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Page Eight


Sunday, December 2, 1973






Campy Russell meshed his out-
standing individual abilities with
the strong support of his team-
mates yesterday and the Michigan
Wolverines inaugurated their new
campaign onian encouraging note
by decisioning Southern Illinois'
University 86-74 before a paltry
turnout of 5,707 at spacious Crisler
Russell displayed controlled bril-
liance throughout his 40 minutes of
action, ending up with 29 points,
16 rebounds and six assists. Yet,
he didn't dominate the game. "I
don't have to with the guys we
have out there," credited Campy.
T h e Wolverines' performance'
quieted many pre-season skeptics
who thought Michigan was weak
off the boards and short on outside
shooting. Michigan outrebounded
Southern Illinois by a substantial.
margin (46-31) and canned almost
49 per cent of its shots, although1
many admittedly came from in
close. The Salukis hit 52 per cent
of their shots but they got off 15
less tries, a direct result of their'
rebounding disadvantage.,
JOHNNY ORR'S cagers opened'
fast against the Salukis, hitting the
boards, breaking fast for layups,
popping from the outside and play-;
ing sticky defense. Michigan's
backcourt tandem of tiny Joe'
Johnson and freshman Steve Grote,
penetrated effectively for the Wol-j
verines' first eight points, while
hot-shooting SIU freshman forward
Mike Glenn kept pace singlehand-
edly for the Salukis.
After two and one-half minutes
of play, Southern Illinois Coach.
Paul Lambert switched his team
from their opening man-to-man de-!
SI MMnin


fense into a zone, hoping to stall
the Wolverines' fast-break and
force Michigan outside. But Lam-
bert's maneuver backfired. The
'Orrmen' promptly broke a close
8-6 ballgame into a 22-10 edge with-
in a five-minute span.
The Wolverines kept working and
with 12 minutes gone in the game
were up 30-20. But then, as Orr
admitted, "We got a little tired."
Glenn rekindled the flame on his
shooting hand, four buckets, sub-
stitute guard Tim Ricci popped for
three baskets and their teammates
contributed four other two-pointers.
Within the span of six minutes
Michigan's ten-point.lead had evap-
orated into a 38-38 deadlock.

against the comparatively shorter
pivotman, 6-8 C. J. Kupec. But
SIU's big man didn't hurt anybody
Overall Michigan looked pretty
good yesterday. They ran a con-
trolled, patient offense and gener-
ally worked for the good shot. Joe
Johnson showed little evidence of
last year's turnover and weak-
shooting tendencies. Rookies came
through under pressure, espec ally
scrappy starting guard Steve Grote.
Salukis sphinxed


The Wolverines' t e m p o r a r y BGrtte
downhill slide contained the in- Rogers
gredients of their earlier strong worren
play, only now the ingredients Team
were all negative. They stopped Totals
crashing the boards, stopped run-
ning, took some poor shots and Abrams
slacked off on defense. A last-min- Shidler
ute first-half revival sent Mich- Meriweather
igan into the locker room with a Hens
41-38 edge. James
ASSISTANT Coach Jim Dutcher Ricci
took a look at the statistics during Totasm
intermission and saw that his SC
squad's rebounding edge of three
matched the scoreboard margin. MICHIGAN
So. Illinois
He concludedmore boards,hmore A-5707
points. And that's exactly how it -
worked. The Wolverines outre -
bounded Southern Illinois 27-15 in
the second stanza as they fairly
controlled the boards in the final
20 minutes of action.
Michigan started quickly in the
second half, notching six fast
points to expand its lead to 47-38

11-23 7-9
4-4 0-0
8-19 2-3
7-13 1-3
4-10 2-3
2-5 0-0
0-1 0-0
1-1 0-0
37-76 12-18




12 86


4-4 0-0 4
4-9 2-2 2
6-14 3-5 7
8-14 0-0 3
1-8 2-2 3
6-8 2-2 6
3-4 1-2 3
32-61 10-13 31



16 74




MICHIGAN CENTER C. J. Kupec (41) literally has his hands full with opposing pivot man, Joe Meri-
weather of Southern Illinois in this battle for a rebound. Campy Russell (20) lends a hand.

