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Page Seven

Sunday, February 27, 1972


Sunday, February 27, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Sev~n

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Henry Wilmore and Ernie
Johnson ignited a second-half
barrage as the Michigan Wol-
i verines buried the Minnesota
isguise Gophers 64-52 yesterday after- IJN D
noon before an SRO crowd at
lford Crisler Arena. NIGH
Almost totally reversing their


Defensive wonders ...

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BILL MUSSELMAN, the former Ashland, Ohio whiz-coach
and current bad boy of the Big Ten, is not a great defensive
coach. Minnesota, despite its meager allowance of only 56.8
points per game, is not a great defensive team.
Michigan is a great defensive team. Throw up your hands
in disbelief, shake your head and walk away, but the Wol-
verines are a great defensive team. Not on all days; or even
most days, but yesterday, when it counted.
The Gophers, as physically imposing as any team around,
were slit down both sides and up the middle by an incredible
Michigan second-half defensive effort. Clyde Turner,, a 6-8
forward with big-league moves, got kicked downstairs by Ernie
Johnson after clipping the Blue for ten points in the first half.
Playing like Turner's second skin, Ernie bumped him away
from the basket and used his super-quickness to hawk the ball
On every possible occasion.
And what about Henry Wilmore, recently subjected to the
slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Wilmore hounded
Gopher Keith Young unmercifully in the backcourt, forcing
him into clumsy fumbles and punts, and gave Jim Brewer .a
hard time despite a four-inch height disadvantage. Henry
swiped the ball outright about half a dozen times and, my my,
ne's faster with the ball than anybody I've ever seen!
"For once I'm satisfied with my defensive game," com-
mented Henry after the game. Not only was his defensive game
just right, but for the first time this season Wilmore controlled
the game, and gave the fans dividends on their investment with
a" late-game ballhandling show that had people flipping, out
of their seats in delight.
But it was Johnson who really broke the game open in the
second half. He stole a pass intended for Turner and flew in
for two to give Michigan a 36-36 lead, then set up Ken Brady
inside for two more and a 38-35 edge. After Wilmore and
Young traded free throws, the big E did it again from inside
and the Wolverines were off to the races: Ernie had that
spaced-out look 'in his eyes again.
Minnesota connected on only 7 of 38 shots in the second
'half, but Musselman was unwilling to hand any credit to the
Michigan defense.
"We just let up," said the tight-lipped Gopher coach. "I
could feel it when we came out of the lockerroom for the
second half."
Orr had a few compliments of his own for Musselman
after the game: "Minnesota is not a great defensive team..
They hold the ball - that doesn't make them great defensively."
Besides lacing into his own team, Musselman praised the
Wolverine board game, saying "they, beat us on the boards.
They outreacted us and forced us outside." After getting
thumped 24 to 16 on the boards in the first half, Michigan
ganged up and gave it back in the final stanza. The official
scorer had it even at 19-up for second-half boards, but we all
have our off days.
While he still doesn't have his shooting at last year's form,
Wayne Grabiec did another tuff job on the boards, out-fighting
the big Gophers for seven. Grabiec and Wilmore did a credit-
able job of breaking the Minnesota press, especially in the
second half.
Since the Wolverines have been troubled off and on all
year by the press, things looked bad when Minnesota clamped
on a tight one in the first half. Michigan made eleven turn-
overs in that half, mostly attributable to its incompetence at
breaking the press. The Wolverines passed the ball backwards
and often failed to find a man upcourt; maybe it's simplistic,
but why couldn't the Wolverines just post a big man in the
middle and then pass out to guards breaking down the sides?
The freshmen worked that maneuver well in yesterday's pre-
t* *
The vocal Michigan crowd welcomed the big bad Gophers
in typically bush fashion yesterday, shrilling a round of boos
to' the rafters when Minnesota took the floor. When the refs
blew a call against Michigan, the fans went crazy and even
tossed litter onto the floor. On several occasions the bleacher
bums booed Minnesota free throw attempts and cheered the
misses. Bush.
And .the Gophers didn't get all of it. When Dave Hart
stripped off his jacket and got ready to go in during the first
half, an embarrassing chorus of boos swelled through Crisler
Arena. From Michigan fans, if you can believe it.

first - half style of play, the
ubiquitous Wolverines utilized'
the fast break, then retreated Young who scored on an easy lay-
an defense just as quickly to up nine seconds later.
bontle def e Gusteasaquickto With baskets by John Lockard
bottle up the Gopher attack and Grabiec, the Wolverines knot-
for the rest of the contest. The j ted the game at 10-10 at 12:30, but
dramatic comeback not only once again fell behind as their
earned Michigan the victory, inability to break the press en-
bualsodundisputhleaerhipyabled Minnesota to score four
but also undisputed leadership points in 11 seconds.
in the Big Ten with an 8-2 rec- Dave Winfield and Turner in-
ord. tercepted Michigan passes and
Throughout the first half, the scored, sending the Gophers on a
Wolverines committed numerous streak which gave them their big-
m i s c u e s and found themselves gest lead at 20-12 midway through
trailing 31-23 at the intermission. tthe half.

