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Sports Monday Trivia
Who holds the Michigan
men's basketball record
for points in a rookie
(For the answer, turn to page 2)

Inside Sports
'M' Sports Calendar
AP Top 25
Athlete of the Week
Sheran My Thoughts
Gymnastics Preview
Ice Hockey
Men's Basketball
Women's Basketball



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February 3, 1992

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Mikes never
rest on defense
This weekend's series between Lake Superior and
Michigan featured two of the highest scoring teams in
the nation. It also featured two of the top candidates
for the Hobey Baker Award - also known as the
"Hockey Heisman."
But neither Darrin Madeley nor Denny Felsner
proved to be the most important players in Michigan's
weekend sweep of the Lakers. That honor went to
Wolverine forwards Mike Stone and Mike Helber.
Stone and Helber were the lead-
ers of the Michigan defensive Josh
charge. The duo's stingy penalty Dubow
killing limited the Lakers to 1-18
on the power play, well below
their .230 efficiency rate, as well as
a season low of 36 shots for the se-


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"We had great penalty killing
(Saturday)," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "I thought the sec-
ond efforts on our penalty killing
were outstanding. You look at our
stats, and you don't see Helber's
name up there or Stone's
name up there, but do they ever do a job. You talk about
playing an important role on our team, like being the
hgs nurdoor, without guys like that who can kill KRISTOFFER GILLElTF Daily
hingesSee DUBOW, Page 5 Michigan goalie Steve Shields makes one of his 33 saves against Lake Superior over the weekend. Michigan swept the Lakers.
Buckeves hold off Wolverines
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'M' cannot overcome first-half woes

Blue icers
sink Lake
4-3, 1-0
by Ken Sugiura
Daily Hockey Writer
Two consecutive nights, the
hockey teams from Lake Superior
State and Michigan stared each other
down. Two consecutive nights, the
Lakers blinked.
In front of two electric Yost Ice
Arena crowds, the Wolverines
swept Lake Superior in a pair of gut-
wrenching victories, winning Fri-
day, 4-3, and Saturday, 1-0. Friday's
match snapped a 12-game unbeaten
streak by Lake State in Yost.
"It's about time," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said Friday.
"It's overdue."
Coupled with Michigan State's
6-3 loss to Illinois-Chicago Satur-
day, the sweep lifted Michigan into
sole possession of second place in
the Central Collegiate Hockey As-
sociation (CCHA) - one point be-
hind the front-running Lakers.
Michigan has now moved closer
than ever to gaining its first ever
CCHA championship.
"We control our own destiny, so
to speak," defenseman Patrick
Neaton said. "We're in a position to
win (the title)."
In a series featuring the best of-
fense in the conference (Michigan)
and the premier defense (Lake Supe-
rior), it was a superior defensive ef-
fort by the Wolverines which keyed
the sweep.
"We've got a lot of guys coming
up with big efforts to help us win,"
senior defenseman Doug Evans said.
"It's as simple as that."
It was the defense Saturday night
that made a Denny Felsner goal at
3:04 of the third period stand up, de-
spite four Laker power plays in the
third period. In a confrontation of
Hobey Baker Award candidates,
Felsner picked up a Mark Ouimet
rebound and forced the puck past
Laker goalie Darrin Madeley.
"One of the challenges for
Denny Felsner coming off of last
year was to be a good player in the
big games," Berenson said. "He's
shown that he's there."
On the evening, Michigan
stopped all 10 Laker power plays
and surrendered 21 shots on goal. In
recording his first shutout of the
season, Wolverine netminder Steve
Shields nullified the handful of de-
cent Laker scoring chances that came
his way.
"I didn't have to do anything ex-
traordinary. I just had to do my
tjob," Shields said.
Madeley, on the other hand, faced
See SWEEP, Page 5

by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer

This time the comeback wasn't enough. Or
maybe the first half was just too much.
Whatever the reason, the end result for
Michigan was a frustrating 68-58 loss to Ohio
State yesterday at Crisler Arena.
The Wolverines (4-4 Big Ten, 12-5 overall)
staged their customary second-half comeback
against the Buckeyes, but it wasn't enough to
overcome a dismal opening 20 minutes.
Michigan managed just 13 points by the
halftime intermission - to OSJ's 28 - on 6-
for-23 shooting from the field. The
Wolverines added to their woes by turning the
ball over 18 times.
"A great deal of'that was attributed to be-
ing overly anxious to play," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "And we went out and tried
to do things too quickly."
Fisher tried several different lineups - 10
players saw action - but none of the combi-
nations clicked.
"We were taking good shots, but we were
just missing them," Chris Webber said. "A
lot of close shots rolled out. We just missed a
lot of shots, partly because of their defense."
And all the missed shots added up to a mis-
erable display.
"I was out there, just feeling that it can't
get much worse," Jalen Rose said. "I was just
wishing that the first half would hurry up and
get over."
Mercifully, the half did end, and by all
rights the Wolverines should have been down
by more than 15. But Ohio State (6-1, 14-3)
shot poorly (.424) from the field as well.
After the break, Michigan's offense started
to wake up - one player at a time.
First, it was Juwan Howard who tried to

