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Men's Track
Michigan Relays
Tomorrow, time TBA
Track and Tennis Building
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

T

Friday, January 18, 1991

F COURT
L L P RE SS...
Hunter's play provides
necessary inspiration

M'

walks on

Northw
Hunter keys 79
by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer

by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
As the final minutes of Michi-
gan's 79-68 victory over North-
western ticked away, everyone's
thoughts began wandering back to
reality. For the previous two hours,
Crisler Arena gave the crowd of
10,548 a brief reprieve from the
Persian Gulf War.
A moment of silence followed
the National Anthem, gracing
Crisler with an awe inspiring still-
ness. From the opening tip, though,
the crowd tried generating enough
noise to keep itself interested in an
extremely boring first half that left
the Wolverines trailing, 33-32.
The players were supposed to
provide the entertainment, but at the
outset they didn't do the job.
"I have a couple of friends over
there (the Gulf)," Northwestern
senior Don Brotz said. "I don't want
to put the Persian Gulf aside, but I
had to tonight. Like they've got a
job to do there, we have one to do
here."
Brotz did his part to enhance the
game. He paced the Wildcats with 19
points without missing a shot, and
doled out seven assists in 29
minutes.
For the Wolverines, Freddie
Hunter, did his part as well. At the
15:34 mark, the junior walk-on be-
came Michigan's newest sixth-man.
The fans' potential favorite earned
their approval almost instantly with
his scrappy play that sparked the
Wolverines. He earned Fisher's
endorsement as well, by starting the
second half.
"Freddie Hunter was the guy that
inspired our basketball team
tonight," Michigan coach Steve
MICHIGAN (78)
Elm TFG Fr R A PF TP
Vo"kui 1- 1-2 1 1 1 3
Taylor 8-15 4-6 4 4 2 21
Riley 5-9 3-4 7 1 3 13
Cdip 7-15 4-4 5 7 2 22
Taley 3-8 4-4 3 2 2 11
Humer 3-4 1-2 8 1 2 7
Mitch 0.1 0-0 0 0 2 0
Mclver 0.2 0-0 1 0 0 0
Saar 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0
Tobert 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 2
Arner 01 0-0 0 0 0 0
Bosewr 0-0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Pelinka 00 0-0 1 0 0 0
Totals 28-S7 17-22 34 16 16 79
3-t goa: 6-16 (Taylor 1-5, Calip 4-9,Taliey 1-2) FG%-
.491.3-pt FG%- 375, F r%- .773. Biks: 9 (voskuil 1, Riley
5. Hunter 1. Mitchell 1, Amer 1). Turnovers: 16. Steals: 7
(Taylor 2, Riley 1, Calip 3Tlbert(6).
NORTHWESTERN (68)

Fisher said. "He gave that inspira-
tion to everyone."
Fisher's "everyone" included the
crowd. After Hunter's insertion, the
atmosphere changed. Michigan fans
have actively cheered for walk-ons
Marc Koenig and Sean Dobbins
during the past few seasons - and
they never really did anything.
Hunter hustled after loose balls,
he played tight defense, and he came
away with valuable rebounds.
Hunter opened the second half
with tip-ins of two Eric Riley
misses, and the Wolverines were off
to a 15-2 run. A crowd favorite was
born.
The fans went wild for Hunter,
giving him a standing ovation when
he returned to the bench during the
game's final minute. He not only
gave the playersthe emotion that
they needed, but he helped energize a
crowd that sorely needed to be lifted
as well.
For two hours at least, a measly
basketball game was the main
conflict at hand, and Freddie Hunter
had done more than his share of the
job.

Early in the first half of last
night's game, the Wolverines
seemed to be walking on defense. So
four minutes into the half, Michigan
coach Steve Fisher looked over to
his bench and called the number of
walk-on Freddie Hunter.
Hunter did everything but walk,
as he led the Wolverines (8-7 over-
all, 1-4 in the Big Ten) to a 79-68
victory over Northwestern (6-8, 0-5)
before the thrilled Crisler Arena fans.
"Freddie Hunter was the guy that
inspired our basketball team
tonight," Fisher said. "He just plays
hard. He got two offensive tips for
baskets because he doesn't make one
effort and stop."
This was the 6-foot-5 junior's
first appearance at Crisler. He had
seen action at Iowa and Purdue last
week. But last night was by far his
best game. He scored seven points
and led the team with eight rebounds
in 30 minutes of playing time.
"I was nervous going into the
game," Huntervsaid. "Once I got in
there I was fine. I know with defense
it's effort. I had to think a little
more on offense. As I got more
minutes, I felt more comfortable."
Michigan was caught off guard in
the first few minutes, as the
Northwestern guards broke down the
court after each Michigan shot.
"They weren't getting back on
'D,' Northwestern forward Don Brotz
said. "We knew they didn't get back
real well. So our guards just took
off."
Brotz was the main benefactor of
the strategy. The senior went 5-for-5
shooting to have eleven first half
points. His bucket at the 12:33 mark
of the first half gave the Wildcats a
slim 15-14 lead. Northwestern
stretched the spread to five as they
were in control of the game much of
the first half.
Part of the problem was
Michigan's lack of passing. The

