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Sorts Monday Trivia
In 1977, the NBA, NFL, NL and
AL rookies of the year all had
the same initials. Name them.
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports Monday

'M' Sports Calendar
Athlete-of-the-Week
Fraternity IM Standings
Q&A
Gill Again
Men's Basketball
Ice Hockey
Women's Basketball
Swimming
Football Recruting
Gymnastics

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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday

January 28, 1991

Wolverines succumb to Illini,

72-67

Andy
Gottesman
Gotta Love It
Michigan shoots itself
into Big Ten slump
When you sit down before a Michigan
basketball game, munching on a Crisler Death Dog
and perusing a program, you might come acrossY
one of those statistics that seems really obvious.
"Well, of course a team shooting under 50
percent will lose most of its games," you think.
But in Michigan's case, that statistic is
becoming a glaring standard of the team's failure ' a
to simply put the ball in the hoop.
First, let us imagine we are sitting in our seats d
before the Minnesota game this coming Thursday. _ .. .
Here is what we would see: r
In all games, Michigan is shooting 45 percent
from the field. In Big Ten matchups, the
Wolverines are hitting on 43.1 percent of their ..
attempts. And it's not that any one player is
responsible for the dearth of good shooting. Two
players - Rich McIver and Freddie Hunter, who
have taken 34 and nine total shots, respectively - :
50 pIllinois guard Brooks Taylor dribbles around Michigan gJENFER D Et
See GoTTESMAN, Page 4 Calip in the Wolverines' Saturday loss.
Freddie and the Thirteen

Second-half fouls
seal Michigan defeat
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Basketball Writer

2nd place
Icers
sweep
Bulldogs
by Jeni Durst
Dil Sprs tWriter

Something was afoul in Michigan's 72-67 Ic
Illinois Saturday. The Wolverines opened theg
with a 14-4 run before the officials called time
That wasn't all they called, as Michigan ama
costly fouls throughout the remainder of the gam(
While producing most of the offense,
Wolverine backcourt bore the brunt of the c
Michael Talley posted 15 points and five assist:
fouled out with :32 remaining in the game. Likes
Demetrius Calip sank a team-high 25 points,
committed four fouls.
Fellow guard Kirk Taylor's fourth foul 8:48
the second half put Illinois in the bonus. Sl
after, the Illini took a 59-57 lead - their first c
game - on two Larry Smith bonus free throws
"I felt our defense was good, but we fouled
much at the end," said Michigan center Eric i
who finished with four fouls of his own. "Fos
throughout the whole game really hurt us."
The other element that hurt the Wolverines (2
the Big Ten, 9-9 overall) was Smith. The 6-fool
senior exploded for 28 points and 10 rebounds,
commanded the Illini comeback with 22 seconc
points.
'y "Smith had a tremendous ballgame," Illinois (
See ILLINOIS, Pa
Wolverine

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Walk-on provides
spark for Michigan
by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer

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The story.of Michigan walk-on Freddie Hunter
becoming a starter in one season appears magical and
mysterious. It has been made out to sound like a
Hollywood script: Hunter was playing basketball one
day and a coach approached him and said, 'I can make
you a star.'
But in reality, Hunter had to exhibit a lot of
dedication and patience in order to make it to the 'Big
Show.' The upward climb didn't come over night and
it required work at both the academic and athletic end.
Three years ago, Hunter found himself on
Michigan's Dearborn campus after academic problems
checkered his first semester on the Ann Arbor
campus.
His life seemed to be losing direction. The two
goals he had set when he graduated from the
University of Detroit Jesuit High School - to
graduate from Michigan and play college basketball
-- seemed completely out of reach.
Coach Bill Frieder and the rest of the Michigan
basketball team had never heard of him. After all, he
only averaged 8.8 points and 7.6 rebounds his senior
year in high school. Not one recruiter came to his
door.
But more important to Hunter was his education.
He wanted to attend Michigan, even though he had a
better chance of playing at a lesser academic
institution.
Yet, his academic life was also in turmoil. He
lived in Bursley Hall on North Campus his first year.
Too often, he stayed on Central Campus, away from
the books, playing video games and basketball at the
various recreation centers.
What makes Hunter so special is the fact that he
didn't give up on either account. He knew all along
that he had the intelligence to make it academically,
and he had the athletic ability to make the basketball
team.
That summer, Hunter changed. He grew up and
learned how to manage his time.
"I bore down and became more disciplined as a
student," Hunter said. "It taught me a lot. Nobody's
going to do what you need done except for yourself.
See FREDDIE, Page 4

