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Sports Monday Trivia
Who had the lowest batting
average ever to win a
batting title?

Inside Sports Monday
Sports Calendar 2
AP Top 25 2
Fraternity/IM standings 2
Football recruits 2
Men's swimming coverage 2
'M' track coverage 2
Get Rich Quick 3
Q&A 3
Men's basketball coverage 4-5
Griddes 5
ice hockey coverage 7
Wrestling coverage 8

(For the answer,
bottom of page 2)

turn to the

The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- Monday, February 12, 1990

.Illini

feeling

Blue

after

M'

victory

Vaught, Michigan take
fight out of Illini, 93-79

Taylor Lincoln

*Benefits accrue for
patient Wolverines
Since Terry Mills' first season, critics have said that he hasn't received
the ball enough.
When Steve Fisher took over last March, Mills did start to get the ball.
He played six of his best games, and many people credited Mills' integration
into the offense as one of the reasons for Michigan's tournament success.
This year, Mills has continued to play like he did in the NCAA's,
averaging 17 points per game (up from last year's 12). But his appetite for
inclusion into the offense remains unsatisfied. When he's posting up, he'll
frequently wear an animated expression - an inquiring, frustrated look. The
request is obvious: "Just give me the damn basketball."
Where Fisher is concerned, the goal is always to get the ball inside to
Mills and his high-flying, high-percentage counterpart, Loy Vaught.
Sunday, it worked. The Wolverines took the time to get the ball into the
big pillars. Mills scored 20, Vaught added 18. Rather than playing like five
disparate, uncomplementing parts, Michigan took on the appearance of a
single, cohesive unit.
Early in the game, as the Wolverines were crawling out of their early 11
point deficit, Illinois presented them with a 2-1-2 zone defense.
Michigan worked the ball around and around. Michael Talley, Rumeal
Robinson and Demetrius Calip stood on the perimeter while Vaught and
See LINCOLN, Page 4

by Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer
In a game which honored
Michigan's proud basketball past at
halftime, the current edition of the
Wolverines created a legacy of their
own by defeating Illinois, 93-79.
The victory marked the first time
since 1978-79 that a Michigan team
defeated Illinois twice in one season.
The more than 100 former
players assembled for the first
inagural letterwinners weekend,
including Roy Tarpley, Tim
McCormick and Phil Hubbard, as
well as a national television audience
witnessed a Wolverine squad which
displayed an increasingly patient off-
ense and a more aggressive defense.
"It's a very good Michigan vic-
tory and we've won three in a row
after the shellacking by Purdue and
losing (Sean) Higgins," Fisher said.
"And who knows? Let's hope at the
end of the year we'll say that was the
thing that flipped us the way we
wanted to go.
"It's important to win, but also
the way you win. I like the look of

what we were doing. I was pleased
with how they played and you can
go through all of them. I thought
Michael Talley (who finished with 9
points in 22 minutes) played the
best game of his Michigan career.
Illinois coach Lou Henson was
not as disappointed in his team as he
was impressed with Michigan. "You
look at how well they rebound the
ball and that tells us what kind of a
job we did last year. We could not do
a thing with the front line. We did a
pretty good job otherwise. It was a
case of their front line just domin-
ating ours."
Last month in Michigan's 74-70
win at Champaign, the Illini shot
only 41 percent and were outre-
bounded 41-31. Though the Fighting
Illini shot 47 percent this time, they
were outrebounded again, 40-30.
Though Michigan guard Rumeal
Robinson said after the game that
"the guys came out ready to get the
job done," the Illini jumped out to a
17-9 lead. But after Illinois led 22-11
seven minutes into the game, they
See ILLINI, Page 4

A~VID LUBLINERDaiy
Terry Mills fights for position with Illnois forward Earvin Small. Mills led
the Wolverines with four assists and added 20 points and nine rebounds.

Icers
by Eric Lemont
Daily Hockey Writer

squander sweep

By winning Friday's game
against Alaska-Anchorage, 4-1, and
tying the Seawolves 3-3 on Satur-
day, the Michigan hockey team
extended its unbeaten streak to eight.
Coupled with Western Mich-
igan's 3-3 tie against the University
of Illinois at Chicago on Saturday,
the Wolverines secured home-ice for
the first round of the playoffs.
But frustration replaced elation in
a somewhat stunned Michigan lock-
erroom after Saturday's tie.
"We had two mistakes and they
capitalized on both," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "At home, with
seven minutes left and a 3-1 lead, it
feels more like a loss than a tie."
Leading 3-1 in the final period,
the Wolverines, (19-10-5 overall,
14-10-4 CCHA) lost a chance for a
sweep when Alaska's Doug Spooner

scored two goals in the game's final
seven minutes and 39 seconds.
"We had the game and gave it
away," Michigan goaltender Warren
Sharples said. "It's as simple as that.
Completely unsatisfactory."
Said right winger Denny Felsner:
"We got too relaxed. We were watch-
ing what they were doing instead of
concentrating on what we should be
doing."
Felsner had put Michigan up 3-1
earlier in the third period when he
received a pass in front of the net
from Don Stone, only five seconds
into the period.
"That was a big goal for us at
that point," Berenson said. "I
thought we put them back on their
heels. They didn't get going again
until about ten minutes left (in the
game)."
Felsner almost won the game for
the Wolverines in the overtime when

