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Page 10-Sunday,;December 3, 1978-The Michigan Daily

ALABAMA SECOND STRAIGHT VICTIM, 99-84

Healthy

Hubbard leads Blue

past Tide

\- full court
P'R-SS

Look what s new .. .
...bench
By JAMIE TURNER

tlifts Blue

SINCE THE Wolverines opened practice six weeks ago, Johnny Orr has
been telling anyone who would listen that he has better bench strength
this season than ever before. People guffawed. 'Sure, John,' they would say,
knowing all along that Michigan teams use non-starters for more important
matters like holding down the last seven or eight chairs on the bench.
Well, yesterday Orr's opinion was borne out. Senior forward Alan Hardy
came off the bench to almost single-handedly keep the Wolverines in the
game at halftime. Not only was Hardy solid offensively, but he held
Alabama's outstanding freshman forward Eddie Phillips to only six points in
the last 14:40 of the period, after Phillips had reeled off three buckets against
starting freshman Thad Garner.
"We misjudged Phillips," said Orr after the game. "Garner overplayed
him when he should have given him more room."
"We brought him (Hardy) in for defense," added assistant mentor Bill
Frieder. "That was getting beat and we wanted Alan in there. In the second
half, Thad made some nice plays and rebounds for us. But down the stretch,
we went with our experience - and that was Alan Hardy."
Four seconds after he entered the game, Hardy let fly with a twenty-
footer that found nothing but net, triggering an 11-2 spurt that sent Michigan
ahead, 20-16, after they trailed early, 14-9. It was the Detroit native's own
idea to start shooting.
"Sometimes you just feel that (the shots) are there," smiled Hardy
afterwards. "The coaches didn't tell me to do anything in particular. If they
do, it's usually to come in and pick up the 'D'. Phillips wasn't an easy guy to
check. He could jump well. Thad had his problems with him and I did too.".
Crimson Tide coach C. M. Newton was more direct to the point. "Hardy
just kills us," he said.
King went nowhere
While Hardy was the more flamboyant of the three, Phil Hubbard and
Mike McGee were accomplishing their normal tasks scoring a lot of first-
half points. The Wolverine pivotman notched 12 points from a wide selection
of short and medium range jumpers augmented with an occasional layup
and three-point play. McGee, frustrated in the early going when his
normally accurate jumpers failed to find the mark, went inside and picked
up 11 points.
When Michigan got its fast breakoffense going at full speed in the
second half, McGee picked up most of his 27 points as the lead man on the
break. Most were triggered by outlet passes from Hubbard, who out-
rebounded his All-American adversary, Reggie King 15-9, and outscored
him, 24-11.
Throughout the contest, King was stymied, looking nothing like the
dominant player who scored 30 points last year against Michigan in
Birmingham. "This game was a lot in reversal of last year's," said Newton.
"We haven't had teams crowd Reggie as much (as today)."
Hubbard crowded, pushed, held, fronted and frustrated King, who was
hitting at a-22 ppg. clip until yesterday. "(King) is a big, strong player," said
the 6-7 senior. "I tried to front him and get help (from the guards). When I
fronted him, they went away from him, that was something we thought they
would do."
Lozier's finishing touch
With King negated, Alabama was forced to do most of its scoring from
the outside to stay close. The Tide succeeded in the first half, but sagged in
the final minutes as the Wolverines pulled away for the final margin.
But 99-84 doesn't tell how Orr's bench strength finished 'Bama off. With
just under seven minutes left, two free throws by Tide guard Eddie Adams
cut Michigan's once sizable lead down to three, 79-76. The Wolverines had led
the entire second half, but now seemed in imminent danger of folding like
they did last year.
In came Mark Lozier, who, along with Hubbard, put the game away. The
second-stringer and the star combined for 14 of Michigan's final 20 points.
The two reversed roles, Hubbard popping in the jumpers while Lozier
penetrated the middle for the layups.
"At times, we were running a monotonous offense - doing the same
thing down the floor every time," the junior guard stated. "I noticed that,
and when I came in, I decided to start penetrating. When you do that, people
have gotta commit themselves on you and that leaves a shooter wide open."
At the end, Alabama looked like a very tired team, one that had been
running all day just to keep even. On the other hand, Michigan was tired too,
but possessed just enough heart to gut out the final pivotal minutes,
something absolutely necessary for wins on the road this week against
Louisville and Dayton.
"We really wanted to win this game," added Lozier. "It proved to
ourselves that we can play against this kind of competition."
Frieder was even more positive. "We can go down to Louisville and
Dayton and beat them if we play like we did today."

