THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Saturday, February 19, 1977
leers triumph, 3- 1;
Palmer stars in nets
By JOHN NIEMEYER
Special to The Daily
It shows up in the strangest disguises. This time it ar-
rived in Minneapolis in the form of Michigan hockey team.
The Wolverines put together their best defensive showing-
of the ybar tonight, holding Minnesota to one goal, winning 3-1.
It was a clean struggle that could have gone either
way. But two power-play goals changed Michigan's way,
and that was the difference.
The first two periods were a toss-up as both teams tallied
once. Neither offense was -on track.
As Michigan coach Dan Farrell put it, "the checking
was so close out there that the offenses were shut right down."
The third period belonged to Michigan as they scored twice
to ice the victory.
The first goal came as Dave Debol took a feed from
Kip Maurer at the right side of the crease. Debol easily
lifted it in to give Michigan the lead, 2-1.
Dan Lerg added an insurance goal at 10:13. He drove a
slap shot past Minnesota Paul Joswiak, to up the lead to 3-1.
Joswiak played a great game, though, as did Michigan
netminder Rick Palmer.
Farrell lauded, "the freshman Gopher goalie was out-
standing, just outstanding. Both goalies played a super game."
Minnesota's lone goal came in the first period as Gopher
captain Don Micheletti hit a 35 foot slap shot.
Seconds earlier the Wolverines thwarted a Minnesota pow-
er play, largely on some spectacular saves by Palmer. But
14 seconds after Dan Hoene vacated the box, Robin Larson'
hit Micheletti who drove it past Palmer.
The rest of the period remained a tough defensive strug-
gle. The Gopherstdid a superb job of neutralizing two Michigan
power plays, and the first stanza ended 1-0.
The second period was nearly a replay of the first, only
the teams had changed.
Michigan scored the tying goal with a two man ad-
vantage. Debol pushed the puck across in front of the net
and Maurer popped it into the right corner.
Farrell was particularly pleased with the defensive per-
formance. "Tha't's the best we've been defensively all season,"
he said. He added, "that is the first time we've held a team
to one goal.
"Minnesota is probably the best defensive team in the
country and we knew we had to have good defense to win."
The win marked Michigan's third straight victory and
third in a row over Minnesota this season. With the WCHA
race drawing to a close, every win is important, especially
on the road.
Scoring - First Period
Minn. - Micheletti (Larson, O'Neil) 11:07.
Mich. - ',Rob Palmer, hooking, 8:53; Minn. - Micheletti intrer
ence 11:14; Mnn. - Baker, high sticking 13:25; Minn. - Lind, hih
sticking, 18:02; Mich. - Natale, cross checking, 18:02.
Scoring - Second Period
Mich. - Maurer (Debol, Thayer) 12:26.
Minn. - Gorence, kneeing, 9:20; Minn. - Verchota, hooking, 11:41;
Minn. - Vanelli, interference, 12:11; Mich. - Wheeler, elbowing, 16:07.
Scoring - Third Period
Mich. - Debol (Maurer, Natale) 5:18; Mich. - Lerg (unassisted)
Minn. - Donk, high sticking, 4:26.
Women cagers fight
slump; face Eastern,
By CUB SCHWARTZ
Lack of consistency, the pitfall of nearly every Michigan team
this winter has found yet another sport to plague, women's bas-
COACHCARMEL Borders' team, mired in a three game los-
ing streak, including a 96-71 drubbing at the hands of Michigan
State earlier this week, will attempt to turn the tables as it faces
Eastern Michigan today at Ypsilanti.
"Our lack of consistency has hurt us all year, but we are
confident," said Borders. "The team is mentally prepared and
anxious to get back onto the winning side."
Only a month ago the Wolverines shellacked the Hurons,
95-68, building up a comfortable 30 point halftime lead and coast-
ing to victory. It might not be so easy this time around, as East-
ern has emerged as a serious contender for the state champion-
The Hurons are a much improved club, notching a pair of
wins over Western Michigan and a 20 point victory over Central
Michigan in recent outings. -
"We are expecting a really tough game," Borders said. "They
have changed their style to a running game and have defeated
some pretty tough teams.''
THE HURONS are led by guard Donna Travis, their top
scorer, averaging 14.3 points per game and center Dottie Davis.
Although Davis is only 5'10, she is very strong under the boards,
pulling down an average of 9.4 caroms per game.
By HENRY ENGELHARDT
Color this one crucial. Draw in a thrill-
ing background and generously use the
crayon marked intense.
