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Page Eight


Sunday, December 9, 1913


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Dick Vitale . .
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THE FIRST QUESTION University of Detroit basketball coach
Dick Vitale asked the reporters in the hot steamy Titan
locker room after his team's 70-59 beating of Michigan was
"What was the attendance?"
Before Vitale ushered in what he has phrased "The New
Era of Basketball Excitment" at U-D, crowds of two or three
thousand were commonplace, so the enthusiasm and generally
euphoric atmosphere in the arena and in the dressing room
was almost as unreal as the crowd of 7,485.
"I'm so excited," Vitale exclaimed over and over again
as he analyzed his team's fine victory for the handful of re-
porters and well-wishers including Detroit News columnist Jerry
"This is such a big win for us over a big time school
like Michigan. What I want people in Detroit to know is
that they can see good basketball right here in the city
of Detroit."
The man has enthusiasm and he has tremendous coaching
ability. Some of his critics may claim he is more of a publicity
man than a coach but what he has done in a short time span
to revive one aspect of life in Detroit, an athletic team, is
He speaks at any function, coddles newspaper and media
people like manna from heaven and most of all, he impresses
you with his sincerity. Talking with a New York accent that
could probably be matched by two or three Brooklyn cabbies,
Vitale tells of his plans for re-establishing U-D basketball to
its rightful place in the city.
"You take schools like Marquette, Providence, and St.
John's and they have the same problems as us-location in
the central city and people staying home because they are
afraid to come to the arena.
"At these schools, the fans come out anyway. The
people from the center of the city are there even when the
teams aren't national champions. Marquette was 6-20 one
year, Providence, 8-18, but their fans came. There's no
reason the people of Detroit should stay away."
Even in the electric scene of the Titan locker room in
Vitale's moment of glory he had time to realistically appraise
his team and look at the balance of the season.
"This game with Michigan meant so much to me that I
almost caused the team to lose a couple of games they should
have won easily against St. John's (Minnesota) and Cleveland
"Beating Michigan doesn't make my season complete. We
don't have any super players and I have four freshmen play-
ing regularly. Every game is going to be a struggle for us
(Illinois at Champaign is Detroit's next game). I want to put
the prestige back in beating a Detroit team."
The former Rutgers assistant who coached at East Ruther-
ford (N.J.) High School as recently as three years ago, claims
to have no super players but Owen Wells sure played like one
last night.
The 6-7 senior forward pumped in 38 of Detroit's total
of 70 points and the subtle fact that he didn't score any-
thing in the last thirteen minutes of the game rendered his
performance even more remarkable. Wells made 15 of 25
attempts from the floor and canned eight of nine free throws.
Campy Russell was by far the outstanding Michigan player
as he scored nearly half the Wolverine points, garnering 26 of
the Blue total of 59. Campy personally kept Michigan in the
game for most of the first half with 16 of his total. The Titans
had early leads of 10-4 and 20-9 before Russell scored nine points
in little over a minute on one occasion to narrow the gap Vo
22-20, and four in a row later to draw the Wolverines within
two, at 32-30.
But fifteen straight Titan points bridging the halves gave
Detroit a 47-30 lead early in the second stanza before Michigan
began to draw closer.
Orr's charges reduced the deficit to eight points, 59-51, with
about six minutes remaining, but key turnovers, good Detroit
defense and inaccurate shooting spelled their doom.
Besides Campy, the Michigan team just didn't have it last
night against an admittedly more fired up Detroit team. The
starting guards, Joe Johnson and Steve Grote, shot a combined
three of 17 and swingman Wayman Britt's 3-10 didn't help either.
C. J. Kupec had his second straight lackluster game in the
pivot with a paltry five points (all in the second half) and ten
rebounds. When asked about his center's play, Orr responded
tersely, "No, I don't think he played very well."
Unfortunately for Michigan, the Titans did.

