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Tourney-Bound Wolverines

' Acting Assistant Sports Editor
Special To The Daily
EAST LANSING -- Hard nosed
defense and John Bennington's
patented lane - driving o f f e n s e
against the Wolverines' board con-
trol and sharp-shooting from the
field had been expected.
Well, there was hard nosed de-
fense and a lane driving offense,
anyway ...
The Blue didn't take care of
their part of the action, and MSU,
with some good supporting work
from Michgian, was in control
from the start, and took an 86-77
decision here last night going
The Big Ten crown is a little
dented, a little dulled, but the
head under it has not changed.
This loss marks the third consecu-
tive year that the Wolverines have
dropped their last regular season
game . . and the third time it
has had no effect on the sub-
stantive outcome of the confer-
ence race. The only race it did
effect was the duel between Cazzie
Russell and Dave Schellhase for

Big Ten scoring honors. Russell's
game-high 34 topped his rival's
output by three last night, and
gave Michigan's All-America the
title by 14 total points.
Didn't Mean Anything
They kept saying it didn't mean
anything.. .
Michigan had already wrapped
up the conference championship
and the coveted NCAA shot for
the third straight year. All the
match-up with Michigan State in
the regular season's finale could
be was a good exhibition game in
a long rivalry, a matter of pride.
That was enough. Jennison
Fieldhouse was packed like an in-
duction center, as students, locals,
the working press, and anyone
with enough pull to address Big-
gie Munn by his first name
(Clarence) - the fans who had
anticipated this toe-to-toe to be
a blood bath between the cinde-
rella Spartans and powerful Mich-
igan for Big Ten honors and that
Regional slot - didn't seem to
notice the difference. Judging by
the atmosphere of fanaticism,
maybe there really wasn't one.
The game was played and a lost

on the floor, not off the back-
boards. While rebounding was
fairly even, the shooting was not.
State started fast and finished
fast, staying at a steady 50 per
cent all game. The Blue started
off shooting poorly . . . but got
Michigan, a team that has been
sinking buckets at a rate of 60
per cent or better over the past
three conference matches, went
to a dismal 39 per cent from the
floor. The statistics read like bat-
ting averages, and the shots were
not being forced, just blown.
But the game was won and lost
on more than just that. Stan
Washington, Matthew Aitch, Bill
Curtis, and Steve Rymal each
turned in one of their best games
of the year . . . if not the best.
Washington Hot
Washington popped in 11 of 14
from the field and took nine re-
bounds off the crowded boards.
He is 6'3"; and has always been
trouble for Michigan. Last night
he was murder.
His quick cut-in to the basket
from the corner has been one of
State's bread-and-butter plays all
season. It ran like a picture time
and again, as he beat Jim Myers
flatfooted and took floater passes
from Rymal, Bailey, and Aitch in
mid air and layed them in before
coming down.
"Washington was perfect on
those plays tonight," said State
coach John Bennington after the
game. "He hasn't had much luck
with it for the past couple of
games. They've more or less been
anticipating his moves and stop-
ping him. But this time the cuts
were so quick that he couldn't be
stopped, and the passes were al-
ways right there."
State's "little men"-Rymal and
Bailey-were big problems too, as
they picked off important re-
bounds inside while the Blue front

line was being drawn out by Aitch
at the foul-line, and Washington
and Curtis on the wings. Rymal
(6'1") had three key rebounds in
the first nine minutes.
"You have to give a lot of credit
to Matthew (Aitch) also," added
Bennington. "He did a real good
job of denfensing Russell even

though Cazzie did score a lot of
"We figured Cazzie could hurt
us inside an doutside with his
shooting, but at least if he stayed
out he couldn't kill us on the
Actually Russell tied for re-
bounding honors with 11, and led

the scoring. And in spite of Aitch's
good effort, the 6'8" center appear-
ed to be outmatched even under-
Always Underrated
Last to receive praise was Cur-
tis, as always the Spartans' un-
derrated man. State's captain
turned in another fine perform-
ance, especially from his center
spot on defense, where he is us-
ually ignored.
"Bill is the man who has to
play constant pressure ball," ex-
plained Bennington. "He's the one
who has to keep the other team
from back-dooring us, which is
done so often to break our de-
"You've got to give MSU cred-
it," said Michigan's Dave Strack
after the loss. "They played a
fierce game and deserved to win.
"They are a good, quick team,

but a quick team always looks season ended it this way: "I'm
twice as fast when you're a half not happy about this loss, but
step slow. We won't play like that we're not through yet. You can
again." always profit from losing, and I
Strack, with experience in los- think we will."
ing this last game of the regular Western Kentucky is next.
Spartan Express