get the teun fired up, scoring the team's first
seven points of the half. Then Chris Webber
finally found the mark with two easy baskets.
Then Rose hit a runner and a three-pointer.
Then Eric Riley put back a Ray Jackson miss
and followed that with a three-point play of
his own.
The problem was that Ohio State's offense
had kicked in as well. Despite the Wolverine's
improved play, they found themselves falling
further back. Mark Baker's layup at the 13:18
mark pushed the gap to 46-24.
That's when the comeback began, in similar
fashion to the way the Wolverines charged
back into contention Wednesday night in East
Michigan turned a 55-36 Buckeye lead into
a tight 57-52 OSU advantage over an eight-
minute span. The spark off the bench was pro-
vided by co-captain Freddie Hunter and senior
Kirk Taylor, both of whom have seen very
limited playing time of late.
"One thing we've been saying is that this is
a deep team," Hunter said. "Coach has confi-
dence that he can put me in. And Kirk is very
good defensively."
While the intensity was provided by the
two veterans, the scoring was provided by the
first-year players. Rose had six, Jackson had
three, and King and Webber had two apiece.
Taylor hit a key three-pointer during the run
as well.
Jim Jackson, who led all scorers with 22,
halted the run when he muscled inside of
Webber under the basket and putback a
Lawrence Funderburke missed free throw
with his outstretched left hand.
"It very easily could have been a foul, but
See BUCKEYES, Page 6

Ohio State's Jimmy Jackson shoots gver Michigan's James Voskuil in the Buckeyes' 68-58
victory over the Wolverines. The loss dropped Michigan to 12-5 overall.

'Women cagers swept
in weekend road trip

by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer /se OI

for the
(y is next stop for

by Jeff Williams
and Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writers
Punxatawney 'Phil, the Michigan
women's basketball team had no
trouble finding a shadow this week-
end. The pressure defense applied by
Indiana and Ohio State was more
than enough to cover the Wolver-
ines, as they dropped a pair of Big
Ten road contests to the Hoosiers
and Buckeyes, 85-49, and 73-56, re-
Michigan (1-7 Big Ten, 5-12
overall) once again could not find
the range from the outside, shooting
a dismal .327 yesterday against the

tive on the boards outrebounding
the Hoosiers 19-14 in the first half,
but nonetheless found itself trail-
ing, 38-24, at the half.
In the second half, Indiana estab-
lished its transition game, and the
Wolverines remained cold from the
field (.241 in the second half). A de-
fense that kept Michigan within
breathing distance in the first half
succumbed to the quickness of Indi-
ana guard Kris McGrade. McGrade
was 7-for-8 from the field and led
the Hoosiers with 17 points.
"We wanted to extend our de-
fense and prevent them from passing
to Andrew," Indiana coach Jim
Izard said.

There are many ways to repre-
sent your country: serve in the
armed forces, run for public office
or work in a public service organi-
zation. Yet, some choose to display
their national pride by showing
their athletic talents to the rest of
the world in the Olympic Games.
These athletes train for hours each
day, dedicating many years to
achieve a singular goal - winning
a gold medal.
The Michigan men's swimming
team will be responsible for send-
ing at least 10 of its athletes to the
Olympic Trials in Indianapolis,
March 1-6, for a chance to win one


Olympic hopefuls

(while in high school) and then
wanted to make the '92 team," he
said. "I started being able to real-
ize this goal two summers ago."
For fellow redshirt, Eric
Namesnik, making the team would
be the fulfillment of a lifetime.
"It was always a lifetime
dream," Namesnik said. "I had a
good chance in 1988, but I have a
real good chance this year. It is not
always reality."
Former Wolverine Mike
Barrowman, who finished fourth in
his specialty, the 200-meter breast-
stroke in the Seoul Olympics (he is
the world-record holder in the
event) is ready to go out and step
on to the victory stand with a gold


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