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Page 8-Sunday, February 1, 1981-The Michigan Daily

Wolverines bump Badgers,


Special to the Daily
MAI)ISON -- It began to look like the
s Aold story. The Michigan basket-
bLi team had split the pair of games in
each of the three previous weeks of the
P:- Ten season, and it appeared to be
h ack'd for a similar fate this weekend.
ku the Michigan cagers came out in
the second half yesterday and changed
the script against Wisconsin. A quick
s purt against the Badgers in the
opening minutes after the intermission
d .srupted the season-long pattern as the
X'olverines rode to a 74-67 victory.
r ecord to 5-3 in the Big Ten (14-3
I,",0all) and dropped Wisconsin to 2-6
* -3 overall).
lr'iiing 31-28 at halftime, the
Wolverines came out of the locker room
and employed a full-court, man-to-
anm press that proved fatal to the
adgers. "We wanted to do something
to get our guys going," said Michigan
enich Bill Frieder.
Vrieder got exactly what he wanted
Fromz the press as Michigan outscored
Wisconsin 11-2 in the first five minutes
to take a 39-33 lead it never
i elinquished.

'AM' overcomes first half blues

IT WAS Michigan's leading scorer,
Mike McGee, who got the Wolverines
going. McGee got two of his team-high
25 points when he connected on a 15-foot
jumper to narrow Wisconsin's lead to
31-30. After a missed shot by Wiscon-
sin's Dan Hastings, Michigan came
back and got the ball inside to center
Paul Heuerman, who was fouled by the
Badgers' Mike Kreklow.
Heuerman hit the first free throw and
when he missed the second one,
Michigan's Thad Garner came up with
the loose rebound and laid it in. This put
the Wolverines in front, 35-33, a lead
which lasted only until Badger forward
Claude Gregory countered with one of
his patented drives against Garner,
tying the score.
Michigan came right back, however,
when McGee drilled home another 15-
footer to put Michigan back on top.
When Johnny Johnson tipped in a
missed McGee shot and Marty Bodnar
follwed with a pair of free throws, the
Wolverines had a six-point lead.
WITH HIS TEAM in front, FriedIer
was able to go with an aggressive 2-3

zone that proved effective in shutting
down Wisconsin's inside game.
The zone prevented Wisconsin from
getting the ball to its leading scorer,
Gregory, who entered the game as the
third leading scorer in the Big Ten (19.7
ppg). He finished with a game-high 27
points, but most of them came after
Michigan had built up a significant

"Their zone made us take a lot of out-
side shots, and we're not a great
shooting team," said Wisconsin coach
Bill Cofield.
ONCE MICHIGAN got its lead,
Cofield's team became frustrated
whenever the Wolverines had the ball.
"McGee is probably the best player in
the Big Ten when they're taking their
time," said Cofield. "He moves so well

without the ball. You can't guard him
unless you've got someone as athletic
as he is."
Wisconsin's 6-3 guard, John Bailey,
got the assignment of trying to cover
the 6-5 McGee, but he was unable to
control the senior forward once
Michigan went into its patient offense.,
With Michigan leading, 45-39, McGee
worked Bailey for a back-door layup
and then converted on a pair of free
throws the next time down to put the
Wolverines un by 10.

MICHIGAN, applying the press, got a
turnover which Johnson turned into a
layup, and the Wolverines had a 12-
point lead. Johnson was the only other
Wolverine in double figures, finishing
with 16.
Bailey added 21 points for the
Badgers and center Larry Petty chip-
ped in 11. Wisconsin was only able to get
eight points out of the rest of its players,
"This is the toughest zone I've played
against all year," said the senior Petty,
who has seen every, Big Ten team this
season except Indiana. "They always
had two or three guys collapsing around
me inside."

Two for the road



Mi .
Garner............ 32

Johnson .........
Bodnar, Mt...
McCormick .......
Bodnar, Mk........
Hopson ............
Team Rebounds..


