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Friday, September 25, 1970

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Friday, September 25, 1970 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Pcge.Nine

Knicks knock up

Pistons

Gridde Pickings:J

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By AL SHACKELFORD
The New York Knicks and{
the Detroit Pistons staged a
turnover circus last night at
Crisler Arena, but the world-.
champion Knicks converted
their superior polish and team1
balance into a disorganizedt
100-86 exhibition win.

daily
sports
NIGHT EDITOR:
BILL ALTERMAN

ANN ARBOR - Savage riots wrecked this college town through-
out the night again Thursday as police battled helplessly against in-
furiated sport fans who were storming the alleged student newspaper
in the college town, the Michigan Daily.
The commie freaks managed to get within 50 yards of the Daily
at one point during the fighting, but they were repulsed by Daily
staffers, with machine pistols, who showed little mercy for the rebels.
Police stood by helplessly as upwards of 1,000 students were slain.
A Daily spokesmansaid last night that the so-called gridde picks
would continue as normal despite the rioting.
Entries should be delivered, by armored car or half-track to the
Daily by midnight tonight. If the entry is late you will be offed.

Cazzie Russell, introduced to a
wild two-minute standing ovation, ' shots rudely stuffed by Detroit's
turned in a lackluster perform- bullet-headed Mr. Hustle, Erwin
ance for the Knicks in his return Mueller.
to the scene of his college tri- A variety of the less illustrious
umphs. Playing a little over half players drifted into the game in
the contest, Russell scored eight the fourth quarter as the Knicks
chugged steadily toward their
More sports, page 10 ' final 100-86 margin; among these
_ was former Eastern Michigan and
I Alpena High ace Harvey Marlatt.
points, mostly on jumpers from Harvey, seemingly a boy among
outside. men, responded admirably to the
The two teams played poorly Iurgings of local fans by tossing
throughout the game, probably due in six points and even dazzling
to the fact that last night's game the fans with a back-flip late
was the exhibition opener for in the fourth quarter.
each. The Pistons turned the ball
over a whopping 28 times and the DAVE BING led all scorers with
Knicks were close behind with 25 28 points and was especially can-
miscues. ny from the foul stripe, making

1. MICHIGAN at Washington
(pick score)
2. Northwestern at UCLA
3. Purdue at Notre Dame
4. Texas A&M at Ohio State
5. Washington State at Michigan
State
6. Southern California at Iowa-
7. Texas Christian at Wisconsin
8. Ohio U. at Minnesota
9. Tulane at Illinois
10. Indiana at California

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15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.

Penn! State at Colorado
Air Force at Missouri
Oregon State at Oklahoma
Connecticut at Yale
Florida at Alabama
Tennessee at Auburn
New Mexico State at Southern
Methodist
Kansas at Syracuse
Rutgers at Princeton
Lebanon Valjey at hicklinson

