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WHILE Michigan's varsity cagers were floundering to a dis-
appointing 5-5 non-conference record amidst suspensions
and ineligibility requirements, Wolverine fans could find solace
in an outstanding freshman squad-perhaps the best frosh
squad in the country.
And even as the varsity. begins to play near its potential
and become a contender in the Big Ten race, fans are not
able to resist the temptation of comparing the two Wolverine
squads. Speculations like "the freshmen could do a better job"
and wishful thinking like "wouldn't it be great if the freshmen
could play this year" abound from amateur critics and Wolver-
ine supporters alike.
The truth of the matter is that the freshmen do play
exciting ball, and they play good team basketball. And
frankly, this year's freshmen games have been more ap-
pealing to the fans than many of the sloppily-played varsity
Some of the appeal can be traced to the publicity given
the freshmen's star forward Campy Russell. But Campy's per-
formances on the court are the real attraction.
Much of the appeal can also be traced to consistent win-
ning. The freshmen are 10-0 and are determined to remain
undefeated through their last two games against Michigan Cen-
tral and Michigan State. Equally important to winning is look-
ing good while winning. And this the Baby Blue have done.
Frosh coach Dick Honig has two major goals for his fresh-
men squads: playing together and individual improvement.
"We have five outstanding individuals; all were the pivotal
men in their high school's offenses. The main thing is to get
them to play as a unit, and they've adjusted better than any
group I've been associated with," says Honig.
Honig has the frosh running the fast break and zone press
as well as anyone. The frosh have been more effective in both
these areas than the varsity. As Honig says, "They do the
things I've asked them to, do." He adds:
"They're the type of players that like to play with good
players; they enjoy making good passes and they appreciate a
team that plays good defense."
It's just one big happy family. Happy, yes-but hard
working also. The freshmen practice one and a half hpurs
each day, and they work non-stop. They know that when
the ninety minutes are up they're through for the day. A
longer practice might invite 'dogging' some drills or loaf-
ing in scrimmages. But no one is caught loafing this season.
The dividends have been paying off already. This season
the frosh have broken numerous team and individual records
for a Michigan freshmen team. Russell has three individual
records himself, including most field goals and field goal at-
tempts, and most points. The first and last were previously
held by the varsity's All-American Henry Wilmore. .
As a team, this season's ten victories has already broken
the 1969-70 record of nine. That year the frosh were led by
Wilmore, Ernie Johnson, and John Lockard to a 9-2 mark.
As the team has improved so have the individual perform-
ances of many of the players. Russell started off the season
poorly, hitting only about a third of his shots and failing to
get into position under the basket for rebounding.
The poor performances were due to the great pressure of
being the top high school recruit in the nation. Campy wanted
to prove himself and as a result forced many of his shots.
But the pressure became controlled and the fine shooting
forward upped his percentage to over 50. He also learned what
he could do and what he couldn't do against people with simi-
John Kantner was known as a fine shooting guard when
he was recruited out of Ohio. But he needed to improve his
ball handling and defense, so that is where he has concen-
trated his efforts. Kantner still sports an amazing 60.7 shoot-
ing percentage, but he has taken the second fewest shots of the
Honig thinks that he has six players who can definite-
ly play for the varsity next year, and some.who may get
the chance to start.
Russell is a sure pick for one of the starters, and Kant-
ner or Joe Johnson may get a good shot to start alongside
Wilmore at guard. At any rate this year's freshmen will
push the varsity hard for their jobs next year, and will at
least give the Wolverines great depth at all positions.
The freshmen really aren't very far away from the varsity
this season. Intra-squad scrimmages have told the story, and
they lend some support for those 'wild' speculations. Honig
evaluates the two squads:
"It's about 50-50. We stay close to them in scrimmages; they
don't blow us out, and we don't blow them out."
Jus think; if the freshman eligibility rule were in effect
this year, varsity coach Johnny Orr would have twice as many
good players to choose from.
By The Associated Press.
ST. PAUL - MINNEAPOLIS -
Jude Drouin, stretching his goal
streak to four straight games,
shoveled in a deflected centering
pass with five minutes to play as
the Minnesota North Stars rallied
for a 4-2 National Hockey League
victory over the Detroit Red Wings
Drouin picked up Bob Nevin's
pass as it slid across the crease
and flicked in the deciding goal
just six seconds after Detroit de-
fenseman Gary Burgman was call-
ed for tripping.