4/8 0/0 4
11/21 3/4 4
1/1 3/5 4
7/11 2/2 4
3/4 2/2 0
0/2 5/8 4
2/4 0/0 2
0/0 0/0 0
0/0 0/0 1
A/0 1/2 0
0/1 0/0 0
1/1 0/0 2
0/0 0/0 0
0/0 0/0 0
29/5316/23 28

PF Pts.
2 8
2 25
3 5
1 16
1 7
5 5
0 4
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 2
0 0
0 0

Gregory ..........
Kreklow ...........
Renfroe ...........
Zinkgraf .........
Mitchell .... ,....
Team Rebounds ...

40 10/13 7/8


0/2 0/0 0 0
5/li 1/3 9 1
8/12 5/5 1 1
2/4 0/0 2 6
0/3 0/0 0 2
2/6 0/0 0 1
0/0 0/1 0 0
0/0 0/0 0 0
0/0 0/0 0 0
27/1 13/17 28 i



A PF Pts.
0 4 27

17 67

Blocked Shots: MICHIGAN 2, Wisconsin 0
Fouled Out: Petty; McCormick
Halftime: Wisconsin3i, MICHIGAN 28

14 16 74


clobbers cellar dwellers

A Daily Sports Analysis
MADISON- Two down-two to go. With four
games in a row against weaker Big Ten teams,
Michigan is expected to reap the benefits by posting
an automatic 7-3 Big Ten record. In what some
Michigan fans at Northwestern labeled a "gravy"
road trip, the Wolverines disposed of Northwestern
and Wisconsin to raise their conference mark to 5-3.
An easy road trip, right? Don't tell head coach Bill
Frieder that.
"If we're to be competitors, we've got to beat the
teams near the bottom," he said after the
Wolverines' 74-67 victory yesterday. "Last year we
were 3-3 at this stage and faced a home game with
Michigan State and a trip to Northwestern. We came
-ft 3-5. That's why we put special emphasis on this
if anyone can imagine how a team could take a Big
''en game lightly, he 'hasn't been to McGaw Hall at
No-rth western. The airplane hangar-like McGaw
elili, with a capacity of 7,070 and sawdust on top of
irt floors, gives you more the feel of a rodeo than a
Vig Ten basketball game.
The Northwestern road win underscored a couple
4 trends relating to the road trip-reasons why Nor-
i itwestern and Wisconsin occupy the Big Ten lower
O chelon, plus Michigan's lack of an inside game.
Simply stated, Northwestern remains the worst-

shooting team in the Big Ten. Time after time the
Wildcats had two or three shots and failed to convert.
Only one Wildcat shoots over 50 percent from the
field, and as a team Northwestern owns a poor .425
As for the Badgers of Wisconsin, the play of the
Madisonites remains a mystery. "The team is so up
and down-that's the reason I don't go to the games,"'
grumbled a Wisconsin student. With Claude Gregory,!
a 6-9, 220-pound prototype power forward, and 6-9,.
235-pound center Larry Petty, the Badgers should
pose a legitimate threat to any team. So why the 2-6
conference record?
Turnovers. The Badger guards, with eight tur-
novers yesterday, are extremely careless with the
ball, throwing away numerous scoring opportunities.
After an almost-flawless first half, Wisconsin came
out in the second half mentally unprepared, as a 31-28
Badger lead quickly evaportaed into a 35-31 Michigan
advantage in under two minutes.
"We never sh.,uld have let them skate on us like
that," Gregory said. Badger coach Bill Cofield ad-
ded, "They were discouraged at the way things were
going. They started getting down when the shots
weren't falling. It created a mental problem which
may have led to the turnovers."
Whatever the reason, the Wolverines' pass-and-go
offense, plus "the best zone I've faced,"according to
Petty, totally frustrated the Badger center. In

Frieder's offense, pass-and-go away, the center
comes out and becomes involved in the passing
In reference to Paul Heuerman's and Tim McCor-
mick's lack of scoring (24 points total on the trip),
Johnny Johnson stated, "With the center out so far,
by the time he makes his move to the hoop, the guar-
ds can be there to take the charge."
That's exactly what happened in the first minute of
the game as Heuerman made his customary drive to
the hole only to be met by Badger guard John Bailey.
That was the last time Heuerman drove all game.
McCormick attempted to get inside on the offensive
boards but came away empty-handed from the field.
The Wolverine center, however, managed to get
Gregory and Petty in foul trouble in addition to
scoring five points from the foul line.
"We're gonna get few inside baskets, let me tell
you," Frieder commented. With the opposing center'4'~~
out so far, Michigan cuts McGee behind the center for
a possible easy bucket.
"McGee is probably the finest player in the Big Ten
moving without the ball," explained Cofield. "He's
extremely intelligent at using screens." McGee
managed to shake the Badger defenders for 25 poin-
ts on 11 of 21 from the field.
Along with McGee's scoring prowess, the AP Ph<
Wolverines are a "smart, patient basketball team," WISCONSIN'S LARRY PETTY connects on two of his 11 points between
according to Cofield. And it's just this patience which Michigan's Tim McCormick (left) and Mike McGee (right). The Wolverines
has come to typify a Bill Frieder-coached team. won yesterday's contest, 74-67.

