B, Knight's alright
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
OME PASSING thoughts while filing out of Crisler Arena for the final
time this season...
On the game
When a talented unit like Indiana has a 34-17 lead late in the first half,
many ordinary teams react with panic or despair. But then, this year's
Wolverines are no ordinary team.
Displaying the tencity and emotion which have characterized its
season, the Maize an iBlue fought its way into the fray, outscoring the
Hoosiers 12-2 in the final six minutes of the half. Marty Bodnar's 50-foot
heave at the buzzer gave Michigan an added lift as it headed to the locker
room trailing only 36-29 at the intermission.
On Thursday the Wolverines were losing at the half, 35-29, to Purdue and
won by 11 points. Could they produce another upset, this one of much greater
proportions? Could Michigan-unranked, unheralded, and
undersized-knock off Indiana, the Big Ten co-leader and defending NIT
,aNot quite. The poise and savvy of coach Bobby Knight's squad prevailed
in the final crucial moments over a determined Michigan team. Senior
Indiana forward Mike Woodson's four-point play with :14 remaining sealed
the 65-61 verdict, which dropped the Wolverines to .500 at 8-8.
A win yesterday would have assured Michigan of a tournament bid,
certainly from the NIT if not from the NCAA's. In all likelihood, the
Wolvlerines now need a split this week at Iowa and Minnesota to retain post-
season hopes; tournament directors probably won't choose teams with sub-
.500 conference records.
"We got off to a bad start, but it was a helluva effort in the second half,"
said coach Johnny Orr. "We did a good job defensively, but they're a great
The halfcourt press, so effective Thursday against the Boilermakers,
didn't produce the same result against the much quicker Hoosiers, who
broke the press with regularity in the first half. .
The press may not have worked as well as Michigan hoped, but its
defense-a swarming, indefatigable defense led by Thad Garner-did bring
the Wolverines to within one point, 50-49, at 6:02. Garner was superb
yesterdpy, picking off three Indiana passes while holding freshman Steve
Bouchie to a mere six points.
In last month's 63-61 overtime loss at Bloomington, Bouchie scored a
team-high 20 points; yesterday he was not a factor.
Woodson more than picked up the slack. When Michigan last visited
Indiana, Woodson was on the sidelines, recovering from surgery on a
herniated disc. His recovery seems complete, as the 6-5 pre-season All-
American played 40 minutes and scored 24 points.
Woodson is an irreplacable part of the Indiana machine. With Woodson
the Hoosiers are 9-0; without him they are 9-7.
Great players like Woodson make great teams, and the Hoosiers ae
ust that. Steeped in a winning tradition which includes two NCAA crowns in
he mid-1970's, Indiana has tasted the fruits of success many times in the
recent past and should be savoring them again in March.
With only two games left (at home against Wisconsin and Ohio State),
Knight's charges will at least share a Big Ten crown, and should win it
outright. They have the ability to reach the NCAA Final Four, and from
'there, who knows where they might finish?
"They're the best team in the country; there's no doubt in my mind,"
said Orr, who voted Indiana number one in the UPI coaches' poll last week.
Knight did not endorse Orr's selection, nor would he compare this team
with his championship squads of the past decade 'If Orr would have been
playing Ohio State today, he would have voted them number one," Knight
On Bobby Knight
Never having met Knight previously, I entered the Hoosier locker room
yesterday with trepidation. After all, this was the same Bobby Knight who
raised havoc last summer in Puerto Rico during the Pan-American Games.
It was the same Knight whose antics on the court frequently intimidate
referees and whose relationship with the press is less than cozy.
What I met was a friendly, quick-witted, entertaining man who happens
to be an outstanding basketball coach. In his nine years at Indiana, Knight
has compiled a 202-58 record, tops in the Big Ten. (Orr is second at 233-134).
The negative publicity he received last summer obscured his many coaching
On Mark Lozier and Bud Van de Wege
Michigan's lone senior, Lozier was given a warm farewell prior to
yesterday's game. He committed a few untimely turnovers during the
course of this season, but during his career provided the Wolverine faithful
with some memorable moments. (Recall, for instance, his last-second shot
which gave Michigan a 6563 win at Michigan State in 1978.)