Special To The Daily
DETROIT - Last night the
Michigan Wolverines became
the first major victim of Uni-
versity of Detroit coach Dick
Vitale's rejuvenated basket-
ball program, as they fell to
an inspired and aroused Titan
squad at the U-D Memorial
Building, 70-59.
The Titans played as if they were
on a crusade, and were led by their
senior captain, 6-7 forward Owen
Wells, who had the greatest game
of his life, pumping in 38 points,
hauling down nine rebounds and
playing strong defense on Mich-
igan's Campy Russell.
Before a screaming, berserk
crowd of 7,485, the Wolverines fell
behind in the early going and
were never able to get their game
together enough to catch up. Mich-
igan coach Johnny Orr described
the game accurately when he ob-
served, "We got beat every way
you can possibly get beat; we were
outhustled, outrebounded, outshot."
ORR USED everyone he had on
the bench, and Russell had a re-
spectable offensive game, but the
Titans were simply the better team
in all respects. The Wolverines
played inconsistent defense, shot a
horrible 34 per cent, and seemed
to be clearly out-manned on the
Spurred on by the roaring crowd,
Detroit came out at the beginning
of the contest running and gun-
ning. In a wide open first few mm-


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steals and turnovers, the Titans credibly failing to score another
blitzed out to a 10-4 lead as little point in the half. Meanwhile Wells
senior sharpshooter Chester Wil- went on another tear and the Wol-
son hit four of the first five De- verines found themselves down at
troit buckets. halftime by a 44-30 count.
Then Wells began to take com-
mand, firing in nine of his team's THE MICHIGAN frigid spell
next ten points as the home club spilled over into the second stanza,
stretched its advantage to 20-9. as it took another two minutes be-
fore Joe Johnson could finally
AT THAT point a seeming dis- break the ice with a jumper. But
aster struck the Wolverines. Campy by then the Blue were behind
Russell went down in a crumpled by 17.
heap after a scramble under the The Wolverines did not say die
Wolverine basket, and lay there for yet. With Detroit coming out of its
what seemed like an eternity effective first half combination
clutching his right knee. man-to-man and 3-2 zone defense,
But Campy then got up, spent the Michigan offense began to work
a mere 51 seconds of playing time decently, and the Wolverines were
recuperating on the bench, and able for the most part to take shots
then came back in to lead the Wol- of a reasonable percentage. But
verines' only real rally of the night. the shots simply would not drop.
Russell, in a period of only a min- Even Russell missed several easy
ute and ten seconds, ripped in nine shots as not a single Michigan
points and pulled down several re- player shot 50 per cent for the
bounds as the Wolverines pulled contest.
back to within two at 22-20. S t i 11, the Wolverines inched
Russell continued his charge, I closer. Three times they cut the
scoring 14 of his team's last 19 deficit to eight, but they never
points in the period, and Michigan could get any closer. With four
was down only 32-30 with 5:40 to and a half minutes to go the Titans
go in the half. But then the Wol- began to stall, and Michigan was
helpless as Detroit ticked away a
clppe full minute and then got an easy
Thomas 3-8 1-3 7 4 7 THEN WELLS came up with a
Smith 0-2 3-6 7' 4 3 breakaway lay-up after a steal to
Wilson 5-11 0-0 3 3 10
Perry 0-4 8-9 3 1 8, make it 67-55 with only 2:17 left
Ross 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 and the crowd began its victory
Dotson 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 chant. Russell fouled out with 1:21
Boyd 0-2 0-1 1 0 0 remaining, but it made no differ-
Bostick 1-3 0-0 1 2 2
Guimane 0-2 0-1 0 1 0 ence as the game was already'
McHugh 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 over. Both coaches then emptied
Hill 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 their benches in the final minute.
Totals 25-60 20-29 35 20 70 Thoucm hateeoinl
The outcome had the emotional
SCORE BY HALVES Vitale jumping up and down, and
1 2 Total the entire arena with him. For the
MICHIGAN 30 29 59
U-D 44 26 70 Detroit coach and players, the win
Attendance 7,485 i over a major, local rival was an