t ~full cour
The Wolverines find .
... a new weapon
NOBODY TALKED ABOUT the Big Ten title. No one mentioned
an NIT berth, or where the Wolverines might rate in the
national cage polls. For the first time in several years, there was
little fanfare and a lousy spectator turnout for the opening of the
Michigan basketball season.
And it was too bad, because Michigan put on a decent show.
Gone, of course, was the talented Michigan class of 1973-
flashy Henry Wilmore, the big pivotman Ken Brady, crowd-
pleasing Ernie Johnson, and springy John Lockard. But gone, too,
was the apathetic attitude, the sporadic defense, and the shoot-
first-pass-later philosophy that marked the second half of last
Instead, on the court at Crisler Arena was a team that passed
the ball, that played a semblance of defense, and actually
scrapped out there as if it really wanted to win the contest.
Imagine, here were the Michigan Wolverines playing, and their
bodies were skidding across the court diving for loose balls! When
was the last time Michigan basketball fans were treated to that?
In the locker room afterward, Wolverine coach John Orr
smiled as he rarely had occasion to late last season. "These
guys really wanted this one very badly," he beamed. "We
played very hard out there, we got every loose ball." And
indeed it was a satisfying win for both Orr and for his
players, who have generally been written off (when anyone
has bothered to write at all) as at best a mediocre club.
The Wolverines did it largely by coming out runnipg. After
Orr surprised everybody by sending out 6-4 Bill Ayler to jump
center against Southern Illinois' 6-11 Joe Meriweather, Campy
Russell ripped down the Salukis' initial errant shot and fired a
strike to a streaking Joe Johnson for a quick three-point play.
That play set the tone as Michigan ran the fast break often and
well, scoring nine of its first twelve points on breaks and con-
tinuing to run throughout the contest.
Orr knows his team is not big, and he feels that his players
are going to have to play a running game to make up for it.
Ayler, Johnson, and guards Steve Grote and Wayman Britt all
showed that they are fast men who can do something with the
ball if somebody can pitch it downcourt to them. Ayler in par-
ticular showed speed getting down to the other end, and his
smooth near-dunks are a picture-perfect way to end a fast break.
But the question has been whether Russell and Kupec can get
the ball off the defensive boards and to the breakers regularly
enough to make the running game work.
They did it yesterday. Amazingly, the duo combined for
27 rebounds, nearly matching the total of the entire Southern
Illinois squad. Michigan's large 46-31 margin in rebounding
was in fact a bit unreal. "I can't believe it," Orr shook his
The nicest surprise of the game, to be sure, was the re-
bounding of Russell. Campy led everybody with 16 caroms, and he
took them from both boards. But then, in all respects, not just
rebounding, he was by far the best basketball player on the court.
Russell's totals of 29 points and six assists also were tops for
both sides, but even those statistics fail to tell the whole story
of how well Campy played.
His defense was tough and consistent, and many times he
afforded Kupec help in covering Meriweather. Missing were
the sloppiness and mistakes that often plagued Russell's play
last year, as he made only one turnover and committed only
one personal foul, a questionable charging call at that.
More importantly, Russell displayed a mature player's shot
selection and movement without the ball. When he discovered
that his outside shots weren't dropping too well, Campy began
to put the moves on underneath and got the ball many times for
easy buckets. "He was really moving," said Orr, "and Campy
can do a lot of things under the basket that nobody else can do."
Campy, though, didn't think it was any particularly big deal.
"Where I'm gonna shoot from depends on how the game is going
-today I was getting open inside and I got a lot of lay-ups," he
explained. "Everybody was doing a good job passing and that was
just the best way I could help the team."
In fact, yesterday's contest reminded fans of the freshman
club of two years ago, as Joe Johnson (15 points), who dis-
played the outside shooting that he lacked last year, and
Kupec (18 points), who did a good job keeping the ball away
from Meriweather in the pivot, provided the main supporting
work for Russell.
But the comparison ends there. That freshman team won
every game-this varsity squad is not going to. Southern Illinois
is not a real good basketball team, Meriweather was no Bill
Walton, and Michigan won't play anybody else as short as the rest
of the Saluki team was. Yesterday's Wolverine performance was
very nice, but it doesn't prove much yet. It's going to take more
wins like this one before anyone starts talking Big Ten champion-

ships, NIT berths, and national rankings again.







