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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, January 28,i 199-Page 7
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Bodnar s clutch layup beats buzzer, 56-54

By JAMIE TURNER
Special to The Daily
CHAMPAIGN-C'mon guys, this is
getting boring.
Tom Staton's acrobatic steal and
leaping pass to Marty Bodnar for a
layup as the horn sounded lifted
Michigan to another heart-stopping 56-
54 Big Ten victory over the slumping
Fighing Illini.
For the suddenly resurgent
Wolverines the win was their third in
theiz' past four outings, while the Illini
suffered their third loss in a row after
winning 16 of their first 17.
With the game tied at 54 all and 1:19
left in the contest, Illinois tried to hold
the 'ball until the final few seconds
before putting up a winning shot.
Illinois coach Lou Henson went to the
four-corner offense in hopes of finding
Derek Holcomb free of Phil Hubbard
underneath.
But with about 11 seconds left, Hub-
bard knocked away a Perry Range pass
before it reached Holcomb, and in the
ensuing battle for the ball was fouled by
the Illini pivotman with just nine
seconds left.
After a Michigan timeout, Hubbard
went to the line with a one-and-one.
However; the Michigan senior missed
the first opportuity, and Holcomb grab-'
.bed the rebound with plenty of time left
for the winning basket.
Disdaining a time out. Holcomb
passed the ball upcort to guard Bob
Judson, who then tried to dump the ball
off to Neil Bresnahan for a jumper. But
before he could, Staton and Bodnar

double-teamed Judson and Staton
finally knocked the leather loose.
"I knew (Judson) wanted to get the
ball to Bresnahan," said a joyous
Staton afterward. "I hear somebody
yell for the ball, so I just went and
threw it downcourt. I didn't even look at
the basket. I rolled out of bounds,
hugging a cheerleader's leg, and
looking at the clock."
"When I saw -him tip the ball down-
court that's when I broke for the
basket," smiled Bodnar. "I didn't know
how much time was left, but I knew
there ,was nine seconds left before the
free throw. I saw Tommy going out of
bounds and yelled for the ball. -
"I thought about shooting the jumper,
but it was just reactions or instinct that
told me there was enough time for the
layup."
Coach Johnny Orr recognized the dif-
ference between yesterday's Michigan
squad and the Wolverines of a few
weeks past. "A month ago we wouldn't
have done that, come from behind,"
said Michigan's mentor. "I'm proud as
hell of these kids,. we've come back
from a lot of adversity, with injuries
and all. We just didn't quit."
Michigan had fought from behind
almost the entire game, never having
more than a two-point lead and falling
behind the Illini 29-24 at the inter-
mission. Once again the Wolverines
were sluggish out of the gate, and they
were especially hurt with terrible free
throw shooting. Michigan sank just four
out of 11 chances in the first 20 minutes.

The Illini were almost as bad. Illinois
shot just 29.7 per cent in the first half,
with Levi Cobb contributing 10 points
and seven rebounds. Michigan coun-
tered with a balanced attack from Hub-
bard, Mike McGee and Alan Hardy,
who combined for 19 points and 18
caroms by halftime.
Michigan came out for the second
half with the knowledge that Michigan
State was being badly beaten by Nor-
thwestern and began slowly creeping
up on the Illini. For the first time since
the Wisconsin game, McGee was fin-
ding the range on his jumpers while
Hardy and Hubbard were hitting un-
derneath.

Finally with 4:56 left, McGee put
Michigan ahead 50-49 with a pair of free
throws. Two minutes later McGee for-
ced his way inside for a layup and a foul
on Holcomb for a three-point play that
gave Michigan a 54-531ead.
Twenty-one seconds later Cobb made
the first of a one-and-one after being
fouled by Hardy to even things and set
up final frantic 1:46.
McGee's 25 game-high points were a
welcome return to form for the Omaha
sophomore. "The last couple games I
really didn't get mentally into the,
game," said McGee. "Somedays you
feel better than others and are able to
get more things going good like today."

