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Sunday, January 23, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine---

out to lunch
mort novck
The Big Fella returns' ..
and the gears start to mesh
M1AYBE Johnny Orr is right. Maybe it was too much to ex-
pect the Michigan basketball team to win without Ken
Orr maintains that his squad has not been doing that badly.
He says that "our team did a real fine job without Brady and
Henry Wilmore." And they did, in the games they won. It is
difficult to play without a center and while Ernie Johnson and
John Lockard have become fine forwards, neither was really
at home in the middle.
But there were other games when no one did anything.
Wilmore's injury put a big dent in the Michigan offense but it
shouldn't have stopped it entirely.
Yesterday's game proves the point. Wilmore, playing most
of the contest at guard, had one of the worst games of his
career. He scored only 15 points and got just six rebounds.
However the team won anyway. With Brady back at center
they quit relying on Wilmore to save them and they went
out and played basketball.
Brady hauled in 11 rebounds and canned 13 points,, but it
was his presence rather than his play that made the differ-
Lockard still had to carry the brunt of the inside work
but it was obviously easier for him with Brady around. He
hauled down 16 rebounds and scored 19 points. He was visibly
looser on offense, going so far as to shoot from near the head of
the -key. Without Brady he couldn't afford to do this. Someone
had to be underneath for the carom and Lockard was the man.
But now Brady takes the pressure off and though Lockard
had been playing well, he looked even better.
Johnson also benefited from Brady's presence. Ernie has
been better known for his flailing moves than for his scoring,
but now the moves seem to be getting the ball in the basket
more consistently. He'll probably be getting even better with
k Brady to set picks inside.
Actually Brady wasn't even supposed to play, but it's
lucky he did. He twisted his foot in practice and there
was concern that he would miss the game. But it didn't
seem to bother him much at all. Considering that it was
only his second game he moved very well. He seems to be re-
covering rapidly now and says that, "every day I'm get-
ting more wind and my timing is coming back."
But even though he wasn't at full strength he made ant
amazing difference. Michigan has traditionally been a small
team. Two years ago 6-4 Rod Ford was forced to play center
because there just wasn't a big man around. Brady changed
that last year but his injury this year brought it back. Lockard
is a strong 6-5, but he has trouble guarding really big men
without fouling. Johnson is 6-8, but not very heavy. So the
team missed big Brady.-
The Wolverines were in the process of getting eaten up
yesterday until Brady entered the game. They were down by
nine and weren't looking very good. But as soon as he came
in they began to close in. His muscle cleared the way for
Johnson to put on his scoring display and made it difficult
for the Wildcats to work inside.
w But the biggest surprise of the day was Wilmore's poor
performance. It was only his first game at guard, but it's
hard to believe that he can't play anywhere instantly.
Even Orr admitted that "it was as poor a first half as I've
seen him play."
Wilmore feels that he was a little confused with the
switch. "I can't think in two positions," he commented. But
he thinks that the problem won't take long to' correct-
"I enjoy playing guard, it's my natural position and now
I can work on the guard stuff."
At times the team showed just what this switch mightj
mean. There were some lapses when they let Northwestern
steal the ball for easy baskets, but for the most part they looked
Impressive. The front line was imposing and the squad had
less trouble bringing down the ball against the press.
When Wilmore sharpens up his ball handling and learns
what he has to do the move will look even better Wayne Gra-
biec might be able to loosen up a little and 'get his shot back.
And the Wolverines might live up to their potential and win all
the games, they should.
Tankers liquidate MSU
By CHUCK BLOOM Dan Fishburn and Mark Ander-
It may have been close in Cris- son finished one-two in the 1000-
ler Arena, but over at Matt Mann yard freestyle while Steve McCar-
Pool, it was no contest. The Wol- thy easily won the 200-yard free-

