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Yost Ice Arena
Blue hoops begins new era, 118-91
Fab Four, Fife lead smaller, quicker Wolverines against Croatians
By TIM RARDIN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Minus Chris Webber and the ex-
perienced senior bench of last year,
the new-look Michigan basketball
team made its debutlastnightatCrisler
Arena in an exhibition game against
the Croatia Zrinjevac Club team.
And, all things considered, the new
look was a good one.
Featuring an up-tempo, perimeter
attack, Michigan downed a much big-
ger Croatian team, 118-91, though it
was outrebounded, 41-36.
"I believe height is not a manda-
tory thing," Croatian coach Vladimir
Vanjak said via his translator. "A lot
of other things make the difference.
We're big, but we're not aggressive."
Vying for the fifth starting posi-
tion with the Fab Four, sophomores
Dugan Fife and Leon Derricks and
freshman Bobby Crawford were ag-
gressive as each offered a solid claim
to the spot. Fife, who did not score a
field goal last season, started for the
Wolverines this night.
Ray Jackson initiated the scoring
with a putback 14 seconds into the
game, but it was the Croatian team
that got off to the quick start hanging
in with Michigan through the first ten
"I thought we were sluggish at the
start," Fishersaid. "The Croatian team
was more prepared to go."
The two teams exchanged leads,
and with just over 10 minutes to go in
the half, the Croatian team led,29-28.
But in the next minute, Michigan
woke up, scoring nine unanswered
points to take a 37-29 lead with 8:53
to go. Jalen Rose, who saw time at
four different positions, completed a
three-point play with a free throw just
before the Wolverine run began.
"The last two years, I was han-
dling the ball," Rose said. "Now I'm
more ofa swing player, so I'm adjust-
ing to the situation."
Jackson is also adjusting to a new
situation. With the lack of size in the
middle, Fisher has moved the 6-foot-
6 Jackson down low with Juwan
Jackson responded with 13 points
in only 19 minutes of action.
"It was weird," Jackson said of his
Equally weird was the presence of
several new faces in the Wolverine
lineup. Though freshman Olivier
Saint-Jean was out with a swollen
knee, Fife, Derricks and Crawford all
saw significant playing time.
Fife, hesitant to shoot last year,
went 2-for-4, scoring seven points
and dishing out four assists in 30
minutes of action.
Crawford, too, made a solid first
impression, playing strong defense
while knocking down three three-
"I did a pretty good job on defense,
butI missed too many open shots," said
Crawford, who went 3-for-9 on the
night. "Being as nervous as I was, I
thought I played pretty well."
The last of the three significant
newcomers, Derricks, had 12 points,
and impressed Fisher the most.
"I really liked (Leon's) play to-
day," Fisher said. "I thought he was a
catalyst for our defense. He was the
first guy to challenge the jump shot
after we dropped to double team in-
FG F REE
WN M.A M&A 0-T A F PTS
Gulin 14 2.6 00 04 0 2 5
Jablan 17 1-2 68 0-4 2 5 9
Lovrec 19 3-4 0.0 4.8 0 4 6
Vujieic 25 1-3 0.0 0- 4 2 2
Twdic 37 11-21 8-12 3-7 0 5 33
Kalpic 20 3.7 2-2 1.3 2 4 9
Mehec 19 3-4 2-3 085 0 3 9
Likaeic 4 0-0 0.0 00 11 0
Smohver 13 4-5 0.0 1-1 0 5 9
Doak 15 0.1 2-2 1-1 4 1 2
Drakulic 17 36 1-2 25 1 3 7
Totals 200 3159221.29 1341 1435 91
FG%:.525. FM% .724. Three-point gods: 8.16,
.500 (Tvrdic 3.6, Jablan 1-1, Mehec 1-1, Smohver
1-1. Kadpic 1-2, Gulin 1-4, Deak 0-1). Blocks: 2
(Lovric, Kalpic). Turnovers: 30 (Vujieic 6, Tvrdic 5,
Mehec 5, Deak 5, Smohver 3, Kalpic 2, Drakulic
2, Lovri, LUkaeic). Steels: 5 (Mehe4.3. Vujieic,
Twdic). T.am Rebounds: 1.
