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age 8-Saturday, December 9, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Blue hopes or rebound
after Louisville squeaker

BY JAMIE TURNER
If a good basketball team is supposed
o win at home and split on the road - if
good squad is supposed to bounce
ack from a tough loss with a good per-
ormance - then Michigan will find out
ow good it is today.
This afternoon, the Wolverines face a
ossible letdown as they travel to
Dayton to battle the Flyers, themselves
'-solid team looking for a national
anking. Michigan will attempt to
ebound from its heartbreaking two-
oit loss to Louisville and win its first
oad game of the year.
"(Dayton) is certainly not as talented
s Alabama or Louisville," said
ssistant coach Bill Frieder, "but they
ork hard and we'll have to play well to
at them."
Both teams have won two of their fir-
t three games, though Michigan has
layed by far the tougher schedule
(Central Michigan, Alabama and
touisville to Dayton's Wittenburg, Mc-
Neese and Eastern Kentucky) and both
are coming off two-oint defeats,
Dayton dropping a 72-70 decision to
Eastern Kentucky.
The Flyers have never beaten the
Wolverines in six previous meetings but
sport an All-American candidate at
guard in senior Jim Paxson, a 6-6 four
year starter who is averaging over 23
pqints a game. "Paxson is a great
player," added Frieder. "He's a blue
chipper who will definitely be playing in
the pros. Tom Staton will start off
guarding him.
Staton, who hasn't quite recovered
fully from his bout with bronchitis, will
be relieved by Mark Lozier and Johnny
Johnson - who impressed in Louisville
with his outcourt shooting. Orr and
Frieder plan to play the Buffalo
sophomore more in the next couple of
games in hopes of taking some of the
scoring burden from Mike McGee and
Phil Hubbard.
In contrast to Michigan's prior op-
ponents, Dayton is strong at the guard
position and coach Don Donoher is
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couiting on his backcourt to control the
game. Joining Paxson is junior Jack
Zimmerman (6-2, 15 ppg), the Flyers'
second leading scorer. A good outside
shooter, Zimmerman works best
without the ball in Dayton's deliberate
pattern offense.

to get somebody open," added Frieder.
"You've got to remember that last year
they came into our place and led us for
38 minutes before we came from behind
to win. They've got good height and
balance and ou rbiggest task is boun-
cing back from the Louisville game."

MICHIGAN LINEUPS DAYTON
Thad Garner (6f7)....... F .......Mike Kanieski (6-10)
Mike McGee (6-5)....... F .......Tim Pohlman (6-7)
Phil Hubbard (6-7)....... C .......Richard Montague (6-9)
Tom Staton (6-3)....... G .......Jim Paxson (6-6)
Marty Bodnar (6-1)....,.. G .......Jack Zimmerman (6-2)

Dayton starts youth in the frontcourt
against Michigan. Freshman Richard
Montague will start at the'pivot against
Hubbard with sophomore Mike
Kanieski (6-10, 10.7 ppg) at one forward
and junior Tim Pohlman (6-7, 4.00
ppg.), on the other, probably opposite of
McGee.
"They come down the court and set
up the offense and try to pick and pass

Thursday and Friday practices were
good and morale apparently hasn't
been affected by Wednesday's loss, ac-
cording to Frieder. "Coach Orr and I
looked at films from the Louisville
game and I don't think we would've
done anything differently," he said.
"We played a good game and so did
they. It's no disgrace losing on the road
like that. We just hope to get it turned
around Saturday."

MICHIGAN GUARD Tom Staton drives past Alabama's Reggie King in the Wolverines 98-84 win last weekend over Alabama.
The Blue cagers' luck changed Wednesday however, as Louisville edged them at Freedom Hall, 86-84. Today Michigan will
attempt to bounce back against Dayton in an away contest. Overall, the cagers are 2-1.

TWINS STILL GET KOOSMAN:
Carew vetoes Giant deal

By The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. - Rod Carew
listened for three hours to San Fran-
cisco owner Bob Lurie yesterday and
then rejected a trade that would have
sent the seven-time American League
batting champion from the Minnesota
Twins to the Giants.
Carew's veto did not prevent the
Twins from acquiring veteran left-
hander Jerry Koosman from the New
York Mets in a deal which had seemed
to hinge on Minnesota's ability to com-
plete the transaction with the Giants.
"He was elated," said Mets' General
Manager Joe McDonald, who had
delayed the deal until there was noop-
tion.
IN EXCHANGE for the 33-year-old
Koosman, the Mets received minor
league pitcher Greg Field and a player
to be named later. -New York had wan-
ted left-hander Phil Nastu in the
Koosman deal. Nastu was one of the
three players the Giants had agreed to
ship to the Twins for Carew.

