Page 8-Wednesday, January 16, 1980-The Michigan Daily
SMALL CENTER BIG SURPRISED
By SCOTT M. LEWIS what I was
Paul Heuerman plans on becoming a type that m
lawyer when he graduates from are good!"
Michigan. For now, however, he's busy The Mic
pressing his case for the Wolverine perspectiv
defense. last fall. "
Heuerman, Michigan's 6-8 starting would call
center, has been the most pleasant sur- man admit
prise on a basketball team which itself knew that
has surprised its followers with a 9-4 dle. We di
overall record (2-2 in the Big Ten). The who could
Midland, Ohio, native and graduate of together."
Akron Firestone High School has been Heuerma
the hub of Michigan's scrappy "Denial of handling
Defense," which kept the Blue cagers taller than
in last' Thursday's game at Indiana; ted Joe B
despite shooting a paltry 36.8 per cent Heuerman
from the field.
IN ADDITION, Heuerman has
averaged nearly 12 points and nine AA
rebounds per Big Ten contest, ranking
him .among the conference leaders in nant ce
both categories. A 12 point, 11-rebound
effort against Iowa, January.5, earned weaker
him Big Ten Player-of-the-Week 7-0 whc
Prior to this season, however, he had
averaged only 1.9 points and two
rebounds in 52 games, prompting the
"experts" to ask, "How can Johnny Orrc
find anyone to replace Phil Hubbard?" ches and 45
Heuerman has not made Michigan hold Carrol
fans forget Hubbard, who stopped by season ave:
Crisler Arena earlier this week to visit "WHEN
his former mates during practice. But Barry Car
through Heuerman's intensity and him. If he'
desire-a hallmark of this year's hand aroui
Wolverines-he has won a large and toward the
expanding group of admirers, help from
IRONICALLY, Heuerman and his McGee or
celebrated predecessor share a com- gets to the
mon background. "I had the same high. going to sto
school coach as Hub, Bob Rupert is anyonee
(currently head basketball coach at exception o
Baldwin-Wallace College, outside Williams m
Cleveland)," said the junior. "He would Before tf
tell me what Hubbard would do and much spec
doing poorly. He wasn't the
would say, 'Damn, Paul, you
Iigan pivotman had a clear
e on the situation facing him
At my size, I'm not what you
a dominant center," Heuer-
tted. "When we lost Hub, we
we'd be weaker in the mid-
idn't have anyone 6-11 or 7-0
just step in. We had to do it
an often has the onerous task
g centers three to six inches
he. Against Purdue's talen-
arry Carroll, for instance,
gave away nearly seven in-
of cager defense
John Garris, a superb leaper and shot-
blocker, would be more suited to battle
the Big Ten giants. In fact, this
speculation turned to reality when Orr
tried Garris in the pivot against
Marquette. Before Heuerman could
get another chance in the starting
lineup, mononucleosis sidelined him
for three games (Detroit, Dayton, and
He seemed relegated to substitute
status after fouling out in only seven
minutes during a tournament loss to
Mississippi. When tle Wolverines
opened their Big Ten season against
Minnesota January 3, it was Garris who
my size, I'm not what you would call a dom i-
?nter. When we lost Hub, we knew that we'd be
Sin the middle. We didn't hare anyone 6-11 or
o could just step in. We had to do it together.'
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The spirit of cooperation and
.cohesion is in marked contrast to the
reported dissension and attitudinal
problems of late last season. Heuerman
observed, "We're much closer as a
team. Last year, when we missed a
shot, everyone felt, 'Well, Hub will
score the next time.'
"NOW THERE'S a feeling that if we
went out and played as individuals only,
we wouldn't have a chance. This year
we must play together."
Many observers, including commen-
tator Al McGuire, have remarked that
Orr's coaching is "the best it's been in
15 years." Heuerman, however, doesn't
notice much of a difference in Orr's
"He's not doing anything drastically
different," he said. "He is coaching
with more intensity (to which his first
technical foul in five years, picked up
against Purdue, might attest). Mainly,
it's that we're listening better, paying
attention to him, doing what he says. He
knows best the kind of team we have."H
"YOU TAKE A phenomenal coach
and give him 12 individualists, and
regardless of what he says in practice,
that team's not going to win."