icemen chilled

Matt Mann Pool was the site
yesterday for the eighteenth annual1
Big Ten Invitational Swimming andI
Diving relays and the event kick-.
ed off the 1973-74 varsity swim-]
ming season for the Michigan Wol-k
Indiana, however, made off with
the meet victory and left Michigan,
Ohio State, and Michigan State in
an impressive wake.
The Indiana tankers took firstI
place in all the swimming eventsj
and also set six new meet records.
Michigan captured first and second
places in the three and one meter
diving events respectively. The
diving events were the bright
spots for the Wolverines yester-
Michigan finished second in most
events all day but could not catch
the strong Indiana swimmers. The
Hoosiers also broke the 400- and
800-yd. freestyle relays meet rcc-
ords of which none other than
Mark Spitz had been part.
Michigan divers faired be-per
yesterday. The one meter diving
event held in the morning found
the Blue second to Ohio State. The
afternoon brought good fortune and
the Wolverines captured first place
in the three meter event.
Peter Agnew, Dick Quint, and
Steve Schenthall all hit crucial
dives and led the divers to the top.
Commenting on the diver's show-
ing Coach Dick Kimball said, "It's
early in the season and the diving
was pretty poor-but it was poor
all around. Pete (Agnew) perform-
ed steady. Of course, we had the
advantage of knowing the boards."
The Wolverines will host an im-
proved Illinois team next Friday
in the start of the dual meet

almost before the Salukis could get
out of their flashy red-and-white
warmup clothes. SIU settled down,
h o w e v e r, and deliberately and
painstakingly narrowed the gap un-
til with nine and one-half minutes
left in the game only one lonely
point separated the two clubs at
BUT ORR'S cagers took charge.
In the next four minutes it was all
Michigan as the Wolverines out-
gunned the Salukis 17-4. All five
Blue b-ballers contributed to the
decisive spurt, including freshman
backcourtman Lionel Worrell, in
for the foul-ridden Johnson, Way-
man Britt, Michigan's versatile
sixth man, Russell, Kupec and
With the score 80-66 and time
rapidly expiring, the Wolverines
effectively played out the clock to
the 86-74 final.
MICHIGAN had feared that 6-11
Saluki center Joe Meriweather
would hurt the Wolverines inside

Special To The Daily
HOUGHTON - The Michigan
icers finally put some goals on the
board but they came too late to
save the Wolverines as Michigan
Tech made a clean sweep of the
two-game series with a victory'
here last night, 8-4.1
Leading 5-0 going into the final
stanza of play, visions of anoth-
er Husky shutoutwere on the
minds of the partisan crowd of
But at 5:56 of the period, An-
gie Moretto received a pass
from Doug Lindskog in front of
the MTU goal and slapped it by
goalie Jim Warden. This broke
the five-period scoring drought
the Wolverines had suffered.
Tech countered at 7:30 when
junior Bob D'Aldise skated with
the puck behind the Michigan goal
and centered a pass to Mike Usi-
talo. Usitalo drove the puck past

Robbie Moore, making the score
Then Michigan, desperately
trying to come back from a hope-
less deficit, scored three goals In
the next six minutes.
Kris Manery scored the Wolver-
ines' second goal after receiving a
pass from Pat Hughes.
Moretto picked up his second
goal, Michigan's third, when he
snatched the puck out of a scram-
ble in front of the Tech goal and
slid it past Warden.
With just four minutes to play,j
Frank Werner made the score

periods, Michigan was buzzing fur-
iously close to the Tech nets. But
goalie Warden squelched Michi-
gan's shots with some excellent
Warden stole a goal from Ran-
dy Neal after Neal had worked his
way out front of the Tech goal.
Neal tried to force the puck in
from the right of the net, but the
sophomore goalie would not allow
Warden pilfered another goal in
the second period when Doug Lind-
skog took a shot on a breakaway
that Warden caught between his

Farrell felt that Michigan was
slow to take shots at the goal,
hesitating too long after receiv-
ing passes. In contrast, Tech's
scorers would slap at the puck
instantly before defenders had a
chance to poke it away.
Still, the former Michigan Tech
assistant coach was pleased with
his squad's play. "I'm really proud
of the way they (Michigan) came
"We just started connecting on
our chances," defenseman Greg
Fox acknowledged.

