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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, March 26, 1978-Page 7



And then there

were two

By The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Teenagers Mike
Gminski and Gene Banks combined for
51 points and dominated the rebounding
yesterday while Duke's zone defense
shut off Notre Dame's inside game as
the Blue Devils beat the Irish 90-86, in
the semifinals of the NCAA basketball
Gminski, an 18-year-old sophomore
center, scored. 29 points, mostly from
the inside, as Notre Dame's muscular
Bill Lambeer and Bruce Flowers con-
sistently failed to keep him away from
the basket..
BANKS, AN 18-year-old freshman
forward, dazzled the capacity crowd at
the Checkerdome with a variety of
moves while scoring 22 points.
The Blue Devils ran off a 14-4 spurt in
the closing minutes of the first half for a
43-29 lead at the break. The Irish, 23-7,
made a run shortly after intermission
with Duck Williams hitting three fast-
break buckets to shave the lead to 45-37.
With 15:04 remaining, Banks, with an
assist from Bob Bender, soared in for
an easy layup to restore the Blue
Devils' lead to 51-39.
Duke held a comfortable 80-68 lead
and seemed to be on its way to an easy
victory before Bill Hanzlick hit two
straight baskets to start a final Notre
Dame surge that was aided by a
tenacious full court, man-to-man press.
Dave Batton tossed in two free throws
and Williams hit a jumper to pull the
Irish within 4, 84-80, with :37 remaining,
the closest Notre Dame had been since
the first half.
"WE PLAYED well early, got the
ball down court, then the clock just
stopped for us," said Duke coach Bill
Foster. "We didn't change things.
When you are in the Final Four, you
revert to what you've been doing all
John Harrell and Jim Spanarkel, who
hit 20 points for the Blue Devils, tossed
in two free throws apiece for Duke, but
Williams and Tracy Jackson responded
with baskets for Notre Dame. With 38

seconds remaining Spanarkel threw the
ball out of bounds and Tracy Jackson
sank a 15-footer for Notre Dame to
make it 88-86 with 20 seconds
A turnover gave the Irish a chance to
tie, but Williams' 18-foot jumper from
the left side bounced off the rim with 12'
seconds to play. Two free throws by
Harrell with 9 seconds left clinched the
The Blue Devils, who led the nation in
free throw percentage this season, hit a
scorching 32 of 37 against the Irish.
NOTRE DAME coach Digger Phelps
said his team did all the right things in
their 90-86 loss to Duke, but did them too
late. "Obviously, they had control in
the first half," said Phelps. "We didn't

some great shots in there. I was hoping
they would miss one."
Notre Dame's loss, in its first trip to
the NCAA semifinals, dashed the Irish
dream of becoming the first major
college power to record national cham-
pionships in football and basketball in
the same academic year.
Razorbacks shaved
ST. LOUIS-Jack Givens scored 23
points, including a key breakaway lay-
up in the last two minutes, helping top
ranked Kentucky hold off the game but
foul-plagued Arkansas Razorbacks 64-
59 yesterday in the semifinals of the
NCAA basketball championships.
The Razorbacks were in early trouble

"We're obviously disappointed, )utr iot in the wUV
tce lost. We made a gallant comebach. Anvihiiig carn
happen iwlien you get inider 20 seconds lef, n( it
-Irish coach Digger Phelps

