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Sports Monday Trivia
Name the major league
outfielder who ran the bases
backward on hitting his 100th
home run.
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports Monday
'M' Sports Calendar 2
AP Basketball Top 25 2
College News Hockey Top 15 2
Athlete of the Week 2
Q&A 3
Gill Again 3
'M' Rifle Club 3
Wrestling 6
Men's Swimming 7
Women's Track 7
Men's Gymnastics 8
Women's Gymnastics 8

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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday

February 11, 1991

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Blue

pokes out Hawkeyes,

84-70

This time, Iowa
met different team
It was fitting that James Voskuil opened the scor-
ing in Michigan's 84-70 victory over Iowa Saturday
night by burying a three-pointer. One month earlier in
Iowa City, the Wolverine forward launched an airball
when he could have tied the game in the closing
seconds.

Week of rest gives 'M'
power of the press

The similarities between the
Jeff two contests are glaring, and the
Sheran differences may be the reason the
Wolverines have a shot at earning
an NCAA tournament bid.
Voskuil's play was both a
similarity and a difference. He
filled a dubious role in the closing
minutes of the January defeat as
the player who missed the three-
pointer when it counted, and who
stuck the elusive trey when his
team was down by four at the
buzzer.
Saturday night, he fouled out.
But unlike the usual stigma attached to the fifth foul,
this experience was a great one for the 6-foot-7
junior. It meant he got enough minutes to accumulate
five fouls.
Voskuil, who returned from foot surgery just be-
fore the loss in Iowa, made the most of those 21
minutes. He posted 14 points and provided the front-
court play the Wolverines have longed for all season.
He played with unmistakable confidence - like he
knew why he was starting at forward for the Michi-
gan Wolverines. See SHERAN, Page 4

by Andrew Gottesman
Daily Basketball Writer
The Big Ten men's basketball
schedule has been a sore point for
many coaches and players this
year. Television has forced the
conference to shuffle games in
such a way that teams play two
games in 48 hours in different
cities, then have up to 10 days off.
But it was just that scenario
which helped the Wolverines beat
Iowa Saturday, 84-70. Michigan
(4-6 in the Big Ten, 11-9 overall)
had rested for 10 days since their
victory last Thursday at Minnesota.
Iowa (5-6, 16-7), on the other
hand, came into Crisler two days
after playing at Michigan State.
That combination didn't bode
well for the Hawkeyes, who count
on beating teams with a ferocious
press, and run-and-gun offense.
Michigan spent an entire week
practicing specifically for the
press, and how to break it, while
Iowa coach Tom Davis couldn't
even think about Michigan until
Friday morning.
Considering Iowa had used the
press to wear down Michigan in

Iowa City en route to a 79-78
comeback triumph, something was
bound to give this time around.
What the Wolverines gave was
an indication of what they could
do when all their potential talents
are uncovered during the same
game. Michigan never trailed in a
game coach Steve Fisher said his
team had to win, if the second half
of the league season was to be any
better than the first.
"We needed this one tonight
and we got it convincingly,"
Fisher said. "The thing that de-
stroyed us in Iowa City was the
press. We did well with that
tonight."
Davis was also impressed with
the Wolverines. "It's a wonder
what 10 days off will do for a team
and that certainly helps them in
preparing," he said. "They played
real well against the pressure.
"When you see Michigan play
like they did tonight, they can beat
anybody."
From tipoff, Michigan con-
trolled the game. James Voskuil
opened the scoring with a three-
See IOWA, Page 4

Michigan's Michael Talley takes a shot over Iowa guard James Moses during the second
half of Saturday night's victory over the Hawkeyes.

leers buck Broncos
'M' whips WMU twice to extend win streak

by Jeni Durst
Daily Hockey Writer
The fans kept checking their
ticket stubs. The words "Michigan
hockey" were printed there, the
color of the team's uniforms was
Maize and Blue, and the venue
was the familiar confines of Yost
Ice Arena. Yet that was the only
way the 5,000 plus people filling
the stands Friday night recognized
the Wolverines in their matchup
with Western Michigan .
The only thing reminiscent of
Michigan hockey was the 'W' in
the win column as the Wolverines
(23-4-3 CCHA, 26-5-3 overall)
defeated the Broncos (14-12-2, 17-
14-3) by a slim 6-5 margin.
Another narrow victory, 3-2, at
Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo on
Saturday, increased Michigan's
winning streak to fourteen, the
longest in Wolverine history.
Friday's game began normally,
as the Wolverines controlled the
momentum and dominated the
scoreboard. First-year center Brian
Wiseman initiated a Michigan
first-period scoring flurry five
minutes into the contest.
Wiseman, who was camped out
in front of the goal, received a