11-23 4-7 8
2-5 1-1 2
2-8 1-2 10
2-9 0-0 1
1-8 0-0 6
3-10 0-0 2
0-2 0-0 1
1-1 5-6 2
0-0 0-0 1
1-2 0-0 2
0-0 0-1 1
1-1 0-0 0
24-69 11-17 36

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MICHIGAN'S ATHLETIC fortunes went up in smoke last night
as both the basketb'll tem and the hockey team lost their games.
The hoopers were burned 70-59 by the University of Detroit while
the dekers had the spark taken out of them 2-0 by Notre Dame.

5 26
2 5
3 5
5 4
5 2
2 6
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0 7
1 0
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absolute must for the Titan basket-
ball program to prosper.
But Orr would not alibi. "Evei V
game's important to us," he said.
"We should've wanted this one as
badly as they did." However, it
was clear from the final score that
the Wolverines had not wanted it
quite as badly.

15-25 8-9

9 4 38


BDekers fall
By ROGER ROSSITER a clean breakaway in the second
"You have to score goals to period, while Angie Moretto was
win," Michigan hockey coach Dan robbed three times from the slot
Farrell confided. But, score goals in the same stanza.
was the one thing the Wolverines Meanwhile at the other end of
could not and did not do last night the ice, Robbie Moore played per-
in losing to the Fighting Irish of haps the finest game of his career.
Notre Dame 2-0. Moore was at his acrobatic best,
Second period goals by Ian Wil- blocking the hard blasts from the
liams and Alex Pirus gave Notre wings and incredibly snatching two
Dame all the goals it needed in slick attempted tip-ins.
a Western Collegiate Hockey Asso- Neither Notre Dame goal was
ciation rarity-a low scoring game. Moore's fault as on both occasions
After a lackluster performance an Irish winger was left unchecked
Friday night, Irish goalie Mark right on his doorstep for easy con-
Kronholm had an easy time post- versions of goal mouth passes. Thej
ing his first shutout of the season. Kris Manery - Don Dufek - Gordie
Kronholm was called upon to make Cullen line that sparked Mich-
only 26 saves and only a handful igan's victory Friday night was
could be considered in any way victimized for both Irish tallies
difficult. when they failed to cover up in


Irish, 2-0

FOR THE MOST part, Michigan'
successfully thwarted its own scor-
ing attempts. Paul Paris' shot
sailed high over the open goal on

their defensive zone.
"We j u s t weren't h u n g r y
enough," claimed Michigan winger
Randy Neal. "They were."

DEFENSIVELY N o t r e Dame'
played as close to a perfect game
as anyone will ever see. Seldom
could the Wolverines get off a shot
from the slot on Kronholm, and
when they did a Notre Dame de-
fender was right there to block it.
The shutout loss was Michigan's
second in its last four games, and
both came when the Wolverines
really weren't playing that badly.
"When you get the breaks, you
win," claimed Manery. "Tonight
we just didn't get any breaks."
The lack of goal production last
night again illustrates the major
complaint with this year's Mich-
igan team-the lack of one or two
super goal scorers. That weakness
may be the only roadblock in the
Wolverines return to the upper
echelon of the WCHA. To be sure,
Farrell's number one recruiting
priority will be to get that goal
"We knew when we started 'he
season that we weren't going to
jump from last place to the top in
one year," Farrell rationalized.
"These things have to be done in
steps. Even though we're losing a
few games along the way, we
should still fulfill our goal of mak-
ing the play-offs."
Notre Dame cleartly needed a
victory yesterday a lot worse than
Michigan. The Irish possessed a
mediocre 3-7-1 league record be-
fore last night's game with a team
that was considered to be at least
the WCHA's second best at the
season's inception.
THE WIN pulled the Irish back
into a fifth place tie with the Wol-
verines, and kept Michigan from
pulling four points up on both Notre
Dame and Michigan State.
Point Park 98, Mercyhurst 80