senior fdrward, was the key for the
Southeastern Conference champions.
He scored some of his points during one .
stretch early in the second half,
powering the Wildcats from a tenuous
32-30 halftime lead into a nine-point ad-
vantage at 54-45 with 8:53 left.
THE RAZORBACKS, the nation's
best field goal shooting team at 55 per-
cent, were unable to find the range in
the second half until a Schall hook shot
with 4:16 gone:
Despite the foul trouble on Schall that
forced the 6-11 center out of the game
with 6:19 left, the Razorbacks, 31-4,
made a game of it behind key baskets
by Sidney Moncrief, Marvin Delph and
Alan Zahn, Schall's substitute.
Zahn's tip-in on a missed free throw
by Moncrief with 3:33 left brought the
fifth-ranked Razorbacks within three,
while the red clad Arkansas rooters
roared their approval.
Zahn made one of two free throws
with 1:58 remaining, trimming Ken-
tucky's lead to 61-59. Kyle Macy, the
Wildcats' floor general, then helped
seal Arkansas' fate with an inbounds
pass that carried past midcourt and
landed in Givens' hands. The 6-5 for-
ward drove home the killing points with
an easy layup with 1:54 to go.
The Razorbacks, co-champions of the
Southwest Conference, were able to get
only one shot the rest of the way against
Kentucky's brutal press, a flip by Ron
Brewer. Macy added Kentucky's final
point with a free throw with five secon-
ds left.
"WE KNEW the quickness of Arkan-
sas," said Wildcats coach Joe Hall.
"One of the big keys to stopping their
offense was putting pressure on their
"The big part of the credit goes to
Rick Robey on Jim Counts," added
the 50-year-old Hall.
Kentucky's victory, boosting its
record to 29-2, sent the Wildcats into
Monday night's championship game
against Duke, who is now at 27-6.

man scored on his own rebound at
13:11 of the third period last night to
.give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-2
tie with the Detroit Red Wings.
Chapman, scoring his 22nd goal of
the season, picked up his own
rebound of a shot off the post and lif-
ted the puck past Detroit goaltender
Ron Low.
Nick Libett had given the Red
Wings a 2-1 lead one minute earlier
when he tallied his 23rd goal of the
year. Libett also set up Detroit's
other goal by Dennis Hextall.
Greg Malone also scored for Pit-
tsburgh, which fell five points
behind the New York Rangers in the
battle for the NHL's final wild-card
playoff position. The Rangers
defeated Toronto, 5-2.

tie, 2-2
Had the Wings won, they would
have knocked the Penguins out of a
berth for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
As it is, the Penguins enjoy a
momentary reprieve.
The game was played before
12,640 fans, one of the largest crowds
of the year at the Civic Arena. The
fact that the Red Wings could battle
Pittsburgh to a tie on foreign ice is
indicative of their vast improvement
over last season.
Last year, Pittsburgh qualified for
the playoffs, not because of their
good play, but because Washington
and Detroit were so inept.
The NHL changed its' playoff
policy so that teams with better
records but lower finishes in their
divisions would still be eligible for
post-season play.

have the rebounding and we didn't
penetrate on the wings as we should
To try to offset a 14-point halftime
deficit, Phelps said his team had to play
"nearly perfect catch-up ball."
"We're obviously disappointed," he
added, "but not in the way we lost. We
made a gallant comeback. Anything
can happen when you get under 20
seconds, and it almost did."
Dave Batton, -at 6-9, one of Notre
Dame's big men, said his team had
trouble under the boards, particularly
in the first half. "They went to their
strength and blocked us out," Batton
said. "That's what beat us."
"THE CLOCK finally ran out," said a
relieved Foster, at the end of the hard-
fought, physical contest. "They put

as Steve Schall picked up his fourth
fould and had to sit down with 13:12 left
in the first half.
ABOUT 3%f MINUTES later, another
of the Razorbacks' front-court plavers.
6-7 Jim Counce, picked up his third foul.
With 3:52 remaining in the first half, he
got his fourth and had to spend the
remainder of the half on the bench.
The Wildcats were able to take ad-
vantage of Arkansas' foul problems,
firing passes inside for easy layups by
Givens, James Lee and Mike Phillips.
The Wildcats led 28-21 with 5:58 left in
the first half, before the Razorbacks
mounted a comeback, cutting the
deficit to two at intermission.
Givens, a straight-shooting muscular

