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Page 12-Friday, January 5, 1979-The Michigan Daily

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BIG TEN ROUNDUP

State destroys

Wisconsin, 84-55

From Wire Service Reports
EAST LANSING-Earvin Johnson
scored 21 points, including 10 in the last
four minutes of the first half, to lead
top-ranked Michigan State to an 84-55
victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten
basketball opener for both schools last
night.
Michigan State raced to a 22-10 lead
in the first eight minutes of the game,
but Wisconsin then switched to a man-
to-man defense and closed the gap to 28-
26 on two Wes Matthews free throws.

MSU TOOK a 40-32 halftime lead and
the Badgers went cold in the second
half, going without a field goal for the
first 8:06 of the final period.
Spartan forward Gregory Kelser was
held to two points while Ron Charles
and Mike Vrkovich had 12 each for the
Spartans, now 8-1 overall.'
Matthews led the Badgers with 14
points. Wisconsin now is 6-4 overall.
* * *
Illinois 65, Indiana 61
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--Two free
throws by 6-foot-6 sophomore Mark
Smith with five seconds remaining
gave Illinois a 65-61 college basketball
victory over Indiana last night in the
Big Ten Conference opener for both
teams.
Indiana, who led by as many as eight
points during the first half, saw the
Illini outscore them 10-2 in the final 3:16
of the period, including a six-point burst
by reserve Levi Cobb, to tie the score
33-all at the intermission.

THE LEAD seesawed in the second
half, but a 15-foot jump shot by 6-4
guard Steve Lanter put the undefeated
Illini ahead to stay at 45-44.
The visitors pushed their lead to six,
62-56, on a free throw by former Indiana
player Derrick Holcomb, a 6-11 junior
center, with 1:33 remaining in the
game.
With just over a minute remaining,
IU's Ray Tolbert tapped in a shot by
teammate Mike Woodson to trim the
edge to 62-58.
* * *
Ohio State 75, Purdue 71
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Mike Cline sank
four straight free throws in the final 44
seconds last night to give Ohio State a
75-71 victory over Purdue in a Big Ten
Conference college basketball opener.
Cline's foul shooting accuracy
provided the Buckeyes with their

margin of victory, after Ohio State had
blown several 11-point leads in the first
half.
Kelvin Ransey poured in 33 points,
running his two-game point total to 71 in
leading the Buckeyes to a 6-4 overall
record.
JOE BARRY CARROLL, Purdue's 7-
foot-1 center, and guard Jerry Sichting
matched 22-point totals for the Boiler-.-
makers, suffering only their third set-"a
back in 13 games this season.
Sichting's basket with 1:17 to play -
pulled Purdue even at 71-71. Then
Drake Morris fouled Cline and the 6-4'
senior forward sank both ends of a one-
and-one bonus to send Ohio State ahead'
73-71 with 44 seconds left in the game.
Brian Walker fouled Cline with seven
sconds remaining as Ohio State was
stalling out the final moments. Cline
again calmly sank both ends of a bonus"
foul-shooting situation to insure the vic-
tory.

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HUBBARD'S KNEE SORE AGAIN:

Orr juggle
By JAMIE TURNER
While we were gone:
Johnny Orr presented a much-
shuffled version of the Wolverines
against the Golden Gophers last night,
a starting lineup partly decided on in
the aftermath of Michigan's loss in the
opening round of the Sun Carnival tour-
ney during Christmas break and partly
by Phil Hubbard's ailing knee.
Texas Tech's 87-85 victory over the
Michigan quintet a week ago was due to
a lack of effort, according to Orr, who
saw 35 fouls whistled against his club.
Both of Michigan's big scorers, Phil
Hubbard and Mike McGee, sat out
many minutes of the game due to foul
trouble and the Wolverines fell
hopelessly behind the Red Raiders.
Michigan almost came back to win
that contest due to two new faces in last
night's lineup. Alan Hardy, who sat on
the bench in each of the Wolverines' fir-
st six games, came off the bench to
score 24 points and kept Michigan alive.
City Al also collected 11 rebounds in
perhaps the best game of his four-year
career.
"Alan has consistently come off the
bench and done the job for us. Earlier in

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the season, he wasn't doing that," said
assistant coach Bill Frieder. When we
lost (the Tech game) we felt that we
had to make a change and Alan is one of
those changes."
Orr and Frieder had placed Thad
Garner in the starting lineup at the
beginning of the season, in Hardy's old
forward spot. Neither man had yet
For more sports, see
pages 13, 14, and 15.
established dominance in the position
and it was hoped that Hardy' would
react to the challenge and improve his
overall game. That strategy worked.
"I have improved myself from the
beginning of the season about fifty per
cent," stated Hardy before last night's
game. "Having Garner in front did in-
spire me. I trusted the coaches'
decision and I think it has been a good
thing.
"My goal is to go out there and
dominate the game. I have a goal of
eight rebounds and thirteen points a
game, I'm not quite there (6.5 and 11.5,
respectively) yet," added the Detroit
native. "Basically though, it's the
boards."
The "other change" that Frieder
and Orr made was the placement of
Keith Smith at -one guard spot, usually
opposite Marty Bodnar. Smith has
greatly improved as the season has
progressed, with a career high 18 points
notched against Eastern Michigan.
Early in the season, Smith was having
problems with both his shooting and
ball handling. The freshman's shot
selection was poor, and he was making
turnovers.
Even with those problems, however,
it was evident that here was one
Wolverine who knew how to penetrate,

a talent essential to Michigan's
prospects when the Big Ten season
begins.
When Smith came off the bench in the
Tech game and scored twelve points in
thirteen minutes, he and Hardy nearly:
stole the game away from the Raiders,
and his performance on New Year's
Eve earned him the starting spot.
"He gets us moving when we are
tired and adds juice to our.offense," -
said Frieder. "Keith takes the ball- -
handling away from Marty (Bodnar)
which helps him get open for his shot.
He makes the second guard, whether w
it's Marty or Johnny Johnson, a great
shooter."
"He hasn't shown you anything yet,"
states Hardy. "He's still learning and
experimenting. When he learns a few
things, pushes the ball up a little better,
I think we'll have a real explosive

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guard."
Obviously, though, the biggest
change is the day-to-day status of Hub-
bard. This time it isn't a new injury to
his knee that has knocked him out of the
lineup, it's wear and tear keeping him 4
out in much the same fashion Bob'
Lanier's knee keeps him away from the'
Pistons. If this trend continues,
Michigan is in trouble.
Hubb~ard had his knee drained Mon-y
day and has apparently reacted well to
treatment. Trainer Dan Campbell is
encouraged, and the decision whether
or not to play in last night's, game was
made by Michigan's team doctor,
Gerald O'Connor. With eight games w
scheduled in both January and
February, the wear and tear of the-
college season won't be getting any
easier, a fact O'Connor, Hubbard, Orr
and Michigan will have to face in
determining whether or not the
Wolverines are indeed going to be a
challenger for Big Ten honors.

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