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Wednesday. December 5. 1973


Page Seven


Orrm ei
Special To The Daily
TOLEDO-"A win is a win is a win."
Michigan Assistant Coach Jim Dutcher sum-
med it up best last night after watching the
Wolverines build up a seemingly insurmount-
able 23 point half-time lead and then scram-,
ble for their lives in the second half against
a cold-then-torrid shooting Toledo Rocket
When Michigan vacated the court after
the first 20 minutes of play leading 45-22,
nobody in the Toledo Field House sellout
crowd of 4,100 thought the Rockets had a
prayer against the more talented Wol-
The Wolverines had just finished a seven-
minute onslaught which had transformed a
competitive 21-18 ballgame into a potential
laugher. During the surge Johnny Orr's
cagers looked superb: they hustled, re-
'bounded, pilfered errant Rocket passes, hit
the open man off the fast break, and com-
pletely befuddled their foes.
Michigan confused Toledo during that
streak yith a combination of full-court
2-2-1 and half-court presses. Wayman Britt,
Campy Russell,. C.J. Kupec and the fiery
Grote could do no wrong while the Rockets
appeared completely inept.
It looked like Coach Orr would have the
chance to give his bench some playing time
in the second half, an opportunity t> see
what freshman forward Johnny Robinson or
zone-killer Tim Kuzma could do under game
. conditions. .
But it was not to be. The Wolverines re-
turned from their halftime hiatus an over-




confident and sluggish team. As Kupec noted
"You'd rather be up by 10 at halftime than
have a big lead like that."
Admittedly Toledo played differently after
intermission also. The "Rockets zone pressed
Michigan, took them out of their patterned
offense and started dropping their shots.
After a horrendous 10-37 first-half shooting
performance, Coach Bobby Nichols' men
connected on an amazing 17 of their first
24 second-half attempts.,
But was it a case of Toledo forcing Mich-
igan out of their game or of the "Wolverines,
letting things slip away? Were the Wolver-
ines subconsciously sitting on their lead and
supremely overconfident?
"That's just it" thought court general
Joe Johnson. "We relaxed too much."
Once the Rockets started coming, they
were hard to stop. As is typical of most
home-court rallies, once the local heroes
caught fire the Rocket partisans renewed
their vocal interest in the game, the referees
rolled with the tide, and the Wolverines fed
the Rockets' fire-with some sloppy play.
Toledo guard Jim Kindle, a one-for-nine
shooter against South Carolina last ?at-
urday and possessor of one bucket in,
last-night's first half, e pRoded for an un-
accountable ten hoops. in the second .half.
before' fouling out of the ballgame.
Grote guarded Kinrdle through most of the;
Toledo guard's onslaught and couldn't do a
thing with him. In th-e"first half, Grote had
limited 6-5 Rocket swingman Mike Parker
to six points. -
But in the second twenty minutes of ac-
tion, Toledo Coach Nichols employed hisv

team captain in the front court in place of
ineffectual starting forward Russell Frost
and used former Pontiac Central six-footer
Larry Cole in the backcourt with Kindle.
Johnson took Campy Russell's former team-
mate, leaving Grote with Kindle.
But .Grote wasn't the only Wolverine
having trouble in the second half. Kupec,
who tallied seven first-half points, looked
really sluggish after intermission. Rebounds
rolled off- his fingers, his jump shot went
astray, and his presence was barely no-
ticed at 'all.
When the score fell to a precarious 65-60,
and -Toledo retrieved the next errant Michi-
gan shot, it looked like anybody's ballgame.
But 'the Rockets missed their next shot, Britt
conerted a one-and-one rebounding foul, and
Grote hit a jumper. Johnson relieved Cole of
his dribble 'and coasted in for an unmolested
layup, upping the count to 71-60. With two
minutes remaining, the game was back un-
der the Wolverines' control.
As Dutcher said, "A win is a win is a
win." But diddthe Wolverines learn a les-
son last night:, in ' Toledo. "We sure did"
offerd aAssistant Coach Bill.Frieder.
'But we're young, and maybe it will be
good for us.
Michigan learned that twenty minutes con-
stitutes only half a basketball game. Particu-
larly when you're on the road, anything can
happen when you stop doing the things that
byilt the lead in the first 'place.
It is a valuable lesson for a young team to,
learn. And when you can learn it and still-
emerge victorious, that isn't half bad.

