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Page Seven

Saturday, March 18, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven



Only seven college basketball teams in the
country retain the impossible idea that they can
somehow beat out UCLA for an NCAA basketball
championship, and after today the total will be
reduced to three.
Regional finals today will determine UCLA's
three opponents next weekend when they go after
their sixth straight national title, assuming of
course, that the Bruins get by Long Beach State.
Long Beach State faces the toughest game in its
basketball history today and 49er coach Jerry
Tarkanian realizes that it will take his team's
best effort ever to come up with a win, when
Long Beach takes on the Bruins of UCLA in the
finals of the Far Western regionals at Provo,
"We're going to have to come up with our best
game of the year if we want to win," Tarkanian
said, "We're going to have to rebound, play a
strong defensive game, and have great outside
The Long Beach team is coming off a fine win,
a 75-55 victory in the regional semifinals over San
Francisco Thursday night. But UCLA was even
more impressive, blowing Weber State out of the

m attack
gym, 90-58, despite the fact that their big gun,
Bill Walton was bottled up by the Weber defense.
Today's clash involves three All-American play-
ers as well as the NCAA's coach-of-the-year. Wal-
ton, a 6-11 center, is on everyone's All-American
teams, and was picked Thursday by the Associat-
ed Press as the college player of the year.
Also on the AP's first team was Ed Ratleff,
Long Beach guard and leading scorer, while the
Bruins' Henry Bibby, also a guard, was a second
team choice. The match-up here could be a most
interesting one.
UCLA's coach, John Wooden, was named the
Associated Press's coach-of-the-year. His UCLA
teams have won their last 42 games in a row, 27
this season, and have taken seven of the last eight
NCAA championships, including the last five. The
closest the Bruins came to a defeat in last yeaix's
playoffs was against this same Long Beach squad,
which pushed UCLA down to the wire, 57-55.
Meanwhile, in the Mideastern regional at Day-
ton, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida State, both com-
ing off surprisingly easy wins Thursday night bat-
tle it out today. The Wildcats, although going into
the game as underdogs, demolished seventh-ranked
Marquette 85-69, while Florida State swept by
Minnesota 's defensive specialists, 70-56.





The game features a match-up of two big, high-
scoring teams. Florida State, an independent club,
starts 6-11 Lawrence McCray, as well as 6-10 Reg-
gie Royals. The Wildcats counter with Jim Mc-
Andrews, their leading scorer at 6-11, and have
another big scorer and rebounder in Tom Parker,
the Southeast Conference's player-of-the-year. The
Seminoles have been averaging 87 points a game,
while Kentucky nets 84 a contest.
The difference could be the Kentucky guards,
who came through in fine style against Mar-
quette. Ron Lyons and Stan Key, not huge scorers
during the season, came up with 33 points between
them, giving the Wildcats the outside scoring they
will need against the Florida State giants.
Big front lines, though, do not always prevail,
as North Carolina proved Thursday in stomping
South Carolina, 92-69 to advance into today's
Eastern final against Pennsylvania at Morgan-
town, W.Va. The Tar Heels displayed awesome
defense and potent scoring as they ran around
the South Carolina big guys.
The tenacious North Carolina defense held the
Gamecocks 6-10 Tom Rikker, 7-0 Danny Traylor,
and 6-7 Rick Aydlett to a combined count of 25
points. Tar Heel coach Dean Smith was extremely
pleased with the win, "Our defense was great,"

he said. "We are playing our best of the year."
Penn, third-ranked, in the country, though, is
undaunted by the North Carolina defense. Quaker
coach Daley insists that his team will still try to
move the ball inside. "Our game is inside and
we'll take it to them," he says.
In the other game today, Big Eight champ
Kansas State opposes the Missouri *Valley king
Louisville in the Midwest final. Louisville reached
the final by stifling the nation's leading scorer,
Dwight Lamar, and Southwestern Louisiana, 88-
84, while K-State stopped Texas cold, 66-55.
Louisville's Jim Price did a good defensive job
on Lamar holding him to 14 of 42 from the field
for 29 points, eight under his average. Louisville
demonstarted its balanced scoring attack, as five
starters finished in double figures. Ron Thomas
and Al Vilcheck are the two top men for the
Louisville crew.
Kansas State, unlike -Louisville, relies on its
defense, playing a slow, deliberate game. Super-
sophomore Danny Beard and Dave Hall lead the
Wildcats scorers.
The four winners of today's contests will ad-
vance to the NCAA finals next Thursday and

