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Women's Basketball
vs. Ohio State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Men's Basketball
vs. Illinois
Tomorrow, 1 p.m.
Crisler Arena

Friday,January 25, 1991

Page 10 nj

Jeff Sheran

Hoosi

ers defeat Blue,
Indiana pulls away in second ha

Mature play makes IU
loss easier to swallow
The only thing missing from Michigan's 70-60 loss to Indiana at
Crisler last night was the Energizer rabbit. Both teams, for the first 30
minutes at least, kept going and going and going.
An electrified crowd greeted Bobby Knight and his Hoosiers with the
customary static, so much so that at game's end, Knight engaged in a
verbal donnybrook with an overzealous fan.
But no off-court affairs could diminish the hustle that an inferior
Wolverine squad displayed in losing to the nation's No. 3 team. Freddie
Hunter, whose walk-on status is a gross underestimate of his locomotive
pace, had been igniting Michigan with his feisty play. Last night, the
Wolverines took Hunter's cue and started their own ignitions.
Tony Tolbert provided Michigan with a tremendous lift off the bench.
Tolbert, whose scoreboard nickname is "Dogg," showed no signs of
dogging it in his 16 minutes, in which he posted 13 points.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher looked to the trigger-happy sophomore
at several points in the game, usually after Indiana increased its lead
sizably. Trailing, 20-13, in the first half, Tolbert brought his playground
intensity onto the court. And the energy level in the arena rose.
Fast-break dunk... Three pointer... With 6:41 remaining in the half,
Michigan took a 24-22 lead, and Tolbert had given the team what Fisher
had hoped he would - offense.
He also provided the Wolverines with some gratuitous fouls; maybe
his energy level was a little too high. But fouls played a large role in
securing a Wolverine defeat, and Tolbert wasn't the sole cause of that
problem.
Yet when asked what he learned most from the game, Tolbert re-
sponded: "Patience."
James Voskuil also sparked the Wolverines. Fisher lauds Voskuil as
one of the team's top outside shooters, but at 6-foot-7, the junior forward
proved he wasn't afraid of the paint.
After Hunter snagged his fifth foul, Fisher inserted Voskuil to defend
the low post. He replied with a block, a steal, a few rebounds, and solid
defense.
What did he learn most in his 23 minutes on the court?
"I learned to be patient."
The trend in responses indicates that while the Wolverines played
aggressively - stealing, rebounding, blocking and, yes, fouling - they
played intelligently as well.
Their .defense was their best this season, and despite a .429 shooting
percentage, their shot selection was respectable. Rather, Fisher knew
what did his team in.
"We need not to have those six or seven minute lapses," he said.
Indiana's smallest lead of the second half was three points, when it
led, 51-48, with 9:35 remaining in the game. The Hoosiers then went on
a 15-6 run that sealed the game with 3:44 left to play.
But while those lapses assured a Wolverine loss, the growth that this
young team exhibited in trying to find a balance between hustle and pa-
tience, between fast and slow, was irrefutable.
The players seemed to enjoy the game more than ever. Like his hus-
tle, Hunter's "Baby New Year" smile seemed to have rubbed off on his
teammates as well. And when they enjoy the game, they're bound to
take home more than a loss when it's over.

by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
Like two school kids, Michigan
and Indiana matched each other
shot for shot during the first 30
minutes of last night's game.
Something woke the nation's third
ranked team, though, as the
Hoosiers dominated the game's
remaining time and cruised to a
70-60 victory.
Following a Freddie Hunter tip-
in, the Wolverines trailed, 53-50
- but they never got that close
again. Sleeping Hoosier superstars
Eric Anderson and Calbert
Cheaney came to life. They com-
bined to outscore the entire Michi-
gan team 10-2 over the next two
minutes and the Wolverines never
recovered.
"In the latter 10 minutes of the
second half, we could break out
from a really close ball game," In-
diana coach Bobby Knight said.
"We got a little better movement
inside and did a better job getting
the ball inside. We just outscored
them."
"Indiana started to muscle us
inside," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "We felt sorry for our-
selves and you can't do that
against a good team. We need to
not have those six or seven minute
lapses. The thing that you have to
try and do against an Indiana is not
give them lay-ups out of conver-
sion and we gave them one in the
first half and they got a handful in
the second half."
As the Hoosiers, playing with-
out an injured Damon Bailey
(thigh bruise) took control of the
game, the Wolverines didn't help
themselves by self-destructing both
offensively and defensively. Their
tough interior defense finally
caved in when Hunter fouled out,
and the rest of the front line ap-
peared to tire. And the offense lost
control.
"We made some crucial mis-
takes in crucial times," Michigan
guard Michael Talley said. "Bad
shot selection and crucial
turnovers - we made those mis-
takes at the wrong time."

