Page 8-Sunday, January 31, 1982-The Michigan Daily
CAGERS PLUMMET BACK TO EARTH
Illini crush Blue,
By LARRY FREED
Special to the Daily
CHAMPAIGN- The Wolverines, still
riding high from their overtime victory
against Ohio State, were quickly
brought crashing down to earth yester-
day under the Orange Crush of Illinois,
"I think Michigan was a little flat af-
ter their exciting victory," Illinois
coach Lou Henson said. "We were
really happy with our team's play
overall. The offensive and defensive
play was sound."
HENSON HAD no reason to feel
otherwise as his team never was in
trouble during the contest, opening up
leads of over 20 points on several oc-
casions in the second half.
Craig Tucker, a part of Henson's
triple-guard offense, broke a mid-
season slump in tallying a game-high 21
points, mostly on long-range jumpers.
Perry Range and James Griffin also
chipped in double figures for the Illini
with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
"I was confident about the game af-
ter our road win over Minnesota," said
a-jubilant Tucker. "Once I started hit-
ting and we got into our running game, I
was feeling good."
THE FAST break was the key
ingredient for Illinois as they broke a
35-24 halftime game open with a ten-
point spurt early in the second stanza.
The series of unanswered points were
mainly due to Derek Harper, who
despite scoring only six points, dished
out 12 assists, including many to Tucker
as they teamed up on several easy fast
"Once we got our break going, the
pace and scoring of the game really
opened up," Tucker explained.
As Henson pointed out, the key to get-
ting his team's break going was its
ability to outrebound the Wolverines
(45-30). Michigan's poor shooting, 40
percent from the field and 60 percent
from the line, did not help the
Wolverines escape their 14th loss in 16
outings this season. The victory upped
Illinois' record to 5-3 in the conference
and 12-5 overall.
"WHEN YOU play a team in their
arena you know you have to shoot and
rebound much better than we did," said
Michigan coach Bill Frieder.
Thad Garner, who kept Michigan
close in the first half, led all Wolverine
scorers with 15 points. Eric Turner (13)
and Dean Hopson (12) also pumped in
double figures in a losing effort.
Michigan came out strong midway.
through the first half as Turner and
Garner combined to pump in eight poin-
ts to narrow the Illini gap to 20-17.
Michigan would not get any closer to
the Illini, however, much to the en-
joyment of a sellout partisan Illini
crowd of 16,156.
AFTER A HENSON timeout, Griffin
sparked the Illini crowd with three
quick buckets to open up a comfortable
Griffin, who has been stringing
together several fine performances
during this Big Ten season, finished the
afternoon with nine rebounds, two
blocked shots, and four steals to go
along with his 12 points.
"I expect to be double-teamed more
now that I'm playing better," Griffin
THE WOLVERINES did indeed try to
double cover the 6-10 senior pivot man,
but the Illini outside shooting (48 per-
cent from the field) put an end to that
Despite his team's convincing per-
formance, Henson is still weary of the
Wolverines, who he must face again
next Saturday. "Although Michigan is
undersized, they still can beat
anybody," said a cautious Henson.
"We're not looking forward to playing
in Ann Arbor."
Before the Wolverines can look ahead
to their match with the Illini they must
face the upstart Northwestern Wildcats
at home next Thursday in'an effort to
improve their last place 1-7 conference
mark and 2-14 overall record.
Min FG /A FT/A
R A PF Pts
Totals............200 26/65 9/15 30 13 19 61
Totals..............200 28/58 23/27 45 20 16 79
Kansas State centter Les Crfat ca'tches Missouri forward Ron Jones (44)
on the hand as Jones makes a basket in Missouri's 59-58 victory over Kansas
State. See story, Page 7.
M' foes don't gloat...
... Blue power will be back.
By BOB WOJNOWSKI
TS ONE-GAME winning streak now history after a 79-61 loss to Illinois
here in the spaceship-shaped arena they call Assembly Hall, the
Michigan basketball team and its coach, Bill Frieder, will now pick up this
morning's paper and read about it. And what they read will again, by no
means, be indicative of the type of reaction expected from those who have
just handily beaten a 2-14 team.
"Michigan is a good team-they're young, but I can see how on any given
night they can beat anyone," said Illinois coach Lou Henson after yester-
And his sentiments are echoed, almost to a man, by every one of
Michigan's oppoinents in this lost season. They bumble and stumble to sear-
ch for the words which will soften the Wolverines' sting of defeat.
Michigan 'a little flat'
"I thought Michigan was a little flat," continued Henson. "Even though
they ran their patterns well and executed well they might have been a little
flat coming off of their Ohio State win. But I'm not looking forward to going
back up to Ann Arbor to play them."