But whatever, color it like Michigan
plays basketball - in a hurry. For this
afternoon at 2:05, p.m. Minnesota - those
golden giants of the north - storm Cris-
Tho Gophers, the nation's 12th ranked
team, with an overall record of 20-2, 11-2
in Big Ten play, which leaves them a
scant half game behind . . .
The Wolverines, the country's 5th'
ranked team, sporting a 19-3 overall
mark, 12-2 in conference action and
holding gamely to their narrow edge.
In the two titans' prior encounter in
Minnesota, Michigan prevailed 86-80. "We
were fantastic there," Wolverine Coach
Johnny Orr said, "we were intense and
It will take a similar effort, if not a
greater one, to defeat the Gophers in Ann
Arbor. "Our best performances have come
on the road," said Minnesota Coach Jim
Dutcher, a former Michigan assistant
coach under Orr.
Dutcher left Michigan for Minnesota
two years ago. He returns with a
squad, that when combined with Michi-
gan's, will clutter the floor with stars.
*Michael Thompson, the Gophers 6-10
super-pivotrnan. The Bahamian native
leads the Big Ten in scoring (23.5 points
per game) and field goal accuracy.
Michigan counters with . . .
0 Phil Hubbard, the Big Ten's second
Lead at stake
in cage clash
leading rebounder, second most accurate
field goal shooter and 10th leading scor-
er (18.1 ppg).
"The key is in the middle," noted Dut-
cher. In their initial meeting Thompson
shot a sickly 1-9 in the first half and Hub-
bard outscored him 23 to 20 overall.
* Minnesota's Ray Williams, a 6-2 for-
ward who stands tall in Big Ten stats.
He's the league leader in assists, he also
averages over 17 points and snares seven
rebounds a game. Williams plays both
forward and guard.
0 Rickey Green, the Blue catalyst, leads
his team in scoring, assists, steals and
free throw shooting. He scored 20 points,
last Thursday against Iowa, 18 of which
came in the second half.
The rest of the starting lineups will
be identical to the teams' first meet-
ing. John Robinson and Tom Staton
up front for Michigan while Steve
Grote joins Green in the backcourt.
For the Gophers, freshman Kevin Mc-
Hale teams with Williams at forward. Phil
Saunders and Osborne Lockhart make up
the guard tandem.
In the depth category Michigan has
a decided edge. After a pleasing per-
formance against Iowa, Joel Thomp-
son will probably be the first to jump
off the Blue bench.
Dave Baxter and Tom Bergen, both
of whom enjoyed fine games against the
Hawkeyes, along with Alan Hardy will
Minnesota, basically a six-man team
calls upon 6-10 Dave Winey to spell any
of its starters. Williams moves to the
backcourt if Winey replaces a guard.
WOLVERINE TAILS: Michigan has won
19 straight home games . . . the last
time the Gophers left Ann Arbor a winner
was 1963. They have lost 11 straight here
The Gophers play a match-up zone, which
means they mirror their opponent's of-
fensive set. They also play a standard 2-3
zone. "I can't remember the last time we
played man-to-man," Dutcher said.. . .
Michigan's varsity reserve cagers play
the 10th rated junior college team in the
country, Henry Ford, starting at 11:45
a.m. . . . Minnesota finishes its season
with a road trip to Wisconsin and North-
western. At the same time the Wolverines
wind up Big Ten play at Illinois, then
Purdue . . . Steve Grote needs but four
points to become Michigan's sixth all-
time leading scorer. On the same list,
Rickey Green will pass Campy Russell
for 10th place with his ninth point
Michigan has outdunked its opponents 52-
17 . . . The Wolverine's shot-block leader
is Joel Thompson with 17 . . . The Goph-
ers Ray Williams scored 28 points Thurs-
day against Michigan State, despite miss-
ing the last five minutes with a bruised
thigh. Dutcher said he would be ready to
This SAT. EVENING
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to-early CCC lead
By ERNIE DUNBAR
Michigan distance runners Bill Donakowski and Bruce
McFee combined for 16 of the Wolverines' meet leading
37 'points in the first night of the two-day 51st annual
Central Collegiate Conference indoor track championships.
The Wolverines hold a 14-point lead over second place
Penn State,.as the Nittany Lions managed 23 points after
the completion of five events.
ALTHOUGH MICHIGAN has an early lead, Eastern
Michigan qualified the highest number of runners into the
remainder of today's finals. The Hurons have 13 qualifiers,
followed closely by Michigan with 12, and Air Force with 8.
