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Page Eight


Sunday, January1 9






was typically subdued despite
his team's victory.
"We were really lucky to get
* <::that spurt at the beginning," he
said. "I think basketball is a
e.Qm o O I'+C -A +l,- v --.

full court

(Continued from Page 1)
touch after Michigan's Wayman
Britt had rendered him ineffec-
tive in the first half with nettle-
some defense.

Indiana undefeated

. . .

... but not invincible
FOLLOWING Indiana's 84-64 demolition of UCLA in its season
opener, the Hoosiers were virtually conceded the NCAA
championship by many observers. However in the past few
weeks it has become apparent that Indiana is hardly invincible.
The first-ranked Hoosiers escaped Crisler arena and its
record crowd of 14,063 with an 80-74 win over Michigan, yester-
day. Despite holding 14-point leads in both halves, Indiana did
not clinch the win until the final minute. In fact, the Wolverines
had ample opportunity to pull off the upset.
Down 68-54, Michigan trimmed the Hoosier lead to 74-70, and
regained possession following a traveling violation on Quinn
Buckner. The Wolverines brought the ball downcourt and Steve
Grote drove the baseline looking for a foul. However Indiana
center Kent Benson blocked Grote's shot, forcing a jump ball.
"You got to go up with it, there was so much bumping,"
Grote said. "It was such a physical game."
"I think we could have won if they had fouled instead of
getting a jump ball," Johnny Orr said. "I thought they fouled
Grote but they called it a jump ball."
The Wolverines hardly played one of their better games.
Nevertheless, Indiana still needed an utterly amazing offensive
performance from Benson, who hit on 16 of 18 shots, to save its
undefeated record. None of the Wolverines could put together
a strong performance at both ends of the court.
Wayman Britt turned in a sterling effort on defense, holding
All-American Scott May to 15 points, nine below his average.
However, both Britt and his counterpart at forward, John Rob-
inson, never got involved in the Wolverine offense. Combined
Britt and Robinson had ten points and only three rebounds. Grote
scored 13 points, but turned the ball over six times, four of
those coming early in the game as Indiana built a 16-2 lead.
Phil Hubbard had his best offensive game of the season scor-
ing 23, but early foul trouble kept him from being aggressive
on defense.
While Indiana's hot-shooting 76 per cent in the second
half and 57 per cent for the game stifled the Maize and BlueI
fast break, Michigan had little or no success in running its
offensive patterns. The Wolverines were credited with only
16 assists, their lowest total of the season, as the Hoosiers
kept Rickey Green and Grote from getting the ball to the
The Wolverines' offensive attack consisted almost entirely of
Hubbard working against Benson with Green occasionally going
one-on-one versus Buckner or Bob Wilkerson.
Michigan fared poorly on the boards, rarely getting second
chances on missed shots, while Indiana converted errant shotsE
into baskets.
Having played at Wisconsin on Thursday night, Michigan had'
only one practice to prepare for Indiana. When .Hubbard's four
first half fouls forced the Wolverines into a zone defense for
the first time this season. The lack of preparation may have hurt
Indiana has had trouble with zone defenses in past games,
but Friday, Michigan had no time in which to practice its rusty
zone. As a result, the Hoosiers took advantage to expand a 36-33s
lead to 53-44.l
"There were some gaps in the zone and we got some openI
shots," May said.If
"We would not have zoned if it hadn't been for the fouls,"
Orr admitted..
In the final analysis it was Benson, whose 33 points equalledj
his career-high, that meant the difference. The 6-10 redheadt
couldn't miss, sinking hooks with either hand, canning jumpersr
from the outside and setting granite-like picks.r
"We got the ball into him better than we have all year,"
Said Indiana coach Bobby Knight.

