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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - April 13, 1992- Page 7

Wheatley
to stay in
for a week
Associated Press
Michigan's Tyrone Wheatley will
remain hospitalized for a week with
a bruised spleen, a university official
said yesterday.
Wheatley, a sophomore running
* back from Dearborn Heights, was
injured in the third quarter of
Saturday's annual Blue-White spring
game. He was speared in the back
and taken to the University of
Michigan Hospitals.
He was in good condition in the
hospital's trauma and burn unit yes-
terday, hospital spokeswoman
Catherine Cureton said.
University spokesman Bruce
Madej said Wheatley would remain
hospitalized for seven days, although
he said that was routine for such an
injury.
"At this point, there's no reason
for alarm," Madej said. "It's mostly
for observation."
Wheatley, who returned the
opening kickoff 88 yards for a
touchdown Saturday, finished with
176 all-purpose yards in the game.

GRIDDERS
Continued from page 1
the conversion.
"Felman probably made a couple
of decent plays," Moeller said.
"Felman can run right out of the
stadium. He's as fast as anyone else
out there, but he needs to toughen
up.
"Walter Smith will run right
through walls, he's the other ex-
treme."
Grbac was also pleased with
Smith's play.
"Walter was an aggressive guy
last year," Grbac said. "He's stepped
up his game a lot over the last year.
He's going to be a tough receiver to
stop."
Once the fall season starts, Grbac
will have three more receivers to
look at. Moeller is expecting big
contributions from incoming frosh
Amani Toomer and Mercury Hayes.
Also, former-starter Derrick Alex-
ander should be recovered from his
knee injury by the fall.
Another position which worried
Moeller in terms of depth was the
offensive line. However, Grbac is
optimistic about the line play in the
upcoming season.
"I didn't feel pressure on me all
day," Grbac said. "The young guys
did really well. (Ante) Skorput and
(Mark) Milia did an outstanding job
today. It's going to be another great
Michigan line. (Doug) Skene filled
in well at tackle. We've got (Joe)

Cocozzo, (Steve) Everitt and (Rob)
Doherty back. All we need to do is
fill in that last tackle spot."
With the loss of J.D. Carlson,
the kicking game could create
headaches for the Wolverines this
'We're not out of the
woods yet. We work
all day with the
receivers working
against coverage to
get open and we just
can't do that with the
backs.'
- Gary Moeller
Michigan football coach
season. That led to the final score of
the contest.
Pete Elezovic lined up for a 51-
yard field goal which the Blue line
blocked. Martin Davis picked up the
ball inside White territory, and
handed to Malveaux, who ran the
final 48 yards for the score.
"I'll play writer today. I'd never
of tried that field goal," Moeller said
of White coach Lloyd Carr's
decision. "You're going to slip out
there a little today and that makes it
tougher."
Moeller said that there is a better
than even chance that incoming
frosh Remy Hamilton will get the
kicking duties in the fall.

Backup quaterback Todd Collins, here scrambling for yardage, could not direct his Blue squad over their
counterparts in Saturday's Spring Game, despite completing 12 of 16 passes for 100 yards.

'M' women kickers
"takeBig Red Invite

Pistons beat Knicks in yawner, 72-61

by Greg Richardson
Daily Sports Writer
Competing in its first outdoor
tournament since last fall, the
Michigan women's soccer team cap-
tured the Indiana Big Red
Invitational at Bloomington this
weekend.
In the championship game,
Michigan defeated Missouri, 3-2, in
a contest that had to be decided by'
penalty kicks. After regulation the
score was 1-1. Two five-minute,
sudden-death periods later, the count
remained tied.
The two Wolverine goals in the
shootout were scored by Michelle
'McQuaid and Lisa Ashton. But the
biggest goal of the tournament may
have been Jenny Steinhebel's corner
kick with a minute and a half re-
maining in the title game. Prior to
Steinhebel's tally, the Wolverines
were trailing the Tigers, 1-0. Her
goal gave Michigan the chance to
decide the outcome in extra minutes.
Michigan's semifinal victory
came against Indiana, the host team.
Against the Hoosiers, the Wolver-
ines exploded for five goals, and
goalie Lisa Bennett and the rest of

the defense held Indiana to two.
The Wolverines' first goal
against the Hoosiers came from
Alicia Stewart on an assist by
Steinhebel. The two were also re-
sponsible for Michigan's last goal,
which wrapped things up.
Michigan's offense got off to a
slow start in its opening game with
Purdue, but came around in the sec-
ond half to give it a 2-1 victory.
Shannon Loper jumpstarted the
Wolverine offense with her goal, and
Stewart came through with the
game-winner.
The defense for Michigan was
solid in its second game against
Ohio State, as it held the Buckeyes
scoreless in its 2-0 win. Defender
Kim Chenet complimented Ben-
nett's play.
"She did a great job in that game
and was outstanding in the shoot-
out," Chenet said.
Despite its perfect record at the
invitational, Chenet felt the Wol-
verines could have played better.
"We got off to a bit of a slow start,"
she said. "As the tournament prog-
ressed, we improved."

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Call it ter-
rible offense. Call it great defense.
Whatever you call it, since the 24-second clock
was installed in 1954, only once in NBA history
have two teams combined for fewer points than
Detroit and New York in the Pistons' 72-61 win
yesterday.
The only game using the clock to have fewer
points was a62-57 victory by Boston over Milwau-
kee on Feb. 27, 1955.
"I think what you saw were two of the best
defensive teams in theleague and we certainly have
the statistics to back it up," Detroit coach Chuck
Daly said. "Both teams had a very, very difficult
time scoring. You really had to work, you couldn't
get an open shot."
The Pistons and Knicks have allowed the few-
est points in the NBA this season.
Detroit shot only 38 percent and New York 30.7

percent from the floor. For the game, the Knicks
shot 23-for-75, while Detroit was 30-for-79.
The Knicks' total of 61 points was the lowest in
team history, breaking the mark of 68 set Feb. 26
against the Los Angeles Lakers. It also was the
third lowest total for any team in NBA history,
ahead of Milwaukee's 57 in the 1955 game and 59
by Sacramento against Charlotte on Jan. 10, 1991.
Detroit's lowest previous points allowed was
69 - vs. Houston in 1974 and Cincinnati in 1959.
New York, which leads the Atlantic Division,
went almost seven minutes without scoring at the
start of the second quarter. The Knicks scored just
10 points in the second quarter and 13 in the third,
while holding the Pistons to 10 in that period. The
combined 23 points tied the single third period low
set by Philadelphia and Houston on Feb. 2, 1975.
The Knicks' bench didn't score until the fourth
quarter and contributed only six points.

"It was a bizarre, bizarre game," Knicks coach
Pat Riley said. "At our end of the court especially."
"Both teams played flat-out defense the whole
game," Knicks guard Mark Jackson said. "We're
both very good defensive teams. It was a tough
defensive battle and we didn't take advantage of-
fensively."
Joe Dumars scored 20 points to lead the Pistons.
He was the only player in the game with more than
14 points.
Dennis Rodman had 13 points and 20 rebounds
for the Pistons, who have won five straight and are
47-32 with three games remaining in the regular
season.
"It was a great game as far as our defense was
concerned," said Rodman, a defensive specialist
and the league's top rebounder. "It was the kind of
game where whoever hit the big shot or grabbed the
big rebound was going to win."

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