-0
run during the first four min-
utes of the second half, giving
them a game-high 15-point lead.
The Hoosiers had scored just six
points by the 12-minute mark,
mostly due to an increase in the
defensive pressure by Michigan.
But Indiana coach Felisha
I Legette-Jack attributed Michi-
gan's second-half flurry to some-
thing different.
"(In the second half,) we
decided to come out with some
quick hits that were wide open,
and just mistimed the pass... lit-
tle things like that," Legette-Jack
said. "We had a game plan and
nobody could score within the
first few minutes of the second
Boylan and Sheffer's one-two-
punch was too much for the Hoo-
siers to handle, especially in the
second half. Sheffer tallied her
second career double-double on
Sunday, finishing with 18 points
and 13 rebounds. Boylan added 14
points and five assists without a
turnover. But Boylan only played
27 minutes - eight minutes less
than her season average. Fresh-
man guard Brenae Harris gave
Boylan a nice breather during
rocket clear across the ice that
Treais redirected perfectly.
"It's really special," Pateryn
said. "Right when Luke had
that puck and I saw A.J. wide
open, I knew Luke was going
to pass it for some reason. ... I
was a little premature in my
That assist was preceded
by the first goal of the game,
where Glendening showed offI
his powerful stick again with a
snipe from the slot. This is the
smallest senior class Berenson
could remember - only four
Wolverines were honored after
Saturday's game. For compari-
son's sake, there are eight fresh-
man on the roster this year.
This is also a senior class that a
wasn't supposed to be this suc-
cessful. Pateryn was a healthy h
scratch at points during his tI
sophomore year. Glendening e
and Hunwick were both walk- w
on, non-scholarship players that h
and both gave the momentum
back to Michigan.
Morgan's and-one with 7:25
left in the game pushed the Wol-
verine lead back out to seven
points, and it was also huge in
keeping the Buckeyes from put-
ting together a run.
But for all his offensive and
defensive prowess, the most sig-
nificant aspect of Morgan's night
was his abilityto stay on the court.
He's had fewer struggles with
fouling this season compared to
last year, but it's still emerged at
times - he had to sit for much
of the second half in Michigan's
64-49 loss to Ohio State on Jan.
29, for example.
When he picked up two quick
fouls just two minutes into the
second half, it appeared Morgan
was headed for foul trouble again.
Senior guard Stu Douglass noted

that, whereas Morgan would
"sulk" and have a "woe-is-me"
attitude in the post, he refocused,
kept his composure and played
through it this time.
Morgan didn't collect another
foul the rest of the game, and even
had the confidence to step into the
lane and draw a key charge with
just over four minutes left in the

both halves. She made the most
of her 13 minutes, scoring four
points on 2-for-3 shooting.
The usually reliable Michi-
gan bench was quiet on Sunday,
tallying only ten points. Part of
that was due to the offensive suc-
cess that Sheffer, Boylan and the
other starters had.
Though the Wolverine bench
struggled, almost every Hoo-
sier player struggled. With 9:20
left in the game, Indiana junior
Aulani Sinclair knocked down
two-straight 3-pointers and cut
the Wolverine lead to ten points.
Sinclair finished the game with
17 points and was the only Hoo-
sier player to score in double dig-
Throughout the entire game,
the Hoosiers didn't look like a
team that's winless in the Big
Ten. Indiana out-rebounded the
Wolverines by six and cut Michi-
gan's 16-point lead to nine at one
point. The Wolverines hadn't
won at Assembly Hall in nine
years, and even though Indiana
is weaker than usual this season,
any road win is important.
"Every game is so big in the
Big Ten," Boylan said. "You look
at (Indiana) and you are like,
'How are they 0-13?' Look at the
athletes they have. They have a
(6-foot-6 center) who can shoot
3's. It's only a matter of time
before they start winning games
and get back on track."

Daily Sports Writer
the same story on the board
on Sunday, but it turned out
bit different for the Michiga
women's basketball team.
The Wolverines hav
often had trouble clearin
the glass this season, bein
outrebounded in 18 of its 2
games. But this weekenc
junior center Rachel She
fer had a career-high da
rebounding, and she effec
tively limited Indiana's po0
players. Sheffer recorde
her second career double
double with 18 points and 1
rebounds. She was well o
her way to a game-high pe
formance at the end of th
first half, when she had eigh
points and eight rebounds.
But most of her damag
was done in the second hal
Sheffer came out of the lock
er room energized, scoring
quick layup and grabbing tw
quick rebounds to help Mich
igan open the second half o
a 9-0 run.
Sheffer was up again:
two Hoosier bigs in the pos
6-foot-6 Quaneisha McCurt
and 6-foot-4 Sasha Chap
lin. She was able to put up
majority of the Wolverine
points in the paint and hol
the duo to just five points.
Michigan coach Kevi
Borseth noted how Indian
plays a tough, physical gam
down low and said that hi
team did a better job battlin
inside in the second half.
"Rachel - obviously he
numbers speak for them
selves - shot 7-for-15 frot
the floor," Borseth said. "An
of course her rebounding o
the other end of the cou:
(was a factor). She's dealin
with not just one (player
They put two or three rota
ing kids on her. Rachel kin
of single-handedly battle