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-68 victory
Wolverine frontcourt only scored Qe
tip-in baskets.
"In the first half we shot the l*11*
kind of quick," Michigan guard
Michael Talley said. "So we miss*d
a lot of open shots."
The second half was a different
story, as Michigan center Eric Rile4
came alive for the first time durijng
the night. The redshirt sophomore
blocked two shots early on, and tbp4
frustrated Wildcats lost their edge;s4
Michigan went on a 11-0 run. ;
"We had good shots, we took
good shots, but during that stretch-6fo
time at the beginning of the secopl
half they broke (the lead) open rb
ten, and that's when we had to gam-
ble a little bit to come bacrt,
Northwestern coach Bill Foster saitd::
Wolverine guard Demetrius,
Calip's sharp shooting from the out-
side also played a major role A
Michigan's drive. The captain hadLA
second half points.
In the final minutes of the game,;
perhaps responding to the crows,'
chant of, "We want Chip," Fislljr
put center Chip Armer into g
game. It was Armer's first actin.
this year, as he has been waiting-tY
clear eligibility requirements.
The transfer put the finishitg
touch on Northwestern by clobb-
ing two Wildcats with his enormo:
6-foot-i11 body. He also blocked44.
shot in the only minute he played"
Up next for Michigan will W
Wisconsin, in Madison this
Saturday. The Badgers will be a
tough test for Michigan, as the squad,
beat Iowa, 91-79, last evening.
"We always have a very difficult;
time there," Fisher said. "They wil
be a hard team to beat without w,
doubt."

Michigan's Eric Riley (left) and Kirk Taylor hustle for a loose ball last
night at Crisler Arena in the Wolverines' 79-68 victory over Northwestern.

Streaking icers host Falcons

by John Niyo
Daily Hockey Writer
Michigan's weekend hockey se-
ries, which begins Friday at BGSU
Ice Arena and continues Saturday
at Yost Ice Arena, pits two teams
in somewhat unusual circum-
stances.
Entering the weekend only four
points behind first-place Lake Su-
perior, the Wolverines have been
flirting with league title hopes all
season. Michigan has not won a
CCHA title since joining the con-
ference in 1981.
It has been just as long (1980-
81) since Bowling Green and
twelfth-year coach Jerry York has
suffered a losing season. But the
Falcons are in danger of breaking
that streak.
BGSU enters the weekend se-
ries tied with Western Michigan
for fifth place in the CCHA. The
Falcons' schedule is not a friendly
one. Last week, they hosted Lake
Superior, and looming in the dis-
tance are a surprising Ferris State
team (16-5-5, 12-5-5) and national
power Northern Michigan.
Michigan and BGSU are both
riding extended streaks into the
weekend series. Michigan has won
six straight games dating back to

its Great Lakes Invitational cham-
pionship in January, while Bowling
Green has lost its last eight con-
tests.
There is certainly reason to be-
lieve that both streaks might come
to an end Friday. Michigan made
the trip down to Bowling Green
back in October and was embar-
rassed 8-3. Junior center Martin Ji-
ranek led the attack with his first
career hat trick.
Jiranek is one of three Falcons
among the league's top ten scorers.
Sophomore Brett Harkins and ju-
nior Peter Holmes have helped Ji-
ranek fill the offensive void left by
departed three-time Hobey Baker
Award finalist Nelson Emerson.
The three forwards each have 18
goals on the season.
"It gives them a new look,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson
said. "They've got Harkins, Ji-
ranek, and Holmes with 18 goals
now. They can still score like they
always have. They just have dif-
ferent numbers on their jerseys."
But York has*seen their produc-
tion fall off of late. His team has
not scored more than three goals
since the losing streak began.
"Offensively we're struggling,"

York,-said. "We need a more bal-
anced scoring attack. Our offense
has just not gotten things done of
late. We need some people to step
forward right now."
"We think Michigan is playing
the best hockey they have all year,
starting with the Great Lakes Invi-
tational," York said. "They are at
the top of their game. This is going
to be a big challenge for us.
York
"But I think we're on our way
back now. We played very well for
most of the Lake Superior series,"
York added. '
Berenson agreed with his coun-
terpart.
"They're going to win a game
sooner or later," he said.-

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by Albert Lin
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan women's basket-
ball team embarked yesterday on its
first extended road trip of the Big
Ten season. With a previous loss in
East Lansing, and a split of a home
series, the Wolverines leave for Pur-
due with a 1-2 conference record (8-5
overall).
The Boilermakers (3-0 Big Ten,
12-1 overall) will not be an easy op-
ponent for the Wolverines. They
have notched three straight 20-vic-
tory seasons under coach Lin Dunn,
and they finished last season with a
trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and
a 23-7 record.
"I don't think I'm being unrea-
sonable when I say that we will have
to play our very best to compete
with Purdue," Michigan coach Bud
VanDeWege said.
Purdue arguably boasts the two
best players in the Big Ten in senior

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