he skated in alone only to put the
puck high over Alaska goaltender
Paul Krake's shoulder. The puck
appeared to hit the cross bar and
bounce straight out. Felsner thought
it was the game-winning score, but
the red light never went on and the
goal was waived off.
"I had the best angle on the puck
and saw it go in," Felsner said. "It
hit the back of the net."
Said Berenson: "He (Felsner) said
it was in. You couldn't tell from the
bench, but I'll feel bad if we find out
later it was in the net."
Michigan built an early lead in
Friday's game as well and was able
to hold the Seawolves scoreless after
Alaska's Sean Noble's goal six
minutes into the game. The Wolver-
ines won the game through a com-
bination of a potent offense (out-
shooting the Seawolves 39-23) and a
See HOCKEY, Page 7

KENNETH SMOLLER/Daily
Sophomore right winger Ted Kramer moves in on Alaska-Anchorage goalie Paul Krake, scoring the game-
winning goal in the second period of Friday's victory.

BROWN,

BU

TT NOT OUT
M' guard Tempie Brown

Wrestlers take ISU,
Minnesota down

Hot and cold
by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
She led the team in scoring in
1988.
She led the team in scoring in
1989.
She leads the team in scoring in
1990.
And she sits on the bench.
Michigan guard Tempie Brown is
a pure shooter. She squares up to the
basket as well as anybody in the Big,
Ten.
But a recent slump has caused he
shooting percentage to plummet
from 54.5 percent to 34.9 percent.
She added only two points in last
week's victory over Illinois, and her
scoring average has dropped from 13
points a game to eleven.
"Currently she's having a
confidence problem," Michigan
coach Bud VanDeWege said. "The
basket is looking as big as a quarter
right now. She hasn't quite burst
through yet, but she has to keep her,
attitude positive."
Brown's backcourt partner, Carol
Szczechowski agreed. "She just has
to keep her confidence up. Right
now that might be what she's
lacking: knowing that we need her to
score, knowing we need her to drive,

streaks plague
Despite the slump, Brown has
been averaging 10.8 points a game.
Often, her baskets have been created
on the defensive end where she has
converted steals and rebounds into
fastbreaks.
"Overall, this year, defense has
been her single biggest
improvement," VanDeWege said.
"She has finally understood exactly
how much alertness and how much
hard work it really does take."
Defense or no defense, the one
r thing that scares opposing teams the
most about Brown is her shooting
touch.
"Tempie is the key to the
Wolverine offense," ESPN
commentator Nora Lynn Finch said.
"A player of her shooting and
scoring ability has to handle the ball
some."
One would think that the all-star
guard, who grew up in Florida,
worked year-round to perfect her shot
as many other well-skilled athletes
have. Right?
Wrong.
In middle school, basketball took
a backseat in the winter. "I was in
band," Brown said. "That took up a
o lot of time. I practiced quite a bit. I
loved music."

one year, three of which ran in the
spring.
A typical day for Brown consisted
of school, softball practice, track
practice, tennis practice, homework,
and maybe, if she was lucky, a few
hours of sleep.
However, after a track injury and
a move to Colorado, Brown decided

she was doing-too much. She gave
up all other sports besides basketball
- but she couldn't give up playing
the drums. That's right, she was a
drummer, the first female drummer
in the Denver public school league.
"Going to a new high school and
being the new kid, that kind of
See BROWN, Page 6

by Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team
reestablished itself at the forefront of
collegiate wrestling with 21-16 and
21-13 victories over Iowa State and
Minnesota, respectively, this
weekend.
The road triumphs improved the
Wolverines' dual-meet record to 8-2
(5-0 in the Big Ten). And, unlike
other matches, which have featured
individual highlights, these contests
illustrated Michigan's genuine team
effort.
"This team seems to bend, but
not break," Wolverine coach Dale
Bahr said. "Every time one of our
big guns gets beaten, the other guys

pick up the slack."
The combined efforts of the
Wolverine squad, ranked 13th by
Amateur Wrestling News , catapult-
ed Michigan past the sixth-ranked
Cyclones and the eleventh-ranked
Golden Gophers. In the process,
Michigan extended its undefeated Big
Ten record over the past three
seasons to 25-0.
Bahr was especially satisfied in
defeating his alma mater in Ames,
Iowa, something he had yet to
accomplish in his twelve-year head
coaching tenure.
Sparking the Wolverine victory
over Iowa State was 118-pound
redshirt Jason Cluff. Cluff (16-13-1
See WRESTLING, Page 8

'M' upsets OS-U in
big weekend sweep

by Theodore Cox
and Ryan Schreiber
Daily Basketball Writers
Carol Szczechowski sank all four
of her free throws in the final 30
seconds yesterday to lift the
Michigan women's basketball team

scored 14 of her game-high 16
points in the second half, it was deja
vu at the foul line.
"What was going through my
mind," recalled Szczechowski, "was
back in high school (Mt. Carmel),
when we were in the state final
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