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their pride and dignity was when Bax-
ter committed his fourth foul with 18:37
remaining. He was replaced during the
time-out, and so was Michigan's man-
to-man defense. The Wolverines went to
the zone in an attempt to keep a lid on
Baxter's man, Hawkeye scoring leader
"When Baxter went out rIo one could
cover Lester," Orr said. "Baxter did a
great job on Lester defensively."
In the first half, Baxter held Lester to
five points. Lester ended up with 15,
hearly five points below his average.
"HE'S THE best offensive guard in
the Big Ten," Baxter said. "Plus, the
way the offense is geared he's got a lot
} "What we do," Olson explained, "we
start almost every series with a high
,post screen. We're not flowing over
'with talent. (Clay) Hargrave is not a
,very good shooter so we try to get him
the ball on the fast break.
"Ronnie operates super off the screen
situation. It puts pressure on the defen-
se. It becomes a case of that guard
hoping the other guy (his teammate
who's helping out) makes the right
decision. We started doing that a year
ago when we saw the tools Lester had,"
Olson concluded. "I got a lot of help from
Mike McGee and the men inside," Bax-
ter said. "I got tired offensively."
McGEE HELPED out offensively,
too. He netted the game high 28 points,
including some crucialbaskets to th-
wart the Iowa comeback. Also, he hit
eight-for-tem from the free throw line.
Ironically, that somewhat disappointed
"I had a streak over the last two
games where I hit ten for ten on free
throws, McGee said. The reason for the
hot free throw shooting? "I'm concen-
The freshman, who only needs 15
points to pass Phil Hubbard's all-time
Michigan freshman scoring record,
tried getting ground inside all day, and
he received plenty of bumps for his ef-
"They were knocking him down,
stepping on him, and kicking him in
there, and he would still make them. He
made some great clutch baskets for a
freshman," Orr said.
"It's always been like that," McGee
said of the physical game. "I just try to
take my regular shot. I just try to get
my ground and hold my position. It gets
The win kept the players buzzing
about the possibility of getting a tour-
nament bid. "We're going to strive to
win the next three games," Hardy said.
"If we get one we get one. If we don't,
we'll get one next year:
However, there is no next year for the
seniors. "I've been thinking about that
all year. I'm just going to win the next
three games and let them worry about
it," Baxter said.
Those final three games, however,
are no bargain. The Wolverines must
take on Minnesota in the Gophers' den,
followed by Northwestern at Evanston.
And then comes the kicker-UCLA at
Pauley Pavillion. If the cagers do in-
deed finish the three-game stint un-
scathed, justifying their exclusion from
post-season play will be difficult.
Scoring: 1. Tech - Bjerken (Ostland, Belson)
5:14;'2. M-Maurer (Debol. McCahill) 9:20.
Penalties: M - Mars (high sticking) 3:32; Tech-'
W. Young (interference) 8:02; Tech - tlielmquist
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29/67 18/27 48 14 19 76
33169 16/22 41 19 24 82
halftime: Michigan 45, Iowa 30
, full court-
(hooking) 12L:18; 'tech -- Pearson (nookng)
Penalties: Tech - D.,Young (hooking) 3:53;
Debol (roughing) 14:2:3; Tech - Sch
(roughing) 14:23; Tech - lijelmquist (hoo
Penalties: M-Wayman (roughing) 4:19; 1
W. Young (roughing) 4:19; M-Tha.yer (roug
7:51; Tech-Moy (roughing) 7:51); Tech-D.1
(tripping) 7:58; M-Hampson (boarding) 9:31
--Salt (roughing) 11:32; M-Coffmnan (roug
Scoring: :1. Tech-Joelson (Ostland. Bjerken
HUSKIES PREVAIL, 2-1
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Ouch! Blue falls in OT
By BRIAN MILLER
Michigan Tech's Dave Joelson ruined
a brilliant performance by Michigan
goal tender Rick Palmer by scoring' af-
ter 1:32 of an overtime period to give
the Huskies a 2-1 victory over a dogged
and persistent Wolverine team at Yost-
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Joelson scored the game winner when
he took a drop back pass from Tech
centerman Stu Ostland just over the
Michigan blue line. Joelson's low slap
shot cleanly beat Palmer, sending the-
approximately 1,000 Huskie rooters
screaming and 6,000 Wolverine fans out
Tech opened the scoring, much to the
delight of the many Tech fans in attend-
ance, when Brad Bjerken beat Palmer
at 5:14 of the first period.
