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BAXTER'S 33 PACES ATTACK:

The Michigan Daily-Friday, February 24, 1978-Page 9
Lady tumblers place

Blue barrage bangs Illini

By ERNIE DUNBAR
There's ne question about it now.
Dave Baxter's scoring slump is over.
Anyone looking for a way to pull out
of a season-long shooting drought
should have been at Crisler Arena last
night as Baxter hit a career high 33
points, including 11 of 13 in the second
half to lead Michigan to a 107-96 victory
over fourth place Illinois.
BAXTER WASN'T the only
Wolverine burning the nets though, as
all of Michigan's starters hit for double
figures and shot a combined 66.2 per-
cent from the field. That figure
represnts a Michigan team record and
is the fifth highest in Big Ten history.
The 78.9 percent shooting night for
Baxter had the senior co-captain
satisfied.
"I never lost confidence in my
shooting," Baxter said. "I just haven't
been getting the shots I've been comfor-
table taking prior to this game.
"I DIDN'T have anything to lose. I
was just going to gamble and put the
pressure on myself," said Baxter, who
established a new Michigan assist
record last night. He finished with 10
assists for the evening, breaking
assistant coach Dai Fife's record of 1i39
with his current mark of 146.
"I have too many scorers on this
team not to get the record," Baxter
said.
Red Wings
bottle Caps
By KEVIN ROSEBOROUGH
Special to The Daily
DETROIT - Though the win came
quite a bit harder than expected, the
Red Wings pulled themselves together
to ice the Washington Capitals 4-1 at
Olympia last night.
The game, kept close by some spec-
tacular goaltending by Jimmy Ruther-
ford and Bernie Wolfe, wasn't decided
until the third period. Ahead 2-1 on
goals. by Dennis Polonich and Dale
McCourt (his 23rd of the season) the
Wings broke away with scores by Paul
Woods and another by Polonich.
The win pulled Detroit within a point
of third place Pittsburgh in the Norris
division. The Wings now trail the
second place Los Angeles Kings by only
four points.

While Baxter put on his offensive
show, center Joel Thompson was busy
hitting 9 of 11 (7-7 in the first half) from
the field en route to notching 19 points.
Forwards Alan Hardy and Mike McGee
chipped in with 12 apiece, while Tom
Staton hit 15.
"WE CAME ON strong the last 10 to
12 minutes of the game," Michigan
coach Johnny Orr said. "Illinois was
strong inside and we had trouble defen-
ding them. I was happy we didn't give
up.''

In assessing Baxter's play at guard,
Orr felt that the Detroit native played
with a bit more confidence than in his
previous outings.
"HE WAS MORE relaxed and loose,"
Orr said. "That's a funny thing. He
played like that in the beginning of the
year and then he started worrying
about what everyone else was doing."
In countering Illinois coach Lou Hen-
son's offensive strategy, Orr utilized
both 1-2-1-1 and 2-2-1 zone presses.
But the event of the game which hurf

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Bax to basics

the Illini's chances the most came at
the 5:48 mark of the second half when
forward Neil Bresnahan fouled out.
Immediately following his departure,
the Wolverines reeled off eight straight
points to put the game on ice after
playing a back and forth contest much
of the way.
"When Bresnahan went out with fouls
it hurt us a lot," said Illinois' Henson.
"We didn't handle the ball like we'd
been handling it after he went out."
WHILE BAXTER was wowing the
announced crowd of 13,589 with his of-
fensive performance, Illinois Mark
Smith was tossing in 32 points of his
own. Bresnahan tallied 14.
Michigan wasn't the only one with the
hot shooting hand, as the Illini his 54.2
percent from the floor.
Trying to analyze how Baxter had
hurt his team, Henson summed up his
squad's losing effort saying, "It was
just one of those nights. Most of those
shots were tough shots. We had a hand
up most of the time and his shots still
went in. It was just a great night."
With the victory, Michigan moves to
9-6 in the Big Ten, while Illinois falls to
6-9.

Isecond i n
By JEFF FRANK
Special to The Daily
MT. PLEASANT - But for the
presence of the always unpredictable
balance beam and Michigan State, it
might have been the best meet in
Michigan history. Michigan's women
tumblers blazed excellent scores in
three of the four gymnastics events and
placed second behind Michigan State in
last night's SMAIAW state champion-
ship meet.
A balanced team effort led the way to
the women's 129.6 score, and although it
was the team's second highest in
history, it just wasn't enough to dis-
lodge MSU from its perennial position
at the top of Michigan's gymnastics
heap.
The Spartans used a tremendous
team uneven bars score of 35.55 plus
three events by Pam Steckroat to ac-
cumulate their total of 137.95.
sophomore Sara Flom captured
second places in vaulting and floor
exercise with matching scores of 8.75 to
finish behind Steckroat in both events.
Flom also added a fifth place tie in
the all-around and a fifth place in the
uneven bars to complete her evening's
work.
Co-captain Ginger Robey was the
only other tumbler to break into the top
five in any event as she grabbed fifth
place in vaulting and floor exercise.
The teamhad hoped for a score of 130
or better, but after hitting some of their
top scores of the year in vaulting and
uneven bars it seemed possible to crack
the team record of 133.75.

