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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 4, 1991)
Huskers to face exhibition test
By Todd Cooper
Although it’s only November,
Nebraska men’s basketball coach
Danny Nee said his Comhuskers will
receive a test when they face the
Ukraine Nationals tonight.
“It’s like a final exam,” Nee said.
“It’ll be a good test for us to see how
the kids have come along.”
Nee said he’ll test more thah a few
things tonight on his 1991-92 squad,
which will have three new faces in the
starting lineup. Tipoff is at 7:35 p.m.
“It’ll measure their knowledge of
our offense,” Nee said. “We’ll see if
they have the timing and execution of
it down. And it’s also a measure of
“I’m anxious to see how they’re
going to react to a game situation.”
Nee will see how three first-time
starters — forward Michael Hughes,
center Derrick Chandler and guard
Jamar Johnson—respond to “a pretty
good, rugged” Ukraine National team.
Senior forward Carl Hayes and sopho
more guard Eric Piatkowski also will
start for the Huskcrs.
“The new guys have come along
real well,” Nee said. “They’ve seemed
to grasp everything really well.”
Nee said Nebraska will have a
slightly different approach from last
Nebraska vs. Ukranian National Team
Exhibition ' -- m. Bob Devanev Sports Center
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F 21 Carl Hayes 6-8 Sr. Chicago
£ 34 | Derrick Chandler 6-10 Jr. Mitchellville, M
F 23 Michael Hughes 6-7 Jr. Peoria, III.
Eric Piatkowski 6-6 So. Rapid City, S.D.
year, when the Huskcrs finished 26-8
and earned their first NCAA tourna
“The fans are going to see a little
bit more wide-open team than last
year,” Nee said. “Last year, we relied
on strength a lot. This year, it’s going
to be a smaller, quicker team.”
Johnson, a Prop 48 casualty last
year, will lead that “quicker attack,”
replacing the departed Clifford Scales.
“It has been much more difficult
for (Johnson) to digest the offense, at
point guard,” Nee said, “but he has
grasped it remarkably well.
“It’ll be a good chance for fans to
take a look at these new guys.”
Although it’s an exhibition, Nee
said tonight’s game will be signifi
“It’s like a dress rehearsal for a
play,” Nee said, “where we do every
thing we’re going to do, but it doesn’t
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Nebraska, ten Bensel
win conference titles
By Chuck Green
Big Eight championships are
nothing new to the Nebraska
women’s cross country team, but
individual championships are.
Fran ten Bensel led the Com
husker women to their third con
ference title in four years Saturday
at the Big Eight Championships in
Lawrence, Kan., by winning the
individual title in a time of 17
minutes 51 seconds. The Huskers,
ranked 18th nationally, beat out
second-place Kansas State.
In winning the individual title,
ten Bensel became the first Husker
runner — man or woman — to
capture a conference title since Greg
Carlberg did it in 1970. She is the
first Husker woman to win an indi
Nebraska Coach Jay Dirksen said
he is pleased with the way ten
Bensel has progressed as a runner
since coming to Nebraska.
“It’s very exciting to see her
win because when she first started
cross country, she really wasn’t
very good,” he said. “She hadn’t
competed in cross country until
she got here; since then, she’s got
ten better and better.”
Dirksen said ten Bensel ran her
“I thought she would have a
chance at winning it, and she just
ran a beautiful race,” he said.
“Midway through the race she broke
away, and then she put it away for
good on a hill toward the end.”
Dirksen said he thinks ten
Bensel’s first-place finish in the
conference will spell success for
her at the national championships.
“Historically, the Big Eight
champion finishes in the top 10 to
15 at nationals,” he said. “That will
lake the pressure off the rest of our
Team captain Lisa Graham fin
ished sixth with a time of 18:27,
while sophomore Theresa Stelling
Nebraska’s Michele Schaefer
finished 14th, the highest finish of
any freshman in the meet, and Ju
lieanne Campbell finished 23rd to
round out Nebraska’s scoring.
Only the lop five finishers count
for team scoring.
In the men’s championships,
Nebraska sophomore David Iteffa
led the Huskers to a fifth-place
finish with a time of 25:17 in a
lOth-place individual finish.
Dirksen said he was pleased with
the fifth-place finish, since Nebraska
was hit hard by graduation last
“We ran as well as we are ca
pable of right now,” he said. “Now,
the challenge is, how good do we
want to be? They’re not that far
away from the top teams. I really
wasn’t disappointed with our guys
Dirksen said he especially was
impressed with Iteffa.
“He’s not been healthy all year,”
Dirksen said. “He’s had a nagging
hip injury that just hasn’t been able
to heal. I would say he ran well
under the circumstances.”
Iowa State won the team hon
ors, while Cyclone runner Jonah
Koech won the individual title. Five
Iowa State runners finished in the
Renier Henning, a freshman from
Roodepoort, South Africa, was the
second-highest Husker finisher,
coming in at 19th. He was the
highest freshman finisher.
Other Husker scorers included
Kevin Clark, 28th; Tom Banks,
33rd; and Kevin Miller, 34th.
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