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Cager loss disgusts Orr
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only one game out of the three-way
logjam at the top of the conference, and
is eyeing a post-season tournament ber-
THE WOLVERINES, on the other
hand, don't have a thing to look forward
to until next year. They now stand 7-9 in
the league and 13-11 on the year, but it's
not all the losses that had Orr so livid.
"I don't mind losing-not when you
go out there and play like hell and
everything," he said. "But when you're
thinking of yourself out there instead of
the team, that's what I'm opposed to."
Orr continued, "I told them if they
don't want to play as a team then don't
show up for practice on Tuesday. If
they're not going to give us an effort
and they're going to pout and they don't
think they're getting enough playing
time, then I don't want them on the trip
(to Iowa, Minnesota and Pontiac next
week). We just won't take 'em.
"I get tired of that stuff-that makes
me sick," Orr said. "I have to sit there
and watch them play like that and not
give an effort. Then they come out and
they don't think they should have come
out. Well I'll tell you, I'm just not built
ALTHOUGH HE never referred to it,
one play that obviously irritated Orr in-
volved Hubbard, the team's star cen-
Purdue was up by six, 45-39, with just
under 13 minutes to play in the game.
Hubbard recieved a crosscourt pass
away from the basket and made his
move to the hoop. Disdaining his
customnary layup, Hubbard this time
opted to attempt a slam dunk.
As he lunged for the basket he bowled
over Boilermaker Steve Walker,
drawing a charging foul'. He then
missed the slammer and hung on the
rim to draw a technical foul. While Orr
buried his face in his hands, Purdue's
Jerry Sichting sunk the free throw and
the Boilermakers converted on their
next possession to make the score 48-39.
From there it was all Carroll and
Purdue, as the visitors extended their
lead to 56-43 six minutes later before
slowing down the tempo of the game for
a few minutes.
STRANGELY ENOUGH, Carroll,
Sichting and Drake Morris scored 60 of
the teams 67 points. Morris had 15 and
Only two Wolverines managed to
score in double figures. Bodnar,
making his first start in ten games, led
the team with 16 points, and Lozier,
making his first start all year, added 10.
The backcourt tandem started in
place of Mike McGee and Keith Smith,
but Orr said that the change wasn't dic-
tated by any attitudinal problems.
"I started Bodnar and Lozier because
they played well in the last game," he
said. "McGee did not play well and
neither did Keith Smith."
McGee's season-long slump con-
tinued against Purdue, as the
sophomore with the 19.4 average
managed just five points in 22 minutes.
But Orr was still satisfied with McGee's
performance, emphasizing that the en-
tire team isn't guilty of individualistic
"I had no complaints about Michael
today," he said. "He worked hard out
there. He wasn't selfish. He passed the
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Walker, Brian ...
Walker, Steve ...,
Bodnar, Marty .
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2 PHIL HUBBARD of Michigan crashes into Steve Walk r in the s b nd halfof
yesterday's game at Crisler which Purdue won, 67-59. Hubbard was called for an
59 offensive foul in addition to a technical foul for hanging on the rim.
Orr tees off..
. .. seniors sliced
By BRIAN MARTIN
JOHNNY ORR HAS always built his basketball teams around hustle,
speed, and team effort. And just like any other coach, he looks to
his seniors to exhibit these attributes and show team leadership. However,
Orr feels his seniors let him down terribly yesterday afternoon.
"I'm thoroughly disgusted with them (the seniors, namely Tom Staton,
Alan Hardy and Phil Hubbard)," Orr said afterwards. "The ones that are
good enough just aren't working hard enough, that's what it amounts to. It's
a shame to have something like that happen, it really is.
"I can't believe they don't have more pride than that."
Orr didn't give the press corps time to ask a single question before he
began ranting about the "individualistic play" he saw from his seniors.
"We went too much individulaistic. You just can't dribble through three
or four guys; like Tom Staton and Alan Hardy did. Phil Hubbard did it too,"
Orr said, completing his senior doghouse list.
The problem started before the game did, according to Orr. "When you
come to the game at 3:28 and you're supposed to be dressed at 3:30 and
you're a senior, you can't tell me in any way, shape or form-anybody on this
earth can't tell me that that guy had his mind on the game."
The culprit? "Tommy Staton," Orr said definitively. "I can't tell you
why a kid would come that late in his final game at home, I just can't tell you
that. If you were going to write a story and you were writing the World
Series, you wouldn't get there in the goddamn second inning, would you? If
you would, you're not going to be writing very long.
"(He started) because he's a senior, that's the only reason."'
While Orr said that there is "no goddamned excuse" for Staton's tar-
diness, Staton did not enter a plea of no contest. "I have a bad cold and have
been on some very strong medicine and I just overslept. I was dressed by
approximately 3:30 and was ready to go."
The blowup seems particulary paradoxical in that the eye of the storm is
Tom Staton, probably the most consistent player on this year's squad. After
all, Staton has been a three-year starter and shared much of the glory of the
NCAA teams of recent past.