...: . .,..-.
M1 c 1amara 'sfree throws
clinch wom~ren's victory
By GEOFF LARCOM
Special to The Daily
CHAMPAIGN-They call it' Orange Crush spirit at Illinois, where
basketball is now king. And Michigan's women cagers saw all the orange
they cared to yesterday, nebding a pair of free throws by freshwoman for-
ward Katie McNamara with just 17 seconds left to skim the Illini, 58-57.
AFTER MbNAMARA'S tosses upped a precarious Michigan lead to 58-
55, the Illini responded with a bucket by center Mary Pat Travnik. The
Wolverines avoided a foul on the play and were able to run out the last five
seconds to preserve the victory and raise their record to 10-7.9
"I knew if I missed the free throws, they'd have 17 seconds left to get off
a shot," said a relieved McNamara, who led the team with 21 points..
Aiding McNamara for Michigan was forward counterpart Abby Currier,
who had 17 points while leading the team with ten rebounds.

/ ' :.~~ tull court
M ichigO an bou~nces back..".
..Staton takes chiarge
By GEOFF LARCOM CHAMPAIGN
I'D WRITTEN Michigan off. I really had.
After those two brutal losses at Purdue and Wisconsin and the
squeaker at Northwestern I saw only more problems ahead for the
Wolverines.
The Ohio State loss only served to deepen that impression. Despite an
improved effort, the Wolverines got nowhere against the massive Buckeyes.
The Wolverines at that time were said to lack leadership. The intensity
just wasn't there. Johnny Orr described the problems to injuries, but
everyone has injuries. It's all part of college basketball.
Well I along with all the other prophets of doom forgot one thing. We
forgot about Tom Staton.
Staton was everywhere yesterday in Champaign and against Michigan
State on Thursday. Stealing the ball, hounding his man inessantly, moving
the ball around on offense, whatever. nr h
The effects of the bronchitis Staton contracted. earlier in the season are
gone. The Wolverine co-captain got the sickness and had trouble shaking it
off. In Orr's words, "He had a hell of a time getting back." But Staton is now
100 percent and his presence is helping to galvanize the Wolverines into the
ballclub everyone thought they would be.
"Staton is a terrific leader," said assistant coach Bill Frieder. "He's
what we needed. He pulls everybody together."
You can't just look at a box score to see Staton's value. It comprises the
intangible the audience doesn't always see: Dogged defense, choking off an
opponent's rally with a steal, and finally stability.
Staton's been as far as college ball can take him. He knows what it takes
to win in the Big Ten. "I don't try to take shots necessarily," said an elated
Staton. "I just make sure everyone knows where to go. I try to mediate bet-
ween the bench and the players, like sort of a semi-coach."
The crowd can't always see leadership, it simply in large part deter-
mines the final score.
Nobody in the crowd at Champaign could deny Staton's effect in the
game however. After deflecting Rob Judson's pass at midcourt with five
seconds to go, Staton in one motion snared the lose ball and threw it to Marty
Bodnarbefore falling out of bounds.
Unmolested, Bodnar layed the ball in at the buzzer. Credit Staton one
assist, Michigan one in the win column.
Staton isn't doing it alone, of course. In the wake of his resurgence, the
other two Wolverines with determination and experience caught fire.
Senior forward Alan Hardy grabbed a game-high ten rebounds against
the Illini, eight of them off the defensive boards. Meanwhile Phil Hubbard,
aripplJed knee not withstanding, played all but two minutes of the game. The
center snared seven caroms while netting eight points. On Thursday night,
Hubbard led the Wolverines in both rebounding and point scoring against
Michigan State.
For Staton at Champaign, one statistic. tells the whole story. In all he
handed out eight assists, including the finisher at the buzzer.
Staton is aware of what he, Hardy and Hubbard mean to the Wolverines,
and he is comfortable playing that role. /
"Some people said we might not get out of the second division this year,"
Staton said. "Well, after being rated so highly, we said, 'It's time to go now.'
The Northwestern win helped and the Michigan State win really helped.'
And now after two startling wins, second place seems almost around the
corner for the Wolverines. Infected witl} their Staton induced fever, the
Wolverines are playing with poise and a confidence that things will work out
well in the end.
"Although we were down five at the half things were wild in the locker
room," said Frieder. "The attitude was 'Hey, we're going to win this
game."'
And sure enough, down five points the Wolverines came back and did
just that.

