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ports Tuesday Trivia
Who are the only two
teams to lose two Super
Bowls in a row?
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turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports Tuesday

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AP Top 25
Q&A
Sheran My Thoughts
Women's Basketball Extra
Ice Hockey
Men's Basketball
Gymnastics

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The Michigan Daily - Sports Tuesday

January 21, 1992

Icers earn split H""
with 2-1 victory If

by Ken Sugiura
Daily Hockey Writer
CHICAGO - When speaking
with the media, Michigan hockey
coach Red Berenson has never been
one to shy away from cliches. To
wit, in the aftermath of Saturday's
heart-stopping 2-1 overtime victory
over Illinois-Chicago: "I don't
know that anyone deserved to lose."
So perhaps it shouldn't be surpris-
ing that Berenson disciple and UIC
coach Larry Pedrie - a Wolverine
assistant for three years - came up
with this classic gem: "It was a
classic college hockey game."
Hackneyed phrasing or not, the
UIC Pavilion fans certainly got
their money's worth. It was truly a
barnburner, a textbook example of
how hockey should be played.
Winger David Roberts' blast
Women
cagers
swept on
road tri~p
by Ryan Herrington
*Daily Basketball Writer
MADISON - The weather out-
side wasn't the only thing that was
cold this weekend for the Michigan
women's basketball team. So was
its shooting. As a result, the
Wolverines were soundly defeated
by Wisconsin (3-1 in the Big Ten,
10-3 overall) and Northwestern (2-
2, 8-4) in their first road trip of the
Big Ten season.
In what turned out to be a week-
end so painful only Freddie Kruger
m> i8s tIetr. >
could have loved it, the Wolverines
(0-4, 4-9) shot 36 percent from the
field against Wisconsin Sunday
afternoon, falling to the Badgers,
93-66, in front of the fourth largest
crowd ever at Wisconsin Fieldhouse
(2,224).
Michigan didn't make its first
hoop until 15:15 in the first half,
where abouts the Wolverines were
already down 8-2. A tough Wiscon-
sin defense thwarted any possibility
of a close game as it caused 33
Michigan turnovers. Led by senior
Mynette Clark and rookie Barb
See CAGERS, Page 5

from 35 feet with seven seconds re-
maining in sudden death managed to
trickle past Flame goaltender Jon
Hillebrandt and send the dozens of
Wolverines fans in attendance into
hysteria. The victory earned Michi-
gan (10-4-3 Central Collegiate
Hockey Association, 16-4-3 overall)
a split for the weekend, after falling
Friday, 4-1.
Roberts rushed in from the left
wing, and accepted a pass from cen-
ter Brian Wiseman, and skating to
his right, turned a pirouette to set
up his left-handed drive.
"I saw a big crowd in front of
the net, I just turned around and
shot it," Roberts described. While
he was given official credit for the
goal, Roberts was uncertain what
transpired after the shot.
"I don't know. I just shot it on
net. We only had a few seconds on
net there, so I just turned around and
fired it," he said.
The dramatic score brought back
memories of Mark Ouimet's last-
second game-winner in Yost Arena,
painful ones for Pedrie. "You play
120 minutes and eight seconds de-
cides two games, that's pretty hard
to swallow," he said.
Robert's ninth goal of the season
ended perhaps Michigan's most ex-
citing game of the season and defi-
nitely its most dramatic season se-
ries, in which three of the four
games were not decided until the
game's conclusion.
"I'm glad we're done with that
team because we played four tough
games against them," Berenson said.
"We were lucky to have the edge in
the series."
Michigan opened the game as it
had Friday, bombarding Hillebrandt
with shots. In the first two periods,
the Wolverines racked up 26 shots,
many of them point-blank attempts,
but the UIC netminder was equal to
the task.
Counterpart Steve Shields' play
was just the beginning of a stifling
Michigan defensive effort, permit-
ting four shots on goal in the first
period, and 11 more in the second.
"You're not going to shut these
teams out in their own building. To
come in here and give up one goal is a
pretty good," Berenson said.
UIC (7-10-3, 7-10-3) got on the
board first, at 11:41 of the third.
Exploiting a 5-on-3 advantage, Rick
Judson ripped a shot which caromed
off the boards back to Shields' right,
where defenseman Shannon Finn
See ICERS, Page 6

Wolverines'
talent evicts
Illini,68 1
by Matthew Dodge
Daily Basketball Writer
CHAMPAIGN - After two consecutive Big Ten
losses, the Michigan men's basketball team was ac-
cused of committing errors associated with inexperi-
ence. Coach Steve Fisher's Wolverines found the per-
fect cure for their ills this weekend in Champaign: an
opponent almost as young as they are. The result was a
68-61 victory over the Illini.
Lou Henson's young Illinois squad (1-3 in the Big
Ten, 7-7 overall) fell behind Michigan (2-2, 10-3) 47-
35 midway through the second half yet scrapped back
into a 60-59-deficit with two minutes remaining.
"We shouldn't have been in the ball game," Henson
said. "We should have been down and did all we could
do. We are not a great ballclub. We fought them hard,
but it's pretty hard to beat a team like that on the
boards when they want to play. They wanted to play
tonight.'
One could assume that the Wolverines want to play
every night, especially Jalen Rose and Chris Webber
who led Michigan in scoring and rebounding respec-
tively for the eighth consecutive game. Rose poured in
17 points and handed out a team high four assists. Web-
ber outrebounded Illinois' entire starting five in grab-
bing 16 rebounds to complement his 16 points.
"Most people believe its the best freshman class in
NCAA history," Henson said. "I think it's obvious.
They are not even playing well now. You wait 'til they
start. They are so skilled in so many areas, I don't see
how people can beat them."
Maybe not, but the Wolverines almost beat them-
selves in Champaign. As Illinois chipped away at the
visitors' lead in the final minutes, it received six gifts
See ILLINI, Page 7