Though Sheffer con-
trolled much of the sec-
is ond-half offense for the
s Wolverines, senior guard
a Courtney Boylan was in con-
n trol of the game during the
first stanza.
e Boylan broke into double
g digits with 7:36 to go in the
:g first half and led all scorers
7 with 11 points at the end of
d, the half.
f- Though she's been rela-
:y tively quiet of late, Boylan
c- broke back into her normal
st role, running the offense and
d taking her open looks.
- She settled down in the
.3 second half, finishing with 14
n points on 4-of-9 shooting and
r- knocking down 50 percent of
e her 3-point attempts. One of
it the reasons why Boylan was
so efficient was that she han-
e ded the ball cleanly - she
f. didn't have a single turnover
k- while dishing out five assists,
a many to Sheffer in the paint.
o Though Boylan was a
- factor on offense, she saw
n less floor time than normal,
playing for only 27 minutes.
st Freshman guard Brenae
t: Harris relieved Boylan for
y the time she was out. Borseth
- went to Harris because of the
a physical toll that extended
s' minutes over the course of
d the season will do to a player.
"Sometimes you grind
n (Boylan) so much," Borseth
a said. "I know in Nebraska
e she was begging to come
is out. After a while it wears
:g on you, so I think we have to
be a little smarter with time
r management. ... Forty min-
- utes in this league, it's really
mi demanding on the body as
.d well as the mind."
n Regardless of their
rt exhaustion, Boylan and Shef-
g fer played through the physi-
). cal game and came out on
t- top, lifting Michigan to its
.d first win at Assembly Hall in
d nine years.
Berenson said. "It's night and
day. These guys are as good as
it gets."
This class isn't the most tal-
ented Michigan has ever seen,
but it's a class that embodies the
type of player Berenson fills his
program with: tough, scrappy
and determined.
"I know they are dialed-in
every night, but this has to be a
special night," Berenson said.
"Is it a coincidence that Luke
Glendening gets a goal and an
assist tonight on senior night? I
don't think so."
On Saturday, Pateryn was
one-on-one with a Wildcat,
who made a quick move to the
goal. Pateryn sprawled on the
ice, knocking the puck free and
clearing the threat.
It was a trademark play of this
senior class - they don't appear
on the stat sheet and they don't
get much glory.
But they win games.
from the left side here, a
travel call on Ohio State
1 there, and Michigan found
itself up 54-49 with under
i a minute left. Craft made
two free throws to cut the
lead to three, and the Buck-

I eyes needed a stop to have a
chance to tie.
Burke didn't give it to
"I was waiting to call that
timeout, and I just saw some
space there," Beilein said.
- "And we just decided to go
i with it, thinking that ... we
know what to do up three
with ten seconds to go, nine
seconds to go."
Burke took Craft off the
dribble, went to his right, put
it high off the glass and gave
Michigan its first victory in
seven tries against the Buck-
1 eyes.
"I just told the team that
- we were not going to lose this
I game," Burke said. "We're
undefeated at home, we knew
we had to protect the house.
The whole team was down
with it that we weren't going
to lose this game."
They didn't, and John
Beilein can finally go to sleep.

unior forward A.J. Treais scored the overtime winner on Saturday.

ad to bust their tails to crack w
he starting lineup. The high-
st-recruited player was for- th
vard David Wohlberg, and he an
as struggled with injuries his sir
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ated a mirror-image replay of
his previous dunk on the right
"Craft is such a tricky
defender," Burke said. "I
kind of looked him off with
my eyes, and just gunned it
in there. I knew Jordan was
going to run for me. After the
first dunk he got, I knew he
was going to continue to run
for me and I was going to be
able to get him the ball."
Morgan finished with 11
points and 11 rebounds to give
him his first-career double-
double - against one of the
top big men in the country, no
Thomas did all he could
to keep the Buckyes within
striking distance. He put
up eight points and seven
rebounds in the first half, and
then scored the first ten Ohio
State points in the second.
Thomas had already recorded
a double-double just minutes
into the second half and fin-
ished with 25 points and 13
rebounds - both were game-

hole Michigan career.
"I can't tell you how much
ose players have developed
id improved and matured
rce they came as freshmen,"
Sullinger also began to
come alive in the second
frame, scoring six straight
points to cut the Michigan
lead to four.
Ohio State whittled the
lead to three and appeared
to have a chance at tying the
game when forward Lenzelle
Smith Jr. drove into the lane
and made a bank shot, knock-
ing over Morgan. Once again,
the Buckeyes were called for
a charge and Douglass capi-
talized on the other end with
a fadeaway jump shot as the
shot clock expired.
The next possession, the
other senior guard, Zack
Novak, also drained ajumper
late in the shot clock to put
Michigan up five.
"When the shot clock goes
down and you find the ball
in your hands, you've got
to make a big play," Doug-
lass said. "And if Zack and I
don't hit those shots, we don't
come out of here with a win.
Plays aren't drawn up for us,
but you've got to make big
shots sometimes when things
are going crazy."
Another Burke drive

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