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Friday, February 1, 1991
Calip bombs 'M' a win
Michigan finds life at close to down Gophers
by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
The current state of the Michigan
hockey program is like a poorly
washed window: lots of streaks.
Dating back to the Great Lakes
Invitational, the Wolverines have
won ten straight games. Along the
way, the Maize and Blue have rattled
off eight consecutive victories away
from the friendly confines of Yost
Both of those strings will be on
the line this weekend when the
Wolverines head south to the tropi-
cal climates of Columbus, Ohio, to
take on the Buckeyes in a two-game
The series may be a preview of
coming attractions, of sorts. If the
season ended today, Michigan would
face Ohio State in Ann Arbor in the
first round of the CCHA playoffs.
When a team mired in seventh
0place in a conference tries to match
up with the second-place team, the
results are usually comparable to the
SAT math scores of Bart Simpson
and Euclid. However, the Buckeyes
have a habit of bringing Michigan
down to their level of play. In their
previous meeting, Ohio State forced
the Wolverines to settle for a 5-5 tie
in the first game.
The bottom line in sports is
winning and losing, and for the
Buckeyes, the distinction between
the two lies in their own last line of
defense, goaltender Mike Bales.
Bales is the workhouse of the league
between the pipes, playing in all 24
of his team's games.
"When they win, it's because
(Bales) has had a real good game for
them," Michigan coach Red Beren-
son said. "I think it will be impor-
tant that we get to him early."
The Wolverines hope to regain
the defensive consistency which
eluded them last weekend, when they
swept Ferris State despite a sluggish
performance in the first game.
''We've got to get in the groove,"
defenseman Mark Sorenson said. "If
we're going to play well, we've got
to start Friday night. I think it's just
a matter of everybody being fo-
It's not likely that Berenson will
be doing any endorsements for the
Columbus Travel Bureau in the near
future. The Wolverines did not win
in the OSU Ice Rink last season, and
the complaints about the playing
conditions in Columbus have be-
come an annual tradition.
The Wolverines are on the tail
end of a string in which five out of
six games have been on the road, but
Berenson doesn't see any signs of fa-
"We didn't have a real tough
week, so we'll be ready," Berenson
said. "We're into a road-trip mental-
ity, and it's not like we've been
gone for a whole week."
For Michigan, who has already
clinched home-ice advantage for the
first round of the CCHA playoffs,
there may not seem to be anything
left to play for, but this team has
not ever lowered its sights in terms
of setting goals.
The Wolverines are currently
ranked fourth in the nation, and
should they hold on to that ranking,
they could earn home-ice advantage
in the NCAA tournament. The
possibility of a first-round bye in the
national tournament is also dangling
in front of the streaking Wolverine
"That could be one of the rewards
for playing really well between now
and the end of the year," Berenson
said. "I think what we do, not only
in the rest of the season, but in the
(CCHA) playoffs, will have a bear-
ing on that."
by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
With 1:40 left in the game,
Minnesota had a slight three point
lead over Michigan. Someone needed
to step up and hit the big shot for
the Wolverines. The most likely
candidate: senior captain Demetrius
The guard did just that as he
nailed two straight three-pointers,
the second one with just 24 seconds
remaining, giving Michigan a much
needed 66-62 victory over the Golden
Gophers before 15,596 loud fans at
Williams Arena last night.
"We got it from Calip when we
needed it," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "That's what your senior
captain is supposed to do. We don't
have a big margin for error. To win,
we have to make important plays."
The victory gives the Wolverines
a 3-6 Big Ten record (10-9 overall)
halfway through their conference
schedule. Michigan can ill afford to
lose many more games if the team
wants to have any chance of making
a post-season tournament.
"It was a huge victory," Fisher
said. "We're making the turn feeling
a little bit better about ourselves. It
would have been a shame for our
kids as hard as they played not to get
the victory tonight."
In a game Minnesota (3-5, 10-8)
was supposed to win, the
Wolverines jumped all over the
Gophers from the get-go, as
Michigan center Eric Riley sent the
opening tip-off to forward James
Voskuil, who whipped the ball up to
Calip for a quick lay-up.
The Wolverines continued to
attack and built an early 11-2 lead.
But Minnesota guard Kevin Lynch
was not going to be embarrassed.
The senior added four baskets to pull
the Gophers back within four. But
Michigan regained control to take a
34-26 halftime lead.
The Wolverines opened the
second half where they left off,
building a twelve point lead. But
Minnesota adjusted it's defense.
"We had that drought against
their zone when they went to that 1-
3-1 zone," Fisher said. "We went
into a shell. Maybe it's partially us,
but we did not attack. We had three
or four straight turnovers."
More responsibility had to be
placed on Michigan, as the team
threw away several points. Riley had
trouble catching the ball as well. He
finished with six turnovers in the
game. The Wolverines' defense fell
apart too. Up to the point of the
Gopher run, Minnesota had gone to
the free throw line only once. But
Michigan committed numerous
infractions to quickly send the
Gophers into the bonus.
