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UJtbe 1 ci~guu T R Tigers ring up Bell
The Detroit Tigers signed Buddy Bell to replace Sparky Anderson as the
team's manager yesterday. Bell, who has never managed before, signed
on for two years. Bell played 18 seasons in the major leagues, and
spent the last two years as the Cleveland Indians' infield coach.
Page 12
November 10 1995
olverines must deal with Boilennakers' stott
oy Scott Burton White. the game with their running attack, as evidenced checking plays," Carr said. "When he plays
Daily Sports Writer "He's big and strong enough that if you don't by Purdue's 40 minutes of possession in its 38- within their system, Trefzger is a very good
The Big Ten may have the best collection of really get a good hit, he is going to run through 27 victory over Wisconsin last weekend. In that quarterback."
featured backs in college football and, kindly, it," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "And in game, Alstott rushed for 204 yards and Watson About the only thing Purdue seems to be
the Michigan defense has been spared from two close, in the off-tackle areas, he has an ability to added 194. lacking on offense isjust a little bit of luck. The
of them this season. Both Indiana's Alex Smith make some good cuts, and run north and south." However, the running game is hardly the lone Boilermakers missed a last-second field goal
and Minnesota's Chris Darkins were injured Alstott is complimented by a physical collec- component to the Purdue offense, which has against Minnesota in a 39-38 loss, came within
when their teams played the Wolverines. tion of offensive linemen, one of the better averaged 28 points a game. The Boilermakers a touchdown of upsetting Notre Dame and a '
But when Michigan (3-2 Big Ten, 7-2 overall) blocking backs in the Big Ten in tailback Edwin have thrown only five touchdown passes against field goal away from knocking off Penn State.
faces Purdue (1-3-1, 3-4-1) at Michigan Sta- Watson and a running formation that includes 11 interceptions, but they have averaged 178 Consequently -just as Purdue brings one of
dium at noon tomorrow (ESPN), the Wolver- 350-pound offensive lineman Damon Lewis in yards per game through the air. the Big Ten's most potent offenses to Michigan
ines will not have an escape clause against the the backfield. Carr complemented the heady and efficient Stadium - the Wolverine defense will play in
robust, and yes, completely healthy, Mike "It's a great short-yardage formation," Purdue play of senior quarterback Rick Trefzger. When front of skeptical eyes for the first time this
Alstott. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound fullback is coach JimCollettosaid. "Theproblemis(Lewis) he's been healthy this season, he's completed season. WALKER VANoYKE/Daily
perhaps the most bruising and punishing runner wants to carry the ball." 58.8 percent of his passes. For most of 1995, the defense had been a Tshimanga Blakabutuka will lead Michigan's
in these parts since Michigan State's Lorenzo The Boilermakers can control the tempo of "He does a good job at the line of scrimmage See BOILERS, Page 14 ground attack against a suspect Purdue defense.
SSiberians left out in the cold
Taylor's 20 leads Michigan to easy exhibition-game wi

By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
Nikita Khrushchev would not have
been happy.
The Michigan men's basketball
team pounded the Siberia Basketball
Club of Cheremkhovo, 89-65, yester-
day at Crisler Arena.
Maurice Taylor led the Wolverines
with 20 points. Willie Mitchell added
15 points and seven boards for Michi-
gan, while Vitaly Strebkov paced the
Siberians with 25 points.
Khrushchev is perhaps best known
in the West for a speech he gave at the
United Nations in 1960 as General
Secretary of the Soviet Union. While
talking, he took off his shoe, pounded
it on the table and shouted defiantly
"to the West": "We will bury you!"
He wouldn't have liked what tran-
spired yesterday.
It was the Siberians who got bur-
The West ... er ... the Wolverines

took a 6-0 lead on back-to-back three-
pointers by freshmen Louis Bullock
and Albert White in the game's open-
ing minute and were never threat-
"Their speed and strength was the
difference," Siberian coach Andrei
Novikov said. "They were stronger
than all of the teams we faced in
The game was relatively close early
on - Michigan led, 24-17, at the
10:59 mark of the first half.
But then faster than you can say
"perestroika," the Wolverines went
on a20-6 run, capped by aTaylorjam,
and the Siberians trailed by 21,44-23,
with 3:16 left.
Taylor did not start, but he got out
of the gate early, scoring his first six
points on thunderous dunks. He was,
7-of-9 from the field for 14 points in
the first half and 9-of-13 for the game.
"If Mo plays like that this season,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said,