Blue buzzing

ILLINOIS
Min. FG/A FT/A

MICHIGAN

Bresnahan ....
Johnson ......
Cobb ........
Smith ..:.....
Judson ......
Range.......
Griffin......
Lubin. .....
Holcomb .
Team.........
Totals .........

32
18
32
36
36
12
12
4
18

3/10
1/7
4/8
4/13
5/8
0/3
o0/
2/2

0/0
0/0
5/8
3/4
0/0
0/0
0/
0/0
O0

R
7
4
8-
7
3
3
2
1
,3
2
40

A
2
1
I
4
2
1
0
0

PF
3
2
2
2
2
3
4
3

Pts.T
6 McGee ........,
2 Hardy........
13 Hubbard ......
11 Staton .........
10 Smith .........
0 Bodnar, My...
g Heuerman.
p Lozier ........
4 Garner ........
Team.......
54 Totals .'........
Att.-16,473

Min.
38
32
38
34
18
22
15
1
2

FG/A FT/A1
9/18 7/8
5/8 0/01
3/9 2/8
i/5 0/0
0/3 0/0
5/9 0/0
0/2 1/3
0/0 0/0
010 0l0

R
8
10
7
5
3
2
1
0
0
3

A' PF
0 2
1 5
2 4
8 1
3 0
4 0
1 .4
0 0

Pts.
25
10
8
2
0
10
1
0
0
S6

ILLINOIS
FG/A FT/A R A PF
Brauer .............. 2/8 2/4 14 0 3-
Kordas .............. 3/7 0/2 2 0 0
Travnik............ 1/7 2/2 7 1 3
Hutchinson...........0/4 0/0 1 0 4
Morency........... 0/2 2/2 3 0 0
Carmicheal ......... 7/15 0/1 6 9 2
Li. Robinson........4/9 4/5 0 2
Gallagher...........2/5 0/2 4 2 I
Flannigan...........0/!0 0/0 0 0 0
Ly. Robinson ........3/6 :a/4 2 0 2
Team ....... ......9
Totals ............... 22/63 13/22 54 36 17

Pts.
6
6
4
0
2
14
12
4
.Q
57

MICHIGAN

FG/AF
Dietz ................3/13
McNamara .......... 8/19
Harris............... 2/6
Schevers ............0/3
Currier .............. 8/19
Sanders............3/5
Neer................ 1/2
Hansen..............0/0
Smith ............... 0/0
Team..............
Totals ............... 25/67

FT/A R
0/0 3
5/6 5
0/0 9
2/4 2
1/2 10
0/0 1
0/0 2
0/0 0
0/0 0
10
8/12 42

A
2
0
0
3
1
1
0
0
0

PF
4
3
4
4
4
3
0
0
0

Pts.
6
21
4
2
17
6
2
0
0
58

8 22

200 23/61 8/12

12 17

200 23/54 10/19 39 19 16

Halftime score: Michigan 26, Illinois 21

Halftime score: Illinois 29, Michigan 24

BASKETBALL ROUNDUP
Wildcats jolt Spartans, 83-65

By The Associated Press
EVANSTON-Rod Roberson scored
20 points and Northwestern never
trailed en route to an 83-65 upset victory
over fourth-ranked Michigan State
yesterday.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 4-4
in the Big Ten while Northwestern gave
Coach Rich Falk his first conference
triumph after seven losses.
The game was close through he first
12 minutes and was tied seven times,
the last time at 14-14. Roberson then hit
a layup to put the Wildcats in front to
stay.
Northwestern opened a 39-29 halftime
Big Ten Standings.

