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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, February 18, 1979-Page 9
Smokin' Spartans slaughter Wolverines
"" a ~ .~ ~.By DAVE RENBARGER moved all year," said MSU coach Jud In all, Michigan treated the region
t,\ 4. N e pspecial toTheDaily Heathcote. "When you move (like TV audience to 32 miscues, and MS
EAST LANSING-Don't blame NBC
for featuring yesterday's Michigan-
'Michigan State game as its Big Ten
Game of the Week. The network had no
way of knowing that the Spartans were
going to turn it into the Big Ten Blowout
of the Year.
MSU, a team hungry for its second
straight conference championship,
wasn't about to take any chances in the
battle with its intra-state arch-rival.
The rejuvenated Spartans dominated
the game from the opening minutes,
cruising to an incredibly one-sided 80-57
stomping of the Wolverines.
THE TRIUMPH kept the onrushing
10-4 Spartans just one game behind Big
U Ten co-leaders Iowa and Ohio State
with four games left. MSU has now won
its last six games after suffering back-
to-back losses to Michigan and North-
western last month.
As for the Wolverines, the loss
strengthened their grip on the middle of
the pack. Michigan is now 7-7 and tied
for fifth place.
The eventual outcome was never
,.,really in doubt. The Spartans raced out
IDY FREEBERGto a 22-6 lead less than 12 minutes into
orched the the ballgame, much to the delight of the
ated yester- 10,004 frenzied Jenison Fieldhouse par-
. From there MSU, led by stars
Gregory Kelser and Earvin Johnson,
ngs continued its systematic destruction of
Michigan, taking an insurmountable 38-
Overall 16 lead at halftime.
Wver. THERE WAS a time not long ago
18W 5 when Mike McGee alone would score 16
16 7 points in a half. But yesterday -the
18 5 Wolverines could do nothing but turn
20 6 the ball over. And, when they
19 7 managed to hold onto it long enough for
13 9 a shot, they would invariably miss it.
15 11 Incredibly enough, the halftime stat
9 14 sheet revealed that Michigan's tur-
8 15 novers outnumbered their field goals
5 18 attempted in the first half-20 to 19. The
Wolverines' offense looked like it was
stuck in one of the snowdrifts in the
v 57 parking lot. Working against the Spar-
tans' 2-1-2 zone, Michigan could do
nothing but spin its wheels, never get-
"Our zone was moving the best it's
that), you knock the ball loose and stop
Michigan coach Johnny Orr was im-
pressed with more than just MSU's
zone. "I think they were just tremen-
dous," said Orr. "I don't think there is
anybody in the country who could have
beaten them today."
THE WOLVERINES set the tone for
the entire afternoon by failing to get a
shot offon any of their first five
possessions. It took the Spartans a few
minutes to start clicking, however, and
Michigan actually held a 6-5 lead with
five minutes gone.
But Michigan State turned the one-
point deficit into a 16-point edge by
reeling off 17 unanswered points in a
.7:31 span. The Wolverines missed nine
shots in a row and committed almost
every type of turnover in the rulebook.
During the stretch, MSU's Kelser hit
on a jumper to become the all-time
Spartan scoring leader. Kelser, who
scored 20 points on the day, eclipsed
Terry Furlow's old mark of 1777 points.
Kelser's teammate Johnson scored 21
points, including 15 in the decisive first
half. He added nine assists on the game.
Phil Hubbard was the lone Wolverine,
to operate effectively against the zone.
He hit on seven of ten shots from both
inside and out to tally 17 points.
THE ENTIRE Wolverine team found
the ball hard to handle. McGee led the
turnover parade with eight, and Hub-
bard, Tom Staton and Keith Smith
checked in with five apiece.
added 23 of their own. "I would say that
the pace, the emotions--those kinds of
things-'contributed to the turnovers,"
said Heathcote. "Bothteams played out
of control at times."
Maybe so, but the Spartans controlled
Michigan enough to walk off with the
most lopsided MSU victory in the long
series since 1960, when Michigan State
won an 89-58 affair.
The second half began the same way
the first half ended. Guard Terry Don-,
nelly hit four straight baskets to give
MSU its first of three 30-point leads, 46-
16. With about seven minutes left,
Michigan pulled to within 19, a gap that
looked about as wide as the Grand
Canyon to the jubilant fans.
IN THE WINNER'S dressing room,
Johnson explained his team's tur-
nabout. "Earlier in the year we were.
just showing up and figuring our talent
would win it for us," he said. "Now
we're scrapping and really playing."
Across the way a downcast Staton ob-
served, "If you let State sit back in their
zone, they're going to do the things they
do best-rebound, get the ball down-
court and score. It was hard to
penetrate, but there's no excuse for the
And Smith, the freshman who
managed only two points in his first
visit to Jenison, said he doesn't know if
the Spartans will win the Big Ten title,
and he doesn't really care. "All I know
is that we're not going to win it," he
Dai ry PhotoDy AN
MICHIGAN STATE'S Earvin Johnson made Thad Garner and his Blue teammates see green yesterday as he sc
nets for 21 points and dished off nine assists. Johnson, with plenty of help from forward Gregory Kelser, domina
day's contest as the Spartans embarrassed Michigan, 80-57, before a regional television audience.
