Friday, January 21, 1977
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday., January 21, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Hubbard good on paper ..
SGrote good on court
By TOM CAMERON
PHIL HUBBARD scored 19 points last night (16 in the first half)
picked up 14 rebounds, and held Joe Barry Carroll, Purdue's
7-foot center, to 12 points, and 10 rebounds. He had a great game.
Steve Grote scored only six points, lost the. ball six times
and picked up only two steals. But he had a great game, too.
Hubbard was awesome. He dominated the boards against
three guys who were either taller or as tall as himself. His
first half production of 16 points gave Michigan the lift that
kept Purdue back.
It's not as easy to say such superlatives for Grote's case.
He comes up very short in the stats column . . . like a midget.
But the 6-2, senior. co-captain of the Wolverines has been
giving some super shows in his last few outings.
"Grote was ;just super again," Johnny Orr said. "He had a
great game at Iowa, and boy, he had quick hands out there (to-
day). He stole the ball many, many times for us."
Many, many times only adds up to two in the stats as the
steals are usually given to whoever comes up with the ball.
Grote usually just deflects the ball to someone else.
"I thought he played a super game," assistant coach Bill
Frieder echoed. "He was really fired up. As I said many times,
so many things that Grote does is not measured in the box scores.
"He comes up with the steals, the deflections, the big plays."
The only stats that Gro'e does well in is assists. The all-
time Michigan assist record holder dished out five last night -
effectively crushing Purdue's zone defense. "Grote was pene-
trating the zone and dishing it out," Orr said.
"You have to do that," Frieder commented. "Especially
when they are spread out. You have to take it in there and
make the defense react."
Few appreciate the things that Grote does.
Like Purdue's coach Fred Schaus. He was asked if his
guard Bruce Parkinson's performance had anything to do with
Grote's tough defense.
His answer: "Not a damned thing."
This might be a first. I always thought that a tough de-
ferise could throw off anybody's game.
This year is perhaps the year that Grote should be
appreciated the most. His defense has improved, his quick-
ness has improved, and his performances have followed
"I feel I've been quicker all year," Grote said. "I'm sure
it's the weight loss (20 lbs. from last season) and the con-
ditioning from trying out for the Olympics that has carried
The Crisler fans had a lot to be pleased about last night.
Especially the play of sophomore Phil Hubbard.
Let me emphasize sophomore. Since the first day Hub-
bard put on the Blue, he's worked like an experienced
Big Ten center.
But he's not all that experienced and he's not really a
center. At 6-7, he was dwarfed playing next to Carroll.
Although the game looked like one where the guards were
the featured highlight, it was on the boards that the game
And in the battle of the boards, Hubbard won it for Michi-
"He was super on the boards ... Fourteen rebounds is
just outstanding," Freider said. "We felt if we could outre-
bound them, we would beat them."
Michigan did outrebound Purdue 40-30, thanks to Hub-
bard. And Michigan did win, thanks to Hubbard and his
stats ... and Grote ... without any stats.
GRAB BIG 10 LEAD
By SCOTT LEWIS
It's been" a long time com-
ing, but after last night's vic-
tory Michigan can finally claim
the undisputed top spot in the
Not since March, 1974 have
the Wolverines sat alone atop
the conference standings. But
after many previous failures in
the "showdown" games, they
refused to let the pressure and
bad breaks of the game hold
In an intense sellout at Cris-
ler Arena, Michigan held small
and uncertain leads throughout,
and prevailed in the end for
the 82-76 victory before 13,609
MICHIGAN never led in the
game by more than eleven
points, and Purdue always
loomed within striking distance
l until a near-perfect Michigan
stall at the end sealed the
When the going got tense near
the end, reserve guard Dave
Baxter had to come in with 7:31
left for injured Rickey Green,
and he did a masterful job of
running the offense. He scored
ten of Michigan's last twelve
points in the last 6:13, and
handled the ball much of the
time during the stall.
"I feel I've been doing a real
good job the last few games,"
said the pleased Baxter. "It's
a good feeling going in for a
guy like Rickey and still be-
ing able to win the game."
THE SHARPSHOOTING left-
hander has hit 9 of 11 shots
the last two games coming in
as Michigan's main zone-break-
But it was the usual team ef-
fort that dominated the Boiler-
makers, with Michigan Coach
Johnny Orr crediting player up-
on player after the game.
The all-around play of Steve
Grote, especially in the first
half, helphed Michigan to an
early 28-18 lead. In the period,
the. senior co-captain dished out
five assists in penetrating Pur-
due's zone defense. On defense,
he gave Boilermaker star Bruce
fits, coming up with numerous
steals and deflections of pass-
Center Phil Hubbard did more
than neutralize Purdue's tall
centers Playing against 6-10
Tom Scheffler and 7-0 Joe Barry
Carroll, Hubbard led all re-t
bounders with 14.1
In addition, 'he hit 8 of 14
shots from the field on his wayt
to 19 points in the game, 16 of
which came in the first half. c
"I HAVE NO different strate-t
gy against bigger men," said1
Hubbard. "I just played theF
game. I had a lot of help from
the other guys on defense."
