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Page 10-Thursday, January 26, 1978-The Michigan Daily
SPOR TS OF THE DAIL Y:
Carr steers Piston win

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b By ERIC OLSON
Special to The Daily
'Y'DETROIT-In a game which Detroit
eoAch Bob Kauffman termed, "a pos-
' ible turning point this season," the
Pistons staged a furious second half
cbmieback to edge the Golden State
Warriors, 99-95.
Down by 22 points, 70-48, in the third
quarter, the Pistons rallied behind the
.fast-break shooting of M. L. Carr and
Eric Money, to trail only 81-76 at the
'irart of the final stanza.
a "Carr and Money each netted eight
1"ijnts in the quarter which saw the
'pistons hit a blistering 59 per cent from
the floor.
-h, The Pistons took the lead for the first
time in the game, 90-89, with 5:22
remnaining on a rolling hook by Bob
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Lanier. Lanier took game high scoring
honors with 32 points.
With 1:11 left, Chris Ford put Detroit
on top for good as he hit a three-point
play off of an inbounds pass to make the
score, 99-95.
In the first half, the Pistons looked as
if they were at the point of no return as
they were down by 18 at the half.
Led by the play of center Robert
Parish, the Warriors steamed to an
early ten-point advantage, scoring 11
unanswered points in the first four
minutes of the game.
Parish paced the Golden State attack
in the first half with 13 points and 13
rebounds, but he was held to a mere two
points and six caroms in the final half.
Forward M. L. Carr was instrumen-
tal in the secondrhalfsurge as he collec-
ted 24 points, 0 rebounds, and a career
high 7 steals for the game. He also held
Warrior scoring whiz Rick Barry to 19
points. Barry only managed two in the
final period, and the Warriors only net-
ted 14 in the final stanza.
Phil Smith led Golden State with 26
points and Nate Williams added 11.
Money helped Detroit with 21.
The Pistons may now be pointing
towards the playoffs, but Kauffman
thinks, "The team needs to win five out
of the next six and be within one game
of five hundred at the all-star break to
be in playoff contention."

The loss was the Warriors' third
straight, and also their 18th road loss in
20 games.
Tolbert named MVP
CHICAGO (AP) -FreshmanaRay
Tolbert of Indiana has been named
Big Ten basketball player of the
week for his performances against
Ohio State and Purdue.
'olbert, a 6-9 center from Anderson,
Ind., was selected Tuesday for
scoring 24 points in Indiana's 77-63
victory over Ohio State last Thursday
and 19 points in the Hoosiers' 77-67
loss to Purdue last Saturday. In the
two games, Tolbert hit 20 field goals
in 32 attempts. Also considered for
the honor were three other freshmen,
Mike McGee of Michigan, Mark
Smith of Illinois and Earvin Johnson
of Michigan State.
Women snowed out
Due to inclement weather, the wom-
en's basketball game scheduled for last
night was cancelled.. The game may be
rescheduled for a later date.
Gloria Soluk's 5-8 cagers next take to
the hardwood this Saturday against ar-
ch-rival Michigan State. Tipoff time
with the Spartans is at 11:45, prior to
the men's game versus Purdue, in Cris-
ler Arena.

Icers split with NoDak . .
, can they rebound?
By GARY KICINSKI
IT WAS SUPPOSED to have been the game that turned
around the Michigan icers' season. Instead, last Fri-
day's 12-10 loss to North Dakota may prove to be the
most devastating defeat of the year.
Earlier in the season, things had been moving along
pretty nicely for the dekers. Cruising with a 7-3 confer-
ence record, Michigan faced its stiffest challenge in a
home series with defending NCAA champion Wisconsin.
The icers responded in impressive fashion, and looked
like world-beaters in the process, as they dumped the
Badgers 11-3 and 7-3.
But then the club went into a swoon. A pair of losses
at Michigan Tech preceded two embarassing perform-
ances in the Great Lakes Tournament. Hitting the road
again, the icers were defeated twice each by Wisconsin
and Minnesota. Six straight conference defeats had
plunged the icers into fifth place.
During the slump it seemed that the team was
holding its collective breath, praying for survival until it
got back home. The dome series against the lower divi-
sion NoDaks was supposed to be just what the doctor or-
dered - the cure-all for all the icers' ailings.
Thne Great Transformation
But Michigan goaltender Frank Zimmerman gave up
a few quick goals, as he has been prone to do on several
occasions this year, and Michigan was down 4-0 after six
minutes. The situation then was as gloomy as it had been
at any point this season.
Then a transformation seemed to take place. Dean
Turner's aggressive play in front of the net resulted in a
Dave Debol power play goal.
The rest of the team picked up the pace, scoring five
goals in 3:11. You could see the momentum shifting to
the Michigan side, as visibly as a locomotive changing
gears and rapidly rolling forward. The stirring come-
back gave the icers a 6-4 lead and a standing ovation as
they left the ice after the first period.
That comeback could have turned the season around
right then and there. We all know what happened in-
stead. Michigan went up 8-4,and sat on their lead, ap-
parently oblivious to the fact that the Fighting Sioux
could come back just as easily as Michigan had.
Which of course is exactly what happened. North
Dakota won 12-10 and the icers skated off looking like
they had just played 60 days of hockey instead of 60