verine swimmers t h o r o u g hI y style with a clocking of 1:47.6.
trounced the Spartan swim team In the afternoon's closest race,
from Michigan State, 82-41. Michigan's Jose Aranha barely
Winning all but two of the touched out Ken Winfield of MSU
events, Michigan remained unde- in the 50-yard freestyle. Winfield,
feated in dual meets this season. ?xtremely fast off the starting
Michigan was led by the diving block, had as much as a two-
of Joe Crawford who battled length lead in the first 25 yards
\ISU's Mike Cook in an exciting before Aranha came on to win.
duel. Crawford handily won the Ray McCullough won the 200-
one-meter event with Cook sec- yard individual medley over an-
ond; and Michigan's Steve Schen- other Wolverine, Don Peterson.
thai finishing a strong third. Chris Hansen took the 200-yard
Crawford and Cook battled it backstroke.
out again in the three-meter div-
ing with Crawford winning once MSU's only two wins were in
again. But this time it took an ex- the 200-yard butterfly and the
cellent final dive to gain the vic- 500-yard freestyle. Winfield again
tory, started strong in the butterfly and
Michigan took the first event in beat Peterson by a little less than
the meet, the 400-yard medley re- a second.
lay as the team of Chris Hansen,' In the final event, the 400-yard
Stu Isaac, Byron McDonald and freestyle relay, Wolverine relay
Tim Norlen posted a winning time teams finished one-two to com-
of 3:34.95.. plete the beating. z




The first shock waves of Ken
Brady's return to action hit North-
western yesterday afternoon as the
Wolverines stumbled through a
lousy first half and turned in an
83-79 win over the Wildcats at
Chrisler Arena.
Brady moved well while playing
three-quarters of the game and led
Michigan's second half domination
of the boards and the inside game.
The 6-9 former Flint Central ace
combined with enforcers John
Lockard and Ernie Johnson for a
31-19 carom advantage in the final
stanza and slapped three of Wild-
cat Barry Hentz' shots right back
in his face.
The outstanding play of the
Michigan front-line was counter-
acted by Henry Wilmore's unsteady
debut in the backcourt. Wilmore
didn't put any points on the board
until the waning minutes of the
first half and admitted after" the
game that he "felt a little awk-
ward" in his new position.
"Playing guard is one of the
greatest things that has happened
to me," added the 6-3 flash. "I'm
more of a set up and run it
player." Michigan coach Johnny
Orr is undecided about whether
Wilmore will stay permanently at
Wayne Grabiec and Dave Hart
the co-captains in the backcourt,
turned in strong floor games and
combined for ten assists, including
a couple of smoking beauties by
Grabiec to Johnson in the first half.
Orr gave the 5-8 Hart credit for
shutting off Wildcat guard Mark
Sibley in the second half after the
hustling junior had ripped Michi-
gan with countless steals and 15-20
foot Jumpers in the first half.
Northwestern zoned the Wolver-
ines in the first half and forced
errors with an aggressive Sibley
led defense. Sibley got the Wild-
cats off and running offensively
with 14 seconds gone, hitting a
medium-range jumper over a pick

on Grabiec, and later dumped in,
two more to boost Northwestern
into an early 9-6 lead.
Deadeye shooting by Rich Sund
and Steve Berg and some offense
in the pivot from Hentz shot the
Wildcats into a 26-17 lead with
about eight minutes left. At this
point the Wolverines called time
and Wilmore was benched in favor
of Hart.I
The Wildcats clamped a press
on Michigan on and off but the
Wolverines brushed it off, thanks
mainly to Wilmore's poised dribb-
ling. Northwestern got a lot of
open shots in the first half and
stayed even with Michigan on the
Grabiec began to bring Michigan
back with a pair of his trademark
25-footers, cutting the gap to 30-25
at the 5:32 mark. Wilmore took
the floor again and fired a fast
breakdpass to Johnson for two, then
scored on a breakaway steal and
hit both ends of a one and one to
keep Michigan close at the half,
Brady began to do it in his old
Hoo p-de-doQ

style as the second half opened,
shoving in a short one to.knot the
score at 41 and floating in a jum-
per a minute later.
Michigan's big front-men began
to deal inside, and Northwestern
coach Brad Snyder; tried to muscle
up the Wildcats by inserting star-
ting center Greg Wells into the
lineup with Hentz. The move didn't
pay off, as Lockard hit a free
throw on a Berg foul inside. Brady
stuffed Hentz and Lockard fired
in a jumper to give Michigan a 47-
44 lead.
Wilmore bgan to stir, much to
Northwestern's dismay, and scored
11 of his 15 points in the last 15
minutes of the game. Henry rang
the bell from inside at 11:25 to
kick the Wolverines into their big-
gest lead of the game at 61-50,
but the aggressive 'Cats weren't
stiff yet.
Brady and Lockard' each rattled
the glass on goal tend calls and