lead as the Spartans' leading scorer,
Greg Kelser, failed to make a point in
the first half. He was held to four points
for the game after averaging 17.5
Northwestern converted 13 out of 13
.from the free throw line in the first half
and hit 29 out of 33 in all.
Brian Gibson added 16 points for Nor-
thwestern and Jerry Marifke and Mike
Campbell each made 12.
High for MSU was Earvin Johnson
with 22 points and he was the only Spar-
tan indouble figures.
Maryland 67, Irish 66
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-Larry Gib-
son converted athree-point play with
one second remaining yesterday,
giving Maryland a 67-66 upset victory
over top-ranked Notre Dame.
The Terrapins, 14-5, blew a 12-point
lead in the second half, with Notre
Dame taking the lead for the first time
at 64-62 during a 9-0 streak.
The Irish upped their advantage to 66-
62 with 1:39 remaining before Gibson,
who scored 11 points, tallied
Maryland's remaining points.
Purdue 73, Wisconsin 60
WEST LAFAYETTE-Purdue's Joe
Barry Carroll scored 25 points yester-
day, including nine during a second-
half surge that cut off a frantic Wiscon-

sin rally, as the Boilermakers beat the
Badgers 73-60.
The Boilermakers led the entire
game, building leads up to 21 points
early in the second half before Wiscon-
sin rallied behind Claude Gregory, who
hit five straight baskets that chopped
the Purdue lead to eight, 51-43.

Carroll then scored six straight
points on a pair of baskets and two free
throws to give the Boilermakers some
breathing room, and then Jerry
Sichting, who finished with 23 points,
connected and Purdue's lead was back
at 12. Wisconsin never came closer than
10 points after that..

-1
SPORTS OF THE DAILY

Lattany sets new school high jump record

Conference
W L
Ohio State 8 0
Iowa 6 2
Purdue 5 3
MICHIGAN 4 4
Michigan St. 4 4
Illinois 4 4
Minnesota 3 5
Indiana 3 5
Wisconsin 2 6
Northwestern 1 7
Yesterday's Results
MICHIGAN 56> Illinois S4
Ohio State 66, Indiana 63 (OT)
Northwestern 83, Michigan State 65
Purdue 73, Wisconsin60
Iowa 81, Minnesota 64

Overall
W L
13. 4
13 4
15 5
10 6
ii 5
16 5
8 9
11 9
8 9
5 12

By STAN BRADIIURY
Michigan high jumper Mike Lattany
leaped seven-foot-two and a quarter to
set a new school indoor record last
night in the Michigan Relays held at the
Track and Tennis Building. But the big
event of the night proved to be the two-
mile relay in which four teams, in-
cluding the Wolverines, qualified for
the NCAA indoor nationals to be held at
Cobo Arena March 3.
Tim Thomas, Steve Elliot, Jim
Baumgartner and Greg Thomas com-
posed the two-mile relay squad which
placed fourth behind other qualifiers
Western Michigan, Toledo, and Eastern
Michigan.
"I thought he was going to do seven-
three," said Michigan track Coach
Jack Harvey after Lattany missed his
third attempt at that height. "I know he

(Lattany) can do even better."
Other Wolverines who did personal
bests at the meet were Andrew, Bruce
with a 6.1 timing in the 60 (good for
second), James Ross leaping 23', eight
and one-half inches in the long jump
(finishing second), Ken Gardner win-
ning the 600-yard dash in 1:11.2 and Bill
Weidenbach finishing third in the two-
mile run at 8:57.2.
Michigan's Don Wheeler was first in
the 60 high hurdles with a 7.38 timing
and joined Arnett Chisholm, Gary
Hicks, and Charles Crouther on the
winning shuttle hurdle relay team.
Tim Thomas, Hicks, Baumgartner
and Elliot were the members of
Michigan's victorious distance medley
relay team.
"I think basically we did pretty
good," said Harvey.

