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Men's Basketball
vs. Eastern Michigan
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Tuesday, December 4, 1990

Women's Basketball
vs. Bowling Green
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Bowling Green, OH
Page 8

'M' tries
to Talley
win over
Eastern
by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
In 1989, Michael Talley won
Michigan's Mr. Basketball Award
while leading his high school team
to its third consecutive state cham-
pionship.
When he arrived in Ann Arbor
last fall, he saw limited playing
time while watching and learning
from all-American Rumeal Rob-
inson.
This season, Talley is the Wol-
verines' starting point guard. His
role will be critical in tonight's
game against Eastern Michigan, and
also for Michigan to reach its goal
of finishing in the Big Ten's upper
division. Based on his performance
thus far, he should handle his new
responsibility just fine.
The 6-foot-i sophomore is
shooting over 80 percent in this
young season, averaging 12 points
per game. Talley scored all of his
career-high 14 points in the second
half of the Wolverines 81-65
victory over Utah Saturday.
"I'm going to do whatever's nec-
essary to win," Talley said. "If it's
scoring, I'll score; if it's defense,
I'll play defense."
However, running a collegiate
offense can be difficult, and as a
result, Talley's game still needs im-
provement. He recorded no assists
Saturday, and he doled out only two
against Central Michigan in the
season opener.
Regarding turnovers, Talley reg-
istered just two in each contest, but
the team as a whole turned the ball
over 20 times. While the point
guard cannot control every pass, it
is his responsibility to keep the
offensive running smoothly.
"I'm looking to control the
tempo of the game," he said. "We
can't keep turning the ball over as a
team in order to be effective... I
think we're taking steps to get

X<D wins IM football title,

lacks funds to enter

by Ken Davidoff
Due to poor timing and a lack of
finances, Chi Phi will not be able to
make the trip to New Orleans to
compete in the National Invitational
Flag Football Championship Play-
offs.
By defeating Chi Psi, 22-8, in
the overall intramural football
championships Sunday, Chi Phi
earned the right to represent Mich-
igan in the national event, held
during winter break.
"It's really ridiculous," lamented
quarterback Jamie Cohen. "They (the
intramural office) only gave us 12
hours to discuss it. The tourna-
ment's a good idea, it's just too bad
it's so late in the year. It's too bad
the university can't help us out at
all."
The invitational will be held Dec.
26 through Jan. 1, with the final
match played in the Superdome right
before the Sugar Bowl. Unfortun-

ately for Chi Phi, the tournament
requires that the team make its own
way down to New Orleans.
"The best deal we could find was
$200 a night for one room, and we
would have had to fit eight guys in
there," explained Cohen. "There
should be more time to decide; the
Sugar Bowl is practically booked for
next year."
The team's performance in the
game managed to alleviate some of
the post-game disappointment.
Cohen moved his team down the
field on the first drive of the game,
capping it off with a two-yard scor-
ing pass to Mark Silbergeld. Mike
Guiglotto caught the one-point con-
version pass, and Chi Phi had an
early 7-0 lead. The squad built on
this with a safety early in the second
quarter.
Chi Psi mounted an impressive
53-yard drive to start the second half,
with quarterback Greg DeSilva run=

tourney
ning in for the score. When DeSilva
connected with Shawn Johnston for
a two-point conversion, Chi Psi
trailed by only one, 9-8, and
seemed there would be a close gan.W
after all.
However, Chi Phi eliminated any
doubt by scoring on its next two
possessions as Frank Woronoff
caught two Cohen passes for touch-
downs. The victory in the champi-
onship game lifted Chi Phi's season
record to 10-0, and extended its win-
ning streak to 17 games spanning
two seasons.
The victory was sweet for CA
Phi, but it couldn't match the inten-
sity or importance of its dramatic
win over Sigma Alpha Mu two
weeks earlier in the Fraternity AA
Championship.
"This was nice, but it was less
significant than our victory over
Sammy," center Gordie Cross said.
"This wasn't that fun."

