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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday
March 16, 1992
Loney 's 'cheap
shot' mars series
by Andy De Korte
Daily Hockey Writer
"It was a classic cheap shot. You don't want to see
that kind of stuff," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"There is no place for it in the game."
"Things got out of hand at the end of the game,"
Ohio State coach Jerry Welsh said. "The ref (Steve
Piotrowski) stopped calling things. When (Michigan)
started getting way ahead, sticks were flying and
things like that happen."
The event to which Welsh referred and which re-
newed Berenson's objections to excessive violence oc-
curred at the 12:15 mark of the final period Saturday
Ohio State rookie Brian Loney blindsided =G
Wolverine forward David Oliver with a cross-check to T
the back of his head as they skated in front of the
benches. Piotrowski termed the blow a "malicious
high-stick" and sent Loney off the ice with a 10-minute C
misconduct and a five-minute high-sticking major. Ohio State goalie Mike Bales lunges at forward Denny Felsner's shot in Friday's 4-2 Michigan victory.
See VIOLENCE, Page 5 Wolverines won, 9-4, to sweep the first round of the CCHA playoffs. Felsner scored five goals in the se
.Cagers stop Illini to reach 20th
by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson was
apprehensive about his team's fortunes entering this
weekend's first-round playoff series against Ohio State
(12-21-5 overall). Berenson's fears were warranted as
his Wolverines (30-7-3) came out flat in Friday's first
However, Michigan battled back from a 1-0 deficit
to defeat the Buckeyes, 4-2. After the game, Michigan
senior forward Denny Felsner predicted an improved
overall team effort in Saturday's game.
"I think you'll see a different game tomorrow,"
Felsner said. "We were off our game tonight. We were
a little rusty."
Felsner took the task in his own hands Saturday,
scoring four goals in the Wolverines 9-4 victory to
complete the sweep. Felsner opened the scoring just 18
seconds into the contest, lifting a backhand over
sprawled Buckeye goaltender Mike Bales.
"(Brian) Wiseman brought the puck in on a 3-on-2,
and they tripped him," Felsner said. "On my way to
the net, the puck just came to my stick and I was alone
with Bales and beat him with a backhand."
Felsner added his second of the night just three-
and-a-half minutes later on another assist from
Wiseman. Late in the first, defenseman Aaron Ward
made an end-to-end rush and beat Bales at the 19:35
mark to give Michigan a 4-0 lead.
"It was a four-on-four situation, and they had an
extra forward out there," Ward said. "I broke in on the
outside and they were checking me. I try it in practice
all the time, and it never works. I just flipped the puck
See SWEEP, Page 5
by Jeni Durst
Daily Basketball Writer
The Wolverines slowly climbed
upward in their last couple games
toward 20 victories and an NCAA
tournament appearance. Saturday,
they made the final step toward that
goal. In their last conference and
home matchup of the season,
Michigan (11-7 Big Ten, 20-8
overall) dropped Illinois (7-11, 13-
"Now we can start thinking about
the tournament," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "We're not play-
ing as well as we can, but we've
been on the upside in our last four
games. We've defended better,
stayed out of foul trouble, and re-
Sbounded. We're happy with a 20-
It looked like the Illini might
snub Michigan's chances at that 20th
victory in the latter part of the first
half. The Wolverines came out
strong at the start of the contest,
working down Illinois' shot clock
with a powerful defensive effort. But
as the first half reached the mid-
point, Illinois began to beat them at
their own game.
The Illini picked up their defen-
sive intensity, stepping into the pass-
ing lanes and forcing turnovers.
They grabbed rebounds and estab-
lished an inside game.
Keyed by a Rennie Clemons
jumper in the lane, Illinois went on a
17-5 run to go up by six. During
their scoring spurt, the Illini tallied
__ 14 points inside the paint. The
Wolverines kept close by means of
two Jimmy King jumpers, the only
points scored from the floor during
Illinois' spurt. A couple of Illini
misses allowed Michigan to head
into the lockerroom down by only
ployed a s
coach Lou H
"The way we started, I thought some shots
we were going to get the chance for costly turnov
a big run, but then they turned it mentum and
around on us and got the run," Fisher you have to
The second half proved just the Led byi
opposite. After the two teams traded Rose and fe
baskets in the initial minutes, Michigan ti
Michigan turned to the style of play stormed toa
it had established at the beginning of left to play.]
the contest. The Wolverines em- points on th
mothering defense and
on Illinois' ensuing
ad some untimely
- turnovers that we don't
ve in the post," Illinois
lenson said. "They made
and we made some
vers. It's a game of mo-
d when you get it going
keep it as long as you
first-year guard Jalen
Ilow rookie guard King,
ied the score and then
a 62-46 lead with 5:18
King, who hustled for 12
e afternoon, notched his
eight second-half points during the
run. Four of those points came off
forced turnovers and two via an of-
Rose tallied half of his total in the
latter portion of the second half, with
all his points, excluding a three-
pointer, coming from inside the lane.
