Sunday" January' 14, 1973
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Pal t Seven
Sunday, January 14, 1973 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven
By BOB McGINN
Special To The Daily
When you start talking about pressure situations, you talk
about evenly matched teams, hostile crowds, and tight con-
ference races. All three were more than just present here yes-
terday in Michigan State's worn out Jenison Field House. And
Michigan was more than equal to the task.
It's easy to quit when a packed house of nearly 12,500 fana-
tical fans are vociferously against you. It's even easier when
your opponents are playing so well and you get another crack at
them later on. Another team might have.
But Coach John Orr's poised crew, although rattled early
and behind by as many as nine points, didn't. And that was the
story yesterday in this storied rivalry.
Some may say that Michigan State, despite their glossy 8-2
record, wasn't all that tough, and playing on the road isn't all
that big a thing. But tell Orr that, and you'd have a colossal
argument on your hands.
"It was a great game, just one heckuva battle," enthused
Michigan's mentor later. "We sure showed a lot of poise. That
MSU club will play with anybody. Don't count them out of any-
The catalyst for this vital Wolverine victory came by way
of a fabulous performance from Captain Henry Wilmore. Some-
what overshadowed all season in the presence of Campy Russell,
Wilmore proved today that he is the unquestionable guts and
leader of this Michigan team.
Guarded by diminutive 5-5 sparkplug Gary Ganakas, it ap-
peared .to the whole place as if the muscular 6-3% Wilmore
could score at will. But Ganakas, playing over his physical short-
comings, is extremely adept at positional defenses. His only
chance was to force Wilmore into offensive fouls, and it worked
once in the first two minutes.
Wilmore said later that he knew Ganakas was no pushover.
"I have the greatest respect for him," Henry said. "You have
to have a lot of courage to hang in against a guy almost a foot
taller. But I knew that if I concentrated on getting the good shot,
and not abusing him, I'd get my points."
He was so right. With the score knotted at 53 midway in the
second stanza, the smooth and quiet All-American took com-
mand. Working off the baseline, Wilmore reeled off six buckets
in the next seven minutes to give the surging Wolverines their
biggest advantage of the afternoon, 67-62. One of them, a twisting
off-balanced fall-away ten footer, must fall into that nebulous
category of unforgetable shots.
Until that juncture, however, Michigan had no breathing
room whatsoever. The scrappy Spartans pounded the backboards
with incredible power, netting numerous tip-ins and limiting the
Maize and Blue's fast break attack to almost nothing.
So awesome was MSU's first half rebounding domination that
the Wolverines picked up just three retrieves other than Ernie
Johnson's six, compared to State's 20. Tireless pivot Bill Kil-
gore who has finally found a fellow boardman in 6-8 soph Lind-
say Hairston after years of going it alone, had 12 points and
seven rebounds at intermission. His domination of Ken Brady
was largely responsible for his club's 37-35 halftime lead.
But big Brady finally got his act together in the second
canto, banking in five baskets from in close while holding Kil-
gore to six points and three boards. "It took me awhile to learn
about the refs," Brady said later. "They were letting us play
today and that doesn't happen too often." The big guy was so
aggressive, however, that he drew his fifth personal - all in
the second frame - with slightly more than three minutes re-
His replacement at that stage, and throughout the affair,
C. J. Kupec, continued his sharp play as Michigan's front court
fireman. He made several steals from his baseline spot in the
Wolverines' now familiar 1-2-2 zone and generally clogged, up
the lane area. Kupec also hit two fifteen foot jumpers, some-
thing he's fast becoming noted for.
tan sharpshooter Mike Robinson. Often Robinson would wait
until the defense came to him before passing off to one of the
big men cutting down the heart of the zone.
When the Wolverines failed to threaten Robinson, though, his
outside fireworks bore out Orr's contention that he's "One of the
premier shooters in the country." Midway in the second Stanza
the contest developed into a spectacular individual duel between
Robinson and Wilmore, the winner as yet still largely undeter-
Spartan coach Gus Ganakas, whose white sports jacket drew
raves of approval from the fans, sent his team onto the floor for
pre-game warm-ups wearing green and white stocking caps.