AP Photo
Penn State's super running back John Cappelletti proudly displays
the coveted- Heisman Trophy he won yesterday at the Downtown
Athletic Club-,in New York. The flashy ballcarrier easily outdis-
tanced his fellow college elite to capture the award symbolic of
college football's most outstanding player.






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'M' football notes'
Though they are not heading to the Bowl of their choice,
some more Michigan seniors will see some post-season action.
Offensive tackle Jim Coode, guard Mike Hoban and punter-
safety Barry Dotzauer are set for the Blue-Grey Clash in
Montgomery, Ala. Coode will take in the North-South Shrine
game and the American Bowl in Tampa. Dotzauer will show
his talents at the Senior Bowl. . . . Mentor Schembechler will
do a little post-season travelling, only not as far. Speaking at
the Saginaw Arthur Hill football banquet Dec. 13, Schembecler
will mnake a play for some talent. According to some reports
it isn't only players, he's after. Lumberjack Coach George Ihler,
the word has it, is under scrutiny to fill the gap left by Frank
Maloney's departure to 'Syracuse.'. . . Middle guard DOn War-
ner, who earned the scholar-athlete award for his 3.4 average'
in mathematics, is- apparently experiencing some slight com-
plications to knee surgery, but doctors feel he will recover
* * *
Cappelletti takes Heisman
NEW YORK-John Cappelletti, Penn State's flashy running
back, yesterday took home the Heisman Trophy, 'emblematic
of the best in college ranks. Cappelletti, a law enforcement
major who hopes to work on the .federal level, topped Ohio
State's super tackle, John Hicks, by a 1,057 to 524 count. A 1,500
yard gainer who coach Joe Paterno calls "the greatest player
I have ever coached bar none," Cappelletti was humble in
victory. "There are a lot of great players, so I wouldn't have
been disappointed if someone else won it," he said. Finishing
beheind Hicks, who captured the Midwestern vote, were Roose-
velt Leaks, Texas fullback, David Jaynes, Kansas quarterback,'
"and' Archie Griffin, Ohio State running back.,
S *
Touring the East
Michigan's tip-top wrestlers, having demolished their Mid-
western opponents, are opening ;up an important Eastern swing.
On tab are Pittsburgh (Dec. 6)' and the Penn State Invitational
(Dec. 7-8). Top opponents will be' Penn State, eleventh in the
nation last year, and Clarion State, which will return three
'NCAA champs.
The Swap report
HOUSTON-The promised bull market in baseball players has
yet to materialize. But yesterday's activities did have some
flurries. The Pirates unloaded righthander Nelson Briles and
rookie infielder Fernando Gonzalez on the Kansas City Royals,
who reciprocated with catcher-outfielder Ed Kirkpatrick, in-
fielder Kurt Bevacqua and minor league first baseman Winston
'Cole. The Cincinnati Reds, deep in young outfielders, got an-
other one yesterday. Merv Rettenmund came over from the
Orioles in exchange for left-hander Ross Grimsley. You figure
it 'out.
And finally Ron Santo exercised' his "ten-five" option and
vetoed a proposed deal between the Chicago Cubs and the
California Angels. The deal would have sent Rudy May and
infielder Bob Oliver to the Cubs. According to a new player
agreement, any player of ten years major league service and
five with one club can veto any trade. -
Those happy Wings
Those ugly rumors you heard about Marcel Dionne wanting
out from the Red Wings. Well,. they're not true. That's what
owner Bruce Norris says, at least." "Our coach Alex Delvecchio
ha tlewth11 Ma~X4rcel1 ' and Ma.j~rel maintin heias mad no~pn

