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The Associated Press
Eddie Sutton is beginning to
sound like a broken record.
Every week or so, the Oklahoma
State coach says he's just witnessed
the best game played this season by
his team.
He offered that assessment again
yesterday, when the Cowboys
blasted No. 8 Missouri 84-61 to im-
prove the Big Eight Conference's
best-ever start to 20-0.
"Our defense was as good this
afternoon as we've played all year,"
said Sutton, whose team is 4-0 in the
conference, tied with Kansas for the
lead He suggested this was the lat-
*est example of best game of the sea-
Corey Williams scored 22 points
and Byron Houston had 19 for the
Cowboys, who shot 63 percent to 38
percent for Missouri (14-3, 2-2).
Missouri had been holding oppo-
nents to 39 percent, best in the
Anthony Peeler had 18 points
for Missouri.
Here's a look at Saturday's ac-
tion from around the country.
No. 1 Duke 100, Notre Dame
Guard Bobby Hurely broke the
1 000-point mark with a 3-pointer at
the start of the second half as host
Duke (17-0) won its 500th game in
Cameron Indoor Statdium. Notre
Dame is 7-9..
* 'No. 5 Kansas 96, No. 18 Okla-
homa 95
Alonzo Jamison madee three
foul shots in the final 21 seconds
for Kansas (16-1, 4-0). It was the
first time Oklahoma (14-4, 2-3) lost
its first two Big Eight Conference
home games since 1964.
.No. 12 Syracuse 70, Seton
Hall 67
Syracuse (15-3, 7-3) beat Big East
4 rival Seton Hall (11-6, 3-5) for the
23rd straight time as Glenn
Sekunda's off-balance bank shot
with 40.6 seconds left capped a
comeback from a 12-point deficit in
the last 7 1/2 minutes.
No. 17 N.C. Charlotte 77,
Southern Miss. 69
Henry Williams scored seven
straight points in the closing min-
utes for N.C. Charlotte (15-3, 4-0)
in the Metro Athletic Conference
Game at Sotuhern Mississppi (8-10,
BYU 80, No. 19 UTEP 63
BYU (15-3, 6-2) built a 60-38
lead, then withstood a rally for the
victory that put the Cougars into a
first-place tie with visting Texas-El
Paso (16-3, 6-2) in the Western
Athletic Conference.

The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - February 3, 1992- Page 7
O'Meara ekes by
.e Sluman in playoff

Wolverine Brian Harper tangles with an Indiana wrestler. Harper won his 20th match of the year.
Wrestlers dominate Indiana, 34-6

by Shawn DuFresne
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestlers had no problem getting ac-
customed to their temporary lair Saturday as they
chased the Hoosiers out of Crisler Arena with a 34-6
However, the ninth-ranked Wolverines (8-0-1, 4-0-1
Big Ten) sputtered during the first half of the match, as
the Hoosiers (2-9, 0-4) jumped out to an early lead.
Frank Ingalls (118 pounds) had the riding time advan-
tage at the end of the first match which was the differ-
ence in a 7-6 victory over Michigan's Matt Stout.
Wolverine Jason Cluff (126) tied up the team score
with a decision over Chris Russo, 7-0. All-American
Joey Gilbert (134) gave Michigan the lead with his
80th career victory, a major decision over Jeff Jorge, 15-
Indiana climbed back to narrow the Wolverines lead
when Jeff Lyons (142) won by decision over James
Michigan coach Dale Bahr said that Rawls wasn't as
strong as usual, and that he might not have warmed up
The rest of the match was dominated by the
Wolverines. Brian Harper (150) recorded his 20th vic-
tory of the season with a 13-4 (major decision) disposal
of Mike Palazzo. Sean Bormet (158) also won his 20th
match of the season by pinning Indiana's Scott Petche
1:53 into the first period.