Tech won a face off just outside of
Michigan's defensive zone a little more
than a minute after the Wolverines' Jeff
Mars was penalized for high sticking.
Ostland carried the puck over the
blue line drawing Palmer and John
Waymann, the lone Wolverine defen-
semin, out of the play. Ostland slid a
pass over to Bjerken and he fired the
puck into a wide open net.
But Michigan battled back, tying the
score four minutes later.
Michigan's goal, also a power play,
came when Dave Debol skated in on
Tech netminder John Rockwell, by the
face off circled to Rockwell's right, and
snapped off a shot towards the net.
Maurer was positioned in front of the
net, and he tipped Debol's pass by the
unprotected Tech goalie.
The most memorable thing about the
game was the incredible, acrobatic
netminding by both Palmer and Rock-
Michigan outshot Tech 13-6 in the first
period with the Wolverines shots
coming from in close.
The second and third periods were
filled with more great saves, some good
defensive plays and many good, hard
checks. Tempers flared up often
throughout the game and there was
even a good, old-fashioned bench-
The Wolverines' Bill Thayer took ex-
ception to a Rodger Moy check and
chased the Tech center around the ice.
The officials intervened, but when Moy
skated over to his bench, the action
started up again. Mike Coffman came
off the Michigan bench to mix it up a bit
with Moy, but Tech's Gord Salt took
over for Moy.
The officials went about, separating
the other players on both teams, letting
Coffman and Moy go at it. When it was
all over, both teams picked up their
sticks and gloves that littered the ice
and returned their attentions to the
game. However, Coffman and Moy's at-
tention were assessed four minutes in
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By BRIAN MARTIN
Michigan's varsity reserves blistered
the buckets in the second half yesterday
afternoon, shooting an amazing 74.3 per
cent on 29-39 field goals to blow Mott
Community College out of Crisler
Guards Ray Owens and Buddy Van
De Wege led the assault, scoring 22 and
14 points, respectively, in the final stan-
za. Owens totalled 28 points to grab
Michigan scoring honors while Van De
Wege added 22.
FORWARD CHRIS Fielder kept the
Wolverines in the first half run-and-gun
show, netting 16 points before inter-
mission and totalling 24 for the game.
Mott's lightning-quick scoring ace,
Bryan Rison, steered a fast-paced con-
test in the early going, harassing the
Wolverines with a tight zone press.
Steals and Blue turnovers enabled the
Bears to spurt out to a 24-10 lead with
11:22 to go in the first half.
THE WOLVERINES reeled off six
straight points on three occasions to
narrow the gap to two points, and the
buzzer sounded at halftime with
Michigan leading 40-38. That was as
close as Mott would get.
RISON, whose vocabulary does not
include the term "team play," threw up
jumpers from all over the court to score
34 points in an effort to maintain his
average as the nation's junior college
The victory marked the end of the
season for the JV's, who compiled a
record of 6-3. The win soured Mott's
season, who enter tournament play at
Men's College Basketball
MICHIGAN 82. Iowa 76
MSU 89, Illinois 67
Indiana 68. Minnesota 47
Purdue 87, Wisconsin 78
OSU 103. Northwestern 76
North Carolina 87. Duke 83'
Virginia 79. Maryland 70
Detroit 82.Xavier (Oh.)>77
Louisville 115, Memphis State 97
St. John's 60, Providence 51
Minnesota 216.55. MICHIGAN 194.4
Women's College Basketball
Northwestern 85, MICHIGAN 74
... bowsout in style
By DAVE RENBARGER
It was just an informal bon voyage party yesterday at Crisler Arena in
which Joel Thompson and his fans exchanged gifts.
In his home finale the crowd-pleasing Wolverine center wanted to give his
many admirers a little present - something they could remember him by.