-Associated Press

Walton strikes again


By The Associated Press
DETROIT-A 23-9 spurt in the
third period enabeld the Detroit
Pistons to down the Atlanta Hawks
121-112 last night- and snap a nine-
game National Basketball Associa-
tion losing streak.
With Detroit trailing 75-68 with
61/2 minutes left in the third period,
Bob Lanier, who led the Pistons
with 32 points, joined with Howie
Komives and Terry Dischinger to
shoot the Pistons into a 89-84 ad-
vantage after three quarters.
The Pistons then led three times
by as many as 13 points before'
the Hawks came back to slice it
to.six with just under four minutes
to go. The Pistons then went on
a 7-2 spurt to put the game out
of reach.
Dave Bing chipped in with 28
points while Komives had 18 for
the Pistons. Lou Hudson, with 26,
and Walt Bellamy, with 30, paced
the Hawks.
* * * .s.t., S L

pluck Hawks

Lafayette escadrilles Virginia

The Bullets grabbed a 10-9 leadj
and never trailed after that. TheyI
led at the end of the first quarter
33-26 as John Tresvant and Archie
Clark combined for 18 points.
In the second quarter, the Bul-
lets maintained their advantage as
Stallworth hit four of five shots
from the field and Tresvant six
of nine. The Bullets led at the
half 61-52.
Clark took over the scoring for
the Bullets, notching 13 of -his 26
points. The Sonics pulled to within
four points late in the game, but

Wes Unseld and Gus Johnson com-
bined for six points to put Balti-
more out of reach. Unseld finished
with 20 rebounds.
* * *
Celts clinch top
HERSHEY, Pa. - John Havlicek
scored 35 points last night as the
Boston Celtics clinched first place
in the Atlantic Division of the Na-
tional Basketball Associatibn by
downing the Philadelphia 76ers
127-111 at the Hershey Sports

Rugby season opens
with lucky Irish split

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK -' Jay Mottola's
foul shot with three seconds to
play gave Lafayette's underdog
Leopards a 72-71 basketball vic-
tory over Virginia in last night's
opening game of the National In-
vitation Tournament at Madison
Square Garden.
Mottola's winning foul shot
came after he had missed the first
of two free throw attempts.
The Cavaliers appeared to have
the game won with a 71-69 lead
and only 30 seconds remaining.
But Tracy Tripucka flipped in the
tying shot for Lafayette with 14
seconds left.
Frank DeWitt of Virginia then
threw the ball away on a ensuing
in-bounds pass. Mottola grabbed
it, raced for the basket and was
Mottola scored seven points in
the game, while Tripucka led the
Leopards with 25. Barry Parkhill,
Virginia's leading scorer, manag-
ed only 14, about eight under his
Virginia bows out of the tour-
ney with a final season record of
21-7. Lafayette is 21-6.
Fordham felled
NEW YORK - Ernie Fleming
scored 23 points and David Brent
blocked2six shotsdhelping Jack-
sonville's run-and-gun Dolphins to
a 94-75 college basketball victory
over Fordham in the first round
of the 35th National Invitational
Tournament last night.
The victory sent Jacksonville in-
to a meeting with Lafayette in
Monday night's quarter-finals.
'With Fleming scoring 11 points
and Brent blocking four shots,
Jacksonville took a 46-31 lead at
the half. The big, bruising Dol-

Oh Claire!
KANSAS CITY-Top-seeded Eu
Claire State, Wis., led by Frank
Schade and Mike Ratliff, beat
Gardner-Webb, N.C., 83-68 last
night and advanced to the finals
of the 35thNAIAbasketball tour-
Eau Claire, the nation's No. 2
small college team, trampled the
fourth-seeded Bulldogs almost from
the start. Al Graves scored Gard-
ner-Webb's only two points in the
first 5:45.

