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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, February 18, 1970 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Putting some hustle
back in the game
By ERIC SIEGEL
TH FINAL BUZZER ratified Michigan's 78-60 victory over
the Toledo Rockets last night, and the smiles in the Wolver-
ine lockerroom after the game said that it was good to notch
a mark on the left side of the won-lost column again.
To be sure, the victory was by no means a perfect one. The
Maize and Blue shot a measly 42.5 per cent from the field,
and an uninspiring 64 per cent from the free throw line. They
turned the ball over a few more times than they should have,
totaling 14 turnovers in all, and the Rockets hardly played
Despite all this, however, the Wolverines put on a good
performance and Michigan Coach Johnny Orr went right to the
heart of the matter when said, "We hustled out there all the
way, which is something we haven't done in the last couple of
THE WOLVERINES needed that hustle, too, as their big
man, Rudy Tomjanovich, had another off night. Tomjanovich,
who was dogged by the Rockets' 6-3 forward Mike Murnen
when he went outside and picked up by big 7 foot Doug (less
when he came inside, hit on only six of 22 field goal attempts
and just 5 of 9 free throws for a season-low total of 17 points.
"Rudy's been off in the past couple of games," and he's
starting to press a little out there," Orr explained after the
game. Tomjanovich was a little more explicit, commenting, "I
played like hell, but the rest of the guys played great, especially
INDEED, GUARDS Dan Fife and Mark Henry played especial-
ly well. They both totaled 15 points, and a lot of those points
came when they were needed, most, about halfway through the
second period when stubborn Toledo knotted the score at 46 all.
The scoring of Fife and Henry came as a bit of surprise to
Rocket mentor Bob Nichols. "We weren't sure we could hold
Tomjanovich," Nichols said, "but we thought we could do a
better job on the other guys."
Far more important than their scoring, however, was the
way Fife and Henry keyed the Wolverine fast break. Quickness
was again part of the Wolverines game, and the Wolverine
guards can take a large part of the credit for putting the speed
back into the Wolverines game.
"They got the ball down the court a lot quicker than they
have in the past two games (against Evansville and Wisconsin),"
Orr said. "Instead of bringing the ball up themselves and setting
up the play, they got it to a man who was already near the
Fife and Henry did their job on defense, too. The Wolverines
came out in a full court press for much of the second half, and
Fife and Henry spearheaded that press. The two guards were
largely responsible for the 19 turnovers committed by the
Rocket courtmen, and they drew the praise of both Orr and
Nichols for their efforts.
"That press killed us," Nichols lamented. "We weren't ready
for it. We just lost our poise out there and that hurt us." Orr also
credited the Wolverines' press, which took the form of both a,
zone and a man to man, as being instrumental in the game.
EVEN WHEN the Rockets broke the press, the Wolverines
backcourt duo were back there on defense. "Henry did a great
job cutting off the baseline drive," Orr noted. And Fife, for his
part, ripped off eight rebounds, second highest on the team,
with all but two coming off the defensive board.
But the two guards shouldn't get all the credit for the Wol-
verines' effort on defense. The Wolverines turned in their best
defensive effort of the season, and the effort was a team effort
all the way. The hustle displayed by Fife and Henry last night
was merely indicative of the hustle displayed by the rest of
the Wolverine cagers.
Noteworthy, for example, was the defensive play of Wayne
Graebic, a seldom used sub who played quite a bit last night
when Rod Ford picked up his fourth foul. The Wolverines 6-5
sophomore hit on only three of eight shots, but he did a good
job on the downcourt press, stealing the ball a couple of times
on the in bounds pass and then dumping the ball through the
basket for a couple of points.