"I talked to (Bormet) this week about opening up
more," Bahr said. "I expected him to win, but not so
Jesse Rawls, Jr. (167) easily handled Indiana's Dave
Creel, 16-5, and added to Michigan's lead, 21-6. As all-
American Lanny Green (177) jogged to the center of
the mat for the start of his bout, Indiana coach Joe Mc-
Farland decided to forfeit the 177 weight class and
move Gabe Bailey up to 190 to face Jehad Hamdan, who
did not plan to wrestle because Indiana's Ty Baker
(190) had a separated shoulder.
But Hamdan's unpreparedness didn't reflect in his
perfonnance, as he trounced Bailey, 19-7.
"I didn't warm up at all," Hamdan said. "In the
first period, I was winded, but by the third period I felt
real good. He was quick, but I was a lot stronger."
The heavyweight match pitted Michigan's Phil
Tomek against Vito Maurici, and it turned out to be
one of the most competitive matches of the night. The
scoreboard still displayed goose eggs as the match
rolled into the third period. Although Tomek had rid-
ing time, the momentum changed frequently.
Tomek finally broke the scoreless tie with an escape
early in the third period. Less than a minute later, he
recorded a takedown, and along with the riding time he
held on for a 4-0 victory.
Bahr was pleased with the performance of his squad.
"The match went as I had anticipated," he said.

- The thoughts went tumbling
through his mind, Mark O'Meara
said, when he watched Jeff Slumnan's
20-foot putt fall into the cup on the
72nd hole yesterday.
"What's it going to take'?" was
O'Meara's first thought.
"What do you have to do? I was
in a playoff two weeks ago. I don't
want another playoff. What's it go-
ing to take'?"
He answered his own question
one hole later, on the first playoff
hole for the title in the Pebble
Beach National Pro-Am.
It took a 15-foot, par-saving putt
and O'Meara made it. Sluman, with
a chance to extend the playoff,
missed from about 12 feet.
"He made and I missed. That was
it," Sluman said.
The one-putt par on the first ex-
tra hole provided O'Meara with a
record fourth title in this event and
his third in four years.
"A tremendous victory for me,"
O'Meara said after he'd broken a tie
with Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead
for the most wins in the tournament
that formerly was known as the
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am.
O'Meara, who lost in a playoff
in the Bob H-ope Classic two weeks
ago, and Sluman each birdied the fi-
nal hole at Pebble Beach to coin-
plete the regulation 72 holes in 275,
13 under par.
The tie represented a tremendous
comeback for O'Meara, who was
five shots behind after Sluman
birdied five holes in a row over the
front and O'Meara made double bo-
gey from a bunker on the eighth.
He finally pulled even with a
two-stroke swing on the 6th hole,
his birdie against Sluman's bogey.
They stayed that way through

the 17th and went to the 18th with
the tournament on the line.
O'Meara's third shot to the
ocean-bordered par-5spun back off
the putting surface and was frozen
against the collar, some 35 feet
from the cup. Sluman put his third
about 20 feet from the cup.
O'Meara rammed his long putt
- "the longest I'd made this
week," he said - into the back of
the cup and lifted both arms in a vic-
tory gesture.
"I thought that was it," he said.
But the other thoughts, those
tinged with panic and frustration,
cane moments later when the dead-
game little Sluman put the 20-
footer in on top of him.
It finished off final rounds of 68
for Sluman and a 70 for O'Meara,
who now has been as high as par
only once in his last 17 rounds. And
it sent them back to No. 16 to start
the playoff.
Sluman drove into the rough,
then hit his approach far left, clip-
ping a tree and dropped into the
O'Meara missed the green to the
right, also in deep grass. After
Sluman pitched 12 feet short of the
cup, O'Meara stubbed his little
downhill chip and just got it on the
But he made the 15-footer for par
and was a winner again when
Sluman missed.
"When you win, you have to get
a lot of good bounces, a lot of good
breaks. You have to have some luck.
The ball bounced right for me this
week," O'Meara said.
The victory, the eighth of his ca-
reer, was worth $198,000 from the
purse of $1. 1 million and made him
the leading money-winner of the
young season with $335,133.



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