Saturday, January 10, 1981
MICHIGAN FALLS TO
By KENT WALLEY THE SECOND period opened ywith
Special to the Daily several close calls for Michigan. But
MADISON-In a close action-packed Michigan goalie Paul Fricker answered
hockey contest in which Dave Fardig with some sparkling saves and the
O 7-6 IN WCHA PLAY
Wolverine icers, 8-5
and Billy Reid scored their first goals of
the season, Michigan lost to the
Wisconsin Badgers by a score of 8-5 last
night at Dane 4 County Memorial
Michigan was in the game until late
in the third period, when Wisconsin
tallied four consecutive goals.
The goal that put the game out of
reach for the Wolverines came at 16:54
when Badger right winger Jon Morgan
fired the last of many clean slapshots
cracked by both teams past Paul
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Wolverine defense remained adamen-
But the excitement of a 2-2 tie for
such evenly matched teams picked up
at around the 9 minute mark.
Michigan began an exchange of near-
goals that continued on for several
mirutes. Wisconsin followed with a pair
of 2-on-1 breaks but came up empty.
Then suddenly a scoring surge broke
loose. It was Wisconsin first with two
goals in succession.
The first score was at 11:54 when
defenseman Jay McFarlane fired a
wicked slapshot from behind the point
that hit Fricker in the chest and tipped
into the net.
The second goal came at the 12:45
mark when left winger Brian Mullen
blasted a screened slapshot past
Fricker. On the score All-American
defenseman Theran Welsh tallied his
second assist of the evening, making
him the all-time Wisconsin career
Michigan answered back at 13:44
when Steve Richmond passed across
the slot to Billy Reid who scored his fir-
st goal of the year.
Wisconsin jumped off to a quick start.
After Dave Fardig was called for
elbowing, Badger right wing Pete
Johnson skated around behind the net
and fired a perfectly placed wrist shot
between Fricker's foot and the goal
But Michigan proved early that they
were not going to be an easy opponent.
At 5:28 junior left wing Jeff Tessier
maneuvered the puck from center ice
past two defenders and found himself
face-to-face with the Wisconsin goalie.
Tessier then fired a slapshot clean over
Gremore's left shoulder to tie the game.
Michigan was not ready to give
up its equality so quickly. At 14:08
Roger Bourne slipped a pass to Jeff
Mars who was waiting beside the goal.
scoring:1. W-Johnson (S. LecyNewberry) 2i35;'
2. M- Tessier (Fardig, Manning) 5:28; 3. W- Loe
(Welsh. S. Lecy) 5:47; 4. M Mars (Bourne.;1"
Penalties: M- Fardig (elbowing) I:5I -
Newberry (charging) 10:59; M- Milburn lad
misconduct) 13:34; M- McCrimmon (tripping) 20:nl.
Scoring: 5. W- McFarlane (T. Lecy. Ethier) 1 U$4jAi
6. W- Mullen (Welsh, Andringa) 12:45; 7. M- lid
(Richmond, Richter) 13:44.
Penalties: M- May (roughing) 11:54; W- T. 1Let
(roughing) 11:54; M- Richmond (hooking) 15:48.
Scoring: 8. M- Fardig (unassisted), 2:20; 9 .I-
Speers (Tippett, Manning) 2:50; 10. W- S. Cec
(Ethier. Lebler) 3:07; 11. W- Gorowski (Johann0isnI
Johnson) 9:50; 12. W- Vincent (Mullen. Newbenw)
15:19; 13. W- Morgan (Johnson, Lebler) 16:51. 1'
Penalties: MI- Lundberg (highsticking) 3: 19;,1.
Johannson (tripping) 11:34: .M- Richmond (hooking) -
15:41; W- McFarlane (holding) 17:25; M- Speer in-
Attendance : 8.662
1 2 :t-Total,.,
Fricker (M) ...................12 16 16
Gremore(W) ..................13 t1 7 -
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Wolverines trek o
to Land of Gants
By MARK FISCHER
Special to the Daily
MINNEAPOLIS-What can you do against a Big Ten team whose front line star-
ters stand an average of four inches taller than yours? How does a 6-8 center con-
tain a 7-3 giant down low in the pivot? In short, how do you beat what your own
coach calls "the tallest team in all of basketball"?
