Page 10-Sunday, December 10, 1978-The Michigan Daily
McGEE, HUBBARD DEFLATE DAYTON:
Blue shoots down Flyers, 66-61'
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half, accenting the tone for the after-
The tone from the players was quite
different. Dayton, led by All-American
candidate Jim Paxson who finished
with 21 points, fought doggedly
throughout the game, refusing to lay
dead when it seemed ready for burial.
The lead see-sawed during the first 15
minutes of playas Paxson scored ten of
his team's first 16 points. Dayton saw
its largest lead at three points when
sophomore forward Dave Abel tipped in
a missed shot with 8:35 left, sending the
c'rowd into a frenzy.
DAYTON'S inability to put the ball
through the hole quieted them quickly
as the Flyers went scoreless for the
next five minutes while the Wolverines
slipped ahead for a lead they would not
relinquish for the remainder of the
McGee ended Michigan's first half
scoring with an uncharacteristic slam-
dunk off a fast break, in a thinly veiled
sentiment to the fans.
Michigan returned with a nine-point
lead after intermission to increase it to
11 on a McGee lay-up before the Flyers
reeled off eight unanswered points,
causing Head Coach John Orr to leap
off the bench to plead for a time out.
BUT BEFORE his team could hear,
Payson picked off an errant Tom Staton
pass to hit a lay-up, bringing the Flyers
within three, 43-40.
"We didn't take charge (after half-
time) and missed a couple of baskets,"
Hubbard said. "That let them back into
Michigan returned to the floor in-
spired, with McGee canning three field
goals and Hubbard crashing the board
for ten "official" second half caroms,
although he certainly had at least twice
THE FLYERS came back to pull
within three points four times, the last
coming at 4:06 with the score 60-57.
Johnny Johnson, switched back to
guard, displayed hidden defensive
skills as he was put man-to-man on
Paxson and aided in containing the
high-scoring guard to only seven sE
"Paxson is a fine player," sj
gloomy Orr. "He works hard on o
se. I thought some of those fouls c
on Johnny Johnson were pretty w
JOHNSON WAS not as concerne
terwards, although he did questio
call at the time.
"I was really happy that he (Orr
me on their good scorer. It meant
they think I'm playing good defens(
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38 5-10 4-6
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32 3-11 0-0
39 10-24 1-3
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4 0-0 0-0
1 0-0 0-0
9 0-2 2-2
2 1-2 0-0
1 0-0 0-0
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Both the men's and women's Michigan gymnastics teams had good
showings in the Penn State Invitational meet held yesterday.
In the women's competition the Wolverines took fourth place in the six team
meet but they were only 1.05 points out of first place. Individual performances
from Sara Flom, sixth, and Teresa Bertoncin, eighth, paced the Michigan
From qualified for individual competition in the vaulting horse, bars and
floor exercises with Bertoncin competing on the bars and teammate Mia Axon
participating in the vaulting horse.
In the men's competition Michigan captured third spot behind Southern
Connecticut and Penn State. Nigel Rothwell took third all-around with team-
mates Chris Van Mirello sixth and Bruce Schuchard ninth in leading the
Michigan men's coach Newt Loken commented, "The all-around squad did
a nice job. I'm happy with the number of individual qualifiers we had."
Rothwell qualified for four individual finals. Van Mirello qualified once and
Schuchard made it to two finals. -DAILY SPORTS .
Only show in town ..
.. fans wild' about Flyers
By JAMIE TURNER
Sepecial to the Daily
A T NOTRE DAME they call it the Irish's sixth man; in Dayton it
could be the Flyers sixth, seventh, eighth, etc....
"Dayton is fast, they run like the breeze, they're going to chop the Wol-
verines right down to their knees."-poem to the Wolverines read with eight
minutes left in the first half to 12, 518 fans over the arena's loud speaker.
At this little independent Catholic school there aren't many oppor-
tunities for excitement. Cleveland is three hours away and Cincinnati an
hour's distance. About the only action during the winter season is when the
Flyers play in the Dayton sports arena.
