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Sunday, December 3, 1972


Page Nine

Sunday, December 3, 1972 EHE MICHiGAN DAILY Page Nine






Maybe Notre Dame is a lot
better than people think. Or
maybe Michigan isn't yet quite
' hat they are talked up to be.
Whatever the reason, the Wol-
verine cagers' unimpressive
96-87 victory yesterday in
Crisler Arena didn't follow
anyone's prior conceptions of
the proceedings.
But, as Coach Johnny Orr said
afterward, "All we have to do is
do the same thing 23 more times."
Hopefully he means salvaging
wins, because if the Wolverines
continue to perform as they did
yesterday, they could become Big
Ten bridesmaids again.
This game wasn'tadecided until
deep into the second half, with but
four minutes remaining. It was
then that sophomore sparkplug Joe
Johnson hit a short banker, then.
followed four seconds later with a
successful brace of bonus free
throws, which finally put the
scrappy Irish down, at that point,
Until then the issue was clearly
in doubt.
The opening moments of the
game seemed to set the stage for
the remainder of the contest. The
Wolverines won the tip, and then
proceeded to miss six or seven
shots from close in before soph
Campy Russell drilled a 20-footer


legiate officials had a penchant Phelps, meanwhile, sincerely be-
for enforcing , lane violations on lieved that his squad had a shot at
free throws. This time around of- winning before his team even came
fensive fouls may be the "in" to Ann Arbor. He was dejected af-
thing. terward, but expressed satisfaction

from the corner. In this one ex-
change Michigan demonstrated
their control of the boards (63-40)
edge), but their overall superiority
remained unestablished.
Orr's charges, struggling from
the outset, managed to build a 26-
16 lead midway through the half.
Pivotman Ken Brady dominated
the early going, hammering in
three quick buckets.
But Michigan was forcing the
fast break when openings weren't
there. The crowd grew more im-
patient as it looked more and more
evident that this would not be a
THEN COACH "Digger" Phelps
switched from his 1-3-1 zone, which
he had opened with because "of
the element of surprise," to a man-
to-man full court press.
The shocked Wolverines didn't
collapse completely, but almost.
Within the span of five short min-
utes, the Fighting Irish grabbed

the lead for the first time, 33-32,1
by virtue of one of Notre Dame'sl
four starting sophomores, Gary
Brokaw, and his three-point play.
As the halftime horn sounded
with the unheralded Irish astonish-
ingly in front, 35-33, waves of dis-
contentment swept through the
throng of 11,673.
"We weren't hepped up to play,
in the first half," commented Orr.
"Brady, however, had an outstand-
ing half." The big guy dunked
twelve markers in the first twenty
minutes, while his pivot rival, 6-9
John Shumate, had but four.
The Wolverines fired at a miser-
able 35 per cent clip over the first
canto, but stayed close due to their
30-20 advantage on the boards.
Perhaps Orr said a few words
during the intermission because the
Maize and Blue, led by a more
composed Joe Johnson, hit their ini-
tial four shots. Notre Dame was
obviously reeling. But then Shu-
mate, who had been dormant
throughout the first half, began to
assert himself.
With Michigan leading 45-43 and
the Wolverines in the man-to-man
they played all day, Schumate
notched the next nine Irish points-
for a 52-51 lead. "I hadn't played
under game conditions in two
years," he explained, "and I felt'
the pressure. Finally I started
coming around."
Shumate missed the 1971-72 cam-
paign with a blood clot in his leg.
Russell, who hit nine of 18 from
the field and picked off ten re-
bounds, drew his fourth personal'
with 14 minutes left and his team
down by one. He fouled out with
six minutes left on a charging call,
only one of a dozen whistled.
Last season it seemed that col-

After Shumate's hot streak, Mich-
igan tightened its defense, especi-
ally on Irish cornerman Gary No-
vak. The 6-7 junior, who led Notre
Dame in scoring a year ago, blitz-
ed defensive ace Ernie Johnson for
12 points in the first half. But he
could muster only two baskets in
the final period as "E" effectively
shut him off.
much at first," admitted Johnson
later. "He's very quick, so I played
him more honestly the second'
Sloppy all day on the break,
Michigan finally got its running
game together midway in the half.

in the general performance of his
youngsters. "Any time you have
four sophs playing one of the top
teams in the nation on the road,
you know you're in trouble. I felt
we dictated the tempo of the game.
The keys were Michigan's superior
board strength and our inexperi-
Perhaps Ernie Johnson summed
it up best when he said, "We'll be
a lot better next time."