By MARC FELDMAN - poise at the end after they got
special To The Daily u close and the crowd started yeil-
TOLEDO - The Michigan Wol- (jaj0 ling."
verines dissipated all but five of Y "We got tired in the first half
a 23 point halftime lead before and it's hard 'when you're ahead
rallying behind Campy Russell and like that to come back and play
Wayman Britt in the closing mm- ..sot tough," the. Michigan mentor add-
utes to subdue the -stubborn Toledo ! I ed. "Our team got very cautious
Rockets, 75-65,, last .right at the' NIGHT EDITOR: "in the second, half and they (To-
Toledo Fieldhouse. THERESA SWEDO ledo) started hitting everything.
Thanks to an incredible 244- But we hung in there-that's the
surge in the final seven and one- - good thing." a
half minutes of the first half, the game high of 22 points after half- , Michigan was anything but cau-
Wolverine cagers went to the lock- time and wound up with 11 of 13 tious in the final minutes of the
er room with an imposing 45-22 ad- shooting on the night. first half when they temporarily
vantage. -But the aggressive Toledo Kindle and backcourt mate Mike blew the gaew, pn. Huselieig
club was far from through. Parker were hitting everything in adefenloose andllshootplaying excellent
Jim Kindle sparked the Toledo sight as the Rockets whittled at accuracy, the Wolverines ut on
comeback with' an awesome shoot- the Michigan lead with 17 for 24 acbacthe Wolve i butin
ing sanza arksa beautiful basketball exhibition
display in the second 6 ma r aks nship in the first 14 min while the Rockets could do nothing
The Rocket guard scored 16 of his ; utes of the second half. The Wol-1 right.
verines still led at that juncture, Th t. e
64-56 3 -The teams battled on even terms
164-56. - for most of the first half as John-
Bl e tu me - , son and Russell provided mos" of

with six caroms and the evening's
leader in steals with four. Com-
bined with four of six shooting
from the floor and a seven for nine
performance at the line and you
have an excellent performance.
C.J. KUPEC did most of his
scoring during the first half spree
and was conspicuously absent of-
fensively and on the backboards in
the second. The 6-8 junior, whom
the Wolverines are counting on so
heavily to give r e b o u n d i ng
strength, managed just two points
and one rebound in the second
half and just nine markers and
five caroms in all.
On the positive side of the ledger,
Joe Johnson continued to show im-
provement at his guard's position.
Johnson dribbled t h r o u g h the
Rocket zone press and scored 12
points on six for 11 shooting.
The victory improved the Wl-
verines' record to 2-0 with the

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BRITT, WHO scored a career
high of 15 points in a reserve role,
canned a free throw a minute later
before the Rockets got a driving
layup from Kindle and a jumper
by Parker, to narrow the once
huge deficit to 65-60 with 3:38 left.
With the near capacity crowd of"

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Fromwir seviceReprts 4,032 howling, the teams excnanged
es erts-- tornovers -until theR ockets got a
The United Press Internatinl Board suholit off. 25 sconds laTter . But

of Coaches final top 20 major college
football ratings -with won-lost records
and 'first-place--votes:; -
1. Alabama 21 .11-0 325.
2. Oklahoma 9 9-0-1 292
3. Ohio St. 2 ' ' 9-0-1 244
4. Notre Dame 1 10-0 241.
5. Penn State 11-0 193,
I6. Michigan, 1 10-0-1 190
7, Southern Cal . -1 - 134
8. Texas 8-2 74-
9. UCLA 9-2 50
10. Arizona State 10-1 39
-- IL. tie Nebraska 8-2-1 15
11. tie Texas Tech 10-1 15
"13. Houston 10-1 13
14. LSU -9-2 10
15. tie Kansas ' 7-3-1 4
15. tie Ttulane - - 9-2 4
17. Miami, O. 10-0 3
18. tie' Maryland 8-3 2
18. tie San Diego St. 9-1-1 2
18. tie Florida 7-4 2
1. Alabama 34 .11-0-0 1,090
2. Oklahoma 16 10-0-1 1,023
3. Notre Dame 2 10-0-0 810
4, Ohio State 2. 9-0 1 799
5..214#chigan 1- 10-0-1 780
6. Penn State, 3 11-0-0 679 ,
7. So. California . 9-1-1 528
8.> Texas . 8-2-0 412
9. UCLA- 9-2-0 312
10. Arizona State 10-1-0 193
11. Texas Tech 10-1-0 255,
12. Nebraska 8-2-1 222
13. Louisiana State 9-2-0 193
14. Houston 10-1-0 1 61
15. Miami, Ohio 10-0-0 85
16. No. Carolina St. 8-3-0 56
17. Tulane 9-2-0 44
18. Maryland 8-3-0 30
19. Kansas 7-3-1 27
20. Tennessee 8-3-0 16
iOthers receiving votes, listed alpha-
- betically: Auburn, East Carolina, Geor-1
gia, Kent State, Missouri, Temple. '

