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SPORTS
Wednesday, March 4, 1981

The Michigan Daily

Page 8

FIRST-YEAR STRUGGLE AT ISU

Orrfights 1o
By RON POLLACK
With 11 minutes remaining in the February 7 Iowa State-
Missouri basketball game, Missouri's 6'11"Steve Stipanovich
hit Iowa State's 5'9" Lefty Moore in the head with the basket-
ball for the second time in the game.
Much to Cyclone head coach Johnny Orr's dismay, no foul
was called. Enraged by the absence of a call, Orr ran onto the
court while the game was still in progress. Stipanovich
wasn't given a personal foul-but two technicals were levied
against the furious Orr.
IT'S BEEN AN uphill battle for Orr and his 9-18 Cyclones
this season.
After producing numerous winning teams at Michigan,
where he compiled a 246-145 record in 12 seasons, Orr is far
from conditioned to the losing ways of his team.
"When you're losing, it's hard to deal with, after ten con-
secutive winning seasons," said Orr. "But now that it's over,
we should learn from it. I know I have. You get complacent
when you're winning, but I'll tell you-it's much better to
win."
The loss of starting center Ron Falenschek and his backup
John Kunnert has not helped the Cyclones, who were 7-4 prior
to the injuries. 0
NOT ONLY WILL Orr have to overcome the other seven
teams in the Big Eight in future years, but also a losing
tradition.
"It's not rebuilding (the program) because it's never been
built ... We have not had a great program here. We have to
have a great recruiting year," said Orr.
Although a "great recruiting year" would put Iowa State
on the road to respectability, a team that finishes in last
place in its conference does not usually enjoy the luxury of
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having blue chip players stand in line to sign letters of intent.
"YOU'VE GOT TO get them to want to come and build
something like 'Magic' Johnson at Michigan State or Mark
Aguirre at DePaul. You've got to get them to go here instead
of an established program, and that's not easy," said Orr.
On this topic, Big Eight Commissioner Carl James kid-
dingly says of Orr's two technical foul performance against
Missouri: "Knowing John Orr, it might be because of
recruiting-just to let the recruits know he's still around."
In spite of the Cyclone's inauspicious record, Orr's presen-
ce has given reason for fan optimism, and has resulted in a 45
percent increase in attendance over last year.
"I THINK MY coming here has brought hope and en-
thusiasm. The fans are wild here. There's no negativism in
our (news)papers and radio, even when we are in a losing
streak," said Orr.
The esteem that Orr is held in does not stop with Iowa State
fans; both Cyclone Athletic Director Lew McCullough and
Michigan head coach Bill Frieder hold the former Wolverine
coach in high regard.
"We haven't had a great season," said McCullough, "but
we are 500 percent satisfied with coach Orr. We think he's the
greatest."
"HE'S ONE OF the top coaches in the country," said
Frieder. "There aren't many coaches who've accomplished
what he has."
Only time will tell whether or not the Iowa State program
can be turned around, but one person who believes that this is
not an insurmountable task is Orr. "I think we'll get it going
next year. We'll be able to compete with anybody," said Orr.
In accord with Orr in this belief is former pupil, Frieder. "I
think he'll get the program going. He's a proven coach. He'll
win some games before it's over with."
IOWA STATE ENDED their season last
night with a 95-70 loss to Missouri in the
opening round of the Big Eight Tour-
nament. In his first year, Orr guided
the Cyclones to a 9-18 record.
CORPORA- UPI Top Twenty
estment cost 1. Oregon St. (41).........25-0 629
and power 2. DePaul (1) ...............25-1 569
this field, as 3. Louisiana St..............27-2 495
us growing, 4. Virginia ..................24-2 476
ionals. 5. Arizona St ...............22-3 415
6. Iowa... .........21-4 398
7. Notre Dame............22-4 370
E ERS 8. Kentucky. ...........22-4 361
9. Utah....... .......24-3 275
5 10. Wake Forest..........21-5 180
11. North Carolina.........22-7 157
to interview 12. Tennessee ................20-6 137
s. Our needs 13. Indiana .................19-9 120
veering grad- 14. UCLA ....................18-6 86
esearch and 15. Arkansas .....,...........22-6 67
ims. We can 16. Wyoming .................21-5 48
your career 17. Illinois................19-6 45
sight of your 18. Louisvile.,............19-8 42
career with 19. Brigham.Young.........21-6 30
lary compli- 20. Missouri............21-8 28
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IOWA STATE'S FANS aren't the only ones going wild over the Cyclone basketball program.-Coach John Orr took the
liberty of interrupting play when he felt his team was being unnecessarily roughed up by its Missouri opponents, earlier
this season. The game's officials decided not to hire Orr as a permanent referee, and rewarded the first-year Iowa State
coach with two technical fouls.

