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Page 8-Sunday, January 18, 1981-The Michigan Daily

'1st half blues doom

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games this year," he said. "You have to
go out and play hard and smart if
you're going to win in this league. Iowa
did and we didn't. They (the Michigan
players) just got outhustled."
The decisive Hawkeye spurt came
suddenly., shockingly. At 10:02 of the
first half, the capacity crowd of 13,609
was hailing Mike McGee, who had just
made a layup to put him over the 2,000-
point mark. The officials called time
out, a swarm of photographers rushed
the court to capture the historic
moment, and the crowd response was
AT THAT POINT the score was 21-18
in favor of the visitors. What followed
was a disaster for Michigan. First Ken-
ny Arnold raced downcourt for a quick
layup. Then Kevip Boyle connected
from the key. A Johnny Johnson basket
cut the margin to 25-20, before the bot-
tom fell out for the Wolverines.
During the final 6:55 of the first
session, Iowa held Michigan to a mere
two points while scoring 17. In that
dismal stretch the Wolverines were
thrown into disarray by Iowa's swar-
ming, half-court man-to-man press.
The press, which worked so effec-
tively for head coach Lute Olson's unit
last spring in the NCAA Tournament,
proved troublesome for Michigan's

seen anytime this season," Frieder
Some of the problems, however, were
of Michigan's own doing. At one point
the Wolverines, working on a three-on-
one fast break, threw the ball away,
and got it back only to succumb to the
Iowa pressure and hand Arnold an un-
contested layup. And when the ball was
loose on the court, it was Iowa which
usually seized the opportunity.
"It seemed that they were getting all
the loose balls," said Marty Bodnar, the
only Wolverine to shoot more than 50
percent from the field (the team hit 40
percent from the field, compared to 58
percent for Iowa).
UNDER THE boards Iowa was
equally dominant. Steve Krafcisin, a
bruising 6-10 senior who scored 13 poin-
ts and grabbed a game-high 10 reboun-
ds, effectively closed *off the middle,
forcing Michigan to shoot almost ex-
clusively from the outer reaches.
The Hawkeye task was made easier
by the absence of McGee, who led all
scorers with 26 points. The Wolverine
forward was removed from the game
after receiving his third personal foul at
8:42 of the half. Frieder turned to his
seldom-tested reserves to fill the
scoring void, but such help was not for-
Olson, meanwhile, substituted freely
throughout the contest, and two of his
subs, Steve Carfino and Mark Gannon,
turned in key performances. After the
game the Iowa coach admitted that
depth was a major factor yesterday.

"OUR CLUB is not a one-man
ballclub. Ours is a many-man club,"
said Olson. "I have confidence in my
players. They're fine people.
Michigan was a much-revived
ballclub in the second half. During the
intermission, the team received a stern
lecture from Frieder. "I told them that
they were being outhustled on their
home court and that if they played with
as much guts and pride as I thought
they had, they could cut into the lead,"
he said.
FRIEDER'S WORDS seemed to have
had a positive effect. Shortly after the
break, the Wolverines launched their
gallant, albeit futile, comeback. The
rally started at 15:19 when McGee hit a
short jumper to slice the margin to 51-
35. Johnson proceeded with another
jump shot, and then stole the ball en
route to an easy layup. Olson called a
timeout, his team ahead by 12.
"We tended to tighten up in the past
in those kinds of situations," Olson said.
"The Ohio State game reminded us of
certain things, and we don't like to see
those things happen." (Last week, at
home against Ohio State, his team blew
a 15-point lead.)
After the timeout Michigan continued
to apply the heat. Employing a half-
court press of their own, the Wolverines
forced Iowa miscues on three straight
possessions. Each time Michigan con-

verted the turnover into a basket,
McGee's jumper from the corner
bringing his team within nine, 54-45, at
IOWA'S VINCE Brookins scored off a
fast break, but a pair of Thad Garner
buckets and one McGee free throw
chopped the lead to 56-50 with 9:05 to
The Wolverines were to come no
closer the rest of the afternoon.
The play which cooled Michigan's
momentum and helped secure the
Hawkeye victory was a 12-foot shot by
Carfino, a freshman who in the crucial
situation responded like a seasoned
veteran. His bucket ignited an Iowa
spree in which the visitors outscored
Michigan, 8-1, over a four-minute span.
CARRYING A 12-point lead entering
the final few minutes, Olson could af-
ford to spread out his offense and work
patiently for a shot. This his players did
with perfection, as they took only
layups and drew Michigan into a must-
foul situation.
Any time a team as rugged as Iowa is
given a 20-point lead, chances are slim
that the lead will be erased. "When you.
bury yourself the way they did, you ex-
pend so much energy getting the game
relatively even that you have nothing
left at the end," noted Olson. "You
reach a point when you can't do it any

Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
IOWA GUARD Bob Hansen lofts a jump shot over Michigan's Mike McGee
during yesterday's Big Ten basketball game at Crisler Arena, while the
Hawkeyes' Vince Brookins (32) watches the action. McGee went over the
2,000-point plateau during the first half and scored a game-high 26 points, but
the Wolverines still fell to the visitors, 73-58.

%S I SAID earlier int
n has problems wit
re not that quick, and
sure with as much int
Min FG/A
tins .............. 20 5/12
. ... .... 34 3/4
isin.............. 29 4/6
Id ................ 32 6/10
en................28 5/8
Ion .............. 25 6/8
no. .. .. 13 1/2
son ............5 0/0
e . ............ 11 1/2
ason ............. 3 0/1
s ............. 31/5

the year, our
h the press.
Iowa applied
ensity as I've.


No need for OT
A Reb A PF Pts. Min FG/A Reb A PF Pts.
7 0 2 13 McGee ................ 36 11/26 6 2 3 26
6 4 3, 6 Garner......... 37 2/6 3 4 4 4
10 7 4 13 Heuerman...........29 2/7 4 3 2 5
' 2 22 14 Bodnar, Mt............ 33 4/6 5 2 4 8
2 3 1 11 Johnson ............... 36 6/17 3 0 3 12
3 2 3 12 McCormick...........13 0/1 2 1 2 1
1 0 1 Bodnar, Mk............5 0/0 1 0 1 0
3 0 1 2 Person............... 4 0/0 1 0 1 0
1 0 0 0 James..............7 1/2 2 0 0 2
5 Total Rebounds ........ 1
3 42 19 17 73 Totals................ 26/65 28 12 20 58

/ '


full court

Lack of intensity ...
...Gcagers can't afford it


What happens in the first half of a Big Ten
basketball game when one of the teams shows up
completely unprepared for the afternoon's
That team commits 11 turnovers; it hits 34 per-
cent of its shots; it gets outrebounded 25 to 15. That
team finds itself 20 points down when it heads for
the locker room after as many minutes of action.
13,609 fans saw this yesterday when Michigan
took the Crisler Arena floor Against the Iowa
Hawkeyes. Only in the flesh was it the same team
that defeated the Indiana Hoosiers in overtime
Thursday night.
Every game on the Big Ten schedule is a tough
one, and the Michigan cagers just found out that
you've got to come ready to play each and every
The Iowa Hawkeyes didn't care that Michigan
had won two extremely emotional games back-to-
back. They were on a two-game winning streak
themselves, and had a point of their own to prove.
If someone was going to give the Hawkeyes an
easy victory, they would be more than willing to
accept the gift with open arms. And that's exactly

what they did Saturday.
"From the time of the final buzzer Thursday
night until now, the only thing on our minds was
this game," said Iowa Coach Lute Olson. The
Hawks had completed the first of their weekend
sweep with a victory over Wisconsin Thursday.
"We thought they still might be thinking about
Thursday night," Olson continued. "We wanted to
press them as hard as we could, for as long as we
Michigan responded to this pressure as well as
could be expected - as far as Olson was concer-
ned. The Michigan players threw passes at each
other's feet, they forced shots, and they were
generally outclassed by Olson's squad.
"I was disappointed that , our players got
outhustled for the first time this season," lamen-
ted Michigan Coach Bill Frieder.
And if Michigan is going to let itself be
outhustled by anyone in this conference, it may as
well stay home. Any success the Wolverine cagers
have come by in the last two seasons has been a
result of its relentless intensity and scrapping.
Michigan didn't scrap yesterday.
"If we do that kind of job, we're not going to beat

many people," continued Frieder, "and Iowa
plays with as much intensity as anyone I've seen."
The Wolverines didn't- have that intensity.
They've bounced back from tough Thursday night
games and turned in impressive performances on
Saturday in the past, but for some reason, they
didn't yesterday, and it cost them.
You don't get that many chances to win in the
Big Ten -18 to be exact - and Michigan just blew
one of them. The cagers never gave themselves a
The Wolverines will now have to accomplish in
17 games what they should have had 18 games to
do. And when you're talking about the difference
between ten wins and 11 wins, or between 11 wins
and 12 wins, you realize they can't be throwing
away too many more opportunities.
They can afford to give away about zero more of
these games.
It's time to get back on the track and start
showing that intensity that has become the
Wolverines' lifeblood.
They have already used up their quota of gifts
for the season.