In an otherwise lackluster first half against the eighth-place Iowa
Hawkeyes, 'JT' livened things up by registering two dunks, four blocked
shots and 14 points.
And before the affair had been settled, the fans returned the favor with the
longest and loudest ovation heard at Crisler this year. The crowd said thank
you to the man who had provided them with so much excitement over the
past two years.
Joel fouled out of the ballgame with 1:39 remaining, and for the next
couple of minutes, not a soul was seated in the house. Thompsom left the
court slowly, accepted the outstretched hands of his teammates, and non-
chalantly took a seat alongside coach Johnny Orr as the crowd's roar
crescendoed through the building.
"It felt good. The fans really showed their appreciation," said Thompson
after the Wolverines' 82-76 triumph over the Hawkeyes. "I was keyed up
before the game. I wanted to perform well."
Perform well? In the opening stanza, Joel was simply sensational. The two
'slams were pretty much run-of-the-mill - for Thompson slams, that is - but
Joel even outdid himself with the four blocks. Two of the four were especially
vintage, coming on successive trips down the court.
The situations were identical. Iowa had a two-on-one fast break with guard
Greg Boyle dribbling in on the lonely Thompson. Joel didn't commit himself
either time, sticking to the baseline. The 6-2 Hawkeye, seeing the opening,
took it to the hoop both times, only to have his lay-ins rejected.
"I just lay back on those when the little man has the ball," said the human
pogo stick with a 40-inch vertical jump. "I got the first one good, but I just
nicked the second one.
Although the home season is over for Thompson and his mates, they still
must play at Minnesota, Northwestern and UCLA. If they manage three
more victories, Thompson. figures that should be enough to convince the
tournament electors to invite Michigan. Besides ending his career on a win-
ning note, a tourney berth would give Joel a good deal of exposure to the on
hand pro scouts.
After admitting that he didn't know exactly what the future holds, Joel in-
dicated that a shot at the NBA may be in the offing.
"I've been talking with the agents and they say I've got a good shot,"
Thompson said. "I got a few letters from some teams too."
Would Thompson make it in the NBA? He certainly has the size and
quickness that all pro forwards need, and he rarely misses an open shot from
the outside. One big question mark, however, is his durability. Thompson
even said that he felt "tired, just all worn out" at this stage of the season, af-
ter battling the bigger and stronger centers around.the Big Ten.
But the draft isn't until June, and for now Thompson is keeping his options
open. High on his list of priorities is graduating. Four years of time on the
practice floor and on the road have taken their toll, leaving Thompson 10-12
hours short of his B.G.S. degree (business concentration).
"I'll probably go spring and summer to finish up," he said. "I've already
got one good job offer there after I graduate."
And then there's the European basketball league. "I just got a letter from
them, and who knows? If nothing works out here, I just might end up over
there. It'll be one of those three.
Whatever the future holds for Joel Thompson, he will take with him all the
memories of his four years of Michigan basketball. And one of the fondest
will be the ovatin bestowed upon him by the appreciative fans at Crisler
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By BILLY NEFF
As the lights faded in Crisler Arena,
so did the women's chances of
registering a major upset against one of
the powers in the Big Ten. The
Wolverine cagers (now 7-14) finally
succumbed to Northwestern 85-74 after
leading at halftime, 40-37 in their final
home game of the season.
Abby Currier once again paced the
Michigan cagers with 34 points. In fact,
Currier posted 18 in the first half to
propel the Wolverines to their lead. But
the quicker, more talented North-
western quintet, which was seeded first
law cage rs
in the Big Ten Tournament, pressed
Michigan in the second stanza and took
control of the contest.
The Wildcats outscored Gloria
Soluk's youthful cagers 20-6 at the out-
set of the second half to take the lead at
57-46. Senior Terry Conlin, the only
senior on the squad, brought the
Wolverines close again with a couple of
baskets en route to a 19-point, nine
rebound performance. But Martha
Megill salted the game away for Nor-
thwestern with seven late points.
The women next face the University
of Detroit Monday night in Detroit.
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