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Page 8-Sunday, February 7, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Garner sparks 'M' win

(Continued from Page 1)'
Yet the Wolverines might not have been
able to beat anybody yesterday without
senior forward Thad Garner. Garner
played the entire 40 minutes and turned
in one of the best games of his Michigan
career by scoring a team high 29 points,
setting a Crisler Arena record with 11 of
11 from the free throw line. He hit four
of five from the floor, grabbed six
rebounds and handed out three assists.
"GARNER WAS terrific. He was just
fantastic today," said Michigan coach
Bill Frieder. "Thad made all of his
foul shots and every one was a crucial
free throw."
"I had a streak going," said Garner
of his record success from the charity
stripe. "I was just lucky and I was glad
that I kept making them. I was com-
fortable all the times I was at the line."
Michigan both outshot (56 to 43 per-
cent) and outre6ounded (31 to 20) the
Illini, who had defeated the Wolverines,
'79-61, just one week earlier in Cham-
paign.
"IT'S JUST a case of Michigan
playing well, and we didn't," said
Illinois coach Lou Henson. "They had
us 14-4 on rebounds at one point. You,
can't go into a place and get beat on the
boards and still win the game," he said.
"At the end of the first half, (Illinois
center James) Griffin had no points and

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no boards. We're not going to win when
that happens."
The Illini jumped out to early leads of
4-0 and 8-6, but they were never to lead
again. Michigan quickly proceeded to
take advantage of Illinois' early foul
trouble - the Wolverines fell into the
bonus situation when Illini guard Derek
Harper picked up his team's seventh
foul at the 13:35 mark of the first half -
and reeled off a 16-6 spurt on the
visitors to go up, 22-14, midway through
the stanza.
"Michigan played very well,
especially early, when they played
super," said Henson. "They hit their
shots, they played good defense, and
they did the job on the boards."
FOUR GARNER foul shots gave the

Wolverines their biggest lead of the,
contest, 31-18, with 2:12 remaining
before halftime. But after Illinois for-
ward Anthony Welch came back with a
jump shot seconds later to cut his
team's deficit to 11, Michigan wound
the clock down for a last shot, which
Willis Carter eventually missed. Illini
ward Craig Tucker, who topped all
scorers with 23 points, converted Car-
ter's miss into a fastbreak dunk at the
buzzer, to slice Michigan's lead to 31-22
at the intermission.
The home team came out strong
again in the second half with two
quick baskets to push its advantage
back up to 13, but the visitors
would not remain silent for long.
Illinois' two 6-10 frontcourt bookends,

Griffin and Bryan Leonard, finally
got on track as they combined for
eight straight points to chop the
Wolverine lead down to five, 35-30.
Crisler Arena then turned into a swap
shop. The two teams proceeded to
trade baskets until only 3:45 remained
in the game, when Tucker - who tallied
14 of Illinois' 31 second-half points -
pumped in a jumper and both ends of a
one-and-one to bring his team to within
two, 51-49.
TWO MINUTES later, after
Pelekoudas missed the second end of a
one-and-one, Griffin scored his 11th and
12th points of the half on a short tur-
naround to cut the Michigan advantage
to only one, 54-53.
But that was as close as the Illini
would get. Garner hit two more foul
shots with 59 seconds left, and Michigan
guard Eric Turner, who also played an
excellent game (four of five from the
flobr and five of six from the line for 13
points) converted a one-and-one with 19
seconds left in the contest to seal the
Wolverine victory.
"It's the second straight time this
week where our opponent came on
tough at the end and we hung on and
didn't blow it," said Frieder. "I give
my kids credit for not letting it get
away, because it could have gotten
away.,,

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Garner-ing respect

MICHIGAN

ILLINOIS

MinF

AFT/A

MinF

G/A FT/A

Leonard ......... 14 1/3 O/1
Range............ 40 3/6 1/2
Griffin.......... 39 6/16 0/2
Tucker ........... 40 8/15 7/8
Harper ............ 32 3/4 1/1
Montgomery ...... 17 0/2 0/4
Welchs...........14 1/4 0/0
Daniels............ 4 0/ 1 0/0
Team Rebounds
Totals...........200 22/51 9/18

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4
1
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2
0
6
20

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3
0
0
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PF Pts
3 2
4 7
3 12
2 23
5 7
1 0
1 2
0 0

Garner..........40 4/5 11/11
Hopson.......... 23 2/3 0/2
Person........... 37 4/8 1/2
Pelekoudas........ 32 1/4 1/2
Turner...........40 4/5 5/6
Rockymore........9 1/2 0/0
Carter............. 19 3/7 2/2
Team Rebounds
Totals....:........ 200 19/34 20/25
ILLINOIS...................22
MICHIGAN ...................31
Attendance: 9,208

