The Michigan Daily-Sunday, February 19, 1978-Page 9
NCAA BID HOPES DIM
Hoosiers husk woeful Wolverines, 71-59
By CUB SCHWARTZ
Special to The Daily
BLOOMINGTON -- The lights dim-
med twice at Assembly Hall yesterday,
once at halftime when the arena lights
were turned off to conserve energy and
once at game's end, when Michigan's
light at the end of the tunnel, a post-
season tournament bid, was also
Indiana, themselves searching for a
NIT bid, rolled over Michigan, 71-59,
behind the tremendous play of forward
The 6-3 senior hit 11 of 16 from the
field, eight for nine from the free throw
line, garnered 12 rebounds, and
managed an assist in producing 30
Only once in the game was Radford's
presence unnoticed. With a little over
three minutes played in the first half,
Michigan held a 6-2 edge - Radford
had not yet scored.
In the next 7:14 however, Indiana
outscored the Wolverines 22-3. with 12
of the tallies rolling off Radford's
AFTER THE DROUGHT, Michigan
found itself down by 13 with nowhere to
turn. Tla Wolverines matched Indiana
step for step in the next ten minutes, but
when the halftime buzzer sounded, only
one point of the deficit had been
Trailing 39-27 at the onset of the
second half, Michigan had numerous
opportunities to jump back into the ball
But each time the Hoosiers missed or
turned the ball over, the Wolverines
responded in kind. Never were they
able to cut the deficit to less than the 12
the final score offered.
"We didn't just give up," explained
coach Johnny Orr, "we fought to the
very end. But we missed a lot of oppor-
tunities in the second half. When you're
behind like that, you've got to put them
Only one Michigan man was able to
put them in, and that was Mike McGee.
The freshman carried the load as best
he could, with 13 field goals and a per-
fect eight for eight at the stripe, totaling
a careeir-high 34 points.
If that wasn't enough, McGee collec-
ted nine rebounds, equal to the com-
bined efforts of Joel Thompson and
"I THINK if they would have called a
couple of fouls he could have had 45,"
Orr said in reference to the number of
occasions when McGee was crashed to
the floor after a shot with no whistle.
"Apparently he just goes up and then
falls down on his own."
But there were no sour grapes in
Orr's post-game comments. He knew
Indiana was good - Radford in par-
"He was as good as anyone we've
played against all year. He was
terrific," Orr noted.
"If I'd have sat there and kept one
guy on him, then I'd have said I was
stupid. But I tried four or five different
guys and it didn't work. I should have
covered him myself."
The difference in the final score,
however, was Radford's supporting
cast as compared to McGee's._ Mike
No help at all
Woodson and Ray Tolbert both found
double figuress for the Hoosiers with
twenty and ten apiece.
Only Dave Baxter joined McGee in
the double figure column with 10. In
fact, eliminating McGee's performan-
ce, the Woiverines shot a sickly 22%
from the floor and only 16% in the first
"We just didn't seem to be that
alert," Orr offered. "I don't know what
was the matter. If I knew I would have
THE POSSIBILITY of a NIT bid was
all but ended by the loss. The two teams
have identical Big Ten records, but the
Hoosiers' overall mark is one game bet-
ter than Michigan's.
Add to that the fact that the Hoosiers
have won six of the last seven, whereas
Michigan has alternated wins with,
losses in the last eleven outings.
Orr's comments reflected
pessimism. "I felt that if we won today
we might have a real good shot. Our:
schedule is not advantageous now.
But the losing coach would not give
up the ship. When asked if he was op-
timistic about post-season play, he
said," No, I would say I am not right
now. But. I don't give up on anything.,
McGee ............... 13/21 8/8
Hardy ................ 1/7 0/0
Baxter............. 3/12 4/4
Staton ............... 0/5 o00
Johnson ..............1/4 1/2
Bergen ............... 0/0 0/0
Bodnar, Mt........... 0/0 0/0
Bodnar, Mk........... 1/4 0/0
Robinson ............. 1/1 0/0
TOTALS ............23/66 13/14
- by Henry Engelhardt
Woodson ............. 10/20 o/1
Radford .............. 11/16 8/9
Tolbert............... 4/11 2/2
Wisman .............1/1 0/0
Baker............... 3/5 3/5
Carter................ 0/1 0/0
Isenbarger........... 0/0 0/0
Eells ................ 0/0 0/0
TOTALS............. 29/54 13/17
PF R TP
3 8 20
3 12 30
3 5 10-
4 3 2
4 7 9
0 0 0
0 0 0
0 0 0
0 0 0
0 0 0
0 1I 10
r0 0 0
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End of the line?
