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Tuesday. December 2. 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Eleven

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Danny Fife.
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By ERIC SIEGEL
DANNY FIFE couldn't supress a smile as he laced up his shoes
in the locker room after the Wolverines out-fought the
University of Detroit Titans 85-75 in their season opener last
night.
"Once we started to run in the second half," the junior
guard explained happily, "they just couldn't stay with us.
"That's what we have to do to win," Fife continued. "Run,
rebound, play defense and run some more."
Michigan Coach Johnny Orr had been saying the same
thing all through his team's fall practice, and he said it again
last night. "We just did what we have to do," Orr stated simply.
"We have to run to win, and when our fast break started to jell
in the second half, we started to win"
The Wolverines didn't actually put their fast break game
together until 9:37 of the second was gone. By then, Detroit,
fighting back from a halftime deficit of 40-33, moved ahead of
the Maize and Blue, 56-55.
But then Bill Fraumann picked off the rebound after De-
troit's Eric Rucker missed a foul shot, and the Wolverines were
off and running.
FRAUMANN PASSEL) to Fife on the sidelines, and the
hard-working junior drove all the way down the court for a
lay-up that put the Wolverines out in front, 57-56. Fife was
fouled on the play, and when he converted the free throw, it
was 58-56 Michigan.
That was to be the story for the rest of the night. When the
Wolverines were running the Titans into the ground, Fife was
out in front: and when he wasn't out in front, he was helping
to clear the boards, or steal a pass, or get the ball out to
Rodney Ford or Rick Bloodworth.
Coach Orr said it all when he said, "Fife was great out
there. He's a great player. He's not a great shooter but he's a
real competitor.-
Fife showed a little bit of that competitiveness a little later
in the second half, when he drove half the length of the court,
winding in and out of a web of red uniforms, to score another
bucket to put the Wolverines ahead 61-59.
Fife scored the game's next basket, too, on a short jumper
that came after he stumbled and fell backwards about 10 feet
from the basket.
AT ''BIS POINT, Fife, perhaps sensing a chance for the
Wolverines to break the game open, became a little too com-
petitive. Trying to work around a pick set up by the Titans big
(6-8, 223) center Al Peake, Fife picked up his fourth foul of
the night.
With a little over seven minutes remaining in a tight game,
the obvious move for Coach Orr would have been to remove his
junior guard. But Orr left him in, explaining later, "Fife begged
me not to take him out of the game. He promised me he
wouldn't get another foul."
Not only did Fife keep his promise to Orr; he also continued
to spairk the Wolverines' explosion.
With 6:44 left in the game and the Wolverines holding a
rather tenuous five point lead, Fife moved in to steal the ball
from the Titans' 6-6 forward Charlie Owens.
1IFE STARTED and also finished the fast break himself
this time, but his slot was blocked by Eric Rucker. However,
center Bill Frauniani. following on the play, had an easy tap
and the Wolverines inargin was now seven.
Fife got the fast break started on the next play, too, pulling
in a rebound-one of four in the night, all of them coming in
the second half-and by the time the play was over, the Wol-
verines had two more points on the scoreboard.
In all, Fife started the fast break going four times in the
next three minutes as the Wolverines put the game out of reach
of the Titans.
In addition to sparking the Wolverines fast break, Fife
also collected 12 of his 16 points in the Wolverines touch and
go second half.
Still, despite the Wolverines' first victory and Fife's fine
second-half effort. Fife as not entirely satisfied with his own
or the team's performance.
'We all made too many mistakes, too many mental errors
out there." Fife commented. "If we play like that Wednesday
against Notre Dame, we're going to be in trouble.
"But," Fife continued, "I dont think we'll keep on making
those errors.