Yes, Michigan was a little flat. And most of what Henson said could not be
disputed. But the Illinois head man nicely buffered his slightly negative
comments with continued praise of the Wolverines. No, Michigan did not
execute well. No, Michigan is not a good young team. It is a very mediocre
team at best.
"Their zone was tough-it was," said the Illini's 6-10 senior center James
Griffin, who managed 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Sure Michigan's zone was tough at times, so tough that the Illini could
muster "only" 79 points. Illinois outrebounded Michigan by a 45-30 margin
and ran at will-indeed it ran the Wolverines ragged.
So why all the nice words when it's obvious to any impartial observer that
this Michigan team is a sorry one? Is it the unwritten rule that one shalt not
criticize one's opponent; regardless of how bad they are?
Henson gives a good indication of why the Wolverines are being treated
with such respect In such a disrespectful season.
"Frieder's doing an excellent job, and you just watch, they'll be back," he
Ah, there is the key. This is no Northwestern or Wisconsin one is dealing
with. These are the "mighty" Wolverines, and while they may be down, they
are expected back.
Meanwhile, fans across the Big Ten areloving it, and they fairly revel as
they watch the home team rout the once-proud Wolverines. The Michigan
game is no longer one of the sure sellouts but rather one of the sure wins. In
Champaign, the mood was festive, and the partisans cheered and danced
and laughed as their Fighting Illini roared to an easy triumph.
Indeed, those not so close to the situation play the unfamiliar role of
Wolverine-killer to the hilt, while Frieder can only grit and bear it.
"When you play an excellent team on its home court, you have to shoot and
rebound better than that," said Frieder. "Illinois is a fine young team. Any
Frieder b eats hasty retreat
When none are immediately forthcoming, Frieder hastily exits the press
room. Indeed, he must grow weary of the questions and his now tiresome an-
swers-"we're hanging there. We're looking to have a good recruiting year
and we'll be back."
The recruiting year is the key, and with 6-8 Paul Jokisch of Birmingham
Brother Rice and6-9% Roy Tarpley of Detroit Cooley already committed to
Michigan, and a third recruit expected to announce this week, the
Wolverines do indeed seem to be on the way back.
-And so the opposing coaches say yes, Michigan is a good young team, they
have a lot of good youfg talent and they were tough. And the opposing
players say yes the Michigan players were tough and yes it was a tough
For they know, though Michigan is in the basement this year, they them-
selves could just as easily be there next. And the treatment they want then is
the treatment they give now.
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BLOOMINGTON (AP)- Darryl Mitchell scored 18
points yesterday as 10th-ranked Minnesota turned
back a second-half rally and beat Indiana 69-62 in a
regionally televised Big Ten Conference basketball
Randy Breuer, the Gophers' 7-foot-3 center, added
15 points-all in the first half-and the three other
Minnesota starters also were in double figures.
Minnesota, breaking a tie with the Hoosiers for
second place in the conference, never trailed. Paced
by Breuer's 15 points and eight rebounds in the first
half, the Gophers opened an 11-point lead at the in-
termission. Minnesota widened the advantage to 17
points, 47-30, before Ted Kitchel started the Indiana
Kitchel, a 6-8 junior, had eight points in a 12-4 spurt
that cut the lead to 51-42. Indiana then pulled within
seven points, but two free throws apiece by Mitchell
and Gary Holmes brought the margin back to 11. The
Gophers coasted the rest of the way, scoring their
final 14 points from the foul line.
Iowa 76, Ohio State 66
IOWA CITY (AP)- Iowa's Mark Gannon scored 19
law Hoosiers, 69-62
points and held the Big Ten's leading scorer to just
two field goals in the second half as Iowa posted a 76-
66 basketball victory over Ohio State yesterday.
The junior forward hit seven of nine from the field,
connected on all five of his free throws and pulled
down six reboinds as No. 6 Iowa boosted its record to
15-2 overall and 7-1 in the leggue.
The Buckeyes fell to 13-7 and 4-4.
Purdue 81, Wisconsin 67
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP)- Keith Edmonson
scored 32 points for Purdue and sophomore Russell
Cross had 12 of his 20 points in the game's first 10
minutes as the Boilermakers recorded an 81-67 vic-
tory over Wisconsin in Big Ten college basketball
Cross scored twice and Edmonson converted a
three-point play to give Purdue a 17-11 lead with 12:33
left in the first half and the Boilermakers were never
The Boilermakers dominated the boards early,
opening a 27-17 lead and built it to 14 points in the first
half with the help of a costly technical foul against
Wisconsin's John Ploss.
