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4sunday, January 17, 1971

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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By ELLIOT LEGOW
Michigan's basketball team put all its talents together
yesterday and dumped Indiana, the pre-season favorite to
take the Big Ten crown, 92-81.
The Wolverines never trailed as they raced to their eighth
victory in their last nine games and second win in two in the
conference. Sterling performances by all starters made Mich-
igan's task easy, as they outran and outshot Indiana and
held their own on the boards against the much taller and
more physical Hoosiers.
Michigan's balanced attack in the first half pulled them
into a big lead which the Hoosiers were never able to narrow
to less than four points. The Wolverines took a seven point,

Indiana,

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By MORT NOVECK
"WE PLAYED the game the way we should," commented Mich-
igan coach Johnny Orr yesterday after his team defeated
highly rated Indiana. "This was the most satisfying win since
I've been here."
Orr probably would have been happy to beat Indiana any
way possible, but he was especially pleased because his squad
won the game as a team, by playing together. All five starters
had fine games as individuals, but in the lockerroom all they
could talk about was how they had worked together.
"We came together today and just played our game,"
said senior forward Rod Ford. "We took it to them." As
Henry Wilmore, his fellow cornerman put it, "we had to
find out how good we were as a team and we did."
Captain Dan Fife was even more verbose. "Everyone did
the job the way they can do it. It was great, just great. I'm
really proud of the way we played. We took it to them. This
game was no upset. We beat Indiana."
Sophomore center Ken Brady played the best game of his
career against the Hoosiers and gives much of the credit to his
teammates. "I felt good before the game, he noted. "I was
V' sure of myself and sure that we could win because the whole
team was confident."
The Wolverine's confidence was evident from the opening
tipoff. Indiana got the first shot but Michigan got the first
basket and from then on the Wolverines played the game the
way they wanted to. "They couldn't even challenge us," beamed
Orr. "Every time they came back we took it away from them."
Indiana tried to stop Michigan with a zone in the first
half, largely because the Hoosiers thought that they could
contain Wilmore with it. But it didn't work as Wilmore was
effective from the outside and was assisted by Ford and
Wayne Grabiec who helped destroy the zone by swishing
from the corners.
In the second half the Hoosiers came out in a man to
man, which was tantamount to admitting defeat,. at least as
far as stopping Wilmore. This allowed Wilmore to work one
on one and as Orr noted, "no one can handle Henry in a man
to man." Indiana coach Lou Watson was so impressed by the
show that Wilmore put on that he compared him to Notre
Dame's Austin Carr and rated the two even.
Orr had nothing but praise for Wilmore, but he was
equally unstinting about the rest of the starters. Brady drew
special attention as he played "by far his best game ever. Brady
made some great tip ins," Orr continued. "If he plays like
that it makes us look awful good. His play was a big factor in
the victory."
Ford was singled out for the defensive job he did
against the Hoosiers' star sophomore, G e o r g e McGinnis.
"Rod did a super job on McGinnis," Orr stated. "He's
guarded the great ones while he's played here. In fact, he
doesn't play as well when he guards an average guy."
Ford was personally satisfied with the job he did on
McGinnis and is looking forward to working on him again.
"McGinnis told me before a tipoff that they'll be waiting
for us down at Indiana," Ford recalled, "and I told him that
we'd be ready."
irf Both guards also drew Orr's praise, especially for their
defensive efforts. "We shut off their guards almost completely,"
Orr bubbled. "Grabiec is surprising to those guys. He's tall and
he's got those long arms."
Only two Michigan substitutes were used in yesterday's
game. Fife, Grabiec, and Brady went all the way, but both Wil-
more and Ford came out for short rests in the first half. Harry
Hayward took Wilmore's place and according to Orr, "did a fine
job." Hayward got only four points, but both his baskets came
from the outside, which helped force the Hoosiers out of their
zone.