The Wolverines also did a good job of clearing the ball
off their defensive board. Tomjanovich, Graebic and Ford did
a good job of keeping Hess from getting his own rebound and
giving the Rockets that extra shot under the basket. They also
held Toledo's Not-so-jolly giant to 6 of 19 from the floor, mak-
ing up for the fine job Hess did around and under the Michigan
AND TOMJANOVICH, the same guy who had such a bad
day on offense, did a pretty fair job on defense, blocking a
couple of shots, and also snagging 15 rebounds. ,
And, oh yes, Tomjanovich also dunked the ball through the
hoop with only 46 seconds left in the game. "I just forgot that
you can't dunk the ball anymore," Rudy said. "It was just a
reflex action. I just got too enthusiastic."
Nobody's faulting Rudy for his dunk shot, though, and no-
one's faulting him for his enthusiasm, either .That enthusiasm
hadn't been a part of the Wolverine cagers' act for a long time,
but it was last night, and it was good to have it back.
R1IT. f )N TOlPE
By AL X. Z. SHACKELFORD
Special To The Daily
TOLEDO -Michigan shook off
a slow start and a third straight
poor performance by Rudy Tom-
janovich on the way to a hustling
78-60 victory last night over the
outmanned Toledo Rockets.
Tomjanovich was held to 17
points and 6 for 22 from the floor
by Rocket forward Mike Murnen,
but the other Wolverines came up
with a great team effort to offset
Rudy's poor night,
Defense was the name of the
game for the Wolverines, as guards
Mark Henry and Dan Fife spark-
ed a full-court press which forced
Toledo into numerous turnovers
and resulted in easy buckets for
BOTH TEAMS seemed tight in
the game's early stages, but To-
ledo's cold shooting enabled Mich-
igan to stay on top by five points
most of the first half. Tomjano-
vich was bottled up inside by
Murnen -with help from tough
Rocket center DougrHess and
couldn't hit at all from outside,
but Rodney Ford and Henry pick-
ed up the offense, with Henry hit-
ting three long jumpers to pep up
the attack and give Michigan a
35-29 halftime advantage.
Toledo made several abortive
attempts to overtake Michigan in,
the second half, even pulling into
a 46-46 tie with 11:36 left to play.
But two free throws by Rudy and
a three-point play by Fife put
the Wolverines into a lead they
were never to relinquish. Finally,
with 25 seconds left, Tomjanovich
triumphantly stuffed in a rebound,
disallowed due to the no-dunk
rule, and Henry accounted for the
final points seconds later with a
pair of free throws.
Cold shooting did Toledo in, as
they managed to connect on only
32.4 per cent of their shots; only
guard Jim Miller could hit with
any accuracy. The Rocket mascot,
a young man in blue wearing a
nosecone, gave Toledo fans their
only thrill when he tossed in a
half-court set shot before the
game. The other Rockets should
have taken the hint.
TOLEDO DID a tough job on
the boards, taking away 51 to the
Wolverines' 43. Seven-footer Hess
grabbed 22 caroms to lead the
way, while Tomianovich was high
for Michigan with 15. Toledo's
offense revolved around Hess at
the post, but the big center was
reluctant to shoot and instead
passed off to his cold-shooting
TomJanovich led Michigan in
scoring with 17 as all five Wol-
verine starters hit in double fig-
ures: Henry and Fife had 15 each,
Bird Carter 11 and Ford 10. Hess
took high-point honors with 18
but got scoring help from only
Miller, who pumped in 15.
Michigan C o a c h John Orr
singled out Fife and Henry for
special praise, saying "our guards
did a good job" and crediting the
team's fine defensive effort to a
"very effective zone and man-to-
man press." He called the win "a
satisfying effort" and noted that
the team seemed to have played
harder than in the last few games.
As for Tomjanovich's recent
slump, Orr commented, "He hasn't
shot well in the last three games,
and seems to be pressing."
Rudy hit 20 against Evansville
and 28 against Wisconsin, falling
far below his season's average of
around 30 points a game. Last
night's 17 point total was Rudy's
lowest of the season.