Washington 11-14 1-4 9 4 23
Curtis 10-21 6-7 11 3 26
Aitch 6-13 0-1i 9 5 12
Bailey 1-5 3-4 2 0 5
Rymal 5-12 5-7 5 2 15
Geistler 1-5 1-1 6 2 3
Miller 1-1 0-0 0 1 2
Holmes 0-10-0 0 0 0
Kupper 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 35-72 16-24 42 17 86


Claws.on 1
Darden 5
fMyers '+
Russell 13
Pitts A
Totals 31

-16 3-
-10 2
-14 0-
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1-6 0-
1-2 0-
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-80 15-

-4 9 4 15
3 4 5 12
-1 11 3 8
0 11 4 34
-0 1 0 2
0 0 0 2
0 1 0 0
2 2 2 4
20 39 18 77
45 41-86
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Big Ten Standings

Cagers Trounce NW
Russell Sets Record


Michigan State
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Acting Sports Editor
Last Saturday afternoon, Michi-
gan defeated Northwestern, 105-92,
to win their predicted third
straight Big Ten basketball cham-
That, in precise, unemotional
language, is what happened this
It's accurate all right, but it's
not right. It's as correct as it is
to call Lindbergh a pioneer pilot,
Charlie Brown a fictitious comic
strip character, Cassius Clay a
boxer, or sex a noun.
Everythin is true, but there Is
so much more to the story, and
you just can't tell it properly with-
out a touch of emotion, a tinge of
pride, and a ton of enthusiasm.
The Wolverine win was a. climax
that made the Michigan State
game only a denouement. It was
not perfection because there is
no such thing, but it was a beau-
tiful whole that was greater than
the sum of its parts.
No Jigsaw
In putting all the pieces to-
gether, we could start back when
the Wolverine coaches conned 'a
high school hot shot named Rus-
sell into playing all his home
games in the first field house ever
built. (Michigan has the habit
for being the first to do everything
and never changing it afterward.),
But starting with Cazzie would
A be a tale of Michigan basketball
not an episode of one game. In-
stead we can move up to March 2,
1966 when David Strack, head
coach, blew out the candles on his
birthday cake for the ---- time in
his life.
Strack, however, is a basketball
man. He likes to celebrate with a
winning team. Strack knew that
his birthday could only be an
aesthetic success if his squad gave
him a present on Saturday-he
didn't have cufflinks in mind
Son Like Father
Two hours before the North-
western tussle was to commence,
David Strack the younger led a
junior high all-star team onto the
floor of Yost. A few hundred miles
away Max Walker, a junior high
sized player, led an aggregation of
Indiana players onto the main
court in Bloomington.
When the final horns blared,
Strack Junior had a victory in
Ann Arbor, and Walker and Hoo-
siers had a win over Michigan
State. Not necessarily fate, luck,
or the breaks. But it sure looked
like somebody somewhere liked
the Wolverines.
By the time that old field house
on State Street was beginning to
get bloated. It was "spring vaca-
tion" for all of four days in the
beginning of March, but nearly
NCAA Regionals
at Raleigh, N.C.
Duke (23-3) vs. St. Joseph
Syracuse (21-5 vs. Davidson
at Iowa City
Kentucky (24-1) vs. Dayton'
MICHIGAN .17-7) vs. Western
Kentucky (24-2)
at Lubbock, Texas
Cincinnati (21-5) vs. Tex. West.
(23-1) or Okla. City (24-4)
SMU (16-8) vs. Kansas (22-3)
4 at Los Angeles
Oregon St. (20-6) vs. Houston
Brigham Young (22-4) vs.
Utah (18-6)