Edmonso i was fouled by Ploss as the Purdue
senior made a layup. Ploss was also charged with a
technical for hanging on the rim. Edmonson, who
made 16 of 19 free throws, hit shots for both the per-
sonal and technical. Joe Gampfer, Purdue's 7-foot
sophomore center who scored 12 points in his first
college start, then made a field goal on the possession
after the technical to give Purdue a 35-21 lead.
Michigan St. 64, Northwestern 61
EAST LANSING (UPI) - Freshman guard Sam
Vincent scored a career high 22 points and Michigan
State withstood a furious last-gasp rally by North-
western as the Spartans nipped the Wildcats 64-61 last
night in Big Ten basketball action.
The win improves Michigan State's record to 4-4 in
the Big Ten and 9-9 overall while the Wildcats
dropped to 2-6 in the conference and 6-11 overall.
- The Spartans, seemingly in command throughout
much of the contest before foul problems, and some
clutch Northwestern shooting, put the game in doubt
until the fihal seconds.
Women cagers stomp
on Tartans 8-6
By LARRY MISOKIN
The Wayne State Tartars must have known they were in for a long afternoon
when the Michigan Women's basketball team went up 1-0 before the opening tipoff.
The Wolverines never relinquished their pre-game lead and coasted to an 88-62 vic-
tory over Wayne State yesterday afternoon at Crisler Arena.
Michigan's first point came as a result of a technical foul called against the Tar-
tars for starting a player, Terry Fuhr, who was not listed on their roster. K.D. Har-
te sunk the free throw and Michigan was on its way to it's second victory in a row,
upping it's season mark to 12-6. With nine games left, Michigan has already
equalled last year's number of wifls.
THE GAME WAS never close as the Wolverines built a commanding 37-23 half-
time lead and then outscored Wayne' State 51-39 in the second half to walk away
with the victory.
Once again, the Wolverines' high scorers were Peg Harte, who poured in 24 poin-
ts, and Diane Dietz who had 22 points. The victory however, was a real team effort
as every member of the team scored at least once and coach Gloria Solukwas able
to substitute her second string players into the game for'most of the second half.
"The kids did a super job today," Soluk said.."I didn't realize that everyone was
scoring, but the kids recognized it."
WHILE MICHIGAN'S offense was impressive today, the team played an ex-
cellent defensive game as well, constantly forcing the Tartars to shoot from the
outside. A big part of the Wolverines tough defense was Patrice Donovan, who
broke her own team record with 11,blocked shots.
"Patrice was outstanding," said Soluk. "She has been coming on strong lately.
With. her working on the inside, our guards can play around a little more because
they don't have to worry about the middle. She's an intimidating player."
Wolverine Terri Soullier, who started in place of Dietz, filled in well with 10 poin-
ts and tough defense. Soluk said she was pleased with the way Soullier played but
declined to comment on why Dietz did not start.
"IT BOTHERED ME not to start because I didn't know why," said Dietz, who
scored 16 of her points in the second half. "It was frustrating not having her
(Soluk) say anything to me before the game. I just tried to keep a level head and
once I got in I felt like I had been in all along."
The key to Michigan's strong offensive performance was their fine passing as
well as their improved shot selection. Once again the Wolverines ran the fast break
at will and also had fewer turnovers.
"I was glad to see that we had fewer turnovers today," said Soluk. "We ran the
break well and shot well. We are not shooting from outside a set perimeter. It
makes a coach feel good to see selective shooting."
MICHIGAN HAS three big games coming up against Western Michigan, Detroit
and Central Michigan, before they travel to Michigan State for the Big Ten tour-
nam'ent in two weeks.
Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
DIANA WILEY watches Cheryl Sobkow go up against two Wayne State
defenders. Michigan won at Crisler Arena yesterday. Michigan's record is
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Field events boost 'Al'at est
Special to the Daily
KALAMAZOO- Field events turned
out to be the Wolverines' specialty as
Michigan men's track team competed
at the Western Michigan Relays held
here Friday night. No team scores were
recorded at the meet.
Michigan's Derek Harner helned get
In the running events, however, the
Wolverines did not fare so well. Evan
Moore, in his best collegiate perfor-
mance to date, ran the 5,000 meters in
14:38 for a second place finish. Shelby
Johnson took second in the high hurdles
in a time of 7.3 seconds. Gerard
Donakowski highlighted Michigan's
Kaufmann, who scored a career high
9.65 on rings, and Milan Stanovich, who
won the high bar and vaulting events.
Other outstanding performances were
registered by Kevin McKee, who won
the floor exercise with a 9.6, captain
Nevin Hedlund, whose 9.2 score won the
pommell horse competition and Dave
us win all six events and Rick Kau-
mann was spectacular on rings"
Special to the Daily .
COLUMBUS - Garnering 89 points,
the Michigan synchronized swimming
team placed third at the College
111B inA7 IVJIf*.shat
Big Ton Standings
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