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SPORTSMonday Trivia
Who holds the longest unbeaten
streak in CCHA history?
(Answer, page 2)

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Inside SPORTSMonday
'M' Sports Calendar 2
AP Basketball Top 25 2
HockeyTop 10 2
Indoor Track 2
The R.H. Factor 3
Men's Gymnastics 3
Tyrone Wheatley 3
Women's Basketball Preview 4-5
Hockey 6
Men's Basketball 7

Superior Michigan drains Lake St.

In the Michigan hockey team's
locker room, there is a large maize
sign that reads across the top: "Teams
we owe."
For anyone who follows college
hockey, it should come as little sur-
prise that the name atop that list is
Lake Superior State.
But what exactly do the Wolver-
ines owe the Lakers? Michigan coach
Red Berenson's 9-27-3 record vs. Lake
State heading into the weekend might
account for some of the debt.
Never having beaten the Lakers in
postseason tournament play has cer-
tainly added to the ledger. The Wolver-
ines' nightmarish 10-0 loss at Sault
Ste. Marie two seasons ago still lin-
gers as a liability in the minds of
many veteran Michigan players.
Consider the debt paid, at least for
Michigan sent the Lakers (9-6-0
CCHA, 15-7-0 overall) home reeling,
defeating them 4-3 Friday in an over-

time thriller and 5-2 Saturday. With
their first-ever season-series sweep
of Lake Superior, the Wolverines
(15-0-1,20-1-1) expanded their lead
to an unheard-of 13 points over the
Lakers in the CCHA standings. The
victories also effectively quashed
any slim hopes the Lakers had for a
regular- season title coming into the
"(Sweeping them) is a big accom-
plishment for our team," Berenson
said. "We've gotten better and we
think we're at the same level as their
program. To win all three games was
a real victory for Michigan."
But according to the Yost fans in
attendance Saturday, Michigan was
anything but at the same level as Lake
State. The crowd belted the Lakers
with chants of "overrated" in the third
period, slander that was sweet music to
the ears of at least one Wolverine.
"It made us feel great," captain Brian
Wiseman said. "We heard it down at
the Palace from Wisconsin fans and
it's not a good feeling."

In Friday night's contest, no such
chants were heard, though. In fact, it
was Wiseman who had to quiet a Lake
State team that had erased a 3-1 deficit
to send the game into overtime.
The winning play started innocu-
ously enough when senior David
Oliver poke-checked the puck away
from a defender on the left boards in
the Laker zone. Jason Botterill then
picked up the puck and slipped a
backhanded pass to Wiseman on the
left circle who promptly buried it high,
glove side on Blaine Lacher.
"There wasn't a player around,"
Wiseman said. "I wanted to go stick
side low to begin with, but then I was
hoping he might go down."
And down he did go, at least for
long enough only to graze Wiseman's
shot with his glove on its ascent to the
top left corner of the goal. A mob
celebration followed in the stands and
on the ice.
A mere seven minutes earlier in
See HOCKEY, Page 6


Wolverine captain

Brian Wiseman scores Michigan's second goal Friday evening against Lake Superior at Yost.

King-sized comeback
for 'M' in heartland AP

Without Sharp; Michigan
tankers split on West Coast

IOWA CITY - Iowa's single-
digit temperatures seeped through the
walls of Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sat-
urday, infecting the cold-shooting
Wolverines. But the hot hands of
Jimmy King helped them overcome
the elements and beat the unranked
Hawkeyes, 71-70, in the last 10 sec-
"I feel badly for the Iowa
Hawkeyes," coach Steve Fisher said.
"They probably deserved to win."
King's three-pointer from 25 feet
with :07.1 remaining swished to put
Michigan (2-0 Big Ten, 10-2 overall)
on top.-
Just before letting go of the ball,
"My heart stopped," King said.
When asked if he was glad to be
put in the clutch position, King re-
sponded, "Definitely. When the game
is on the line, you just have to have the
confidence that you'll bury it.".
After the shot, the stunned
Hawkeyes (0-2, 6-5) took possession
with seven seconds left. Sophomore
forward Russ Millard hesitated, froze,
then threw up a late desperation shot
just as the buzzer sounded.
* Iowa had one timeout remaining,
but did not use it.
"It showed our inexperience on
that particular play," said subdued
Iowa coach Tom Davis.
"We weren't really sure what was
going on," said junior guard Kevin
Skillett, who missed the back end of a