Rudy's off-night nonwithstand-
ing, the Wolverines' morale should
get a boost from the win, which
puts their season record at 8-11.
Toledo drops to 13-9.
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Pront line trio pces
frosh in 99-84 win
DOUG .HESS, (32) the seven-foot tall center for the Toledo
Rockets, goes high in the air to block a layup by Rudy Tomjano-
vich (45) as Jim Miller (42) of Toledo and Bird Carter (25) of
Michigan wait for a possible rebound. Because of his great height,
Hess was able to block seven Wolverine shots and was the top re-
bounder with twenty-two.
Iiawkeyes stop ilin
By The Associated Press
CHAMPAIGN - Iowa's onrush-
ing Hawkeyes all but clinched the
Big Ten basketball championship
last night with an 83-81 victory
Trailing 21-12 in the early stag-
es, the Hawkeyes stampeded to a
40-39 halftime lead and t h e n
fought off repeated Illinois rallies
to boost their record to 9-0 in
Illinois, dropping a fourth
straight conference encounter, dip-
ped to 5-4 and were all but elim-
inated from title consideration.
The loss left idle and second
place Purdue two games behind
Iowa with a 7-2 record while Ohio
State and Minnesota lagged with
Illinois managed leads of 59-
56 and 63-60 in the second h a 1 f
but Iowa continued to rally and
finally went ahead to stay at 65-
63 on a basket by Fred Brown.
Brown, who led Iowa with 22
points, when hit on two more bas-
kets for a 67-64 lead and Illinois
never recovered but managed to
keep within range.
Jerry Johnson, who scored only
two points on a pair of f r e e
throws in the first half, finished
second to Brown with 17 points.
Glen Vidnovic added 15 points and
Chad Calabria also added 15.,
* * *
BLOOMINGTON - I n d i a n a
scored eight straight points early
in the second half to pull away
from Wisconsin and posted an 89-
77 Big Ten basketball victory last
The score was tied 43-43 with
about 16 minutes to play when
Indiana's spurt put them in
front for good. Jim Harris with
24 points and Joby Wright with
23 topped the winners.
Clarence Sherrod led Wisconsin
with 19 and Albert Henry added
By PHIL HERTZ
Special To The Daily
cage team overcame a -sluggish
start and a plethora of personal
fouls last night and used a bal-
anced scoring attack to drub their
counterparts from Toledo, 99-84.
The win was the Baby Blue's
seventh in nine starts. The Toledo
frosh are now 5-6. The Rockets
also have a tie on the record.
Toledo sped off to an early 12-9
lead as the Wolverines were un-
able to hit with any consistancy.
A tallgToledo squad, perhaps pos-
sessing the most height-.of any of
the Baby Blue's opponents this
year, controlled the boards and
limited Michigan to one shot each
trip down the court.
The Maize-and-Blue, however,
was able to make the necessary
adjustments, and the frontcourt
trio of Henry Wilmore, John
Lockard and Ernie Johnson began
to dominate the boards. Michigan,
suddenly able to find the range
from the court, was able to over-
take the Rockets and gain the
Carl Jastrzembski momentarily
delayed the Wolverine tide by hit-
ting a jumper to knot the score
for the last time, 15-15. Michigan
then took final control of the con-
test, reeling off 11 straight points.
Another short cold spell shortly
before the end of the first half
enabled Toledo to close the gap to
40-35, but the Baby Blue were
still able to take a 44-37 lead into
the dressing room at halftime.
Any lingering doubts about the
final result were removed at the
start of the final half when the
Wolverines ran off six straight
points to take a 50-38 lead. The
Baby Blue margin went as high
as 73-52 as the half progressed,
but Toledo was able to chip the
margin down to its final figure as
the Wolverines were troubled by
a propensity to foul.