Coach Johnny Orr explained the
reason for his team's early un-,
steadiness, saying, "We were ner-
vous and didn't move the ball well
to our two main shooters, Wilmore
and (Wayne) Grabiec.
In addition, the Minnesota pressG
played havoc with the Wolverines
as steals in the backcourt led to
easy Gopher baskets.
The Wolverine attack sputtered
in the initial stan~za, 'and the crowd
expressed its displeasure with both
the home team and the officiat-
After Wilmore hit on a side
jumper at 16:32 of the half tol

i Hart

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8-4 1-1 6
7-3 2-2 3
11-7 3-3 11
16-8 8-4 3
7-3 2-2 7
1-1 0-0 0
0-0 0-0 0
1-0) 0-0 0
0-() 0-0 0
0-0 0-0 0
51-26 16-12 35
fg ft r
17-5 2-0 4
10-6 5-3 14
14-2 1-1 8
8-2 0-0 3
16-6 2-2 7
5-1 4-2 1
70-22 14-8 43

pf ,pts
2 9
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2 17
3 20
2 8
0 2
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11 64

However, Ken Brady's tip-in and
Wilmore's two jumpers brought
Michigan right back and cut the
Gopher lead to 20-18 in a span of
just over a minute.
Nevertheless, t h e Wolverines
still displayed signs of being rat-
tied. Even when they managed to
break the press, they missed easy
shots, committed turnovers, and
even had a shot stuffed by Gopher
center Jim Brewer. The Gophers
capitalized, going on another tear,
this time 7-0-to give them their
widest lead of the afternoon, 27-
18 with 4:22 remaining.
Not only was Michigan outshot
46.9 to 37 percent in the half, but
the Gophers controlled the boards
as well, 24-16.
But the deciding factor which
determined the final outcome was
that, as Wilmore put it, "we were
confident not that we were going
to win, but rather that we would
come out and play our game." And
play their game they did, as the
Wolverines outscored, outrebound-
ed and outhustled the Gophers the
rest of the way.
The tempo of the second half
was set, as Johnson and Wilmore
hit on two straight baskets to nar-
row the gap to 31-27 at the 17:13
mark. But this time Michigan
would not allow the Gophers to
rebuild their lead.
The defense tighteded up con-
siderably-it was the Wolverines'
turn to steal the ball and control
the boards. Down by a point at 35-
34, Johnson stole the ball in the
Minnesota offensive zone and
drove in all alone to give Michigan
the lead for the frist time since the
early moments of the contest. This
brought the crowd to its feet, and
Minnesota called time.
But the breather did not allow
the Gophers to regroup their forc-

es as the Michigan defense seemed
to be growing stronger every mo-
ment. Now the Gophers were being
forced into mistakes and turnovers
.and Michigan put the kiss of
death upon their foes with a 12-3
streak to build their lead to 48 38.
During the stretch Wilmore be-
gan an exhibition for the delirious
fans with some fancy dribbling
and shooting, including a beauti-
ful 10-foot jumper which resulted
in a three-point play and a 60-44
Michigan lead.
Orr suggested why the Minnes
-ota press was ineffective in the
last half: "They couldn't press us
because they couldn't make the
baskets. The only time they press-
ed was when they scored from the
floor or from the line."
In addition, Orr emphatically
denied that Minnesota was as
great a defensive team as everyone
had thought them to be. He added,
"We were the ones with a pretty
good defense. It's not often that
we hold foes to just 50 points."
The defense did excel, led by the
fine play of Ernie Johnson, who
held Turner scoreless in the sec-
ond half after he had scored ten
in the first half. But 'the other
four starters contributed as well,
with, many heads-up plays.
Wilmore paced Michigan with
20 and Brady added 17, while the
Gophers' top scorers were Win-
field with 15 and Young with 14.





give Michigan a 3-2 lead, the Go- Brewer
phers retaliated with six quick Nix
points to take the lead they were Murphy
to hold well into the second half. T sAM
Clyde Turner hit on a jumper to TOTALS



Dame decks

put the Gophers ahead 4-3 and SCORE BY PERIODS
Michigan, flustered by the back- MICHIGAN 23
court press, lost the. ball to Keith Minnesota 31

13 52

Special To The Daily
SOUTH BEND - The Michigan
icers have lost their final road
game of the 1971-72 regular sched-
Last night Notre Dame defeated
Michigan, 9-4 before 4,179 fans at,
the Athletic and Convocation Cen-
Michigan finished with a 1-13
road record in league play, but

Franklin signs agent;
lost to Boilermakers

-Daily-Terry McCarthy
ERNIE JOHNSON (30) puts one of his pattended moves on a
stunned Jim Brewer of Minnesota. Ernie, using his ole magic,
duplicated this feat many times as he and his mates trounced
the Gophers.