Lozier has been a solid performer for Michigan during his four years
here and deserved the pre-game accolades. Also deserving of recognition
was senior manager Edwin "Bud" Van de Wege, who accompanies the team
on all road games.
On basketball reporting
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Substitute Hoosier forward Steve
Risley, who played an outstandin~g
game off the bench, finally ended the
Michigan spree with five seconds to go
in the half, but Marty Bodnar came
right back and hit a half-court
desperation shot at the buzzer to make
the score 36-29 at the half.
Indiana hit the first four points of the
second half before Michigan again took
control of the contest. The Wolverines
scored eight straight points, and 14 of
the next 18, to make the score 44-43 with
13:15 left in the game.
MICHIGAN HAD a chance to go
ahead as McGee collected a rebound af-
ter Indiana missed on its next oppor-
tunity. But Mike Woodson intercepted a
McGee pass and Butch Carter put in a
fast break lay-up to move back up to a
ThedWolverines failed again the next
time downcourt, and Isiah Thomas of
the Hoosiers hit a jumper to make the
Michigan came back to pull within
one point with six minutes left in the
contest at 50-49, but Indiana got tough
for the next five minutes to gain a 59-53
TRAILING BY six with 44 seconds
left, Michigan hit a quick bucket, forced
an Indiana turnover, and scored 14
seconds later to trail by two points with
22 seconds left.
Michigan pressed the Hoosiers as
they tried to bring the ball upcourt but
Risley found Woodson open for an easy
team . . . I think you'll see them (In-
diana) go along way when the season is
ORR HAD given the Hoosiers his
number one vote in last week's UPI Top
20 poll. With Woodson, who missed most
of the Big Ten season with minor back
surgery in late December, Indiana has
a 10-0 record. While he was injured, In-
diana was 8-7.
In Woodson's four Big Ten contests
the Hoosiers have won at Iowa, at
Michigan State, at Michigan, and at
home against Minnesota. Orr said no
team in the country except for Indiana,
Sunday, February 24, 1980-Page 9
including DePaul, could do that.
Woodson led all scorers with 24 poin-
ts. Garner 16, McGee 12, and Heuerman
10, were the only Wolverines in double ' :
Bobby Knight, in a rare post-game
press conference, said, "We're not 17.;
points better than Michigan (referring
to the first half lead). Everything was
going extremely well for us, but then,
everything went extremely well for2
them. It was just about turnabout in the
first half. Had we not been in foul
trouble, we could have taken advantage"
of our early spurt."
Min. FG/A FT/A R A PF Pts.- _4
McGee ........33 6/16 0/0 4 1 3 12
Garner......... 35 8/10 0/1, 4 0 4 16 .
Heuerman..39 2/4 67 10 1 5 10'
Bodnar, Marty 24 3/6 0/0 0 3 0 6
Johnson.......30 3/7 2/2 4 2 3 8
Smith ......... 19 1/3 1/2 0 0 0 3
Garris......... 4 1/2 0/0 1 0 0 2~
Lozier..........60/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
Person ........2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
Bodnar, Mark. 8 2/2 0/0 0 0 0 4
Team Rebounds 3
Totals ........ 26/50 9/12 26 7 15 61
Fouled out: Heuerman (M)
9/17 6/8 3
3/6 0/0 5
4/8 0/0 10
3/4 22 0
6/8 2/2 2
0/0 0/0 0
0/0 0/0 0
0/0 010 0
2/2 1/3 2
27/46 11/16 25
... pumps in 24
layup. Paul Heuerman was called for
an intentionalyfoul to give Indiana a
four-point play, as Woodson hit both
free throws to ice the victory.
