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Blue scores win over 'chippy' Bucks
Icers' 6-4 road victory overshadowed by rowdy play, 'ridiculous' fans

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - A chippy Ohio State squad
and an NCAA-record crowd of 17,343 fans
proved to be an aggravating combination for the
Michigan hockey team on Friday here in Value
City Arena.
The Wolverines' 6-4 victory over the Buckeyes
was overshadowed by poor sportsmanship and an
obnoxiously rowdy crowd.
With about 10 minutes to go in the third period,
freshman Mike Cammalleri sent a pass in the front
of the net to Andy Hilbert on a 5-on-3 power play.
Hilbert flipped the puck over Ohio State goalie
Ray Aho for the Wolverines' sixth goal of the
game.
As the Michigan team celebrated what would
be its final goal of a terrific evening for the power
play, the Buckeyes were quick to jump all over the
Wolverines - literally.
While Hilbert was celebrating his second goal
of the evening, a Buckeye checked sophomore
Mike Comrie into the boards behind the net.
Sophomore Jeff Jillson, who said he was "trying

to defend his teammates," reacted by fighting with
Ohio State's Jean-Francois Dufour. Both combat-
ants were given game disqualifications, and will
sit out this Saturday's rematch at Yost Ice Arena.
The rowdy behavior leaked from the rink up to
the stands, where fans started throwing Yoo Hoo
beverages onto the ice.
Two fans made obscene gestures to Michigan
coach Red Berenson and the players, and one
climbed on the glass and reached into the
Wolverines' bench, grabbing sticks and throwing
them onto the ice.
"They were littering our bench with all sorts of
debris," said junior Dave Huntzicker, who was try-
ing to defend the bench from the fans. "One kid
tried to get in our bench and security took a while
to get there so we had to fend for ourselves. It was
kind of ridiculous. I wished they had realized it
was getting out of hand both on and off the ice."
The game took on a rowdy tone throughout, as
Michigan and Ohio State regularly exchanged
shoves in the first two periods.
The first goal of the night was scored short-
handed by junior Geoff Koch, taking the

Wolverines into the break leading 1-0. Goaltender
Josh Blackburn dished the puck out to Koch, who
took it down the ice and fired it between Aho's
legs for the goal.
The Buckeyes tied the game a minute into the
second period. And after worrying all week about
the play of his power-play unit, Michigan coach
Red Berenson was reassured a few minutes later.
Koch started a scoring frenzy with the second
Michigan goal of the game.
Michigan's power-play unit would score on four
out of 11 power plays opportunities.
"If you have that many power plays and you
score on the first couple, you start to get confi-
dence," Berenson said.
Freshman Jed Ortmeyer took that momentum,
scoring 50 seconds later.
But the Buckeyes' rough-style of play would
get to the Wolverines as the two teams started
exchanging words and building up penalties.
'The 3-1 lead didn't stand for long. The
Buckeyes would take the momentum into
See BUCKEYES, Page 4B

DANA LiNNANE/Daily
Freshman Jed Ortmeyer and the rest of the Wolverines took a tough victory from Value City
Arena Friday, defeating a scrappy Ohio State squad, 6-4.

Colderw..
former team
Gymnasts notch first Big Ten win
By Rohit Bhave
ySports Wnter
by the outstanding performances ojunior Tim Dehr on
pommel horse, sophomore Scott Vetere on sill rings and senior
Lalo Haro on the high bar, the Michigan men s gymnastics
tean romped Iowa Saturday night, 2282. 2S
The Wolverines did not disappoint the 778 fans who braved
the frigid Ann Arbor night to witness the defending national
champions dominate the first three events and post seen per-
sonal bests.
After Michigan's solid showing on the floor exercise, Tir
Dehr kicked off the Michigan hit parade on the pommel horse.
The junior turned in a career best in the event.
4ichigan coach Kurt Golder was impressed by Delr's show-
ing, a performance he attributes to the junior steadiness and
confidence. "I have tremendous confidence in his ability to hit,"
said Golder, who was an assistant coach at lowa before coming
to Michigan four seasons ago.
As a team, the Wolverines did very well on the event, notch-
ing a 39.1 - their best showing ever on the pommel horse.
See GYINASTS, Page 6B

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Foul

play

Hawkeyes too much
for Michigan, 83-78

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
IOWA CITY - Michigan knew it
had its hands full with Iowa's Dean
Oliver, Jacob Jaacks and Rob Griffin
of Iowa.
The Wolverines shut down the
slasher Oliver - check. They
blanked big man Jaacks in the first
half - check. But Griffin, who
scored 29 points against Minnesota
and only six the next game at Penn
State, re-discovered his shooting
touch, leading Iowa to an 83-78 victo-
ry over Michigan Saturday night at
Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Griffin netted 20 points, and shot
4-for-6 from behind the 3-point arc to
break the Hawkeyes' four-game los-
ing streak. Unusual suspects Duez
Henderson and Ryan Luerhsmann
added 14 points to offset Michigan's
shutdown of Oliver and Jaacks.
"If you take care of Jaacks and
Oliver you feel like you have a chance
to win, but the other guys stepped up
big," Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe
said.
Remember Minnesota? Things on
Saturday began just like the early
whipping Michigan received in
Minneapolis. Ice-cold weather on the
road spelled another ice-cold start for
the Wolverines, with Iowa jumping to
a quick 12-5 lead. But when Jaacks
left the game with his second foul
with 18:02 left in the first half,
Michigan center Josh Asselin used it
to his advantage.
"Josh was good offensively,"