hard pass from the right side from
defenseman Doug Evans. The puck
rebounded off the rookie's stick
and flew past Western goalie
Craig Brown.
Soon after Wiseman's goal, the
Wolverines unleashed their power
play, the most efficient in the
CCHA. Rightwingers Dan Stiver
and Denny Felsner each
capitalized on the man-advantage
to post a 3-0 lead after the first
stanza.
But as Michigan gained goals,
it lost players. Sophomore
leftwinger David Roberts, the
team's second leading scorer,
exited the contest with a shoulder
injury 11:30 into the period.
And with Roberts, the
Wolverines seemed to leave the
mentality of a top-five team in the
lockerroom. Western battered the
Michigan defense and tallied the
first of four second-period goals at
0:26. It was the first non-power
play goal Michigan had given up
since January 19 against Bowling
Green.
"I'm not really happy with our
overall team effort," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said after

Friday's game. "We let them get
back in the game; we gave them
too many chances, too many goals.
We have to regroup, we have to
play better than that. I'm not happy
about the injuries, I'm not happy
about the penalties, and I'm not
happy about the officiating."
The Wolverines narrowly
escaped with the triumph due to
the offensive efforts of Wiseman,
who notched his 13th goal of the
season and second of the night in
the second period, and two power-
play scores by junior rightwinger
Mike Helber.
Wiseman led off the Michigan
offense again on Saturday at
Lawson Arena in a much better
overall effort by the Wolverines.
The Michigan defense and a
stellar effort by reserve goalie
Chris Gordon held the Broncos
scoreless through the first two
periods.
Gordon started Saturday
replacing Steve Shields,
Michigan's rookie netminder. In
notching his third win of the year,
Gordon proved the Wolverines
have more than one option
See ICERS, Page 5

The Michigan hockey team managed to keep the victory away from the Western Michigan Broncos in a two-game
series this weekend.

Wildcats chew up.
" Wolverines, 91-62

FATHER
by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer U-R iT 1

KNOWS BEST

ly inspires Neaton

by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Basketball Writer
EVANSTON, Ill. - The
Michigan women's basketball
team met the Northwestern
Wildcats earlier than both teams
expected yesterday. It turned out
that each team ate breakfast at the
same Evanston restaurant.
Unfortunately for Michigan (9-
12 overall, 2-9 Big Ten),
Northwestern coach Don Perrelli's
women were still hungry when
they left the table. The giant
purple people eaters waited until
game time to do their real feasting
as they devoured the Michigan
Wolverines for Sunday brunch, 91-
62.
YAvt...nv'c incc to the Waainc

Wildcats, however, compensated
for the missing veterans with
spirited play by other upperclass
players and with a strong bench.
"Right now, we're on a little
path," Perrelli said. "We're
playing better, and we're
beginning to find some answers
with (Patricia) Babcock, Heather
(Ertel), and Donna (Groh). They're
giving us the minutes we needed."
The Wildcats were all over the
court: three-pointers, uncontested
backdoor layups, offensive and
defensive rebounds, and a
tenacious press. There were
enough Northwestern highlights for
Bernie Smilovitz to air an hour-
1nn dn-rmnt2rv,

Pete Neaton took his son,
Patrick, to see the Detroit Red
Wings play hockey at the
Olympia. It was to be an evening
of fun, a boys' night out. That was
14 years ago.
Well, Pete and his son still go
to hockey games together. Except
now, the elder Neaton has to sit
with his other friends. Pat has more
important things to do.
Like start at defense for the
third-ranked collegiate hockey
team in the nation.
The story of Patrick Neaton's
hockey career is a welcome
change in college sports. Instead of
agents, steroids, or probation, this
is a story about friendships, family
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to excel on Michigan

ice

Hockey and his dad. It doesn't
seem fair to mention one without
the other.
After all, it was his dad who
took him to the Wings game in the
first place. It was his dad who tried
every winter to build an ice rink in
their backyard. And it is still his
dad who drives to obscure places
like Sault Ste. Marie to watch him
play.
So it should come as no
surprise that few people are
enjoying the current success of Pat
Neaton and the Michigan hockey
team as much as Pete.
Pat is widely recognized as one
of the top young defensemen in
America. His recent performance
on the U.S. Junior National team
did nothing to change that
assessment. Neaton anchored the

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