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Women's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Men's Basketball
vs. Indiana
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, March 4, 1992

Page 8 *

- IRW

'M' basketball falls to OSU,

77-66

Albert Lin

Wolverine turnovers ignite late 23-9 Buckeye run

Experience still
escapes Blue
COLUMBUS - Imagine you are covering a
basketball game say, last night's Michigan-Ohio State
matchup.
The game has been going relatively well from your
perspective. Both teams have had their ups and downs,
but those of one have balanced out those of the other.
You usually keep track of every score, but every-
thing is progressing so smoothly tonight that you start to
keep track of what happens on every possession.
It has never been this easy. Both sides are patiently
running their offenses, allowing you ample time to take
notes.
Michigan takes a 57-52 lead by forcing the
Buckeyes into miscues on eight consecutive posses-
sions. The Wolverines are playing well. Aaah, you
think. I can sit back and watch them cruise to a victory.
With 6:05 left in the contest, Chris Jent throws in a
short hook over Juwan Howard. It breaks an 8-0
Wolverine run, but you attach no further significance.
How wrong you are.
As you are jotting down Jent's score, you glance up
and see Jalen Rose throw the ball past Jimmy King and
into the backcourt. Ohio State's Mark Baker beats King
to the ball and takes it in for an acrobatic layup.
Whoa, time to write a little quicker you think. You
begin to fill in the blanks when the crowd roars.
You look up and there goes Jent. What happened?
Jent streaks in and misses the layup, but Jim Jackson is
there for the tip. Another Michigan turnover.
O.K., Steve, you tell coach Fisher. Time to take a
T.O. You tell yourself the team needs it, but deep down
inside you know you just want to catch up on your
notes.
Just as you finish your thought the crowd roars
again. There goes Lawrence Funderburke, stepping
around Howard and tipping the ball away. Funderburke
goes in for an uncontested jam.
Now you are really scrambling. Ohio State has
scored eight points in 52 seconds. Boom, Boom, Boom,
BOOM! Thankfully, the Funderburke breakaway af-
fords the Michigan coaching staff the opportunity to
call that timeout. Thanks, Fish, you say to yourself.
You finish writing down what has just happened,
and you realize thistis it. The Wolverines had come
back with big runs twice earlier in the game to take
leads.
But you know it will not happen now, because it is
crunch time. And the young Wolverines have not yet
discovered, what it takes to hold a lead against a good
team down the stretch.
The veteran Buckeyes sat back, waited and then
pounced when Michigan began to panic. The
Wolverines tried to rush the tempo each of those times
down the court but before the team was able to set up its
offense, an Ohio State player was down at the other end
scoring.
The rest of the game goes as you thought, with the
Buckeyes taking a 77-66 victory. Michigan was unable
to find that extra something it needed.
Too bad, you think. The Wolverines played a good
game. By the end of the season, you tell yourself, they
will be making the correct decisions.

by Joni Durst
Daily Basketball Writer
COLUMBUS - Wolverine
coach Steve Fisher had an idea to
rely on his experience. For the first
time since the Wolverines faced
Notre Dame seven games ago,
Michigan severed its force of five
frosh starters.
James Voskuil and Michael
Talley replaced Jimmy King and
Ray Jackson, who both had a poor
outing in the Wolverines' last game
at Wisconsin. But Michigan (8-7 Big
Ten, 17-8 overall) could not muster
enough experience to overcome
Ohio State (12-3, 20-5).
After the Wolverines led, 36-32,
at the midway point, the two teams
exchanged leads through most of the
second half. Then the Buckeyes
showed why they're the fifth-ranked
team in the nation. With 6:05 left in
the contest, Ohio State went on a 23-
9 run to clinch its 77-66 victory.
Though Michigan outscored the
Buckeyes on points off turnovers,
24-12, Ohio State's ultimate success
was keyed by three consecutive con-
versions off steals. Mark Baker
started the Buckeye run with a swipe
and a lay-in, followed by a Jimmy
Jackson tip-in, and a Lawrence Fun-
derburke slam.
"In the second half, we were
holding our own until that stretch
where we had three straight
turnovers," Fisher said. "I think one
turnover just led to the next."
The steals not only sparked the
Ohio State offense, but marked an
improvement in its overall defense.
The Buckeyes held Michigan to 13-
for-37 shooting from the floor (35
percent) for the second half. In addi-
tion, their inside defense forced the
Wolverines to miss some easy low-
post shots during the final critical
minutes.
"I think in the stretch down in the
second half, our defense came out
clawing and scratching," Ohio State

coach Randy Ayers said. "(At the
half) we just talked about coming
out more aggressive."
Despite the loss, Michigan
demonstrated an intensity that was
absent during its 18-point loss to
Wisconsin. An improvement in ball
movement broke down Ohio State's
interior defense, allowing the
Wolverines to exploit their inside
game.
They controlled the first half by
dominating the Buckeyes on the
boards, especially at the offensive
end. King and Jackson performed
with the desire to return to their
starting roles. In the first half alone,
Jackson was 5-for-5 from the floor,
pulled down the three offensive
boards, and notched three assists.
King tallied eight points and four re-
bounds.
"As for the quality of our effort,
if we have that effort in every game,
we're going to win," Fisher said.
"We have to take the good things we
did and keep them."
Ohio State's All-American Jack-
son led all scorers with 25. Chris
Webber led Michigan with 17
points.
MICHIGAN (66)
F4 FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pts.
Webber 34 8-17 1-4 7-12 3 3 17
Voskuil 11 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 4 2
Howard 30 2-10 2-4 3-9 2 1 6
Rose 36 4-16 2-4 0-3 5 1 10
Tanley 18 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 0
Jackson 23 5-8 0 s3 5-5 4 2 10
Riley 14 4-4 1-2 1-3 0 4 9
King 26 5-9 0-0 2-8 1 2 10
Hunter 8 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2
Totals 200 30-72 6-15 20-4216 20 66
OHIO STATE (77
F4 FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A O-T A F Pts.
Jent 32 6-12 2-2 1-3 3 2 15
Jackson 37 9-15 5-7 3-13 6 0 25
Pburke 35 3-7 3-4 1-10 1 2 9
Baker 38 5-10 8-9 1-1 6 1 18
Brown 17 2-4 2-2 0-0 0 3 6
Robinson 11 0-0 0-2 0-3 0 1 0
Dudley 18 0-0 4-4 2-3 1 3 4,
Skelon 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 O
Davis 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Hall 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Brandwie 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals 200 25-50 24-30 8-35 17 14 77
Michigan.............36 30 66
Ohio State .......... 32 45 - 77
At St. John Arena; A-13,276 (paid)