.. .don't tell Wolverines
y ES, AS INDIANA is proving, there is basketball after death.
Death in the Big Ten race, that is.
Michigan dealt the Hoosiers their fifth Big Ten loss in seven outings
three and a half weeks ago. The Hoosiers were dead. They knew that five
losses would not win the conference crown and merely for a shot at second
they would have to win all eleven of their remaining games.
Yesterday, by buffaloing the Wolverines, Indiana won its sixth of its last
seven, and are now tied for fourth, only a game out of third.
Indiana was down and counted out by everyone but Indiana. The
Hoosiers never gave up on themselves and as a result they still hold a slim
shot at the NCAA's and have a good chance for a NIT invitation. They im-
proved their chances immensely by bumping off Michigan.
Right now Michigan is dead.
The Wolverines won their first three Big Ten games and ever since have
alternated loss-win-loss-win ... Their play has been as inconsistent as that
But the Wolverines will play their best basketball of the year, win their
remaining four conference games, and hope for a NIT bid.
You may never again see dead people play the fierocious basketball the
Wolverines are about to play.
Because they have been skinned down to their pride.
There are four players in particular that will tolerate defeat no longer:
Dave Baxter, Tommy Staton, Joel Thompson, and Alan Hardy.
To these four upperclassmen losing is like munching on a raw egg. It
damn near turns the stomach and theaftertaste is vile.
Watch Staton's eyes when he's on defense this Thursday at Crisler. They
will express his step past intensity, they will express his ferocity.
FeelThompson's swinging elbows when he brings down a rebound in a
crowd of Illinois players. Nobody will dare take the ball from him.
Stand under the basket after a Hardy dunk and sense the power of this
young mxan's moves and the feeling that no one will stop him.
Baxter carries double load
Or possibly you will just want to concentrate on Baxter, who in addition
to feeling the weight of having to guide the offense to its every move has
carried a much heavier burden this season, that of his mother's battle with
Just watch Baxter. He does not accept defeat. It eats away at his soul.
He plays so hard and has done so well considering his limited natural at-
Baxter is listed as 6-3, 165. But he is really just over 6-1 and can't weigh
over 155. He can't jump worth beans and he does not have exceptional
quickness. But he has gone such a long way on hustle, determination, and
Baxter also hates losing with a passion. Just like his coach.
Johnny Orr may be a lot of things, but he is not a loser. Losing shakes the
nairs from his scalp and marks his face with lines. A possibility of its oc-
currence leaves him drained and usually not in the best of spirits right after
a game, win or lose.
To Orr and his entire staff there is no substitute for winning. So they
recruit Baxter, Staton, and the likes of Wayman Britt. They know that those
who are hungry will find food. These players are hungry for victory.
The Wolverines have lost more games this season than they would like to
think about. This year has not been a case of "the one that got away." Up un-
til now they have accepted defeat with reasonable grace, making a few ex-
cuses, putting the blame on shooting and the intangible of inconsistency.
But all that comes to an end this Thursday. The Wolverines know that if
they want to be more than just another team they must grit their teeth and
play like the devil. Not just for ten minutes, or twenty, but for the next 160
minutes straight. This way they will replace excuses with wins.
And I guarantee that Michigan will play all-out all the time-for there is
no tomorrow, and that was said last week.
The constant growling noise you'll hear in Crisler Thursday and Satur-
day and in Minnesota and Northwestern the following week will be coming
from the Michigan bench.
Halftime Score: Indiana 39. Michigan
ICERS BACK TO LOSING WAYS
Tigers deepen Blue misery, 5-2
By ERROL SHIFMAN
Lerg in all alone ... Mitchell makes
Brennan fans on an open net tip-in.
Debol on a breakaway ... loses control
of the puck.
Debol breaks in loose on a power play
hits the post.
The scoring chances were there for
the Michigan icers but they could not
put-the light on enough. The Wolverines
fell to the Colorado College Tigers last
The Tiger victory was their first at
Michigan tried to make a game of it
in the second period after trailing 3-0 at
the end of one. After Tiger defenseman
Curt Christofferson made the score 4-0
by deflecting a shot past Bl ue goalie
Rudy Varvari, Michigan made its run.
