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Sports-Monday Trivia-
Who ended swimmer
Mike Barrowman's
reign in the 200 meter
breaststroke at last
week's Olympic Trials.
(For the answer, turn to page 2)

inside SportsMonday
'M' Sports Calendar 2
AP Top 25 2
Athlete of the Week 2
Q&A 3
Sheran My Thoughts 3
Gymnastics 3
Women's Tennis 4
Men's Basketball 5
Women's Basketball 6
Women's Track 6
Men's Tennis 7
Ice Hockey 8


The Michigan Dailv - Sports Mondav

March 9, 1992



No. 2


Wolverines prove their
worth in 68-60 upset

John Niyo p
Tea-m m'-essag
sent to nati on
Michigan sent a message yesterday afternoon to a
raucous home crowd and a national television audience
that tuned in its Big Ten showdown against Indiana.
And as Jimmy King dunked in an exclamation point
with eight seconds to play, it was clear what that mes-
sage was.
'Yes, we can win the big game,' the Wolverines
were saying emphatically - during the game and after.
"People questioned whether this team could win a
big game," Jalen Rose said in the lockerroom. "I think
we proved today that we can."
The Michigan players knew that this was their last
chance to prove that fact in the regular season. The
Wolverines were 1-5 versus ranked opponents coming
into the game, and after costly turnovers resulted in a
very disappointing loss at Ohio State, many began to
So what better way to prove doubters wrong than
to beat Indiana - the No. 2 team in the country with a
22-4 record entering the contest, and a team that
doesn't make many mistakes.
Indiana is a club that doesn't beat itself. You have
to beat them. They rarely turn the ball over, take a bad,
shot or miss an easy one.
"Anytime you beat a team like Indiana," Chris
Webber said after the game, "you know you're a good
Now everybody knows.
More. than anything, yesterday's game was
Michigan's chance to let everyone else know that. All
season long, the Wolverines - and the five frosh in
See NIYO, Page 5

by Albert Lin
Daily Basketball Writer
All along, the Michigan basket-
ball team has felt it was better than
its record showed. But inconsistent
play resulted in several tough loss-
es, and skeptics were left smiling.
Yesterday afternoon, the Wol-
verines were the ones smiling after
the game, proving those skeptics
wrong with a 68-60 upset of No. 2
"It's one victory, but it's a huge
victory for us," coach Steve Fisher
said. "It's the best win we've had.
This and the MSU win (Jan. 29)
were quality wins at important
times against good people. I feel
better than I have in a long time."
The victory avenged an 89-74
loss earlier this season at
Bloomington, and also marked the
first time Michigan has beaten the
Hoosiers in two years.
As they did in their last game
against Ohio State, the Wolverines
(9-7 Big Ten, 18-8 overall) once
again squandered a big lead, but in-
creased defensive tenacity held the
Hoosiers at bay until time expired.
Indiana (13-3, 22-5) made 36 per-
cent of its field goals for the day -,
well below its season mark of 51
percent - with leading scorer
Calbert Cheaney sinking a dismal 3
of his 13 shots.
"We have not been shooting
well for the last couple of ball-
games now," Indiana coach Bob
Knight said. "We are a team - and I
don't like to have one that is - but

we are a team that is dependent on
Trailing just 37-29 at the half,
despite being outshot by the
Wolverines 55 to 32 percent, the
Hoosiers went on a 11-0 run to take
a three-point lead. Fisher said he had
visions of that Ohio State game,
when the team squandered a lead in
the last seven minutes against an-
other highly-ranked ballclub.
"(Indiana has come back) against
better teams than us, and it looked
like they were going to do it to us,"
Fisher said. "But we made a few
plays down three and got right back
in it. I was worried, though, no
question about it."
"In the past we've lost leads and
we've gotten a little frustrated,"
frosh Juwan Howard said. "This
time, we didn't let that happen."
Michigan took a 53-52 lead on a
pair of free throws by Chris
Webber, and then had three consecu-
tive big plays to increase the margin
to eight.
Webber grabbed the rebound, one
of his 18 in the game, off a Ray
Jackson missed free throw and put
back two. Two possessions later,
Jalen Rose came up short on an off-
balance leaner but gained inside po-
sition and tipped home his own
In the meantime, Indiana obliged
by missing the front end of three
one-and-ones. The Hoosiers made
only one of their last eight free
throws in the last 6:32.
See INDIANA, Page 5

Wolverine center Juwan Howard attempts to challenge seated Hoosier Greg Graham for
the ball in the first half of Michigan's matchup with Indiana yesterday. The Wolverines
upset the Hoosiers, who were No. 2 in the nation coming into the game, 68-60.