Heuerman has received his share of
publicity in recent weeks, but said he
hasn't paid much attention. "I got more
publicity getting mono than from
playing," he joked. On a more serious
note, he added, "If we win, everyone gets
publicity. If you lose, someone could
average 30 points' a game and nobody
Orr, for one, has noticed Heuerman's
solid, aggressive play. "He knows the
only way he can beat the big men on the
boards is by outplaying them, and out-
hustling them on the floor," said the
coach. "Heuerman is a smart player,
he knows what he has to do and you
know he'll give it his best."
l Doily Photo by CYRENA CHANG
PAUL HEUERMAN, Michigan's center, passes the ball by Larry Sweeney
in early season play against Central Michigan. Heuerman's average of 12
points and 9 rebounds per Big Ten game have been one of the more pleasant
surprises of this year's team, according to coach Johnny Orr.
Michigan 13-Game Statistics
pounds but still managed to
11 to 20 points, five below his
YOU GO up against a Joe
roll, you just have to pester
s posting up, I try to put a
nd him and make him turn
middle, where I could get
Thad (Garner) or Mike
Marty (Bodnar). But if he
baseline there's no way I'm
p him and block his shot, nor
else in the Big Ten, with the
if (Ohio State center) Herbie
he season began there was
'ulation that 6-9 sophomore
answered the starting call.
BUT AN IMPRESSIVE performance
off the bench against the Gophers and
the standout effort versus Iowa helped
Heuerman regain his former role.
Despite having served as Hubbard's
understudy last season and Joel Thom-
pson's backup two years ago, Heuer-
man was not handed the starting
position by Orr during the summer.
"He left it open and let both of us work
hard," he said. "He (Orr) did tell me
that I had a good shot, having backed
up Hub last year. As for how John and I
reacted, there was competition, but it
certainly wasn't cut-throat. We get
, FG-FGA Pct
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Sat. Jan. 26
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MSU loses Kearney
... Rogers to follow???
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)-Dr. Joe
Kearney, athletic director at Michigan
State, was named to a similar post' at
Arizona State University yesterday.
Kearney, 52, succeeds Dr. Fred
Miller who was fired last month after
eight years as athletic director.
ASU President Dr. John Schwada, in
making the announcement said he was
pleased Kearney accepted the position
and was "confident his background and
experience will assure a. strong leader
for our intercollegiate athletic
"Kearney has a recognized commit-
ment to education, to a close relation-
ship between academic programs and
inter-collegiate athletics," Schwada
Schwada said Kearney will work
closely with the ASU Athletic Board
Selection Committee in the appoin-
tment of a new head football.coach for
Kearney served as athletic director
at the University of Washington from
1969 to 1976 before going to Michigan
State. One of his appointees at
.Washington was Don James, who went
on to lead the Huskies to a Rose Bowl
victory and a share of the Pacific-
Eight Conference championship in 1977.
His appointees at Michigan State in-
cluded football coach Darryl Rogers
and Jud Heathcote as basketball coach.
Rogers led the Spartans to a share of
the Big Ten Conference title in 1978 af-
ter reviving MSU fortunes in football
following a three-year National
Collegiate Athletic Association
probation. Heathcote's team won the
NCAA championship in basketball last
Kearney was the chairman of the Big
Ten Athletic Directors, a member of
the executive board of the National
Association of Collegiate Athletic
Directors and is the chairman-
designate of NCAA promotions.
The university is also seeking a suc-
cessor for ex-football coach Frank
Kush who was suspended Oct. 13 by
Miller and later fired. Kush was
suspended after he allegedly attempted
to cover up a punching incident in-
volving a football player.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)-Darryl Rogers,
the head football coach at Michigan
State University is among those repor-
tedly being considered for the head spot
at Arizona State University. The new
coach will succeed Frank Kush who
was fired earlier this fall.