By The Associated Press
When Purdue. took the floor
Saturday afternoon to face arch-
rival Indiana, notable for his ab-
sence was William Franklin, who
had decided that shoring up his
future financial interests was
worth more than playing basket-
ball for the Boilermakers.
Franklin, a 6-foot-8 senior and
the Big Ten's leading rebounder,
and No. 5 scorer, revealed Friday
afternoon he had signed a contract
with an agent.
Under NCAA rules, that made
him a professional; Purdue coach
George King immediately declared
the Norfolk, Va., center ineligible
for the remainder of the season.
Franklin, averaging 18.8 points
and 15.6 rebounds a game, told
King that he signed with CGary
Donna of Indianapolis, the same
agent who steered 6-8 George Mc-
Ginnis to the Indiana Pacers of
the American Basketball Associa-
tion after his sophomore year at
Indiana last year.
Donna said Franklin signed with
him Feb. 19, following Purdue's
92-68 victory over Michigan State,
in anticipation of the ABA player
"William had heard Kentucky
and Virginia were interested in
him and he was interested in the
best possible deal he could make,"
Donna said.
"After New York signed Mar-
quette's Jim Chones, and with the
draft so near he felt he would be
better off if he signed with an
Donna said he believes Frank-
lin was justified in signing with

an agent because "he can now be
contacted directly by 4 team as
soon as he is drafted."
King said, "I don't blame Wil-
liam and I appreciate his honesty
which saved the school possible
The Michigan rugby football
club is holding practices id Yost
Field House every Tuesday and
Thursday evening between 9-11.
Anyone who is interested in
playing, whether you're exper-
ienced or desiring to learn the
game, is urged to attend.
Lookin' Really Fine
Dave Sorenson scored 14 points
and pulled down 6 rebounds while
playing only 19 minutes in a game
against the Cincinnati Royals.
Gophers on the Road
Northwest Airlines is the offic-
ial team airline of the University
of Minnesota and when playing
Nebraska at Lincoln, the Gopher
team sojourns at the Holiday Inn,
5250 Cornhusker Highway.

has two remaining games bothI
with last place Minnesota, at home}
this weekend. Each game is worth
four points.
The win moved the Irish two
points, up on the Wolverines in the
WCHA standings. Michigan is now
'tied for eighth place with Colo-.
rado College.
The Wolverines' offense and
overall play was greatly improved
over the previous night's contest,
a 7-2 loss but the result was pri-
marily the same.
Notre Dame scored twice in the
first three minutes and after fall-
ing behind, Michigan had to press
and made some crucial mistakes.
Backchecking, for the most part,
was nil; forechecking, weak, and
Notre Dame headmanned the puck
well and earned many of its own
John Noble opened the scoring
for the Irish with only 40 seconds
gone on a pretty passing play with
Ed' Bumbacco. The Wolverines
were bottled up in their own zone
when Frank Werner failed in an
attempt to clear the puck.
Bumbacco made it 2-0 at 2:41 by
tipping in a rebound off Noble's
shot immediately following a face-
off in Michigan's end.
From here on in, the Blue had
to play catch-up hockey, and, when
Jerry Lefebvre was sent to the
penalty box for tripping Notre
Dame's Paul Regan scored a pow
er play, poking the puck past net-
minder Karl Bagnell.
But then Michigan defenseman
Pete Dunbar, who along with
teammate Randy Neal received
quite a bit of heckling from the
partisan crowd, changed the com-
plexion of things slightly when his
80 foot slap shot skipped past goal-
tender Dick Tomasoni for the first
Wolverine tally.
When Michel Jarry slapped in
a power play goal five minutes
later to close the gap to 3-2, it
looked like the Wolverines might
spoil a dream come true weekend
for Notre Dame Coach Lefty
Smith. But Regan slipped by -Le-
febvre at the blue line and put
one past Bagnell to give the Irish