70-60
lf
bucket."
The second half began much
like the first had ended - with In-
diana on fire. Sophomore forward,
Greg Graham scored the Hoosiers' i
first 11 points, as they opened up,
six point lead.
"It's just a matter of me playing
hard and pacing myself," Graham
said.
"Greg Graham had a grea4
game," Fisher added. "When oth
ers are shut down, somebody's got-
to rise up."
Michigan, with the support of-
13, 609 pom-pom waving fans
stayed close. The Hoosier leads
didn't pass eight, and the Wolver-
ines pulled to one with just over 10
minutes left - but following
Hunter's tip-in, Michigan never got
close again.
"We have to use the positiveZ
things ... and not have the lapses'
and play as hard and as well de-
fensively against Illinois," Fisher'
said. "And I think we've got a.
good chance to beat them."
The Illini (12-6 overall, 2-3 Big"
Ten) venture into Crisler Arena..,
tomorrow following a brutal 89-55
loss to Ohio State in Columbus '

KENNETH SMOLLEH/Dat
Indiana's Chris Reynolds drives to the hoop against Michigan guard
Michael Talley during the first half of last night's game. The Hoosiers
pulled away in the second half to down the Wolverines, 70-60.

Saturday.
MICIGAN (0)
am M Fr R A PF TP
Hnmhff 2-2 0-0 7 1 5 4
Taylor 4A 02 6 1 3 9
Riley 149 00 382 4 2
Calif 1015 0.1 5 0 4 21
Taley 2.9 0.0 1 1 1 4
Vakuil 27 0.0 2 0 1 5
Tlbott 5-10 1-2 1 1 2 13
Mkitcell 01 00 4 0 1 0
McIve 1-2 0-0 2 0 0 2
Pelinka 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Tods 27.63 1-5 41621 60
3. Talley 0.3. Taylor 1-4 ) F G%- .429. 3-pt FG%-
.3S7 FM ..200 BWk.: 5(Riley3, Hunter
Voila&l 1). Tumobva: 17. Steals: 4 (Talley 2.
Vskuil 1.Tolbet 1).
INDIANA (70)
&avir Fr R A PP TP
(loeamy 7-14 3.4 12 20 17'
Cuham0 8-11 3-5 3 1 2 19
Anda.on 5-14 5-5 10 2 3 15
faes 5-9 1-2 3 5 1 12
Meeks 1-2 3.4 0 4 3 5
(JrahaMP 0-2 00 0 1 1 0
Reynlds 1-2 04 0 1 2 2
Noar 0.1 0-0 0 0 1 0
Lawson 0.0 0-0 1 0 0 0"
Kniighxt 0.0 060 0 0 0 0
Ttals 27-55 15-24 31 16 13 m

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The Hoosiers had led since the
outset. They rode a balanced scor-
ing attack to a seven-point advan-
tage half-way through the opening
period. However, Michigan turned
its defense up a notch and Tony
Tolbert's insertion into the lineup
sparked the Wolverine offense.
"A good defense is a good of-
fense. Any game we go into, that's
our focus," Hunter said.

Tolbert scored five quick points
and a lay-up by Kirk Taylor gave
the Wolverines their only lead, 24-
22. The Hoosiers, playing up to
their national ranking, finished off
the half strong, 33-28.
"I felt we had to play in the
first half in a way not to let the
game get away from us," Knight
said. " (Eric) Riley made it tough
for us to do things around the

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The Office of Minority Affairs
is hiring for spring and
summer positions in the
Student Leader
Development Program.
Applications are located at 1542 Fleming
Building. Please come and fill one out.
Application Deadline is
February 4.
All applicants are welcome and
work study students are
encouraged.
For more information, call Fred Klein
at 936-1055.

Women cagers welcome,.
Buckeyes and Hoosiers

by David Schechter
Daily Basketball Writer
Despite a 1-4 Big Ten record,
the women's basketball team has
not lost its confidence heading into
this weekend's home games
against Ohio State and Indiana
University.
Michigan coach Bud Van-
DeWege isn't jumping to any early
conclusions about his team's ninth-
place standing in the Big Ten. "I
think our confidence is still at a
good level," VanDeWege said.
"The team still believes in itself
and isn't about to worry how it
started."
After dropping two games last
weekend, one of them to nation-
ally-ranked Purdue, the next few
weeks on Michigan's schedule ap-
pear to be much more benevolent.
Both the Hoosiers and the Buck-
eyes are off to slow starts, locked
in a five way tie for fifth place (2-
3 Big Ten).

Tonight's opponent, Ohio State,
should prove to be the easier of the .:
weekend games. Anchoring the,
Buckeyes is sophomore Averilf
Roberts, last year's Big Ten Fresh-
man of the Year. Although their
overall record is unassuming (5-"-
10), the Buckeyes are no stranger..
to success after receiving a bid to
the NCAA Tournament seven
years in a row.
Sunday, the Hoosiers make
their way to Ann Arbor with the
same lineup as last year. At this
point, Indiana is only two games'
away from matching last season's
total number of victories. 1t
starters have been playing together
for two years now and are
beginning to click.
VanDeWege has often been*
forced to the go deep into his
bench because of foul trouble and
several players have benefited
from increased playing time - es-
pecially the rookies.

JOSE JUARE
Senior guard Carol Szczechowski drives the lane against Wisconsin
earlier this season. Michigan hosts OSU and Indiana this weekend.

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