The Wolverines now have nearly
a full month respite from WCH1A
play. Next weekend Michigan will
play at Bowling Green Friday night
and at home with the same club
Saturday. Following that will be
the IMA holiday tournament at
Flint Dec. 27-28.
These next four games shculd
give Farrell a chance to get a
look at a few more people in garde
competition than he has to date
and once again try some new 1-ne
"The big thing now is tj pull
back together and not lose faith in
ourselves," Farrell concluded. "It
takes character to come bacK." So
character is the attribute the 1973-
74 Wolverines must prove -hey

Irish imps
Notre Dame

Special To The Daily
DETROIT - Michigan's Varsity-
reserve basketball team made Bill
F'rieder's coaching debut a success-
f'l thn-gh harrowing one by de-
feating the Detroit Titans 77-69 here
yesterday. The Baby Blue rolled
up a 20 point bulge over Detroit
halfway through the final period,
bht saw that dissipate in a frantic
last-second Titan comeback at-
Forward Kent Story helped spark
the Wolverines to an early lead
on a trio of short jumpers. The
Blue lost control, however, and the
Titans rallied to take the lead.
Frieder then substituted his
shorter lineup of Bill Burress and
Scott Mason and the Wolverines
began to move. Rick White, who
was brilliant in Michigan's first
game, looked listless last night,
but sharked a late period surge
that sent his team into the locker
room holding a 37-28 lead.
STORY, FROM Ann Arbor Pio-
neer, took control of the boards in
the second half as the Wolverines
threatened to blow the game apart.
Story finished with eight rebounds,
most of them early in the second
Coach Frieder put on quite a
show on the bench, waving a white
towel and shouting encouragement
to his players. His temper rose
considerably midway through the
final period when his Wolverines
started to collect fouls. Burress,
White, and center Daryl Carter all
ended up on the bench in foul
The Titans were not yet finished,
however, and threw a man-to-man
press at the Baby Blue. Forward
Jim Hill led the late Titan attack.
He finished with 29 points to lead
the Detroit scorers.
For Michigan, Story was the
leading scorer with an even 20
points. White added 14, and Hod
Comstock popped in eleven

1 2
0 2
0 0

Hoosiers topple Cats;
Redskins halt Purdue'

PENALTIES: 1. M-Manery (tripping)
3:39; 2. M-Fox (roughing) 8:46; 3. ND
-Curry (roughing) 8:46; 4. M-Bench
(too many men on the ice, served by
Neal) 11:04; 5. ND-Hamilton (slash-
ing) 17:24; 6. M-bench (too many men
on the ice, served by Trudeau) 18:34.
SCORING: 1. ND - Williams (Schaf-
er, Bumbacco) 0:42; 2. ND - Pirus
(Walsh, Hamilton) 14:42.
PENALTIES: 7. M-Fox (holding)
19:35; 8. M-Trudeau (high-sticking)

Mat machine rolls

By The Associated Press t
LOUISVILLE-Junior John Las-
kowski came off the bench to score
23 points, including 16 during the
first 11 minutes of the second per-
iod, to lead Indiana to a 77-68 bas-
ketball victory over Kentucky last

Phil Lumpkin who pumped in 22.
Miami fought back from a 73-66
deficit in the last five minutes and
took the lead on double free throws
by Hampton, Dave Elmer and Rod
Dieringer to go ahead 79-75.
Purdue's Bruce Rose hit a layup
with :18 left tying the game at
83-83 and into overtime. Hampton's
layup and free throw came with
:08 left in overtime and Purdue
missed its final two sohts.