The Blugolds built an 11-2 lead
during that time. Eau Claire's lead
soared to as muchas 24 points in
the first half and was 47-28 at
The Bulldogs were able to trim
the gap to 11 points in the second
half but that came with only 2:24
remaining. Gardner - Webb's star
was George Adams, who made 11
straight Bulldogs points at one
stage and gathered 30 for the
night. He also had 10 rebounds,
Ratliff hit 22 points and grabbed
18 rebounds. Schade scored 21.
Grant guns.
KANSAS CITY -- 'Jravis Grant
broke the NAIA basketball tour-
nament career scoring record with
33 points last night and led Ken-
tucky State to an 87-82 semifinal
triumph over second-seeded Steph-
en F. Austin, Tex..

Snecial To Tho naily


k pei o 're av y
Balls hit SOUTH BEND - The Michigan
ruggers sacrificed three bodies to
CHICAGO - Chet Walker, Bob St. Patrick, who reciprocated witht
Love and rookie Howard Porter one Michigan victory in two at-t
combined for 60 points last night tempts. After all, it was the day
to lead the Chicago Bulls to an of the Irish, and two losses would
easy 126-103 victory over the Buf- not have been kosher.t
falo Braves in a National Basket- In their spring season openers,
ball Association contest. ! the Michigan Blue battled from1
Seven Chicago players scored in behind in the second half to dumpĀ£
double figures, a club mark, as Notre Dame 26-9, while the Gold
the Bulls racked up their 53rd win inched to a 12-0 setback.x
of the season, third best in the In a game packed with vicious
Buffalo committed 22 turnovers hitting and gang tackling, Michi-t
plus 27foulsinuffe its55th' gan's Dave Osborn suffered a
euack of the yea ring is broken nose and Vern Pato a,
set aofthe e. oobruised probiscus. but played the
The sharp outside shooting of entire game, to lead Michigan to!
Mike Davis kept Buffalo in the their first come-from-behind vic-
game in the first half as the tory in many seasons.
Braves left the floor trailing59-51.
Chiceago spurted to an 83-65 leadII Ron Smith took a pass for a try'
behind a balanced attack in the from Osborn with five minutes re-
third quarter only to have Buffalo maining in the contest to put the
collect four consecutive baskets Blue ahead to stay, 20-19. Michi-
before thebugan had fallen behind 19-7 in theE
ore uzzer. early going of the second half.2
Buffalo remained as close as 10 Minutes later the inspired ruggersc
Doints until Clifford Ray and Por- blitzed the disheartened Irish withj
ter helped Chicago outscore Buf- a try to wrap up the ball game.t
falo 13-0 in a four-minute flurry. Walt Holloway, after breaking1
Walker wound up with 24 points through a lineout to pick up aI
while Porter and Love each had loose ball, passed to Plato, who
18. t,,kar3 to thn ana l . b nn hfnro

try within the first minute of the
second half before Michigan de-
cided that if they were going to
win they would have to start
tackling. And tackle they did. No-
tre Dame became mere tackling
dummies to the invincible ruggers.
Peter Hooper started the de-
termined comeback when he re-
covered his own kick in the end
zone despite being illegally check-
Thompson converted his second
period penalty conversion soon
afterwards, and with Smith's try
the Irish were dead.

Vancouver soars past
sleeping Sabres, 6=2"

-Associated Press
The Drought ends
Jim Washington, Atlanta Hawk, puts the ball over the oustretchced
hand of a straining Jim Davis (20). 'the Pistons, whose merger
with ITT was approved in exchange for a perpetual light on
Checker's grave, won 121-112.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (P)-The Van-
couver Canucks broke a 1-1 tie
with three goals ire, thie second
period and went on'to score a
6-2 -victory over the. Buffalo Sa-
bres in a National Hockey League
game last night.
The Canucks' victory moved the
East Division celler dwellers with-
in two points of the sixth-place
Jocelyn Guevremont rifled a
shot from within the blue line for

Teammates join exiled Gervin

Mitch the Master
The Michigan wrestling team
elected a new captain for the
1972-73 grappling season. T h e
Big Ten champion at 158, Mitc
Mendrygal was elected by his
fighting peers. Mendrygal, a
senior from Detroit Catholic
Central possessed-"'a record of
18-20 and finished up the season
with a fine performance at the
National Collegiate Champion-
ships at College Park.
Buffalo net.
Vancouver's Ron Ward scored
when the Canucks were short in
the third period and D e n n is
Kearns added a power-play goal
before Craig Ramsay scored Buf-
falo's second goal with 10 seconds
left in the game.