Ellerbe said. "We wanted to go right
at Jaacks and go inside, and we still
didn't do enough of it. We should
have used (Asselin) up until we
couldn't get anything else out of him.
He should have had more than 13
attempts" from the field.
Asselin finished with a season-
high 22 points and 11 rebounds. But
foul trouble kept the Michigan guards
from complementing the inside-out-
side package.
Freshman Jamal Crawford picked
up three fouls and had to leave the
with 13:02 left in the first half. Four
Wolverines picked up at least two
before intermission.
But fool trouble in the first half
didn't deny freshmen Kevin Gaines
and LaVell Blanchard, as the duo
helped Michigan build a 41-29 lead
with 3:33 remaining in the half.
Gaines hit two consecutive
jumpers, followed by an eight-point,
one-and-a-half minute blitz by
Blanchard, completing a 12-2 run.
The half wouldn't end for
Michigan quickly enough, however,
as Iowa cut the lead to seven before
the break.
Michigan tied the contest at 76
with 2:41 left in the game, thanks to
two Asselin free throws.
But free throws led to the
Wolverines' eventual demise.
Junior Brandon Smith missed two
straight foul shots with Michigan
down four and 42 seconds remaining,
which turned out to be Michigan's
See HAWKEYES, Page 4B

JOANNA PAINE/Daily
Michigan State's Greg DeGrand defeated Jason Rawls 3- on
Sunday, ending the dual meet in an 18-18 tie.
Grapplers xed
By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
Cliff Keen Arena reached higher level oftn (ion 'nd antic-
ipation yesterday with each passing mach in ih duw wrestling
meet between No. 9 Michigan and No. II Michigan State,
Jltimately, both sides went home somwn -s'tis ied.
Perhaps it was the incursion of Michgan tae htns that got
the juices flowing. Maybe the second meeting beween two
i ed rivals caused the collective aniet [ in any case,
Ihigan fed off the adrenaline and escaped to ie the Spartans,
18-18, despite having two fewer rinked wrii s r: in th, lineup.
"I was proud of the way my guys c'me o.t and wrstled.
They wrestled hard," Michigan coach Joe Mcltirland said. "It
was a great dual meet, and a little ittersweet."
Without the services of injured superstars Joe Warren and
Otto Olson, the Wolverines had to scratch and la f or every
point. Since each team won five matches. it was important that
the top stars for each team attain extra points.
1l-American 184-pound sophomore Andy [Irovat recorded
1 point fall. Freshman Mike KuleIycki a so turned in a key
win for Michigan against junior ('orey Poey. his fourth straight
Ottory since coming back from a kn i injry.
"He's undefeated since he's 1i n hel end h's a great
Wrestler," McFarland said. "VIe works raly hard and I like see-
ing him have that kind of success."
But Michigan's ability to avoid extra point losses kept them

AP PHOTO
Leon Jones (0) had five points and four fouls in Michigan's loss to Iowa Saturday. The Wolverines
fell to 3-2 in Big Ten play.

Women overcome tough haf distractions for win

By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan women's basketball coach
Sue Guevara compared yesterday's 82-
78 victory over Iowa at Crisler Arena
to the film, "The Good, The Bad and
The Ugly."
"The ugly was the first half,"
Guevara said. "The bad was the dis-
tractions we had this week with the
injury to Alayne Ingram and the sus-
pension of Ruth Kipping. And the
good was the second half."
Michigan struggled out of the gates
yesterday, turning the ball over 13
times and attempting just 21 shots in
the first half. In the final seven min-
utes of the half, the Wolverines made
just one field goal, a LeeAnn Bies tip
off of a missed Stacey Thomas jump

and took 10 more shots from the field.
The Wolverines were also able to cut
down on. the sloppy play around the
basket that left them five points behind
at the break. Michigan was uncharac-
teristically outrebounded by Iowa, giv-
ing up 11 first half offensive boards to
the smaller Hawkeyes.
In the second half, the Wolverines
utilized their size and athleticism, dri-
ving the ball to the basket and drawing
fouls. Thomas and Bies both set or tied
career marks in free throws made by
sinking 12 each from the charity
stripe.
Bies' performance was especially
key for the Wolverines with sopho-
more forward Ruth Kipping out due to
suspension. The freshman stepped up
off the bench to play the extra minutes,

see what's going on out there first to
get a feel for the game. Then I can go
in there and contribute."
The key to the turnaround may have
been some choice words from Guevara
in the lockerroom at halftime.
"She definitely got us motivated,"
Thomas said. "She was hooting and
hollering and stomping her feet. She
wanted us to be mad at her and take it
out on Iowa."
Thomas stood out as the player of
the game for the Wolverines, scoring a
career high 32 points to go with eight
rebounds and three steals. In one four-
minute stretch halfway through the
second half, Thomas took over the
game, scoring I1 of the Wolverines' 13
points.
The offensive spurt was a key in the

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