"I am disappointed that the trade
wasn't made, but I am also somewhat
encouraged that Carew removed ab-
solute objections to San Francisco,"
Griffith said.
Griffith said Carew's objections to'
the swap did not involve money. Carew
is entering the option year of his con-
tract and would be available on the free
agent market next winter if he does not
sign. He has been reportedly seeking a
five-year, $3.5 million contract.
AFTER THE Koosman trade was

announced, Cleveland and Texas com-
pleted a major swap of third basemen.
The Indians sent Buddy Bell to the
Rangers in exchange for Toby Harrah.
Bell, 27, the son of ex-major league
Gus Bell, had been a top priority in
trade talks at major league baseball's
winter meetings. To get him the
Rangers surrendered the long-ball
power of Harrah, a 20-year-old veteran
who has played both shortstop and third
base for the Rangers.

Blue women cagers
look ingforfirst win

BY LIZ MAC
The women's fountain-of-youth
basketball team tries to regain some of
the stuff it displayed in the second half
of last Wednesday's game when it takes
on the Indiana State Sycamores at
Crisler Arena today.
The cagers are looking for their first
win, having lost to the University of
Detroit in the season opener. But the
team, composed of only one junior and
the rest sophomores and freshwomen,
is beginning to feel a little more con-
fident with each game and ongoing
practices.
"We're settling down a little," obser-
ved first-year player Diane Dietz, who
hit for 20 points against the Cardinals.

"We're getting used to playing
together."
Freshwoman Katie McNamara
agreed. "You can feel it in practice."
It takes time to become familiar with
teammates' style of play. "We didn't
play together much in pre-season
because of the competition."
Hopefully, the team will make
greater use of the fast break, which
enabled Michigan to narrow the margin
in the Louisville contest. Erasing a 22-
point deficit, the Wolverines had pulled
within one before losing, 76-69.
The coaches have also been stressing
defense, which was quite an adjustment
according to McNamara. "There isn't
too much defense in high school basket-
ball."
Junior Terry Schevers, who tran-
sferred to Michigan this year, said the
comeback was "nice to see. The deter-
mination was there."
"Indiana State is very good,"
Schevers said. "If wp win, I'm sure it
will be an upset."
A string of home games follows for
the Wolverinesr who host Western
Michigan on December 13, Adrian on
the 12th and Grand Valley on the 22nd.
The game today starts at 1:00.

thfLie kai/'
By the Associated Press
Leach, Bo honored
WASHINGTON-Quarterbacks Chuck Fusina of Penn State and Rick
Leach of Michigan were honored last night by the Pigskin Club of
Washington during the organization's 41st annual dinner.
In addition to Fusina and Leach, co-winners of the NCAA offensive
player of the year award, the club honored guard Greg Roberts of
Oklahoma, NCAA lineman of the year; Bo Schembechier of Michigan, coach
of the year; and halfback Charles Alelxander of Louisiana State University,
for outstanding achievements on the football field.
The Pigskin Club also honored Willie R. Jeffries and quarterback Nat
Rivers, both of South Carolina State, as coach and player of the year, respec-
tively, of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
William Hayes and running back Timmy Newsome, both of Winston-
Salem State, received the coach and offensive player of the year award,
respectively, for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assocition.
The Club also honored former Washington Redskins receivers Charley
Taylor and Jerry Smith.
Wilt to shoot again?
CHICAGO-Wilt Chamberlain, one of the greatest players in National
Basketball Association history, reportedly is considering coming out of
retirement to join the Chicago Bullets as a second-string center.
Chamberlain, 42, according to a story in The Chicago Tribune, has met
twice with Jonathan Kovler, managing partner of the Bulls, and plans to
visit Chicago soon for further discussions.
Kolver said he met Chamerblain by chance recently at the La Costa
Country Club near San Diego. "We started out kibitizing," Kovler said. "But
then I told him I was serious, and he said he was serious and that he would be
coming to Chicago soon for some other business."
Chamberlain would be back-up center to Artis Gilmore, Kovler said. "In
our search for a backup center, we've left no stone unturned. We think the
combination of Wilt and Artis would be unbeatable," Kovler said.
The 7-foot-2 Chamberlain, the only pro to ever score 100 points in a game,
hasn't played in the NBA since 1973 when he became player-coach of the ill-
fated San Diego franchise in the defunct American Basketball Association.
He now is playing professional volleyball and is reportedly 30 pounds below
his NBA playing weight of 300 pounds.
USC tackle injured
LOS ANGELES-Defensive tackle Ty Sperling of the University of
Southern California football team will miss the Rose Bowl game against
Michigan because of a knee injury suffered in the finale of the regular
season.
Coach John Robinson said yesterday that the 225-pound sophomore has
undergone surgery to repair ligaments torn in last Saturday's game at
Hawaii.
Sperling was fourth on the team in tackles with 64. He will be replaced by
freshman Dennis Edwards who had 41 tackles, during the season.
Sperling was named the ABC-TV defensive player-of-the-game for his
performance against UCLA in USC's Rose Bowl-clinching 17-10 victory.

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