From Wire Service Reports
George Gervin, Eastern Michi-
gan cage star who was suspended
and sent home from the NCAA
college division tournament, was
joined yesterday by five of his
teammates, leaving EMU with on-
ly seven players available for last
night's consolation game with
Tennessee State.
Gervin, a former Detroit Mar-
tin Luther King stand-out and
sixth leading college scorer in the
nation, was thrown out of Thurs-
day night's semi-final game after
elbowing Roanoke's Jay Piccola
and then knocking him uncon-
According to Eastern Michi-
gan athletic director Frosty Fer-

Sonics rot
BALTIMORE-Reserve forward
Dave Stallworth poured in a sea-
son-high 27 points to lead the
Baltimore Bullets to a 112-107 vic-
tory over the Seattle SuperSonicsI
in a National Basketball Associa-
tion game last night.

uuc eu Lo e Wga area oeiore
passing off to Bob Jagonich. Os-
born then converted.
Michigan put the first points
on the board on a penalty kick by
Richard Thompson early in the
first half, but the Irish countered
immediately with a penalty kick
of their own.
Notre Dame scored their last


Stickmen begin title defense,
open season with clash at OSU

zacca, who reportedly spent the
wee hours of the morning talkingf
l with Garvin after the incident,t
the sophomore superstar "didn'tt
know what happened and prob-
ably thought at the time that he
blamed Piccola for his ejectionc
from the game."t
Just before Gervin's attack on
Piccola, officials had detected him.
elbowing and ejected him from1
the game. EMU was trailing 81-561
at the time.
Just before the game resumed,
according to reports, Gervin
, walked back onto the court and
landed a blow to Piccola's face.
The Roanoke forward fell flat on
his face and remained uncon-
sciousauntil helped to the dress-
ing room by trainers.
EMU coach Jim Dutcher pub-,
licly apologized to the crowd im-,
mediately after the incident. Dut-i
cher, who in six seasons has
coached the Hurons to a 126-48
record, was so upset by the inci-
dent that he announced his resig-z
nation after the game.
"When you can't control your1
own players, then it's time to hang
them up," the H-urons mentorsaid
in telling of his decision. How-
ever, Dutcher defended Gervin,
maintaining that "this is so far
out of character for him. He hask
never had a technical foul." c
A meeting of the NCAA tourna-
ment committee was held yester-
day morning and officially sus-t
pendedtGervin from further tour-
nament action. Eastern Michi-
gan University officials had al-t
ready sent their controversial star1
back to Ypsilanti.
Gervin wasn't alone for long,f
as he was followed home later yes-i
terday by five of his teammates,
including starters Lindell Reason,
Bill James, and Earl Dixon. When
contacted by The Daily, Reasonr
said that the five had left "int

sympathy with Gervin", but re-
fused to comment further, saying
that they had agreed not to dis-
cuss the incident with tle press.
Gervin's case will now, be con-
sidered by EMU president Har-
old Sponberg, and athletic direc-
tor Ferzacca admitted that Ger-
vin could even be expelled from
the university. A hearing will be
held Monday morning before Pres-
ident Sponberg.


surm ises survivors.


