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Dolan, Marshall receive accolades
Michigan swimmer Tom Dolan and gymnast Wendy Marshall were
named the Big.Ten Athletes of the Month in their respective sports.
Dolan qualified for the U.S. Olympic team, winning three events at the
Olympic trials last weekend. Marshall was named the 1996 Big Ten
Gymnast of the Year after leading the Wolverines to their conference
record-tying fifth consecutive league title Saturday.

April 2, 1996



Wildcats squeeze

Fans thank
the champs
ft John Lerol
Daily Sports Editor
For all those who didn't get in
enough cheering at Riverfront
Coliseum, or weren't able to make
the trip to Cincinnati, yesterday
was a chance to applaud the 1995-
96 Michigan hockey team one last
And that's just what they did.
Hundreds offans screamed, waved
flags, and sang "Hail to the Vic-
tors" at a pep rally at Cliff Keen
Arena to celebrate the Wolver-
ines' national championship.
The program was rather short,
but those who wanted to speak
had their fair share of time.
"You have to know for the 26
years I have sat behind the micro-
phone at Yost and at the old coli-
seum," said the ever-popular voice
of Yost Ice Arena, announcer Glen
Williams, "by CCHA and NCAA
regulations, I could not be a cheer-
leader. Today, I want to be."
But there were'more fans there
than just Williams. Take basketball
coach Steve Fisher, for example,
who dropped in to enjoy the party
his team threw seven years ago.
University President James
Duderstadt had a chance to speak,
commending the hockey team for
its hard work and determination.
"I am happy to convey my con-
gratulations and, beyond that, my
pride to this year's national cham-
pions," Duderstadt said.
The most stirring speeches,
however, came from the players.
Although it was obvious none of
the Wolverines who reached the
podium had taken any forensics
classes, their parting words were
surprisingly emphatic.
"I can't even begin to put this into
words," said senior forward and
CCHA scoring leader Kevin Hilton.
"After the game, I was in the locker
room. I was sitting there watching
everybody cheering.
"I was the only guy crying and

Kentucky grabs NCAA
title with 76-67 win
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) cuse coachJ
- Kentucky has its first national tucky made
championship in 18 years, the one it when theyI
was supposed to win all season. senior and a
The Wildcats got it with a 76-67 Delk, vote
victory over Syracuse last night, a finished wil
loss that earned the Orangemen the championsh
respect few gave them going in. 3-pointers. T
The sixth national title in school 12 3s, critic
history, second only to UCLA's 11, 2-3 zone. K
came through the scoring of senior onship gam
Tony Delk and freshman Ron Mercer. Syracusep
And, of course, the famed pressure They took o
defense and the ability to use college Mercer ca
basketball's deepest roster. 20 points, a
"We're a little bit like the Green deep Kentu
Bay Packers," Kentucky coach Rick importantt
Pitino said. "The entire state of Ken- the Wildcat
tucky owns our basketball team." pressure; Sy
Kentucky's rich tradition starts with turnovers, 1
the sport's winningest coach, Adolph semifinal w
Rupp. Under "The Baron," the Wild- John Wa]
cats won four titles from 1948 to 1958. turned to sc
He won 876 games and lost 190 over NBA last ye
42 seasons. and 10rebo
Joe Hall was the coach when the But he le
Wildcats won it all in 1978 and the he fouled o
program is the winnigest in the his- Kentucky le
tory of college basketball with 1,649, The blow
two more than North Carolina. pected look
Syracuse, a 14-point underdog, has ity when D
the most NCAA tournament victories 11:12 left g
without a title. A 36th NCAA win lead, theirla
would have meant a first national point less tI
championship. Now, this Syracuse But the O
team joins the one-point losers to In- 12-3 run an
diana in the 1987 championship game play got the
in sustaining the most bitter defeats in left.
school history. "They sh
"We knew it would be tough," Syra- and guts," P


Jim Boeheim said. "Ken-
a couple of great plays
had to. Delk is a great
a great player."
ed the outstanding player,
th 24 points and tied the
ip game record with seven
The W ildcats finished with
al in cracking Syracuse's
entucky tied the champi-
e record for 3s by a team.
played only three reserves.
ne shot and did not score.
ame up with a career-high
ill but six of the points the
cky bench provided. More
the extra bodies enabled
s to keep up the defensive
yracuse finished with 24
9 more than it had in the
in over Mississippi State.
[lace, the senior who re-
hool rather than enter the
ar, finished with 29 points
ft the game in tears when
ut with 1:06 to play and
eading 72-67.
vout that most people ex-
ed like a distinct possibil-
elk's four-point play with
ave the Wildcats a 59-476
argest of the game and one
han the point spread.
rangemen came up with a
nd Wallace's three-point
m within 62-58 with 7:58
howed tremendous heart
Pitino said.

