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Tuesday, February 12, 1974

THE M I CH I'GAN DAILY

Tuesday, February 12, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

Blue

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Wildcats,

50-48;
dar C nfid~n tof their lp d thp

GRADUATE STUDENTS WELCOME!

By JOHN KAHLER

I t Jmanu. onen o erea ,ey
Perhaps the Michigan bas- went into a stall of their own to
ketal tam asnotalicfo force Northwestern to abandon its
ketball team was nostalgic for azone. It should have been all over,
the narrow, hair-raising vie- but that would have been too
tories of the early Big Ten simple.
campaign. Whatever the rea- S p o r ts Northwestern still had plans for
son, the Northwestern Wild- an upset. Bryan Ashbaugh dumped
cats proved to be an unex- NIGHT EDITOR: in a pair of short shotsin three, 47-
pectedly difficult foe last GEORGE HASTINGS 44.
night, as the Wolverines were tRussell responded with a tip-in
forced to overcome a Wildcat the Wildcats often turned the ball of one of Britt's missed shots, but
slowdown to best the Purple over without getting a shot off. Ashbaugh countered that by o C u e -'
Haze, 50-48, and move into Fortunately for Northwestern tg loose from C. J. Kupet Sev-
sole possession of first place inI Michigan was playing a brand ofG neath for an easy bucket. Steve
the Big Ten bail that was just as sloppy. After Grote missed a hurried shot on the
twelve minutes had gone by the Michigan possession, and a few,
The slowdown is not one of the twele r e s ad the by the seconds later Rob Dean fired in a
more popular coaching maneuvers gei red 8e20-footer to bring the Wildcats
among the paying customers. But gwithin one.
the Wildcats had to adopt it againsti The Wolverines used the few: MICHIGAN WAS rattled. Campy
Michigan, if they were to have any times they were able to run on Russell picked up a charging foul
hope of staying in the game. I-. the 'Cats to devastating effect, with while attempting to exploit an
linois and Ohio State .had tried Joe Johnson hitting Wayman Britt onening that wasn't there, and the
running with the Wolverines and: underneath for an easy layup that Wildcats got the ball. As the Purple
had gotten badly whipped as ;a put Michigan into the lead. The Haze attempted to work for a last:
result. Wildcats were able to counter, shot, Wayman Britt ran into a
"I saw the (Michigan) game with however, and the Michigan half-, pick and received his fifth personal.
Ohio State on television, and saw time lead was a narrow 22-18. Ashbaugh stood on the line with a
that there was no hope of us The Blue cagers came out of the chance to put his team in the lead. I
running with Michigan," admitted, locker room acting as though they He missed the shot, however, and
Wildcat mentor Tex Winter. "We! intended to put an end to the Kupec rebounded for Michigan. All
just don't have the speed or board nonsense that prevailed in the first, the Wolverines wanted now was to
power to stay with them." half. The irrepressible Russell con- ran out the clock. Realizing this,;
THE WILDCATS came out with verted a three point play and Bob Hildebrand dove at Grote, in-
their delay game on their first po canned two long jumpers to push curring an intentional foul.
session, after Campy Russell scor-j the Michigan lead to seven. Grote thus received two chances
ed the first bucket of the game.' CHUCK ROGERS then took over. at the line. He missed the first and
Not a true stall, the Northwestern Taking the place of the foul-I made the second, moving the
plan was to pass the ball around plagued Britt in the lineup, Rogers score to 50-48 and giving the Wild
until a good shot opportunity pre- came through with a trio of long: cats ten seconds in which to tie
sented itself. I bombs that extended the Wolver-i the game.
Unfortunately for Northwestern, ine lead to eleven, 41-30. A pass reached Hildebrand near
its execution was not the best, and The Wolverines were now in com-, the key. Chuck Rogers said he
- made "a clean block. My hand
was on the ball and I wasn't:
touching his body. There was no
fool."f
Everybody but the official seem-
ed to agree. Hildebrand was at
, ,c kS J uruefJ the line for two shots with three
seconds left to go in the game.
BUT NOW, when he needed it
tory ran their Big Ten record to. points a game, sat on the bench most, Hildebrand's touch deserted
-in street clothes as his teammates him. He missed both shots, Russell
The defeat virtually shattered struggled to beat the last place and Kunec grabbed the rebound,
Wisconsin's t i t 1 e h o p e s. The Buckeyes. and held the ball together until