( full court
Rivalry readout.. .
..Blue gets punched
By BRIAN MARTIN EAST LANSING
IF THE MICHIGAN basketball team had been an IBM card, perhaps it's
fate would have been better. At least it would not have been bent, folded,
spindled and mutilated.
After the opening 'tipoff was volleyed around in the air for a while,
Michigan State grabbed possession and scored the first four points of the
game - Michigan bent.
The Wolverines enjoyed their only lead of the game when it was only
four and a half minutes old, then spent the next 7:31 watching the Spartans
add points to their side of the scoreboard while Michigan's lights remained
dormant to fall behind 22-6 - Michigan folded.
MSU guard Terry Donnelly broke out after halftime intermission to
score the first eight points of the second stanza, ballooning the Spartans'
lead to its widest margin, 46-16 -'Michigan spindled.
Final score: Spartans 80, Wolverines 57 - Michigan mutilated.
Never in the game
The "game" was a complete wipeout. Even when Michigan had its
short-lived lead while the game was in its embryonic stages, you could tell
that it just wasn't going to be a red letter day for Johnny Orr's squad.
The only reason that Michigan had a lead at all was due to the fact that
MSU didn't grab a single rebound until the game was 5:13 old. That came
when Earvi Johnson grabbed a badly-missed Tom Staton jump shot and fed
Donnelly on a fast break layup for a 9-6 lead. It was the beginning of the
Spartan feast and the Wolverine famine..
All five starters scored for State during that stretch of 17 unanswered
points, with Johnson dishing out four assists. It was also during this
Wolverine burial that Gregory Kelser became the all-time leading scorer for
Michigan State when he tallied his 1,779th career point, passing Terry
Furlow in the record books.
Many things differed from the first meeting between these two teams
last month. The first and foremost is the improved level of performance
displayed by MSU. Its zone defense has never enveloped an opponent to such
a devastating degree as it did yesterday afternoon by holding Michigan to a
meager 16-point output in the first half.
Of course, any defense looks effective when th'e opponent helps out by
turning the ball over a total of 32 times. In fact, Michigan had more tur-
novers (20) in the first half than it had shots from the field (19).
None of the Wolverines were capable of holding onto the ball. In the
opening stanza, Phil Hubbard lost it five times, Mike McGee four, Keith
Smith and Staton three, and Hardy only one.
"Back home, we matched each other mistake for mistake," bemoaned
assistant coach Bill Frieder, "but this time we made all the mistakes and
they cashed in." In Michigan's earlier win at Crisler, each team had 14 tur-
novers, a total that was doubled yesterday.
The guards are responsible for getting the offense going and bringing the
ball safely downcourt, but Michigan's backcourt men bear the responsibility
of 15 turnovers. They came in a varied assortment of traveling violations,
carrying the ball, bad passes and charging fouls.
Smith even bobbled the ball when the manager bounced it to him to start
the second half warmups
McGee led both teams in miscues with eight, followed by (no, this is not
a mistake) Magic Johnson. Can you believe it, the wizard of ballhandling
assessed with seven turnovers?
But at least when Earvin throws the ball away, he does it with authority.
One of his bad passes whizzed by Donnelly's head and ripped the TVS
SPORTS banner off the scorer's table.
As usual, the crowd of crazies in Jenison Field House went berserk at
each and every opportunity, as contrasted to Crisler's placid patrons. The
first standing ovation came one and a half minutes before the game even
started when MSU left the floor after opening warmups. r
However, the crowd had little effect on the players on the floor, although
one of the referees had to blow his whistle for 20seconds before anyone could
e I'm used to the crowd here," Hardy said, who has heard the catcalls in
Jenison four times. "I got used to that in high school."
Staton agreed with his courtmate, again pointing to Michigan State's
play as the main factor. "If you let State sit back in their zone, they're going
to do the things that they do best - rebound, get the ball downcourt and
The Spartans were able to do the things that they do best all day to em-
barrass the Wolverines in front of a regional television audience.
One of the banners that hung in Jonison yesterday read, "MSU is still
Number 1, we play the Wolves just for fun."
Michigan State had all the fun in East Lansing.
ALL YOU CAN SAT!
Big 10 Standi
Ohio State ....
Mich. State ...
That Old Green Magic
Min. FG/A FT/A
35 9/18 2/2
33 2/2 4/4
26 3/6 1/2
21 5/6 2/2
37 7/16 7/8
27 3/3 2/2
9 1/1 0/0
3 01/ 0/0
3 0/10 0/0
3 1/2 0/0
3 0/1 0/0
0 1 20 McGee .......
3 0 8 Hardy ........