With the aid of three Colorado College
penalties within one minute, the
Wolverines were able to get on the
With a two man advantage the Blue
power play fired seven shots towards
the Tiger net and finally scored on the
eighth. At 16:55 Dave Debol pounced on
a rebound and slid it past Tiger netmin-
der Paul Mitchell. The goal and the fact
Michigan kept a two-man advantage
put a surge of excitement through the
Twenty-six seconds later Debol an-
swered the cheers and deflected a Mark
Miller slap shot around Mitchell, cut-
ting the score to 4-2. Unfortunately,
Mitchell was not to be beaten again.
DEBOL'S TWO GOALS did move him
into a tie with Kris Manery for
Michigan's all-time career goal leader-
ship at 111. Manery attended the game
and was happy for Debol.
"He (Debol) makes his own breaks,
he deserves the record," said Manery
who is now with the Cleveland Barons
of the NHL. "I only wish he was having
a better year," added Manery.
Coach Dan Farrell wishes his team
was having a better year.
We're not playing well anywhere,"
said Farrel, "I'm tired of talking this
Colorado started at 1:54 of the first
period as Dale Maksymyk knocked a
rebound past Varvari after Varvari had
made his first save of the game.
VARVARI MUST have thought he was
seeing double because on their next
sustained possession of the puck Tiger
center Greg Whyte pulled the same
trick. Varvari kicked out Dean Magee's
slapshot but there was no one to clear
the rebound and Whyte slammed it
The Tigers adeed one more tally at
16:22 but the period resembled a
trapeze act more than a hockey game
with bodies constantly flying through
In the second and third stanzas the
teams stopped most of their in-
timidation tactics and played some ex-
citing hockey. The teams traded
scoring opportunities and both goalies
made some fine saves. Both teams
combined attempted a total of 59 shots
in the second period.
Colorado ended the scoring in the
third period when defenseman Ged
Seguin snuck a shot through the legs of
a screened Varvari.
The victory lifted the Tigers into fifth
place in the WCHA and left the
Wolverines in seventh, two points
behind the Tigers. Next weekend the
Wolverines host the Huskies of
Michigan Tech, before ending their
regular season with a home-and-home
series against Michigan State.
Dave Debol ...
... ties Manery's record
Yost in 22 games, dating back to 1959.
"Nineteen years is a long time to take
to win a hockey game," said relieved
Tiger Coach Jeff Sauer. Sauer's team
got off to a quick start and never looked
Bengals burn Blue
SCORING: 1. CC - Masmyk (iHaedrich, Feanster )
1:54; 2. CC - Whyte (Magee, Warner) 4:14; 3. CC -
Warner (Feanster, Magee) 36:22, PP.
PENALTIES: . CC - Knoke (tripping) 5:05; 2. M
- Turner (roughing) 10:19; 3. CC - Magee
(roughing) 10:19; 4. CC - Magee (hooking) 13:0:3; 5.
M - Lerg (hooking) 1.:00.
SCORING: 4. CC - Kristofferson (Whyte, Magee)
8:17-,5. M - IDebol (Miller, Lerk) 16:55, PP; 6. M -
Debol (Miller, McCahill) 17:21. PP.
PENALTIES: 6. CC - Knoke (interference) 15:08;
7. Kristofferson (elbowing) 15:29; 8. CC - Feanster
(slashing) 16:09; 9. M -Turner (elbowing) 19:18.
SCORING: u. CC -Seguin (Reilly) 1:46.
PENALTIES: 10. M - Miller (cross check) 2:41;
11. CC- Knoke (tripping) 4:37; 12. CC- Reilly (in-
terference) 11:05; 13. Soltvedt (tripping) 19::31
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M-Varvari ......................... 13 13
CC-Mitchell........................ 12 12
SCORE BY PERIODS
Colorado College ..................... 3 1
MICHIGAN ........................ 0 2
Big Ten Standings
Michigan State............ 11
Minnesota ................ 11
MICHIGAN .............. 8
Indiana .................... 8
Ohio State ...............6
Iowa ....................... 4
Wisconsin ................ 4
Northwestern .............. 3
Indiana 71, MICHIGAN 59
Minnesota 79, Purdue 72
MSU 79, OSU 74
Illinois 77; Iowa 76
Wisconsin 81, Northwestern 80
Men's College Basketball
Houston 84, Arkansas 75
South Carolina 65, Notre Dame 60
Kentucky 58. Mississippi State 56
Marquette 57. Cincinnati 45
North Carolina 71, Virginia 56
Duke 81, Maryland 70
CMU 91, Ball State 84
Kansas 75, Nebraska 70
EMU 86,Kent State 70
Women's College Basketball
MAU 80, MICHIGAN 47
CMU 69. MICHIGAN 31
OSU 136, MICHIGAN 109
Indiana St. 211.4, MICHIGAN 198.5
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