The rookie's 22 led all scorers, fol-
lowed by Chris Webber with 13, and
King. A first-year player also led the
Illinois squad in point output as for-
ward Robert Bennett notched 16.
"The difference (in the second
half) was that we turned up the in-
tensity," Rose said. "In the first half,
Illinois was getting all the loose
See BASKETBALL, Page 4
by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer
The NCAA selection committee passed its judge-
ment on Michigan's season yesterday, and apparently
wasn't as impressed as many others.
Instead of the expected No. 3 or No. 4 seed for the
Wolverines, they received the sixth seed in the
Southeast Regional. Michigan will face No. 11 seed
Temple Friday at the Omni in Atlanta.
"I'll be honest, I was a little surprised that we were
seeded where we were," coach Steve Fisher said last
night. "But rather than dwell on that, we just have to get
ready for Temple."
It was an attitude shared by the players as well.
"That just means that a lot of people around the
country don't respect you," Chris Webber said. "So I
think we'll be very loose. We don't have anything to
lose, everything to gain."
Starting times for the the first-round contests have
not yet been announced, but it seems likely that - since
emple in Atlanta
the game will feature two high-profile teams - it will
be a prime-time matchup on CBS.
Temple, as an 11th seed, received one of the last at-
large bids from the selection committee. After advanc-
ing to the final eight of last year's tourney with guard
Mark Macon (the eighth pick in last year's NBA draft),
the Owls finished this season with a 17-12 record
overall, going 11-5 in the Atlantic 10 conference.
Temple won its first game in the Atlantic 10 tourna-
ment, trouncing cross-town Philadelphia rival St.
Joseph's, 75-59. The Owls dropped their next game to
the eventual runner-up West Virginia, 44-41.
That final score caught Fisher's eye, too. He noted
that West Virginia had only scored 10 second-half
points in that victory against Temple, coached by John
Chaney, and its slow-down style of play.
Temple is deliberate on offense, and often throws a
matchup zone against teams. The Owls shot only .429
See NCAAS, Page 2
Rookie guard Jimmy King looks to dish to forward Chris Webber in
Saturday's 68-59 victory over Illinois. Yesterday, King and the Wolverines
received a sixth seed in the NCAA tournament and will play Temple Friday.
Nittany Lions roar to
by Mike Hill
Daily Sports Writer
Despite finishing with its second-
highest score ever Saturday night, a
278.4, the Michigan men's gymnas-
tics team had mixed feelings about
placing second behind seventh-
ranked Penn State, which won the
six-team Michigan Invitational with
a score of 281.60.
"It was a great meet," Michigan
coach Bob Darden said. "Still, I
think all the guys would agree that
our goal, and we have two more
meets to do it, is to go over 280.
Today, we were maybe one routine
away from it. But it's a lot of the lit-
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The Wolverines jumped ahead with
the help of Brian Winkler and Jorge
Camacho. Winkler finished first on
the floor with a 9.80, followed by
Camacho with a 9.75.
"It was great having the home
advantage with the Olympic order,"
Darden said. "And obviously we did
real well on the floor."
Michigan had another good per-
formance on the pommel horse, de-
spite the seemingly tough judging.
Glenn Hill placed second with an
impressive 9.75 routine. And Mike
Mott continued to excel on the horse
with a 9.55.
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by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer
Imagine that it is 1968. A young
man, who was working in a small
town in Georgia only four years
earlier, is now a student and
wrestler at a small junior college
in Colorado. Cliff Keen, the leg-
endary Michigan wrestling coach,
hears of the wrestler's talent and
decides he wants him on his team.
"I didn't even know who Cliff
Keen was," the young man said. "I
hadn't even heard of the University
of Michigan before."
Keen wasted no time.
"I don't do any recruiting. If
you come to Michigan. you come
wrestler, James Rawls, is deciding
whether to attend Pittsburgh or
Michigan, after compiling an unde-
feated record on his way to a
Pennsylvania state title his senior
season. James decides to wrestle at
Michigan, though he is not ini-
tially sure that he wants to be a
"My father never really pushed
me to go here, but he was always in
favor of it," James said. "I didn't
realize that I wanted to be here un-
til after I came. Now I have some-
one's footsteps to follow."
Now picture the same scenario a
third time. It is two years later,
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