.C. wins f irst, 6-4,
Blue leads second, 44,
COLORADO SPRINGS-After two periods of last night's Michigan-
clorado College hockey game, the Wolverines had a commanding 4-1 lead.
Mi.higan's Steve Richmond got the Wolverines off to a quick 1-0 lead with a
goal only 47 seconds into the game, but the Tigers' Scott Hampson tallied a
power play goal at the 11:16 mark to tie the game at 1-1. Ted Speers gave the
Michigan icers a 2-1 advantage going into the second period. Dennis May and
irdie Hampson also scored for the Wolverines in the second stanza.
t h'ie Wolverines dropped the first game of the series Friday night, 6-4 in a
t.ratingperformance that saw Michigan fail to score during 1:32 of a
wo man advantage,
A 4:04 into the final period, a second Tiger skated off to the penalty box,
while Michigan was at full strength. But the Colorado icers displayed 1:32 of
k everish penalty killing, leaving the Wolverines still down two after the
powier plays.
With 90 seconds left in the game, Coach John Giordano pulled goalie Paul
r ricker to add a sixth man to the Michigan attack. Jeff Mars took advantage
ut an opening in the net left by Colorado goalie Tom Frame and brought the
Wolverine to within one goal, 5-4.
_ B ut with five seconds left in the contest, Colorado's Greg Whyte scored hisI
second goal of the evening by hitting the unguarded Michigan net to ice the
;game, 6-4.
The Wolverines fired 21 shots at Frame in the final period of which only
one connected. Frame finished with 38 saves for the game, while Fricker
totaled 36.
Speers scored his 15th goal of the season to give Michigan a 1-0 lead at
19:02 in the first period. But Colorado took the lead early in the second stanza
with two goals, 2-1. Rob Reichart scored on a power play for the Tigers and
, teammate Bruce Aikens scored his first of two during the period.


Tucker and Ed
became the secoi
Illinois history, ea
half burst yest
Illinois to a 79-66

_ _ ,. / _

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ni aump nay
(AP) - Criag Iowa in a Big Ten basketball game.
die Johnson, who Tucker scored four points in a 9-1 tear
nd leading scorer in that gave the Illini a 69-52 lead with 4:41
ach logged a second- left and their biggest of the game at 17
erday that carried points.
upset of 13th-ranked Earlier in the half, Johnson hit a piar
_-- --_ _ of baskets as Illinois outscored Iowa 8-3
to pull into a 10-point lead with 11:40 to
tucker finished with a game-high 20
points and Johnson had 14 as five Illini
scored in double figures.
Illinois forward Mark Smith left the
'onference Overall game with 8:30 left to play after
W L W L sustaining an apparent ankle injury.
6 2 13 Indiana 69,
. 1 4 9.

rkeyes from first.



Indiana a 20-8 lead. The Boilermakers
never drew closer than five points after
Indiana built a 15-point advantage,
56-41, with 9:58 left in the game.
However, Purdue pulled back into con-
tention as the Hoosiers went more than
six minutes without a field goal.
Two free throws by Greg Eifert cut
Purdue's deficit to five, 62-57, with 4:13
Minnesota 74,
Northwestern 63
Tucker scored 19 points and Randy
Breuer and Darryl Mitchell each added
12 as 19th-ranked Minnesota took a 74-63
Big Ten basketball victory from Nor-
thwestern yesterday.
The Wildcats jumped to a 10-5 lead in
the first four minutes and played the
Gophers even until seven minutes were
left in the half. Minnesota then snapped
a 25-25 tie by scoring 13 of the final 19
points to take a 38-31 lead into halftime.
Minnesota scored the first two

Illinois .......
Ohio State ....
Minnesota ....
Purdue .......
Mich State ....
Wisconsin ....