-Daily--Sara Krulwich
Back in the Old Hometown

-on this and that
Cazzie Russell:
A legend comes home
eric siegel
CAZZIE RUSSELL stood in a corner of the visiting dressing
room used by the New York Knicks, with a towel draped
around his'waist and the sweat dripping off his face.
"'It was great to be back," 'he said softly, and with feeling.
"You never forget where you started."
Last night was homecoming for Cazzie Russell, the }
night when he came back to where he started his career
eight years ago on Michigan's freshman team, and played
for the first time in the arena the pundits billed as "The
House That Cazzie Built."
Most of the 13,433 fans who packed Crisler Arena had never
seen Cazzie play in person. To many of thpse, Cazzie was just a
legend a name in a record book or someone you watched on
the NCAA regionalsand finals on TV when you were in high
school in the mid-sixties and thinking of going to Michigan.
They cheered the legend and the face and number they'd
seen on TV long and loud when he was announced as a starter
before the first tip-off. They cheered Walt Frazier and Willis
Reed, too. but when they announced Cazzie they cheered at full
strength for a minute and a half, and then somehow the cheers
grew louder and they cheered for another minute and a half.
"The fans were great when I first came here," Cazzie
said, "and they haven't changed at all."
The cheering didn't stop, at least not for Cazzie, until the
game wasover. Fittingly, Cazzie scored the last pair of Knicks'
points, numbers 99 and 100, spinning the ball in the bucket with
31seconds left, and the cheers had just enough time to die
* - down and fade away before Cazzie and the Knicks left the court
with a100-86 victory.
None of the players on the court, including Cazize, were
exactly awe-inspiring, but in Cazzie's case, at least, it didn't
really matter. Yes, the New York Knicks are the W o r l d
Champions, and Frazier, Reed and the Piston's Bob Lanier
are attractions, too, but Cazzie was the man they came to see,
and they cheered every time he got the ball.i
Cazzie took the first shot for the Knicks and missed
and there were a few sympathetic groans, but the cheers
came back a couple of minutes later when he put the
Knicks ahead 14-9 with a short jumper with 4:45 left in
the first quarter. A little more than a minute later, Cazzie
hit from the top of the circle; he also helped out in the
quarter with an assist to Frazier on a fast-break, and grab-
bed a rebound on one side of the Knick's basket after passing
off to Reed on the other.
"The first exhibition shows that you have a lot of work to
do," he said. "You have to work on every facet of your game
until you get back to the point where it's all instinctive."
Still, you had the feeling talking to Cazzie in the locker-
room that the stats weren't really any more imortant
to him than they were to his fans. "I was looking forwarl
to coming back here," he said. "I've worked out here (in
Crisler Arena) before, but I've never played a game here,
and it gave me quite a thrill."
"I still follow both Michigan football and basketball close-
ly," he continued. "The school gave me an education and I tried
to give the fans the best basketball I could."
"They say this is the house I built," said Cazzie, un-
aware of the people waiting outside. "But there were four
other guys playing out there with me who helped to build
it, too."
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SLOPPINESS was the name of
the game in the first quarter as
the Knicks moved to a 24-18 ad-
vantage. Willis Reed and Walt
Frazier, the two New York super- y
stars, dominated the scoring with
12 and eight points each while
Dave fBing led thefaltering Pis-
ton attack with 10. Russell hit
the scoring column with 4:44 to?
go with a push from ten feet out.f
The Knicks settled down in the{
second quarter and parlayed nine
points by electric-headed center
Eddie Mast and five more by Fraz-
ier into a 53-40 halftime lead.
Mast displayed a fine touch from
,way out in addition to his obvious
tonsorial attributes.
BOB LANIER started the see-
ond quarter for the Pistons. and
handled himself with authority,I
bulling around the bucket for
eight points and nine rebounds.
The Big Cat showed no trace of
his knee injury, although his right{
knee was heavily taped. Reed sat
out the second quarter for the
Knicks, and never in the game did
he and the heralded Piston rookie
face off.,
The third quarter was a tossup
as the teams returned to their
sloppy ways and combined- for 15
turnovers, fing continued to out-
finesse everyone on the floor and
collected 11 points and numerous
assists. Reed returned to the court
for New York and neutralized
Bing's scoring with eight points
of his own to keep the Knicks in
a comfortable 77-63 lead as the
third quarter dragged to an end.
Russell continued to have his
troubles innthe second half, even
to the point of having one of his

14 of 16. The only other churning
Piston to reach double figures
was Lanier with 11; Mueller net-
ted eight points while Terry
Dischinger and Marlatt baffled
the hoop for six each.
Frazier and Reed, first in the
hearts of Knick fans, were also f
first in the scoringcolumn with
16 each. Mast added 13 and bon-
ny Mike Riordan tickled the nets
for ten.
Lanier turned in an outstanding
performance on the boards, tak-
ing off 14 caroms to teammate
and fellow center Otto Moore's
12. The burly Reed outboarded
everyone with 15.
Dick Blarnett and rookie Ray
Hodge were unable to play for the
Knicks, as both were struck down
by an untimely attack of the flu.
13.433 boisterous fans, the larg-
est crowd ever to see a Piston
game in Michigan, turned out to
see their familiar television heroes
come alive on the hardcourt.

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-Daily--Sara Krulwicha

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