Special To The Daily
Michigan's wrestlers staked out
their position as one of the na-
tion's outstanding teams this year
by outclassing the field in yester-
day's second and third rounds of
the Penn State Invitationals.
The Maize and Blue claimed
four individual championships, two
seconds and a third, to lead an
unofficial team score tabulation
with 101 points - an incredible
21 point margin over "runner-up"
Clarion State.
"We were easily the class of
this tournament," exulted assistant
coach Bill Johannesen. "I think we
proved we're of championship cal-
iber and we'll be going up from
WHILE JIM Brown, Bill Davids,
Jarrett Hubbard and Gary Ernst
shut down the best the East had to
offer to garner their individual
crowns, the highlight of the after-
noon was Rob Huizenga's stunningj

Laskowski, who connected on 11
upset of Clarion State's Bill Simp- of 15 field goal attempts for the
son, a defending NCAA champion. night, hit a jump shot with 17:50
Recovering from a takedown and left in the second half to put In-
near-fall in the first period, Hui- diana ahead for good.
zenga thoroughly dominated his Kentucky held a 44-38 halftime
opponent during the remainder of edge, but Indiana outscored Ken-
the match, bringing the crowd to tucky 22-10 in the first seven min-
a standing ovation at the end of the utes of the second half and the
overtime period. Wildcats never caught up.j
Unfortunately, Huizenga couldn't
keep up the pace in the finals, and KENTUCKY went into a zone
was decisioned by Penn State's Bill with 11 minutes left in the game,
Simpson. but Indiana responded by going
142-pounder Bill Schuck nearly into a stall for about four minutes
upset another Clarion State NCAA until Kentucky abandoned the zone.
titleholder, Don Rohn, in a super- Indiana connected on 18 of 22 1
close 3-1 defeat. The Wolverine field goal attempts for a sizzling
battler came tantalizingly close to 81 per cent in the second half,
takedowns three times, the most while Kentucky shot a cold 32 per
heartbreaking of which was cut off cent in that half.
by the first-period buzzer. Steven Green came up with 181
But Schuck and Huizenga were points for the winners, while Ken-'
only two of ten Wolverines wno tucky's Kevin Grevey took game
put everything they had into their scoring honors with 25 points. Mike
matches this weekend . . . and Flynn added 17 for Kentucky and
abundantly deserve the successful Bob Guyette added 12.
result. The victory boosted Indiana's
record to 3-0, while Kentucky is
of the East 1-2 on the season.

Moore (M)
Kronholm (ND)
Attendance: 3.768

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18 8 17-43
7 12 7-26


Western Kentucky 28, Grambiing 20
Louisiana Tech 38, Boise State 34
Wittenberg 41, Juniata 0
Abilene Christian 42, Elon 14
Stephen F. Austin 31, Gardner Webb 10
Miami (Ohio) 86, Purdue 85
Indiana 77, Kentucky 68
Ohio State 72, Penn State 65
Northwestern 76, DePaul 65
S. California 71, Illinois 60
Wisconsin 88, N. Dakota St. 60
S. Carolina 74, Michigan State 63
California 81, Seton Hall 76
St. Lawrence 76, Thiel 63
Clemson 71, Duquesne 66
Ohio U, 73, E. Michigan 54
Yale 102, Holy Cross 92
Notre Dame 94, St. Louis 65
Mid. Tennessee 76, Nebraska 65
Kent State 85, Cornell 49
San Diego St. 87, Air Force 68
St. Xavier 71, Beloit 53
N. Carolina 103, Vermont 48


S. D. Springfield 70, Jamestown, N.D. 65
Centre, Ky. 99, Maryville 80
Bethany 71, John Carroll 60
Class A
Flint Carman 57, Flint Northwestern 48
Detroit Dominican 62, Detroit
Northwestern 56
Grand Rapids Christian 35,
Grand Rapids Creston 34
East Lansing 50, St. Joseph 48
Class B
Parchment 71, Three Rivers 68
Gladwin 43, Elkton-Pigeon-Bayport 23
Cedar Springs 52, Grand Rapids
Catholic Central 35
Fenton 46, Flint Bentley 40
Holt 60, Tecumseh 55
Iron Mountain 46, Ironwood 41
Class C
Hamtramck St. Ladislaus 59,
Centerline St. Clement 43

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