By BRIAN MARTIN
Phil Hubbard's not just back, he's
better.
The senior pivotman scored 24 points
and hauled down 15 rebounds while
holding Alabama's All-American cen-
ter Reggie King to just 11 points as
Michigan (2-0) ran away from Crimson
Tide, (2-2) 99-84, before 13,609 fans at
Crisler Arena yesterday afternoon.
AFTER A 20-month layoff with a
knee injury, Hubbard put together two
of the finest halves he has played in a
Michigan uniform. The balance bet-
ween the two stanzas could not be any
closer. In' the first half, Hubbard was
five for 10 from the field, perfect from
the foul line twice, and had seven boar-

ds.
Hubbard practically dittoed his per-
formance in the second half, hitting five
of -ten field goals, two of three free
throws, and grabbing eight boards
while playing all but nine seconds of the
entire game.
Hubbard's defensive contribution
was just as important to the win. King,,
last year's Southeastern Conference
player of the year, shot only 35 per cent
(5-14) from the field as Hubbard
hawked him all afternoon, with help
from the guards whenfever Alabama
worked the ball inside.
"HE'S A BIG, strong player," Hub-
bard said of King. "He played well, but
I think he got tired. I was trying to play

him tough and I got help (from the
guards)."
Not surprisingly, Mike McGee led all
scorers with 27 points. The sophomore
forward connected on 11 of 19 field
goals. Most of them came on the inside
or off the fast break, as opposed to the
outside jumpers he hit for his 30 points
against Central Michigan Thursday
night.
Surprisingly, McGee did have some
trouble hitting the outside shot. His
overall shooting percentage was a very
respectable 57.8 per cent, but eight of
his 11 field goals were either layups or
tip-ins. One first half shot from the 15-
foot range hit the side of the backboard.
"I wasn't having any problems
(shooting)," McGee said afterwards.
"I just wasn't hitting the (outside)
shots."
ALABAMA'S Eddie Phillips and Ken
Johnson weren't having many shooting
problems either, as they shared the
Tide's scoring honors with 18 points
each. Guard Robert Scott added 14 of
his own in the losing effort.
Both teams treated the sellout crowd
to a fast-paced close contest. The Crim-
son Tide enjoyed its largest lead after
the first five minutes of the game when
Johnson hit a 10-foot jumper to make
the score 14-9.
Michigan reeled off the next nine
straight points to regain the lead, then
the Wolverines and the Tide alternated
the lead for the rest of the stanza, with
Michigan taking a 53-49 lead into the
locker room.
Two key factors led to the four-point
halftime margin. The most noticeable
was the play of senior Alan Hardy,
coming off the bench in place of Thad
Garner, who was having defensive
problems with Alabama's Phillips, a 17-
year-old freshman.
PHILLIPS SCORED six points in the
first 4:46 of the game as Garner went
for the steal and Phillips slipped by for
two layups and a short jumper. Hardy
reported in to hold Phillips to only six

more points the rest of the first frame.
Meanwhile, Hardy hit some shots of his
own, leading all scorers at halftime
with 14 and finished the game with 20.
"We misjudged Phillips," head coach
Johnny Orr admitted. "Garner over-
played him when we should have given
him more room."
The second factor in the first half was
Alabama's propensity to foul. Michigan
went to the line with 10:20 left, when the
Tide had committed their seventh team
foul, and capitalized on the opportunity,
hitting 11 out of 15 from the charity
stripe. On the other side, Alabama only
converted one of two foul shots.
The second half picked up where the
first left off, with Michigan nursing a
three-point lead, 79-76, with only seven
minutes remaining. At this point, Hub-
bard displayed his outside shooting
prowess and reserve guard Mark
Lozier sparked Michigan's pattern of-
fense to outscore the Tide 20-8 to the
final buzzer.
LOZIER AND Hubbard teamed to
score 14 of those points.
"I was watching the game on the
bench and we were running the same
plays over and over," the 6-3 guard
said. "When I went in, I tried to',mix it
up. I drove ,in and if the shot wasn't
there, Mike or Phil or somebody would
be open. I tried to run the offense."
Lozier ran his own offense well
enough to score seven points by driving
to the bucket for the first time this
season. After his first shot was blocked
("That guy swatted away my first one
good"), Lozier hit his next three
straight, while dropping one of two
from the line.
Missing from the top scorers for
Michigan was starting guard Marty
Bodnar, who only scored six points
compared to the 18 he poured through
Thursday evening. However, those
were against a zone defense where out-
side accuracy is essential, and
Alabama stayed in its sticky man-to-
man defense for most of the game.