One Down

. . ".

E. Johnson

M. vs. O.S.U.
The Oregon State Beavers
coached by an old nemesis of
Michigan invade Crisler Arena
Monday night.
Former Iowa coach Ralph
Miller will have his team at-
tempting to fast break and
press their way past the Wol-
verines. With height (6-11) from
center Steve Ericksen and po-
tentil stardom from guard
Charles Neal, the Beavers
could be dangerous.

J. Johnson



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12 21
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35-81 17-20 40 87

Sprts of The Daily
'M cage machine *. *
.*,* still needs oil
TEELONG AWAITED rebirth of Michigan basketball didn't
quite come off according to script yesterday.
The awesome new Wolverines by their mere presence on
the court, were supposed to send the young and inexperienced
Irish running for the exists. Crisler Arena would shudder as
the gladdened multitudes who had sold their souls for a season
ticket went berserk.
Well, they didn't even sell out Crisler for the opening
game, the team sputtered like a worn out Model A, Campy
Russell fouled out, and even the cheerleaders couldn't run on
the court without tripping over themselves.
But with all the inconsistency, all the first-game jitters, all
the disorganization, and all the turnovers, one thing went accord-
ing to plan. When time had expired, Michigan was on the long
end of a 96-87 result. And that minor detail must not be taken
too lightly. A loss in the opener might have premanently dam-
aged the lofty aspirations of Johnny Orr and his charges. A win,
albeit shaky, -sends their dubious cage juggernaut stumbling
on its way.
After the game, Orr accepted the victory and also part of
the blame for his team's first-half disintegration, in which
they went from a 26-16 lead to a 35-33 haltfime deficit. "We
weren't really hepped up out there in the first half," commented
a low-keyed Orr. "That was probably my fault."
The crowd obviously thought so. They greeted the mention
of his name during a time-out announcement with a spontaneous
chorus of boos.
Whether more of the blame for Michigan's generally
sloppy performance lies with the Michigan mentor is de-
batable. He brushed aside yesterday's criticisms with the
usual "it's only the first game, give us time" routine.
That's fine. Except the problems that plagued the Wolverines
yesterday are the same ones that kept them from jelling as a
unit all last year: the inability to generate a consistent scoring
attack, a loose defense, and an abundance of turnovers, 25. These
problems won't go away now that the first game is behind
them. And it's up to Orr to work out the kinks before the rugged
Big Ten schedule gets under way.
But the fact remains, Michigan yesterday beat a vastly
improved Notre Dame outfit by nine points, and they did it
despite their inability to control the tempo of the game.
"I was happy with the way we dictated things out there,"
intoned Irish coach "Digger" Phelps. "We controlled the
play with our zone defense, and pressed effectively when
we wanted to."
The Wolverines had practiced dilligently against the press
but as Joe Johnson put it, "It (the game) is a different thing
from practice." Johnson and Henry Wilmore accounted for 12
turnovers; Wilmore's coming mostly in the face of the press.
Johnson, however, took the blame for the team's failure to
solve Notre Dame's full-court pressure tactics. "I'm supposed
to handle the ball most of the time," said Johnson, "so when
Henry has to handle it a lot, it's my fault."
Johnson sparked Michigan's resurgence more with his own
hot hand (14 second-half points) than with his quarterbacking
of the offense. The poised youngster showed flashes of brilliance
in leading the fast break, but the offense often had that helter-
skelter look to it.
One game is hardly sufficient to determine Johnson's j
leadership ability, but whether or not he can direct Mich-
igan's multi-faceted attack will go a long way toward de- j
termining the effectiveness of the offense.
The Wolverines overcame a multitude of mis-firings in
gaining the victory. Henry Wilmore endured one of his worst
shooting performances (8 for 25) and coupled it with five turn-
overs. Ken Brady dominated the game when he asserted him-
self, but the big guy must have gone eight minutes without
touching the ball at one point in the second half. Campy Rus-
sell's long awaited unveiling was tempered by foul trouble which

They fdorged what was their biggest
advantage since the early going
67-61 on a brilliant cross-court
bounce pass from Joe Johnson to
Henry Wil-uore, who converted it:
into a vital three-point play.

