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Hockey
vs. Western Michigan
Tomorrow,7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

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'TS

Women's Basketball
vs. California-Irvine
Tomorrow, 8 p.m.
Irvine, Calif.

Blue swamps Green Wave, 84-69
Rebounding edge keys Michigan's third straight triumph

By CH AD A. SAFRAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Blockades of stone are set up along
beachfronts to prevent waves from crashing
against the shore.
The Michigan basketball team used its
bodies to stop the Green Wave from crash-
ing the boards in its 84-69 victory over
Tulane last night before a Crisler Arena
crowd of 13,022.
Despite a height disadvantage, the Wol-
verines were able to outmuscle the Green
Wave all night near the basket and snare 39
rebounds, compared to only 29 for the oppo-
sition.
Leading the way once again was center
Juwan Howard, who had 13 boards, includ-
ing eight in the first half alone.
"I don't feel I have to be the man inside,"
said Howard, who also totalled 21 points.
This night he was not the sole contributor
to the rebound column. Jalen Rose had seven
and Ray Jackson added six of his own,
including an offensive rebound and putback
forMichigan's first two points of the evening.
Tulane's leading rebounder, Jerald
Honeycutt, had a mere six.
"Michigan wasn't more physical than I
expected. They were more physical than our
players expected," Tulane coach Perry Clark
said. "Our kids aren't used to that."
A main reason for Michigan's success
on the glass was the fact that the Green
Wave splashed in only six of 24 attempts
from three-point range
"They shot a lot of long shots," Michigan
coach Steve Fisher said. "It gives us a chance

to rebound. We hope to continue rebound-
ing like that."
One facet of the game that Fisher is
praying will improve is the number of turn-
overs being committed by the Wolverines.
After giving the ball away 24 times against
Cleveland State Monday, Michigan was
awash in errors once again, giving the ball to
the opposition 22 times. Much of that was
due to Tulane's flood of pressing defenses.
The Green Wave showed the Wolver-
ines a variety of pressures. Clark's squad
switched from man-to-man and zone
throughout the contest, as well as showing
full and midcourt traps any time Michigan
brought the ball upcourt.
That did not surprise Fisher.
"I thought we did a nice job against it.
We got a lot of easy baskets," Fisher said.
As a result of the press, the Wolverines
had numerous open looks at the hoop, en-
abling them to sink 62 percent of their field
goals. Take away Bobby Crawford's 0-for-
5 performance and Michigan's shooting
percentage comes out at a whopping 68
percent. King put home seven of nine and
Jackson nailed four of his six attempts
Jalen Rose, the game's leading scorer
with 28 points, connected on nine of his I1
shots. Rose scored many of his points on
drives to the basket, including a coast-to-
coast dunk with 3:37 remaining in the con-
test that gave Michigan its largest lead of the
night at 78-62.
"We gave up some easy shots and we
don't play basketball like that," Clark said.
"This is not the easiest place in America to

play. This is not the easiest team in America
to play."
"They play a pressure defense and that
style leaves you with open baskets," Rose
said. "We just did a good job of breaking the
press."
While the Wolverines may have done
well from the field, they practically drowned
at the foul line, connecting on 16 of 28 free
throws. Rose was 3-for-8, consecutively
missing the front end of his two shots four
times.
"I know I can make field goals though,"
Rose said.
The performance from the charity stripe
was attributable to what Fisher called "a
lack of concentration." While that may have
been true at the line, Fisher did not see that
as a problem during the game.
"We played extremely hard for 40 min-
utes," Fisher said. "And smart most of the
time. We were prepared."
The Wolverines showed off that pre-
paredness at the game's most critical point.
With Michigan up eight points with over
nine minutes left, Tulane had an opportunity
to cut the lead to six after completing an 8-
2 run.
However, a Green Wave turnover short-
circuited any chance of a comeback as the
Wolverines scored the next six points for a
66-54 advantage. Michigan's run was capped
with a Howard finger roll off a beauty of a
no-look, back pass from Crawford.
The 12-point swing pushed the Wave
back to the Bayou as it never seriously
challenged again.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Michigan forward Ray Jackson drives past Antonio Jackson in last night's 84-69 Wolverine victory.

FULL COURT PRESS:
.Wolverine fans prefer easy victories but a win is a win

By RACHEL BACHMAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
That was the way it's supposed to go.
In last night's 84-69 victory over Tulane, the
Michigan basketball team was generously mer-
ciful to its fans, limping into the lead halfway
into the first half and keeping it the rest of the
game.
There was no nail-biting in the bleachers.
Wo conjuring up excuses for friends at Michi-
gan State about why the Wolverines lost to a
team named after tainted saltwater. Just a win.
"We wanted to come out from the start, not ...
play catchup," Michigan's Juwan Howard said.
Last night's game was a welcomechange
from the Cleveland State debacle Monday night,
in which Michigan did not overtake the Vikings
until halfway through the second half. Coach
Steve Fisher knows how important it is to get an
*arly lead.