Asked later as to the innovation's intent, Ganakas replied, "We
wanted them to think they were in a cowbarn." If that was his
reason, he needn't have bothered - Jenison is obviously just that.
Turning serious, Ganakas admitted that his Spartans had
given it all that they had. "I don't feel dejected. We had the one
bad period in the second half when they went to their All-Ameri-
can and he came through. But I'm proud of my front line and
Throughout the intense scrimmaging one could sense that the
individual players, regardless of what their uniforms had writ-
ten on them, really enjoyed the chance to renew acquaintances
again. Everybody was helping each other off the floor, and there
was a lot of talking going on. As Joe Johnson commented after-
wards, "Anyone of us could be playing for MSU or Michigan.
Even though we wear different colors, we're still close."
But friends are not, the Wolverines are mighty glad that
they were on the long end of the score. The victory thrusts Orr's
crew into undisputed possession of the league lead at 3-0. Only
Indiana and Purdue also remain undefeated, but that may
change next Saturday.
The Boilermakers must visit Crisler Arena on that day, while
the Hoosiers entertain the once-wounded Minnesota Gophers.
Michigan can't be considered to be in the driver's seat yet, but
if they whip Purdue and Minnesota takes Indiana, title talk may
be for real.
Before the campaign began Orr said continually that a cer-
tain something was missing from his multi-talented outfit. By
now that something, whether it was defense, a leader, or team
unity, seems to have been found. Johnny Orr must be a happy
ERNIE JOHNSON (30) was an awesome defender for the Wol-
verines yesterday as they defeated the host Spartans, 78-71.
Kilgore and Hairston both roamed
early going, chiefly because Wilmore;
second tier on defense, were forced out
the lane at will in the
and Russell, Michigan's
in order to harass Spar-
By GEORGE HASTINGS
Special tn The Daily
EAST LANSING-To win..
the Big Ten basketball crown,
a feat which has eluded the
Michigan', Wolverines for theN
past six seasons, a team must ITI)
not only be able to win big at
home, but' also to win fairly NIGHT EDITORS:
consistently on the road.
In past years, the Wolver- intimidated a bit by the
Ines have been getting the which made more noise t
home victories, but have been heard around Crisler Ar
miserable in away contests, recent memory, the Wol
losing five of seven in foreign made numerous mistakes
territory last season. early going, includings
terrtorya seson.missed laynps.
But yesterday afternoon, before misse lthed.
a berserk overflow crowd of 12,493 On the other hand, MSU
packed into ancient Jennison Field- to have found a way to
house, Michigan picked up its sec- Michigan 1-2-2 zone as they
ond road victory of the season in for easy outside jumpers
spectacular fashion with a clutch shooting phenom Robinson
hlnrfnrmn d insidebuckets for Kilgore,l
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play in the contest, and compli- seemed obvious anyway, as an
mented Wilmore with two field excuse and said that his team
goals that increased the Wolverine played well and that he was "not
margin to seven points, 71-64, with discouraged at all" by the out-
four minutes to play. come.
Michigan then went Into an Michigan coach Johnny Orr, on
extreme slow-down offense, the the other hand, called the superb
SP O R T S kind which they so successfully defense his team played in the
employed against Iowa last Mon. second half most important. In the
ELDMAN and RICH STUCK day in Ann Arbor, waiting for final ten minutes Michigan's four
the foul and attempting no shots big men worked the zone to per-
but layups. It worked superbly, fection and completely closed off
stalling away the final minutes, the Spartans' inside scoring, hold-
ing the Wolverines within a with the Johnsons doing the rest ing Kilgore, who had scored 19 up
bucket or two. of the scoring: Ernie hit a pair to that time without another point.