Spring cleaning and.. .
. . new paint jobs
Sundoy's ooth and sophistry:
Congratulations to the CCRB! I attended my first all-nighter last
Saturday evening and early (very early), Sunday morning. It was inspiring
to see people waiting to play some hoop at 3 a.m.
Add two more beauts to the book of ridiculous announcer statements.
During the MSU-Kentucky game "Magic" Johnson was described as being
outstanding, just because of his "court presence." By my count, the score
should have been Earvin 6, Kentucky 0, because, since no one else had court
presence, he must have been the only one on the floor.
"Magic" also supposedly has "superb peripheral vision" according to
the glib commentators. I'm sure Curt Gowdy doesn't know the extent of
Earvin's peripheral vision. All that is apparent is that he uses it better than
anyone else.
The pause that refreshes
Blue and orange seats at Tiger Stadium. Somehow painting Burton
Tower chartreuse would have the same effect. It's just not right.
Do you get into chaos? If so, walk on over to the Track and Tennis
building some day at about 5:00 and watch as five teams try to dodge each
other. Two track teams, two tennis teams and a baseball team provide some
comical antics practicing at the same time. There must be a better way.
Where's the coldest water on campus when you need it the most? Yep,
the fountain outside the office at the IM building. Hits the spot.
What ever happened to the Big 'O,' Oliver Darden?
How about if the winner of the Grapefruit League gets an automatic ber-
th in the post season playoffs? Otherwise the Tigers are about two pitchers
and the deaths of the Yankees and Bosox away from anything.
I've been saying for two years now that Michigan should join the other
class hockey operations in the country and get some cheerleaders on skates.
It would have made this season much more bearable.
Wouldn't it be nice to have Michigan be a cinderella team just once? Oh
to be the underdog.
A biting sport
For the drink of your choice, does anyone know the name of the man
without a face in the Q.T. Hush cartoon? Contact me at the Daily with the an-
Just thinking about the upcoming Michigan-Notre Dame football series
is exciting.
There's a new "snort" growing up in Texas. People actually pay to see
people wrap themselves in sleeping bags with rattlesnakes and try to get out,
with their lives. Another stunt is to see how many rattlers one can bag in ten
seconds without getting bit. Sounds a little like watching the Indy 500 to see if
the drivers can finish without getting in an accident. It also sounds morbid to
me; the Christians and the lions would probably still be big hits.
Word has it that an indoor soccer team that will play in the new Detroit
riverfront stadium will compete for fans with the NASL Detroit Express.
The indoor version of the game is smaller and supposedly allows for more
shots on goal (up to 100 per game). Look for both teams to go the way of the
defunct Detroit Wheels.
Well, Oliver Darden is not on welfare and did play pro basketball. The
Big 'O,' a crony of Cazzie Russell and Bill Buntin, played in the ABA from
1967-70 with the Indiana Pacers, N.Y. Nets, Kentucky Colonels and then back
with the Pacers.
In fine Michigan form, Darden started for all those teams until the last
few months of his career. Living now in Poway, California, Darden is a
regional personnel manager for an insurance company.
If the ice cream man is outside of the LS&A building, can summer be far

BU NCAA champs
Special to The Daily

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Boston
University Terriers bite was worse
than their bark last night, and it was
enough to give them the NCAA ice
hockey championship.
In the 31 year old tournament's first
all Boston final, Boston U. defeated
Boston College, 5-3 before a sellout
crowd of 11,750 at the Providence Civic
Center Arena last night. BU finished
the season at 31-2.
The Terriers' Mark Fidler and Tony
Meagher each scored two goals to lead
BU to its first title since 1972. That was
also the last time an eastern school won
the tournament.
Boston College recovered from a goal
scored against them 38 seconds into the
game by Fidler to take a 2-1 lead on
tallies by Joe Mullen and Bob Hehir.
But that was BC's only lead. Dave
Silk tied the game just over a minute
later, and BU skated off the ice after
the end of the first period up 3-2.
Meagher and Fidler heightened the
advantage to, 5-2 early in the third

period and coasted to the victory.
In the consolation game, Bowling
Green surprised defending champion
Wisconsin, 4-3.
The Falcons parlayed a shorthanded
goal and two of the powerplay variety
to upset the Badgers, and finish in third
place. It was the first time Bowling
Green ever made the final four.

AP Photo
Eugene Banks of Duke snares a loose ball despite the thwarting efforts of Notre
Dame's Kelly Tripucka in NCAA semifinal action yesterday. Banks and his Blue
Devil teammates staved off a late Irish rally to upset Coach Digger Phelps' troops,
90-86. The victory lifts Duke into the championship round along with Kentucky,
who topped Arkansas, 64-59. The finals will be held Monday night at 9 in St. Louis;
and can be seen locally on Channel 4.

