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-rnday, March 14, 1971

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

~nday, March 14, 1971 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Making a game ..
...out of a game
By JOHN PAPANEK
Things went a bit differently than usual for the Wolverines
yesterday at Crisler Arena. They had fun.
0 And why shouldn't they have? With at least a tie for second
in the Big Ten wrapped up, not to mention next week's trip to
the National Invitational Tournament in New York, Michigan
-deserved at least one fun game.
Nobody had as much fun as Rodney Ford who hit his
career high with 30 points in his last home Big Ten game. "We
just played our regular game, and the shots came to me," he
said after the game. Ford hit on better than 56 per cent of his
shots, so no one can say he was gunning.
Many of his field goals came on titillating passes from an-
other man who was having a whale of a time, Henry Wilmore.
The super-sophomore, relieved from the pressure of providing
most of Michigan's offense, for once relaxed and spent the game
passing, defending, and rebounding, while the other four starters
scored most of the points.
While in other games seven points from Wilmore might have
meant disaster, yesterday it again proved -that Michigan is not
a one man team. As Coach John Orr said, "Wilmore proved he
could- play well without scoring." And certainly he did, picking
off 14 rebounds and connecting for eight assists.
"Henry's been doing the job all year," added Ford. "And
*,when he's off somebody has to take up the slack. Fortunately,
we all did well."
"It was the seniors' day," Wilmore conceded. "We let
them have all the fun. Rod did a great job and I had a good
time just feeding him and playing defense.'
But whether or not Ford scored 30 is questionable, according
to one man-Wayne Grabiec. He questioned a first half play, when
someone's hand, among six or eight under the basket, tapped in
a field goal for Michigan. The official scorer gave the credit to
Grablec, but later changed it to Ford. "Man, that was my basket,"
yelled Grabiec in mock-seriousness. "I'm gonna go out there and
protest!"
Possibly the strangest thing about yesterday's game was the
ineptitude of the Badgers, who two weeks ago knocked off Indi-
* ana, giving the Hoosiers their third loss and prying them off
Michigan's back.
And don't forget Michigan's first game with Wisconsin, the
Big Ten opener, when the Wolverines won on a last-second goal-
tending call.
The only answer is that Michigan is that much better than
it was two months ago. "I think that a comparison between our
first game with Wisconsin and this one shows how much
we've progressed," said Ford
"For those first five or six games, I had some doubts as to
what kind of a team we had," said Ford. "But after we beat
Villanova in Hawaii, my doubts were gone."
"Then, after the first Wisconsin game, I thought we might do
something," he said.
By virtue of his 30 points, Ford managed to edge past captain
Dan Fife for second place in total points, 326 to 319. Wilmore, with
his seven points, finished the Big Ten season with 610, the seventh
highest season point total in Michigan history. The only names
above his are those of Russell, Tomianovich and Buntin.
So the Wolverines finish up with a 12-2 Big Ten record, the
best since the Cazzie Russell era, but without the conference
,championship. But they have an extra added chance to prove
themselves starting next weekend in the NIT.
"I feel kind of sad about finishing up here and not winning
the championship," said Ford, "but it would have been worse
if we hadn't been able to go anywhere."
"I haven't been home since September," said New Yorker
Wilmore. "I can't wait to go."

Badgers,
By RANDY PHILLIPS
Any doubts about Michigan's
ability to fire-up for Wisconsin
after accepting a bid to- the Na-
tional Invitational Tournament
Wednesday were quickly dispelled
as the Wolverine cagers outclassed
Wisconsin, 93-73.
Michigan raced out to an early
9-2 lead, increased their margin to
17 points by half-time, and breezed
on to their twelfth conference wingistw loe.Th vior
clinched sole possession of second
place in the Big Ten for the Wol-
verines.
Prior to the start of the match
the four senior squad members,
Tim Nicksic, Harry Hayward, Rod-
ney Ford, and Dan Fife were intro-
duced to the large Crisler Arena
throng since they were playing in
their last home contest. Starters
Ford and Fife responded to their
ovations by playing one of the best
games of their careers.
Ford popped in 30 points, a ca-
' reer high, while Fife poured in 19
and dazzled the Badgers with his
passing and dribbling. Ford also
pulled down 15 rebounds, many
on the offensive boards..
Both teams came out to run and
stayed with that game plan through
{ the entire game. But Michigan was
too strong on the boards, while the
*Badgers had trouble putting the
ball in the hoop and ended up with
a mediocre 36.1 shooting percent-
age.
Ken Brady exerted great influ-
ence under the boards as he came
-Daily-Terry McCarthy down with 14 caroms, scored 11
d (43) puts the ball up on the points and generally intimidated
nst Wisconsin, but is fouled any Badger who treaded into the
center, Glen Richgels. Ford lane.
With Michigan's lead at five