By PHIL HERTZ-
Coach Johnny Orr's Wolver-
ine cage squad survived an da l v
early s e o n d half scoring
thrust by the University ofp
Detroit and went on to defeat
the Titans, 85-75, last night'
before 8,206 fans at the Uni- NIGHT EDITOR:
versity Events Bldg. ELLIOTT BERRY
The Wolverines scored their '
victory despite a variety ofcame back on a tip-in by A
troubles which befell their six- to tie the score; however,
foot-seven All-American Rudy received a bad break whe
Tomjanovich. spark plug, sophomore
Orr reported after the game, Frank Russell, picked
Tomj anovich injtur ed his fourth foul - the third
starter to do so.
ankle in a freak accident at Michigan failed to take
M o n d a y evening's practice, late advantage of the fo
and for a time was a doubt- Bill Fraumann missed the
ful starter." The Wolverine toss resulting from the
foul, but the Wolverines
mentor added, "The injury regained possession and g
was not aggravated during the one point lead on a free t
game and he should be ready Carter. Detroit lost an
for Wednesday's g a m e at tunity to regain the lea
N o t r e Dame." Tomjanovich Mike Funnell missed a
free throws and Fraumann
said after the game, "It felt off the rebound to starti
fine." break resulting in a F
In addition to the injury, Tom-
janovich got into second half foul Varsity
trouble and had to be rested for M1ICHIGAN
a good portion of the half. Despite G r"
the problems, Tomjanovich was Tomjanovich 24-10 6-
still the game's high scorer with orter 113 1-
26 points and he led Michigan Henry 3-1 0-
with 11 rebounds. Orr commented, Fife 11-7 2-
"Rudy did a pretty good job con- Hayward 0-0 0-
RuyBloodworth 2-i
sidering he couldn't jump or run." Fraumann 4-2 2-
Jim Harding, the Titans' head Team Totals 68-29 36-
coach, was unaware of the injury I DETRO IT
and could only mutter, "I'd hate G F
to play against Tomjanovich with Moore 6-2 4-
Funnell ..-..,, 5-
two good ankles." Peake 19-11 2-
Tomjanovich's adversity seemed Russell 19-9 6-
to bring the best out of the Maize- Jackson 10-5 0
and-Blue. When Tomjanovich left Klassen 2-1 1-
after picking up his fourth foul .ucke ri8-12 2.
with 11:57 remaining in the game,1
the contest was knotted at 54. Eric ,DeSlva 2-0 0
Mcuonald 1-0 1
Rucker then put the Titans on top Owes 1- 0-
for the first, and last, time all Ten s 7-42
night. Michigan then rebounded Team Totals 72-34 21
with a 16-6 streak to gain control
of the game.
Bird Carter sank a free throw to Rose
cut Detroit's lead to 56-55, and
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pointer. Michigan upped its mar-
gin -to 63-58 when, with 7:30 re-
maining, Fife hit a jumper after
Fraumann had pulled down an-
other key rebound.
Peake brought the Titans to
within three by hitting a jumper,
but Carter and Rod Ford each hit
on a pair of free throws to give
Michigan a 67-60 advantage.
Chuck Owens cut the Wolverinel
lead to five with a layup, but the
Titans then missed two opportuni-
ties to move closer when Owens
missed a free throw and Rucker
missed a layup on a quick break.
The latter play resulted in a
Michigan quick break and a
Fraumann two pointer. R i c k
Bloodworth then followed with
two charity tosses to put Mich-I

another story. With Russell lead-
ing the way, the Titans went on
a 15-6 scoring spree resulting in
their only lead of the night, but
then came the foul trouble for
Russell, and Michigan pulled back
out to its safe cushion.
After the game, Orr expressed
pleasure over Michigan's defensive
effort and Fraumann's playing.
The Michigan mentor said, "We're
better defensively thisyear than
last. We didn't let them get too
many good shots, and we couldn't
really do much about Russell. He
really got hot.
"Fraumann provided the spark
we needed. He always hustles."
Orr also added, 'We have a good
group of kids this year - they
really try."
Titan coach Harding was ex-

Al Peake
Detroit
en their
guard
up his
Detroit
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charity 2 igan in command,7- pectedly disappointed after the
Russell Detroit had jumped out to a contest. "We had much too many
quickly quick 4-1 lead, but after Carter turnovers," commented Detroit's
ained a and Russell traded free throws, coach. "We did not execute our
hrow by Tomjanovich and Fife keyed a 12- offense in the first half, and otur
oppor- 2 Michigan spurt that gave the forwards did a very poor job.
d when Wolverines a 15-7 advantage. The We've got a young club and they
pair of Titans were never able to creep may have had a case of jitters."
a picked: closer than five for the remainder Harding pointed to fouls as the
a quick of the initial half. difference in the game. "The real
ife two The second half, however, was key were the missed free throws

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9-4
28-8
20-10
6-1
23-10
14-4
4-1
1-0
1-1
1-0
2-1
109-40
DETROIT
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26-13
112-4
6-2
11-4
7-4
5-2
3-2
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0-0
2-0
74-31

5-4
1-0
7-3
2-1
10-6
1-0
0-0
1-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
27-14
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8-7
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1-0
10-4
3-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
2-0
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and lay-ups." Michigan shot 75
per cent from the free throw line
as compared to Detroit's 33 per
cent-a difference resulting in 20
more points.
Michigan placed four men in
double figures, besides TotnJano-
vich's 26 Carter hit for 17, Fife
had 16, and Ford had 14.
Peake and Russell led the Ti-
tans with 22 points apiece. The
only other Detroiter to hit twin
figures was guard Jim Jackson
who had 10.

-Daily--Thomas R. Copi
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proved able to make fewer errors handling the ball.
than the University of Detroit Michigan started to forge ahead
frosh, turning them around for a shortly after play began but then
94-77 victory last night in the ran into a period when nobody
opening regular season contest for could manage to put the ball
both squads. through the hoop and the Titans
Gerald Baily of the Titans was began to catch up. They made it
high scorer in the game, sinking close for a while but the Wolver-
33 points. Henry Wilmore was high ines came back and went off the
for the Wolverines with 26, follow- court at half time with a 47-40
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John Lockard with 16. Willmore Play under the boards was dom-
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was their first game as they com- the second period, however, thus
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court alone to score followed by
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out to a 62-53 shortly thereafter
and controlled play for the lest
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