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s THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1966

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE T EE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6,1966 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE THREE

Cagers Win Pair To Salvage Fifth in Tourney

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(Continued from Page 1)
ended it was Wichita 100, Michi-
gan 94.
Hit 69 Per Cent
If there was a simple statistical
explanation for the defeat it was
the Shockers' unbelievable 69 per
cent shooting average from the
floor. Jamie Thompson, who could
not earn a starting berth last year
until Dave Stallworth graduated,
was even better. He didn't miss a
shot all night. He was 10 for 10
on the free throw line and con-
nected for nine straight baskets.
Wichita was without its splen-
did playmaker Kelly Pete, but his
sub, Lillard Harris scored 18. An-
other headache was Warren Arm-
strong. The publicized sophomore
with accordion legs stands only
6'2" and plays forward. He also
jumped center and managed to
block a Craig Dill lay-up on his
way to 17 points.
1 "We were outfought," said Mich-
igan's assistant coach Jim Skala
after the game. "We didn't move;
as fast as we should move and
could move. Some of the boys who

year's spectacle was only slight-
ly behind. Duke, number one, to
face the third-ranked Wolverines.
Clearly it was a battle for the
right to be called the best collegi-
ate team in the land.
When it was over, Duke still
had the right on the basis of a
100-93 overtime win.
Best Ever
"That's the greatest comeback
I've ever seen," puffed a perspir-
ing Vic Bubas in the locker room.
Distressed at Duke's eight point
halftime deficit, Bubas. stressed re-
bounding in his intermission pep
talk. But despite the advice Michi-
gan appeared to have the game
locked up with an eight point lead
and three minutes left.
Strack then gave his team an
order to stall unless they had an
opening for a good shot.
The advice seemed sound, but
somehow Duke passed the Wolver-
ines and only a last second lay-
up by John Clawson sent the game
into overtime.
The - Blue Devils managed the
revival with the help of two three

and worn out although it's no ex-
cuse for losing," Strack conceded.
"We made a bad mistake sched-
uling this game the day right after
Duke."
The Bulldogs earned their win
though. The show stealer was 5'10"
guard Larry Shade who directed
the attack and scored 16 points.
Under his direction, Butler ripped
off nine straight points late in
the first half to put the game out
of reach. The halftime score was
41-29 and the Wolverines never
came closer than 11 points in the
second half.
Far West Classic
If there were two certainties
about Portland's Far West Classic
they were 1) Oregon State would
not win it again for the tenth
straight time (the tourney was
entering its tenth year), and 2)
Michigan would win.
One of the nice things. about
basketball is its uncertainty.
When the trophies were given
out there was good old Oregon
State, on paper one of the weakest
teams there, picking up the first
place award to make it ten for
ten.
Michigan? Well Cazzie Russell
was the MVP and set records for
most field goals (34) and most
points (91). The team set a total
point record (263), a total field
goal record (107), a single game
field goal record (38), and a slew
of attendance records . . . in the
consolation bracket.
'M' Missing
In AP Poll
(Continued from Page 1)
won seven in a row, including
victories over Notre Dame and
Wake Forest last week that boost-
ed their record to 9-1.
Kentucky climbed three places
after beating Notre Dame 103-69.,
The Wildcats, 8-0, drew five first
place votes and 299 points, the
latter on a basis of 10 for a first
place vote, nine for second, etc.
The voting was based on games
through last Saturday.
The Top Ten, with first-place votes
in parentheses, records through games
of Saturday, Jan. 1, acid total points
on a 10-9-8 basis:
1. Duke (34) .............9-1 389
2. Kentucky (5)............8-0 299
3. Vanderbilt (1) ....... ...10-1 260
4. St. Joseph's, Pa. .........9-2 197
5. Bradley (1) ..............10-1 195
6. Providence...............8-1 186
7. Iowa (1)................8- 126
8. Brigham Young.......... 8-1 109
9. Texas Western ...........10-0 57
10. UCLA -...................7-3 47

For all the honors, Michigan
was only able to finish fifth as a
result of a first round loss to
Arizona State, 89-87. Ironically,
they set the single game field
goal record in that one.
The Wolverines looked listless
and lethargic until the last two
minutes when Strack was called
for a technical foul. The protest
was mild and Sun Devil coach
Ned Wulk had been barking at
the calls all night without any
action being taken.
This apparently woke up the
players and Jim Myers, who
scored 23 in all, promptly stole
the ball and scampered in for a
lay-up to cut the margin to 82-79
with 1:46 to go.
Michigan then really got hot
and scored eight more points. Un-
fortunately, Arizona State used a
fast break to score seven points
in the same period.
"We wanted to run," Strack
said later, "but they were able to
keep the pace slow. We really
began to move when we used the
zone press, and we probably should
have used it earlier. But you never
can tell. A defense like that is al-