It didn't appear blatantly obvious to me that Staton was trying to steal
the show in his final Crisler appearance and the stats don't point an ac-
cusatory finger, either. Staton's line total reads only six field goal attempts
and one turnover, figures which wouldn't even give Brooks Patterson a
search warrant in Oakland County.
It was only after the game with Orr's accusations that there appeared
evidence of any crime. Orr blamed Staton for trying to dribble between bun-
ches of Boilermakers, but, after all, guards are supposed to dribble the ball.
"I saw an opening and I tried to make it. I thought tirat's what we're
supposed to do," Staton said. "I thought I was out there doing my dam-
nedest, and if he (Orr) thinks that's individualistic, that's his opinion.
If the biggest problem is turnovers, then why signal out this game?
There were "only" 23 team turnovers committed by Michigan, and only one
of those is attributable to Staton. The most turnovers were committed by
Hubbard (7) and Hardy (5). But yet Staton bore the weight of Orr's tirade.
Assistant coach Bill Frieder also espoused the same criticisms as Orr.
"I thought our seniors let us down, there's no doubt about that. For a 5 to 8
minute stretch in there, we could've been blown out by 40 points with that
Well, there is some doubt in my mind. Hardy did seem to be taking some
pretty long shots at times, but he was also canning them, making four of
seven attempts. And he only attempted seven shots, which is not even close
to statistical vanity.
"I only took six shots in 25 minutes and Alan seven shots in 23. I don't call
that 'individualistic,' Staton said.
But Orr was madder at the fact that Staton showed up late to the game.
True, there is no excuse for that. Just try telling your professor that you
were late to the final because you overslept.
"We only have a few rules around here, and one of them is to be on time
for practice and all related basketball activities," Frieder said. "I'd call a
game a related activity."
Staton never imagined that his career as a Michigan basketball player
would end this way in front of his home crowd. "I wanted to leave Crisler
with my head high, and that's what I'm doing anyway."
His head my be high, but his heart is not necessarily up there with it.
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Halftime: Purdue 33, MICHIGAN 32
200 24/55 11/19
BIG TEN ROUNDUP
Hawkeyes stun Ohio State, 83-68
By the Associated Press
COLUMBUS-Ronnie Lester's 31
points powered 12th-ranked Iowa to a
regionally televised 83-68 beating of No.
14 Ohio State yesterday, lifting the
Hawkeyes into a tie for the Big Ten
Conference basketball lead with the
Buckeyes and Michigan State.
The Hawkeyes never permitted Ohio
State to get closer than 12 points
thereafter in boosting their overall
record to 19-6. Ohio State is 17-8 for all
The Buckeyes were paced by Kelvin
Ransey's 22 points, marking the 57th
consecutive game the 6-foot-i junior
guard had reached double figures.
Ransey fouled out with almost four
minutes to play.
Iowa's various defenses limited Herb
Williams, Ohio State's 6-10 sophomore
center, to 16 points.
* * *
Wisconsin 72, N'western 70
basket from midcourt at the buzzer
yesterday lifted Wisconsin to a 72-70
victory over Northwestern.
Northwestern had tied the game at
70-all on a layup by Mike Campbell with
one, second left but Wisconsin called
time out and then took it out with a long
pass to Gregory who fired in the win-
Wesley Matthews of Wisconsin led all
scorers with 23 points and Gregory ad-
ded 18 while Jerry Marifke topped Nor-
thwestern with 13 and Brian Jung had
The victory gave Wisconsin a 4-12 Big
Ten record and 10-15 overall: North-
western fell to 1-15 in the conference
and 5-20 overadl.
Big 10 Standings
Indiana 71, Minnesota 46
Woodson scored 22 points and guard
Butch Carter added a career-high 20
yesterday as Indiana blasted Min-
The game was close through the first
half, and a turn-around basket by Kevin
McHale gave the Gophers their only
lead at 28-27 at the start of the final
But Indiana went back ahead to stay
on a basket by Woodson, and the
Hoosiers steadily widened the lead the
rest of the game. Indiana raised its Big
Ten record to 9-7 and its overall mark to
Minnesota, led by McHale's 18 points,
fell to 5-11 in the conference and 10-15
for all games.
Michigan St. 76, Illinois 62
EAST LANSING - Greg Kelser and
Earvin Johnson combined for 45 points
last night to power No. 8-ranked
'Michigan State to a 76-62 win over
The win lifted the Spartans into a tie
for first place in the Big Ten with Iowa
and Ohio State, all with 12-4 conference
Kelser, playing his final home game
for the Spartans, got 24 points - 18 in
the first half - and grabbed nine
rebounds. Johnson had 21 points, 11
assists and 11 rebounds. Jay Vincent
added 13 for Michigan State.
- The Spartans, who led 45-34 at half-
time, are now 20-5 overall.
