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Men's basketball
vs. Arizona
Tomorrow, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
The Palace of Auburn Hills



Women's basketball
vs. Ihinois-Chicago
Today, 6 p.m.

The Michigan Daily Tuesday;Noember 29, 1994 Page 8
Wolverines smack High Five America with 95-83 loss

Emotion is key to future success
Daily Basketball Writer
With about three and a half minutes left in last night's exhibition
against High Five America, Maurice Taylor gave the Michigan men's
basketball team exactly what it needed - some emotion.
Taylor drove to the basket from the baseline and finished with a dunk
that brought the crowd and his teammates to their feet, and for the first time
this season Crisler Arena exploded with noise.
It was a welcome change for a Michigan team that hadn't really looked
like a Michigan team through three previous games and an exhibition.
The Wolverines had appeared too businesslike at the Maui Classic last
week, a far cry from the Michigan
teams fans have become
accustomed to seeing.
Part of the reason may have
been that the team's five freshmen
were playing tentatively, afraid to
make a mistake.
Wolverine coach Steve Fisher
told his youngsters to play last
night's game without worrying about making a mistake or being taken out.
He told them to just play basketball, and it showed.
With 7:30 remaining in the game, High Five America held a 69-65 lead.
After Tayor finished his drive from the baseline Michigan was ahead 81-
73. In between, Maceo Baston dunked, Travis Conlan hit a three-pointer,
Jerod Ward dunked, and the entire group made defensive plays.
And it was all done with the team's senior leaders, Jimmy King and Ray
Jackson, on the bench. Fisher left this game to his newest players - and
they got the job done.
That is not to say, however, that the freshmen are ready to inherit this team
because they aren't. That fact was best stated by High Five coach Rie Nichols.
"(The Wolverines) are still really finding themselves," he said. "They
are still very, very, very early in their development."
Michigan is going to need King and Jackson to step up soon if it is going to
win games. How soon? The Michigan plays No. 9 Arizona tomorrow night.
Fisher still needs to find a rotation that he's comfortable with. In his attempt to
play the freshmen as much as possible last night, Fisher had the Wolverines looking
like the Soviet hockey teams of the eighties, changing players five at a time.
This Michigan basketball team still has a long way to go, but it took a
major step forward last night.
The Wolverines broke out of their shells, had some fun and played with
emotion. All of which may well equal wins down the road.

Freshmen score 70 as Blue rolls


Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan men's basketball
team played its final exhibition game
last night, defeating High Five America,
95-83. The Wolverines led throughout
most of the contest, but struggled to put
their opponents away until the very
The game was marred by some
questionable decisions and an alarm-
ing number of turnovers, but there were
some obvious positives for the Wol-
This was Michigan's final exhibi-
tion game of the year and perhaps gave
onlookers a glimpse into a promising
future. Freshmen combined for 70 of
the Wolverines' 95 points.
Forward Willie Mitchell had his
best performance to date, scoring 8
points and adding 5 rebounds in the
first half to get the Wolverines off to a
fast start.
But with all that the freshman did,
sophomore guard Bobby Crawford is
deserving of most of the attention.
Crawford entered the game with
14:11 remaining in the first half, mark-
ing the end of a surprisingly shortreha-
bilitation process. Crawford was origi-
nally expected to return from a knee
injury sometime in mid-December.
Similarly to OlivierSaint-Jean, who
overcame a knee injury to play for the
Wolverines last Monday against
Tulane, Crawford's efforts sparked
Michigan on both ends of the floor.
"He played a month earlier than I
thought he would and looked like he'd
never been away," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "He did well. He

gave us some quickness when he came
Fisherexperimented toward the end
of the game, placing Michigan's fate in
the hands of Crawford and a rotating
combination of four freshmen. The
youngsters responded by pulling away
from their opponents in the final four
minutes while providing fans with the
most exciting stretch of play of the
young season.
Taylor and Maceo Baston brought
the crowd to its feet numerous times
with several powerful dunks. Baston
led Michigan with 18 points and 9
"We showed that we can put a team
away," Taylor said. "We played well
together. We dominated for a stretch
because of great defense. We got easy
baskets on the other end."
High Five America, an AAU orga-
nization, came into the game with a 10-
7 record, recording victories against
Pac-10 teams Southern Cal, Califor-
nia, Washington andOregon. High Five
America also defeated Utah, who the
Wolverines squeaked past in the con-
solation game of the Maui Invitational,
High Five America was led by
former Colorado guard Steve Wise and
former Arkansas State forward Jeff
Clifton. Wise was on fire from 3-point
range, hitting 7 of 14 from beyond the
line. Wise led his team with 24 points.
Michigan has one day off before it
faces Arizona in the Great Eight festi-
val at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Last
season the Wildcats beat the Wolver-
ines, 119-95-Michigan's worst loss
of the year.