INDIANA kept hitting 76 per out witheodteams. You'ren
cent for the half and stayed in out with good teams. You're not
control, opening up a 68-54 lead NIGHT EDITOR: going to keep it up unless you've
on Benson's three-point play at ED LANGE got a team completely outman-
8:45. The only thing keeping : ....... . ned, and that wasn't the situa-
Indiana from moving out of te tion here.
reach was Hubbard's shooting. fainted."IT CERTAINLY didn't seem
The freshman center, playing Benson scored 18 in the first to be, but the Wolverines didn't
with four fouls, scored 15 of half on 9 of 10 shots despite b play as well as they have in
Michigan's first 19 points in the some hustling defense by Hub- other games. Hubbard played
second half. He scored 19 in bard. Benson called it his best well, but only Britt's defense
that half and 23 for the game. offensive game of the year. and Rickey Green were up to
The Wolverines got the ball to "I just felt good and the shots par.tGreen scored 18 points and
Hubbard as often as possible in were going in," he said. Benson Grote 13.
an effort to foul out Benson, but scored 33 against Kentucky in
Benson laid back just enough last year's Mideast final, In- The Hoosiers' tough defense
to avoid such a fate.- diana's only loss in the last two limited 1forwards Britt and Rob-
A f t e r Benson's three - pointI years. inson to four and six points, re-
rlay, Grote, H u b b a r d and spectively. Reserves Dave Bax-
1ickey Green scored to make "WE GOT off to such a bad ter, Joel Thompson and Tom
it 68-60. After the teams traded start there," said Orr. "We Bergen held their own,Bergen
two baskets each, Grote scored were probably a little excited looking especially good with two
on a lay-up but fouled Buckner. and nervous. I was proud of the blocked shots and four points.
Bluckner made one of two and way we came back. We never Despite the turnovers, In-
the Hoosiers led, 73-66. quit." diana's well-drilled offense was
Yesterday's gane was the
HUBBARD scored again and Wolverines' fourth in eight days,
Michigan blew a chance to make and they had only one day to Bruins upset
it 73-70 when Grote missed a prepare for Indiana, but Orr
driving lay-up after pressure de- made no excuses afterwards. He CORVALLIS, Ore. ?) -
fense forced a turnover. May didn't complain about the ref- Oregon State's Lonnie Shelton
hit one of two free throws at erees, either, though he stomp- scored 20 points as the Bea-
2:07 and it was Indiana 74, ed around and slammed his vers overpowered the third-
Michigan 68. chair during the game in re- ranked UCLA Bruins 75-58
John Robinson's basket made sponse to a few calls. yesterday in a Pacific-8 Con-
it 74-70, and then came Buck- ; And be claims he just wanted ference basketball game.
per's travelling violation and to ask referee Gary Muncy "a Oregon State now is 2-0 in
kGrnte's blocked lay-uip. couple questions" when he had the conference after dumping
The loss was Michigan's first to be restrained by assistant No. 18 Southern Cal 80-70
it the Big Ten against three coach Bill Frieder as they left Thursday nightein Corvallis.
wins. The Wolverines are 9-3 the court after the game.
fver ll. Indiana took over first
nlac^e in the conference with a "WE MESSED up a couple very effective. Wilkerson did a
3-0 record, 12-0 overall. breaks and a couple easy shots,'lot of things right, finishing with
and we can't do that," said Orr. l4 ting s ht, f sn
24 assists. May's hot second
"nFNSON was tremendous," "That'was a good game. They're half gave him 15 points for the
smid Orr. "He played a great real aggressive and they're big game, and Buckner added 11.
gamie. He really shot well. He and strong."
finally missed and I almost Indiana coach Bobby Knight MICHIGAN rarely used its of-
fensive patterns, prefering to
VARS let Hubbard work one-on-one,
Sandnever got its fast break
working because of Indiana's
* 32-24 control of the boards.
Now, as Orr admitted, Mich-
ivzan's biggest problem is get-
ii ue icers rngmetll rad orth Oi
State game tomorrow at Crisler.
OSIJ is 0-3 in the Big Ten (4-7
comeback by the Wolverines ines in fourth place in the Wes- overall)l osinge tthe aBuck-
like Friday night were disap- tern Collegiate Hockey Asso- eves lost by only two to Indiana.
pointed by the two final Duluth ciation with a 9-7 mark for18' B f td'
goals. points. Michigan Tech is now utiter esterWv rinsap
Freshman Bruce Olson fired first by way of a weekend moindtg loss, the Wolverines
a shot past Moore at 12:36 and sweep of Colorado College. may find it hard to think of anv-
another freshman center John Michigan State has slipped from hing except what might have
Harrington scored at 19:34 when first as a result of Denver's been and what might happen
the game was long over . stunning sweep of the weekend when they get another shot at
The split of the weekend ser- series with the Spartans in East the Hoosiers.
ies with Duluth left the Wolver- Lansing. Call us Avis