Ye e stars i n

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By LARRY MISHKIN
There is a saying in sports that a
team does not know how good they
really are until they have faced the best
competition available.
The Michigan men's gymnastics
team faced the best and found out
during spring break that they still have
a lot of work to do before they will be
considered a gymnastics powerhouse.
IN A TRI-MEET with California and
Arizona in Tucson oh February 20, the
Wolverine gymnasts finished in third;
place with a 261.2, despite a career high
9.65 on the rings by captain Darrell
Yee, and a season high 3s perfor-;
mance by the pommel horsIquad.
California took top honors in the meet
with a 265.45 score and Arizona barely
edged out Michigan with a 262.8 score. I
Coach Newt Loken, however, was not
disappointed with his team's perfor-
mance.1
"We ran up against a really toughc
team in California. Arizona is at about1
our level and we might have edged
them out, but we had a letdown on the
high bar (40.4). That event has been our
Achilles heel all season and we'll have
to put forth a little more effort in that1
area."

THE NEXT DAY the team travelled
to Tempe to participate in the South-
west Cup Invitational along with
California, Brigham Young and the
host team, Arizona State.
Once again the team was led by Yee,
who captured first place in the rings
with a 9.3 and the pommel horse squad
who topped their previous night's per-
formance by turning in a 44.2 score.
However, once again the gymnasts
found themselves at the bottom as
California turned in another first place
score of 269.7, Arizona placed second
with a score of 268.55, and Brigham
Young placed third with a score of 264.1
while the Wolverines could only muster
a score of 260.45.
-THE BRIGHT SPOT of the meet for
the team was Yee's first place perfor-
mance that earned him the South-
western Cup Individual Award. As a
result of the award, Yee was named the
Big Ten athlete of the week for the week
of February 24. He is the first gymnast
to win the award in the Big Ten this
year.
The gymnasts concluded their
Southwest tour by facing powerful
Oklahoma in a dual meet at Norman
last Saturday.
The Sooners, the top team in the

defeats
nation, had no trouble as they easily
defeated the Wolverines by racking ;up
280.95 points, the most by any team this
year, to Michigan's 260.
THE GYMNASTS were without the
service of Marshall Garfield but
Merrick Horn turned in a career high of
52.1 in the all-around competition and
Kevin McKee tied for first in the floor
exercise with a 9.55 score.
Garfield was absent from the meet
because he had travelled to Toronto
with the team's graduate assistant and
1978-79 team captain, Nigel Rothwell
for the Canadian national gymnastics
team trials. Out of a field of 20 par-
ticipants Rothwell placed third and
Garfield placed fourth. Strong perfor-
mances by the two at the second trial,
to be held in May, would secure spots on
the team for them.
"It was a great experience for the
men as they go to go up against some
super competition," said Loken. "In-
dividual wise the team did quite well
and showed considerable im-
.rovement, but they still have a lot of
ard practicing to do to prepare for the
Big Ten championships."

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SCORES
College Basketball
Toledo 95, E. Michigan 88 OT
Ball State 85, Ohio U. 70
Northern Illinois 79, Bowling Green 72
West Virginia 64, St. Bonaventure 62
Kansas 96, Oklahoma St. 69
Iona 64, Siena 48
Creighton 64, Indiana St. 61
Drake 89, Bradley 84
Loyola 86, Detroit80
NBA
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Atlanta 100, New York 93
Boston 117, Dallas 105

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