Wednesday, February Z0, i 974
THE 1v1ICH1GAN DAILY
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B y The AssociateI Press
BOSTN-JoJo White's hot lhand
revived the sagging Boston Celtics
in the third period yesterday and
sent them on to a 107-97 National
Basketball Association victory over
the Detroit Pistons.
White scored 15 points in the
crucial period as the Celtics moved
from a 66-59 deficit to a 77-70 lead
over a four-minute span.
White's scoring spree came after
Detroit's Dave Bing had hustled the
Pistons to their most substantial
lead, popping in. six points and
setting up Willie Norwood's basket.
John Havlicek and Don Nelson.
saeered the Celtics to a 54-52 lead
at halftime. Havlicek had 15 points
and. Nelson 13 as Boston was in
front by as much as eight points I
in the second period.
Havlicek 'topped all .scorers with'
31 points. White had 23 and Nelson
17 for Boston. Bing had 21 and
Bob Lanier 18 for the Pistons.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Bob McAdoo
scored' 36 points in less than three
quarters last night, lead
Buffalo Braves to their
point total in their four-y
tional Basketball Associat
tory, a 145-109 decision 4
The 36-point differential
the;.widest margin of vict
falo ever has registered,
Braves' 145 points represe
highest point total ever
against the Bucks.
The Braves never trai
shot Milwaukee off the
connecting on more than
cent of their field goal sho
ing 62 of 93 attempts f
CLEVELAND - Cazzie Russell
scored 37 points and hit four key
baskets in the fourth quarter to
1lead the Golden State Warriors to
/ a 104-98 victory over the Cleve-
land Cavaliers in a National Bas-
ketball Association game last night.
The stormy contest saw four
technical fouls called by referees
.-. - Mark Schlafman and Jake O'Don-
ding the nell.
highest Two of the violations were called
year Na- on the Warriors' Rick Barry, who
lion his- was ejected after an altercation
ever the with Schlafman early in the final
marked * *
ory Buf- Knicks knock
while the n.
nted the NEW YORK-Walt Frazier and
scored Earl Monroe, combining for 61
points, led a frenzied New York
iled and rally that sent the game into over-
court by, time, then clicked with timely
6i per long bombs to carry the Knicks
its, mak- to a wild 119-116 National Basket-
rom the ball Association victory over Port-
land last night.
Bul is hit
CHICAGO-Jerry Sloan snapped
Chicago out of the doldrums with a
10-point spurt late in the third
quarter and the Bulls went on to
trounce the Phoenix Suns 130-96
last night in the National Basket-
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MILWAUKEE'S Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33) goes ua for a hookshot against Buffalo's Bob McAdoo in
NBA action last night. The Braves and McAdoo handed Jabbar and the Bucks one of their worst
defeats of the season, 145-109.
ICE WAR ENDS
. . .
...not out yet
By JOHN KAHLER
"IF WE WIN our last four games, we'll have at least a share
of the comference title. Somebody is going to beat Indiana."
Johnny Orr was not totally whistling in the dark when he
made that statement. Michigan must sweep its remaining sched-
uled games and get some help from another conference team
in order for the Wolverines to win the Big Ten.
The situation was much different a week ago. Michigan
was alone on top of the league, in a position to win it all without
depending on any othr teams for assistance. All the Wolvernes
had to do was beat Indiana.
Unfortunately, that proved to be an impossible demand. The
combination of the Indiana home court advantage, some listless
performances by a few Wolverine regulars, Hoosier notshot
Steve Green, and inconsistent officiating that forced the Michigan
backcourt to the bench proved too much for the Maize and
Blue to overcome.
The Hoosiers are now in control of the league race. They
currently possess a 9-1 conference mark, closely followed by
Purdue at 9-2. Michigan at 8-2, i in third.
The question arises: can anyone beat Indiana?
W *l 'honwill beat Indiana?
The Hoosiers' remaining games feature them travelling to
Minnesota and Ohio State, end hosting Michigan State and Pur-
The Gophers, who battle Indiana this Saturday, have won
five of their last six games. Coach Bill Musselman, one of the
most slimy individuals in the Big Ten, has done an excellent
job with limited talent. But this task is probably beyond the
capabilities of his team. '
Michigan State, which visits Bloomington Monday night, has
a lot of players that can get hot at a moment's notice. If they
do-so, Indiana could be in trouble. But the Spartans have had
difficulties' in their last two outings, and "Head Flake" Gus
Ganakas is rumored to be losing control of his team.
The following Saturday, Indiana journeys to St. John's
Arena, where visiting teams always have difficulties. But this
year's imitation of the Buckeyes hasn't even been able to
exploit its home court advantage.
