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Tuesday, March 'l 4, 197

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

IT uesday, March 14, 1 972. THE MICHIGAN DAILY
I

Wolverines

end

disappointing

year

-Daily-Mort Noveck
MICHIGAN'S HENRY WILMORE goes up for a layuV against
Michigan State. Although the all-Big Ten guard scored 22 points,
his teammates went down to defeat, 96-92.

By RANDY PHILLIPS
While most Michigan students
were home enjoying spring break,
the Wolverine Cagers managed to
really blow it, losing two of their
three vacation contests. The two
losses smashed any chance for a
conference title or a post-season
tournament bid.
By far, the most damaging de-
feat was against Michigan State.
The Wolverines were hovering be-
hind Ohio State and Minnesota by
a half games in the Big Ten Race,
but couldn't come up with quite
enough against the Spartans and
bowed out, 96-92. Coupled with
Ohio State's defeat at Indiana and
the Gopher's demolishing of Illi-
nois, Minnesota took the driver's
seat in the close conference chase,
and eventually emerged with the
crown.
Michigan put on a satisfactory
offensive performance against the
Spartans, but they could not keep
their smaller but hustling oppo-
nents from running up the score
as well. Big Ten leading scorer,
Mike Robinson, poured in 37
points, and got 26 point help from
low scoring forward Pat Miller.
Miller repeatedly penetrated in-
side for easy tips and short base-
line jumpers.
The Wolverines took several six
yr Sioux:H
atingseniors, tried to explain
Michigan's pathetic state in for-
eign arenas.
"We always seem to get behind
early, and it's almost that we ex-
pect to lose." Straub assessed.
THE ANN ARBOR LEFT-
winger hit it right on the nose as
the Wolverines fell behind 5-0 ;
after only one period of the ser-
ies at Grand Forks. It was very
loose defensive play by the Wol-
verines that brought about the
Sioux assault. The defensemen
were constantly out of position
and any backchecking by the for-
wards was hardly noticed.
Michigan did get on the score-
board in the second period with
Bob Falconer scoring on a clean
breakaway.
In the seven minute man ad-
vantage, the Wolverines could on-
ly muster four shots on goal. But
it must be admitted that Michi-
gan was not at full strength dur-

Minnesota
Ohio State
MICHIGAN
Indiana
Purdue
Wisconsin
Michigan State
Illinois
Iowa
Northwestern
and eight point leads in the first
half and often seemed on the
verge of pulling away for good.
But every time poor defense would
allow the Spartans an easy bucket
to keep them in the game. An
eight point Spartanspree put
State up 39-36 and they held on
for a three point half time lead:
The lead changed hands several
times in the second half and the
Wolverines held an 86-81 lead
with about five minutes to go. But
State outscored the Wolverines 14-
6 the rest of the way for the win.
Michigan center Ken Brady was
taken out of the game with about
eight minutes left, and he never
returned. Brady was having one
of his best afternoons of the sea-
son, and Wolverine coach Johnny
Orr's decision to keep Brady
benched in favor of a quicker
line-up could have been the dif-
ference in the home stretch.
Henry Wilmore led the Wolver-1

Conference
W L Pct.
11 3 .786
10 4 .714
9 5 .643
9 5 .643
6 8 .429
6 8 .429
6 8 .429
5 9 .357
5 9 .357
3 11 .214

W
17
18
14
17
12
13
13
14
11
5

L
6
6
10
7
12
11
11
10
13
18

Pet.
.739
.750
.583
.708
.500
.542 -
.542
.583
.458
.217

All Games

ines with 22 points while Brady
had 21, John Lockard 20, and
Wayne Grabiec had 19.
Orr remarked after the crucial
loss that Michigan "shot very
well." He added:
"We really hustled and de-
served to win. A couple easy shots
missed made the difference."
But it was the hustling of Mich-
igan State and a poor defensive
effort on the part of the Wolver-
ines that really made the differ-
ence.
With still a mathematical
chance of tying for the Big Ten
title and a chance for a National
Invitational Tournament bid,
Michigan returned home to blitz
the weak Badgers. The outcome
was not in doubt through most of
the contest as the Wolverines ran
out to an early 11-2 lead and kept
a comfortable margin through the
entire first half, despite a few
lapses of sloppy play.