2 5 7 Hubbard..
1 2 12 Staton........
9 1 21 Smith.......
1 3 8 Bodnar, Marty
) 0 2 Heuerman.....
0 0 0 Johnson, J..
1 0. 0 Garner .
) 0 2 Lozier.......
) 0 0 Bodnar, Mark .
19 12 80 Team.......
Min. FG/A FT/A R
29 5/10 1/1 7
.27 5/11 0/0 3
38 7/10 3/4 6
27 2/8 2/3 4
19 1/2 0/0 0
21 0/3 1/2 0
7 ' 0/0 0/0 1
12 2/3 0/0 2
13 2/2 0/0 0
3 0/0 0/0 0
2 1/2 0/0 0
2 0/0 0/0 0
25/51 7/10 26
Michigan State 80, MICHIGAN
Indiana 68, Wisconsin 62 (OT)
Iowa 67, Illinois 53
Purdue 80, Minnesota 56
Ohio State 88, Northwestern 73
31/56 18/20 27
Halftime: Michigan State 38, MICHIGAN
BIG TEN ROUNDUP:
By The Associated Press 62 overtimev
CHAMPAIGN - Iowa scored the yesterday.
game's first 10 points, with Dick Peth Steve Risley
nailing .eight of them, and Ronnie Hoosiers, 7-7 in
Lester finished with 19 yesterday to the season. Wis
lead the 14th-ranked Hawkeyes to a 67- conference and
53 victory over Illinois. successive def
The victory gave the Hawkeyes an 11- Indiana scor
3 conference record and enabled them the extra peric
to retain a share of first place with Ohio Wittman and tm
State, which defeated Northwestern, 88- Woodson and B
73. Gregory ledI
Kevin Boyle opened the scoring for and Wes Matth
the Hawkeyes and Peth than added Purdue
eight quick points, including six on a
pair of three-point plays. Illinois never LAFAYETTE
caught up. scored 29 poin
The Illini finally scored on a basket ranked Purdue
by Levi Cobb with four minutes gone, points midway
but the Hawkeyes maintained their ad- and 12 straig]
vantage and held a commanding 37-24 smashed Minne
lead at halftime. game out of fir
Iowa boosted its overall record to 18- basketball race
5, while Illinois slipped to 7-7 in the Big Purdue, now
Ten and 19-7 overall. and 20-6 over
OS 8 'esenState Thursday
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EVANSTON - Kelvin Ransey pum- and Arnette Ha
ped in 25 points and scored six straight due. Minneso
in the second half to put Ohio State McHale with
ahead to stay yesterday as the- Jackson with 11
Buckeyes defeated Northwestern 88-73 The Gophersf
to retain at least a share of first place in and 9-14 overall
the Big Ten basketball race. Memphis
Ransey had 14 points in the first half
and then hit his six in a row to wipe out M senior forwar
a 54-51 Northwestern lead as the 17th- eirfwrd
ranked Buckeyes rolled to records of 11- and seven reb
3 in the conference and 16-7 overall. ranked Louisv
Jerry Marifke kept the Wildcats in minutes yestei
the running in the first half when he Conference-lew
scored 16 of his total 19 points. But he The loss was1
couldn't keep Northwestern from suf-
fering its'13th loss in 14 Big Ten games.
The Wildcats are 5-18 overall. EasyQ
Herb Williams had 19' points for Ohio
State and Carter and Mike Cline had 12 it tod
each. Mike Campbell had 14 for North-
western and Rob Roberson 13. Ia
Ind. 68, wisc. 62
MADISON - Mike Woodson, benched'
early in the second half because of foul
trouble, returned and scored six of hisO
20 points in the waning minutes of
regulation time to spark Indiana to a 68-
victory over Wisconsin Louisvile against lea
The Cardinals, who'h
added 11 points for the conference title, are 8
nthe Big Ten and 13-11 on and 22-5 overall.
sconsin fell to 2-12 in the Senior forward Larr
d 8-15 overall with its 10th
Illini 6 7-53
ave clinched the
8-1 in the league
ry Williams, with
15 points, led the Cardinals in scoring.
Freshman Derrek Sniiith had 11 points.
Darrell Griffith, who was averaging
19.5 pOints a game, was held to only 9
ed the first six points of
od on a basket by Randy
vo free throws apiece by
Wisconsin with 20 points
ews added 13.
80, Minn. 56
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nts yesterday as 13th-
, running off 14 straight
through the first half
It in the final period,
esota 80-56 to remain one
rst place in the Big Ten
10-4 in the conference
all, plays at Michigan
s finished with 14 points
allman added 12 for Pur-
ta was led by Kevin
14 points and Trent
fell to 4-10 in the Big Ten
St. 60, L 'yule 53
-Memphis State, led by
d Rodney Lee's 15 points
bounds, outscored ninth-
vile 8-0 in the final 31/2
rday and upset the Metro
iding Cardinals 60-53.
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