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Sunday, January 16, 191




Special to The Daily
scoring streak pushed Michigan
to a first-half lead large enough
to counteract a late Michigan
State surge, giving the Wolver-
ines an 83-70 victory before a
sell-out crowd last night at East
The road victory gave Michi-
gan a 3-0 Big Ten record, keep-
ing pace with first-place Purdue
"I was pleased with our
team and the big lead we built
up," said Michigan coach
Johnny Orr. "You may say
we blew the lead, but it's
tough to get the lead in the

first place."
The Wolverines shot .568 for
the first half, and the Spartans
couldn't quite come back from
the 52-30 deficit at intermission.
Midway through 'the half, the
Spartans held an 18-17 lead in
a 'sesaw game. Michigan cen-
ter Phil Hubbard then connect-
ed on a pair of free throws to
send Michigan on its way.
The Wolverines scored the
next 10 points, and'two minutes
later an eleven point string gave
them a comfortable 42-22 lead
with less than four minutes left
in the half.
"We just seemed to have


lost our poise in the first
half," said Spartan coach Jud
Heathcote. "As is our ten-
dency, we played very hard
for ten minutes or so, but
then we broke down for five
During the streak, foul trou-
ble forced Heathcoate to re-
move his two leading scorers,
Greg Kelser and Aobert Chap-
man. Both players eventually
fouled out of the game.
In addition, MSU was inept
at the free throws - in the half,
hitting only two of nine tosses.
Hubbard and Joel Thompson
combined for 22 Michigan points
in the half, hitting nine of their
twelve shots. Hubbard took
game scoring honors, tallying
20 points.
But Michigan needed all
they could get in the first
half, as the second period was
a different story.
With 6:27 left in the game,
the Wolverines were cruising
with their biggest lead 81-57, but
famine soon hit them.
Their next basket came with
14 seconds left, with the Spar-
tans closing the secure lead to
11 points in the six-minute
"We came out in the first half


fired up," said Michigan's Dave
Baxter. "But there wasn't the
same intensity after we jumped
out like that.
"We just got overconfident,
but we always had control of
the game. That's the important
thing," he added.
Michigan was whistled for
six personal fouls in only
three minutes near the end,
cooling off it's then hot shoot-
We got a lot of bad calls
near the end," said Rickey
Green, who hit a dismal 7 of
his 24 field goals attempts, and
eventually fouled out. "But we
feel good about the road vic-
tory, especially with more big
games coming up."
The game was the first of
a string of seven contests in
fifteen games for Michigan.
Thompson played another
strong game in his starting
spot. He hit for 18 points, which
included a string of six straight
field goals during the game. He
also led the Wolverines in re-
bounds with 11.
"I played pretty good there
for a while," said Thompson.
"But I'm not completely satis-

fied with my performance, I the services of leading scorer
know I can do better." Bruce "Sky" King.
Senior guard Steve Grote, still Michigan State's Varsity Re-
hampered with a broken nose, serve Squad converted a techni-
played twenty-eight minutes and cal foul on the Michigan bench
scored only five points. He took with no time remaining to nip
another hit on the nose last the Wolverines 68-67.
night, but he claims that it will With the score tied at 67, Mich-
be all right. igan took possession of the ball




"He's had all kinds of injur-
ies this year, and it's affect-
ing his play," lamented Orr.
Michigan's usual tough de-
fense forced Michigan State to
commit numerous turnovers-21
for the entire game.
Michigan has another tough
contest Monday night, facing
Iowa at Iowa 'City. The Hawk-

with :07 remaining when a palm-
ing call went against the Spar-
The Wolverines, now 2-2, work-
ed the ball in to John Romas
who was called for an offen-
sive foul as he took a last
second shot.
Michigan coach Dan Fife and
staff contested the call and were
slapped with the technical which
proved to be the game winner.

full court
; ------S

eyes are
son, but

9-3 thus far this sea-
they will be without

9-14 0-0 11
0-1 0-0 0
8-12 4-8 9
7-24 2-2 6
2-6 1-2 5
3-7 1-5 3
5-8 1-1 2
2-2 2-2 3
0-0 0-0 1
36-74 11-20 46