Donakowski ran most of his race well ahead of the
rest of the dompetition, as he cruised to an easy victory
"It was really tough to keep up an even pace," Don-
akowski said after the race. Also it seemed awful hot in
the fieldhouse tonight. You get out there and its like
you're in outer Guam running by yourself."
BESIDES THE VICTORY in the three mile, Michigan
grabbed the Distance Medley Relay '(880,440,,mlile) \with
the team of Dave Furst, Gary Hicks, Steve Elliott, and
Greg Meyer clocking 9:56.0.
Doug Gibbs wound up in a tie for second in the high
jump with a leap of 6-10.
Qualifiers for tomorrow's finals for the Wolverines
were Arnett Chisholm, Don Wheeler, and Chucky Crouther
in the 60-yard high hurdles, Jeff McLeod and James Grace
in the 440, Tim Thomas and Dave Furst in the 880, Greg
Thomas and Andy Johnson in the 1000, Doug Hennigar in
60-yard dash, and Hennigar and Crouther in the 300.
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MICHIGAN'S TRACK co-captain Greg Meyer raises his
arm in victory after anchoring the Wolverine's victor-
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Led by super sophomore Katy one has a chance of catching champion 800 freestyle medley.
McCully, the Michigan women's us." Not wishing to break form, the
swim team took an overwhelm- The meet has produced many relaytreceivedalso supert a record.all
ing lead in the Big Ten cham- new Big Ten records, the ma- day (Friday), Katy was supep
pionships in Madison, Wisconsin. jority of them belonging to Wol- and Karen Ryland had her best
After the first two nights of verines - ironically enough, race this year in finishing third
competition, the Wolverines breaking the records that they in the 400 IM," commented
have amassed 668 points, far set in winning the Big Ten title Isaac.
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"This was the best team and
the best effort I've ever seen
in all my years at Michigan,"
said an overwhelmed coach
Stu Isaac. "We have such an
awesomely large lead," he
added, "that I don't think any-
Leading the hit parade wasI
McCully. The Wolverine swim-
mer has won four individual
events - all of them setting Big
Ten records. Besides winning
the 200 and 500 freestyles, andj
the 200 and 400 individual med-
leys, McCully also aided in the!
Lori Hughes set a Big Ten
record yesterday afternoon in
the preliminaries of the 200
butterfly. Not quite satisfied,
she came back last night,
winning the finals of the same
event in a Big Ten record
time that was a full two sec-
onds faster than the previous
Perhaps the greatest victory
for the Wolverine tankers came
in Friday's final event. The 400
medley relay was an event that
most observers had given to
Michigan State. In preliminaries
the Spartans had lived up to that
billing, winning by a time that
was five seconds faster than
After Chris DenHerder, Karen
Bochstahler and Sue Andrews
swam strong legs, Liz Lease
found herself much closer :han
had been expected to the Spar-
tan anchor woman.
Still a body length benind,
Lease swam the 100 in 53.7 to
set Michigan's eighth record of
Detroit 107, Washington 97
Golden State 116, Indiana 111
Phoenix 102, Philadelphia 96
Seattle,93, N.Y. Nets 88
Portland 90, Chicago 87
Milwaukee 124, N.Y. Knicks 123
Colorado 3, Cleveland 3 (tie)
Special to The Daily
DETROIT - Lacking the kil-
ler instinct yet exhibiting a
sense of survival, the Detroit
Pistons hung on to 'efeat the
Washington Bullets 107-97 before
8,396 fans here last night.
The Pistons saw a third quar-
ter 80-62 lead, their largest of
the night, diminish to six
points with 1:58 left in the
game. Kevin Porter's drive up
the lane, with 1:02 left made
the score 101-93, virtually ic-
ing the vjctory.
Bob Lanier led all scorers
with 35 points and added 15 re-
bounds. Howard and Kevin Por-
ter added 20 and 17 points, re-
spectively, while Elvin Hayes
led the Bullets with 18.
The Detroit defense was
helped by the Bullets poor
shooting, as Washington hit on
40.8 per cent of its shots from
the field. The Pistons added to
Washington's woes,, as they
set a new tearn record of.14
blocked shots. Howard Porter
led with four.
The normally vocal Herb
Brown took a back seat to Bul-
lets coach Dick Motta, tonight.
He was assessed, two technical
fouls bringing a cheer from the
partisan Piston fans second only
to the ovation they gave Dave
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