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C &cI-oe o u ┬žime
Wolverines roll o * . .
but the fans stay home
by Jim Ecker -
S THERE THAT much to do in Ann Arbor on a Monday night
that only 6,042 spectators can make it to Crisler Arena for a
Big Ten basketball game? Admittedly Northwestern isn't a
powerful drawing card, but Johnny Orr's ballclub certainly is.
Michigan offers this town some pretty fair basketball cre-
dentials: a 16-3 overall record; a pace-setting conference mark of
8-1; a bonafide All-American ballplayer in Campy Russell;
rankings in the wire services' top twenty and some of the scrap-
piest, grittiest basketball this side of the Chicago Bulls.
Yet nobody comes.
A quick check of last night's television fare shows the
Wolverines ran up against some pretty fair competition on
the tube. "Lovers and Other Strangers" and "The Great
Escape" (Part I), two pretty good flicks, both conflicted
with the Wolverines' tussle with Tex Winter's Wildcats.
Both movies played in Columbus last night, where the
Ohio State-Michigan State encounter attracted 9100 partisan
Buckeyes, and in Iowa City, where 10,808 Hawkeye fans
saw Iowa knock off Purdue.
Why isn't Michigan drawing this year? There is one clear-
cut answer: A good portion of this city's athletic supporters
were completely turned off by last year's team. Great things
were expected of the 72-73 Wolverines, and when the season
proved a dismal failure, the people lost interest.
Season-ticket sales fell more than 3,000 from last year's 8,000-
plus total, with the majority of the void caused by unsold stu-
dent season books. Nobody can fault knowledgeable basketball
fans for not running out and gobbling up season tickets back in
November, when Michigan's hardcourt fortunes looked really
bleak. But times have changed. Unfortunately, the attendance
figures have not.
Jim Barahal, the Michigan basketball fan who won elec-
tion to the Student Government Council last fall on a 'Dump
Johnny Orr' platform, believes that unfavorable publicity
contributed heavily to the attendance drop-off. "They got a
lot of bad ink in the beginning of the year," remembers
Barahal. "I contributed to that, and you did too. Why don't
people come now? I know people who didn't buy season
tickets because they figuredtthe team would be really bad.
And now they don't bother to come at all."
Will Perry, Michigan's Sports Information Director, claims
Monday night basketball never draws well. But playing on Mon-
day might doesn't necessarily mean people won't watch a ball-
game. When Michigan played Purdue in West Lafayette Mon-
day night, January 21, more than 13,000 half-crazed Boilermaker
enthusiasts showed up on a damp, drizzly, uncomfortable night.

INDIANA RIPS BA

Iowaj
By The Associated Press '
IOWA CITY --Nate Washington'
rebounded his own shot with eight
seconds remaining in the third

a

overtime to give Iowa a 112-111 Badgers now are 4-4 in the confer- Terry Furlow put the Spartans time expired.
victory over Purdue last night. ence and 12-6 overall. ahead to stay with two free throws Clasp shave
The loss dealt a severe blow to Indiana, which had squeaked with. 2:01 left to play in the over-
Purdue's conference title hopes. past Wisconsin 52-51 Jan. 12 in time. FMICHGAFT
The Boilermakers' Frank Ken- Bloomington, jumped to a 17-10 Peter Davis, filling in for Ribin- Russell 6-14 1-1
drick sent the game into its first lead. before Wisconsin responded son, sank three of four foul shots t4-2 0-1
overtime with a baseline shot in: with nine points in a row. ; in the last two minutes and Lind- Johnson 3-6 3-2
the final second, knotting the score The Badgers, sparked by sopho- say Hairston added a pair of free Grote 3-8 1-2
at 81-81. more Dale Koehler, opened a 29-21 throws. worrell 1-1 0-0
lead with 5 / minutes left in the Rogers 3-3 2-2
Iowa's Scott Thompson threw up hlf. Hwe Inina fot bc in The victory kept the Spartans Team Totals 22-52 6-8
a desperation shot from deep in half. However, Indiana fought back;in Big Ten title contention with a NORTHWESTERN
the corner to again tie the score, and took a 35-33 lead on a 20 foot! 7-2 record. FG FT
92-92, and send the game into a kiiL11 shot by super sub John Las- Williams 4-12 0-0
seodoetm.jkowski at the halftime horn. G p esrl Otis 4-12 22
second overtime. The Hoosiers quickly too com Go rs roll Ashbaugh 5-10 2-3
In the second extra period, Boil- T d Hdhilyo dpMcKinney 6-13 2-2
ermamer forward Jerry NicholsImand in the second half and re- MINNEAPOLIS - Denis Shaffer Tierand 0-0 0-0
peaedl focedWisonsn trn-Hilebrnd 1-3 0-2
popped in a 15-foot shot at the pers. foe Wiscosd trn tossed in 23 points and pulled down Dean 1-3 0-0
buzzer to knot it again, 101-101. ovr. The Hoosiers outscored W: s"-1 12 rebounds, paigadlcdTemTtl 15 -
uze taa 0 1aconsin 12-2, with four of the p>ints reaudapaacinga h.elanced' Team Totals 21-53 ero6-9
Jim Collins paced Iowa with a cosn1-,wthfu ftep ) 1t Minnesota attack that over-power- ?score by periods
career high 32 points, while Purdue by Buckner, for a 64-49 lead with ed Illinois 80-61 in Big Ten basket- NOCHWGAN
careerhigh 32 pointsr just over six minutes to play. Wis- e RH ETEN
center John Garrett hit 36. ssr yballdlast night. Att.--6,SE
* * *consin's hopes virtually died se^-
onds later when 6-foot-11 captain
Hoosiers smoke Kim Hughes fouled out.

