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January 06, 1982 - Image 10

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Page 10-Wednesday, January 6, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Holiday blues catch

Big Ten competition has yet to begin,
but this season is quickly becoming a
long one for the Michigan men's
basketball team. The Wolverines have
dropped their last five games to lower
their record to 1-7.
"We've got to be the best damn 1-7
team, not only this year but in the last
decade," said Michigan head coach Bill-
MICHIGAN'S FIRST loss during its
current five game losing streak came
against Western Michigan, 71-60 on
Decembd 12 at Crisler Arena. The
Wolverines were ice cold from the field,
hitting on only 35 percent .of their shots
from the field and 10 of 20 tosses from
the free-throw line.
With Michigan holding a three point
lead and six minutes to go in the half,
the Bronco's Walker D. Russell (29
points) scored nine consecutive points,
and Michigan never regained the lead.
Freshman point guard Eric Turner led
;the Wolverines with 19 points and seven
In its next game, against Detroit, on
December 19 at Crisler Michigan led
most of the way, only to lose 55-51. The
Wolverines led by as many as seven
points early in the game, and owned a
29-26 lead at the half.
MICHIGAN LED by five with 13:23
remaining, but several Wolverine, tur-
novers allowed the Titans to eventually
take the lead on a tip-in by Joe Kopicki.
Turner led the Wolverines in scoring
with 16, while sophomore Dean Hopson
added 14 on seven of eight shooting.
Against Louisiana Tech, on Decem-
ber 21 at Crisler Michigan lost a hear-
tbreaker. With 1:05 left in the contest,

the Wolverines owned a 60-59 lead and
the ball. But Turner had the ball stolen,
and Louisiana Tech converted this tur-
nover into a 61-60 lead on two Rennie
Bailey free throws.
Michigan then went into a delay of-
fense until the game's final seconds
when now departed Joe James took the
contest's final shot. The ball bounced of
the rim ' and the Wolverines had lost
"THE SHOT that I took in the final
seconds was definitely my shot," said
James. "What can I say? It just didn't
go down. Since it was my shot. and it
didn't go down, I'll probably think
about it for a long time."
"It's extremely discouraging to get
that close and let it get away," said
Frieder. It comes down to big plays in
big situations, and we were careless.
The great teams win these games and
we didn't."

Classic, at the Los Angeles Sports
Arena Michigan's play improved.
Nonetheless, the only reward that the
Wolverines received was two more
losses. In the first round, Michigan lost
to USC 77-63, in a game that was much
closer than the score indicated.
Despite outplaying the Trojans in the
first half, Michigan only led 38-35 at the
intermission. "We shot 70 percent
(.667 in actuality) and outrebounded
them and only led by three," said
Frieder. "That was disheartening.
That's a sign that it (the lead) is not
gonna last."
And last it didn't. USC led by a
narrow 62-59 margin with 6:22 left,
when the roof fell in on the Wolverines.
USC outscored Michigan 15-4 down the
stretch, turning a close contest into a

DESPITE THE LOSS, team captain
Thad Garner noted that Michigan was
beginning to show marked im-
provement. "At the beginning of the
season when we were losing, I felt that
our play wasn't typical of Michgan. But
during this game I saw our poise and
said, 'now this is a typical Michigan
The following night, the Wolverines
turned in another sterling performan-
ce, only to lose to Alabama-
Birmingham 73-72 in the tournament's
consolation game. Late in the first half,
Michigan led 33-24; but Alabama-
Birmingham scored the half's last eight
points to close to within one point, 33-32.
Michigan fell behind by as many as 13
points in the second half, but battled
back to make the contest very close.,
For Garner, the moral victory wasn't
satisfactory. "We didn't come here to
play well, we came here to win."

Gymnasts win own invitational

Michigan's men's and women's gym-
nastics teams displayed powerful'
overall strength as' the host squads at
the Wolverine Invitational, held this
past December 12th and 13th at Crisler
Arena. Both squads took a blue ribbon
for first place, beating out the
remaining three teams participating;
Chicago Circle, Michigan State, and
Western Michigan.
Men's gymnastics head coach Newt
Loken, was deservedly ecstatic over his
squad's overall performance. "We did
a great job, the Wolverine's victorious!
It was a great team victory. They all
contributed to the high team score."