47-40, lead into the locker-
room at halftime, and came
back out even hotter to pull
to a 60-46 margin after four
minutes of the second stanza.
The Hoosiers closed the gap to
66-61, but Michigan turned on its
guns to waltz away with its biggest
victory of the season.
"Overall I'd say this was our
best game of the season," said an
elated Michigan Coach Johnny
Orr, whose team has now won
eight of its last nine games and is

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tied for the Big Ten
2-0 mark. "We were
to play this one, andE
a great job."
Both teams got
performances fromt
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Indiana and Henrv

lead with a
really ready
everyone did
outstanding
their super-
McGinnis of
Wilmore of

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the Wolverines-but Michigan's
advantage came from the great
team balance.
Wilmore, in his second out-
standing Big Ten appearance,
netted 35 points, including a
Crisler Arena record 15 free
throws, and put on a dazzling
dibbling display as the Wolver-
ines stalled away the final minutes
of play.
However, the best statistics for
the day were McGinnis'. The 6-7
sophomore forward outscored Wil-
more with 37 points and led all
rebounders with a phenomenal 23
grabs.
But besides McGinnis and jun-
ior Joby Wright, who had 25
points, the Indiana attack was
listless and Michigan's s t r o n g
quintet was able to surge to a
quick lead° and play the Hoos-
iers off the rest of the way.
The Wolverines held the lead
from the start and pulled out to
an 8-2 margin with Ken Brady
establishing control of the boards,
MICHIGAN

both offensively and defensively.
The big 6-9 center, who fin-
ished with 18 points and 20 re-
bounds, set up the first of many
effective Michigan fast breaks by
grabbing a rebound of the Hoos- <,-- -
iers' second shot, passing off long'
downcourtto Wayne Grabiec who
in turn fed Rod Ford for the two
pointer, in a play to be duplicated
by different : combinations many
times that afternoon.
Michigan made great advantage
of the fast break, especially in the
first half, and showed that lack By]
of speed is one of the Hoosiers'
most serious problems. Poor Al
The quicker Wolverines, led by wait at1
Dan Fife, stole the ball a num- garner his
ber of times from their bigger op- verne coa
ponents, helping to offset the Icers could
Hoosiers' 60-49 advantage on the went down
boards. to North I
Wilmore scored seven points in For the
a four minute period to help Mich- penaltiesv
igan to a 26-16 lead. Later, with but one we
Wilmore on the bench getting a ines. Bern
rest, the Wolverines continued to game misc
outscore the Hoosiers, as Wayne 22 seconds
Grabiec, who finished with 13 iod. he any
points, flipped in three goals, one got into a
as the trail man on a fast break unable to
and two more on open shots from game with
beyond the key. Michigan
Indiana, which spent the first the game
half in a 2-3 zone, switched to a Gary Con
man-to-man defense, but it didn't a perfect
help much, as the Wolverines net- Sioux net
ted 11 points in the first two and knocked it
a half minutes to boost their lead Nelson.
to 58-44. Nelsonv
The Hoosiers, led by McGinnis, Dave Murl
rallied in the next five minutes to having tr
outscore the Wolverines 17-6 and lenses.
cut Michigan's margin to five Michiga
points. But Michigan came right NoDak ter
back-to outscore Indiana, 15-6, game and
in the next six minutes, upping was to be
its lead to 81-67 with just six min- son turned
utes left to play. North I
Everything was easy from then pathetic b
on. The Wolverines hit for nine less. Wilso
charity tosses in the last four min- toward BE
utes and Fife, Grabiec and Wil- left which
morerbamboozled the Hoosier de- his feet
fenders with their ballhandling to period.
ice the victory. Then w
Rod Ford, who was given the period, No
task of guarding McGinnis, was
Michigan's fourth man in double
figures with 13. while Fife finished T
with nine points and had a game-
high seven assists.
McGinnis and Wright were the FREE
only two Hoosiers to finish in AN[
double figures.

BERNIE BOUNCED

VoDaks gain series split,

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)an Fife (24), Ken Brady (15) and Henry Wilmore