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MADISON - Indiana, paced by'
sophomore Quinn Buckner's 17
points and brilliant floor leader-
ship, pulled away in the second
half to crush Wisconsin 81-63 last
night and keep in the thick of the
Big Ten basketball race.
The n a t i o n a 11y 12th-ranked
Hoosiers' eighth consecutive vic-

Spartans squeak by
COLUMBUS - Michigan State,
playing w i t h o u t leading s::orer
Mike Robinson, hit seven of eight
free throws in overtime last night
to edge Ohio State 75-67 in a Big
Ten basketball game.
Robinson, averaging nearly 22

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Reserves triumph for the VR's, with Les Browne
Th ihgnVriyReservestru p not far behind with 18. Howard
The Michigan Varsity Reserves Comstockhipd win 11 Hassists
ended their season on a success- C
ful note, dismembering the Uni- andplayed an excellent floor
versity of Detroit Reserves 94 -game.
71. The issue was never in doubt JOHN KAHLER
as the VR's snapped a three * *
gamealosing streak and finished Davids is 'champ'
with a 7-3 record. Dausi rmp
The start of the game was de- Bill Davids, whose 17-9 humilia-
layed as the Titans got held up in tion of over-touted Spartan Con-
traffic and could not make it on rad Calander was the turning
time. They soon wished they had point in last Friday's 23-10 Wol-
never shown up, as the Baby Blue verine wrestling triumph, has
rolled off to a 42-31 halftime been voted Champion of the
lead. Week by his teammates.
Randy McLean sparked the VR "Billy's a momentum wrestler,
surge in the first half, and did and that night he was explosive
his bit during a 16-5 second half as hell, noted mentor Rick Bay.
burst that put the game away. State got too high for the meet.
McLean finished the game with They came out so high, if any-
19 points. thing went wrong they were just
Frieder was pleased at the bound to go flat. And that's what
results of his team's effort. "I happened when Davids licked
think the way we bounced back Calander."
from three losses showed the The wrestlers plan another
character of our team. We had tough round of workouts this
to beat a pretty good club to- week, preparing for Friday
night." night's visit by fourth-ranked
Kent Storey also had 19 points Wisconsin.

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things tonight as they journey to "so we'll be ready."
Michigan State to tangle with the Outstandin
Spartas. TheMaizeOutstandinm-g performers on the
Spartans. The Maize and Blue tum- Spartan squad include Bernie
blers have had a nine day layoff Van Wie (all-around), Glenn
since their impressive perform- Hime (high bar) and Jim Tuerk
ance against Illinois and Indiana (vaulting).
in the Mini-Big Ten meet and the.
squad is rarin' to go. After tonight's action the Michi-
We've been practicing very gan gymnasts will prepare for a
hard atdimproving our tech- tough meet with Iowa on Satur-
niques during these nine days day. Michigan's last dual meet
and we're anxious to get back to competition later this month
the competitive scene," enthused against an outstanding Penn State
Coach Newt Loken. squad also promises a spirited
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when Rudy Tomjanovich was shooting 'em up for the Wol-
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Cazzie Russell and The New York Knicks played the Detroit
Pistons in an exhibition game here four years ago, the Arena
was not filled.
Yet the indisputable fact remains that this town went
hog-wild drooling over a would-be nationally contending
basketball team two autumns ago before the first game was
even played. When the season turned sour, so did everybody's
enthusiasm. Evidently, it is tough to re-kindle the flames
once the fire has been put out.

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"It's really hard to figure"
Rogers. "At least if they were;
been here by now. What more{

agreed reserve forward Chuck
front runners, they would have
do they want?"

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