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - Just
before the third period of Saturday
night's game at Ewigleban Arena,
Ferris goaltender Pat Mazzoli tripped
and fell coming onto the ice. The
rest of the Bulldogs then fol-lowed
Mazzoli's lead, dropping two
conference games to Michigan in
Big Rapids and falling even further
behind in the Central Collegiate
Hockey Association rankings.
The Wolverines (19-4-3 CCHA,
22-5-3 overall) narrowly escaped the
bite of the Bulldogs (12-7-5, 18-7-5)
Friday night, 3-2, but came out with
strong Saturday, manhandling Ferris
5-1.
The Wolverines were plagued
with problems in the first game. The
Bulldogs blasted out of the gate early
in the first period when Ferris' Jeff
Jestadt caught a rebound off of
Michigan goalie Steve Shields in
front of the net and slammed it
straight past the Wolverine netmind-
er for a power play goal.
Jestadt's strike was similar to the
rest of the game as the Bulldogs
continued to outshoot the Wolver-
ines and batter the Michigan defense.
"I just wasn't pleased with our
overall defensive effort (Friday)
night; our overall defensive work
ethic," Michigan coach Red Beren-
son said after tallying his .500 career
victory. "We didn't execute and we
gave up too many three-on-twos, we
gave up a couple of breakaways. We
just didn't play like the team we
proved we were last weekend (against
Bowling Green)."
But Ferris remained unsuccessful
in converting on all but two of its
shots due to the tenacious effort of
the rookie Shields, allowing individ-
ual offensive efforts by center Brian
Wiseman, defenseman Patrick Neat-
on, and center Jim Ballentine to grab
the advantage in the game. Shields
rejected 31 of Ferris' shots-on-goal,
while his only two lapses came
during the Bulldog man-advantage.
"The big factor in (Friday's)
game was Steve Shields and the way
he played," first-year leftwinger Cam
Stewart said. "He kept us in there.
There were a lot of times when they
had great scoring opportunities and
he just stoned them."
On Saturday, Shield's work ethic
infected the remainder of the Michi-
gan squad. The Wolverines came out
with a greater focus and intensity,
holding the Bulldogs scoreless until
eighteen minutes and two seconds
into the third period when the
nation's leading goalscorer, Rod
Taylor, slipped one past Shields on a
power play.
The defensive squad was far more
effective, limiting Ferris to only 44
attempted shots, and not a single
shot in the second period until nearly
12 minutes ticked off the clock.
"I thought our team played a
much better game defensively,"
Berenson said. "We ended up having
to kill I don't know how many
penalties in the game. Overall it was
See FERRIS, Page 5

Fan favorite Freddie Hunter (third from right) with five of his Seven Dwarfs. SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
Next Hunter is probably not on IM horizon

by Ken Davidoff
Daily Sports Writer
With the success on this year's
Wolverine hoop team of past in-
tramural basketball superstar Freddie
Hunter, the natural question to ask is,
"Why don't we see this more often?
Why is it that Hunter's success as a
walk-on is such a rarity?"
The sobering reality is that for every
Freddie Hunter who fulfills his wildest
dreams, there is a multitude of athletes
whose aspirations of scoring the
winning touchdown or tabulating the
go-ahead goal are unrealized.
Jamie Cohen, a Michigan senior
who led his Chi Phi football team to
the Fraternity A championship this

year, had hopes of running the Maize
and Blue offense when he first arrived
on campus three years ago. A quarter-
back for his Harrison, N.Y., high school
team, Cohen experienced success but
received little notice from recruiters.
His father, hoping to catch the eye
of unsuspecting teams, prepared a te~n
minute highlight film and sent it to 25
different schools. There was significant
interest by some colleges, and Cohen
was both delighted and shocked when
he received a call from Michigan
recruiter Fritz Seyferth.
"Michigan was the last school I
heard from, and the last one I expected
to hear from," Cohen said. "I came out

here and talked to some of the
coaches, and they offered me the
chance to walk-on."
Cohen only practiced with the team
for two weeks before he was informed
he would not make the cut. "It was a
little more than I expected," he
admitted. "I guess it just wasn't in the
cards. I gave it a shot - I took football
as far as I could go."
At first, Cohen was disappointed
that he had not tried honing his football
skills at a less competitive school than
Michigan. Now, as a senior, "I have no
regrets. I came here to be a student.
I'm just pretty happy to have gotten the
See LONG ODDS, Page 3

Wrestlers go 1-1 over weekend

by Eric Sklar
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team
finished a grueling stretch of
competition (five meets in seven
days) by falling to fourth-ranked
Iowa State (25-10), before defeating
Northwestern (31-9).
The Cyclones visited Cliff Keen
Arena on Friday night in what
looked to be a good matchup of two
nationally-ranked teams. However,
Iowa State jumped out to an early
11-0 lead over the Wolverines (9-4)

lose hurt us psychologically as
much as anything else.
"When we lost those first three,
including two that we really thought
we had a chance to win, it put us in
a hole," he said.
Sophomore James Rawls (142)
then brought the Wolverines back
with a 6-0 decision over Shawn
Rustad, but the Cyclones proceeded
to pull away, winning the next three
matches. Iowa State's Torrae Jack-
son (150, ranked No. 3) and Steve
Hamilton (158, ranked No. 2)

Later in the bout, at the closing
of the second period, Iowa State
coach Jim Gibbons exploded after
what he considered a bad non-call on
a potential takedown by the referee.
He lost his temper, throwing a roll
of tape onto the mat and getting in
the referee's face. The official
penalized the Iowa State team two
points.
Another team point was taken
away during the 177-pound bout
when Gibbons again argued with the
referee. However, the point deduction
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