ASU yesterday released all six
assistant football coaches. But ASU of-
ficials said that did not mean they
would not be hired by the new coach.
INTERIM COACH Bob Owens was
among several coaches who has applied
for the vaca'ncy created by the firing of
Newspaper reports said Rogers, 44,
had agreed to take the Arizona State job
if Michigan State Athletic Director Joe
Kearney is given the vacant ASU
Kearney yesterday was offered and
accepted the position of athletic direc-.
HOWEVER, THE head' of an ASU
search committee, Susan Cummings,
denied Rogers had agreed to take the
head coaching job if Kearney was
"He hasn't said that to us," said
Cummings added the search commit-
tee had not received a formal ap-
plication from Rogers.
"We are not releasing the names of
the applicants-we need to keep that0
confidential-but in Mr. Rogers' case,
the information about his interest in the
job did not come from us," she said.
"We are trying to do as ethical a job as
ROGERS HAS b'een unavailable for
comment since is return from a West
Coast recruiting trip last week.
Kearney and Rogers came to
Michigan State four years ago after the
firings of Athletic Director Bert Smith
and football coach Denny Stolz in the,4
wake of the NCAA probe.
Rogers' record at Michigan State is
24-18-2. The Spartans finished 7-3-1 in
1977 and tied for the Big Ten champion-
ship in 1978 with an 8-3 record, but fell to
5-6 last year.
Both men have three years left on
contracts with the school.
A g6L.,BERT A .
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Forward
Tracy Jackson hit a 25-foot jump shot at
the buzzer last night to lift eighth-
ranked Notre Dame to a 70-69 college
basketball victory over Villanova.
The Irish, who led by 18 points with 12
minutes to go, saw the lead vanish as
Villanova's Tom Sienkiewicz, a 6-foot-2
guard, scored 15 of his game-high 21
points in the second half.
Guard Roy Sparrow's layup with five
seconds remaining gave the Cats their
first lead since the closing minutes of
the first half.
After Notre Dame called a time out
with three seconds to go, Kelly
Tripucka threw the inbounds pass near
midcourt, where the heavily guarded
Jackson took the ball and lofted the
Tripucka, a 6-6 junior, finished with
16 points to lead Notre Dame, now 10-2.
Jackson; also a 6-6 junior, wound up
with 15 points.
Aaron Howard added 14 points and
Sparrow and center John Pinone had 10
apiece for Villanova, now 10-4.
Villanova took an 18-14 lead midway
through the first half, but Notre Dame
outscored the Cats 10-2 during a five-
minute stretch and took a 32-24 lead at
Early in the second half, Jackson
scored seven points and Tripucka and
center Orlando Woolridge added four
apiece as the Irish blew out to a 51-33
lead before Villanova staged its furious
DePaul 61, Lamar 59
CHICAGO-Skip Dillard sank a 17-
foot jump shot with three seconds left to
lift top-ranked DePaul to a 61-59 college
basketball victory over upset-minded
Lamar last night.
Dillard's jump shot came after
Lamar had erased a nine-point deficit
in the final nine minutes and tied the
game with 37 seconds remaining on
Mike Oliver's three-point play.
DePaul, 13-0, broke away from a 34-32
halftime lead and built what appeared;
to be a comfortable nine-point advan-
tage, 5748, with nine minutes left,
before Lamar began chipping away.
The Blue Demons went into a delay
offense and held the ball for nearly
three minutes before turnign it over on
an errant pass. Lamar's Cestraiah
Lewis took the ball downcourt and
scored on a 15-foot jumper to cut the
lead to 57-50.
Womens College Basketball
Michigan State 70, MICHIGAN 65
Clevelarld 129, New York li10
Seattle 120, Washington 100
Notre Dame 70 Villanova 69
Arkansas 71, Baylor 57
Texas 95, Texas Christian 63
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