Tuesday, March 17, 1981
The Michigan Daily
McGEE'S 26 PACES BLUE, 80-68
Michigan bombs Rockets
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
The script is already starting to get
old. For the second straight time, they
Michigan cagers have overcome a
sluggish first half only to overwhelm
their NIT opponent in the second.
Sunday night's victim was the Toledo
Rockets, who brought a legion of 6,000
fans with them-to Crisler Arena only to
see their team lose to the Wolverines,
80-68. The win advances Michigan to the
third round of the tournament.
The Wolverines' next opponent and
the site of the game will be announced
today by the NIT committee, which
decides the pairings after the results of
each round are known.
UNLIKE LAST Thursday's opening
round 74-58 win over Duquesne, the
Wolverines had a horrid first half offen-
sively, but played good defense. Sun-
day's first half, which ended in a 40-40
stalemate, was marked by fine offen-
sive play by both teams, but not much
defensive effort. Toledo's Harvey
Knuckles tossed in 17 of his game-high
27 points in the first half, while Mitch
Adamek accounted for 15 of the
Rockets' first half points.
"Hey, they (Knuckles and Adamek)
are fine players, but that's too many
points to give up to anybody," said
Michigan coach Bill Frieder. "Our
defense was not very good in the first
half. We made a couple adjustments on
them and did a much better job defen-
sing them in the second half. I think
that was the key to the game."
The first half started out to be all
Toledo, as the visiting Rockets breezed
to a 25-18 lead midway through the half,
much to the delight of their cheering
followers.'But the Wolverines began to
play more aggressively on defense,
fighting back for the halftime tie.
AFTER THE INTERMISSION,
however,RMichigan-decided to give its
fans something to yell about. The
Wolverines, behind the hot shooting of
Mike McGee and Johnny Johnson,
began to establish their running game
in the second stanza, racing out to a 53-
44 lead for the rest of the half, stret-
ching the margin to as much as 16 poin-
ts before settling for the 12-point win.
McGee led the Wolverines with 25
points, while Johnson tossed in 22 on 69
percent shooting from the floor.
McGee's total puts him in the 21st spot
on the all-time NCAA career scoring
"The team played an exceptional
game in the second half," said McGee.
"When Toledo turned the ball over, we
capitalized and got the baskets. I'd
have to credit the whole team.''
THAD GARNER HAD an impressive
game for the Wolverines, now 19-10 on
the season, as he scored 12 points and
hauled in five rebounds. Marty Bodnar
added 10 points for Michigan.
The loss ends Toledo's season at 21-
10, and marks the first time since 1975
that the Rockets have lost to the
According to Michigan's Sports In-
formation Department, if the
Wolverines are scheduled to host their
third-round game, tickets would go on
sale at noon today.,But they added that
Michigan will most likely be playing its
next game on the road.
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
MICHIGAN'S PAUL HEUERMAN (15) soars through the Rockets' defense
for an easy bucket during the Wolverines' 80-68 NIT victory over Toledo.
Sunday night at Criser Arena.
By DREW SHARP
Crisler Arena fns ..
h . . regained some respect
The throng of supporters' screams echoed throughout the arena. Through
40 minutes of basketball, fans chortled their respective schools' fight songs,
with palms clapping and fists raised. It was an atmosphere befitting In-
diana's Assembly Hall or Kentucky's Rupp Arena, but oddly enough, the
scene was Crisler Arena.
Crisler Arena, labelled the haven of laid-back, unemotional fans, was
rocking Sunday night when the Toldeo Rockets soared into town for the NIT
showdown with Michigan. Provoked by the more than 5,000 enthusiastic
Toldeo partisans, the Wolverine faithful put forward a performance which I
could only describe in one word - spellbinding.
I have long been one of many critics of Michigan's basketball fans. Their
lethargic approach to supporting their team has been, in the least, a
disgrace. Whereas other schools' fans would start cheering 30 minutes
before the game and not let up until the conclusion, Michigan's fans would
conceal their emotion until it was needed most. And when they would let
loose with a few "Go Blues," they were barely strong enogh to wake up the
Sunday fight was different, however. Everyone knew that the Rockets'
fans would congregate at Crisler in full force. It would not only be a battle
between two basketball teams, but also, two basketball crowds.' Thegauntlet
of challenge was thrown before the Michigan faithful by the Toldedo group,
and they responded with a superlative effort.
"They were wild"
"Our guys were up there, 8,000 of them, singing 'The Victor's.' They were
wild," said coach Bill Frieder following the game. "They were there about
20 ruinutes before the game. I've never seen that happen even when we had
(Phil) Hubbard and (Rickey) Green. It was just a super job by them and
hopefully they will be rewarded with a third NIT game at Crisler."
I am in agreement with Frieder on that count. Never before have I wit-
nessed a Michigan basketball crowd so alive, so energetic. It was obvious
that the audience's enthusiasm spread to the players. Whenever the Rocket
pep band would lead the Ohio partisan in a chorus of their "T-O-L-E-D-O,
TOLEDO" cheer. The Wolverine band would retaliate in order to fire up the
Dueling bands. I haven't seen that since my high school days when we
would remain standing through the entire game screaming questionable
remarks to the opposing team. As tacky as that may sound, it's that type of
spirit which makes these games- fun to attend. And spirit was what
Michigan's fans lacked alilseason long, up until Sunday night.
Fans deserve accolades ,
Many times, we writers decide only to discuss the negative aspect of cer-
tain matters. In the days leading up to the Michigan-Toledo contest, much of
the talk was centered around the Wolverines' lazy crowd rather than the
game itself. Apathy was weighed more than ability, and that's too bad.
When a situation warrants congratulations, it should be expressed. Such a
situation occured Sunday night. The lazy and the laid-back were not present,
but were replaced by fans.
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Tucker made 14 of 17 shots from the
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