INDIANA'S Bob Wilkerson (20) shows some of that awesome Hoosier rebounding power to Mich-
igan's Wayman Britt (32) during yesterday's game, an 80-74 victory for the top ranked visitors.
Britt, however, proved to be a thorn in the side of IU's Scott May (42), an All-American
selection last year, holding him to 13 points. Wolverine Ricky Green (22) is pictured in an un-
usual pose-standing still.
ulldos dec


'The crowd may h
sleep but Rick Hein
And because he
Michigan hockeyt
down to defeat to the
Duluth Bulldogs, 6-2
Heinz, the Bulldog
er, was outstanding
the. game as he cons
ed aside Wolverinec
scoring. Heinz stopp
but allowed only the
goaliesfavoi ite frier
posts on numerous
Greg Natale, the
junior defenseman,v
tim on at least thre
as he rattled more
Ma Bell but was sht
scoring department.

ave gone to
z did not.
didn't the
team went

Robbie Moore for the tying' the short side of Heinz and the
score. Wolverines had their last goal
of the game.
Duluth took the lead for good DURING THE rest of the sec-
when big defenseman Dave and period the Bulldogs' goalie,
Langevin scored on a powerplay Heinz was brilliant. Twice he
at 16:48 of the first period. Heinzd was brin Ti he
robbed the Wolverines of goals

2. ( After Wolverine winger Kris!
Manery went off for elbowing,I
gs goaltend- incidentally the only penalty of
throughout the first period, Langevin was
stantly turn- parked in front of the Wolverine
attempts at net. He then tipped in a shot
ed 46 shots from the right of Robbie Moore'
two goals. for the goal. Assists went to
p from the Mike Newton and Monty Jones.
id, the goal- JUST BEFORE the end of the
occasions. first period the Bulldogs tallied
Wolverines again with Milani getting his!
was the vic- second goal of the period as he,
e occasions slipped a shot past Robbie
posts than Moore from out front, giving
it out in the Duluth a 3-1 lead at the end of
I the first period. Assists on the
drew first goal went to Mike Newton, his
t ~lnccto ha nain dndl

and another time Natale had
one of his shots rattle off the
post again.
Anyone expecting another

Spartans stomp OSU



Wilkerson totalled fourteen assists, mainly because he hap- blood in the opening period after
pened to be the player that got the ball to the big man. Natale made a great sliding
"When he finally miased, I almost fainted," Orr said. save on a Bulldog three on onej
Defensively, Benson picked un three fouls, in the first half, breakaway.
holding Hubbard to four points. Wary of more fouls, Benson re- Natale then picked up the
strained himself in the second half as Hubbard worked himself puck, skated the length of the
free for 19 points. ice and fired a shot at Heinz.
"I was giving him some more room in the second half, Heinz made afgood saverbut on
I should have tightened up," Benson said. the rebound forward Kris Ma-
nerw fired it home for the Wol-
However when the moment of truth came it was Benson verines only lead of the night.
who risked a foul to stop Grote's drive with 1:10 remaining.
Michigan pressured Indiana the entire game, forcing 27 The score came at 7:15 of
turnovers. Buckner lost the ball seven time before fouling out the first period.
with 11 points. Duluth came back less than
The loss leaves Michigan with a 9-3 record overall, and a 3-1 two minutes later at 8:57 of the
mark in conference play. Indiana leads the Big Ten with a 3-0 first to tie the game on a goal
mark, the win boosting its season slate to 12-0. by the Bulldogs leading scorer,
Michigan meets Indiana again, February 7 at Bloomington, Tom Milani. While the Mich-
in a game being televised nationally. However the Wolverines igan defenseman was tied up in
front with Bulldog winger Mike
face a challenge from Ohio State tomorrow at Crisler Arena. Newton, Milani slipped betweenI
"Our biggest problem is to come back Monday," summed up Newton and the goal and flipped
Orr. the puck past Wolverine goalie