every student high-tailed it out


Full House
Yost was packed, full, crowded
and Jammed with the missing
students. Ticket manager Don
Weir still hasn't figured it out
where they came from. They were
there because this day was spe-
When Strack brought out his
team, the place went wild, and
enough banners were held up to
make the place look like Shea Sta-
dium on sign day.
It was undoubtedly one of the
most enthusiastic crowds ever.
When Cazzie Russell was intro-
duced for his -final home appear-
ance, the yelling was so loud and
long that somebody had to nudge
Oliver Darden to tell him that the
announcer, had called out his
No 'o'
It was the last home game for
the Big '0', too. The same for
five other seniors who had been
along for two previous trips to
NCAA finals. That was the goal
again, and as Strack said later he
wanted to "escalate." You know,
after finishing third and second
you have just got to try and make
it all the way.
The invitation for the chance
was held out with a friendly smile.
All Michigan had to do was beat
the lowly Wildcats. No, the day
wasn't perfection, but the Wolver-
ines made their first four shots,
and that eight point lead never
was diminished.
In the second half, the lead
oscillated from 15 to nine before a
spurt put the game out of reach
once and for all. That second half,
however, was the story of an indi-
vidual, because the Wolverines
were already in. How else could
the game be concluded but with
Cazzie Russell breaking the Michi-
gan scoring record?
Almost Utopia
No, the game wasn't perfect, but
awfully close. Sir Cazzie the noble
player who passed up good shots
all year to feed his teammates
with dazzling passes, decided to
score. In all he took 34 shots, not
a gluttonous total, but with his
accuracy it was enough. He made
20 of them and had 48 points for
a new record.
Afterwards Strack was asked
why he didn't let his superstar
stay in to break 50. "He doesn't
need to score 50 to be remem-
bered," pshawed the happy coach.
"People will remember Cazzie be-
cause . . . he's Cazzie."
At that point, football coach
Tony Mason ran up to Strack and
embraced him in bear hug. Plant-
ing a big smacker on Strack's
forehead, Mason summed up the
day as he gushed, "I could have
Cazzie Skins the Cat
Darden 8-15 3-4 17 4 19
Clawson' 2-7 0-0 9 3 14
Myers 7-11 0-0 8 3 14
Russell 20-34 8-11 7 1 48
Thompson 5-8 0-0 3 1 10
Bankey 2-4 0-0 2 2 4
Dill 3-5 0-0 3 3 6
Pitts 0-1 0-0 2 0 0
Brown 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Delzer 0-1 0-0 1 1 0
Tillotson 0-1 0-0 2 1 0
Totals 47-87 11-15 61 19 105
Kozlicki 8-20 2-2 6 3 18
Weaver 9-18 2-3 8 2 20
Pitts 3-12 3-4 13 1 9
Burns 13-3512-14 12 4 38
Tiberi 3-12 1-1 4 0 7
Cummins 0-0 0-0 1 2 0
Totals 36-97 20-24 48 12 92

Saturday's Results
MICHIGAN 105, Northwestern
Wisconsin 69, Purdue 68
Illinois 106, Iowa 90
Indiana 86, Michigan State 76
Ohio State 94, Minnesota 89
Last Night's Results
Michigan State 86. MICHIGAN
Northwestern 84, Illinois 76
Purdue 92, Ohio State 86
Iowa 86, Indiana 77
Wisconsin 87, Minnesota 74

-Daily-Kamalakar Rao
battles Spartans Stan Washington (24) and Bill Curtis (25) for
the rebound in last night's 86-77 State win, Russell nosed out
Purdue's Dave Schellhase for scoring honors with back-to-back
48 and 34 point performances.

3M Finishes Fourth to Champion MSU

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Special To The Daily
EAST LANSING-Too many ifs!
There lies the answer to a fourth
place finish by the Wolverines in
the Big Ten Indoor Track Cham-
pionships. For the Michigan thin-
lads or anyone else to surprise the
rampaging Spartans, it was neces-
sary for the breaks to fall exactly
the right way. No round pegs in
square holes. Jenison Field House
was full of square holes.
Yes, contingencies. Anyone fore-
casing a Wolverine victory last
Friday afternoon would have had
to trap the prediction in a maze of
contingencies. Michigan State had
the power; the remainder of the
league had the hopes.
Long Afternoon
At 4:15 Saturday afternoon,
MSU had 50 points and their first
Big Ten Indoor Championship
tucked away. Wisconsin, their clos-
est contender, totaled 38, the Iowa
Hawkeyes racked up 35, while the
Wolverines garnered 34.
It was a loss only in the physical
aspect for Michigan though. They
performed well, came up with
their traditional surprise successes,
and were a mere :00.6 from the
runner-up spot.
Moving into the final event on
the program, the mile relay, the
Michigan cindermen found them-
selves in a two-way tie for sec-
ond place with Wisconsin, while
Iowa was a thin point behind. To
the winner went the second-place
Iowa had turned in the best pre-
meet time, a 3:14.9, which was
three seconds faster than the
clockings recorded by both Wis-
consin and Michigan. One of the
Iowa foursome, Fred Ferree, was
injured in the 440-yard dash fi-
nals, and was replaced by Dennis
Kohl, evening things up.
Up to Expectations
The race turned out to be
everything it promised, with Wis-
consin barely nipping Iowa at the
tape in the time of 3:17.0. The
Wolverine quartet of Marion Itoey,
Clive Laidley, Bob Gerometta, and
Alex McDonald were a shade be-