prim
points with 13:30 left in the first
half, Brady slipped free under the
basket to. take a perfect pass from
Henry Wilmore for an easy lay-up.
Hustling down to the other end of
the court Brady then ripped off a
rebound and then moved back down
court in time to get another beau-
tiful Wilmore pass to move Michi-
gan ahead 19-10.
The action was about even for
most of the remainder of the first
half until the Wolverines exploded
for 13 points to the Badgers' four
with four minutes left in the period.
Wilmore drew a foul after re-
ceiving a behind-the-back pass
from Fife on a fast break and con-
verted to push the score to 36-27.
Ford then hit a jumper from the
top of the circle. Wayne Grabiec
stole the ball and Brady scored
on a pretty pass from Hayward.
After a jumper by Badger guard
Bob Frasor, Fife tallied and Ford
added two more.
Orr was greatly pleased with his
squad's performance, especially
in the first half. "We played really

for,

well defensively in the first half.
Grabiec was excellent; in the first-
half he was super-good." Grabiec
totalled 13 points in the game--
eight in the first half.
One Wolverine who just couldn't
find the range yesterday ,vas soph-
omore sensation Henry Wilmore. It
was just not his day. Numerous
outside shots were hitting the rim
and falling off, while Wisconsin
forward Leon Howard was giving
Michigan's top scorer plenty of
room in order to cut off Wilmrre's
inside moves. The 6-4 forward led

NIT
the Wolverines in turnovers with
six, and scored only seven points.
The second half was 3 pretty
sloppy affair, but Michigan still
managed to increase its lead to 25
points with 7:10 left in the contest.
The first seven minutes of the
second stanza were highlighted by
a Ford-Fife spree as the two sen-
iors managed 14 points between
them-the only points by Michigan
during that interval. Ford and Fife
ran off six straight points before
Wisconsin could tally to run Mich-
igan's leal to 23 points.

Blitzing the Badgers

W ilmore
Ford
Brady
Fife
Grablec
Hayward
Hart
Johnson
Nicksic
Lockard
Buss
Team
Totals

MICHIGAN
FG FT R
2-15 3-5 14
13-23 4-4 15
5-9 1-3 14
8-19 3-4 3
6-14 1-1 5
2-4 0-0 4
1-3 0-0 1
1-2 0-0 2
1-2 1-2 0
0-0 0-0 0
1-1 0-0 0
5
40-92 13-19 63

TP
7
30
11
19
13
4
2
2
3
0
2
93

FG
Howard 6-17
Watson 5-13
Richgels 4-9
Sherrod 11-27
Frasor 4-12
Oler 0-1
Conlon 0-4
DeCreamer 0-0
Team
Totals 30-83
MICHIGAN
Wisconsin
Attendance: 11,802

FT R '
3-4 4
1-1 8
1-3 15
5-9 16
3-3 .1
0-0 0
0-0 3
0-1 2
7
13-22 56
48 45 --
31 42 -

TP
15
11
9
27
a
0
0
73
93,
73'

WISCONSIN

WOLVERINE FORWARD Rodney For
backboard in yesterday's game agai
hard on the way down by Badgere
scored a career high 30 points.