THE TEAM score was a season, high
2651/ for the male tumblers, and all ten
of roster members had a hand in the
Taking first for the Wolverine's
were: Kevin McKee, floor exercise;
Nevin Hedlund, pommel horse, Rick
Kaufmann, still rings; Dino Mannus,
parallel bars; and Kevin McKee and
Merrick Horn tying for first in the high
bar. Exceptional performances were
turned in by Milan Stanovich in
vaulting, Al Burger in the rings, Dave
Miller in the parallel bars, and John
Maretto on the high bars. Performing
well in the all-around competition for
the Wolverines was Chris VanMiller,

and the all-around champion Merrick
"I was elated with the boys'
progress," crowed Coach Loken, "but
we still have a lot-of work ahead of us.
Now we've got to forge ahead.".
However pleased coach Loken may
seem to be, he remains cautious of what
future competition may have in stock
for his talented squad. Many of, the an-
swers, he feels, will be found in the
coming Big Ten Invitational, held this
weekend in East Lansing. "It's a very
strong league up and down the line. By
the end 'of next weekend, we should
have some indication of how we're
going to do."

Blue Lines ,
The Great Lakes tourney..
Sgood hockey in Detroit
A FTER SUFFERING with the lowly Detroit Red Wings for three months,
Detroit area hockey fans were finally treated to some good hockey. It
only took four college teams (Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech and
Notre Dame), an obnoxious Michigan Tech pep band and some highly
spirited onlookers to-make The 17th Annual Great Lakes Invitational College
Tournament (held at the Joe Louis Sports Arena) the finest in the tour-
nament's history.
Over 33,000 fans turned out for the two-day event, the most ever to watch a
two-day college hockey tournament. And 19,225 followers (the most ever to
witness an NCAA hockey game) turned out to cheer, rant, rave, fight and see
Notre Dame capture the tournament championship for the first time ever
and end a string of five championships for tourney co-host Michigan Tech.
The Fighting Irish trailed the Huskies until the last seven minutes of the
game, when right wing Jeff Logan scored
the winner to make the score 4-3.
Michigan finished in a tie for'third in
the tourney by losing 6-2 to Notre Dame
in the opening game on December 29 and
tying Michigan State, 4-4, in the con-
solation on December 30. Tech made it to
the final by topping the Spartans, 63, on
opening night.
The Wolverines played poorly in the.
opener. The time off during the Christ-
mas break hurt them and coach John
Giordano certainly wasn't happy with his
team's performance. Giordano
"We didn't play well," he said. "We ... disappointed
have to play a certain way to win and we
didn't. The defensive play in front of (goalie Peter) Mason is not very good."
What really hurt the Wolverines in the first game was their failure to turn
on the red light when they had the power play, connecting on only one of 12
extra-man advantages. When questioned about the struggling power play,
Giordano quipped, "What power play?"
But what really came out of the post-game interview was that Giordano
was disappointed with his personnel. Due to the coaching fiasco that has
taken place over the last two years since seven-year coach Dan Farrell
retired, Michigan has not been able to recruit the players needed to make its
program successful. First, because a replacement for Farrell was not
named until heavy recruiting was over in 1980 and second, because Giordano
did not have an assistant (whose major chore is recruiting) until midway
through this past summer.
The numbers tell the story as well. Two years ago, the same p'ower play
was used by Michigan and was the most potent in the country, registering a
goal almost 50 percent of the time. This season it has been successful just 10
percent of the time.
But Giordano has done a fine job up to this point of the season with the
players he has and that is the sign of an excellent coach. His team now posts
a 10-5-3 record and the schedule in the second half of the season is in its favor
as 10 of the 11 games after the Ferris State series this weekend are at home.
The team should continue to improve in the second half of the season
because Giordano demands perfection from his players and tries his hardest
to get it. He has a good assistant coach in Mike Turner, which should help
hin get the players he needs to build up the Wolverine hockey program in
the future.
Detroit will get another chance to see some good hockey come March when
the CCHA holds its playoff finals at Joe Louis Arena. My picks for the final
four in the league: Michigan State, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan and



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