Michigan mentor Bill Frieder and his cagers will be trying very hard to answer
questions like these when they take the court against the Golden Gophers of Min-
nesota this evening in Minneapolis (9 p.m. EST, WWJ radio 950, Channel 50 TV).
AND FRIEDER admits the answers may not come easily. "Minnesota is playing
excellent basketball and they're going to give us trouble," said the Wolverine skip-
per. "You take their first seven players and they average over 6-8; this is going to
give us problems."
Frieder's concerns are well-founded, for the rangy Gophers have been making a
practice of giving their opponents problems all season. Minnesota, like Michigan,
carries a 9-1 overall record into tonight's intraconference confrontation in "The
Barn" (Minnesota's 17,250-seat Williams Arena).
The Gophers have vanquished several formidable foes on their way to that
mark, including Louisville (by'a six point margin), and North Carolina (by 16).
Their lone setback came in mid-December against Marquette at home, in a game
which Minnesota sixth-year head coach Jim Dutcher said was his team's worst
(40) Mike McGee..... (6-5) F (6-9) ... John Wiley (35)
(45) Thad Garner ..... (6-7) F ' (6-9) ... Ben Coleman (54)
(15) Paul Heuerman .. (6-8) C (7-3) ... Randy Breuer (45)
(24) Marty Bodnar ... (6-3) G (6-5) .. .Trent Tucker (32)
(34) John Johnson .... (6-4) G (6-2) ... Mark Hall (24)
performance of the season.
FRIEDER, WHO strongly considers the Gophers to be one of the top five teams
in the country, "wasn't surprised at all by what they did to North Carolina." The
national polls aren't quite as enthusiastic about the Gophers, who are ranked 14th
by UPI and 19th by AP, but, said Frieder, "they should be higher."
? It would certainly be hard to find a front court combination higher-that is,
taller-than Minnesota's, even in the pro ranks. Tallest of all is Randy Breuer (11.1
ppg/5.7 reb), the aforementioned 7-3 "giant" who will try to make things hard for
Michigan's 6-8 pivotman Paul Heuerman (9.7/5.9).
,Despite his unparalleled stature, Breuer is not the Gophers' leading rebounder
so far this 'year. That distinction belongs to 6-9, 232-pound sophomore Ben
Coleman, a power forward currently averaging seven boards and 12 points per
outing. Flanking Coleman at forward is John Wiley (5.7/4.0), also 6-9. What's
more, Dutcher has yet another towering trio sitting down the bench from him:
Gary Holmes (6.8/4.6), Brian Pederson and Jim Peterson, who each stand 6-10.
SINCE THEIR loss to Purdue in the conference opener last Monday, the
Wolverines have been trying hard to find ways to neutralize Minnesota's clear ad-
vantage in size. "We've been working defensively on a lot of things: combination
defenses, helping on the inside people and so forth," said Frieder. "But when you
do that, you're going to give the perimeter people shots, which you don't want to
And Minnesota, which Frieder calls "very balanced," does have solid
"perimeter people," including 6-2 junior guard Mark Hall, and 6-5 junior back-
courters Trent Tucker (13.7/5.8) and Gopher captain Darryl Mitchell (8.4ppg).
Hall is Minnesota's leading scorer with 17.5 points per game, Tucker is starting for
the third straight year, and Mitchell is one of the best sixth men in the conference.
As Frieder said, "It's going to be a tough, tough basketball game, especially on
SPOR TS OF THE DAILY:
Tracksters sprint to State
By RON POLLACK
When the women's track team
travels to East Lansing to perform in
the Michigan State Invitational against
Michigan State and Central Michigan,
it will be in an gttempt to answer
Depth is one question mark for the
women tracksters. According to Head
Coach Ken Simmons, Michigan will
have 16-18 performers while Michigan
State and Central Michigan have bet-
ween 35 and 40. "We don't have that
many kids, although we do have quality
kids," added Simmons. .
Another matter that will be answered
in the Wolverines' first meet, will be
how well conditioned the members of
these three teams are. "I know our kids
aren't in shape, I don't know about
theirs (MSU and CMU)," said Sim-
About the MSU Invitational being his
team's first meet of the season, Sim-
mons said: "It's more or less to see
what we've got. We're hoping to figure
out where the girls will fit in."
"On the surface, we can't beat what
Michigan State's got. We might beat
Central for second," said Simmons.