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Big Ten


Illni skin Gophers, 80-76

Iowa ..........3 1
Illinois........3 1
Purdue.........3. 1
Ohio State ........2 1
Indiana ..........2 1
MICHIGAN ......2 2
Minnesota.........2 2
Northwestern ....1 3
Michigan State ...1 3
Wisconsin ........0 4

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.11 2
10 2
10 3
7 4
9 6
11 2
11 3
7 6
7 6
6 6

CHAMPAIGN, (AP)-Mark Smith
and Eddie Johnson pumped in 22 points
each yesterday to lead Illinois to an 80-
76 victory over Minnesota.
The Illini, with Johnson scoring 14
points and Smith 12, took a 47-32 half-
time lead. But the Gophers, led by the
long-range shooting of Trent Tucker,
who finished with 20 points, battled

back and came within two points at 68-
66 midway in the second half.
ILLINOIS COULD have put the game
away in the closing minutes, but they
went cold at the free throw line and
repeatedly missed one-and-one oppor-
Derek Harper had 13 points - for
Illinois and Holcomb added 12. Randy
Breuer finished with 14 for the Gophers,
while Mark Hall and Gary Holmes ad-
ded 11 each.

Cross put Purdue ahead to stay at 57-56
with 6:36 left.
scored 34 points and Kevin Smith addedi
20 yesterday to lead Michigan State to
its first Big Ten victory of the season,
an 84-70 decision over Northwestern.
VINCENT ALSO grabbed a career-
high 16 rebounds against the cold-
shooting Wildcats in the regionally,
televised contest.
MSU outscored Northwestern, 19-1,
during a five minute span midway
through the first half and led by as
many as 20 points, 39-19, before settling
for a 46-29 halftime advantage.
The Wildcats got to within 12 points,I
49-37, early in the second half, but the
Spartans put together an 11-0 spurt.

MADISON (AP)-Purdue, sparked
by 28 points by Keith Edmonson and 15
by Drake Morris, rallied from seven
points behind early in the second half
and defeated Wisconsin 71-69 yester-
WISCONSIN WAS led by Claude
Gregory with 27 points. The Badgers
trailed 33-31 at halftime, but scored the
first eight points in the second half.
The Boilermakers tied at 48-48 on a
three-point play by Morris with 11:12
b W left. The teams then exchanged leads
several times until a free throw by
College Basketball
Iowa 73, MICHIGAN 58
Illinois 80. Minnesota 76
Purdue 71, Wisconsin 69
Michigan St. 84, Northwestern 70
Oregon State 82. Pacific 55
Notre Dame 65, Hofstra 55
Maryland 68. Clemson 62 OT
Louisiana St. 78, Georgia 65
Wake Forest 60. N. Carolina St. 52
North Carolina 80, Duke 65
Texas EI-Paso 64, Brigham Young 62
Baylor 67, Arkansas 58
Kansas 82, Oklahoma 78

IM Scores
411 Limited 31, F-Troop 29
White Whales 58. Chunky's Chargers 46
The Greeks 54, vanilla Thunder 44
Cannons of Dorodt 57. Shots and Chasers 21
Dorks 72, Celtics 59
Studs from Apartment C 53, Leftist Junta 34
Zeta Psi 71, Alpha Delta Phi 29
Acacia 23, Delta Upsilon 10



Zeta Psi 34. Acacia 28
Alpha Phi Alpha 32. Fiji 'B' 15
L-Souls 42, MBA Green 23
Hose Bags 30. MBA Blue 25
Epidemics 61. Greenbacks 36
The Spasms 44, Nu Sigma Nu Asbcesses 30
Residence Hall
Fisher 'A' 47. Delta Eagles 35
Hinsdale Hogs 2. Reeves 'A' O (forfeit)
Intramural Scores are compiled dailt hb A. 4an
Goldstein and Scott M. Lewis.



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