Big Ten Standings
FINAL

Michigan really ran the Badgers
off the court to start the second
half outscoring Wisconsin 11-4
and then coming back with an-
other 19-4 scoring burst. Wilmore
had an excellent first half with 16
points, and he finished up with
25 points and 12 rebounds.
But shortly after the conclusion
of Michigan's victory, Minnesota,
came through with a narrow 49-48
win over Purdue to clinch the
title, and, Michigan was left with
only the hope for an NIT bid. A
win in the season's finale against
Iowa was thought necessary for
a bid but as it turned out the
Wolverine's 95-69 drubbing at the
hands of the Hawkeyes proved to
matter little.
Captains named'
Basketball coach Johnny Orr
announced last night that jun-
iors Henry Wilmore and Ken
Brady will co-captain the
1972-73 Wolverines. Wilmore
wasalso named winner of the
Bill Buntin Memorial Award
for the second year in a row.
The day before the Iowa game,
Orr was informed that Michigan
was not to be given an invitation
regardless of the outcome of the
game against the Hawkeyes. Indi-
ana, who finished tied for third
with Michigan, and Ohio State
were extended invitations earlier,
but the second place Buckeyes
turned down their invitation.
With the knowledge that the
Iowa game would not bring a
tournament bid, the Wolverines
only went through the motions
against the Hawkeyes.
No one hustled, no one exerted
muscle under the boards, and no
one seemed to really care about
the game.'
Iowa's Rick Williams put on a

it

v

Vacation Wrapup

BASKETBALL - Michigan finished in a third place tie in the
Big Ten after going 1-2 over break. The Wolverines lost on the road
to Michigan State, 96-92, came home to beat Wisconsin 93-70, and
finished by losing to Iowa 96-69.
HOCKEY - Finishing the regular season with two wins over
Minnesota 5-3, and 4-3 the Wolverine Icers gained a sixth place
finish and a playoff spot against North Dakota. However, at Grand
Forks, Michigan fell twice 5-1, and 10-2.
WRESTLING: Michigan's Jerry Hubbard finished second in the
150 pound category, while Iowa State won the NCAA team cham-
pionship.
SWIMMING - Stu Isaacs' victories in the 100 and 200 yard
breaststroke events gave Michigan its normal second place finish
in the Big Ten Meet behind Indiana.
GYMNASTICS - Michigan's Big Ten reign came to an end
with a surprising second place finish behind Iowa.
TRACK - In the Big Ten's the Wolverines were fifth; God-
frey Murray won the 70-yard high hurdles, as Michigan State won
the team title; Only Murray placed for Michigan in the NCAA tour-
nament, placing third in the 60-yard high hurdles. USC took the
team title.
BASEBALL - On their annual spring trip to Arizona, the Wol-
verine batsmen finished with a record of 3-6.
LACROSSE - Michigan's undermanned lacrosse team traveled
South and wound up 1-3 for the trip.

N WCHA PLAYOFFS:

Icers
By JOEL GREER
Take one excellent product
opine it. with an equally
ible one and the result is alv
npleasantly mediocre. Of col
e two-faced Michigan hog
am cannot be better describE
The Wolverines closed out
971-72 season precisely the
veryone expected. At home,
*erines twice came from
id to sweep a pair of f
ointers from Minnesota vaul
hemselves all the way up to s
>lace in the final WCHA sto
gs and a berth in the leE
layoffs.
But then the WQlverines tra
ad+o North Dakota for a t
ame total-goal series with
ighting Sioux. And, as uE
Lichigan left any resemblanc
Us sometimes fine hockey tear
ome and were blasted 5-1
0-2 for a 15-3 total score.
Overal, the Wolverines fir
d etr league season with
a eum reord a n d a 1-1 R