Maceo Baston attempts to dunk over Harold Boudreaux in last night's win
over High Five America. Baston led all Michigan scorers with 18 points.


Ilnois-Chicago next for

Daily Basketball Writer
The next seven days will set the
tone for the women's basketball team's
season. Michigan plays four non-con-
ference road games beginning tonight
in the Windy City against Illinois-Chi-

The Wolverines (1-1) hope to
bounce back from their second-place
finish at the Cyclone Classic in Iowa
last weekend. In the tournament, Michi-
gan defeated Georgetown, 75-62, but
fell in the championship game to We-
ber State, 77-68.
The win was the firstin 1994 for the

Wolverines. Michigan hadn't won since
Dec. 29, 1993, when it beat Oral Rob-
erts. The Wolverines also beat Illinois-
Chicago, 83-78, last season in the two
teams' first-ever meeting.
Wolverine coach Trish Roberts got
good production from her freshmen in
their collegiate premieres in Iowa.
Molly Murray and Tiffany Willard were
named to the Cyclone Classic All-Tour-
nament team. Murray averaged 10.5
ppg, 4.0 rpg and shot 53 percent from
the field. Willard totaled 17 points and
17 rebounds in the two contests. 6-
foot-3 center PollyannaJohns, Semelda
Elverton, Akisha Franklin, Maritza
DuBois and Shauna Sikorski also saw
action over the weekend.
Michigan's veterans also performed
well. Sophomore guard Amy Johnson
led the team, averaging 16.5 ppg, 6.0
rpg and 4.0 assists. Silver Shellman
had impressive statistics in the
Georgetown game: 13 points, eight
boards, six assists and five steals. Jun-
ior Jennifer Brzezinski had double fig-
ures in points and rebounds in both
games and six steals against Weber
The Flames (0-1) dropped their sea-
son opener to Oral Roberts, 67-61,
Saturday. Illinois-Chicago is coming
off a 12-16 overall record last season
and a fifth-place 9-9 record in the Mid-
western Collegiate Conference. Senior
guard Penny Armstrong leads three
returning starters from that squad.

Clifton 37 7-21. 7-8 59 2 3 22
Colbert 25 5-10 2-2 5-7 1 4 12
Boudreaux 23 4-9 0-0 1-6 0 4 8
Thomas 34 2-5 4-8 1-2 9 1 8
Wise 33 7-16 3-4 0-3 2 2 24
McIntyre 17 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 0
Robinson 14 4-8 0-2 2-3 0 2 9
Barefield 8 0-2 0-0 1-1 2 0 0
Edwards 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 200 29-74 16-24 17-38 1618 83
FG%: .392. FT% .667. Three-point goals: 9-24,
.375 (Wise 7-14, Robinson 1-3, Clifton 1-4,
Boudreaux 0-1, McIntyre 0-1, Thomas 0-1).
Blocks: 0. Turnovers: 22 (Clifton 6, Boudreaux 4,
Wise 4, Thomas 3, Barefield 2, Colbert 1,
Edwards 1, Robinson 1). Steals: 11(Clifton 3,
Thomas 3, Boudreaux 2, Colbert, Robinson.
Wise). Technical Fouls: none.

Jackson 17 0-3 1-2 0-1 4 1 1
Taylor 21 7-9 0-0 1-5 3 3 14
Baston 23 89 2-4 3-9 2 4 18
Fife 16 1-1 0-0 0-2 3 1 2
King 16 59 1-2 0-3 0 1 12
Ndiaye 17 2-3 0-0 0.1 0 1 4
Mitchell 21 8-13 0-2 5-6 3 2 16
Conlan 22 2-4 2-2 0-4 1 1 7
Ward 24 5-15 4-8 1-4 2 3 15
Crawford 22 2-2 1-2 0-5 3 2 6
Morton 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 40.68 11-22 12-43 2119 95
FG%: .588. FT%:.500. Three-point goals: 4-15,
.267 (Ward 1-4, Conlan 1-3, King 1-3, Crawford 1-1,
Jackson 0-2, Mitchell 0-2 ). Blocks: 2 (Morton,
Taylor). Turnovers: 25 (Ward 5, Baston 4, Taylor 4,
Conlan 3, Jackson 3, Mitchell 3, Fife, King, Ndiaye).
Steals: 7 (Baston, Conlan, Crawford, Jackson, King
Ndiaye, Taylor). Technical Fouls: none.