Purdue 61
Thomas scored 12 of Indiana's first 20
points and finished with a season-high
26 yesterday as the Hoosiers defeated
Purdue 69-61 to retain first place in the
Big Ten basketball standings.
Purdue scored the game's first six
points before Thomas got hot and
sparked a 16-2 scoring spurt that gave

baskets in the second half for an 11-
point cushion, but Rod Roberson, who
led all scorers with 33" points, kept the
Wildcats close with his clutch shooting.
Michigan State 60,
Ohio State 54
guard Kevin Smith had 22 points and
senior center Jay Vincent tossed in 17
more as Michigan State upset Ohio
State 60-54 yesterday.
Buckeye sophomore forward Clark
Kellogg led all scorers with 25 points,
but senior center Herb Williams was
held to just 10. Michigan State
sophomore Derek Perry had 10 points.
THE GAME WAS a seesaw battle
with the teams never more than 7 points
With a minute left, Ohio State senior
guard Todd Penn sank a basket to pull
the Buckeyes within two, making the
score 54-52. But, Smith was fouled twice
by the Buckeyes and sank all four free
throws to open the Spartan lead to 58-52.
Ohio State led at the half 30-29.
Independent (competitive)
White Whales 46,411 Liunited45
Cannons of Dordt 51 Vanilla Thunder 37
The Geeks 52, Shots and Chasers 27
Dorks 47.Studs from Apt. C 31
Celtics 2, Leftist Junta o (forfeit)
Fraternity 'A'
Zeta Psi 55, Acacia 15
Alpha Delta Phi 43, Delta Upsilon 23
Fraternity 'B'
Fiji 28, Zeta Psi 25
Alpha Phi Alpha 54, Acacia 20
MBA Blue 46,MBA Green 35
Hose Bags 50, L-Soui 37
Epidemics 66, Nu Sigma Nu Abscesses 49
Greenbacks 2. The Spasms 0 (forfeit)
Residence Hall'A'
Delta Eagles 44, Reeves 27
Fisher 43,Hinsdale Hogs19
Intramural scores and standings are com-
piled daily by Alan Goldstein and Scott M.

Women rip IS, 83-64

Junior Penny Neer tallied a season
high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds
to lead a balanced Wolverine attack as
Michigan breezed to an 83-64 victory
jver the Indiana State Lady Sycamores
;esterday at Crisler Arena.
"Penny was a real bright spot. She,
came off the bench and just did a great
job," said coach Gloria Soluk, who ad-
ded that Neer had worked on her move
to the basket throughout the week in
THE WOLVERINES (7-11), who
znever trailed throughout the contest,
reeled off eight straight points, six by
_>tr, early in the game to build up a 25-

12 lead.
Michigan's ball-hawking defense
caused Indiana State to commit 16 tur-_
novers and shoot a poor 32 percent as
the Wolverines led by 12 at halftime, 39-
"We're playing a matchup defense,"
explained Soluk, adding that the
swarming 2-3 zone neutralized the Lady
Sycamores' attack.
NEER AND DIANE Dietz sparked
the Wolverines' scoring attack in the
first stanza, pumping in ten points
apiece. Michigan connected on 18 of 36
attempts for 50 percent shooting from
the floor.
The visitors (11-10) came out playing

tenacious defense in the opening
minutes of the second half, outscoring
the Wolverines 8-0 and cutting the
Wolverines' margin to four at 39-35.
"We haven't learned the killer instin-
ct yet," said Soluk, referring to the
team's drought at the beginning of the
second period. "We have to learn to put
a team away. That's the mark of a good
THE WOLVERINES kept their com-
posure and pushed their lead back to 12
at 51-39 with 13:18 remaining. Indiana
State pulled no closer than eight points
the rest of the way as Michigan scored
easy baskets off the fast break and led
by as mush as 20 on three different oc-
Dietz and freshman Lori
Gnatkowski contributed 14 points and
K. D. Harte chipped in 10 as the
Wolverines snapped their two game

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