one-and-one with just :46 remaining.
A medium-range jumper by Rose
made the score 69-67 in favor of Michi-
gan with 34 ticks on the clock. Just after
Iowa inbounded the ball, Wolverine
sophomore Dugan Fife swatted it, caus-
ing it to bounce off the head of Skillett
and out of bounds.
With 27 seconds left, Michigan
took possession. King drove to the hole
and was fouled, and then missed his
first shot. He made the second, to bring
the Wolverines within one.
Junior Jim Bartels was intention-
ally fouled by Bobby Crawfordwith 18
seconds left. He missed his second
shot, and the Wolverines took over.
Eleven seconds later, the Michigan net
was swayingfrom King'swinningbas-
A swarm of blue jerseys celebrated
at midcourt as a dejected Hawkeye
squad headed not to post-game festivi-
ties, but into the frigid Iowa winds.
The first half saw the compara-
tively searing Iowa offense plow
through a drift of Wolverine mistakes
and mishaps to claim the lead at mid-
game, 44-27.
The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 7-
0 lead, and it wasn't until the 16:44
mark that King broke the streak with
a short jumper.
After seven Michigan turnovers
in the first five minutes, the team's
frustration began to show.
Jalen Rose received a foul - his
See IOWA, Page 7

The Michigan men's swimming
team came up "sixes" when it rolled
into Los Angeles this weekend. How-
ever, six of one was not half-a-dozen
of another.
Friday afternoon's dual meet with
UCLA, tied at No. 6 in the nation,
kicked-off the New Year in grand
fashion for the Wolverines. The 134-
108 victory was the unofficial end of
the Wolverines' winter training trip,
most of which was held in Colorado
Springs, Colo.
The next day Southern Cal, also
rated No. 6, toppled Michigan, 160-
138. The loss was the Wolverines' first
in a dual meet since the first weekend
of 1993 season against Stanford.
However, Michigan competed
against the two Pac-10 powers with a
handicap, which in Michigan head
coach Jon Urbanchek's opinion,
greatly hampered the team.
"We lost the meet (against USC),
but not because we didn't swim well,"
he said. "There were a couple holes in
the lineup, big ones."
Sophomore backstroker Royce
Sharp did not swim in California be-
cause of eligibility problems,
Urbanchek said. Sharp said a decision
on his status is expected sometime this
Because of Sharp's absence, as
well as the early point of the team's
season, Urbanchek was not concerned
with the loss to Southern Cal.

"This has no bearing (on the rest
of the season)," he said. "We really
weren't concentrating on anything.
We were just trying to get some com-
Michigan enjoyed success in most
of the events other than the back-
stroke, especially at UCLA's Men's
Gym Pool. Michigan won every other
swimming event, with the exception
of the 200-yard butterfly and the 400
freestyle relay. Two Wolverines were
double event winners Friday. Fresh-
man Tom Dolan finished first in the
500 and 1,000 freestyles, and junior
Gustavo Borges won the two sprint
freestyle events, the 50 and 100.
A sweep of the top three spots in
the 500 freestyle put Michigan in the
lead for good, after trailing the Bruins,
85-83, prior to the event.
Although UCLA's David Fleck
won both the one- and three-meter
diving events, Michigan's diving
corps took the next three spots in both
events. Senior Eric Lesser was the top
Wolverine in the three-meter event
and sophomore Alex Bogaerts was
second overall on the one-meter board.
The absence of Sharp was evident
Saturday as the Trojan's took the top
three spots in both the 100 and 200
backstrokes. Jason Stelle won both
events. Stelle and diver Brian Earley
were the only double event winners
for USC.
Three Michigan swimmers won
See LA., Page 2


Michigan's Jimmy King charges down

court during Michigan's 71-70 win.

All alone on the court

itting amongst the vacant
seats at Crisler Arena on a
cold December day, with
the thud of basketballs dribbling
down the court and the squeak of
high tops resonating in the
background of another early season
practice, junior Shimmy Gray
pondered another moment in this
gym not so long ago.
It was just last spring that Gray
was faced with a turning point in
her college basketball career - a
moment of desperation.
With five seniors graduating
from the 1992-93 women's
basketball team, and Tannisha
Stevens and Rhonda Jokisch out for
next season with injuries, the
burden of fielding a basketball team
rested upon the shoulders of Gray, a
sophomore at the time.
Three high school standouts -

Junior Gray leads rookies

first time someone had rapped for me
on a visit."
Apparently, it worked All three
eventually took to her beat and
signed with Michigan.
This moment was only the first
of many for Gray - the lone junior
on the 1993-94 squad - who has
been forced into the role of team
leader, a position many would not
have thought she was once capable
of filling.
But as the oldest player on a
team comprised of five freshmen and
a sophomore, Trish Roberts and the
rest of the coaching staff are
depending on the 6-foot-1 forward
to push the freshmen in practice and
guide them on the court.
What has made Gray's job even
more difficult is that she re-injured
her kneecap in the first exhibition
game against the Slovenia National
Team back in November. While
only returning to the court two

Weary women cagers
suffer pair of defeats

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on both ends of the floor," Indiana
coach Jim Izard said. "Our defense
was just very solid and we shot the
ball extremely well. This is my 22nd
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