ways a risk. Sometimes it works,
sometimes it doesn't.
"I still think this is a team with
a lot of potential."
In order to get that potential
out in the open, Strack held a
long, sweaty practice the next
day. The concentration was de-
cidedly on defense.
Air Force
Dave Strack isn't really super-
stitious, but he does change suits
whenever his team loses. After
three straight losses it was be-
ginning to look like Strack might
have to show up for future games
in a barrel. But with the coach on
his last snappy sport coat, and
the Wolverines apparently on
their last legs, everything started
to go right and Michigan belted
Air Force 83-74.
Actually the Wolverines were
more impressive than the score
indicated. At halftime they were
on top by 24, but Cazzie scored
only six of his 24 points in the
second stanza and at one point
the lead dipped to seven. Myers
played his finest game of the sea-
son as he led all scorers with 28
points.
Air Force coach Bob Spears;

was impressed. "We have never
played a team with more physical
strength," he said in awe.
Washington State
Oliver Darden missed one game.
but he didn't really have a 24
hour flu. The illness lingered and
weakened him. The unchangeable
weather in Portland didn't help
either. The only inconsistency was
that some days the rain was ac-
companied by thunder. One day
it even stopped for a while.,
But Oliver's moment finally
came when he put on his first
scoring display of the season. He
popped in 19, 17 in the second half,
as the Wolverines knocked off
Washington State 93-81 for fifth
place.
In the final moments of the
game, Cazzie broke open for one
of his patented dunks, but as he
returned to the ground, he got his
foot tangled with a Washington
State defender and took a tumble.
He was rushed to a hospital,
and wasn't around to pick up his
MVP trophy. The X-rays proved
negative to make the night a suc-
cess for Strack.
Concluded Strack, "It looks like
we're ready to go now."

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JOHN CLAWSON STRAINS for a tip in the Duke game as Mich-
igan's Cazzie Russell and the Blue Devils' leading scorer, Bob
Verga, wait expectantly. Verga tossed in nine points in overtime
play to spark Duke's 100-94 victory.

haven't played much grew up to-
night."
San Francisco
No question about it.
It was Cazzie Russell night in
Chicago.
Playing at home for the first
timhe since high schol, Cazzie wow-
ed an ecstatic crown at the Chi-
cago Stadium just before exams as
he collected a record 45 points,
including 35 in the second half
and led the Wolverines to a 96-78
win over San Francisco.
Before the teams were introduc-
ed, Russell received a standing
* ovation when he walked to the
center of the floor with his par-
ents to accept the silver basketball
as the Big Ten's most valuable
player. And the flurries that fol-
lowed more than justified the tro-.
phy.
Ellis Shines
t The Wolverines went out at
halftime with a 45-42 edge over
the team billed as the West Coast's
finest. Lanky Joe Ellis, San Fran-
cisco's All-American, had been the
dazzler in the first half as he
popped five straight long jumpers
and went out with 13 points. The
Dons' burly center Erwin Mueller
ran rampant under the basket and
led all scorers with 17 before the
intermission.
The Wolverines came back at
halftime with a few tricks to plug
up the middle and held Ellis to
seven in the second half as they
were never challenged.
But the Dons were practically
ignored in the second half by the,
stadium crowd as the 12,652 marv-
eled at the offensive display by
Russell. Russell was in the high
post sinking hooks, the corners
slamming in jumpers and out in
front with a relentless attack on
the hoop on his way to 35 of the
51 Michigan points.
The total of 45 points broke
the Chicago Stadium mark, was a
career high for Russell, and
smashed John Tidwell's Michigan
record of 43 points set in 1961.
Duke
The people who schedule games
seem to have a warm spot in their
heart for Cobo Hall in Detroit.
Last year they got a Michigan-
Wichita match when the two
teams were rated one-two. This

point plays, Duke bal stealing and
rebounding. Twice Blue Devil play-
ers went in for shots and were
fouled giving them an extra two
points.
The Wolverines were unable to
put a ball in the hoop as they bat-
ted rebounds around until Duke
managed to regain control.
Verga Leads It
Leading the surge was guard
Bob Verga who scored six points
in the closing minutes and added
nine more in the overtime.
"We just missed too many easy
'shots once we got ahead, and they
hurt," moaned Strack. "The key
plays were those two three point-
ers that cut our lead to three
points and gave them incentive."
Comparing the Wolverines to
UCLA, a two-time Duke victim,
Bubas said, "they're bothigreat
teams. Michigan is stronger on the
boards; UCLA is quicker on the
floor."
Bubas added his praise for Rus-
sell who tied the Blue Devils' Jack
Marin for scoring honors with 30
points. Clawson.added 20 more be-
fore fouling out.
Concluding Strack, "We were a
helluva team for.39 minutes."
Butler
Butler plays its games in a place
called Hinkle Field House, and
right away you get the idea this
is not a team to be taken seriously.
When you find out their starting
lineup averages 6'2", you think
you're right.
If you read that Butler beat
Southern Cal (conqueror of Van-
derbilt) by two points, lost to Ohio
State by one, and lost to Bradley
by three, you begin to change your
mind.
When you hear that they clob-
bered Michigan, 79-64 you start to
realize that Butler is for real.
On the night the Wolverines
played the Bulldogs, very little
could convince Strack that his
team was on the level. "This was
the worst game we played in three
years," he wailed.
Ollie Out
Oliver Darden missed the game
because of a flu attack, and his
loss was apparent as Michigan
was outrebounded, 41-33.
Another problem was an obvious
letdown after losing to Duke only
a day before. "We were very tired

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