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6
2
10
1
4
1
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5

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3
3
3
3
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0

PF Pts
2 19
2 4
3 9
3 3
3 13
1 2
2 8

31
31
27

14 16

58
53
58

10 19 53

BIG TEN ROUNDUP:
Ihn diana shocks G ophers, 58-55

.MINNEAPOLIS (AP)- Indiana guard Jim
Thomas hit two pressure free throws with nine
seconds left yesterday as the Hoosiers edged sixth-
ranked Minnesota, 58-55.
The victory ended a two-game losing streak for In-
diana, which improved to 12-7 overall and 6-4 in the
Big Ten. Minnesota fell to 15-4 and 7-3.
Thomas finished with 16 points.
Darryl Mitchell led Minnesota with 17 points,
followed by Trent Tucker with 12.
Purdue 55, Wisconsin 46
MADISON (AP)- Keith Edmonson scored 23 of his
29 points in the second half to rally Purdue to a 55-46"
Big Ten Standings

victory over Wisconsin yesterday.
Purdue trailed, 17-14, in the first half, but opened up
its offense by going to Edmonson and the 6-5 senior
guard scored 15 of the Boilermakers' first 19 points in
the second half as they went ahead, 33-27, with 8:04
left.
The victory improved Purdue's conference record
to 6-4 and made it 8-10 overall. Wisconsin dropped to
1-9 in the Big Ten and 4-13 overall.
Iowa,69, Ohio State 65
COLUMBUS (AP) - Freshman Michael Payne scor-
ed 25 points, a season high for fifth-ranked Iowa, in

leading the Big Ten basketball leaders to a 69-65 over-
time verdict over Ohio State last night.
Payne, a 6-foot-11 center, hit eight straight-shots at
the start of the second half to keep Iowa in contention.
Payne's two free throws with 17 seconds left in over-
time gave Iowa a 69-63 lead.
Northwestern 48, Michigan St. 43
EVANSTON, (AP) - Jim Stack and Gaddis Rathel
each sank two free throws in the closing seconds last
night to lift Northwestern to a 48-43 Big Ten basket-
ball victory over Michigan State.
The Wildcats managed to overcome a 17-point first-
half deficit when the Spartans failed to score a point
in more than seven minutes of the second half.

.Conf.
W L
Iowa ............... 9 1
Minnesota..........7 3
Illinois ..,..... ...6 4
SIndiana...........6 4
Purdue...........6 4
Ohio State.........5 5
Michigan State.....4 6
MICHIGAN........3 7
Northwestern......3 7
Wisconsin.........1 9

Overall
W L
17 2
15 4
13 6
12 7
9 10
14 8
9 11
4 14
7 12
4 14

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omen, top U-D, 83-66

By DAVID FORMAN

SCORES
College Basketball
MICHIGAN 58, Illinois 53
Indiana 58, Minnesota 55
Purdue 55, Wisconsin 46
Iowa 6, Ohio State 65, OT-
Northwestern 48, Michigan State 43
Georgetown 113, Seton Hall 73
Georgia 68, vanderbilt 57
Memphis St.,74, Louisville 65, OT
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Paced by senior co-captain Diane
Dietz's game-high 34 points, the
Michigan women's basketball team
handed visiting Detroit an 83-66 defeat
yesterday at Crisler Arena, the first
Wolverine win in eight meetings bet-
ween the two teams.
Not only did the women cagers set the
record for the most wins in a season by
a Michigan women's basketball team,
raising their record to 14-6, but it also
marked coach Gloria Soluk's 100th vic-
tory at the collegiate level.
THE SCORE remained close
throughout the first half, but when
Dietz tied the score at 29-29, the
Wolverine women never trailed again.
In the second half, the women cagers
blew the game wide open, rattling off 16
unanswered points and at one instance.
stretching their lead to 2:2 points, 68-43.
The key to the victory, according to
.Dietz, who hit on 16 of 25 shots from the
field and added two free throws, was
"starting out well defensively, and we
had confidence. We didn't have it the
previous years."
"Diane came here four years ago
with me, and we've finally got the
program going," added Soluk. "We
used'a new offense and played a very

good defense. We tried to box their
star, Cheryl Williams, out, keeping her
out of the key, and we did it effec-
tively."
OTHER KEY performers for
Michigan were Lori Gnatkowski (12
points, 6 assists) and Peg Harte (24
points). Harte also had the task of
keeping the ball away from Williams,
holding her to 17 points and 18 reboun-
ds. "I didn't go for rebounds. I just
boxed her out that was my main goal,"
said the freshman standout.