blasted

dazzling shooting display with 21
points in the first half to lead
Iowa to a 49-42 lead. But the
worst was yet to come.
Twelve first half turnovers
didn't seem too bad compared to
the 15 produced by Michigan in
the second half. The Wolverines
were hopelessly out rebounded in
the 'second half as well.
Williams did not do the damage
in the second stanza as he only
scored one bucket, but hustling
forward Neil F'egebank made
moves in, out and around the
Wolverine front line to score nine
in each half and center Kevin
Kunnert pulled off 12 caroms in
the second half, to stymie Mich-

igan.
One bright spot left at the end
of the season was that Michigan's
scoring star, Wilmore, was chosen
as one of the two unanimous All
Big-Ten picks by the Associated
Press and United Press Interna-
tional. The other unanimous pick
was Ohio State's Allan Hornyak.
Also picked for first team honors
were Indiana's Joby Wright, Pur-
due's Bob Ford, and Spartan Mike
Robinson. Wilmore also came in
second in the conference scoring
race just nosing out Hornyak.
The Wolverines ended the year
with a modest 14-10 over-all re-
cord, and a 9-5 mark in Big Ten
play.

NIGHT EDITOR:
CHUCK BLOOM
It was nearly the same case in
Saturday's game with Minnesota
leading 1-0 after two periods. This
time Cartier was back in the line-
up but Michel Jarry was out for
fighting Friday. , Renfrew com-
pletely juggled his line for the
third period placing Bernie Gag-
non, Randy Neal and Paul-Andre
Paris all on one line.
The move immediately paid off
as the Wolverines scored three
goals in the first eight minutes of
the period and held on for the vic-
tory.

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u '"We had to do something," ing Hangslebens penalties. Gag-
n foreign ice. Incidentally, the commented a modest Renfrew non was in the dressing room get-
nly road win came all season in the ecstatic Michigan dressing ting repairs done to his face due
t Michigan State. room after the clincher., to the Hangsleben elbow and Paris
Going into the final weekend was benched with a cherley horse.
f the season the Wolverines were Gagnon tallied five times in "They're the two key guys .on
ced with the monumental task the series giving him 28 for the the power play," admitted a de-.
f eeping Minnesota to assure WCHA season, tops in the league.
e~hslvesof plaoff pot It was then the traveling Michi- jected Renfrew afterwards. But if
3e selves of a playoff spot. Itwste h rvln ih-the Wolverines were ever going to
gan hockey team and the results .t Wolveines we g oin to
get back into the game that was
were drastically different. the time.
BOTH NIGHTS MICHIGAN th ie
und themselves down 1-0 in the Playing on the road has been
cond period but battled back to Michigan's problem all season MICHIGAN started strong the
in 5-3 Friday and 4-3 Satur- long and the playoffs were no ex- following night but Sioux goalten-
ay.: ception. After the Minnesota ser der Dave Murphy was unbeatable.
IrFriday night's contest, Mich- ies. Straub, one of the six gradu- "Anything Michigan shot, Mur-
an played t e first 30 minutes _:: phy stopped," assessed Sioux
ery lackadaisically, uninspired, coach Rube Bjorkman. "It sure
nd without Punch Cartier who WC HA StandijngS took the steam out of them."
ad been suspended by Coach Al * Again it was the first period
tenfrew for an indifferent atti- FINAL that was crucial as the Sioux
ude. -W L Pts i exploded for four goals while Jer-
It looked as if the Wolverines Denver 19 9 541 ry Lefebvre notched the lone
odn't even score a goal as for- Wisconsin 20 8 48 Michigan marker.
uas stopping everything in the North Dakota 18 10 44 By that time the second period
aer Wolverine Doug Hastings Michigan State 15 13 42 began the NoDaks had a seven-
innesota net. . Minnesota Duluth 15 13 40 goal total-goal lead and the series
But a shorthanded goal by MICHIGAN 12 16 32 was all but over.
ucky Straub late in the sec- Michigan Tech 11 15 30 What at times looked like a
d period started a three-goal Notre Dame 10 16 28 great Michigan hockey team end-
ichigan outburst and the Wol- Colorado College 11 17 28 ed in Grand Forks with something
rjaes coasted in. . Minnesota 7 21 14 far less than mediocre.

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