state meetI
However, a poor beam performance
had not been forseen. Repeated falls
along with shakiness on the beam
proved enough to undo any hopes of
breaking the record or upsetting the
powerful Spartans.
Michigan Coach Anne Cornell was
pleased with the team's performance.
"We got some really strong perfor-
mances from people besides Sara
(Flom) today," said Cornell. "I'm ,
really happy with the way we perfort-
med but I'm just a little disappointed
we fell short of 130."
Some of the performers that were
singled out by Cornell for outstandirg
showings included freshperson Colloe
Forrestel and Co-captains Suzy Stanto
and Ginger Robey.
Stanton and Robey each established
personal highs tonight. Robey, with hete
all-around-score of 32.65, and Stanton,
scoring 8.45 for her half-on, half-bft
vault which she attempted for the first
time in competition.
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MICHIGAN
FG/A FT/A
McGee.............. 5/13 2/2
Hardy .................64/9 0/0
Thompson ............. 9/11 1/3
Staton ................ 5/7 5/6
Baxter..............15/19 3/4
Heuerman ............. 1/2 0/0
Bergen................ 2/3 2/2
Lozier... ........... 1/1 4/4
Marty Bodnar .........I1/1 0/0
Mark Bodnar..........0/2 0/0
TEAM..............
Totals ................. 45/68 17/21

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3
7
6
2
4
4
0
0
0
1
33

ILLINOIS
PF TP FG/A FT/A
4 12 Breshnehan............6/11 2/2
4 12 Smith .................lI1/IS 10/13
4 19 Adams ................ 2/3 2/2
1 15 Matthews............ 4/9 3/6
2 33 Jones................4/8 0/0
2 2 Cobb .................. 6/8 1/1
3 6 Johnson .............. 4/10 0/0
1 6 Judson................1/3 0/0
1 2 Gray ................. 0/0 0/0
1 0 Lubin................0/0 2/2
Gerhardt .............. 0/0 0/0
22 107 TEAM .............
Totals ................. 38/70 20/26

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8
4
0
3
0
6
5
0
0
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PF TP
5 14
3 32
0 6
2 11
3 8
2" 13
2 K
1 2
2 0
0 2
0 0
20' 96

Fouled out - Bresnahan
Halftime: Illinois 50, Michigan 49
Attendance: 13,589

TENACIOUS DEFENSE KEY:

Jv

cagers blast Adrian

-- --

By BRIAN MARTIN
How does a team prepare for the nation's leading junior
college scorer coming into Crisler Arena tomorrow after-
noon? Michigan's Varsity Reserves answered the dilemma
by clamping a tough defense on the Adrian College junior
varisty last night in the second half and ran away with the
contest, 87-70.
With Mott Community College's Brian Rison looking to
scorch-Crisler's nets Saturday, Miehigan coach Dan Fife
wanted a strong defensive showing from his team.
"WE PLAYED super defense in the second half," Fife
beamed. "We were as good as we've been all season."*
Thekey to the defense was the play against the point
guard, a role handled well by Michigan's Bud Van De Wege.
"Buddy did an excellent job oi} Adrian's number 20 (Phil

Bova)," Fife said. "Buddy did turn the ball over a few
times (thrice), but he put on good pressure.
"ANYTIME YOU can pressure the point guard, it's hard
for the offense to work." Fife should know, since he played
point guard during his varsity years here.
Bova pointed tosanother defensive nemesis, however. "I
through a lob pass across the floor, and all of a sudden
number 55 flew out of nowhere."
Indeed, Chris Fielder sparkled. The 6-2 forward poured
through a team-high 21 points along with six steals, half his
team's total.
FIELDER'S DEFENSIVE play lifted Michigan out of its
first half doldrums. The team sharpened in the final twenty
minutes forcing Adrian to 22 turnovers while swiping the
ball twelve times.
The Wolverines also shot 51% from the field in the
second half (including Fielder's ten for 14 accuracy.

I SCORES I___

College Basketball
MICHIGAN 107, Illinois 96
Indiana 58, Wisconsin 54'
Purdue 82, Iowa 60
Ohio State94. Minnesota 87 (OT)
Michigan State 66.Northwestern 56
N. Carolina State 72, N. Carolina 67
NHL
Detroit 4, Washington 1
NY Rangers 6, Chicago 2

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