junior center Ron Jones.
Michigan forward Pat Hughes
went off for highsticking at 5:27
of the second period. In the
process of killing off that pen-
alty, defenseman Greg Fox was
Scalled for interference as he
and the Bulldogs big manLan-
gevin had their sticks tangled
up in front of the net.
With a two man advantage it
took only nine seconds for the
B lldlo- to r Lc T~nuvin

By The Associated Press
Michigan State capitalized on
second half offense with a scor-
ing burst from Terry Furlow
to down Ohio State 92-82 in a
Big Ten College basketball
game yesterday.
Furlow hit the nets for 33 of
his game high 42 markers in
the final half to propel MSU to
the victory.
Ohio State's 6 - foot-l10center
Craig Taylor was limited to
just 13 points in the last half
after recording 22 tallys in the
opening period.
Furlow's total of 42 points
gave him 140 for the Spar-

Bob Hildebrand came off
the bench and whipped in 10
quick points as Northwestern
cut the Illini lead to eight.
Adams, Williams and Mat-
thews scored Illinois' final 11
points to keep the Wildcats
from getting too close.
Boilers romp
Jordan scored 13 points and five
players hit for double figures
yesterday as a rapidly improv-
ing Purdue squad romped over
Big Ten foe Wisconsin, 87-72.
The triumph, their seventh in
16 outings, left the youthful
Boilermakers in sole posses-
sion of second place in the con-
ference at 2-0, a half-game be-
hind top-rated Indiana.
The Boilermakers, dominat-
ing play at both ends of the
court, raced to a 12-3 lead in
the first three minutes, in-
creased their advantage to 14
in the next three minutes, and
were never seriously threat-
ened in recording their fifth

Michael Thompson scored 29
points and Williams added 20
in losing efforts for Minneso-
ta, which is now 1-3 in the
conference and 9-3 overall.
The Hawkeyes, now 2-1 in the
league and 11-2 overall, took the
lead midway through the first,
half and built a 12-point advan-1
tage at 38-26 in the half. -



6-15 3-4 9 3
4-6 1-3 8 3
16-18 1-2 4 3
5-9 1-2 1 5
3-7 2-2 5 3
0-2 2-2 1 2
0-0 0-0 0 0
0-0 2-2 0 0
34-57 12-17 32 19
36-33 (Indiana)

2-5 0-0
2-4 2-2
11-17 1-1
8-16 2-2
4-8 5-6
2-4 0-0
n 1-3 0-0
1-1 2-2
31-58 12-13


F Pts.
4 4
4 6
5 23
3 18
3 13
1 4
1 2
0 4
0 4
21 74
F Pts.


Halftime score
Attendance: 14

u ilogs to scre as ia LgJv,-
again tipped in a shot by Mike tans' last three games. He
Newton and the Bulldogs had a entered the game leading the
4-1 lead at the 7:17 mark of the Big Ten with a 38.3 point
second. scoring average.
A MINUTE later Michigan de- The win boosted Michigan
fenseman Greg Natale was StatL to 2-2 in the Big Ten and
whistled off for interference and 6-7 overall, while Ohio State fell
the Bulldogs had another two to 0-3 in the conference and 4-7
man advantage-this time for 52 for the season.