3-8 14
0-1 5
.0-2 9
2-3 1
7-8 4
0-0 1
0-1 1
2-2 0,
2-2 0
0-1 1
0-0' 0



MSU cage woes-... f
Johnson the answer.?
ROME WASN'T BUILT IN.A DAY. It's going to take some
time for Michigan State to reestablish itself as a win-
ier in basketball. The Spartans made a fair effort,hbut it's
back to the drawing board for the kids who enjoy being part
of a rebuilding program.
Michigan State would consider itself well on the. road to
recoveryif Jud Heathcoate signs Earvin Johnson, the Lan-
sing Everett sensation. Johnson is the same young man whom
Michigan coaches refer to as "the key to our recruiting year."
Now it doesn't take much to see that the basketball
programs at Michigan and Michigan State are as differentI
as night and day. The intrastate rivalry is fierce, but inI
the past few years - and probably for the next few years1
- a Michigan win is more or -less expected and a Spar-
tan win is an upset.
What can each school offer Johnson? It's clear that both
are banking on him, although there is no assurance he willj
sign with either one.thu n
What Johnson's choice boils down to is thisT- would one
rather go with an established program, or be a superstar in
a struggling one? Some say that Johnson wills be a superstar
wherever he goes.
Vernon Payne, MSU assistant coach, makes a strong case.
"Earvin Johnson can bring charisma and talent to this pro-
gram that we don't have. He would only maintain the statusf
quo at Michigan, but he would vault us into national prom-
inence. Some kids enjoy being associated with building for ther
And, if you talk to Michigan assistant Bill Frieder, he willi
say, "You remain established by getting top players. I feel
we've done a good job at Michigan by adding a key player
every year or every other year. It's time to come back withi
another superstar like Earvin Johnson.
"There are things Michigan State cannot do for Earvin
next year. They won't be in a postseason tournament right
away," said Frieder. "Their facilities won't change for
awhile either. It will still take time to accomplish the things
we're already doing. I don't think they'll be playing Louis-
ville, Alabama and UCLA his freshman year, either."
"Sure, they may have sellouts," said Frieder, but not 13,09
sellouts. They only seat 9,500 in that dump." (Close, Capacity
is 9,886). "And they won't be on national TV next year, either."
One could go on like this forever. But how did such a vastt
difference between the two programs evolve? Even the mosti
loyal Spartan boosters (and I speak as an East Lansing na-
tive) --admit that MSU basketball deteriorated drastically overI
the past several years.
One man with a heavy hand in all of this is Gus Ganakas,
head coach from 1969 until he was fired last spring. Ganakas
now serves as an assistant to the athletic director in depart-
ment relations.-
"The direction Michigan State basketball takes in theI
next few year depends on Earvin Johnson," said Ganakas.
"He could accelerate the interest for a new arena which wel
need very badly.
"The basketball budget is more than tripled what it was
last year," said Ganaskas. "Joe Kearney, the new athletic
director, recognized that the budget was inadequate for Big
Ten and national competition. Before, the need was not /under-
"The lack of concept at what it takes to compete at a
high level was evidenced by the lack of planning for an
arena. At one time, Jenison was fairly adequate," said Ganakas.
"Then people around us like Michigan, Notre Dame and Illinois
began to build new arenas and passed us by."
Finances aside, one of the most publicized incidents in
Big Ten basketball in the past couple of years was a walk-
out staged by MSU players two years ago ovei' Ganakas' start-
ing lineup for an Indiana game. The public interpreted the
incident as a discipline problem with racial overtones.
"The adverse publicity hurt or program badly," said
Ganakas. "We handled it as well 'as it could be handled
But the damage was done. The budget, the arena, Ganakas'
shaky status, and the walkout all pointed to one thing - MSU
basketball was unstable. Recruiting was difficult as it was.
But even concentrating in-state, the Spartans lost out
to Michigan on some good ones. Here's what some of them
have to say.
*Len Lillard - "It wasn't so much their prograip as
some of the players I didn't like. Lindsay (Hairston) and
(Terry) Furlow were going to be there. They said they wanted
to sign me first, then Jeff Tropf. I might have been in his
position. It wasn't that they were black - it's just the type
of guys they were. Here, I didn't sense the same attitude."
e Joel Thompson - "I watched them play and practice.
Ganakas would say to do layups and the players would say
'no' and just sit around. As a basketball player, I wouldn't

16 83

Score by Period
MICHIGAN a..... 5
Michigan State .... 30

Totals 27-56 16-28 39 187
Attendance: 9,772.
s 3 Technical Fouls - MSU Bench.
31 - 83 Fouled Out - Kelser, Chapman,
40 -70i Green.