At the 6:27 mark Minnesota
forward Dana Jackson was fouled by
Michigan guard Demetrius Calip led the Wolverines past Minnesota last
evening, 66-62. Calip paced Michigan with 23 points including the game-
tying and game-winning three pointers.
Men tankers face MSU in dual meet
by Andy DeKorte
Daily Sports Writer
Last week, the Michigan men's
swimming team finished second
with a strong effort in the presti-
gious SMU Invitational. Today, the
swimmers would gladly give Michi-
gan State a second place finish. Of
course, only two teams will be at
McCafree Pool tonight.
. The Spartans are the first team in
a wave of Big Ten opponents for
Michigan. Trips to Indiana, and
Ohio State are followed by the Big
* Ten championships in Indianapolis.
The Wolverines, 5-0 in dual meets,
already own a December win over
Wisconsin, their only other Big Ten
"They (Michigan State) are defi-
nitely one of the best teams in the
Big Ten, they won't be a cakewalk,"
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek said.
"They are well-balanced, and proba-
bly one of the best dual meet teams
in the nation...They're 13th (ranked
in the country), if they swim as well
as they can, we will have to swim as
well as we can to beat them."
This year, the dual meet scoring
system was changed to award points
to the top five fiishers in each
event, instead of the top three and
while that has not had an adverse ef-
fect on Michigan yet, it should bene-
fit the balanced Spartans.
Strong recruiting will also assist
the Spartans in trying to defeat the
five-time defending Big Ten champi-
Fortunately for Michigan,
Michigan State did not add any
divers to its corps. "I think our
divers will be very helpful to us,
just like on the coast (against Cali-
fornia-Berkeley, and Stanford)," Ur-
Should Michigan State overcome
the Wolverines, Michigan's Big Ten
title defense would be intact, as con-
ference record has no bearing on the
crown. Of course, a victory of such
magnitude could give the Spartans a
psychological advantage at the
championships, as well as telling
other Big Ten teams that Michigan
can be beat.
Sam Mitchell. He went to the line
and hit both free throws to give the
Gophers their first lead of the game.
Riley followed by dropping a pass.
Suddenly, the crowd's noise level
rose to deafening proportions, and
Michigan's chances of escaping with
a victory seemed bleak.
At that point Fisher called for the
full court press. The move seemed to
distract the Gophers, as the they
were caught standing around.
"We talked about getting hustle
points tonight," Fisher said. "I think
we did a pretty good job of that
under all the circumstances. You
have to make the plays."
Minnesota had a chance to take
the lead when the game was tied at
62 with a minute less, but the ball
just rolled off the rim on Lynch's
driving basket attempt. Michigan
forward Freddie Hunter scrambled to
the floor and dove for the ball. He
wrestled it from the swarming
Gophers, and popped it out to set up
Calip's game winning bucket.
SCORING FOR MICHIGAN
Demetrius Calip 23 pts.
(Calip 5-8 from 3-pt. line)
Michael Talley 12 pts.
Eric Riley 10 pts.
Sam Mitchell 08 pts.
SCORING FOR MINNESOTA
Kevin Lynch 14 pts.
Bob Martin 09 pts.
Nate Tubbs 08 pts.
REBOUNDING FOR 'M'
Michigan shot 8-12 as a team
from 3-pt line, and outrebounded the
Michigan shot 48%
Minnesota shot 41%
Women swimmers ready for Big Tens
by Lisa Pollak
Groundhog Day is more likely to
predict the first thaw than the per-
formance of the Michigan women's
swimming team at the Big Ten
Championships this year.
While Punxsutawney Phil
searches for his shadow Saturday, the
Wolverines will compete in Bloom-
ington against Indiana University. It
will be the team's final conference
dual meet of the season and last
competition before the champi-
onships, Feb. 21-23 in Minneapolis.
After a second straight week of
intense training, coach Jim Richard-
son expects a "mixed bag of perfor-
mpnces," and not an indicator of how
the team will fare in its quest for a
fifth consecutive conference champi-
"We've got some people who are
very, very fatigued," Richardson
said. "We're expecting to win it, but
I would anticipate there being several
The rigorous workouts, empha-
sizing endurance and speed, are the
final stages of Richardson's plan to
see his team peak for the champi-
"He doesn't want us to rest at
all," said first-year freestyler Karen
Barnes. "He wants to keep the activ-
ity hard until the Big Tens."
The intense training means
Richardson and his swimmers will
pay more attention to practices than
tomorrow's meet as a barometer of
"It's going to be a tough day. We
won't be as fast as we're going to be
in a few weeks when we've had
some rest," freestyler Kate Girard
About half the women will use
the meet as an opportunity to swim
their second or third best events,
"That helps psychologically,"
said Girard. "You don't want to do
less than your best, swimming your
After the meet, the team will
spend another week in tough prac-
tices before tapering off to rest for
the Big Tens, Richardson said.
"After that, as they say in the
South, the hay is in the barn,"
Richardson said. "After that you just
rest and we see what we've got."
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