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Daily-sara Kruwich
a two goal lead and they were
never headed.
Notre Dame added two more
goals in the second period before
Bucky Stroaub notched one after
receiving a pin-point centering
pass from Neal on a two-on-one
Bernie Gagnon, who leads the
WCHA in goal production, scored
of the over-all season in the third
stanza, but the Irish countered
with three more to wrap up only
their second home victory in 1972
and' fourth win in their last 14
~Referees Chuck Meadows and
Jerryl did-o call asmany
enalties as they did Friday night,
4 as opposed to 19. But they re-
ceived almost as much abuse and
Much of it had to do with Mich-
igan's Dunb r.
'A six foca 180 pound freshiman
from Toronto, Dunbar is fairly
strong and likes to hit. But right
now he is haimpered by a cast
which protects a mending right
thumb and he tries to limit the
nmbrdof punches he throws with
Next weekend tells it all, though
If Michigan wins two, they'll be
scheduled for some post season ac-
tion, no matter what anyone else
does. Otherwise, they might spell
the season's end for the Wolver-.
Irish Luck
ble from Bumbacco and Williams 0:40.
'.eNi umbacco from Nydrp an i o-
Williams 7:42. 4. M-Dunbar from ery
a d a r i 12 23. 6 . D Ra 1 aw
Campbell from DeLorenzi 6:23, 8 D-
Williams from Noble and Green ih4;
9u-straub from Neal and Cier

Nobel (Steinborn) 0:49; 11. M-G on
(Paris, Jarry ) 1:10; 12. N.D.-Bum co
(Noble) 7:55; 13. Israelson (Cordes -
gan 10:31.
MICHIGAN (Bagnell) 14 121 37
Notre Dame (Tomasont) 8 0 mo- 8
Notre Dame (Kronholm) 16 11-28
Attendance 4179

Bucks edge



EVANSTON - Wardell Jackson from-behind, 102-98, Big Ten bas-
scored the tying bucket with one ketball victory over Michigan State
second left in regulation play yes- last night.
terday, then scored the decisive After trailing, 60-51, at half-
goal in an overtime period as Ohio time, the Hawkeyes shot 65 per
State kept alive its Big Ten bas- cent to rebound and take the lead
ketball title hopes with a 76-74 with 11 minutes still to play. Mich-
victory over Northwestern. igan State never caught up there-
Northwestern, now 2-9 and in after.
the conference cellar, appeared to But junior guard Ruck Williams
have won the regulation time when led Iowa from behind by scoring
sophomore Greg Wells scored a 23 of his 33 'points in the second
layup with seven seconds left. half, including the two to put the
Ohio State called time with four Hawkeyes ahead for good.
seconds left and Jackson got the State closed the gap near the
ball at the baseline for a perfect end, 100-96 with 1:04 left to play,
five-foot jump shot with only a but Williams hit on two free
click left on the clock. throws to ice the victory.
About 100 black students de-
The Buckeyes and Wildcats layed the start of the Michigan
traded buckets at the start of the State-Iowa Big Ten basketball
overtime 'and with the score tied game about 45 minutes by mass-
at 72-72 and with :49 seconds ing on the court and chanting,
left, Jackson scored a layup and "Reinstate Ron and Corky."
Mark Wager later added two free The students, who walked on
throws. the court after the National An-
them was played, walked off the
Hawks fly court after a black student
EAST LANSING - Hot second- spokesman, Sam Riddle, wasgiv-
half shooting led Iowa to a come- en permission to speak over the
public address system.
" ~!1 4Fr +:W/+"~rrYSY73 1b' * * k

Badgers blipped
CHAMPAIGN - Illinois weather-
ed a late rally by Wisconsin yes-I
terday and hung on for a 91-86
victory in a Big Ten Conference
basketball game.
Weatherspoon led Illinois scorers
with 26 points. Kim Hughes of
Wisconsin led all scorers with 27

Penn 79, Columbia 62
South Carolina 88, Davidson 82
Florida State 49, Stetson 47
:Memphis State 92, Tulsa 90
Fordham 106, Georgetown, D.C. 78
Navy 61, Aarmy 60
Duke 68, Maryland 59
Kansas State 80, Oklahoma 71
Harvard 88, Yale 72
. Michigan 108, N. Michigan 87
Princeton 90, Cornell 65
LIU 78, St. Francis, N.Y. 64
Wake Forest 70, Clemson 63
SW Louisiana 103, Dayton 86
St. Peter's N.J. 83, Seton Hall 71
Florida 88, Mississippi State 80
Air Force 59, Denver 54
Georgia 79, Mississippi 69
Pitt 78, Penn State 70


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Boilermakers steam
LAFAYETTE- A three-point
play by senior Bob Ford brought
Purdue from behind in the final
minute and gave the Boilermakers1

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