Danny Grant hit an open-net goal
for Minnesota with one second to
play, Detroit having pulled goalie
Al Smith with 1:32 to play.
Tempers flared frequently in the'
hard-hitting game, which saw game
misconduct penalties handed out
to Detroit's Ron Harris for pur-
suing a fight with Doug Mohns and
to Minnesota's Dennis Hextall for
being the third man in the fight.
The Red Wings, who remain tied
with Toronto in the battle for the
fourth playoff spot in the East Di-
vision, took a 2-0 lead in the first
period on goals by Tim Eccelstone
and Red Berenson.
MONTREAL - Pete Mahovlich's
power-play goal late in the second
period last nighttlifted the Mon-
treal Canadiens to a 1-1 National
Hockey League tie with the Cali-
fornia Golden Seals.
Rookie goaile Gilles Meloche of
California was brilliant as he faced
the Canadiens' 34-shot barrage-
but it was his penalty at 14:06 of
the second period that led to the
The netminder was called for
delaying the game after he fired
a puck into the stands. Just 46
seconds later, Frank Mahovlich
set up his younger brother, who
fired hIome his 22nd goal of the
Ken Dryden was equally sharp
in the Canadiens' nets, as the
Golden Seals fired 32 shots at him.
Only Gerry Pinder's 20th goal just
3:15 into the game marred nis per-E
Flyers in deadlock
CHICAGO-Jim Pappin scored
two goals in six seconds and Stan
Mikita also tallied in the third
period last night, pulling the Chi-,
cago Black Hawks into a 3-3 tie
with the Philadelphia Flyers in a
National Hockey League game. 1
NEW YORK - Walt Frazier
scored 28 points, pacing the New
York Knicks to a 110-100 victory
over the Houston Rockets in a Na-
tional Basketball Association game
The Knicks, after missing their
first nine field goal attempts, had
to battle from behind and took the
lead 47-46 with just 1:07 left in1
the first half. Frazier led that at-
tack with clutch jumpers and cool
free throws totalling 17 points.
Stu Lantz sparked the Rockets'
early surge with 19 points in the
first half. But he was limited to
just six points in the second half.
Elvin Hayes led Houston with
26 points. Lantz finished with 25
and Calvin Murphy had 16.
* * *
phia 76ers won their first National
Basketball Association game in
two weeks last night by downing
Cleveland 126-116, snapping a
seven-game losing streak.
The loss extended Cleveland's
winless string to 10.
* * *
ATLANTA-Pete Maravich scored
30 points and killed most of the
final minute with a brilliant drib-
bling exhibition, sparking the At-
lanta Hawks to a 105-103 National
Basketball Association victory over
the Baltimore Bullets last night.
DETERMINED GOALIE Robert Taylor hunches in goal during
action in last night's nail-biting Chicago-Philadelphia hockey
contest. The two teams pucked bitterly at each other and had to
settle for a gruesome 3-3 standoff in windy old Chicago.
:Professionc Leg ueStandings
a 24 38
By The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE - Second-ranked Ron Brown paced Penn State
Marquette blew a 13-point first with 25 points, including several
half lead last night, then stormed clutch foul throws.
back behind sophomore Larry Mc- Barry Parkhill's 20 points led
Neill and beat Jacksonville 88-79 Virginia, now 18-2.
for its 21st college basketball vic- * * *
tory of the season without defeat. Herd tramples
Ernie Fleming, who finished with AE NOi TyoeCl.s
21 points ,and Harold Fox, led a ATHENS, Ohio-Tyrone Collns,
Jacksonville surge from a 39-26 Russell Lee and Randy Noll com-
deficit as the Dolphins took a 50-49 bined for 72 points last night, lead-
lead on Fleming's three-point play ing 10th-ranked Marshall to a 95-
three minutes into the second half. 76 basketball triumph over Ohio
They widened* the lead to 65-60, University.
but then Marquette outscored the Collins poured in 26 points, Lee
Dolphins 18-4, 12 of the points by 25 and Noll 21 as the Thundering
McNeill, to take a 73-64 advantage Herd whipped the Mid-American
with 6:06 left. The Warriors ran Conference co-leaders for fhe sec-
delay patterns after that to sew ond time this season for a 20-2
up their 71st consecutive victory record.
at the arena. The loss dropped the Bobcats'
Jim Chones led the Warriors record to 11-9 in the nonconference
with 23 points, while Bob Lackey contest.
scored21 and Marcus Washington Marshall, on suspension from the
20. McNeill had 18, all but four Mid-American. connected on 51
The Billikens, moving into sec-
ond place in Valley standings at
7-2 behind Louisville's 8-1 mark,
opened a 26-14 lead following North
Texas' last advantage at 12:10.