Despite the height disadvant-
age, Michigan outreboundedj
Purdue 404-0. The quicker Wol-
verine frontcourtmen continu-
ously outpositioned their coun-
terparts, coming up with many
key rebounds, especially on' of-
After Michigan jumped out to
its early lead, Purdue gradu-
ally chipped. away, due to a
tougher man-to-man defense and
penetrating on offense. The
score was tied three times aft-
er that but the fast break put
Michigan on top at halftime,
Purdue continuously challeng-
ed the small leads in the sec-
and half, and when Green went
out with Michigan ahead by
seven and over 7 mminutes1
still remaining in the game,,
things started looking a little
bleak for the Wolverines.
PURDUE NEVER got closer
than three in the final half.
Green suffered a twisted mus-
cle in his back, and his sta-
tus for Saturday's Illinois game
is unknown thus far. He still
suffered some pain after the
Michigan shot unusually well
from the free throw line. Man-
aging a meager 69 per cent
from the line before the game,
the Wolverines hit 24 ofx27at-
tempts for the game. Baxter,
averaging but 58gper cent for
the season, connected on six
straight tosses in the final min-
Michigan used its fast break
constantly throughout the game.
Many times Hubbard or for-
ward John Robinson would grab
the rebound and dribble down-
"EVER SINCE Hubbard's
been on the Olympic team, he
thinks he's a guard," mused a
EXPERIENCE KEYS IRISH -
By JOHN NIEMEYER
Oh, how things can turn
around in the WCHA.
Two years ago, Notre Dame
was a weak sister in the con-
ference, finishing with a 13-22-3
This weekend, the Fighting
Irish will batte Michigan's
hockey team for second place in
the conference as they host the
Wolyerines in South Bend.
Notre Dame is currently tied
for third place with North Da-
kota, sharing identical 11-7
conference records. If Michi-
gan holds onto second this
weekend, they will have to
fight the Sioux next weekend,
making this weekend's con-
test even more crucial.
The reason. for the turn
around in Notre Dame's for-
tunes is largely experience.
Nearly all of last year's squad
which finished 19-17-2 and lost
to Michigan in the first round of
the playoffs returned this year.
Included among those return-
ees are some super players that
have given the Irish a strong,
The Irish offense is led by
superstar center Brian Walsh.
Walsh demonstrated his offen-
sive prowess to the Michigan
State Spartans last weekend as
he scored six goals and added
four assists to increase his dom-
inance among the WCHA scor-
Walsh has 45 points on the
season, and his nearest com-
petitors are Craig Norwich of,
Wisconsin and Michigan's
Dave Debol with 38 and 36 with nullifying the most prolif-'
goals respectively. ic offense in the nation. This
Adding some muscle to the task will rest squarely on the
offense are solid performers shoulders of the talented Irish
Jack Brownschidle and Clark netminders, John Peterson and
Hamilton who also rank with Len Moher.
the league's top goal getters. Peterson has the second best
Hamilton, a wing, plays on a goals against average in the
line with center Walsh, giving conference, while Moher is
the Irish more than enough right behind in third place.
scoring power when they are on The key to the series could be
the ice. the momentum that Notre Dame
Brownschidle, however, is a has built up in recent weeks,
defenseman, and anchors a so including last weekend's sweep
id platoon that has yielded only of Michigan State in East Lan-
77 points all year, lowest in the sg.
conference. .For the Wolverines to return
victorious, they will have to
While the Irish can boast the penetrate the tough Irish de-
best defense, they are faced fense, and shut down Walsh.
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ekend rom- swim through the Wisconsin
Thetupcomingweekenpor meet. We're looking forward to
ises to be a crucial one for.MSU. It's our biggest dual meet
both Michigan swimming teams, of the year and the girls are
each culminating in important really anxious."
Saturday night meets. ral niu.
The men's team opens up Fri-
In the only home meet of the day night at Purdue, then takes
weekend, the women's swim on a talented Illinois squad Sat-
team takes on Wisconsin Friday urday afternoon. The Boiler-
night. The Badgers finished fifth makers are a "vastly improved
in the Big Ten last year and team" according to Michigan
boast a strong crop of new re- Coach Gus Stager.
cruits. Coach Stu Isaac, how- "We'll be at a disadvantage
ever, downplays the meet in fa- because that's not the greatest
vor of the following nght's pool. I expect some pretty good
matcnup at Michigan State. -
races, but score-wise I think we
can handle the meet."
Stager felt that Illinois was a
better team this year, also.
"'They have good sprinters, in
fact, they're fairly loaded all the
Way up. They'll be more fired
up than Purdue."
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