"he'll be difficult to guard."
No kidding.
The Siberians needed a couple of
Ivan Dragos on this day, but they
were nowhere to be found.
This game was over by the inter-
mission for a simple reason - the
Wolverines couldn't miss before half-
time and the Siberians did almost noth-
ing but miss in the opening half.
The Siberians shot just .423 from
the field in the first half, compared
with .590 for Michigan. The Wolver-
ines cooled off considerably in the
second half and shot .480 for the game,
but it didn't matter.
If it weren't for Strebkov's 16 first-
half points on four-of-six shooting
from downtown, the Wolverines' 19-
point halftime lead could have beer
For the night, Bullock and White
reached double figures with 11 and


'M' gets Morrison back f


The Wolverines
shot 48 percent for
the game, while
holding their
opponents to just
over 40 percent.

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
Unfair as it may seem, the fourth-
ranked college hockey team in the na-
tion just got better.
Michigan will add a Hobey Baker
finalist, a first-team All-American and
the 1994-95 national scoring leader to
its lineup for this weekend's games
against Miami (Ohio) at Goggin Ice
Arena in Oxford - all wrapped up in
one maize and blue blur.
Brendan Morrison is back.
"He is going to make us a much more
balanced team," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "(His return) gives us
another top line center... and he is a big
leader for us out there."
While the junior was sidelined with an
aggravation of an old knee injury for the
first month of this season, the Wolverines
(3-1 CCHA, 5-1 overall) nearly made
people forget about his importance. Ex-
cept for a disappointing 7-3 loss to West-
ern Michigan, they have rolled overteams
like Guelph (Ontario), Ferris State and
1994-95 NCAA finalist Maine.
But everything hasn't been perfect.
The power play went 5-for-15last week-
end against the Bulldogs, but it had
converted only 12 percent of its chances
beforehand. This ineptitude is a sore
spot for a team that was an impressive

29.3 percent with the extra man last
The Wolverines, strong as they are,
need improvement, and that is where
Morrison should come in.
"His greatest impact will probably be
f f on the power
play," Michigan
assistant coach
Billy Powers said.
"We've been un-
organized, and he
will bring a lot of
vision to the ice.
There will be more
crisp passing and
Morrison plays."
Morrison will
complete an offensive corps that many
consider the best in the NCAA. Michi-
gan has been known for its depth, but
now it is marked by an overabundance
of talented forwards.
"We have to evaluate our team now
with Brendan Morrison," Berenson said.
"This is the first time we've had everyone
healthy, so some guys who have been
playing well (such as John Arnold and
Justin Clark) are going to have to sit."
Berenson has shuffled his lines to ac-
commodate the center, giving Michigan
fourdangerous combinations and leaving

or roadtrp
the opposition wondering which to chick.
Morrison will skate with Greg Crozier
and Warren Luhning,bumpingMikeLegg
over to play with Sean Ritchlin and-Matt
Herr. Bobby Hayes will centcr. new
pairingofJohn Madden andBill Muckalt.
The line of Jason Botterill, Kevin Hilton
and Dale Rominski will remain intact.
"We don't really have a No. linte
anymore," Berenson said. "We have ort
of, two No. I lines and two No. 2 lines."
That has to concern Miami, whioh
has been roughed up a bit thus. far.
Miami (0-1, 1-4) has been sweeping the
league basement and hasn't done much
outside of the CCHA, either. Miami
beat Boston College, 7-1, but lost to
No. 5 Maine, 6-5, Michigan State;6-3,
and No. 7 Vermont, 7-4 and 4-3.
Miami's most talented player is seiior
Kevyn Adams, who has 10 points and is
described by Berenson as a player~who
"could become dominant in the CCUA."
But he can't make up for Miami's young,
porous defense - averaging six goals
against pergame-that may have trouble
with Morrison and his mates.
"We've got to give up fewer chances,
especially when we're playing a team
with as much firepower as Michigan,"
Miami coach Mark Mazzoleni said."And
if they've got Morrison back, they're
going to be really tough."



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