FO FT REU
WN MA MA O-T A FPTS
Jackson 19 6.12 1.3 2-3 2 5 13
King 34 9.13 4-7 2-5 1 1 22
Howard 34 7-14 1216 5-10 3 3 26
Fife 30 2-4 3-5 13 43 7
Rose 30 8-11 7-9 0.4 5 3 24
Derricks 21 6-10 0- 1-1-1 3 1 12
Crawford 18 3.9 00 1-2 2 4 9
Bossard 12 0-3 2.2 1.1 4 2 2
Fields 1 0-0 1-2 12 01 1
Moore .1 1-1 0 0 0-1 0 0 2
Totals 200 42.77 30-45 18-36 2423 118
FQ%:.545. FM:.667. Three-point gods: 4-17,
.235 (Crawford 37, Rose 1.4. King 022, Fife 42,
Bossard 0.1. Derricks 0.1). Blocks: 3 (Jackson.
Howard, Rose). Turnovers: 13 (King 5, Fife 2,
Derricks 2, Jackson, Howard, Rose, Crawford).
Stedls: 8 (King 2, Derricks 2, Jackson, Fife,
Rose, Crawford). Team Rebounds: 4.
Croae.........'47 44 - 91
Michigan. 65 53 -118
At: Crisler Arena: A: 9,000
Ray Jackson drives by Danko Drakulic during last night's game Pgainst the
Croatian Zrinjevac Club. The Wolverines defeated their opponent, 118-91.
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CHICAGO - If current Michigan hockey assistants Mel Pearson and
Billy Powers ever take head-coaching positions at other CCHA schools, they
should prepare for an all-out war when their teams take on the Wolverines.
Ever since former Michigan assistant Larry Pedrie left Michigan to take
over the reigns at Illinois-Chicago, the two teams have had a great disdain for
each other. During Pedrie's four-year stint at UIC, the Flames have only
managed to beat Michigan once. Apparently, Pedrie's frustration and head-
aches have. spilled over to his team.
After Saturday night's 7-1 Michigan victory, several Wolverine players
were not too pleased with what they considered questionable plays and
techniques by the Flames.
"I think that there has been bad blood between these two teams since I was
a freshman," senior David Oliver said.
Last season at Yost Ice Arena, the Wolverines and Flames brawled in the
third period of an 8-1 Michigan victory.
Because of this history, Oliver was prepared for the contest and the scrappy
play. However, some of the younger players did not take very kindly to the
clutching} and grabbing. In the second period, all five of the Wolverines'
penalties were committed by freshmen. Rookie Jason Botterll was whistled
for three two-minute minors. After the game he stated that they were all
committed in retaliation.
"I think I let them get to me," Botterill said.. "I lost my cool. Luckily, it
didn't hurt the team."
No one, however, could match the anguish that Pedrie experienced after the
contest. It was obvious that this was more than a game to him. The fact that his
team lost by six goals and gave up 44 shots simply added to his depressed state.
He accepted the blame for his team's defeat.
"I think I coached a stupid game," he said. "You shouldn't get into a foot
race with a team that has better skaters than you."
The Michigan players showed no remorse towards the former Wolverine
assistant and will probably go after UIC in the same way when the Flames
come to Yost, Dec. 17 and 18.
Bad blood continues
"They are a very chippy team," Michigan defenseman Tim Hogan said.
"There should have been a great deal more penalties called. We worked
through it and didn't let it get us down. We kept penetrating and scored some
goals to shut them up."
SHIELDS WATCH: Goalie Steve Shiel4s, who is currently one win shy ofI
tying the NCAA record for career victories, is listed as questionable for this
weekend's series with Ohio State at Yost. Shields will most likely return for
the College Hockey Showcase at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Nov.26 and 27.
ICERS ON THE RADIO: WCBN, the campus FM radio station, will begin play-
by-play coverage of Friday home games starting this week. WCBN is 88.3 on
the FM dial.
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