"(Fisher) said that'll be a key," guard Jalen
Rose said.
The fans agreed, serenely sitting back and
taking in the halftime show. The stressless stu-
dent section was free to watch 73-year-old Mary
Visel sink two underhand shots in as many
minutes, all the while enjoying their teams
nine-point lead.
It was downright relaxing.
That doesn't mean, however, that the game
was something to admire.
The Wolverines raised their turnover tally to
60 in three games. Bobby Crawford was 0-for-
5 from the field, setting the pace for the bench's
grand total of four points (all from Saint-Jean).
Ray Jackson whiffed all four of his foul
shots. In addition, he caused several turnovers
himself with his risky dishes (and I'm not talk-
ing about the green ones in the back of the
fridge).

Dugan Fife got clocked in the face and in
seconds looked like he'd been sitting in Bob
Uecker seats too long.
"I took a charge and as (the Tulane player)
passed, his elbow came up and hit me in the
nose," said Fife, who will have x-rays today.
Almost simultaneously, Rose got a techni-
cal he claims resulted from a miscommunica-
tion with a referee.
"He said he gave it to me for talking, (but) I
was cheering Ray on," he said.
Swan Lake it wasn't.
Somehow, though, it's hard to stay mad at
those tongue-wagging, alley-oop prone Wolver-
ines. Even though they blow leads like candles on
a birthday cake, their fans hang with them.
And they're right back on their feet scream-
ing approval when Rose jams to avenge his
earlier technical, then risks another.
When they do things right, the ulcerous

moments sweating out a seven-point squeaker
over Cleveland-esque teams are forgotten.
Last night, Rose poured in 28 points. Howard
snagged 13 boards. Jimmy King made smooth
drives to the hole look as easy as a true-false
communication final.
And while the Green Wave halfcourt press
sometimes made the men in maize turn red, for
the second time in two games Michigan won
because of its God-given ability. As Fisher said
after the Cleveland State game, "We out-tal-
ented them tonight."
After making it to two straight NCAA cham-
pionship games, the Wolverines are not likely
to believe that talent can only get you so far.
How much farther can they go?
When asked if he was worried about coming
out flat the first half, Rose replied, "We were
winning, so I was happy."
As long as they continue, so is everyone else.

TULANE (69)
FO FT REB
MIN M-A M-A OT A F PTS
Honeycutt 35 8&18 3-4 1-6 2 4 22
Hartman 28 3-10 1-1 3-3 1 4 7
Perry 14 2-5 0-0 2-2 1 4 4
Williams 32 2-10 0-0 2-4 4 3 5
Lewis 18 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 0 2
Allen 16 4-6 1-2 0-1 0 0 9
Simmons 24 4-8 0-0 1-2 2 2 9
Cameron 22 4-9 0-3 1-1 3 2 9
Jackson 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Childs 9 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 2
Totals 200 29-72 5-10 1529 1621 69
FG%: .403. F .500. Three-point goals: 6.24,
.250 (Honeycutt 3-9, Williams 1-6, Cameron 1-5,
Simmons 1-2, Lewis 0-2). Blocks: 5 (Childs 2,
Cameron, Honeycutt, Lewis). Steals: 11 (Williams
4, Simmons 3, Hartman, Honeycutt, Lewis,
Perry). Technical Fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (84)
FO FT REB
MIN M-A U-A 0-T A F PTS
Jackson 33 4-6 0-4 1-6 3 3 8
King 36 7-9 0-0 0-3 4 1 15
Howard 35 8-15 5-6 2-13 2 3 21
Fife 28 2-3 3-4 0-3 2 2' 8
Rose 40 9-11 8-14 2-7 4 3 28
Saint-Jean 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 4
Crawford 16 0-5 0-0 0-1 3 4-0
Derricks 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 200 32-52 16-28 939 1817 84
FQ%: .615. FT% .571. Three-point goals: 4-10,
.400 (Rose 2-3, Fife 1-2, King 1-2, Crawford 0-2,
Jackson 0-1). Blocks: 5 (Jackson 3, Howard,
King). Steals: 10 (Crawford 2, Fife 2, Jackson 2,
Rose 2, Howard, King). Technical Fouls: Rose.
Tulane .........27 42 - 69
Michigan.......38 46 - 84
At: Crisler Arena; A: 13,022 (paid)