Tide washed away

ALABAMA
Min. FG/A FT/A

Phillips .......
Johnson ......
King..........
Hancock ......
Scott ........
Adams...
Lockett.......
Russell-......
Mitchell .......
Hood ........
Meyers...
Team.........
Totals .........

35
31
36
25
28
17
11
9
2
4
2

9/18
9/17
5/14
3/6
7/10
2/
3/5
0/1
0/0
0/1
0/0

0/0
0/0
1/2
0/0
0/0
4/4
1/2
1/2
0/0
1/2
0/0

R
9
6
9
2
3
1
0
i
0
5

A
0
3
1
3
0
0
2
0
0
0

PF
3
5
4
2
4
1
0
1
0

Pts.
18
I8
11
6
14
7
0
1
0

McGee.......
Garner ........
Hubbard ......
Staton .........
Bodnar ........
Smith ...,. .
Hardy.......
Johnson .......
Lozier .........
Heuerman .....
Team .......
Totals .......

MICHIGAN
Min. FG/A FT/A-
38 11/19 5/6
13 4/5 0/0
39 10/20 4/5
IS 3/3 0/0
33 1/4 1/2
10 0/2 0/0
27 8/12 4/.5
10 2/5 0/0
14 3/4 1/2
1 0/0 0/0
200 42/74 15/20

R
6
6
15
0
0.
2
0
0
4
42

A
2
0
3
3
5
3
0
3
0

PF
3
2
2
3
t
2
0
2
0

Pts.
27
s
24
6
3
0
20
,4
7
0
99

Daily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG
YESTERDAY'S EXPECTED confrontation between two All-American centers
never really materialized, as Michigan's Phil Hubbard (right) had a step on
Alabama's Reggie King all afternoon. Hubbard outscored King 24 to 11 and out-
rebounded him, 15 to 9.
WOMEN CAGERS DEFEATED. 76-69:

20 16

200 38/78 8/12 39 10 22

Technical Fouls-Alabama coach
t Hafltime score-M 53. A 49
Att.-13.609

Detroit. victory dampens opener

By ELISA FRYE
It was a valiant effort for a young
team in their season opener, but in a
game that was as sloppily played as the
weather outside, Michigan's women's
basketball team lost to a less careless
University of Detroit team last night,
76-69.
Coach Gloria Soluk was optimistic
before the game. "I expect the kids to
play well," she said. "I'm looking for a
victory."
BUT WITH ONLY three players
returning from last year's team, and 12
new players (ten of whom are fresh-
women) to break in, yesterday's result

didn't come as a surprise. The young
cagers hurt themselves time and time
again, committing 31 turnovers.
Afterwards, Soluk commented, "We
were flat out there. I just don't think we
were ready."
Soluk started only one returning
player, sophomore forward. Brenda
Venhuizen. The other starters were
freshwoman forward Jeanne White,
freshwoman center Penny Neer, junior
transfer Terry Schevers and fresh-
woman guard Diane Dietz.
First half play was inconsistent, but
Michigan seemed to dominate. The last
three-and-one-half minutes of the first
half saw the Titans steal a 29-21 lead
from the Wolverines, and convert it into
a 35-32 lead which they didn't relinquish
for the rest of the game.
A second half comeback effort by the
cagers was thwarted when Schever
fouled out with just 1:42 left. Until then,
Michigan had been able to keep pace
With Detroit, pulling within one of the
elusive, "Big Red" team, 68-67.
Although Soluk was reluctant to label
any players as outstanding, there were
a few stars out last night for the