Some sharp goaltending by
Robbie Moore, however, pre-
vented any more scoring during
the Duluth advantages and the
Wolverines successfully fought
off the rest of the Duluth power-

Itlini survrise
CHAMPATGN, Ill. - Rich,
ams and Nate Williams cc
bined for 42 points yesterday
lead Illinois to a 74-69 vict
over Northwestern.
The Illini, with Audie M

Midway through the period, thews hitting six-of-six int
the Wolverines cut the Duluth first half, raced to a 40-27 h
lead to 4-2 on a goal by Angie time lead enroute to their f
Moretto at 11:45. Moretto tipped' conference victory of the s
in a shot by Gary Morrison on son.
Illinois continued to pour it
in the second half and onen
Spi" n'in a 22-noint lead at 59-371
fore the Wildcats put on a sn
FIRST PERIOD which lifted them within ei
Scoring: 1. M-Manery (Natale, D. points of the lead.
Lindskog) 7:15. 2. MD-Milani (New-
ton, Rod Jones) 8:57. 3. MD-Lange-
vin (M. Jones, Newton) 16:28-PP.I
4. MD-Milani (Newton, Rod Jones)
Penalties: 1. M-Manery (elbow- I
ing) 15:00.
SECONDPERIOICollIege Basketball
SECOND PERIOD Illinois 74 .Northwesternb69
Scoring: 5. MD-Langevin (New-1Cent. Michif-an 82, E. Michigan 8
ton, Milani) 7:17-PP. 6. M-Moret- Nvd a ea 8 oaS.8
to (Morrison, Kawa) 12:45. vadaasV ega eorgia 85, oSt. 82
_l: M-Huehes (hi stick) Kalamazoo 78. Alma 75

Ad- victory in their last six out-
y Dale Koehler led Wisconsin,
ory which suffered its fourth defeat
in 11 games, with 26 points. The
Oat- Badgers are 2-2 in conference
the play.
alf- * * *
irst GOphers fall
on Scott Thompson scored 23 points
ned and Bruce King added 20 as the
be- Hawkeves fought off a second-
ree half Minnesota rally to take a
ght 71-68 Big Ten Conference bas-
ketball victory last night.
I Hula Bowl

Sports of the Daily
Grapplers claw Wildcats
Special to The Daily
EVANSTON - A sluggish Michigan wrestling squad out-
lasted the. Northwestern Wildcats, 23-14, to raise its Big Ten
record to 2-0 in an away meet yesterday afternoon.
The Wildcats had a chance to tie the meet with a pin in
the heavyweight match, but Michigan heavyweight Steve Schus-
ter, a former substitute at 190, decisioned Northwestern's Terry
Flannery, 6-3, to ice the win.
"We didn't look good," said Michigan assistant coach
Cal Jenkins. "Our conditioning wasn't what we expected it
to be."
Michigan's Rich Lubell and Mark Johnson extended their
undefeated dual meet marks to 4-0 and 7-0, respectively, with
wins over their Wildcat foes.
However, Wolverines Karl Briggs and Harold King met
with less favorable fates. Briggs (4-2-1) lost to Alex Riccominni,
9-1, while King (5-2) was pinned by Northwestern's Al Marzano.
Outstanding Michigan freshman Mark Churella upped his
mark to 6-1 with a 12-2 win over Dave Beckman.
The Wolevex ines raised their overall dual fneet record to
6-2 with the win.
Tumblers domninate
COLUMBUS - Michigan's gymnastic team opened the sea-
son with a roar yesterday, placing members among the top five
in every event and sweepiig the top three spots in two events
in the annual Big Ten gymnastics meet.
Four conference schools, Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State
and Michigan, competed in the one day affair. No team points
were tallied.


East 16, West 0
Poston 3, California 2
Vancouver 3, Pittsburgh 3. tie
Soviet Wings 2. N.Y. Islanders I

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