-Daily-Terry McCarthy
(25) hit for six

BILL ALTERMAN
Renfrew will have to
least another week to
200th victory as a Wol-
ach because the erratic
d never get it going and
to defeat 3-1 last night
Dakota at the Coliseum.
second game in a row
were kept to a minimum
as costly for the Wolver-
nie Gagnon, received a
onduct when, with only
sleft in the second per-
d NoDaker Dick Wilson
scrap. Gagnon will be
' play in next Friday's'
Denver.
cn broke out on top in
when with 18:37 gone,
nelly gave Bucky Straub
pass from behind the
and the junior center
around the helpless Jim
was starting in place of
phy who apparently was
ouble with his contact
n kept the puck deep in
rritory formost of the
got off 45 shots but that
their only score as Nel-
d in a fine job in goal.
Dakota's first goal was
but it counted nonethe-
on sent a lazy slow shot
ugnell from the goalies
just squiggled between
at 1:01 of the second
'ith 12:43 gone in the
rth Dakota's Brian De-
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Piero knocked in a slap shot from
20 feet out which sailed in over
the left shoulder of the partially '
screened Bagnell. Michigan argued
loudly, along with their supporters
in the stands, that North Dakota
was offsides on the play, but their
plea fell on deaf ears.
The NoDaks third goal was
scored by rightwing Doug Camer-
on on a clean breakaway down
the right side. The slap shot from
30 feet out came at 12:44 of the
final stanza.
In addition to the lack of an
offside call on the NoDaks' second
goal, Michigan was also miffed at
the referees when they refused to
pin a penalty on Wilson after the
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altercation with Gagnon. After
the game, however, Renfrew said,
"The referees were okay, they can
only call what they see." He add-
ed though he thought "their guy
(Wilson) should have been xicked
out."
Oddly enough, the refs last night
did admit to a mistake, one of
the few times you'll see that hap-
pen. The boo boo came at the be-
ginning of the game when the
men in the striped shirts charged
Michigan with icing, then, after
play had stopped they acknowl-
edged their error and so brought

the puck out to center ice for a
face-off. Unfortunately for Mich-
igan that was to be their only
acknowledged miscue of the eve-
ning.
In the first period alone the
Wolverines had three breakaways
among their 21 shots but were un-
able to connect. On one, Brian
Slack, starting from behind a
NoDak defenseman, skated right
around him and easily outdis-
tanced him for the puck. Nelson,
however, was able to deflect his
shot.

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WAYNE FLOUNDERS:
Frosh cagers sauce Tartars

" By JIM EPSTEIN
The Baby Blue cagers hit three
figures yesterday for the first time
athis season, trouncing an out-
classed Wayne State team by 35
points, 102-67.
Seven Wolverine players hit for
10 points or more, exemplifying
the new look of the freshmen.
. Scores
College Basketball
Wake Forest 96, North Carolina 84
Bradley 78, Louisville 74
Tennessee 75, Kentucky 71
LaSalle 91, Western Kentucky 76
New Mexico 65, Texas-El Paso 53
The Citadel 66, Virginia Military 64
Detroit 78, Xavier, Ohio 76
* * * *
NBA
Detroit 121, Boston 118
Cincinnati 114, Buffalo 113
Milwaukee 110, Chicago 90
Atlanta 127, Los Angeles 123
Philadelphia 116, Cleveland 96
Baltimore at Phoenix, inc.
N.Y. vs. San Francisco at Oakland,.
inc.
Indiana 115, Pittsburgh 107
Virginia 141, Denver 131
Kentucky 117, New York 116
** *7 *
St. Louis 3, Chicago 2
Montreal 4, Boston 2
Toronto 4, Los Angeles 1
Philadelphia 4, Detroit 2
Pittsburgh 4, Vancouver 3 -
Buffalo 4, Minnesota 3

The change has come about due
to the loss of high scorer Mike
Weaver (29 points per game) be-
cause of academic ineligibility.
Weaver also averaged nearly one
third of all the shots taken by the
team, and his absence was notice-
,able in the style of ball the team
played.
The attack against the Tartars
was about as balanced as a besket-
ball offense can be. with the seven
scorers all taking between 10 and
16 shots. The leading scorer was
center Jake Whitten who dropped
in 21 points.
Whitten was one of the main
benefactors of the newly balanced
attack, prior to yesterday's battle
he had averaged only eight points
a contest. Whitten also controlled
the boards while he played, lead-
ing everyone with 15 rebounds.
John Bernara added further
heroics for the Blue against the
Tartar invaders from the east,
Bernard pulled down 11 caroms,
second only to Whitten and pump-
ed in 10 points from the floor.
Where Bernard really shone, how-
ever, was in his floorwork. He ran
all over the floor forcing turn-
overs, stealing the ball and hustl-
ing in general.
Coach Dick Honig called Bern-
ard's effort "a super job." Honig
did not appear surprised at t h e

performance by the 6-1 forward,
which was easily his best of the
year. "He's played well in all the
games, but because of his height
sometimes he's been outclassed."
The Wayne team the freshmen
went against was a shorter team
than the Wolverines, a luxury not
often enjoyed by Honig's men this
year. But what they lacked in
height they failed to make up in
speed, as the Blue decimated the
Tartars with the fast break.

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