High Five....... 38 45 - 83
Michigan.........41 54 - 95
At: Crisler Arena; A: 9,025

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8. FriaCollins named team
10. Cincinnati
11. Maryland From Staff Reports
12. Arizona State Michigan quarterback Todd Collins was named winner of the Louis B. Hyde
13. Wisconsin Award as the Most Valuable Player of the 1994 football team. He accepted the
14 Ohionhonor at the 74th annual Michigan Football Bust yesterday at Laurel Manor in
14. Livonia.
15. Minnesota "Todd Collins has been a great leader," Michigan coach Gary Moeller
16. Connecticut said. "Nobody has worked harder than he has all season. It is a great honor
17. Michigan for him to be selected by his teammates."
18. Michigan State Collins earned the Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award as well.
19. Georgetown That honor is awarded to the senior with the highest grade point average.
20. Georgia Tech Collins, a two-time member of the Big Ten All-Academic team, has a 3.19
20 WaGe For echGPA while majoring in political science.
21. Wake Forest Three other awards were handed outlast evening: Linebacker Steve Morrison
22. Syracuse won the Roger Zatkoff Award (top Michigan linebacker), Ed Davis, the Robert
23. Virginia P. Ufer Bequest (Bob Ufer Award for Spirit) and Jon Runyan won the Hugh H.
24. Villanova Rader, Jr. Memorial Award (top offensive lineman).
25. New Mexico State Others receiving accolades for this season include cornerback Ty Law and
kicker Remy Hamilton. Both earned places on the Walter Camp All-American
first team.

Catherine DiGiacinto and the Wolverines take on Illinois-Chicago today.
DiGiacinto had six points and 10 rebounds in the win over Georgetown.

Sailing team warms up to international competition at California tourney

Daily Sports Writer
While most students were giving
thanks for family, friends and food this
past holiday weekend, members of the
Michigan sailing team traveled to Cali-
fornia foraweekend of sun and sailing.
The Goodwill Regatta took place
in Newport Beach, Calif. between
American and Japanese collegiate
sailing teams. Michigan placed 18th

out of 34 teams. The top three teams
were Navy, Kingspoint and Tufts.
Aside from sailing the sunny seas
ofthe Pacific, the Wolverines took part
in the opening ceremonies, trophy din-
ner and festival activities. Michigan
team members also participated in a
gift exchange with the Japanese teams,
a tradition of Goodwill competition.
The regatta extended the Wolver-
ines' season, as the conditions in Cali-

fornia were better than those in the
Midwest and East Coast this holiday.
The sailing team began preparation for
its year-round season before classes
began in the fall.
"We sail pretty much until things
freeze over and we start up again
when things thaw, usually March-
ish," junior Andie Pocze said. "But
now that we (went) to California,
our season (was) extended."
Michigan's club team competes
against varsity programs from across
the country. On the East Coast, which
has a host of varsity sailing teams, the
level of competition reflects this inten-
"At Tufts, for example, sailing

'As a racing sport on
the collegiate level, it's
not really something
you walk into.'
-Luke Raymond
Michigan sailing team
is a varsity sport with Division I
standing," sophomore Luke
Raymond said. "The rest of the
sports at the school compete in Di-
vision II."
College-level sailing - regardless
of the division - requires experience
and knowledge of the sport. Though

Pocze said that there are no require-
ments to join the Michigan team, her
background, as well as Raymond's, re-
veals years of experience on the water.
"As a racing sport on the collegiate
level, it's not really something you
walk into," Raymond said. "A lotof the
kids sail all of their lives.
"I started sailing when I was about
a year old, and I've grown up on the
water. A majority of the great sailors
are from California or Florida where
they can sail all year round."
Raymond contrasted collegiate
competition with club and individual
"Collegiate courses are smaller
than normal races," he said. "They
try to get around 15 races each day
with an hour break for lunch."
Michigan competes with "A" and
"B" teams at the regattas. "The A
a R tamc, coaildifferent dnihlje-

handed boats," Raymond said, "so
this makes the race more interesting
because we don't race at the same
At most regattas, teams go through
a boat rotation to eliminate any advan- *
tages that may be in the boats. Success
is also dependent on weather and crew
"Good conditions vary for every-
one," Raymond said. "Some people
prefer to sail in heavier air and others
(prefer) lighter air."
A crew will be successful in colle-
giate competition if members have good
instincts. Assessing what the skipper is
thinking and wants is a skill achieved
through constant time in the boat with
the skipper.
"Skipper - crew relations are super
important to do well in racing,"
Raymond said. "One is no more impor-
tant than the other."

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