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Women's swimming and diving
vs. Eastern Michigan
Friday, 7 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

SPORTS

Ice Hockey
vs. Lake Superior State
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily Thursday, January 30, 1992 Page 5

Wolverines

slam Spartans, 89-79

by Matthew Dodge
Daily Basketball Writer
EAST LANSING - On a bas-
ketball floor, silence can be deafen-
ing. Chris Webber loves to hear
those sounds of silence. When he
thinks of all the voices he silences
with one dunk, he smiles.
Webber and his teammates an-
swered the taunts of Michigan State
and its raucous fans with an 89-79
overtime victory last night at the
Breslin Center.
The rookie forward topped off a
six-point second half spurt with a
stunning dunk at the 15:00 mark of
the second half. He pulled Michigan
to within nine points, and knocked
the wind out of the Spartan faithful.
"You can really tell when the
crowd quiets up," Webber said.
"That crowd was ready to be
knocked out. We concentrate on that
as a team."
Michigan (4-3 in the Big Ten, 12-
4 overall) dominated the overtime
period. They outscored Michigan
State (3-3, 13-3) by an 18-8 margin.
The Wolverines fell behind by
14 points midway through the sec-
ond half, but stormed back to take a
71-70 lead on Juwan Howard's
turnaround hook in the lane. With
53 seconds remaining, Michigan
State's Mike Peplowski tied the
game with a free throw. Spartan
guard Shawn Respert missed a shot

as time ran out in regulation.
"I didn't want to go into over-
time," Webber said. "But we had
the momentum."
Wolverine guard Rob Pelinka
knocked down a three-pointer to
open the extra session, and Michigan
pulled away for good.
"That was the biggest shot,"
Webber said. "That shot gave us the
'Rob Pelinka gave us
a tremendous
spark ...He was not.
only shooting the ball,
but was doing the
right things on the
f loor.'
- Steve Fisher
'M' basketball coach
game."
Michigan State coach Jud
Heathcote couldn't believe his eyes
as Michigan came back strong in the
second half.
"It is scary when we can't win
when we have a 14-point lead,"
Heathcote said. "That might not be
a only good team, but a great team."
"Rob Pelinka gave us a tremen-
dous spark," Michigan coach Steve

Fisher said. "He was a key. He was
not only shooting the ball, but was
doing the right things on the floor."
Pelinka, who scored a career-high
nine points, was only one of a host
of Wolverines doing the right
things. Webber tossed in 21 points,
grabbed six rebounds, and swiped
three steals. Jalen Rose tallied 24

win. This doesn't make our whole
season, and it doesn't kill State's
season. But it feels good."
The Wolverines seem to play
their best basketball away from
Ann Arbor. The young squad has al-
ready won three conference road
games (at Iowa, Illinois, and Michi-
gan State).
"Our whole college life has been
on the road," Webber said. "I have
played in front of a lot of big
crowds before I came here. But the
Big Ten is different. It is so in-
tense."
Michigan's first victory in East
Lansing since 1989 brought a sigh of
relief from Fisher.
"We snuck in and broke the Bres-
lin jinx," Fisher said.
Michigan 89, Michigan St. 79
Michigan - Webber 8-14 3-6 21,
Voskuil 1-3 0-0 2, Howard 5-11 3-4 13,
Rose 8-16 7-9 24, Talley 0-5 0-0 0, Pelinka
2-3 3-4 9, Jackson 2-3 0-0 4, King 4-6 0-0
8, Riley 4-80-0 8. Totals 34-69 16-23 89.
Michigan St. - Stephens 2-4 2-2 8,
Steigenga 2-7 1-1 5, Peplowski 7-11 2-4 16,
Montgomery 2-8 1-2 5, Respert 10-19 2-2
26, Weshinskey 3-4 1-2 7, Zulauf 1-1 0-0 2,
Miller 4-7 0-0 8, Team 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-
62 9-13 79.
3-point goals-Michigan 5-14.
Michigan St. 6-18. Rebounds-Michigan
37, Michigan St. 28. Assists-Michigan 16,
Michigan St. 17. Total fouls--Michigan 14,
Michigan St. 19.

Pelinka

points, five rebounds, and seven as-
sists.
The same squad that experienced
heart failure two weeks ago against
Purdue is back on its feet.
"It feels great to be back in the
Big Ten race," Webber said. "Good
teams do what they have to do to

Michigan's Jalen Rose battles Michigan State's Mike Peplowski for a
rebound. The Wolverines prevailed in overtime, 89-79, last night.
S*FULLCOURT.
PRESS