6-4, tipping the puck in from five -
feet out. He was assisted by Ran-
dy Trudeau, who had just pick-
ed himself up after being check- Tus
ed hard into the boards.
With this, a spark of hope was
rekindled for coach Dan Farrelj i
and his charges. But time waB aimra tames Auburn
running out.



crushes Saints

The Michigan Varsity Reserve
basketball team got off to a rath-
er shaky start yesterday, but
once they got rolling they were
invincible as they totally out-
played and outclassed the Saints
from Lansing Community College,
The Baby Blue went without a
point for the first two minutes
and at-the five-minute m a r k
trailed 5-4. Then successive steals

by forwards Kent Storey and
Rick White ignited a rally that
put the VR's in front to stay.
After Storey's and White's de-
fensive gems, some outstanding
outside shooting by Howard Coin-
stock, and superior inside play
by White and sixth-man Scott
Mason boosted the Baby Blue to
a 44-28 halftime margin.
But after the second period
opening tip, the VR's c am e
out sluggish and confused. The
Saints switched to a 2-1-2 zone
after playing man-to-man the en-
tire first half. VR coach Rich-
ard 'Bird' Carter said, "I real-
ly wasn't worried, we haven't
had that much time to practice
against a zone. But we kept our
poise until we got a good shot."
And get a good shot they did.
After their early troubles the
Baby Blue came back to garner
41 points in the second half. Even
more impressive than that was
their S1 per cent field goal per-
The VR's, who outrebounded
their outclassedcompetition 58-
24, were led by their lone schol-
arship player, White. The 6-5
forward, who has practiced for
less than a week after football
ended, thoroughly dominated the
game, scoring 22 points and ga-
thering 14 rebounds.
Another standout was guard
Comstock whose first-half marks-
manship put the game out of
reach. Comstock played an ex-
cellent floor game with 6 re-
bounds and 4 assists to go with
his 18 points. Mason was a power
on the boards and added 15 points
while guard Les Brown threw
in 12 markers.
This year's version of the var-
sity .reserves is almost entire-

With a minute left, goalie Moore
came to the bench, giving the,
Maize and Blue a sixth attacker
in a desperate attempt to score.
But with 26 seconds left, Tech's
Graham Wise pushed a shot from
the center line that reached thel
empty Michigan net.
The Huskies scored their eighth
with 12 seconds left, winding up
their eighth win of the season.
Michigan's third period flurry
of goals made the score somewhatI
respectable - but the Wolverines
played fine hockey during the be-
ginning two stanzas despite their
lack of goals.
"We outplayed them in every
period, and couldn't score," Far-
rell declared. "We played 100 per
cent better than last night," he
During much of the first two
Tech too tough
1 2 3 Tot
MICHIGAN 0 0 4-4
Michigan Tech 3 2 3-8
SCORING: 1. Tech - Zuke (Stamler)
4:26 2. Tech - D'Alvise (wise, Mayer)"
10:30 3. Tech - S. Jensen (unassisted)
SCORING: 4.' Tech - Jaschuk (Usi-
talo, Murray) 5:26; 5. Tech - Mayer
(Wise, D'Alvise) 9:12.
SCORING: 6. M - Moretto (D. Linds-
kog, T. Lindskog) 5:56; 7. Tech - Usi-'
talo (D'Alvise, Mayer) 7:30; 8. M - Ma-'
nery (Hughes, Falconer) 9:32; 9. M-
Moretto (Neal, Palmer) 10:01; 10. M-
Werner (Trudeau, Paris) 15:51; 11.
Tech - Wise (Mayer, D'Alvise) 19:34;
12. Tech - Stamer (Steele, Zuke) 19:48.
GOALIE SAVES 1 2 3 Total
Moore (M) 13 6 14 33
Warden (T) 16 9 10 35

From wire Service Reports
A fired up Tulane team pulled
one of the major upsets of the
college football season last night,
shocking LSU 14-0. Coach Benny
Ellender's Green Wave came back
from an embarrassing 42-9 defeat
at the hands of Maryland last Sat-
urday to blank the Tigers.
A Tulane Stadium crowd in ex-
cess of 86,000 went berserk as
LSU dropped their second game
in a row, having lost to Ala-
bama on Thanksgiving.
Michigan's j u n i o r varsity
wrestlers did well at yesterday's
Michigan Intercollegiate Tour-
nament at Ypsilanti, placing
third behind the regulars from
Central Michigan and Western
Michigan. Jeff Guyton' (134
lbs.) was named Most Valuable
in the tourney.
Speaking of Alabama, the Crim-
son Tide completed their first un-
beaten season in eight years as
they shutout cross-state rival Au-
burn, 35-0. Coach "Bear" Bryant's
crew lived up to their recently
acquired number one ranking con-
trollingthe affair from start to
Notre Dame, Alabama's oppo-
nent in the Sugar Bowl, rolled
to their eleventh consecutive vic-
tory and first unbeaten and un-
tied season since 1949 by thrash-
ing Miami of Florida 44-0.
For the first time in its long