With a successful spring trip and their first
full week of outdoor practice behind them, the
Michigan Lacrosse club heads into the regular
season today meeting Ohio State in Columbus.
As defending champions of the ever stronger
Midwest Club Lacrosse Association, the club is
looking forward to a tough season ahead in de-
fense of their title. Long the doormat of that
league, Michigan ,Lacrosse has achieved a com-
plete turnabout so that now the Wolverines are
the recognized class of 'the circuit, and ready to
challenge on a national level.
Whenever Michigan takes the field this year,
they will be the favorite, and thus susceptable to
upsets as every opponent will have no trouble get-
ting up for the Wolverines.
Michigan's potential success this year lies in the
strength of its defense, headed by All-Midwest se-
lections, goalie Jay Johnson and defenseman Dave
Fischer. The team defense held all opponents to
an average of 4.5 goals per game last year and
the entire unit returns intact for this season.
Michigan's offense is bulwarked by All-Midwest
mid-fielder Dick Dean, the one player on the
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plimented on his line by Curt Adkisson, an Ober-
lin graduate, and Roger Mills, a Princeton alum-
nus who played well at his new position down
south and is hopefully recovered from a gash
over the right eye, suffered as he scored Michi-
gan's final goal at the gun of the Denison game.
Don Lamble, Steve Hart, and Chico Rogers
man a second midfield line, and another unit oper-
ates in the improving hands of John Spelman,
Clark Bell, and Dennis Burdziak, all in only their
second year of organized lacrosse.
The tilt with Ohio State promises to be a good
one. The Buckeyes, hoping to improve on a 7-4
1971 mark, are led by All-American attackman
,Casper Von Bourgondeen. The Bucks are still
smarting from a 6-5 beating administered by the
Wolverines last year.
In fact, Michigan's mastery over the Buckeyes
in recent years has become a point of embarrass-
ment in Columbus. The Lacrosse team at Ohio
State enjoys varsity status and losing continually
to a mere club does not sit well with the ath-
letic brass at OSU. It seems that Ohio State will
no longer play Michigan after this year unless the
sport goes varsity here.
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phins, led by Harold Fox's pin- the Canucks in the opening period
point passing, moved to a 25-point but Rene Robert came back for
lead early in the second half. Buffalo with an unassisted score
Fordham trimmed the margin while Vancouver was shorthanded.
with Ken Charles' 16 second-half Andre Boudrias put the Canucks
points, but could not sustain a ahead midway in the second per-
rally to overtake the Dolphins. iod with a 15-footer.
Charles scored 25 points for Dave Balon followed with a
Fordham, which finished the sea- power-play goal and Ted Taylor
son 18-9. Jacksosville improved its scored again for the Canucks dur-
mark to 18-7. ing a scramble in front of the

Buoyed by a few grasshoppers, I gaze
agreeably into my high school basketball
crystal bail to see what is in store in today's
Michigan state championship semifinal
round. Once I had another crystal ball for
college play, but it is now sitting under my
prize hen.
In Crisler Arena action, another in a long
line of fine River Rouge teams will tip off
against Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port at 10:30
in the morning while Muskegon Heights
battles West Iron County at noon. Both are
class B contests.
The big A games will featu're first Flint
Northern and Detroit Cooley at 3:30 p.m.,
then Pontiac Central and Lansing Sexton
at 5:00. The finals in all classes are sched-
uled for next Saturday at Lansing's Jenison
But now, without further brouhaha or
flim-flammery, the predictions of the inim-
itable swami:
COOLEY 72: This close matchup should
have fans jumping out of their seats like
hot iguanas. Northern is the top-ranked
team in the state and defending class A
champion, and took out a tough Saginaw
High squad in the regionals at the Saginaw
Civic Center. Only Wayman Britt, a rugged
boarder, returns from last year's starting
five, but Northern has plenty of depth and

Bay Port comes out of the depressed Sagi-
naw Valley marshes, with a balanced team,
but wow, what a crummy nanie for a school!
Sounds like the name of a laxative for birds.
68: The Heights battled it out unsuccessfully
with Rouge last year but should get another
shot next Saturday. Tony Smith and Jim
Turner are big bombers for Muskegon (20-2),
a tournament-tested team. West Iron is one
of those traditional question-mark teams
from the Upper Peninsula. Judging from its
name, West Iron has a strong, slow team,
but very neatly-pressed uniforms.
In non-Crisler games, check out this action:
could be the most exciting game of the sea-
son. Shelby looked fantastic in winning the
class C crown over Stockbridge last year
and returns 6-7 Paul Griffin and a few other
gems from that team. They have been num-
ber one all season long. Orchard Lake St.
Mary fields a team that is apparently
straight from Warsaw: Sakowski, Cieslak,
Brppslak, etc. But they were ingpressive
in the quarters, beating East Jackson 79-75.
IGNACE 64: Out on a limb I go in predict-
ing the defeat of number-two class C power
St. Ignace. But those St. Stephens boys are
tough, led by Elijah Coates, and have been
up in this rarified semifinal atmosphere
before. Go home, St. Ignace!

-Associated Press
The Ancient Seer
out for Central, but overall the team lacks
size. Russell is the brother of Michigan
soon-to-be-superstar Campy Russell. Sexton
murdered Allen Park 97-69 in the quarters
and has now grabbed 20 of its 21 games this
season. Look for the Big Red to parlay the
strength of 6-7 Bob Liddle and his mates

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