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Men's Basketball
vs. Cleveland State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Women's Basketball
vs. Eastern Michigan
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

Michigan rambles over Georgia

Tech

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With less talent,
Blue works harder
S PRINGFIELD, Mass. - How often last
season did we hear how the Michigan men's
basketball team was stocked with
underachievers?
I Even though Coach Steve Fisher's team did win 31
games, people said too many of those victories went
down to the wire. For the amount of talent the
Wolverines had, many believed they should have
outscored nearly every team by 20 points.
Oddly enough, after enduring several key losses in
the off-season, Michigan may now be equipped to
calmly dispatch every squad in its path.
With Chris Webber and most of the bench gone,
Michigan has fewer weapons than last year. The
Wolverines have less room for
error than they had the past two
seasons - and they know it.
However, the team is not
without an arsenal.
In fact, Michigan should win
most of its contests based solely on
the superiority of its talent. To win
BRET the tough games, though, this team
FORREST positively must put together a
Forrest complete effort on both ends of the
rest court.
That was the case against
Georgia Tech in Friday's Tip-Off
Classic. Except for a two-minute
stretch late in the game when Michigan let its lead
decrease from 14 to six, the Wolverines executed their
defensive game plan almost flawlessly.
"Defense No. 1," Michigan junior Jalen Rose said.
"We knew that once we stopped their initial offense, they
were going to try to break us down and go one-on-one."
Michigan double-teamed Tech's forwards on the
blocks and rarely allowed them to kick it out to the
perimeter for the open shot. As the game wore on,
Michigan did a better job boxing out on defense.
Most importantly, though, sophomore guard Dugan
Fife all but halted Springfield-native Travis Best's
offensive output when the two were on the floor.
"A lot of people talk about our talent, but they never
talk about our defense," Wolverine center Juwan
Howard said. "Our defense is what helps us win
ballgames. It's what helps everyone win ballgames and
we showed that today."
The offensive end of the court also saw Michigan
execute well. Aside from a few ill-advised second half
three-point shots and a handful of missed free throws,
Fisher's squad did more than it needed to win.
"If we continue to play as hard as we did - smart for
See FORREST, Page 11

Wolverines open season with

80-70 victory in
By CHAD A. SAFRAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - While the national
anthem was being performed prior to Michigan's
game with Georgia Tech in the 1993 Tip-Off
Classic, the words to The Star-Spangled Banner
scrolled across the Springfield Civic Center
scoreboard.
However, the words being flashed were not
on cue with the words being sung, just as the
Wolverines were off in the first half before
turning in a solid second-half performance.
Led by Jalen Rose's hot shooting in the
second stanza, fifth-ranked Michigan (1-0 over-
all) held off a late Georgia Tech (0-1) charge for
80-70 victory before 8,934 in the season opener
for both teams.
Rose, after wilting in the first half by missing
six of 10 shots, bloomed in the second. He hit
eight of nine from the field as the Wolverines
shot over 65 percent, compared to only 42 per-
cent in the opening 20 minutes.
"In the first half, I had trouble getting good
looks at the basket and the shots didn't fall," said
Rose, who earned game Most Valuable Player
honors. "But I kept shooting and they kept giving
me the ball and it started falling."
Not much fell for Tech the entire game. The
13th-ranked Yellow Jackets had little sting from
the outside as they connected on only 24 of 58
opportunities. If that weren't bad enough, Bobby
Cremins' club was a miserable 25 percent from
three-point range, sinking only six of its 24
bombs.
While Michigan did take fewer shots from
beyond the arc, it made a remarkable 60 percent,
including two from Dugan Fife.
The sophomore guard, who did not make a
field goal last season, quickly changed that by
opening Michigan's scoring with a 3-pointer.
"I had confidence in my jump shot and made
it when it was there," Fife said. " think it was
Jalen who gave me a great pass and I just shot the
ball. It wasn't a big shot. It was just an open
shot."
The basket gave the Wolverines an early 3-2
lead, sparking Michigan on an early 8-0 run.
After a 14-6 surge midway through the first
half gave the Yellow Jackets a 25-23 lead, the
Wolverines responded with a run of their own
that turned the deficit into a 34-27 lead over a
span of five minutes. The key to the charge - as
well as the game - was Michigan's double-
teaming of any Georgia Tech player who caught
the ball down low.
"I was scared to death of our double teams on
the post, from how we have not done a good job
in practice," said Michigan coach Steve Fisher,
who gained his 100th victory with the Wolver-
ines' win. "I thought we did a nice job any time
the ball went inside to double and not give them
any easy looks."
While Fife may have sunk only three baskets
the entire game, none was bigger than the three-
pointer with 1.1 seconds left in the first half that
gave the Wolverines a six-point cushion going
into the locker room.
Yet, when Michigan took the floor for the
second half, Tech blitzed the Wolverines for
seven straight points and rocketed out in front,
40-39.
"I said, 'OK, now we can get this thing
going.' But we never really got it there." Cremins
said. "We were hanging in there. Their defense