Michigan looks to sophomore point g
young Wolverines tonight against Ea
better every game."
"We had 20 turnovers again
(Saturday) and had 21 or 22 in our-
first game," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "You'd think that when
you're a smaller ball club you'd be
able to handle the ball better. Part
of the turnovers that we got were a
result of Utah and their slapping
and hacking and playing good help
(defense) when the ball came
inside."
Talley's career high in assists
(six) occurred last season against
Eastern, and tonight he will get an-
other chance against the Hurons.
EMU, like the Wolverines,
brings a perfect 2-0 record into
tonight's contest. Unlike Michigan,
the Hurons are an experienced club
with four starting seniors. To-
night's individual match-ups could
be the most difficult that the
Wolverines have faced all year.
"They're very, very athletic all
the way across, and they will
present problems for us," Fisher
said. "They have big guards other
than (Lorenzo) Neely, good size up

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guard Michael Talley to lead the
stern Michigan in Crisler Arena.
front. (Marcus) Kennedy, I don't
know who we have that can guard
him."
Other teams have had that same
problem with Kennedy. The 6-foot-
7 center is averaging 18 points and
eight rebounds per game. Plus, his
235 pounds should present prob-
lems for Michigan's pencil-thin
center, Eric Riley.
Even if the Wolverines success-
fully handle Kennedy, plenty of
frontcourt help awaits behind him.
6-foot-8 junior Kory Hallas is aver-
aging over 16 points and nine re-
bounds per contest.
The Hurons also possess a
strong backcourt. According to
Fisher, Neely is probably the best
guard in the Mid-American Con-
ference. He currently ranks third on
Eastern's all-time assist list and
13th in the career scoring race. This
season his numbers still remain
consistent: 8.5 points and five
assists per outing.
"They're good, they'll be the
best of the teams we've played so
far," Fisher said.

"This wasn't that fun."

Blue out to beat flu, Falcon heat

7-

Women swimmers struggle at Indy meet
by David Kraft

by Matthew Dodge
Daily Basketball Writer
The Bowling Green Falcons were
supposed to swoop into Crisler
Arena last night to play a hot
Michigan women's basketball squad.
But the only heat felt in Ann Arbor
was an epidemic of the flu which had
spread through the Michigan team
on Saturday.
The game had to be rescheduled
for tonight at a new venue, Anderson
Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio,
when 12 Wolverines should recover
from the illness in time to take on a
Falcon team which has caught a
fever of its own.
Bowling Green has been in an
enviable position, earning four
straight berths to the NCAA
Tournament by winning the Mid-
American Conference Tournament
every year since 1986. Last season
the Falcons finished the regular sea-
son in only third place in the MAC,
but earned the automatic bid to
March Madness by sweeping
through the MAC tourney.
"It's just plain tradition," Falcon
coach Fran Vold said. "Our kids have
done well in the past, and that tends
to carry over into each new season."
With an early 2-0 record,
Bowling Green is showing signs
that it will not allow its annual suc-
cesses to recede into the past - de-
spite being picked to finish fourth in
the preseason MAC polls.
"I think fourth is a logical posi-
tion for us, based on the people we
have in our program this year," Voll
said. "But you want to keep improv-
ing, and we've played well in the
young season."
Tonight's game will be one of
the toughest non-conference match-
ups of the year for both squads.
Michigan, which will take the floor
against five of the nine MAC teams
in December, sees this game as a
litmus test to validate its optimistic
hopes for 1990-91.
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igan coach Bud VanDeWege said.
"They are well-coached, and will be a
challenge for us."
Wolverine captain Carol
Szczechowski knows the game could
serve as a weathervane for the re-
mainder of the season.
"They are always really tough,"
Szczechowski said. "The game is
another tough test, and they say. that
is good to have early in the, season.
This will be a good indication of
how good we are."
Much of the success of Voll's
squads in March can be attributed to
his scheduling of a strong non-con-
ference slate each December. Two
years ago, BGSU lost to Michigan
67-64, and last season, the Falcons
beat Michigan State in East Lan-
sing. This year brings more of the
same.
"We played well at Dayton, and
we beat a very good Illinois State
team," Voll said. "Our young kids

Fencers dodge challenge
in weekend competitions

have to gain experience and keep
improving. That's what every coach
wants to do in the non-conference
season. I am very happy - we have
made great strides."
But the greatest strides of all may
be taken by Wolverine off-guari
Szczechowski, who at 5-foot-10 is
five inches taller than both of
Bowling Green's starting guards.
Michigan will probably focus on
dumping the ball down on the
blocks to Szczechowski, and let her
work her scoring magic from the in-
side for a change.
"I'm sure they will post up
Szczechowski," Voll said. "That wile
be quite a challenge."
"It will be an advantage for
Carol," Wolverine point guard Leah
Wooldridge said. "She's so big for a
guard - she could play center. But
with Carol being a guard, we will
have that advantage all year."

Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan women's swimming team (3-0 in dual
meets) did not enter the U.S. Open Championships ex-
pecting to rack up the first-, second- or third-place
finishes that they are used to achieving at most meets.
The 12 qualified Wolverine swimmers at the Indian-
apolis event were unrested, unshaven and untapered.
In other words, they were unprepared.
Michigan received no higher than a fifth-place finish
from any racer in the national event; however, this meet
was not a team event, and was not a major focus for the
Wolverines.
Michigan coach Jim Richardson employs a strategy
that emphasizes early-season, long-distance training.
This method, while hindering performances now, should

actually benefit the swimmers in the major title events
come February and March.
Considering the strategic adversities the team is fac-
ing in the early season, team members were pleased
with their results.
"If anything, the event had a positive impact on us,"
breaststroker Tara Higgins said.
"Although the results don't reflect it, we swam re-
ally well," freestyler Kathy Deibler said.
The Wolverines were led by Deibler's eighth-place
finishes in both the 200- and 400-meter freestyle events.
Other strong Michigan performances included Hig-
gins' fifth-place showing in the 200-meter consolation
breaststroke event and first-year freestyler Kate Girard's
fifth-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle competition.

by Ryan Herrington
The Michigan fencing club, in a
big weekend of tournament play,
competed on Saturday at the Mich-
igan Collegiate Open and returned
Sunday to duel in a United States
Fencing Association tournament.
The Wolverines faced a more dif-
ficult task then usual. With each
tournament lasting up to seven
hours, two in one weekend provides
a greater challenge.
The difficulties were compounded
by the fact that the club was unable
to practice last week, due to the use
of the Sports Coliseum for the in-
tramural wrestling tournament. With
Thanksgiving break coming the
week before, the club came into this
weekend without having had formal
practice in almost two weeks.
Nevertheless, Michigan had good
performances in both competitions.
Saturday's tournament, held in
East Lansing, was a four-way meet
involving squads from Michigan
State, the University of Detroit and
Eastern Michigan. Both the men's
and women's divisions competed in

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the event. The squad was led by Ted
Morrison, who took first place in
the men's epee. Morrison lost only
one bout the entire day, pacing the
club to a second-place overall finish
in the meet.
In other men's competitionO
Philip Issa placed fourth in the foil
division as Michigan's lone com-
petitor. In the men's sabre, Nik
Weber took sixth.
For the women, Laura Eliers,
Bonny Chen and Sarah Hipp dueled
in the foil category. While Eliers
finished fourth, both Chen and Hipp
were unable to advance to the medal
round.
Sunday's tournament, held at thD
University of Detroit, was an indi-
vidual meet open to any state com-
petitor, rather than a team event. In
the women's division, only six peo-
ple competed in the foil, making the
competition much easier than the
previous day. Chen and Hipp im-
proved on their matches from the day
before, finishing third and fourth, re-
spectively.
The men's division took on a to-
tally different nature. With 29 com-
petitors dueling in the competition,
the tournament became the largest in
the foil class in Michigan in the last
several years.
Issa, the Wolverines' premier
fencer in the foil, used Saturday's
meet as a tune-up for Sunday and had
an outstanding meet. He advanced to
the final round, eventually finishing
fifth in the competition.
"The competition was a lot
tougher (than Saturday)," Issa said.
"I just wanted to make it to the final
round.
"I'm glad the way the tournament
went. Fencing in Michigan is get-
ting bigger and bigger and that just
makes the competition better."
Issa dueled in a total of 19 bouts,
which lasted just under an exhaust*
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