Score by Periods
Notre Dame
Attendance: 11,673




AP Photo
Bouncing A round
Mike Robinson (31) dribbles with the Wildcats of Kentucky in yesterGay's game. For details, see story


regarded Wolverines lift the fans
ont of their seats on their way to S eS
the victory. It became a war of at-,Lethargicpucksters
trition, and Michigan had the talent
and the rebounding to subdue the By ROGER ROSSITER ' our positions and the goals took the middle of t
Irish. "We just didn't play hockey for care of themselves." the right of Mic
Orr was clearly not pleased with the first two periods," claimed Senior center Dean Blais netted Moore. O'Brien
his club's initial appearance, but Michigan hockey coach Al Renfrew the three goal hat-trick for Min- into the open s
he wasn't all that unhappy either. after his team was shelled 7-3 by nesota, while Mike Polich, who Moore never re
"It took a while, but when we came Minnesota last night. had a hat-trick last night, added Minnesota m
onit at them we were very success- Minnesota's Gophers did anything two assists. Don Fardig had a goal ice after the e
ful," he stated. but crawl in their holes and hide and an assist for Michigan with "Buzz Schneider
as they carried the play to the Bob Falconer adding two assists. pher's second
Wolverines all night. The Gophers Minnesota scored two goals in passing play fr
did not even allow Michigan the the space of 17 seconds in the and Dick Span
luxury of a goal until the game was first period which really took the goal came fron
well out of reach. steam out of Michigan. same spot on tl
"We knew we had to play better An erroneous icing call against
positional hockey than we did last Michigan by game officials John'
night," remarked a satisfied Min- Ricci and Paul Duffy led to the Tum
nesota coach Herb Brooks. "Last first of the two goals. Minnesota's The Michig
night we were too eager to force Warren Miller won the draw fol- into some stif
the breaks, but tonight we ad- lowing the questionable call and night in Chick
hered to our strategy of playing dropped a pass to Tom O'Brien in only manage

he faceoff circle to Michigan came to lite early in
higan goalie Robbie the third period, despite the fact
let go a hard drive that they were trailing 5-0, and
ide of the net that began peppering Minnesota goalie
eally saw. Brad Shelstad.
oved right back up Don Fardig finally got Michigan
ensuing faceoff and on the scoreboard at 1:59 when he
r notched the Go- banged in a rebound off Falconer's
goal on a pretty hard shot from the slot.
rom Tom Dahlheim Randy Neal then cut the Michi-
nbauer. .Schneider's gan deficit to 6-2 when he tapped
m almost the exact in a rebound off Greg Fox' long
the ice as O'Brien's, shot from the left point. Blais, cut
the Michigan comeback short, how-
ilers fall ever, when he again skated in all
alone to score his third goal after
an gymnasts ran Wolverine defenseman Pete Dun-
ff competition last bar fell in the Michigan zone.
ago as they could With a two man advantage and
to place sixth in its goalie pulled,, Michigan scored
fourteen teams at the final goal of the night at the
y Open. The meat 19:55 mark when Angie Moretto
ndiana State. One lifted a short shot past Shelstad.
or the Wolverines Moretto was parked unmolested on
performance by Shelstad's doorstep and had no
ry Poynton on the trouble lifting the puck over the
rd Black also fin- fallen goalie who had just stopped
acing third in the Fardig's point blank shot from his
Michigan's total lack of offensive,

Wildcats knock MSU,
Tar Heels crush Pitt

the field of I
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By The Associated Press
EAST LANSING - Kentucky saw
its 14-point lead fall to only 62-61,
but came on again to down Mich-
igan State, 75-66, and give Wildcat
basketball coach Joe Hall his first
victory after succeeding the leg-
iondary Adolph Rupp after he re-
tired last season.
Kentucky, ranked No. 13 in the
pre-season poll, regained command*
after sophomore Mike Flynn hit
two foul shots after being fouled
by MSU's Mike Robinson.
Then, sophomore Jimmy Dan
Conner dumped a lay-up to put'
Kentucky out of reach again, 66-,
61, with 2:40 left.
Robinson was driving in for a:
shot when he fouled Flynn.
Michigan State coach Gus Gan-
akas thought the foul call was the'
contest's turning point. He said if
Robinson had made the shot, in-
stead of fouling, it "could have
made the difference, by giving us
a one-point lead and turning the
whole game around."
Hall, an assistant at Kentucky,
before succeeding R u p p, who
coached 42 years, said he felt the'
turning point was the "clean lay-

up by Conner against the pres- sailing high over Moore's
sure. shoulder.

