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*1 f The Michigan Daily-Sunday, February 4, 1979Page 9
Micigan comes aliive to betIlni7_5;

- full court
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PRE-

Fast break slows...
... shooters on the bench
By BRIAN MARTIN
Lou Henson was still shaking his head fifteen minutes after the game
had ended.
"It's one of the saddest days, not because we lost, but because, when you
work hard to teach people to play the game of basketball and then every time
somebody moves they reach out and grab."
Illinois' propensity to reach and grab was the only reason that Michigan
won the game yesterday. Henson's squad committed an astounding 31 fouls,
with all but seven of them coming in the second half.
The Wolverines went into the bonus at the 13:12 mark of the second half,
and received 15 opportunities to shoot one-and-one. Of these, Michigan
missed the front end of the bonus four times and a total of nine charity tosses
off the bonus.
There was no reason for the Illini to be in the game as long as they were.
With all the opportunities the Wolverines received, the men in the orange
should have been worrying about how their hair looked on television rather
than trying to pull the game out, despite their haphazard play.
"Our free throw shooting was lousy," understated Johnny Orr. "It's a
mental thing for us now."
Lacking offense
Mentality aside, Michigan shot an unimpressive .667 (26-39) from the
foul line, which provided the winning margin. However, the most glaring
weakness of the team continues to be its inability to put the ball through from
the field.
The Wolverines.shot a dismal .390 from the floor, led by Mike McGee's
10-for-27 performance. This is nothing new. Thursday night in Bloomington
the Wolverines hit only 24 of 61 attempts. That works out to .393. Not too im-
pressive for a team that was promoted as a run-and-gun, fastbreaking,
sharpshooting squad.
What has happened to that pre-season team? Before the Windsor
holocaust way back in November (Michigan won 122-77), Michigan held an
intrasquad scrimmage, complete with officials and a 15 minute clock. Orr
set his teams with the starters against the reserves as he only had ten
healthy bodies available when Paul Heuerman had his hand in a cast and
Mark Bodnar limped around in a foot cast.
The teams were explosive. In the first period, the starters Phil Hubbard,
McGee, Thad Garner, Tom Staton, Johnny Johnson) beat the reserves (Alan
Hardy, John Garris, Marty Bodnar, Keith Smith, Mark Lozier) 66-64 with
both teams pressing all over and fastbreaking at every and any oppor-
tunity.
They played another fifteen minutes with the starters winning 54-
52-they must have been tired.
I am reminiscing to that period of time to show that the Wolverines had
no trouble at all stinging the twines in Crisler Arena. And they certainly
didn't display any knack for the art of defense by both teams allowing a total
of 236 points in thirty minutes.
.The current Blue contingent demonstrates a total turnaround in team
concept. The pre-season notion stood at the best defense would be a potent of-
fense, which the Wolverines had. Now, it's the defense that has enabled them
to struggle to their current 5-5 mark in the Big Ten.
With all the trouble Michigan is having to score from the field, it seems
ironic that Orr continues to keep his more accurate shooters on the bench.
Marty Bodnar, prior to yesterday's contest, led the Big Ten in field goal per-
centage by hitting at a .603 clip, the only conference player to hit over 60 per-
cent of his shots. Alan Hardy is third in the conference at .586.
Yesterday Bodnar played only 12 minutes and took one shot (he missed
it). Hardy recorded 22 minutes on the court, which is misleading since Orr
wanted to replace him with four important minutes left but had to rescind
when Hubbard fouled out.
Problems for McGee
Conspicuously missing from the top shooters is McGee, whose flat jum-
pers haven't had nearly the success they had last year in his freshman cam-
paign.
"McGee still isn't shooting well," Orr had to say again yesterday. Yet
the sophomore from Omaha still logged 37 minutes on the court, despite his
poor shooting and questionable shot selections at times. Hardy took a bad
shot in the second half and Heuerman was at the scorer's table in a flash.
"I don't know why I didn't play much in the second half. If you knew that
and I knew that we'd both be into a lot of money," Hardy said after the game
yesterday.
If there weren't a question to answer, maybe the Wolverines would be
into the playoff picture.

