Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fab Five Reunion Helps Fuel Michigan Romp over Indiana

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fab Five Reunion Helps Fuel Michigan Romp over Indiana

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The Fab Five reunion meant first place for Michigan.

The 11th-ranked Wolverines took over at the top of the Big Ten standings Tuesday night with a 91-67 victory over No. 12 Indiana, coach Bob Knight's 700th game with the Hoosiers.

The game also marked the return from one-game suspensions of Michigan's Ray Jackson and Jimmy King. It was also the centerpiece of a quick visit from Chris Webber, one of the National Basketball Association's top rookies. He broke up the Fab Five when he left for the pros after his sophomore year.

"Chris gave us a little talk before the game," said Jalen Rose, Webber's best friend and former classmate. "It really meant a lot to see him. Chris said for us to win a (Big Ten) ring for him."

Webber sat on the bench during the game, the same view Jackson and King had for Saturday's victory over Michigan State. They were reinstated by coach Steve Fisher after the suspension for what he termed a "violation of team policy." The players were interviewed by Ann Arbor police as part of an investigation into allegations of shoplifting of beer from a convenience store Jan. 12.

"We put everything behind us," Jackson said. "It's time to go on with the season. The support was great. It took a load off us and let us relax."

King agreed.

"All that is behind us," he said. "It felt great. It feels really good to come back and beat a team like this."

Michigan (16-4, 8-2) had lost the earlier meeting to the Hoosiers (14-5, 7-3), blowing a big early lead. The Wolverines jumped in front again and stayed there this time, leading 46-30 at halftime.

"We maintained the lead and didn't let up our intensity like we did in the first game," said Rose, who had 20 points. "We played smart for 40 minutes."

Juwan Howard, the fifth member of what may be the best recruiting class yet, added 19 points, while King had 17 and Jackson 13.

Alan Henderson had 18 points and Damon Bailey 17 for the Hoosiers.

The Wolverines shot 63 percent in the first half and finished with 54 percent. It was the first time this season Indiana has allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent or better.

"I thought Michigan played really well," Knight said. …

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