Three straight Michigan baskets of layups and a foul shot and Orr stuck with his zone the
on goaltending calls (which brought Joe canned two free throws to whole way, saying that the Spar-
the crowd down full force on the make the final outcome 78-71 for tans' first half success against
referees), two by Brady and one Michigan. it occurred because "they pene-
by Russell, put them temporarily The winning and losing coach trated better than any other team
up 51-49. The game see-sawed on saw the big factors in the game we've played to date." He felt
for a few minutes until Wilmore slightly differently. MSU mentor that his team "did everything
took command. Gus Ganakas thought that a deluge well" in the second half, especial-
of 14 turnovers by his team in the ly Wilmore and Brady.
BULLETIN second half (26 for the game) com- Backing up Wilmore's 26 ' (a
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (P) - bined with the unanticipated out- shooting performance of 13 for 19
Uside shooting of Wilmore upset the -68 percent) for Michigan were
University of Michigan and Ja- Spartans' game plan. He declined Russell's 18 and Brady's 11, ten of
maican track star Godfrey Mur- to use the five goaltending calls which came in the second half.
ray upset three U. S. Olympians against his team, most of which Ernie Johnson (with nine caroms)
and Louisiana State freshman led the Michigan board men, who
sensation Larry Shipp last night State farmed were outstripped 34-26 over the en-
in the 60-yard high hurdles with MICHIGAN . tire game but actually outrebound-
a time of 7.3 seconds at the Efgotnrebn'totf t ed the Spartans in the second half.
Knights of Columbus Indoor Russell 9-18 0-0 5 I8 Joe Johnson contributed what Orr
Track Meet at the Nassau Coli- j Brady 5-9 1-2 3 11 termed a "flawless" floor game.
TramsJ. Johnson 2-8 0-2 1 6 Robinson led the Spartans with
seum. Wilmore 13-19 0-2 3 2 24 points, including 11 of 18 for
f Totals 3669 6-10 34 78 61 percent himself. Kilgore had
With Brady out with four fouls, MICHIGAN STATE 19 points along with ten rebounds,C
the Wolverines began feedig'fg ft reb tot Smith 13, and Hairston 11 as well
Henry with spectacular success. smith 6-12 1-1 7 13 as ten more rebounds.
Unable to get the ball inside on i Hairston 5-13 1-2 10 11'
the tenacious Ganakas, he began Kilgore 9-15 1-3 10 19
to go out along the baseline and hit Robinson 11-18 2-2 4 24
jum shot after turn-aroundi jum Glover 1-3 0-0 0 2
J -11F -fl1Jo %
secona na performance ie oy i
Henry Wilmore, downing the Mich-
igan State Spartans 78-71.
Wilmore, who led both teams:
with 26 points, Campy Russell, and
Ken Brady combined for 34 of the
Wolverines' 43 second half points
as Michigan fought back from a
two-point halftime deficit to pull
away midway in the final period,
and ice the game with a slow-down
in the final four, minutes.
The Spartans had maintained a
narrow lead for three quarters of
the game, as Mike Robinson from
the outside and Bill Kilgore from!
the inside put the points on the
board for MSU, with only some
scoring heroics by Russell early in
the second half keeping the Wol-
verines close. But finally Brady
and Wilmore, who enjoyed a tre-
mendous physical advantage over
the man covering him, 5-5 Gary
Ganakas, went on a tear and took
the lead for good with 9:51 to go
in the game.
The game started with the
Spartans racing out to an early
lead, much to the delight of the
screaming State fans. Perhaps
Hairston, and Allen Smith, to jump
out to a quick 20-11 lead.
But Michigan tightened up its
defense and stormed back to take
its only lead of the first half, 23-22,j
on a Wilmore layup. However, they
could not keep the Spartan big men
from scoring inside, and State ruled:
the rest of the first half, taking aj
37-35 lead to the dressing room, as
only two big baskets apiece from
Joe Johnson and C. J. Kupec in
the fading moments of the half
kept it that close.
The second half started the
same way the first had ended,
with Kilgore doing the heavy
work underneath and Robinson
keeping the Michigan zone honest
with his long bombs.iBut Russell
hit eight of the first ten for
Michigan during this time, keep-
Daily Photo by DENNY GAINER
Moreo* .* to Warner ... GOAL!