Michigan's Juwan Howard goes up for a shot against Ohio State's Ricky Dudley during first
half action in the Buckeye's 77-66 victory last night in Columbus.

Felsner' s record sparks season-ending party at Yost

by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Hockey Writer

Mardi Gras ended last night and with
it came the close of the Michigan hockey
team's 1991-92 regular season. The
Wolverines made the most of Fat
Tuesday with goals and celebrations as
they put away Bowling Green as a hun-
gry Creole would a plate of Cajun rice, 4-
2.
Michigan's star forward and Hobey
Baker hopeful Denny Felsner once again
stood on the lead float in the parade of
Wolverine scoring. His first goal and
second point of the night put Michigan
(22-7-3 CCHA, 28-7-3 overall) solidly in
front, 3-0. At 7:52, Felsner gained control
of a diving Brian Wiseman tap pass. The
senior took the puck and squeezed it past

Bowling Green's frosh goaltender Will
Clarke to notch his 34th goal on the sea-
son.
The goal and the earlier assist boosted
Felsner past Dave Debol into the top
position on Michigan's all-time career
point list. The score gave Felsner his
247th career point and capped a second-
period Wolverine scoring surge.
"It was good to see him get that goal
at home," Michigan coach Red Berenson
said. "He's been a great player here for
four years. He's earned it, he's played
exceptionally for Michigan as long as
he's been here."
Following Felsner's goal Wiseman
flipped Felsner the record-breaking puck.
Moments later the referee stopped play

and let the public announcer broadcast
Felsner's accomplishment to the over
5,300 faithful gathered at Yost.
"It was just a matter of time," Felsner
said of his feat. "It came at a good time. I
was happy to do it at home. I'm glad it's
done, it's a weight off my shoulders."
Both teams skated to a scoreless tie at
the end of the first period. Constant
Bowling Green pressure kept the puck in
the Wolverine zone for most of the period
where Michigan goaltender Steve Shields
battled against Falcon shots.
"They came out good," Berenson said.
"I think they did everything they wanted
to. Shields really kept us in the game."
Shields was one of the few bright
spots early on for the Wolverines and his

stingy play continued into the second pe-
riod. Fortunately for Shields and the rest
of the Wolverines, Michigan's offense
flared like a cayenne pepper at the begin-
ning of the second period.
At 2:27 into the period, rookie Rick
Willis took a Mike Stone feed and scored
Michigan's first goal of the night and his
first goal of his career. Wiseman and
Felsner followed with goals, and
Michigan headed into the lockerroom
with a 3-0 lead.
Shields continued to make save after
save in the third period and ended up
with 22 on the night. He did not get the
shutout, however, as the Falcons got a
couple of third period goals.

And then you realize the season is almost over.
seems like it is too late for Michigan to learn what
takes down the stretch. Oh well, you think, at least
will be easier to take notes.

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Bigelow falls short in 200m backstroke

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by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
In 1988, Michigan's Steve
Bigelow surprised the swimming
community when he qualified for the
Olympic team in the men's 200-me-
ter backstroke at the age of 17. This
time no surprise could be found as
Bigelow finished ninth in the morn-
ing preliminaries at the 1992 U.S.
Olympic Team Selection Meet.
Bigelow touched the wall with a
time of 2:02.37. David Berkoff of

Team Foxcatcher qualified ahead of
the Michigan junior with a personal-
best time of 2:01.45.
The men's 100-meter freestyle
field included another Wolverine
swimmer, Noel Strauss, who was
competing against the likes of 1988
gold-medalist Matt Biondi and Tom
Jaeger. Strauss completed his pre-
liminary with a time of 51.78, plac-
ing him 34th.
The Michigan women's team fi-
nally entered the pool yesterday
when rookie Alecia Humphrey made
her Olympic Trials debut. She ended
up in 25th place with a time of
1:04.61.
The record-breaking streak of the
meet's previous day continued when
Royce Sharp broke the American

record in the finals of the 200-meter
backstroke. Sharp, who will swim
for Michigan next year, shaved the
mark down to the time of 1:58.66.
Tripp Schwenk grabbed the second
spot with a swim of 1:58.97.
The record breaking was not
through for the day as Janie
Wagstaff broke her own American
record with a time of 1:00.84. Lea
Loveless recorded a time of 1:01.17
for second place.
Janet Evans secured a spot on
the squad with a time of 4:09.47 in
the finals of the women's 400
freestyle.
Biondi earned a chance to repeat
his victory of four years ago with a
victorious time of :49.31 in the
men's 100 freestyle.

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