hind, finishing in 3:17.6. Gero-
metta turned in the best Mich-
igan split, a blistering :48.4 quar-
Wolverine coach Don Canham
is a man accustomed to winning,
his teams having taken seven of
the previous ten indoor crowns,
but he was smiling as the mile re-
lay ended. "That was one hell of
a race," he said.
"Two things hurt us," Canham
pointed out, "or we would've had
second place - McDonald's dis-
qualification in the 600 and Cana-
mare's failure to place in the pole
vault. Other than that, we per-
formed real well. In these meets,
you've got to expect to fall down
in some events and come up in
others, though," he continued.
McDonald, running easily, won
his trial heat in the 600-yard run
in the time of 1:14.2. The judges
disqualified him for momentarily
leaving his lane early in the race.
Speaking of the effect of McDon-
ald's loss to the team on Friday
night, Canham said, "The thing it
hurts most is the morale. The
cost of a disqualification is im-
'Erase the Ifs'
"It just knocks the hell out of
you," the Wolverine coach contin-
tied. "We were going pretty good
out there until that happened.
Now, we'll have to squeeze every
point we can get." Erase one of
the 'ifs'.
George Canamare, Michigan's
pole valuter, had topped 14'6" in
every meet this season, but missed
three tries at 14'4" in competition
Saturday and failed to place. Erase
another 'if.' Erase the second;
place finish.
But where were the upsets? Not
even the most optimistic observers
figured that Jim Mercer and Ken
Coffin would take 1-2 in the 1000-
yard run for Michigan. That's
just what the pair did however,
Mercer tying the field house rec-
ord of 2:13.1, and barely clipping
teammate Coffin at the wire.
Hoey put in a fine effort in the
440-yard dash, adding fourth place
points to the Michigan ledger in
his season's best. Competing in a

tough field, Wolverine sophomore
Jim Dolan grabbed a third in the
two mile for more markers.
Shot Record
Michigan's star weight man,
Jack Harvey, was expected to out-
class his competitors in the shot
put, and he easily did just that.
He tossed the 16-pound iron over
2'6" farther than his closest op-
ponent, setting a Big Ten record
on his first toss, and then heaving
the oversized ball bearing 58'31 /"
on his next throw to break the
mark. Wolverine junior Steve
Leuchtman added support with a
fifth place.
Simple Coup
Michigan State accomplished
their coup very simply. All MSU
did was to sweep the first three
places in the 70-yard low hurdles
and 70-yard high hurdles. That
rare feat gave the Spartans 24
points, and should prompt some
kind of anti-trust proceedings
against the MSU hurdling monop-
oly of Gene Washington, Clinton
Jones, and Bob Steele.
Washington, who won both
events, snapped the Big Ten and
field house marks in the high
hurdles with an :08.3 time. After
the meet, he emphasized that "all
three of our performances are
helped by the fact that we've got
two teammates who are pushing
and helping us. It's a great feel-
An elated Fran Dittrich, MSU's
track mentor, said he had only
countetd on his trio for "nine
points, not twelve, in each event."
Sparts who netted other firsts
included Jim Garrett, who won
the broad jump, and Dick Shar-
key, who set a Big Ten record with
a 9:01.4 mark in the two mile run.
Wisconsin, listed by'some as the
co-favorite going into the meet,
gave its trainer a field day as one
after another of their established
entries came up with injuries. Ger-
ald Beatty, a defending champion
in the high hurdles, came up with
bad feet, Barney Peterson, de-
fending champion in the 1000-
yard run, injured his transverse
arch, which prevented him from
running on his toes, and Tom
Dakin, a top hurdler, injured his

thigh. No breaks for the Badgers
Not everyone went home happy.
Illinois coach Bob Wright, com-
menting on the times of some Il-
lini cindermen, remarked, "My
wife can run faster in high heels
and a tight girdle."
LONG JUMP-1. Garrett (MSU).
MILE -- 1. Wieczorek (Iowa). 5.
Kelly (M). Time-4:09.7.
440-YD. DASH-i. Whipple (W).
4. Hoey (M). Time-:48.5.
70-YD. HIGH HURDLES-1. Wash-
ington (MSU). Time - :08.3 (Big
Ten, field house record).
1000-YD. RUN-1. Mercer (M). 2.
Coffin (M). Time-2:13.1 (ties field
house record).
SHOT PUT - 1. Harvey (M). 5.
Leuchtman (M). Distance - 58'3y"
(Big Ten record).
HIGH JUMP-1. Stuart (Minn). 2.
Densham (M), tied with two others.
60-YD. DASH-1. Pinder (I1I). 3.
Ward (M). 5. Brown (M). Time -
600-YD. RUN-1. Mondane (Iowa).
4. Grove (M). Time--:111.2.
300-YD. DASH-i.° Weddle (Ind).
Time- :1.2.
POLE VAULT-1. Albrecht (NW).
880-YD. RUN-I. Latigolal (W).
TWO MILE--I. Sharkey (MSU). 3.
Dolan (M). Time-9:01.4 (Big Ten
70-YD. LOW HURDLES-1. Wash-
ington (MSU). Time-:07.9.
MILE RELAY - 1. Wisconsin. 3.
Michigan. Tiine-3 :17.0.

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