Blue icers in overt ime
By BILLY SAHN Meanwhil,e as one team ac- Michigan and Duluth were
cused the other of use of illelgal unable to convert on some golden
Special to the Daily sticks, certain indivduals in the opportunities; cross bar shots,
DULUTH-Facing adversity crowd disrupted the game and pipe shots, and missed passes
from both the Minnesota-Duluth distrubed the Michigan bench, were responsible.
hockey team and their partisan One fan was escorted away from Michigan attempted 21 shots in
crowd of 5,558, the Michigan icers his seat by a security guard. the period to Duluth's 23.
put all they had on the line, as Michigan tied the game 2-2 on a However, fine play by both Sutton
they battled to a 3-3 tie at the end Roger Bourne at 1:57. The (11 saves) and Perkl (eight
of three periods of play. Wolverines. go ahead goal came saves) were a major factor in the
The abmiance of confusion at 4:04 as Jeff Mars took a Steve scoreless period. Sutton
reigned in Duluth Areana last Richmond centering pass, especially settled down, following
night, as both the Wolverines and making the score 3-2. the puck well.
the Bulldogs were disallowed Michigan was the first to score FIRSTPERIOD
crucial goals by the officials. For in the opening period, but could Scoring: 1. M-Lerg (Miller, Manning)
Michigan, the potential winning not maintain its status. The 4:50; 2. UMD-Lempe (Giles, Harrington)
go ls o o nO v rat 13:32 W leie' p w rpa ol11:14; 3. UMD-Oleksuk (Johnson) 13:22.:i
goal shot by John Olver a:llerae'power-playgPenalties: M-Wheeler (high-sticking)
was recalled because an illegal came on a Dan Lerg slapshot 3:14; UMD-Rothstein (interference)
curve in the center's stick. Olver from just inside the blueline at 3:14; UMD-Hendrickson (slashing) 3:51;
was given a 10 minute miscon- M-Wheeler (hooking) 6:54; M-Blum
givt enly 4:50. (high-sticking, roughing) 8:36, UMD-
duct penalty. HOWEVER, with Michigan's Kulyk (roughing) 8:36; M-Coffman
THIS-CALL WAS just one fac- John Blum serving two, two- (tripping) 17:31.
tor the confusion. It came 13 minutepenalties back-to-backSECONDPERIOD
seconds after Duluth tied the Bulldog Dan Lempe tied the scoring: None.
game three all on Bah game one-all on a slapshot from Penalties: UMD-Conroy (high-stick
Harrinton'sgoalW e eg e t sing) 9:20; M-Olver (slashing) 10:33; M-
dWolverine goalie SuttonstickRichter (interference) 15:21.
side, at 11:14. THIRD PERIOD
However, prior to the Bulldogs Following suit, Bill Oleksuk Scoring: 4. M-Bourne (Miller, May)
score, the officials assessed the scored for Duluth, shooting the 1:57; 5. M-Mars (Hanson, Richmond)
first of two illegal scores to puck through a crowd in front of 4:04: 6. UMD-Harrington (Giles, Olson)
the Michigan net at 13:22. The Penalties: UMD-Palmer (interference)
12:24. Oleksuk proceeded to the score put UMD ahead, 2-1, at the 1:27; UMD-Giles (high-sticking) 9:47; M-}
penalty box also with a 10 minute end of 20 minutes of play. May (elbowing) 10:09; M-Lundberg
misconduct call. During the second period, both (crosschecking) 12:12; UMD-Olksuk
(misconduct) 12:24; M-Olver (misconduct)
13:32; M-Coffman (charging) 13:45.
FOILED IN HOME FINALE, 77-65:
By ELISA FRYE
The women's basketball team's last
home stand was not quite as disastrous
/as Custer's-at least everyone survived
the 77-65 assault by Oakland Univer-
In fact, for the first three-fourths of
the game, it looked as if the Wolverines
would do more than just survive the-
contest. The Blue cagers matched the
Pioneers point for point and the game
Gloria Soluk. "We used ex
court sense in breakingt
Oakland coach Rose Sw
thought their press wa:
mining factor in the gam
we could press it w
(Michigan) problems," sh(
tremely'poor Aiding the Oakland cause was center
their press, Helen Shereda who scored 30 points.
idzinski also Teammate Kathleen Hewelt, described
'idzinsk also by Swidzinski as "one of the most ver-
. the deter- satile guards in the state," contributed
. -"We felt if 21 points. Both Shereda and Hewelt
ould cause have been nominated for All-American
e said. status.
S SC O R ESI
BIG TEN BASKETBALL
urdue 67, MICHIGAN 59I
Indiana 71, Minnesota46W
Wisconsin 72, Northwestern 70
Iowa 83, Ohio State 68
ichigan St. 76, Illinois 62W
Oakland 77, Michigan 65
Virginia 75, Maryland 72
Arizona 85, Arizona St. 80
Navy 47, Army 45
N. Illinois 73, Miami (O.) 59
Oklahoma 65, Kansas st. 52
issouri 73, Iowa St. 67N
New York Islanders 3, Detroit 1