Tumblers tipped
- Special to TheDaily
MINNEAPOLIS - Michigan's men
gymnasts were barely nipped by Big
Ten champion Minnesota last night,
206.25 to 205.35. The Wolverines won the
high bars and pummel horse events,
but missed the services of Chris Van
Mierlo, who didn't make the trip due to
a shoulder separation.
Splashing around
Special to The Daily
BLOOMINGTON - Michigan's'
women's swim team followed in the
men's footsteps yesterday by defeating
the Indiana Hoosiers 97-45 in a dual
meet.
The tankers, now 71 on the season,
SCO RES
College Basketball
Bowling Green 75, Eastern Michigan 70 tOT)
Clemson 6i6, North Carolina 61
Nebraska 66, Kansas 6i4 (oT)
Western Michigan 65, Kent State 64
Central Michigan 77, Toledo 66
N. Carolina St. 87, Virginia 6i7
Dayton 120, Ashland 90
Indiana State 77, Creighton 69
NBA
San Diego 111, Clepland 110
NHL

received double victories from Katy
McCully, Marie Palko, Linda Kendall,
and Barb Weinstein.
COLUMBUS:- Meanwhile,
Michigan's synchroaized swimmers
placed second out of six teams,
finishing with 65 points to the host
Buckeyes' 125 points. Sue Cassidy and
Ruth Pickett paced the Wolverines with
second place finishes.

MODEST WINNING STREAK SNAPPED
Irish flatten Blue icers, 10-7

By BILLY SAHN ,
It was a game of frustration for
Michigan's hockey team last night,
and a game of psychological ups and
downs for both the Wolverines and
their opponents, Notre Dame. The
Irish outscored the icers 10-7,
although the final score doesn't truly
reflect what happened out on the ice.
For two straight periods,
Michigan was outplayed clearly by
Notre Dame. With the score 5-2 at
the end of the first period, Notre
Dame notched three goals compared
to the Wolverine's one. This put the
Irish ahead of the icers 8-3 at the end
of two.
IT WASN'T until the third period
that Michigan came alive offen-
oianl eaov i4e --------- . T...1. :

score gave the junior a hat trick for
the night.
"Lerg played super," said
Michigan coach Dan Farrell. "He's
making quite a contribution."
But, Michigan played well only for
one period. It takes three good
periods to win a game.
"THERE WAS a breakdown in the
totald defense," commented
FIRST PERIOD
scoring: 1. ND-Brown (Michalek, Brownshidle)
1:56. 2. M-Olver cofiman, Miller) 5:21. 3. M-Lerg
(Manning) 6:52. 4. ND-Schneider (Poulin) 10:21. 5.
ND-Meredith (Poulin, Schneider) 12:31. 6.
ND-Olson (Burke) 12:35.7. ND-Poulin (Schneider,
Meredith) 19:25.
Penalties: M-Giver (higlf sticking) '0:59.

Farrell. "The lack of concentration
left something to be desired."
For example, four seconds after
Notre Dame's third score of the
night, Irish wing Dick Olson shot the
puck right off of the center face-off.
circle and scored on Wolverine star-
ting goalie Peter Mason.
mason seemed to have never
recovered from that quick score,
and gave up a fifth goal to Notre
Dame's Dave Pouling in that period.
THIRD PERIOD
Scoring: 12. M-Tessier (Blum, Sutton) 1:14. 13.
ND-Perry (Michalek, Friedman) 2:58. 14.
ND-Brownschidle (Meredith, Michalek) 6:35. 15.
M-Wheeler (Lerg, Todd) 8:56. 16. M-Lerg (Todd)
9:17. 17. M-Lerg (Manning, Miller) 14:06.
Penalties: ND-Weltzin (charging) 5:16. M-Cof-
fman (high sticking) 5:16. M-Lundberg (roughing)

Mason, the winning goal keeper
last night against the Irish, was
removed from action as Farrell sub-
stituted Bob Sutton. Instead of going
into the locker room down 3-2 at the
end of the first, Michigan left the ice
down by three.
6UT WHERE Notre Dame domi-
nated the first two periods, the Irish
gave way in the third. Ahead 10-4,
Notre DAme could not keep their
pace up, and a shoot out resulted.
"We played a hell of a third
period," commented Farrell. "We
couldnt get into it the first two
periods, and the third we did."
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