Huskies dump


Michigan Tech center Stu'
Ostlund deflected a slap shot
past Michigan goalie Rick
Palmer at 16:54 of the third
period, lifting the Huskies to a
3-2 victory over the Wolverine
icers last night at Yost Ice
Arena before 7,134 fans.
Prior to the game - winning
goal, Wolverine Mike Coffman
had a breakaway that was
halted by Tech goalie Bruce
"We came down on the
breakaway and missed, and
they took it down and scor-
ed. I've seen it happen so
many times," Michigan hoc-
key coach Dan Farrell, said.
Last night's game was a de-
fensive battle, a complete turn-
around from Friday night's 9-8
net shelling.
Tech planned to tighten up
its defense before the game.
"We went over the situation
where a lot of men were loose
in front of the net," Michigan


Tech coach John Maclnnes
"It was a close checking
game tonight," Farrell said.
"It was so free wheeling last
night (Friday), that the guys
were probably tired tonight,"
he added.
Michigan could not convert
any of its nine power play
chances. The local icers pres-
sured, but could never turn on
the red light. The reasons for
the unproductive power play
were good Tech penalty killing
and the goal tending of Horsch,
who received first star of the
game honors.
Michigan Tech's Dave Joelson
directed a long pass from Doug
Young into the net at 11:32 ofI
the third period, tying the game
at 2-2. This was the only power
play goal of the night, but more
important, it appeared to give
the momentum to Tech.
"I think probably our sec-
ond goal was the key goal,"
Maclnnes said. He said jie




Grapple rs
By PATRICK RODE Strader, in
The Michigan wrestling team start, donated
added two more dual meet vic- the cause wi
tories to its undefeated record, Northwestern's
nudgirng Northwestern, 21-12 and and the Christ
Athletes in Action, 24-12, in a Dave Redd. C
close, aggressive meet last tion came in,
night. pins, against
At one time down 12-6, key Beckman andl
wins by Mark Churella at 150 AIA.
pounds, Rich Strader at 126, In a perform
Brad Holman at 167, and Har- nesen terme
old King at 190 pulled the Wol- Harold King d
verines (5-0) to victory over the cat nemesis,
Big Ten rival Wildcats. beat him in
I "I'm pleased we won," said meet and earl
Michigan coach Bill Johanne- the Midlands'
sen, "but we'll have to sharpen "We had tc
up to win the Big Ten. tory." Johann
"WE HAD some gutsy per- out it we wou
formances. though," Johannesen falls to win."
went on. "Churella keeps pour- AGAINST A
ing the coals on, and Strader tain Mark Jo!
came through for us." Olympic Gold

his first varsityI
two decisions toi
th victories over1
s Roger Mattix
ian organization's
hurella's contribu-
the form of two,
Wildcat Dave
Reid Lamphere of
mance that Johan-
d "outstanding,"
defeated his Wild-
Al Marzano, who
last year's dual
ier this season in
o have that vic-
esen said: "With-
uld've needed two
IA, Michigan cap-
hnson had to face
d Medalist John