Holmes wins; Norton next foe?

Buff a

NBA Standings
Atlantic Division
W L Pct
hiladelphia........51 21 .70
York ........... 37 36 .50
.29 42 .40
lo .............2646 .36
Jersey ..........21 54 .28
Central Division



San Antonio ........... 45 27 .625
Washington ............39 33 .542
New Orleans .......... 36 39 .480l
Atlanta ................ 35 39 .473l
Cleveland ............. 34 38 .4721
Houston............25 50 .333
Midwest Division
Denver.............42 30 .583
Milwaukee ............ 35 .527
Chicago ...............:37 38 .493
Detroit..............34 38 .472
Kansas City ..........29 44 .397
Indiana ............... 29 45 .392
Pacific Division
x-Portland ..........55 18 .753
Phoenix .............. 44 :30 .595
Seattle ................ 41 32 .562
Los Angeles ........... 40 33 .548
Golden State ...........:36 36 .500
x-Clinched Division Title
(yesterday's games not included)

21 i/
31 1/
21 2

By The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS-Larry Holmes nullified
the vaunted power of Earnie Shavers
with speed, a rapier left jab and flurries
of precision punches to the head yester-
day in pounding out a one-sided 12-
round decision in their nationally
televised heavyweight fight.
The victory apparently puts the un-
beaten Holmes into position for a title
shot against Ken Norton, the. World
Boxing Council champion.
IT WAS A masterful boxing perfor-
mance by Holmes, who came close to
stopping Shavers in the final round. he
moved side to side, jabbed well and
countered with both hands against
Shavers, whose performance was much
more miss than hit.
Holmes took control of the fight in the
fifth round, when he hurt Shavers with
two solid rights to the side of the head,
then drove the 33-year-old puncher
from Warren,Ohio, into a corner.
In the sixth round, Holmes hurt
Shavers with a right following a jab af-
ter Shavers had missed with a wild left.
Holmes, who cut Shavers under the left
eye in the fifth round, used his jab to set
up and frustrate his opponent.
SHAVERS BEST round was the
second, in which he got home three
good rights to the head which shook
Holmes. But the 28-year-old Pen-
nsylvanian, who calls himself the "East
Assassin," was able to turn Shavers'
power against him for most of the fight.
When Shavers would get Holmes on
the ropes, Holmes tied him up effec-
tively, and often punched Shavers away
with a flurry usually started with a
In the waning seconds, Holmes

flashed home a right counter to
Shavers' chin and Shavers buckled, his
right knee dropping to just inches from
the canvas. He straightened up and
Holmes fired six shots to the head.
Shavers looked ready to go down when
the bell rang and he staggered across
the ring to his corner.
INDEED, HOLMES' biggest problem
was his trunks. He split them down the
middle of the seat in the second round
and between the fourth and fifth rounds
had to change into a new pair while his
cornermen huddled around him:
It was a crushing defeat for Shavers,
the man who had gone 15 rounds in a
losing title bid against then-champion
Muhammad Ali last Sept. 29. He will be
34 years old next August and it is doub-.,
tful he will be able to fight his way back
into a title shot.
Tigers growl
CLEARWATER, Fla.-Tim Corcoran
smacked two hits in four trips yester-
day to boost his preseason batting
average to .442 and help power the

Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the
Philadelphia Phillies in exhibition
CORCORAN GAVE the Tigers a 1-0
lead in the fourth when his two-out
single off loser Larry Christenson
scored Steve Dillard from second base
and raised his preseason RBI total to
It was the Tigers' eighth win in their
last nine outings and boosted Detroit's
preseason record to 13-4, best in the
NCAA Basketball Tourney
Duke 90, Notre Dame 86
Kentucky 64, Arkansas 59
Detroit 2, Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Islanders 4, Cleveland 4
Atlanta 6.Boston :1
NCAA Hockey Tourney
Championship Gante
Boston U. 5, Boston College :1
Consolation Ga me
Bowling Green 4. Wisconsin 3t

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