"The kids really got fired up to play
them," said Soluk. "They know if they
can beat Detroit, they can beat anyone.
Hopefully we'll get a better seed in the
Big Ten tournament and maybe an
NCAA bid."
The victory also proved costly for
Michigan, however, as guard K. D.
Harte, who dished out a, game-high
eight assists, left the game with about
two minutes remaining in the second
half with an injury to her leg. The ex-
tent of the injury was not determined.

Daily Photo by KIM HILL
MICHIGAN CENTER Ike Person (52) is challenged by Illinois' James Grif-
fin (13) during yesterday's 58-53 Wolverine victory. It was Michigan's third
straight win in Crisler Arena.
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RC
PRESS
On the come back trail..
.0 Garner leads the wayv
By JOHN KERR
T HAS ONLY been two weeks.
Two weeks since the Michigan basketball team's record fell to 1-13 after
a terrible performance during a 56-38 loss to Iowa at Iowa City. After that
game, some Michigan fans weren't sure if the Wolverines could win another
game this season.
But now, all that talk is forgotten. Suddenly, after being the owners of an
11-game losing streak, the Michigan cagers have won three of their last four
games. And although the Wolverines certainly aren't yet ready for the
NCAA tournament, they have begun to exhibit a glimmer of respectability.
And after watching yesterday's 58-53 victory over Illinois, one major
reason for the cager's improvement becomes obvious. It is the play, and
leadership, of senior captain Thad Garner.
Garner is the undisputed team leader of the Wolverine squad and he has
done an outstanding job. With Michigan being such a young and inexperien-
ced team, it would not have been surprising to see it give up and quit during
the 11-game losing streak. But thanks to head coach Bill Frieder and Garner,
the Wolverines did almost the exact opposite..Throughout the losing streak,
Frieder and his players kept using "family," "encouragement," and
"hanging in there" to describe the team.
Thad takes control
And on the basketball court, Garner is always in control. While it may
seem that Eric Turner or some other guard is running the Wolverines on the
floor, that's not the case. Whenever Michigan begins to lose control or the
pace begins to get too fast, it is Garner who takes charge and gets the
Wolverines back into line.
In yesterday's victory, the 6-7 forward was at his best. He played the entire
40 minutes and sank 11 of 11 foul shots, six in the final five minutes of the
game. Garner also hit on four of five shots from the field on his way to a team
high 19 points. When he wasn't scoring, the Gary, Ind. native was grabbing
six rebounds and passing off for three assists.
After the game Frieder just couldn't say enough about his captain.
"Garner was fabulous-he was phenomenal," the coach said. "I hope the
Big Ten office saw it (his performance). He's gotten no ink at all.
"He's a great leader and a great kid."
It would have been easy for Garner to break down and throw in the towel
earlier in the season. After all, he is the only senior on a team that some
thought was headed for the worst record in Michigan basketball history. Yet
he continued to stand tall and kept on giving it everything he had. And now
it's starting to pay off.
"It was hard losing," the soft-spoken senior admitted, "but I didn't look at
it like I was the lone senior. I get my'satisfaction now, seeing everyone else is
improving."
Improvement still needed
While Michigan is indeed improving, and Garner definitely deserves a lot
of credit for the improvement, the Wolverines still have a long way to go
before they can win with consistency. Any letdown on the part of the
Michigan squad will result in almost certain disaster for the Wolverines.
And Frieder knows it.
"Don't get excited now," the coach said after the Illinois victory. "This
team has to play 40-minutes up to its potential for us to win any basketball
games.
To put it bluntly, even if the Wolverines play up to their potential for the
full 40 minutes-in the rest of their games, a victory is anything but certain.
Just look at the schedule. Michigan has to play three Big Ten title contenders
at home, and five lesser teams on the road. And playing on the road in the
Big.Ten is no picnic, no matter who the opponent is. Just ask the Illini.
But no matter what happens the rest of the season, Garner and the rest of
the Michigan players will never be caught with their heads down. If they can
keep their heads high during an 11-game losing streak, they can hold them
up through anything.
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dances, parties, tFebruary 9, in the Michigan Union. For
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Daily Photo by DAN DeVRIES
MICHIGAN'S PEG Harte (14) takes a shot over Detroit's Davida Boozer
(55) and Cheryl Williams (44). Harte's 24-point effort helped the Wolverines-
take an 83-66 win over the Titans yesterday.,

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