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By DAVE RENBARGER good measure. Staton played a terrific The Wolverines mane
ded for much of the second half by game overall, scoring ten points and baskets in the second ha
seemed like a three-man advan- adding eight rebounds and six assists 17 by the Illini. But a 22
Michigan managed to sink enough Mike McGee's 25 points led five vantage from the line n
hrows down the stretch to record a Wolverines in double figures, but his up the difference.
Big Ten triumph yesterday over season-long shooting slump continued. ILLINOIS COACH L
prone Illinois at Crisler Arena. McGee was but 10 of 27, and had seven more perturbed at his
e three guys in the striped shirts of his shots blocked by the taller Illini. the officials.
rently befriended the Wolverines Coach Johnny Orr was animated in "Even if I thought th
lftime, and while it might not have the post-game press conference, ob- poor job, I wouldn't say
an eight-on-five ballgame, the viously pleased that his team bounced the way we played," sai
erines certainly came out on the back so well after playing poorly at In- defense was just reac
end in the tug-of-war over the of- diana last Thursday. "None of 'em made too many foolish f
s' whistle. come easy for us anymore," he said. "You don't have to N
E REFS could generously be "We've got a little more fire even figure out how to win,"
ibed as inconsistent, at first let- though we've lost a few games. We're son. "If they're shootir
ill sorts of things go unnoticed, and not giving Up.,, the second half, what's
whistling down even the slightest AN UNCHARACTERISTIC move by Let them keep shooting.
ANUCAtCEITC.oeb on the line."
ict' Orr in the first half may have influen- BUT THE Illini follow
he first half, for instance, Illinois ced the officials' view on the game. The tactics. As a result,
d up only seven team fouls. It was Michigan coach joined the crowd in fouled out, including
erIllni wr e asleford s4apzr, berating one official for failing to call
e Illini were called for 24 per- Illini guard Rob Judson for elbowing Foul pi
s. defender Keith Smith.Fo t'p
i the Wolverines, whose free throw efThen, after play had stopped, Orr ap-
ng has been anything but reliable proacheae official and elbowed him MICHIGAN
converted on five of their last six prsached the nelbowed hm Mim FG/A
just below the neck, risking the McGee ............37 10/27
pts in the last 37 seconds and automatic technical foul that usually Hardy...........22 4/8
d the game's final seven points to accompanies such action. The ref didn't Hubbard...........35 4/9
victory that could very well have call the technical, but sure called the Staton............37 2/6
he other way.-game closer after that. smith.............. 35 4/9
VIMY STATON sank the two most Michigan (now 5-5 in the Big Ten) Heuer........1720/t
tant freebies, with Michigan up established a 34-29 halftime edge, but Garner.............5 0/0
Alan Hardy hit the other three, the Illini managed to stay within Team Rebounds ...
dded a bucket at the buzzer for striking distance despite their fouls. Deadball Reb'ds... -J

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aged only nine
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players than at
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Wolverines
Mark Smith, and leading rebounder
Neil Bresnahan.
Instead of capitalizing on their many
opportunities at the line, however, the
Wolverines decided to make things
more interesting, missing four times on
the front ends of one-and-one chances.
,"We just can't get away from
anybody," said Orr. "If we'd make
those free throws, we'd have a little
cushion."
NO SUCH cushion was to develop,
however, and Michigan's situation
wasn't improved when center Phil
Hubbard picked up his fifth foul with
3:32 left: Hubbard hit a driving layup to
give the Wolverines a 63-59 lead, but
was called for a charging foul on the
play.
And when freshman James Griffin
connected on a layup with 59 seconds
left to pull the Illini within two, 67-65, it
was time for Michigan to stall. Twenty
seconds elapsed before Staton's cluth
free throws closed the door on the Illini
for the final time.
Griffin led Illinois with 16 points,
while Bresnahan single-handedly
dominated the glass, grabbing 18
rebounds.
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Bresnahan........ 30
Cobb.............29
Holcomb ..........20
Smith............ 19
Judson ...........33
Johnson ........... 13
Lanter ............ 16
Griffin............ 20
Range ............ 17
Lubin............2
Leonard......... 1
Team Rebounds ...
DeadballRebe s....
Totals .............200
Fouled Out: Bresnahan,