"We gave a hell of an effort to finally
catch-up," said Blue coach Johnny Orr
after the game. "We lost to a great
Halftime: Indiana 36, MICHIGAN 29
Buckeyes edge Iowa,
70-69, to stay in 1st
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COLUMBUS (AP)-Herb Williams'
basket with 8 seconds left gave 11th-
ranked Ohio State a 70-69 victory over
Iowa yesterday that kept the Buckeyes
tied for the Big Ten basketball lead with
The Buckeyes, now 19-6 overall and
11-5 in the league, survived a last-
second field goal attempt by Iowa's
Kenny Arnold. Arnold's shot from 18
feet fell short in the regionally televised
OHIO STATE used a balanced attack
to beat the Hawkeyes, 17-8 and 8-8, for
the first time in five years in Columbus.
Kelvin Ransey scored 16 points to
lead four Ohio State double-figure
scorers. After the game, a St. John
Arena sellout crowed, chanted, "We
want Kelvin. We want Kelvin."
The senior guard, Ohio State's second
all-time scorer, emerged seconds later
to a standing ovation.'
Jim Smith and Carter Scott each
scored 15 and Williams wound up with
11 for the Buckeyes, who nearly blew a
10-point lead in the final six minutes.
Steve Krafcisin pumped in 20 points
to lead Iowa while Kevin Boyle
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Wisconsin 70, Minnesota 55
MADISON (AP)-Wisconsin, with
three senior reserves starting in their
final home game, used 20 points by
junior Claude Gregory and intimidating
rebounding to roll to a 70-55 victory over
Junior Wes Matthews, Wisconsin's
leading scorer, poured in all 16 of his
points in the second half for the
Badgers, who took a 33-18 halftime lead
wich never was threatened.
DARRYL MITCHELL scored 15 of
his 19 points in the second half for
Minnesota,nbut the Gophers couldn't
overcome their intermission deficit and
afterward got no closer than 56-44 with
4:33 to play.
The Badgers, 15-12 for the season and
7-9 in the Big Ten, clinched their first
winning season since 1973-74. They
finished their schedule at Indiana
Thursday and at Northwestern next
Minnesota slipped to 15-10, overall
and 8-8 in the conference.
The Wisconsin seniors who started
were first'string forward Joe Chrnelich
and three players who normally are
reserves-guards Robert Jenkins and
Arnold Gaines and center Mark
Newburg. They joined Gregory in the
lineup in place of guards Matthews and
Dan Hastings and center Larry Petty.
Purdue 72, Illinois 69
CHAMPAIGN (AP) - Joe Barry
Carroll poured in a game-high 28 points
to lead 15th-ranked Purdue to a 72-69
victory over Illinois.
ILLINOIS TRAILED 44-31 with 16:07
left in the game, but their pressing
defense stunned the Boilermakers, and
the Illini moved back into the game
with five unanswered points which cut
the deficit to 62-58 with 4:21 left.
The Illini got a chance to take the lead
when Purdue's Arnette Hallman
missed the front end of a one-and-one
free throw situation with 31 seconds
left. But Purdue's Steve Walker stole
the ball from Griffin, and Keith Ed-
monson, who scored 18 points, hit two
free throws with 14 seconds left to make
the score 70-67.
Eddie Johnson led Illinois with 22
Northwestern 75, MSU 73
EAST LANSING (AP) - Guard
Brian Gibson hit a jump shot from the
base line with three seconds to play in
the third overtime last night to give
Northwestern a 75-73 victory over
Michigan State and notch the Wildcats'
first win on the road this season.
Guard Rod Roberson led North-
western with a career-high 27 points.
THE GAME was nip and tuck all the
way. Northwestern opened six point
leads three times only to see Michigan
State rally from behind.
Spartan guard Terry Donnelly tied
the game at 67-67 with a jump shot with
four seconds to play in regulation time.
The favored Spartans took a two-
point lead early in the third overtime on
free throws by Ron Charles and Kevin
Smith. But Mike Jenkins hit his first
basket of the game to knot the score and
Gibson fired over two Spartan defen-
ders after the Wildcats ran down the
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Ohio State ....
Indiana 65, MICHIGAN 61
Ohio State 70, Iowa69
Wisconsin 70, Minnesota 55
Purdue 72, Illinois 69
Northwestern 75, Michigan State 73 (3 OT)
North Carolina 96, Duke 71
Maryland 82, Virginia 71
Syracuse 85, Boston College 77
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