St. Louis' victory, its sixth in a,
row, boosted its over-all record to
15-4 as North Texas State fell to
2-7 in the conference and 8-12 over-
Rogers' 26 points paced St. Louis.
Ephriam McDaniel, limited to two
points in the first half, led North
Texas State with 16 points.
KALAMAZOO - Western Mich-
Maryland 79, North Carolina 77, ot
St. Joseph's 81, Georgetown 70
W. Michigan 75, Bowling Green 74
Navy 80, Rochester 62
West Virginia 87, William and Mary 71
Penn State 86, Virginia 74
Temple 89, Pittsburgh 74
Wake Forest 59, Clemson 51
Cincinnati 76, Xavier 71
Kent State 78, Miami of Ohio 77
Marquette 88, Jacksonville 79
Albion 73, Kalamazoo 66, ot
Davidson 74, Duke 72
N. Michigan 86, Lake Superior State
Syracuse 91, Bucknell 74
Vanderbile 85, Mississippi 83
St. Bonaventure 94, St. Francis 58
igan University broke a three-game
losing streak by coming alive with
73 seconds left to play and sneak-
ing by Bowling Green, 75-74, in
Mid American Conference basket-
ball here yesterday.
WMU, led by Earnest Pettis,
who tied his career scoring high
with 33 points, had a two-point
lead at the end of the first half
but went down in the second until
tying the game at 72-72.
With four seconds left, it was
75-74, and Bowling Green missed a
15-foot jump shot to give the
Broncos the game and a 6-13 sea-
son, 3-4 in conference action.
ikee 50 13 .794
Chicago 44 18
Phoenix 38 25 .
Detroit 22 40 .
Los Angeles 51 8S.
Golden State 38 24 .
Seattle 37 25
Houston 24 39 .
Portland 15 49 .
New York 110, Houston 100
Atlanta 105, Baltimore 103
Philadelphia 126, Cleveland 116
Los Angeles at Phoenix, inc.
Boston at Seattle, inc.
only games scheduled
W L T Pts
Boston 40 8 9 89
Toronto 23 25 11 57
Buffalo. 11 32 14 36
Vancouver 15 35 5 35
GB West Division
_Chicago 38 13, 7 83
- Minnesota 31 18 9 71,
19Y2 California 18 29 12 48
26 St. Louis 19 31 8 46'
Philadelphia 17 28 11 45'
Pittsburgh 17 31 9 43
2y Los Angeles 15 37 7 37
7=/ Yesterday's Games
10 Pittsburgh 4, Toronto 2
California 1, Montreal 1
Philadelphia 3, Chicago 3
Minnesota 4, Detroit 2
5 St. Louis at Los Angeles, inc.
12 Today's Games
272 Boston at Philadelphia
Pittsburgh at Buffalo
New York at Los Angeles
142 Only games scheduled
15 East Division'
382 W L
38% Kentucky 48 12
Virginia 37 25.
New York 28 33
Carolina 24 37
Floridians 94 37
Pittsburgh 21, 39 .
Utah 43 20.
Indiana 35 26J
Dallas 30 34,
GA Denver 24 37
126 Memphis 23 37
128 Yesterday's Games
148 Utah 119, New York 114
180 Kentucky 129, Pittsburgh 105
in the second half.
Nittany Lions roar
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.-Penn'
State survived a second half Vir-
ginia scoring surge and upset the
sixth-ranked Cavaliers 86-74 in a
college basketball game last night.
Penn State jumped out to 'an
early 25-13 first half lead on a lay-
up by Chuck Christ, but Virginia
fought back to tie the score 32-32
per cent of its floor shots and broke
away late in the first half for a
45-34 halftime lead.
ST. LOUIS-St. Louis swamped
North Texas State with a 16-2
spurt midway of the opening half
and maintained a hot race to the
finish of an 88-75 Missouri Valley
Conference basketball game last
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