And then comes Purdue. Anything can happen in this
traditional rivalry, and if any team can win in Bloomington,
it would have to be another school from the state of Indiana.
That brings us to this Saturday's Michigan game, with these
same Purdue Boilermakers. Coach Fred Schaus also feels that
his team must win its remaining games to cop the title. Eutl
he does not echo the same line as Orr.
Eveny game is crucial
"Michigan will have to win their remaining games, but
they will also need some help in order to win the conference.
We don't, since we play Indiana.
"This is going to be a crucial game for both teams, since
the loser will almost certainly be eliminated." The remaining
game on-the Boilermaker schedule is a sure win against Illin-
Michigan has no sure wins left. Monday, the Wolverines
travel to Madison to play the crumbling, but still dangerous, Wis-
consin Badgers. Next Saturday, the pesky Gophers come to
town, and the week after that, the Wolverines travel to East
Lansing to face a howling mob of 13,000 peasants and the
Michigan State Spartans.
"I have never seen more people want a team to win than
people want Michigan to win. Why, before the Indiana game,
even one of the officials came over to me and said he hoped
we won," claimed Orr.
"Everybody" apparently does not include the Michigan
student body. As of Monday, there were 4,500 empty seats for
Saturday's game in Crisler, and ticket sales were moving very
slowly. Campy Russell gets lonely in front of sparse crowds,
so il would be nice if a few people showed up.
If Michigan wins its last four games, it will finish with the
third best record in Michigan basketball history. And, if Indiana
stumbles, Michigan could possibly win the conference title.
NH L-WH A tr
PHILADELPHIA .) - The Na- ' Court Judge Leon A. Higginboth-'
tional Hockey League and World , am.
Hockey Association announced yes- The agreement was submitted t j
terday that the two leagues had: Judge Higginbotham here today,
settled their legal differences. and the jurist entered a consent de-
The NHL's Board of Governors aree approving the settlement.
had approved the agreement Fri- The long-discussed peace move
day in a meeting in Chicago. The lisposes of all pending litigation
WHA board approved it Mornday. between teams operating in both
Qne o the m eagues.
One f te iportant concessions laus
in getting the WHA board to ap- CAMPBELL stressed that the
prove was an agreement made by: agreement was not in any sense a
the Toronto Toros, not to make merger.
an issue of the availability of ' "It would be wholly misleading
Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to :o describe the settlement of +ie
the WHA. The Toronto Maple Leafs lregal dispute as a merger," Camp-
of the NHL used the Gardens as bell said in his brief announce-
their home arena. ment. "No such arrangement is
NHL PRESIDENT Clarence Under the settlement, the WHA
Campbell announced that the set-' ";-°es to respect the new NHL
tlement agreement was signed by ' player option clause adopted last
oth leagues before U.S. Dist. * > ovember. In turn, certain NHL
GAIN ON WINGS:
teams which have elected to do
so have committed themselves to,
play 15 preseason exhibition games
against WHA clubs.
In return for dropping its suits
against the NHL, the WHA will be
reimbursed $1.75 million for legal
expenses to date.
THE WHA has agreed to reim-
burse the NHL in the .event it in-
burs any liability in litigation with
the former WHA New York fran-
chise - now the Jersey Knighis -
which has stated it will not inn
in the settlement.
The decree specified that the Na-
:ional Hockey League would pay
X150,000 into the NHL player pen-
;ion fund as an inducement for the
players to participate in the 15
exhibition games between the two
The NHL said it would not inter-
fere with the opportunity of the
WHA to do business with minor
league teams, including those con-
trolled or affiliated with the NHL.
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (A) - Ed
Westfall scored two goals while
rookie Bob Nystrom tallied once
and set up two others, carrying
the New York Islanders to a 5-3
National Hockey League victory
over the Montreal Canadiens
It was New York's first tri-
umph over the Canadiens since
the Islanders entered the league
last season. Previously, they had
lost eight and tied one against
Nystrom scored the only goal
of the first period and Westfall
beat goaltender Wayne Thomas
with a slap shot at 2:11 of the
second to give the Islanders a
Montreal's Serge Savard cut
the margin to one goal with his
fourth goal of the season, but
third-period goals by Westfall
and Lorne Henning cancelled
Canadiens goals by Frank Ma-
hovlich and Chuck Lefley. '
Then Craig Cameron scored
into an empty Montreal net with
42 seconds remaining for the
Islanders' final margin.
W L T Pt.
Mich Tech 17 5 2 36
Minnesota 13 7 4 30
MICHIGAN at Notre Dame
Minnesota at Col Coll
Mich Tech at Minn-Duluth
Wisconsin at North Dakota
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