minutes.
It is true that Michigan came back to win 5-2 on
Saturday night, but it is doubtful that that win carried as
much impact as the Friday night game could have.
Two good things did emerge out of the NoDak series
however, leaving hope that Michigan can still get
enough momentum going to carry them into a home
playoff berth.
The first was the return of the Michigan offense to the
scene. The icers had scored an average of only three
goals a game during the six road losses, and the 15 goals
in two games were diefinitely a sign of a return to early-
season form. Dave Debol looked like the Debol of old
Friday in scoring his hat trick, in response to criticism
(from Coach Dan Farrell, among others) that he had not
been playing with his usual intensity. And Farrell's line-
shuffling finally paid off, with a solid performance from
the combination of Coffman-Lerg-Thayer.
The second was Saturday's play of goaltender Rick
Palmer. It was the first time a Michigan goaltender had
played well in a conference game since early December,
and if Palmer can get hot like he did last season, he
might carry the club all by himself.
Solid goaltending essential
A repeat performance by Palmer would be fine and
dandy with Farrell. "We had been having a problem
with our goaltending but last weekend Palmer played
very well. We needed something like that. If Palmsy can
get hot, we'll stick with him."
Michigan's defense and goaltending will have to
assert itself in the remaining games if the'team hopes to
do well in the playoffs. Both have been problem areas.
Michigan has given up 103 goals this year, topped
only by last place Michigan State, Colorado College and
NoDaks.
The blame for this falls not only on the shaky goal-
tending but also on the defense. Too many opponents
have been left unguarded in front of the net while the
defensemen went after the puck in the corner. They're
also getting beaten on the outside.
"The problem with the defense is they're not moving
the puck out of the zone," Farrell said. "They haven't
got great quickness and it's sometimes hurting us."
A solid defense will keep you in every game, given
that you can mount a minimal amount of offense. Every-
one knows that the Michigan offense can score - what's
needed is a stronger defensive effort.

SCORES Miami 0.79, Toledo 70
Furman 87, Clemson 68
Dr. Paul C. Uslan colnege basketball Nebraska62, Kansas58
OPTOMETRIST Notre Dame 103, W. virginia 82 California St. Pa. 88, Slippery Rock 82
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Wrong? Oh, nothing much. They were just
born. It seems odd that they have to pay with a
lifetime of hunger. The statistics are so crushing in
many parts of the world that even the cynics are
moved. And we're getting people to help these
children. Peace Corps Volunteers. Yes, the Peace
Corps. Remember us? We've been quiet for a
while, but in case you've forgotten, we're alive and
well. And waiting for you. If you've got the commit-
ment, we'll give you the skills you need. You've
always said you wanted a meaningful career. Well,
our job specs won't lie to you. The hours are
tough. The pay is lousy. But you'll become a part
of a community and learn a new language, dis-
60 million child
bed wdhout any
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cover a new culture. You'll learn more than you
teach. The impossible may take a little longer,
but it can happen, in small pieces. 2,000 wells
here. 50 schoolrooms there. A couple of hospi-
tals. Go ahead and tell these children that it's not
much. They won't believe you. Not the first time
a well comes in nor the last time. A field of beans
can be more rewarding than you can imagine.
The Peace Corps wants you. We need
thousands of you. Call toll free: 800-424-8580.
Or write the Peace Corps, Box A,
Washington, D.C. 20525.
The Peace Corps
is alive and well. c r
ren were sent to
supper last night.
Ihey did wrong?

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