Parker was a little too energetic
in the battle for the rebound and
fouled Britt in the process.
Britt made both ends of the one-
and-one to increase the Michigan
lead to seven. Freshman Steve
Grote followed with a clutch jump-,
'er from the right side and Joe.
Johnson stole the ball at mid-
court and turned it into a driving
layup, giving Michigan a 71-60 lead
with 2:20 on the clock.
Toledo scored five in a row to
narrow the 'gap to six, but it -was
a case of too little too late as Rus-
sell hit two buckets' in the closing
seconds to finalize the deciison.
MICHIGAN Coach Johnny Orr
was a little shaken with the Toledo!
comeback but he was pleased with
the victory. "We showed a lot of
Chicago 130, Seattle 107
Milwaukee 124, Houston 109
New York 113, Portland 100
St. Louis 3, New York Islanders 1
College Basketball
Michigan 75, Toledo 65
Iowa 70, Drake 55
Minnesota 49, Murman 47 ot

tre Michigan puch a Pu rxr university orDetroit t'itans next
and center Jim B r o w ,, the on the schedule, Saturday evening
Rockets.' The Wolverines led 21-181in the Motor City. It was a good
after Parker banged home a re- baptism under fire for the young "
bound. E Michigan team, and it's certainly
THEN GROTE began to do his a rare luxury to have a 23 point
thing. Dominating the action all lead to fool around with in the sec-
over the court, the Cincinnati na-, ond half.
tive scored nine points, grabbed T l o
four rebounds, made four stinis, Toledo tLoaded
and even missed a couple of lay-
ups as the Wolverines ran off the MICHIGAN
points. In one stretch, Michigan y FG FT R F TP
16srihoit .hl h Ayler 1-5 0-0 1 4 2
scored 16 straight points Valle tfe Russell 9-19 3-3 9 2 21
Rockets went scoreless for five Kupec 4-6 1-1 5 1 9
I and one half minutes. Johnson 6-11 0-2 3 4 12 :s
j The halftime scoring statistics Grote 7-14 2-3 4 4 16
Britt 4-6 7-9 6 2 15{ t
reflected the dominance of the Worrel 0 0 0 0
'Wolverines. Michigan made 56 pe' Totals 31-61 13-18 43 18 75
cent of its shots (19-34) and the TOLEDO
Rockets a meager 10 of 37 for 27 F FT R F TP
Fot0-7 0-0 4 2 0-
per cent. Repp 1-6 0-0 32 2
"You can't expect a team to Brown 3-4 2-2 11 5 8
continue shooting that badly," Orr Kindle 11-13 0-3 2 5 22
1 analyzed, "but I didn't think they Parker 8-17 0-0 11 3 16
' oud om ac s wll"Cole 5-14 0-1 2 3 10:r" h
could come back so well." Larsen 3-10 1-2 5 1 7
Britt did a fine job in filling in Conroy 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 r
for Bill Ayler, who picked up his ! Becker 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
second, third, and fourth personal! Totals 31-76 3-8 42 22 65
fouls in rapid succession early in 1 F
'the second half. A short forward ; MICHIGAN 45 30-75
at 6-2, Britt was second to Russell Toledo 22 43-65
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