Md. native Bullock eyes happy return vs. Towson Junior from Temple Hills looks to find outside shot for Michigan tonight

November 24, 1997|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With one three-point shooting streak over, Louis Bullock looks to end another one tonight when Michigan plays Towson at the Towson Center.

Bullock had made a three-pointer in 44 straight games coming into the season. But the junior guard has yet to make one in his team's first two games.

"I shoot it just fine in practice," said Bullock, of Temple Hills, who will play his first collegiate game in his home state tonight. "I don't know if I'm rushing or just getting away from the things that I normally do. Most of the time you feel off you first couple of shots."

If that's the case, Bullock has been left hungry. He went 1-for-9, including 0-for-5 on three-pointers, in a season-opening loss to Western Michigan. He was 5-for-15, including 0-for-6 on threes, in a win over Cleveland State.

Bullock has made his career on making threes, first at Laurel Baptist Academy and during his first two years at Michigan, where he made more than 43 percent of 396 three-pointers to break former Wolverines star Glen Rice's career records for attempts and threes made (171).

"The biggest thing is for me to hit my first one," Bullock said of tonight's game against the Tigers.

Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe has his own theory about Bullock's inability to hit his outside shots.

"I think it's his legs," said Ellerbe, who still holds the school record for career three-point field-goal percentage at Rutgers. "Being that we're so short [on guards], we can't give him a blow, even in practice. I think it's crazy to say two games into the season, but I think he's a little tired."

Said Bullock: "I usually go 30 to 32 minutes a game, but with Travis [Conlan] out, I'm up around 37. It's tough on your legs defensively. I really don't like to use excuses. I know I'm a shooter and I know they'll eventually fall."

If they start to fall tonight, Bullock will make a lot of folks in the Towson Center happy. Not Towson fans, but the family and friends who'll make the trip over from Temple Hills. Bullock said he expects more than 40 -- including his grandmother, Beatrice -- to watch him play.

"Maybe it'll take for me to go home," he said.

There were rumors last summer that Bullock could be coming home to the University of Maryland -- the school he passed up for Michigan -- if the Wolverines were hit with NCAA sanctions. Their case isn't likely to come up for review until the spring.

"I really didn't say I'd transfer," said Bullock. "I don't know where that one started."

Bullock's name had come up in the course of the internal investigation conducted into the Michigan basketball program by an outside law firm. But investigators couldn't find any evidence of the allegation that Bullock's mother, Mary, used a plane ticket provided by a booster to watch her son play at an under-22 tournament in Puerto Rico.

"I didn't do anything wrong, nor did my parent," he said. "I come from a background where my parents have never wanted or asked for anything. The situation was handled correctly. I just don't know why nothing ever happened when I was in high school and now that I'm in college, they're saying it did."

Pub Date: 11/24/97

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