24 /61
INOIS
nFG/A
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2/8
1/3
4/7
4/7
4/8
1/1
8/16
2/2
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0/0
29/62

FT/A
5/10
3/4
6/10
6/6
3/5
0/0
3/4
0/0
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26/39
FT/A
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2/2
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Holcomb, Smith

Halftime: Michigan 34, Illinois 29
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MICHIGAN'S Keith Smith (25) seems to be giving up in exasperation as his shot is,
blocked by Illinois' James Griffin in Michigan's foul-filled 74-65 victory over the
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Bucks lose to Hoosiers,

By The Associated Press
BLOOMINGTON - Mike Woodson
made four free throws and Scott Eells
three in the final two minutes as In-
diana held off seventh-ranked Ohio State
70-62 in Big Ten college basketball
yesterday.
The Hoosiers, 5-5 in the league, upset
the conference leaders without making
a field goal in the final seven minutes.
Butch Carter's jump shot with 7:96 to
play, giving Indiana its biggest lead of
the second half at 57-48 was the
Hoosiers' final field goal of the game.
_ Ohio State, 8-2 in the league after its
second loss in three days, rallied to a 61-
60 deficit on a Kelvin Ramsey field
goal. Ramsey, who had 20 points and
Herb Wi!iiams, who scored 26, sparked
the comeback.
All five .Indiana starters finished in
double figures. Woodson led the balan-
ced scoring with 16, Ray Tolbert had 15
and Landon Turner contributed 14.
I SCORES
Other College
Detroit 91, Georgetown 71
Clemson 74, S. Carolina 64
Du~ke 87, Maryland 78

MSU 61, N'Western 50
EAST LANSING - Senior Gregory
Kelser scored 18 points as Michigan
State blew open a close game in the
Big Ten Standings

Conference

Ohio State
Iowa
Purdue
Michigan State
MICHIGAN
Illinois
Indiana
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Northwestern.

W
8
8
7
6
5
5
5
3
2
1

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2
2
3
4
5
5
5
7
8
9,

All Games
W L
13 6
15 4
17 5
13 5
11 1
17 5
13 9
8
8 11
5 14

of the game, favoring the leg slightly
and scoring just four free throws.
The Spartans lead was 21-19 at half-
time after they missed numerous chan-
ces from in close during the first 20
minutes of play.
* * *
Purdue 54, Wisconsin 48
MADISON - Purdue's onrushing
Boilermakers, sparked by Joe Barry
Carroll's 20 points, outlasted Wisconsin
54-48 yesterday for their fifth con-
secutive Big Ten basketball victory.
Wisconsin, 2-8 in the conference,
trailed by three 32-29 at the half and
then tied the score at 42-all on a Claude
Groory basket with 4:49 to play. But
Gregory, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward
who led the Badgers with 14 points,
fouled out moments later.
Joe Chrnelich followed him to the
bench with 4:20 left, on a foul that
enabled Purdue's Arnette Hallman to
sink a pair of free throws that put the
Boilermakers back in front to stay.
* * *

70-62
Iowa 97, Minnesota 71
MINNEAPOLIS - Ronnie Lester
scored 17 points and dished out six
assists last night as Iowa clobbered
Minnesota 97-71 and moved into a tie for
first place in the Big Ten basketball
race.
The Hawkeyes scored 11 straight
points midway through the first half
and then scored 17 of the last 21 to
assume a 45-25 bulge at halftime.
Iowa's 8-2 record tied the Hawkeyes
with Ohio State, which dropped a 70-62
decision at Indiana yesterday after-
noon.
Lester, Iowa's speedy guard from
Chicago, scored two quick baskets
early in the second half as the
Hawkeyes ran up a 54-27 lead.
Kevin Boyle added 15 points for Iowa,
which raised its overall record to 15-4.
Steve Krafcisin had 14, Dick Peth 12
and William Mayfield 11 as seven
players reached double figures for the
Hawkeyes.

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Illinois at Purdue
Indiana at Northwestern
MICHIGAN at Ohio State
Michigan State at Iowa,
Minnesota at Wisconsin
second half and rolled to a 61-50 victory
over Northwestern in Big Ten basket-

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