felt Michigan lost its spark performance by the Michigan
after Tech tied the game for defense. The- defensemen were
the second time. blocking shots, and Palmer
Wolverine Kip Maurer scored made several tough saves. Pal-
os a rebound from Ken Kawa's mer received the second star of
shot at 18:32 in the first period, the game honors.
breaking a scoreleses tie. Maur- The win for Tech gave the
er's goal stood:by -itself on the Northlanders the edge between
scoreboard until 4:59 of the the two teams, 3-2. Both times'
third period when Tech's Stu in WCHA series, the teams split,
Younger scored on a three-on- and Tech won in the Great
two break. Lakes Invitational Tournament.
Michigan took only 1:13 to re- The CHA race for first
gain the lead, as Mike Coffman place will have to be wonI
attempted to jam the puck in on the road by the Wolver-
the net. Horsch stopped him, de- ines. Currently the Wolver-
flected the puck out, only to ines are in second place two
have Dave Debol flip it home. points behind Wisconsin, not
Otherwise, the Wolverines, sin-North Dakota result.
could not put the puck into the including last night's Wiscon-
net even when they mounted First Period
strong pressure. Michigan took Scoring - 1. Mich. - Maurer,
75 shots compared to Tech's Manery) 18:32. PenalftIes - Tech -
Young (elbowing) 1:27. Tech,
53. Wile'v (high-stick) 5:51. Tech-
"We're the highest scoring Domr< v (charging) 10:36. Mich. -
team in the league and Tech wP.y "n (interference) 13:42.
shut us down," Farrell said. Mich Blanzy (interference) 16:13.
The good point that came out No Second Period
of last night's game was the salt (high-stick) 4:00. Mich. -
Pachoizuk (high-stick) 4:00. Mich.
-Debol (high-stick) 6:10. Tech -
Letzgus (high-stick) 9:34. Tech -
Horsch (tripping) 11:36. Tech -
Wlicov (interference) 15:31.
Third Period
Scoring - 2. Tech- Ydunger
(. Young, Osthund) 4:59. 3 -
ALI-a ich. - Debol (Coffman, Thayer)
6:2 4. Tech - Joelson (Decker, D.
Young) 11:32. 5. Tech - Schwartz
Peterson. In a hard-fought (Dempsey, Younger) 16:54. Penalties
Peteson In a had-fugh - Tch D.Young (high-stick)
match, the result came out in :35. Mich. - Brennan (tripping
Peterson's favor. 11:09. Tech - Moy (slashing) 18:35.
"Johnson wrestled well once Tech-Younger (misconduct) 20:00.
he realized he could wrestle T ech-W. Young (crosscheck) 20:00.
Tech - WV. Young (misconduct)
Peterson - he started out too 20:00. Tech - Letzgus (misconduct)
conservatively," Johannesen 20.00. Mich. - Debol (misconduct)
noted. 20:00.
This Friday, the wrestlers will
face number two rated Iowa
State at Crisier Arena. W om en
118-TODD SCHNEIDER lost to
Dave AriveIne (NW), 2-0:;
-bf.HMike Whitfield (AA).
126-RICH STRADiER dec.
Roger Mattix (NW), 3-1; I
dec. Dave Redd (AA), 4-2.
134 RICA LUBELL dec.
Brett Greenky (NW), 5-2;
lost to Gary Taylor (AA), 8-2. By MARK AUSTIN
142-KARL BRIGGS lost to Michigan's women's basket-
Pete Domibrowski (NW), 9-3; ihgnswmnsbse-
lost to Pat Murphy (AA), 9-2; ball team scored ten straight
150-MARK CHURELLA wbf. points in the closing minutes to
Dave Beckman (NW); beat Purdue 62-49 last night at
wbf. Reid Lamphere (AA). Crisler Arena.
158-GEOrE (LLE t2; to The Wolverines led by a slight
lost to Tom Keeley (AA), 4-1. margin for. most of the game
167-BRAD HOLMAN dec. but used a-full-court press in the
Russ Weglarz (NW), 4-0;
wbf. Bill Gifford (AA). closing minutes to insure the
177-MARK JOHNSON dec. victory.
Robert Morrison (NW), 9-6; "It really wasn't a stellar
lost to John Peterson (AA), 9-2. performance," said Michigan
190-HAROLD KING dec.
Al Marzano (NW), 11-7; Coach Carmel Borders. "It
dec. Doug Klenovich (AA), 5-2. was a very physical game
IHwt.-BOB TAYLOR lost to ' with a lot of action. We really
MiTCW manCNW de. didn't warm up until the end
Henry Schaeffer (AA), 5-3. of the game."