Wolverines. One of .them was fresh-
woman forward Katie McNamara, who
notched 18 total points to lead the way
for the cagers.
"IT WAS HARD," said McNamara of
her first game in a Michigan uniform.
"It's a lot different from high school;
it's faster paced.
"But I'm getting used to it," she ad-
ded.
Other leading scorers for Michigan
were Neer with 11 points, Dietz with 10

and sophomore center Abby Currier
who chalked up 12 points.
"We were just trying so many
things," said Soluk of the team's first
appearance on the court. "We were
trying to get a lot of kids in the game."
And the large number Df turnovers
seemed to indicate their inexperience.
"We just needed to get a game under
our belts," she said.
The Wolverines' next game is on the
road, Dec. 6 against Louisville.

ummoi

Upstaged in debut
DETROIT

COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

MICHIGAN

I

FG FT/A PF

N.C. State cli
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP)-Charles "Hawkeye" Whitney
scored 20 points and Clyde Austin added 19 to lead sixth-
ranked North Carolina State to a 77-70 victory over Wake
Forest last night in the consolation game of the Big Four*
Basketball Tournament.
Top-ranked Duke met No. 14 North Carolina in the cham-
pionship game.
Whitney, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, collected 12 points in
the second half before fouling out with 9:44 left in the game as
the Wolfpack battled bck froma 41-40 deficit at intermission.
Purdue 58, Nebraska 47
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)-Joe Barry Carroll scored 11
second-half points to lead Purdue to a 58-47 come-from-
behind victory over Nebraska in a college basketball game
last night.
Trailing 27-24 at the half, Purdue installed a full-court
press and then tied the game at 27-all with 16:54 remaining.
Drake Morris led Purdue to a 34-27 lead during a 71/2-
minute scoring drought by Nebraska. Morris led his team
with 21 points. Husker Andra Smith hit two free-throws to
give Nebraska its first score of the second period.
Nebraska pulled within four points with six minutes left,

is Wake Forest
but the Boilermakers turned to the four-corner offense and
hit eight unanswered points, mostly on lay-ups, to ice the vic-
tory.
* * *
Indiana 80, Morehead St. 37
BLOOMINGTON (AP)-Indiana held Morehead State to
a single field goal in a 13-minute stretch yesterday and rode
the game-high 20 points of center Ray Tolbert to an 80-37
college basketball victory.
The 20th-ranked Hoosiers, who lost their last two games in
the inaugural Sea Wolf Classic in Alaska last week, evened
their record at 2-2.
Morehead held several leads in the opening moments of
the game, but the inside play of the 6-foot-9 Tolbert and the
outside shooting of guard Tommy Baker helped Indiana to a
six-point lead, 27-21, with three minutes to go in the first half.
* * *
Northwestern 93, Rice 71
EVANSTON (AP)-Brian Jung scored 22 points and Jerry
Marifke added 20 to lead Northwestern to a 93-71 victory over
Rice yesterday.
The first half was close as the lead changed hands seven
times, the final time when Rice held a 31-30 lead with 3:52 to
play. Northwestern's Larry Lumpkins hit a 12-foot jumper
with 3:20 to play to give the Wildcats the lead for good and
propel them toward a 40-31 halftime bulge.
The triumph was Northwestern's first after two defeats,
while the loss evened Rice's record at 1-1.

LeBach....................
Blackburn..................
Danials..................
Lillie......................
williams....................
East.......................
erry ......................
Messe ..................
Green ... ....................

1 2/4
5 4/8
5 2/5
3 4/6
9 1/5
4 1/1
2 3/4
0 0/0
0 0/0

5
3
4
2
4
4
1
0

Pts.
4
14
12
10
19
7
0
0

vanHusen ...........
White...............
Neer ..............
Schevers..........
Dietz..............
Currier...........
McNamara ........
Harris ............
Sanders ...........
Grier .............

FG/A
2/5
0/1
5/7
1/7
4/16
5/11
8/13
0/1,
1/1
1/1

FT/
5/6
0/2
1/2
3/6
2/4
2/3
2/2
0/0
0/1
1/1

R
3
2
10
3
4
4
3
0
1
0
30

A
4
0
2
4
3
1
1
0
i
0
16

PF
4
4
3
4
3
2
3
2
2
3.
29,

Pts.
9
0
11
S
10
12
18
0
2
3
69

Totals..............29 17/33 24 75 Totals..............27/63 16/27

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