left in the first two periods was clearly
evident in the number of shots on

That concluded the first period goal. The Wolverines had only
Pitt heeled scoring, but the action was far from eleven. shots in the first forty
over. With slightly less than five minutes, compared to the Gophers'
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Bobby minutes left in the period, a free- twenty one. Only in the third
Jones and George Karl sparked for-all shoving match started be- period did Michigan outshoot Min-
North Carolina to a 99-70 victory hind the Minnesota net. No punches nesota, and then only by a 20-17
over Pittsburgh in an intersec- were thrown, but when the bodies margin.
tional college basketball game here were untangled four roughing
yesterday afternoon,.ee utnld fu ogig i. l
yescrodyoftern an rmcheminors were called on Minnesota's Same Song
A crowd of 8,400 at Carmichael Les Auge and Spannbauer and
Auditorium saw the 6-fot-9 Jones Michigan's Rick Mallette and SCORING
score 25 points and pull down 12 Frank Werner. MICHIGAN 0 0 3 3
rebounds. Karl, 6-2,scoredha6poits mnThe stage was thus set for the Minnesota 2 -3 2 7
and paced the second half surge ;main event between the Wolver- FIRST PERIOD
which broke open the game. ines' Gary Connelly and the Go- SCORING: 1. Mn-O'Brien. (Miller)
TheTarHees ld 4-34at he -4:42; 2. schineider (IDalheIm, 5pan -
The Tar Heels led 46-34 at the hers' Robby Harris. The boxing baner) 4:59.
half but Pitt still was within match started after Connelly deftly PENALTIES: 1. Mn-Cossalter (elbow-
striking distance when North E'tossed Harris' helmet into the ing) 8:07; 2. Mn-Auge (roughing) 15:19;
Carolina led 65-52 after six min- stands with both players landing: 3. Mn-spannbauer (roughing) 15:10;
utes of the second half. Karl 4some solid punches. Each player 4 M-Mallette (roughing) 15:19; 5. M-
then hit five straight points and was given a five minute fighting (5-min. fighting) 18:23; 7. M-Connelly
the Tar Heels went on to build a major and a game misconduct, (5-min. fighting) 18:23; 8. Mn-Auge
79-54 lead. which means they will each man- (interference) 18:40.
Bill Knight led the Panthers' datorily miss their team's next SECOND PERIOD
y ~SCORING: 3. Mn-Polich (unassisted)
scoring with 25 points while team- game. 1:53; 4. Mn-Blais (Polich) 7:16; 5. Mn-
mate Bill Sulkowski added 20. Polich put Minnesota quickly Blais (Polich, Cossalter) 10:50.
ahead 3-0 at 1:53 of the second PENALTIES: 9. M-Kardos (interfer-
Hcrrvrd hoked eriod, just three seconds after. ence) 1:50; 10. Mn- Matschke (high-
Harvard hFcked Fardig went off for Michigan ons4HIRD P RIOD
BLOOMINGTON - Indiana Uni- an interference penalty. Polich won SCORING: 6. M-Fardig (Falconer,
versity's Hoosiers opened their bas- the draw to Moore's left and rolled Dunbar),1:59; 7. M-Neal (Cullen, Fal-
ketball season here yesterday wi thh coner) 5:58; 8. Mn-Bials (Cossalter)
an easy 97-76 victory' over the k the Michig net a 10:06; 9. Mn-Schneider (MatsChke)
in one motion. The goal was' 16:41; 10. M-Moretto (Fox, Fardig)
visiting Harvard Crimson. Polich's fourth in the weekend 19:55.
Indiana was led by senior center series. PENALTIES: 11. M-Cullen (roughing)
Steve Downing with 31 points, in- h d hi fi g 12:19; 12. Mn-Miller (roughing) 12:10;
cluding14 field goals, before a Blais t en score is frst goa 13. Mn-Falls (interference) 12:44; 14.
gputtig a rebound after he and M-Cullen (tripping) 17:16; 15. Mn-
less-than-capacity home crowd of Polich skated in on a two-on-one Blais (hooking) 18:22; 16. Mn-spann-
12,330 persons. break at 7:16. Blais scored again bauer (tripping) 18:58.
The Hao osie rs methodislly at 10:50 when he broke in cleanly SAVES 1 2 3 F
movedtahead at6einthetofirston Moore from the Michigan blue MICHIGAN (Moore) 5 11 15-31
half to take a 46-35 le-d into the line. Minnesota (Shelstad) 7 4 17--28

AP Photo
ERNIE JOHNSON takes a long sweeping hook shot in yesterday's
contest against the Fighting Irish. Guarding Johnson is Notre
Dame's super soph Brokaw, who led the Irish in scoring ,in yes-
terday's ho-hummer.

