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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 4, 1994

HOCKEY
Continued from page 10
Despite their lack of scoring in
recent games, the Wolverines have
suffered only one defeat in the con-
ference. Most of the credit for the
team's stellar record goes to goalie
Steve Shields, the reigning Defensive
Player of the Week in the CCHA.
Shields has a 2.31 goals against aver-
age, tops in the nation.
"Shields has been playing incred-
ibly lately," Daniels said. "The best
thing we can do is work hard to get
rebounds."
Michigan played both of these
teams earlier in the season with posi-
tive results. The Wolverines beat the
Bulldogs, 5-2, in Big Rapids Nov. 6
in one of the more hard-fought con-
tests of the season. Michigan swept
the Golden Flashes in Kent Dec. 10
and 11 rather easily, winning by scores
of 6-2 and 5-2.
Ferris State senior John Gruden
leads all CCHA defensemen in scor-
ing with 10 goals and 16 assists.
Gruden, the Bulldogs' leading scorer,
has two shorthanded goals. Right wing
Timf Christian is a close second with
10 goals and 15 assists.
Daniels is concerned about his
team's ability to score against the
Wolverines.
"Because Michigan is really noted
for their offense, peoplettend to over-
look their defense," Daniels said.
"They play excellent defense. We play
a tight-checking game, but they play
a tight-checking game as well."
Kent is led by junior center Claude
Morin, who leads the team with 24
points, and right wing Dean Sylvester,
who has 10 goals and 11 assists.

Wrestlers look to climb
out of Big Ten basement

By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
The past two months have been
complete opposites for the No. 15
Michigan wrestling team.
Unfortunately, the Wolverines did
not have the same success in January
that they did in December.
Michigan rose to a No. 4 national
ranking with a strong performance at
the Las Vegas Classic in early Decem-
ber. But the dual meet portion of the
Wolverine season hasbeen a disap-
pointment for the team, thus far.
Michigan (0-3 Big Ten, 5-5 over-
all) has lost five of its last six dual
meets and resides in the conference
basement.
The Wolverines have the oppor-
tunity to vacate this position with
victories tonight against Ohio State
and tomorrow night against Purdue.
Both matches are slated to start at
7:30 p.m. at Cliff Keen arena.
The injuries which have plagued
the team are partly responsible for
Michigan's current slide.
Sophomore Jesse Rawls, Jr.has
been out of action since Jan. 18 with
a bruised knee and is listed as doubt-
ful for this weekend's matches.
"We haven't won a matchat 177
since Jesse's been out of the lineup and
we need a win," Michigan coach Dale
Bahr said. "I think with him in the
lineup we have an excellent chance of
winning at 177 in both meets.
"But if we don't, we're going to
be struggling teamwise again because
we can't put enough numbers on the
board to (win) the way our first three
or four wrestlers have been wres-
tling."
The Wolverines are also short-
handed at the 126-pound weight class.
Freshman Brandon Howe is out for
the season with a torn anterior cruci-

ate ligament.
"It's tough anytime you lose
somebody from your lineup," senior
All-American Steve King said.
"We've just got to regroup. Hope-
fully, we can improve and work
harder."
At first glance, it appears that Ohio
State and Purdue are just what the
doctor ordered for Michigan to get
back on the winning track. Both teams
come into the weekend with losing
records of 1-2-1 in conference play.
But a second look shows that
both teams are going in the opposite
direction of the Wolverines.
Sunday, the Buckeyes beat third-
ranked Penn State, 22-12, and tied
the Boilermakers, 18-18. Michigan
lost at Penn State, 29-15, Jan. 15.
"Both (matches) are going to be-
really tough duels," King said.
Ohio State is led by Dunyasha
Yetts (142), who is 25-3 on the sea-
son and ranked fourth nationally in
his weight class.
Two of Purdue's wrestlers are
ranked in the Amateur Wrestling
News poll. David McCubbins ranks
10th at 177 pounds anal Tony Vaughn
is seventh at heavyweight.
One of King's two losses this sea-
son came at the hands of Vaughn in the
finals of the St. Louis Open, Nov. 20.
"This is going to be the big match
against Purdue," Bahr said. "This is
going to be a big rematch for Steve
and I'm sure he would like to get that
one back."
Despite the team's recent slide,
Bahr said that the opportunity for a
strong finish to the regular season
and a good post season remains.
"The attitude of the team is good,"
Bahr said. "It's not like the kids are
falling apart. We just have to get
back on the winning track."

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Junior Rick Willis, above, and his Michigan teammates will attempt to break out of their recent scoring slump
against Kent and Ferris State at Yost Ice Arena, tonight and tomorrow, in CCHA conference play.
Knight gets reprieve from conference

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -
Indiana coach Bob Knight demands
discipline from his players. Some-
times, he fails to get it from himself.
Amid the coaching accomplish-
ments of three NCAA championships,

11 Big Ten titles and an Olympic gold
medal, policemen have overshadowed
the outcome of a game.
On Nov. 21, he was ejected from
an exhibition game with Athletes In
Action after accumulating two
technicals. He was suspended for one
game in December by Indiana after a
verbal exchange with Hoosier fans
who booed him to express their dis-
pleasure over his allegedly kicking a
player-his son, Pat Knight- when

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he made a turnover.
The Big Ten said yesterday it
planned no further discipline against
Knight for the latest incident, which
some observers believe was a tool to
motivate a team that was struggling.
"There will be no action," Big Ten
assistant commissioner Mark Rudner
said. "It was a game situation, man-
aged according to the rules calling for
bench decorum. Our office will re-
ceive a report from the officials. He
was ejected and that's going to be it as
far as we're concerned."
"I thought it got the crowd into
it," Ohio State coach Randy Ayers
said of the ejection.
Ohio State's Lawrence
Funderburke is no stranger to
Knight's temper. The former Indiana
player left the team after six games as
a freshman when Knight threw him
out of a practice.
"That was a little ploy, what he
did, sort of to motivate the team and
the crowd," Funderburke said.
"When I was here he would leave
practice, and that made us work that
much harder in practice."
The Hoosiers certainly went to work
after their leader left the court Wednes-
day night. Trailing 49-38 moments
after Knight was ejected with 15:32 to
play, the Hoosiers responded with 10
consecutive points in a 2:07 span.

MSU
Continued from page 10
Big Ten games. That's incentive to
try harder. I at least want to go out of
here with a Big Ten title and an NCAA
title."
Howard, who denied getting caught
up in the rivalry, does notneed to donate
much more effort than he did against
the Boilermakers, when he registered
17 points and 17 rebounds.
Michigan will need his ability to
hit the boards, as well as significant
contribution from the other four start-
ers. The Spartans dominated the glass
in the first contest, 40-27.
While the rebound battle may be

foremost in Heathcoate's mind -
having declared that "the game will
be won on the boards" - the bench
may provide the Wolverines with the
ultimate advantage. Fisher will look
to Olivier Saint-Jean to provide key
minutes, as the freshman swingman
has done lately.
"The guy who has become most
confident substituting is Olivier," Fisher
said. "I can give him a longer rope."
Saint-Jean chipped in eight points,
one shy of his career best (against Ari-
zona), while providing a solid effort on
the defensive end against Purdue.
"He's shown he can play great de-
fense," Howard said. "This is a time
when we will start to need him to play."
One of Fisher's regular subs who
may not be seeing any game action is
Bobby Crawford. The freshman guard
has missed two consecutive games
with a fractured right hand and will be
re-examined today.

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