'M' wrestlers struggle to sixth-place finish

by Shawn DuFresne
Daily Sports Writer
MADISON - Five Michigan
wrestlers qualified for the NCAA
Championships by placing in the top
five in their respective weight class
at the 78th annual Big Ten Wrestling
Championships, but Michigan coach
Dale Bahr expected additional
Wolverines in his lineup to qualify.
The Wolverines, who finished
second at last year's championships,
clawed to a sixth-place finish with
66.25 points. Iowa, with approxi-
mately 3000 of its fans, clad in black
and yellow, in attendance, won its
19th consecutive Big Ten title, with
185 points and six champions.
Wisconsin finished second with 104
points. The Badgers were followed
by Ohio State (85.5), Minnesota
(75), Purdue (69.5), Michigan,
Northwestern (58), Illinois (38.5),
Michigan State (31), and Indiana
All-American Joey Gilbert (134),
garnered second-place honors, losing
only in a high-scoring, physical bat-
tle to Iowa's two-time national

champion Tom Brands, 23-15.
Brands defeated Gilbert in similar
fashion at last year's Big Tens, 22-
"I gave up some reversals I
shouldn't have," Gilbert said. "I
have to push harder the next couple
of weeks (for NCAA's)."
Fellow All-American Lanny
Green (177) placed third by prevail-
ing over Wisconsin's Mike
Griswold, with a 4-1 decision in the
consolation match.
"He's a staller and didn't try to
score," Green said, "I rode him out
better than I did earlier in the sea-
Michigan's Jason Cluff (126) and
Brian Harper (150) each placed
fourth in their respective weight
classes after losing their consolation
matches. Cluff was the victim of a
10-4 decision by Minnesota's Scott
Rohrer, while Harper fell to Iowa's
Terry Steiner by a two-point margin.
The fifth Michigan qualifier was
Jehad Hamdan (190), whose perfor-
mance in certain matches did not re-
flect his record (3-4-1 Big Ten, 14-

15-2). Hamdan came on strong and
recorded a crucial takedown in sud-
den death overtime against
Wisconsin's Jeff Walter in a conso-
lation semifinal on his way to a
fourth-place finish.
"It was a real pleasant surprise to
see Jehad qualify," Bahr said.
"(The overtime victory) was the
best match I wrestled all year,"
Hamdan said. "I waited for an open-
ing and I guess he wasn't expecting
(the takedown). 190 is a tough
weight class in the Big Ten. Getting
out of here (to NCAAs) is a confi-
dence builder."
Three Wolverines who were sup-
posed to make their mark in the
Wisconsin Field House exited early,
much to Bahr's disappointment.
Among those were the Rawls
brothers, James (142) and Jesse, Jr.
(167), and heavyweight Phil Tomek.
James Rawls had a commanding
5-1 lead in his first-round match, but
lost in the final minute. Wisconsin's
Dan Spilde suddenly scored a two-
point reversal and completed it by
See BIG TENS, Page 6

1992 Big Ten
Michigan NCAA
Name Place
Jason Cluff 4th
Joey Gilbert 2nd
Brian Harper 4th
Lanny Green 3rd
Jehad Hamdan 4th

Wolverine Jehad Hamdan attempts a two-legged takedown against an
opponent earlier this season.



- Editors note. Michigan's
Eric Namesnik is the American
record holder in the 400 meter in-
dividual medley (IM), He was the
silver medalist in both the 400m
and 200m IMs at the 1991 World
Swimming Championships in Perth,
Australia. Namesnik took his junior
year offfroin school to concentrate
on qualifying for the Olympic team,
and swimming in the Olympics this
summer. While at the 1992 Olympic
selection meet in Indianapolis this
past week, Namesnik kept a journal
for the Daily.
Saturday, Feb. 29
It is the day before the biggest
meet of a swimmer's career, at least
in the I Tnited Ctst- There has heen

Namesnik talks about
Olympic qualifications

Sunday, March 1
The first day of competition in
what is probably the fastest meet in
the world, next to the Olympics, is
completed. As for Michigan, we
had some really good swims and
some disappointments. Eric
Wunderlich, my roommate, was a
strong favorite to make the
Olympic team today in the 100m
breaststroke, but finished third.
Only the top two finishers make the
team. The upsetting thing is that his
preliminary time from this morning
would have made the team in the
final tonight. Overall, there was a
world and American record set on
the very first day. That was exciting
anrd nit me ncvcher to swim-

Women cagers swept
in final home series

by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
It was an emotional weekend for
the Michigan women's basketball
team as it wrapped up its 1992 home
schedule. While Michigan would
liked to have made seniors Char
Durand and Leah Wooldridge's final
games at Crisler memorable victo-
ries, the Wolverines were stymied
in their effort, losing to Penn State,
88-47 yesterday and Michigan State,

pressure defense to smother the
Wolverines throughout the night.
Penn State outrebounded Michigan
25 to 11 in the first half and forced
18 turnovers en route to a 40-25 lead
at the half.
"There are a lot ofteams that
have great talent but when you get a
team with great talent ... they
played harder than any team we've
played all year," Michigan coach
Bud VanDeWege said. "That's the


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