Tip-Off Classic
just took us away from it."
With the score knotted at 44, the Wolverines
took control of the game, sinking a trio of 3-
pointers in a 18-7 run that appeared to put the
game away. Much of the run was the result of
better rebounding by Michigan, which totaled
three more boards than the taller Georgia Tech
squad. But height cannot make up for fundamen-
tals as the Wolverines consistently boxed out
their opponents.
"Everybody's got to do a little bit more,"
Fisher said. "Juwan (Howard)'s got to get some
help from his friends on rebounding. I thought
Jalen, Jimmy (King) and Ray (Jackson) gave
him some assistance."
With Jackson at the line with 3:40 to play, the
Wolverines were leading, 72-58, a seemingly
insurmountable margin. Then Travis Best took
over for the Yellow Jackets.
With the rest of his team struggling, the
junior point guard, playing in his home town,
pumped in 10 of the game's next 12 points,
cutting the lead to six with 1:34 remaining.
"They've got the ball, down six, two posses-
sions," Fisher said. " So that concerns me. That
should never have happened from our stand-
point."
The game never got closer as the Wolverines
regrouped and sealed the victory with a Rose lay-
in and a signature jam from King.
While the game may have been a rematch of
the Tip-Off Classic seven years ago (Michigan
won that one, 49-44), the results remained the
same, including Tech's poor performance. All-
America candidate James Forrest gave no proof
this night that he could deserve postseason hon-
ors, scoring only 14 points in 35 minutes of
action. The 6-foot-8 forward could only snag
four rebounds, the same number as 5-foot-11
Best.
"It's the second time I've been here and it's a
little disappointing to have not played well,"
Cremins said.
Despite a win over a top-25 opponent, the
Michigan players refused to get overly excited.
"It's a great start for us, but like I told the guys
it's just a start," said Howard, who had 19 points

and nine rebounds. "We
games to play."

still have a lot of tough

Tip-Off Classic MVP Jalen Rose

DOUGLmAKANT-uaily
shoots against Georgia Tech Friday night.

- .. -

'M'to play Wolfpack in Hall of Fame Bowl

By RYAN HERRINGTON
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
While there were moments this season
where Michigan looked like it might not'
keep its postseason streak alive, the Wolver-
ines are set on returning to another New
Year's Day bowl game. For the second time
in school history, The Wolverines will play
in Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Michi-
gan accepted the bowl's bid last week.
"I'm especially pleased the Hall of Fame
Bowl invited us this year," Michigan coach
Gary Moeller said. "We are looking forward
to a great trip. I have fond memories of this
bowl from the last time we were there. They
went out of their way to make sure we
enjoyed the visit."

Michigan's opponent come New Year's
Day was also announced as the Wolverines
will face North Carolina State of the Atlan-
tic Coast Conference. This is the first
matchup between the two schools as well as
the first time the Wolfpack has appeared in
the Hall of Fame Bowl.
Under first-year head coach Mike O'Cain,
N.C. State finished 7-4, with a 4-4 conference
record. O'Cain said he felt the bowl was a
good opportunity for his program to progress.
"It is a deserving reward for our players
and staff who have worked extremely hard
all season long," McCain said. "We look
forward to representing N.C. State and the
ACC against a nationally recognized and
very strong Michigan team."

The Wolverines last played in Tampa in
1988 when they defeated Alabama, 28-24. It
was Moeller, then Michigan's offensive
coordinator, who coached the team for Bo
Schembechler, who was recovering from
quadruple heart bypass surgery.
The Hall of Fame Bowl marks the 19th
consecutive bowl appearance for the Wol-
verines and the eighth consecutive time they
have played on either Jan. 1 or 2.
TICKETS: Students interested in purchas-
ing Hall of Fame Bowl tickets can order
them by phone from the Michigan Ticket
Office by calling 764-0247. Tickets are $31
each (including taxes and service charge)
and there is no limit to the number of tickets
a person may order.

MICHIGAN (80)
FO FT REB
MIN MA M A OT A F PTS
Jackson 27 2-9 2-4 2-6 0 3 7
King 38 5-9 1-2 1-2 7 2 13
Howard 40 8-17 3-4 3-9 1 3 19
Rose 40 12-19 1-2 2-8 1 3 28
Fife 26 3-4 1-2 0-3 2 5 9
St.Jean 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Crawford 14 1-1 00 0-3 0 2 3
Derricks 10 0-2 1-2 1-1 0 0 1
Totals 200 3121 9-16 932 12 18 80
FG%:.508. FT%: .563. Three-point goals: 9-15, .600 (Rose 3-6,
King 2-4, Fife 2-3, Jackson 1-1, Crawford 1-1). Blocks: 4(Rose 2,
King, Howard). Turnovers: 14 (Jackson 7, Howard 2, Rose 2,
Fife, Crawford, Derricks). Steals: 10 (Howard 3, Jackson 2, Fife
2, Crawford 2, Rose). Technical Fouls: none.
GEORGIA TECH (70)
FO FT REB
MIN M-A M.A O.T A F PIS
Moore 24 3-9 4-4 1-5 1 5 10
Forrest 35 6-14 2-2 1-4 1 2 14
Newbill 14 1-2 0-0' 0-3 0 1 2
Best 37 6-15 7-7 2-4 3 4 21
Barry 35 2-5 0-1 0-4 7 1 6
Barnes 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Elisma 17 3-4 1-2 2-4 1 1 7
Balanis 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Vinson 33 3-9 2-2 0-3 0 1 10
Totals 200 24-58 16-18 6.27 13 16 70
FG%: .414. FT%: .889. Three-point goals: 6-24, .250 (Best 2-9,
Vinson 2-7, Barry 2-5, Moore 0-2, Forrest 0-1). Blocks: 2 (Moore,
Forrest). Turnovers: 17(Best 5, Barry 5, Moore 3, Forrest 2,
Elisma, Vinson). Steals: 9 (Best 4. Forrest 2, Vinson 2, Barry).
Technical Fouls: none.
Michigan......39 41 - 80
Ga. Tech....33 37 - 70
At: Springfield Civic Center: A: 8,934

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