Daily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY
MICHIGAN GUARD Rickey Green drives to the basket
in Michigan's 83-70 victory over Michigan State last night
in East Lansing. Green netted 15 points for the Wolverines.
4 -2
Tankers dunk Illini;'
prep-are for MSU
It was a tough act to follow, but the Michigan women's
swim team scored its second romp of the weekend by de-
stroying Illinois 95-33 Saturday afternoon.
Coming off their 87-44 win over Purdue Friday night,
the Wolverines took the first event against the 1l1ini and
never looked back. The host team displayed enormous
talent in winning 13 of the 16 events, led by double win-
ners Karen Bockstahler, Liz Lease, and Katy McCully.
"It wasn't very exciting, but there were a couple
good races," said Michigan coach Stu Issac. "Lori
Hughes came from behind to win the 100 fly, and
Nancy Moss' time in the 100 breast was a personal
best. There's no doubt that the breaststroke is our
strongest area."
Michigan's next big opponent is strong Michigan State,
and the task is a big one. "That's going to be a really
tough meet at MSU, especially in their pool," said Isaac.
Michigan showed considerable depth of its own
against Illinois, particularly in diving, All six of the
divers who competed for the Wolverines qualified for
spots in the national finals. Lori Wettlaufer took the
one meter division with a total of 258.65 points, while
Chris Seufert led in the three meter category with
304.25 points.
Michigan's 200 meter freestyle relay team of Kim
Groleau, Mary Walker, Lease, and McCully came from
behind to qualify for a berth in the nationals with a time
of 1.41.3.
Lease took both the 50 and 100 meter freestyles, Mc-
Cully the 200 and 500 freestyles, and Bockstahler the 50
and 100 meter breaststrokes. Becky McSwine was a
double winner for Illinois in the 50 and 100 backstrokes.
aers do wn Purdue
ug i toebattle

Hurdles set re
snare individual

The first half and much of the
second were marked by weak
rebounding and sloppy passing
on the part of the Wolverines.
Michigan led at the half, 34-32.
"Our . rebounding was not
good," said Borders. "In the
first half Purdue forced . our
players away from the hoop but
in the second half I told them to
stay under the hoop.
"Purdue used a 2-1-2 defense.
They knocked away a lot of our
passes under the boards."
Center Kathryn Young and
guard Melinda Fertig led
Michigan's balanced scoring
with 14 points each. Lydia

Sims added 12, Natasha Cen-
der 11, and Karen Gilhooly
nine. Young had 10 rebounds.
Purdue was led by Amy Ru-
ley with 14 and Helen Nicholas
wi h 13.
Michigan led 48-46 with just
under six minutes left when, it
started its surge. Cender hit
three straight free throws to
make it 51-46. Fertig followed
with a three-point play at 2:04 to
boost the lead to 54-46.
Two more free throws by Cen-
der and a lay-up by Young made
it 58-46 with a minute and a half
left and the game was locked up.

Michigan's shuttle hurdle
relay team set a meet record
and the Wolverines won two in-
dividual events yesterday at
the 9th Annual Eastern Michi-
gan University Invitational
track meet.
Coach Jack Harvey elected
to keep all of his top distance
runners at home, due to the
hardness of the Huron's track.
AS A RESULT, the hurdlers
were cast into the .spotlight
and they took advantage of
their opportunity.
Arnett Chisholm, Gary Hicks,t
Don Wheeler, and Chuckie
Crouther combined for a win-

ning time of 28.7. knocking five
tenths off the ,existing record.
In the individual event, the
60 yard high hurdles, Chisholm
was again victorious as he won
a tight race in 7.4. Wheeler
placed a close third swith a
time of 7.5.
Michigan's other individual
champion was James Grace
in the440 yard dash. The jun-
ior from- Detroit won his spe-
cialty in a time of 50.1.
Sprinters Doug Hennigar and
Dwight Jones finished third
and fourth respectively forj
'the Wolverines in the 60 yard
dash with identical times of


Zlichigan gymnasts,

Michigan grabbed first places in the
pommel horse, still rings, and parallel
bars in yesterday's finals of the Big Ten
Invitational gymnastics meet held at Cris-
ler Arena.
However, the meet was marred by a
broken leg suffered by Ohio State's top
all-around performer early in the morn-
;nnc ntnn l .nttip

Christmas vacation. It's his senior year,
'and he's' been our Most Valuable Per-
former for the last three years. I guess
it's a bittersweet ending because he won
the all-around competition."
Most of the gymnasts were able to shake
off the emotional setback and prepare for
the afternoon's finals. The results indicate
that the Michigan performers were the
mrnst nrenaerd

do, especially after the compulsories,"
Ventura said.
Scott Ponto followed up by winning the
rings, clearly outdistancing his opponents
in his specialty. "I've been hurt all sea-
son, and this is my first decent showing."
Sophomore John Corritore, who hasn't
lost in the parallel bars all season, easily
won again. However, before the parallel
bars came up he was having multiple

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