Although this meet should answer a
number of questions, Simmons feels
that its primary function is to prepare
the team for the Big Ten meet which
will be held at Illinois in February.
Simmons is realistic about his team's
chances in the conference meet. "There
are six teams that are better than we
are, with what they had last year. If we
come out seventh I'd be pretty happy,"
Michigan spikes Toledo
The Michigan's men's volleyball club
resembled a varsity team more so than
their Toledo Rocket counterparts last
night. The Wolverines defeated Toledo
squad, which has just received varsity
status, 15-11, 15-12, 15-9 in the season
opener last night.
Michigan took control of the first
match when Curtis Anderson served for
four consecutive points putting the
Wolverines in the lead, 10-7. The
Michigan spikers, however, lost
possession when Jim McNair hit the
ball out of bounds. Michigan regained
control and scored an additional point,
but McNair missed a shot and Toledo
recaptured the serve, moving within
one point of Michigan.
THE WOLVERINES gave up only
one more point, and took the ball back
with a score of 13-11. Michigan's Scott
White then score on a dink on the one
ball, nudging the ball into center court.
The final point was scored on a net
violation by Toledo.
Michigan was in command of the
second game until Toledo's Andreas
Cryanthou got the serve. Scoring four
consecutive points, the Toledo spiker
tied the score 12-12 until serving out of
MICHIGAN DID not let the Tigers
score another point, taking the match
The final set was not as easy for the
Wolverines as they found themselves
tailing 9-8 mid-game. McNair then ser-
ved to a 9-9 tie, only to serve the next
ball out of bounds, giving Toldeo the
ball. The Rockets found the Wolverine
defense impregnable and were unable
to score another point.
Michigan's coach Dave Deustch
commented on the club. "This year is
the year. Everyone graduates except
one player, so we have to do it this year.
(capture the number one position of the
MIVA club division) We have a pretty
good chance too."
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BIG TEN PREVIEW
Spartans best of basement bunch
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
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'A lot of people are picking us for 11th. I don't always
disagree with them.'
-Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote,
appraising his team's Big Ten chances,
November 23, 1980
In a matter of 12 months, Heathcote, the Big Ten's king of
quip, has watched his team fall from national champion to
ninth-place finisher in the conference. It wouldn't surprise
anyone if the Spartans languished in the bottom division for a
second straight season, where Wisconsin and Northwestern
are certain to keep them company throughout much of the
This was supposed to be the year in which Heathcote ex-
perimented with a three-freshman lineup. But a combination
of injuries, academic difficulties, and first-year jitters has
forced the MSU boss to go with a more experienced starting
unit that features Big Ten scoring champion Jay Vincent.
Only one freshman, 6-2 guard Randy Morrison, started
Thursday night at Indiana, where the Spartans lost their con-
ference opener, 5543. Another first-year player, 6-8 Ben
Tower, began the season as a starting forward, but was
beaten out of a job by sophomore Derek Perry (13.6 points
per game through Michigan State's 6-3 non-conference
The biggest misfortune of all for the team was a foot injury
Any scoring support Vincent receives will likely come from
either Mike Brkovich or Kevin Smith. Smith, the 6-2 junior
point guard who prepped at Birmingham Brother -Rice,
tallied 14 points Thursday night to lead the Spartans (Vincent
Heathcote worries about his team's lack of height. "We're
the smallest team in the Big Ten by a long ways. It would
help Jay if we had a better and bigger supporting cast in-
side," he said early this week.
Wisconsin coach Bill Cofield has the opposite situation:
good size, little quickness. When star guard Wesley Mat-
thews opted to skip his senior year at Madison and enter the
NBA (Washington Bullets), Cofield was left with a scoring
void in the backcourt which will not easily be filled this
Wisconsin's greatest strengths are rebounding and
bruising defense. The Badgers (6-3, 0-1) have, by far, the
bulkiest front line in the Big Ten. Claude Gregory, the 6-8
senior who averaged almost 19 points per game last season,
and 6-9 defensive specialist Larry Petty both tip the scales at
The problem is at guard. While Dan Hastings is a solid
defensive player and sure passer, he is not a scorer. Thus far
the most productive backcourt tandem has been Hastings
and junior John Bailey (13.7 ppg).
While Cofield approaches the Big Ten season from a
realistic standpoint, his counterpart at Northwestern, Rich
Falk, is brimming with optimism. Asked who were the teams
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