Yesterday over 12,000 screaming, jumping, toilet paper hurling fanatics
very nearly lifted Dayton to an upset win over Michigan. These "fans" did
almost anything for their Flyers, from tossing paper rolls on the floor to
throwing crushed drink cups against the glass backboard to distract
Wolverines at the free-throw line.
They very nearly succeeded. The arena was a madhouse constantly,
belittling the players, coaches and any Michigan fans that were noticeable.
A tight-lipped Johnny Orr expressed anger at the scene-particularly at the
student section which began most of the fracus.
y"I thought they were pretty stupid to throw that toilet paper. I know that
they (Dayton's coaches) hated to see that happen and I'd feel bad if they did
that at our place," said Orr who was struck once by the flying debris. "It
seems to me that if I was a little younger I would have gone up into the stands
and kicked some kid in the ass."
"That just showed me what kind of fans they were," added Mike McGee
who managed 27 points despite the distractions. "Some places it just takes a
little while to get used to the place."
Now enthusiasm is one thing, but the Flyers fans embarrassed them-
selves. Moving from the ridiculous to the absurd, then the obscene, even the
cheerleaders spent much of the afternoon baiting the referees. In contrast to
some Big Teri games where the fans try to gain a home-court edge with their
support, the Dayton crowd merely attempted proceedin'gs whenever an ap-
propriate situation arose.
The WolVerines could have quieted the crowd if they had run away with
the game at the beginning half. Dayton had self-destroyed late in the first
period, watching a 26-23 lead turn into a 39-30 deficit at intermission. A rare
McGee slam drunk puntucated the spurt and Michigan appeared ready to
apply the knockout punch early.
But the Blue went stale coming out of the locker room and had to cling
desperately until the final moments to clinch matters. "Well, we got away
with a victory," said assistant coach Bill Frieder. "It was a typical road
game against a team you should beat after playing reall well and losing a
J.J. 's back
When it came down to the clutch, it was the familiar McGee-Hubbard
Hour again, this time with an assist to Johnny Johnson. McGee had another
poor shooting day, but canned several jumpers off the inbounds pass to keep
Michigan ahead. Almost all the Wolverine outside shooting came from
McGee, as Dayton applied a tenacious combination zone and man-to-man
defense which Michigan had trouble penetrating.
Before the season began Orr stated that Johnny Johnson, who has had
attitude problems in the past, had improved to the point that he might start
with Tom Staton at guard. However, by the Alabama game Johnson had
worked himself into a back-up position behind McGee-insuring J.J. of two
or three minutes a game. Once again it seemed that the coaches had soured
on the Buffalo sophomore.
But now, desperate for some additional scoring from the backcourt,
Orr has returned Johnson to guard and yesterday J.J. responded with his
best basketball to date. Although the statistics don't show it, he ran the
Michigan delay offense well late in the game when the Wolverines needed it
the most. Johnson also assisted on three baskets and scored one himself in
those last five minutes.
"Nobody was going to the ball and moving it," said a pleased Johnson.
"So I decided to take and start moving."
Hubbard didn't score much in the second half, but he totally dominated
the defensive glass, controlling over 20 caroms (the box score shows only 13
rebounds for Hubbard, a gross and unexplainable inaccuracy). The Flyers
sagged on Hubbard all game long, holding him to "only 17" points.
"Hubbard has made a great comeback," concluded Orr. "He needs this
kind of competition. He went up for some rebounds late in the game for us
and he was really getting after them down three on defense. I think as he
plays more he'll keep getting better. "
So the Wolverines return from their important road trip 1-1, a loss again-
st Louisville after playing well and a win over Dayton on an off day. They
have only Western Michigan in the next couple weeks as Orr and Frieder
continue to develop this young team. By the Big Ten season starts January 4,
the preliminaries will be over and we'll all find out how good this 1978-79
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