Senior Mark Sakala (above) signs autographs for the last time as a Wolverine yesterday at a pep rally at Cliff Keen
Arena. Senior captain Steven Halko (below) holds the NCAA championship trophy while being intervetwed on television.

I didn't know why - I was happy
and, at the same time, I was sad to
be leaving such wonderful people."
"There was nothing like singing
'Hail to the victors 'my last time as
a Wolverine," captain Steven Halko
Even the usually reserved Red
Berenson had a little excitement
left over from Saturday.
"I'm so proud of this team, so
proud of this program, so proud of
the school, the fans, the band and .
everything that's gone into it," said
Berenson, who won his 300th game
in Saturday's national champion-
ship. "That's something that was
reflected on the ice this year, and
you're going to see it again next

M' baseball tied for conference lead after split

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
After a six-game winning streak pro-
pelled the Michigan baseball team to a
first- place tie in the Big Ten, the squad
headed to Bloomington looking to stay
step ahead of the rest of the league.
The Wolverines (6-2 Big Ten, 8-15
overall) didn't gain any ground, but
they did split their four-game weekend
series with Indiana, keeping pace with
conference co-leader Ohio State.
Michigan split with the Hoosiers on
Saturday, and then rain halted Sunday's
action in the third inning of game one.
When play resumed yesterday, the break
seemed to hurt the Wolverines more
than it helped them, as Indiana turned a
3-2 lead into a 6-2 win.
Sophomore Mike Hribernik (1-3)
started and took the loss for Michigan,
lasting just two and one-third innings

while giving up four runs. Freshmen
Luke Bonner and Pete Martay also saw
action on the mound.
The Wolverines managed just five
hits off Hoosier pitcher Brian
Partenheimer, who struck out six in a
complete game effort. Michigan's Mike
Cervenak doubled, walked and scored
once to lead the meager offensive at-
Indiana's Matt Braughler continued
his weekend-long feast on Michigan's
pitching, collecting three more hits. The
senior finished the series 7-for-13 with
two homers against the Wolverines.
In the nightcap, Michigan pitcher
Mark Temple carried the Wolverines to
a 4-2 win, giving up just three hits in a
complete game gem. The senior struck
out three and walked just one, improv-
ing his record to 3-3. Even Braughler
had trouble with Temple-the Hoosier

catcher struck out once and managed
just one hit.
The Wolverines' offense was far from
intimidating, though - it picked up
just five hits against Indiana's Ryan
Graft, who also threw a complete game.
Three Hoosier errors helped Michigan's
Michigan vs. Indiana
Game 1: Indiana 6, Michigan 2
Game 2: Michigan 4, Indiana 2
Last Saturday
Game 1: Indiana 7, Michigan 6
Game 2: Michigan 6, Indiana 3

With little offense to speak of-- of
the six runs scored, two were earned-
the game lasted just an hour and 45
Kelly Dransfeldt and Derek Besco
paced the Wolverines with two hits
apiece, and each scored a run as well.
The win kept Michigan in a first-
place tie for the Big Ten lead. Ohio
State, also 6-2 in the conference, took
two from Michigan State Sunday, 5-4
and 16-0. The Buckeyes and Wolver-
ines are each a half-game ahead of
Illinois (5-2), whose game with Penn
State was rained out Sunday.
Michigan is next in action Wednes-
day against Michigan State. The game,
scheduled to begin at 4p.m., will be the
inaugural event for Lansing's
Oldsmobile Park, the new home of the
minor league Lansing Lugnuts.

Kentucky players
mob the court in
jubilation after
Syracuse, 76- 67.
The win gave
Wildcat coach
Rick Pitino his
first-ever national
title. Kentucky
foward Tony Delk
tied the record
for most 3-
pointers in a

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