WINNING STREAK BROKEN
shot, dazzling the Spartans and Furlow 1-3 0-0 z
pulling Michigan ahead for good atI Totals 33-65 5-8 38
57-56. t Score at half: Michigan state 37
Brady came back in with 6:50 to Attendance: 12,493
By The Associated Press
BLOOMINGTON-Freshman guard Quinn Buck-
ner scored a career-high 24 points yesterday to
lead Indiana's 16th-ranked Hoosiers to an 81-67
Big Ten basketball victory over visiting Ohio
New York 5, St. Louis 3
Boston 4, Toronto 1
New England 4, New York 3
Boston 111, Philadelphia 95
Indiana 108, San Diego 107
UCLA 63, California 50
Iowa State 94, Oklahoma 91
Louisiana State 79 Auburn 60
Penn State 77, West virginia 62
New Mexico 77, Utah 75
Purdue 87, Northwestern 72
Indiana 81, Ohio State 67
Notre Dame 71, Marquette 69
Illinois 80, Iowa 78
Bowling Green 87, West. Michigan 60
Duke 75, Clemson 73
Rice 83, Texas Christian 73
Tennessee 79, Georgia 64
Marshall 99, Cent. Michigan 91
Kentucky 95, Florida 65
Drake 91, West Texas State 79
Oakland 88, Alma 84
Kent St. 83, Toledo 75
Southern U. 82, Grambling 77
Catawba 80, Gardner-Webb 76
Lenoir Rhyne 108, At. Christ. 64
J.C. Smith 114, Elizabeth City St. 101
Mansfield 88, Shippensberg 53
The Hoosiers broke open a tight contest at the
start of the second half, raced to a 17-point lead
midway through the period and coasted to their
second straight victory in league play. Indiana is
The Buckeyes, losing their second Big Ten game
in a row, got a game-high 27 points from 6-foot-1
guard Allan Hornyak but fell to a 5-6 overall
The game got off to a slow start as both teams
shot poorly and turned the ball over on errors a
number of times.
Ohio State grabbed a five-point lead with seven
minutes left in the first half, but the Hoosiers
outscored the Buckeyes 14-4 in the next three min-
utes to take the lead for good.
EVANSTON - Forward Frank Kendrick dump-
ed in 23 points and snared 11 rebounds and fresh-
man teammate Bruce Parkinson chipped in 21 as
Purdue dumped Northwestern 87-72 in a Big Ten
basketball game yesterday.
18 points and Bryan Ashbaugh with 15.
Purdue is undefeated in Big Ten play, holding
a 2-0 mark in the conference and a 9-3 mark on
* * * '
MINNEAPOLIS - The eighth-ranked Minnesota
Gophers, behind rebound and defensive demon Jim
Brewer, exploded from a 31-all halftime tie to. shell
Wisconsin 78-54 last night in Big Ten basketball.
Brewer scored 10 of his 12 points in the final
20 minutes, finished with 11 rebounds and was all
over the court blocking shots and swiping passes.
It was Brewer's hook shot in the first 17 seconds
of the second half that sent the Gophers toward
their 10th victory in 11 starts, 1-1 of that in con-
The Badgers, 5-6 for the season and 0-3 in the
Big Ten, couldn't handle Minnesota's full court
press defense from there, going the first six min-
utes of the second half without a point and com-
miting a total of 22 turnovers.
Y * *
CHAMPAIGN-Jed Foster, who entered the game
with less than three minutes to play, sank two
free throws with 11 seconds remaining and en-
abled Illinois to edge Iowa 80-78 yesterday in a
By JOEL GREER Bragnalo in the penalty box for Only moments l
The setting couldn't have been interference, both Gray Connelly lit the light at' t
better: colorful signs were draped and Don Mardig had point blank the rink, finishing
throughout the Coliseum praising opportunities to beat Grahame. The for good.