and storied history, the U.S. Mil-
itary Academy went an entire
season without registering a grid-
iron victory. Navy handed the
Army its worst beating in the
Army-Navy series, shutting out
the Cadets 51-0 at JFK Memorial
The Big Ten basketball cam-
paign got under way this week-
end, and defending champion In-
diana got off on the right track
dumping The Citadel, 74-55. Else-
where, two-time conference scoring
chain Mike Robinson poured in 36
points to spark Michigan Stare to
a 78-70 victor yover Central Mich-

"Bay s bruisers bombr
--- By CLARKE COGSDILL Freshman Mark Johnson had no trouble disposing
Rick Bay's Michigan Mat Machine made it two with Bob Foster.
in a row-in routs as well as victories-by over- Rob Huizenga's and Dave Curby's triumphs
whelming a combative pack of Ohio University were never in doubt. Huizenga scored an unusual
Bobcats 38-0 in a dual meet yesterday afternoon point when his opponent was called for inten-
in Crisler Arena. tionally walking off the ring . . with Huizenga
The sophisticated remnant of the basketball clinging to his back. Curby's opponent was pen-
crowd got a quick example of what Wolverine alized twice for stalling.
xwrestling is all about when Jim Brown shattered
Ohio's Dave Hopkins in the day's opening match. HEAVYWEIGHT Gary Ernst combined a sec-
iy Rich Valley got a mite careless against Bob ond-period reversal and the riding time advantage
Cruzado, suffering a first-period takedown to to edge Russ Ranno, 3-0.
trail, 2-0. That mischance must have been in- "I'm glad everyone won," a pleased Bay re-
spiring, as Valley immediately took charge until marked afterward, then told his team, "You guys
he secured the fall at 5:32. be sure to fill out your ballots for Champion of
Bill Davids at 134 lbs. overcame far graver the Week before you leave." That would have to
difficulties against Bobcat freshman Dave Webb, be the roughest test the grapplers have faced
barely escaping being pinned after only 1:15 of so far.
the match. Trailing 5-2, Davids turned it on to Bobcat stew
go ahead on the scoreboard, 6-5, before pinning 118-Jim Brown (M) dec. Dave Hopkins (O),
his opponent.
At 142, Bill Schuck had his hands full with Gus 2-
i MaaviE ASchck akedwn t te 3-seond 126-Rick Valley (M) pinned Bob Cruzado (0),
: alavite: A Schtck takedown at the 35-second 5:32
mark of the first period made the difference, 134-Bill Davids (M) pinned Dave Webb (O),
as neither wrestler could maintain an advantage 40
any legth oftime.4:02 {.
any length of time. 142-Bill Schuck (M) dec. Gus Malavite (O), 3-2
CAPTAIN Jerry Hubbard exploded after nearly 150-Jarrett Hubbard (M) dec. Ben Parker (O),:



MICHIGAN 86, S. Illinois 74
Michigan State 78, Central Mich. 70
Wisconsin 77, Rollins 55
:Minnesota 55. California-Mavis 45
Purdue 11'7 ,. Illinois Edwardsville 71
Iowa 85, N. Illinois 83
Indiana 74, Citadel 55
Northwestern 83, Ohio University 81
Notre Dame 112,V aiparaiso 62
Boston State 85 Framingham St. 69
Willamette 69, S. Oregon 53
Texas-El Paso 67, Quincy 34
LaSalle 87, Lehigh 37
Kentucky 81, Miami, Ohio 68
Nebraska 70. Wyoming 62

Tusculum 77, Covenant 64
Tenn. Temple 88, Bryan 47
Hiram 109, Ohio Wesleyan 92
Cent. Conn. 80, Hartford 62
Trinity, Conn. 88, Wesleyan 83
Anderson, Ind. 87, Marion, Ind. 76
Cameron 80, Tarleton St. 75
St. Vincent's 68, Shippensburg 64
Midwestern 82, Okla. Christian 63
Connecticut 102, Yale 88
Virginia 92, Wash. & Lee 69
Wright St. 87, Wilmington 55
Princeton 69, Fordham 44
Brown 76, Rhode Island 67
Long Island U. 84, Merrimack 75
Sisqushanna 68, Wagner 66



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