a~es~wimmers .take on world-class field at Canham

By DARREN EVERSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Top swimmers from around the
world will compete this weekend at the
U.S. Open Swimming Championships
at Canham Natatorium.
The Open has served as a
steppingstone to making the U.S.
Olympic Team.
Since its inception in 1985, nearly
half of the Americans who have won
individual events here have become
Olympians.
Among the Wolverines scheduled
to compete is junior Alecia Humphrey,
the 1993 Big Ten Swimmer of the
Year. The Poughkeepsie, N.Y., native
is looking to use this meet to gauge her

progress this season.
"I'm just trying to work harder this
year, so I've been training pretty hard
so far," she said. "I've swam faster this
season than ever before, and (the Open)
will just set me up for how I'm going to
do at the NCAAs and at nationals."
Humphrey also said that she and the
other Wolverines competing this week-
end will have an advantage because
they are swimming in their own pool.
"We had Big Tens here last year,
and it's really good because then there
are people in the stands watching you
and cheering for you, and you're com-
fortable," she said. "You don't have to
worry about eating at weird places or
food you don't like, stuff like that."

Michigan will also be represented
by Anne Kampfe and Lara Hooiveld.
Hooiveld, from Australia, was the
1993 NCAA Swimmer of the Year,
while Kampfe won the 200- and 400-
meter individual medley (IM) events at
last year's Open.
To better suit foreign athletes and
American collegians, achange has been
made intheformatofthisyear'sOpen.
This year's meet will be short
course, meaning that a 25-meter pool
will be used instead of the standard
long-course 50-meter distance. This
change means that every winning time
will set a U.S. Open record.

The meet consists of approxi-
mately 800 swimmers competing in
14 individual events and three relays.
Events start today, with the prelimi-
naries beginning at 10 a.m. and finals
for those events at 6 p.m.
The schedule follows the same for-
mat tomorrow. Saturday's preliminar-
ies also begin at 10, but the finals get
underway at 5p.m. due to coverage by
cable network TNT.
Today's events include men's and
women's competition in the 50, 400,
and 4x200 freestyle. Other races in-
clude the 200 backstroke and IM, and
the 100 breaststroke.

ow MICHEILLE G~UY
The Wolverine swimmers will get a chance at national exposure this
weekend. TNT will broadcast Saturday's U.S. Open finals from Canham.

Namesnik, Wouda, Dolan eye battle in U.S.

By BRETT JOHNSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
The United States swimming world
will be focusing its collective eye on
nn Arbor this weekend as Michigan
osts the 1993 U.S. Open swim meet.
The three-day event, which starts
today at Canham Natatorium, includes
some of the United States', and world's,
top male and female swimmers. It also
provides the chance for the Michigan
teams to compete against tough compe-
tition early in the season.
In addition, the competition will be
the first major short-course meter event
*eld in the United States. Normally, the
Olympic-size 50-meter pool is used for
meter-distance meets, but a 25-meter
pool will be used this weekend.
"Since this is the first time we've
ever had a meet in short-course meters,
everybody will be doing their best

times," Michigan coach Jon
Urbanchek said. "It will be a new
experience. Only Europeans have
competed in these races in the past."
The men's side of the competition
looks to be very strong as it brings in
five 1992 Olympians as well as some
of the United States' up-and-coming
swimmers. This should provide the
weekend with some exciting swims.
The mostexcitement could come in
the two individual medley (IM)events
where three former or current Michi-
gan swimmers should battle for the top
spots. Junior Marcel Wouda, freshman
Tom Dolan and former team member
Eric Namesnik all have a chance to
claim victory in both events.
Wouda comes in as the NCAA run-
ner-up in the 400-yard IM and is
Michigan's top returning IM'er. Dolan
finished second in the 400-meter IM at

the Pan Pacific championships this sum-
mer. However, both will have to keep
up with Namesnik, who was the 1992
Olympic silver medalist in the 400 IM.
The backstroke events will alsopro-
vide a strong field. Michigan's Royce
Sharp comes in as the American record-
holder in the 200 backstroke, and Jeff
Rouse, a Stanford graduate, currently
holds the 100 backstroke world record.
These two should clash in the 200.
Rouse will also have to compete with
an outstanding high school swimmer,
Derya Buyukuncu, in the 100.
"They'll be some very good races
with Rouse and a high school kid
(Buyukuncu) from California in the
100," Urbanchek said. "Buyukuncu

Open finals
is the high school record holder in the
100-yard backstroke. And in the 200
(meter backstroke), Royce and Rouse
should collide head on."
Other top U.S. swimmers who are
competing include 1992 Olympian
Roque Santos and high school senior
and Stanford recruit Scott Claypool.
As for Michigan, Urbanchek sees
the event as an intermediate step in the
training regimen.
"We're not (resting the swimmers)
to the point to do outstanding perfor-
mances," Urbanchek said. "Nobody's
prepared well enough to do their best
times. (We're) just setting some goal
times, some times for 'ourselves' to
do."

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