Hoosiers garner tank laurels,
Michigan places second again

Special To The Daily
COLUMBUS - Whenever a team
goes into a swim meet when the
competition consists of the likes of
I Indiana they don't expect to win.
Indeed, Michigan did not win the
Big Ten eastern division relays,
but they did put on a very en-
couraging show for Michigan fol-
lowers. The tankers finished sec-'
and with 83 points, while Indiana's
swimmers easily took the top spot
with 113 points. Ohio State was
I third with 51 points, and Michigan'
!State was one more point behind
in fourth.
Michigan's strong second was
perpetrated by some surprising
performances by both their swim-
mers and divers. The tankers 300
yard breaststroke relay team took

and finished a good three seconds'
ahead of the second place Hoosier
with a time of 58.8 seconds for his
In the only other race in which
Indiana did not win all by itself,
the 400 yard medley relay, Mich-
igan once more came on to grab'
a piece of top honors. Michigan's
team, consisting of Chris Hansen,t
Isaac, Larry Day, and Jose Aran-1
ha, was just strong enough to dead
heat the Hoosiers.
Aranha swam the last leg of the
race for the Wolverines and when
he started out he had about a one
second margin over the Hoosierl
anchorman. Gaining steadily, inch
by inch, throughout the 100 yards
the Hoosier, Gary Connelly, pulled
even with Aranha just a few yards

very good Ohio State team for
second place. The Buckeyes have
an exceptional diving team so if-s
no shame to beat them, even if
you have to lose once more to
Indiana. The diving threesome con-
sisted of seniors Joe Crawford and
Chris Newcomer, and junior Pete
In the three meter diving event
Michigan could not quite overtake'
the Buckeye splashers. They were
edged by only 14 points, but they
did have the satisfaction of hand-
ing the Hoosiers their only finsh
worse than second in the whole
meet. The three meter divers were
I Crawford again joined by sopho-
more Dick Quint and junior Steve
Schenthal. Crawford was by far
the best diver in the meet as he

intermission. Then Coach Bob
Knight let his young sCouad run
and the Hoosiers turned the game
into a rout, leading by as many
as 21 points in the final half.
Harvard, also playing its season
onener, was led by 6-foot-8 Tony
JIenkins with 24 points and James
Brown added 13 before fouling out
late in the contest.
Soohomores John Laskowski and
Steve Green added 15 and 12 points,
respectively, for Indiana and her-
alded freshman starter Quinn
Buckner added nine.
Badgers bust
MADTSON - Wisconsin, led by
sepior forward Leon Howard with


New York 119, Buffalo 94
K.C.-Omaha 114, Houston 109
Chicago 89, Seattle 80
Atlanta 114, Los Angeles 109
Utah 11, ndiana 105
Dallas 108, Carolina 101
Denver 127, Memphis 99
Virginia'111, San Diego 107
Detroit 4, N.Y. Islanders 1
Atlanta 4, Montreal 3
Pittsburgh 3, Chicago 2
Philadelphia 2, Toronto 2
MInnesota 8, Buffalo 6
Cleveland 8 ,hiladelphia 2
New England 7, Quebec 2

S.M.U. 35, T.C.U. 22
Far West
Stanford 35, Hawaii 7
Southern Cal 45, Notre Dame 23
Orange Blossom Classic
Florida A.&M. 41, Md.-East Shore 21
San Diego 84, Southern Utah 80
San Francisco 83, Stanford 68
Long Beach 90.sN. Texas St. 63
Detroit 47, Hillsdale 46
Eerskine 107, Piedmont 75
Midilebury 59, Union 53
Vanderbilt 72, Kansas 64
Transylvania 87, David Lipscomb 79
Curry 72, Coast Guard 68, overtime
Mercyhurst, Pa. 59, Ohio
Northern 53
FHiran 88, Denison 64
FDU-Madison 70, Bloomfield 63

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