Wells hit one of his infrequent
buckets to bring Northwestern to
61-56. But here Wilmore and John-
son began to bag the deuces again,
and the Wolverines climbed back
into leads of ten points and more.
The 'Cats mounted another
charge in the fading minutes, cut-
ting a twelve-point Michigan lead '
to three with a minute left and
giving the Wolverine fans visions
of their team's near-choke finish
in the recent Illinois game. But
Rentz came through in the clutch, .q
blowing a reverse layup under.
pressure from Brady, and the
Wolverines ran out the clock.
Johnson led Michigan to a rare
good afternoon from the floor, hit-
ting 10 of 16, while the team shot
46.7 per cent. The Big E continues
to develop as an offensive per-
former, as he showed some pretty
inside moves and again flaunted
his astonishing fast-break speed.
Lockard drove the scorekeepers
wild with 19 points, 16 rebounds
and a pair of assists, while Brady
added 13 points, and 11 rebounds.
Wilmore extended his disapoint-
ing shooting through another game
with six of 18 from the floor; but
is still moving on a bum knee.
"The difference between a great
player and a good player is quick-
ness," commented Orr, "and Henry
still doesn't have his quickness

-Associated Press
THE BIG E, known to friends and sports fans across the nation
as Ernie Johnson, rips the ball off the boards, whilst eluding the
grasps of Northwestern's Rick Sund (42) and Kevin Kachen
(blond hair). Old Ern' played his heart out, leading the Wolver-
ines with 22 points.
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Michigan's frosh maplemen, led
by a? 38-point performance from
Campy Russell, trounced a hope-
lessly outclassed Wayne State
squad yesterday, 108-63.
The Wolverines dominated all
aspects of the game en route to
their seventh victory without a
The Tartars, whose tallest play-
er is 6-3, were unable to shoot ef-
fectively from the outside over the
outstretched arms of the Wolver-
ines, and were stifled inside as
Michigan's man-to-man defense
prevented their attempts to drive.
Consequently, Wayne State was
held to a poor 33 per cent, shoot-
ing from 'the floor.
The :Wolverines shot a sizzling
32 per cent as the Tartars were
unable to handle Michigan on
either a man-to-man or zone
Scoring first on an -inside drive
by guard Joe Johnson, Michigan
pulled out to a qui k 12-3 lead
after only 3:19 in the first half.
The Wolverines continued the bar-
rage as they stretched it out to
32-11 with 10:37 left.
'At this point, Coach Dick Honig
started to pull his starters. Honig
later commented, "It's necessary
for. the first unit to. play at least
ten minutes together in each half
no matter what the score is. They
have to have that much game to-
The Wolverines continued to in-
'crease their lead as Russell sizzled
inside the key on pinpoint passes
from Johnson and guard John
Kantner. Russell finished the half
with 26 points and the Wolverines
went into the locker room on top
The second half proceeded in
much the same way as the first
Tartars sauced

with the Wolverines manhandling
the Tartars on the boards. The
hot hand shifted away from Rus-
sell somewhat as Kantner, shoot-
ing 62 per cent from the field go-
ng into yesterday's game, started
to hit from the outside.
With nine minutes left to play
and Michigan up by 91-50, Honig
again began filtering in his sub-
stitutes as the Wolverines coasted
home for the victory.
Coach Honig, who said he
"didn't expect the game to be too
tough," was concerned that the
team would come out in the sec-
ond half and "play around." He
admitted his concern was un-
founded as the squad "ran real
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