Wilmore, Lockard and Bob
Rhodin eventually fouled out of
the contest. Toledo wound up hit-
ting twice as many free throws as
the Wolverines, who were charged
with 17 fouls during the second
The Baby Blue, hitting 56 per
cent of their shots, had five men
in double figures. Wilmore led
the way with 23 points, 18 in the
first half. Lockard and Leon Rob-
erts each scored 16, and Greg
Buss and Rhodin found the mark
for a dozen.
Lockard's 16 point performance
matched his top offensive produc-
tion of the season. He also con-
tributed 11 rebounds to the Wol-
verines' total of 52. The Rockets
Ernie Johnson led both teams
in rebounding, grabbing 13.
Game scoring honors were taken.
by Toledo's 6-7 forward, Tom Ko-
zelko, who scored 27.
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THURS., FEB. 19, 6:45-8:00 P.M.
DICK JENSEN of Iowa (dark Jersey) and Illinois' Fred Miller
appear to be playing hot potato with the basketball in action
during Iowa's 83-81 win last night. The victory kept the Hawkeyes
unbeaten in conference play and moved them ever closer to
the Big Ten title.
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Iowa 9 0
Purdue 7 2
Ohio State 6 3
Minnesota 6 3
Illinois 5 4
Wisconsin 4 5
MICHIGAN 3 6
Michigan State 2 7
Indiana 2 7
Northwestern 1 7
Indiana 89, Wisconsin 77
Iowa 83, Illinois 81
Cagers battle for second place
By The Associated Press
With UCLA firmly planted in
its familiar No. 1 spot, interest
in The Associated Press' weekly
college basketball poll shifted
Tuesday into the interesting
scramble for runner-up honors.
Coach John Wooden's all-con-
quering Bruins, off to a 20-0 start
in quest of their fourth conse-
cutive national basketball cham-
pionship, pulled down all 30 first-
While UCLA kept rolling along,
the rest of the Top Ten underwent
Kentucky and St. Bonaventure,
third and fourth last week, won
two games apiece and moved up
to second and third.
Just to show how flexible the
situation is, South Carolina drop-
ped from second to fourth place
in the new standings after losing
The Gamecocks were followed
by New Mexico State, Jacksonville,
Penn and Florida State, each up
one spot from a week ago. David-
son, which beat South Carolina,
showed the biggest jump, up from
13th to ninth while Marquette also
cracked the Top Ten after being
12th last week.
North Carolina and North Caro-
lina State fell from the elite.
The former won the battle of the
intrastate rivals but both dropped
weekend decisions to 0 e o r g i a
Tech. North Carolina State show-
ed the biggest drop, down from
fifth to 12th, while the Tar Heels
plunged from 10th to 13th.
Iowa, still unbeaten in the Big
Ten, climbed three places to 11th.
Notre Dame jumped from 16th to
14th while Houston remained 15th,
the only team besides UCLA to
Rounding out the Second Ten
were Western Kentucky, Drake,
Kansas State, Louisville and San-
The last three were newcomers
to the Top Twenty, replacing
Southern California, Columbia and
Georgia. Columbia dropped out
despite a 2-0 record for the week.
In important college games this
week, Florida StatefacesJackson-
ville on Wednesday while Satur-
day's games include Kentucky at
L.S.U., Iowa at Ohio State, South
Carolina at North Carolina and
Long Island University at St. Bon-
Top ranked UCLA faces Oregon
State this Friday night and meets
Oregon on Saturday.
New York 114, Los Angeles 93
New York 108, Carolina 103
Washington 134, Miami 118
Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 2
Miami, Fla. 103, La Salle 96
Cincinnati 85, Xavier 72
Georgia 101, Georgia State 62
Providence 73, Canisius 70
Geo. Wash. 87, Virginia 84, o.t.
SMU 70, Baylor 66
Rice 85, Arkansas 78
Johnson C. Smith 117, Allen 109
Thiel 60, Wash. & Jeff. 58
No. Illinois 90, Bowling Green 84
Denison 93, Wooster 87
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