Marquette,
win in NC<

By The Associated Press 1
SOUTH BEND - Unbeaten Mar-
quette, overcoming Miami of Ohio's
deceptive quickness in .;a last
half surge, downed the Redskins
62-47. yesterday in the opening
round of the NCAA Mideast Re-
gional Basketball Tournament.
Marquette stretched its seasonE
record to 27-0 and lifted its winning
streak to 39 games over two sea-
sons in eliminating the tenacious
Mid-American Conference cham-
pions. Miami bowed out with a 20-
5 record and had a 13 game victory
streak snapped.
The second - ranked Warriors
hanging on to a one point halftime
edge, scored 19 points in the first
six minutes of the last half to open
a 42-31 lead which put the game
away.
Jim Chones, 6-11 sophomore,
scored eight points, Bob Lackey
six and the brilliant Dean Memin-
ger five in the surge that left the
Redskins in the dust.
Dolphins dropped

S PI
NIGHT
ELLIO]
74-72 victory ov
the preliminary
Mideast Region
The Hilltoppe
points at one sta
and were down
sion.
They finally
ville, last year',
with 1:45 remai
as Jim Rose ma
From then on
tuck affair that
final seconds an
tually on a doub
by the Dolphins.
With five seco

W. Kentucky
0i
LAregionals
ern Kentucky got the ball out of
bounds after the double-dribble
violation. Gary Sundmaker imme-
lil diately rifled it to Glover who was
standing alone under the basket.
) t In the final minute and a half
of the furious windup, the Hill-
toppers great Jim McDaniels twice
EDITOR: made tip-ins after missed free
T LEGOW throws to either put his team ahead
or in a tie.
Then with less than a minute to
er Jacksonville in play, McDaniels scored when Artis
round of the NCAA Giliore was guilty of goaltending
basketball playoff. and Western Kentucky was on top
rs trailed by 18 72-70.
age before the half With 18 secondsleft,the Del-
44-30 at interinis- phins' Chip Dublin hit a one-hander
to tie the score 72-72.
overtook Jackson- It looked as if Jacksonville had
s NCAA runnerup, the game wrapped up in the first
ining in the game half after the Hilltoppers made
ade a layup. only 14 of 33 floor shots and Mc-
it was a nip-and- Daniels could hit on only five of 18
went down to the field goal attempts.
d was decided ac- But Jacksonville was completely
ble dribble mistake rattled by the aroused Hilltoppers
starting the second half and was
ends to play, West- victimized by turnovers.

................

But somehow, the Michi
in New York without super-f
per in the yellow hat who s
"Man, if I can find a way,I
"They just better have a sea
Big Ten
Standings
BIG TEN STANDINGS
(Final)

gan entourage just won't be complete SOUTH BEND-Clarence Glover
an Jewell Jenkins, the tall, lean bop- took an out-of-bounds throw-in un- Y
der the basket and scored in the
its by the tunnel, down on the floor. final two seconds yesterday to cap First Presbyl
I'll be In New York," he proclaimed, a tremendous Western Kentucky
at for me, man, somebody better." rally that gave the Hilltoppers a
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presents
Benjamin Britten's
'7S FLUDDE
(Noah's Flood)
ged with 70 animal singers
McWhorter as Noye
Hilbish as Mrs. Noye
Conductor
aging
ay, March 19, 8 P.M.
ay, March 21, 4 P.M.
ults-$1.00O-Children 50c
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University Activities Center4
presents4
Creative Arts Festival17
March 14- FREE JAZZ CONCERT featuring the "Matrix"
Canterbury House 8:30 p.m.
March 21- STUDENT POETRY READING AND MASS
MEDIA DEMONSTRATION
East Quad, Rm. 126 2:00 p.m.
March 20-April 1- VIETNAM PHOTO DISPLAY
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March 15-March 31-- UNDERGRADUATE ART SHOW
Rackham Gallery, 3rd floor
March 22-March 24- SILKSCREENING in the Fishbowl
March 25- Entirely student-produced musical
"SID SHRYCOCK GOES TO AFRICA"
East Quad Auditorium 8:00
tickets at the door
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March 26 27 STUDENT PLAY,7:00 and 10:00
tickets at the door
March 27- STUDENT CRAFTS FAIR
Union Ballroom 10:00-10:00
March 28- "TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED, AND BLACK"
Hill Auditorium 3:00

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YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
MICHIGAN 93, Wisconsin 73
Purdue 110, Iowa 84
Illinois 103, Indiana 87
Northwestern 85, M i c h i g
State 67
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