KENNETH SMOLLEH/DaIly
Michigan frosh Chris Webber slams down two of his 16 points in Saturday's 68-61 victory
over Illinois in Champaign. Webber also paced the Wolverines with 16 rebounds.

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" F U L L COURT o
PR ESS

Michigan proves to
be chair of boards

by Albert Lin
Daily Basketball Writer
CHAMPAIGN - The Wolverines re-
bounded from their losses to Minnesota and
Purdue Saturday against Illinois. Boy, did they
rebound.
It was a complete reversal of the Purdue
game, in which Michigan was outrebounded, 40-
20. Players and coaches knew they hadn't given
their full effort against the Boilermakers. Chris
Webber, the Big Ten's top rebounder, led the
team with only four grabs. No one could explain
why a team with such size strength and ability
could face such a deficit off the glass..
But the Wolverines responded with a 42-20
advantage during Saturday's 68-61 victory over
Illinois, holding the Illini far below their sea-
son average of 39.9 a game. Webber once again
led the way, but this time with 16 - nearly
matching Illinois' team total.
"We had a lot of chances to get a rebound, but
we're just not physical enough," Illinois coach

Lou Henson said after the game. "We fought
them hard, but it's pretty hard to beat a team
like that on the boards when they want to play.
They wanted to play tonight."
People will tell you that rebounding is not
all size and ability, it is also smart play and po-
sitioning. And flat out hustle. After some lack-
adaisical play of late, the Wolverines finally
gave that extra effort Saturday, and it paid off in
the last five minutes.
Despite horrendous foul shooting down th
stretch - Michigan missed six consecutive dur-
ing a 6-16 streak from the line in the last 7:21 in
the game - the Wolverines maintained their
lead by holding Illinois to one shot.
With 4:21 left, Ray Jackson missed two free
throws. After Juwan Howard kept the ball
alive, Chris Webber tipped it in over his head.
With 3:44 left, Jalen Rose missed two free
throws, Jackson got the rebound, and Rose
missed a follow-up. Michigan again kept posses-
sion, but this time turned the ball over.

On the next trip down the floor, Webber .
missed a short jumper, but was fouled by Tom
Michael going for the rebound. As has been the
trend, he missed both. Two possessions later,
ahead by only one, 60-59, the Wolverines again
got three shots at the basket, culminating in a.
short Webber hook at the 0:52 mark.
"It was just effort," said Jackson, who
calmly dropped two free throws to ice the con-
test. "We were able to apply more effort to our
game with loose balls, rebounds and everything
else."
"I do think we got hustle points today,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "I was really
pleased with the effort presented by our kids."
But Henson knows his undermanned club had
another distinct advantage. When asked if he
could explain the large rebounding gap, Henson
quipped, "I think I can. 6'9". 7-feet. 6'9". 6' 10".
They jump about two feet higher than we do,
they run faster, they are quicker. That's it right
there."

Drawing

by Matthew Dodge
Daily Basketball Writer
Perry Watson is not what you
would call a gambling man. He can
not afford to be.
For the past 14 years, the stakes
in his life have been dauntingly
high. Every decision he makes af-
fects so many more lives than his
own. Every action he takes influ-
ences so many people.
As one of the most successful
high school basketball coaches in
Michigan history, Watson had
something to gain by leaving his
job at Southwestern High in De-
troit. College athletic departments
knocked themselves out vying for
his coaching and teaching talents.
He could have earned money and
prestige years ago by giving into
their siren songs.
But Watson, the newest mem-
ber of the Michigan basketball
coaching staff, felt he still had
debts to repay.
Debts~ to his hometown of D~e-

Watson attracte

card
S nian asked Watson to become an as-
sistant coach in the highly-success-
ful Rebels' program. Watson said
DS sno.
"I couldn't see myself going to
the far side of the country," Wat-
son said. "I am involved in too
many lives here.
"I would always rationalize
that where I was was a better job. I
was so wrapped up in what I was
doing - trying to get kids to.as-
pire to something higher than high
school basketball - that I didn't
take time to say 'What about me?' I
took my job very seriously and
with a lot of pride."

Stanford's Chris Baskett swims to victory in the 800-meter freestyle event as the
Cardinal overwhelmed Michigan, 139-104, at Canham Natatorium Saturday night.
Blue swimmers see red as
Cardinal soar at Canhamn

Birth of a Salesman
Perry Watson came to Ann Ar-
bor to fill many roles for the
Wolverine coaching staff. He is a
teacher on and off the court. He is
an administrator in the office. And,
of course, Watson can flat out re-
cru it.
"I am the most visible coach in

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