the Wolverine players; the crowd senior goaltender kicked aside both "He's the best
was unusually large; and there shots, however, and Michigan could seen this season,"
was a feeling among the press that only ask why. "he kept making1
the Michigan hockey team was At the beginning of the second Grahame came
really on their way back. period, the Wolverines were award- with a 2.8 goals
ed another man advantage when and despite giving
But a cool and collected Denver
goaltender had other ideas. With senior defenseman John Clayton the Wolverines, h
little defensive help, Ron Grahame was whistled off for hooking. of last night's gam
almost singlehandedly held off a Again, Connelly had a good Things did not
determined group of Michigan icers chance right in front of Grahame, Michigan goaltend
in last night's 8-5 Pioneer victory, and again, Grahame came up with and he was first
So, aMichiga -CoheAl Renfrew the big save. Randy Neal also had stunk tonight," sa
wl 'hav to go back to the draw- a pair of good chances during the tender who c
wi baves opng togthisdtam-power play but was unable to trouble clearing
ing boards hoping to get his team tickle the twine. After missing you can print tha
ready for another crucial game from in close, Neal almost had a he added,
this Wednesday against league shot at the open cage but somehow Proud or not, A
leading Michigan State. Grahame dove across the crease held completely r
After picking h sandimportant to knock the puck away from defense provided
four points in the standings with ,
Friday night's 6-4 triumph, the Neal's stick. help.
Wolverines had a chance to move
ahead of Minnesota into eighth ;Wrong turn
place-the final playoff spot.
The Wolverines proved, however,' FIRST PERIOD 3:12; 12. D-Homass(
that 'they still have a long way toA SCORING: 1. D-Preston (cNab, M-Werner (intr
go before they can gain the re- Palmer) 7:41 2. D-Busniuk (Krieger,
spectibility they're looking for. Bragnalo) 12:28; 3. D-Palmer (Affleck,
"It would have been a great Pearson) 13:24; 4. M-Lindskog (Far- THIRDP
win," Renfrew dejectedly said in dig, Jarry) 13:57; 5. M-Werner (Mor- SCORING: 9. D
the somber Wolverine locker room bicky) 1:^6; 10. -
after the game. And the Wolverines PENALTIES: 1. M-Lindskog (Inter- Brant:) 15:03; 11.
certainly had their chances to pull ference) 7:03; 2. M-Cullen (rough- Paris) 16:31; 12. D-
of th job. ing) 12:28; 3. M-Werner (roughing) massoni) 17:16; 13.D
12:28; 4. M-Kardos (roughing) 12:28; Moretto) 19:59.
After Denver pulled away to a 5. D-Busniuk (roughing) 12:28; 6. D-
ater Bob Krieger On the opening Denver tally,
he other end of Rich Preston was left all alone at
g the Wolverines Moore's doorstep to calmly con-
vert Pete McNab's pass-out and
goaltender I've net a quick power play goal.
Renfrew added, Denver's third goal could ac-
into the series tually be credited to the Michigan
against average defense. Wolverine defenseman
gup five goals to Greg Fox tried to block Rob Pal-
e was in control mer's blue-line drive and commit-
me all the way. ted two errors. First, he complete-
go as well for ly screened Moore, and second, he
der Robbie Moore Just managed to get atsmall piece
to admit it. "I of the puck to deflect it to the side
tid the tiny goal-' ofthe net which Moore just va-
ontinuously had cated.
rebounds. "And Palmer also scored again in the
at in the paper," final period giving him two goals
for the night and three for the
Moore cannot be series.
esponsible as the1Ever time Palmer skates onto
him with little E
the ice, Renfrew must eat his heart
out since he lost the former De-
oni (tripping) 10:42;;
erference) 19:49; 14.t
duct-10 min.) 19:49.
-Hays (Miller, Shi-
-Miller (Hays, To-
troit Junior Wing in a recruiting
battle with Denver Coach Murray
"We were very pleased to get
him," Armstrong said. "Palmer
has played well for us all year
and it was good to see him have
a .nic series in front of his folks
The Grosse Pointe Woods resi-
dent now leads the Pioneers in
scoring with 13 goals and 19 as-