Illinois weekend looms for track

Women runners look to turn pains

into gains vs. non-conference foes

:: -_

*or Comosure seals
Michigan victory
by Jeni Durst
Daily Basketball Writer
EAST LANSING - On paper, the Michigan Wolverines have it all -
size, rebounding and natural talent. But they lacked the one thing above all
needed to win: composure.
And in the days preceding last night's contest with Michigan State,
Wolverine coach Steve Fisher emphasized the need for that very thing.
A deficiency of composure will throw the best shots off the mark, will
make the ball flip from rebounding hands, and will hinder a player's jump-
ing ability. Michigan found its composure, and the confidence it inspires,
Saturday against Wisconsin. But the Wolverines secured it last night at the
Breslin Center.
After State had gone on a 16-0 run, it appeared the Wolverines would
never recover. During the run, the Spartans nailed jumper after jumper as
Michigan grew more bewildered. In the words of Fisher, it looked like
* they "were running in quicksand."
Down by 12, the Wolverines didn't come back on the floor until one
minute left in the halftime intermission. It was an attempt to regain some
of what they had lost.
It didn't appear to work. The Wolverines continued to stumble. When
they finally got a 2-on-1 breakaway opportunity, Ray Jackson passed off to
Jalen Rose for what should have been an easy layup. Instead it was a com-
plete miss.
But whatever Fisher said in the locker room finally seemed to sink in
with 5:48 left in the second half.
And it all began with a spark in Chris Webber - a spark that breathed
fire through all of the Wolverines.
First, Webber got inside and slammed it home. The next time down the
floor, he nailed a three-pointer. After another Webber trey and a Jimmy
King breakaway later, a newly-inspired Michigan team trailed by only
four.
"We've got to feel better about ourselves," Fisher said. "We became
the aggressor."
By scoring the first five points and further dominating the overtime pe-
riod, Michigan proved its new found confidence and composure.
"A lot of folks would have quit in that (losing) situation," Michigan
State coach Jud Heathcote said. "But they kept plugging and plugging
away. They played with ability; they played with confidence. They're not
just a good team; they're on the threshold of being a great team"
And with their newly acquired composure, the Wolverines may just be
ready to step through the door.

by Bernadette Ramsey
Following two weeks of stiff
competition, the Michigan wom-
en's track team is expecting the
competition to become fiercer this
weekend. The Wolverines head to
Illinois on Saturday to compete
against Illinois, Illinois State,
Southern Illinois, and Iowa.
"The team is looking real
good," Michigan coach James
Henry said. "There's been lots of
pain and complaining this week so
that's a good sign."
Illinois is the favorite in the
Big Ten conference and the
Wolverines hope to show they can
give the favorites a run for their
money.
"Illinois is going to be tough,"
high jumper Kathy Tomko said.
"Illinois has a lot of big guns."
Competing against the Illini
will give Michigan a good chance
to compare itself to the best in the
field and see how it measures up.
Henry's goal is for the team to go
in and make a good showing.
"We haven't really proven our-
selves in the long sprints," Henry
said. "We need some of our longer
sprinters to step up their perfor-
mances."
Because it is a non-conference
meet, Henry feels that the
Wolverines have a shot at winning.
"Some people will place in this

Michigan must deal with a
number of injuries, including the
loss of defending Big Ten 800-me-
ter champion Amy Banister. The in-
juries have left the team looking
for some production from new
team members.
Junior transfer Dorchelle
Webster is making progress to-
ward regaining her championship
form. Webster is a former member
Men runners hope

of the University of Florida's 400
relay NCAA championship team
in 1990. Webster was also runner-
up in the 400 hurdles.
Jenny Ridgley, Chris Szabo and
Richelle Webb have shown im-
provement throughout the season
and are expected to make signifi-
cant contributions this week.
Ridgley will run in the 400 and the

mile relay, Szabo will compete in
the 3000 and mile and Webb will
sprint in the 200 and 60.
The Wolverines' 800 meter
runners Kristine Westerby, Jessica
Kluge, Carrie Yates, and Karen
Harvey hope to match their
performances of last week where
they ran away with fourof the five
top places.

to be toast of Champaign Saturday

by Bruce Inosencio
Daily Sports Writer
The men's track squad treks to Champaign
Saturday for an indoor meet against Iowa, North
Central, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, and host
Illinois.
Big Ten foes Iowa and Illinois should prove to be
Michigan's toughest competition, but perennial track
powerhouse Southern Illinois can't be counted out.
Iowa, after suffering a 64-57 defeat to Indiana last
Saturday, is strong in most events. The Hawkeyes,
however, are not the main concern of Michigan coach
Jack Harvey.
"Illinois is a very sound team on paper, but it
could be a fairly close meet."
Due to a Big Ten rule, the Fighting Illini will def-
initely have the advantage over the other schools at
the meet. This rule allows only 28 members of a team
to travel to away meets in the Big Ten.
If a host school is competing against only Big Ten
schools, they must also only use 28 athletes.
However, since there are non-conference schools par-
ticipating, Illinois has the option of using as many as
they like.

Harvey said he is not too worried about his team's
performance this early in the season, and feels confi-
dent the Wolverines will have a better showing
against Illinois than they did at home against Indiana
Jan. 18.
Illinois' strength lies in the triple and long jumps,
as well as the 200-meters.
"There are areas where we need to do some work,
but we should take some points in the pole vault, the
600, the 800, and maybe even the 55-meter hurdles,"
Harvey said.
Brad Darr will most likely lead the way for
Michigan in the pole vault, while Gregg Duffy in the
600 and Bob Czahorski in the 55 hurdles also have a
chance to win their events.
"Duffy should help us this weekend," Harvey said.
"He's definitely got one of the faster 600-meter
times going in the Big Ten right now.,e,
Last weekend's winner of the 3,000, Dan Oden, may
be moving to the mile in order to spread Michigan's
talent around.
"(Oden) ran strong for us Saturday and we're
probably better off moving him to a race where we
can use the points more," Harvey said.

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