The Michigan Daily
Saturday, March 6, 1982
Weary cagers face woeful Wisconsin
By JOHN KERR
Special to the Daily
MADISON- The Michigan basket-
squad will close out its 1981-1982
Ten campaign today against the
ame team it opened the conference
chedule with-the Wisconsin Badgers.
The Badgers defeated Michigan at
3risler Arena on January 8, 67-65, when
!Wisconsin freshman Scott Roth hit a 22-
oot jumper at the buzzer.
HOWEVER, THE status of Wisconsin
coach Bill Cofield has changed since the
last time the Badgers met the
Wolverines. After Wisconsin's 77-75 loss
to Ohio State here on Thursday night,
Cofield announced that he would be
resigning as head coach at Wisconsin
effective at the end of the season.
"It is true that our athletic director
(Elroy Hirsch), has decided to replace
me as head coach for next season,"
Cofield said in a statement released
Thursday night. "I realize that it was a
difficult decision to make and I am
sorry he had to make it. We tried for six
years at Wisconsin to make this
program successful. I wish we would
have more time but I can understand
the frustration involved. I'm sorry I
didn't get it done for everyone."
Cofield's announcement came amidst
rumors that he was about to be fired.
MICHIGAN COACH Bill Frieder feels
that Cofield's lame-duck status will
definitely have an effect on today's
game. "I think it will have a big effect,"
he said, "because the last time it hap-
pened Wisconsin came into Ann Arbor
and beat us, then went to Ohio State and
Frieder said that the Wolverines are
not in good physical shape because of
the tough game at Purdue on Thursday,'
but that they would still play hard.
"We're going to go try and win it," said
Frieder, "but we're really battered
The Badgers, like Michigan, are a
very young team. Their top two
scorers, 6-8 forward Cory Blackwell
and 6-11 forward Brad Sellers, are
freshmen. And both are averaging just
over 13 points per game in the Big Ten.
Sellers is also the conference's second-
THE REST OF Wisconsin's starting
lineup will include 6-9 senior Keith Mit-
chell at center, 5-9 freshman Carl
Golston and 6-3 senior John Bailey at
Michigan's Thad Garner, playing in
the last Big Ten game of his career, will
attempt to become only the seventh
Wolverine player ever to score over
1,000 points and pull down over 600
rebounds in his career. Garner's 25
points on Thursday night against
Purdue put the 6-7 senior over the 1,000
mark but his 12 rebounds in that game
left him 11 caroms short of 600.
In the last meeting between the two
teams, Garner only managed to grab
three rebounds, but Ike Person and
Dean Hopson picked up his slack. The
pair combined for 17 boards, nine of
which fell into the hands of Person, as
the Wolverines out ebounded their
taller opponents by a 34-23 margin.
The Badgers, however, got the best of
the Wolverines in the scoring column.
Sellers connected for 16 points while
Blackwell and Bailey each contributed
(45) Thad.Garner (6-7)......
(23) Dean Hopson (6-7) .....
(52) Ike Person (6-7)......
(32) Dan Pelekoudas (6-1) ..
(25) Eric Turner (6-3) ......
..... (6-11) Brad Sellers
... (6-6) Cory Blackwell
.... (6-9) Keith Mitchell
........(6-3) John Bailey
...... (5-9) Carl Golston
Cards deal WMU out
... top Badger rebounder
BY JOHN KERR
Big Ten officials...
... getting too technical
WITH ABOUT 8:30 left to play in yesterday's Purdue-Michigan game,
Boilermaker forward Mike Scearce found himself with the ball at
halfcouft but trapped by three Michigan defenders. One of the Wolverines
knocked the ball from Scearce and Michigan guard Leslie Rockymore
scooped it up and drove toward the basket. But before the freshman could
shoot the ball, Scearce hustled back on defense and fouled him. After the of-
ficial had blown the whistle, however, Rockymore shot the ball and Scearce,
a 6-7 225-pound senior, struck him (intentionally?) in the face. Rockymore
fell to the floor and the ref called a technical on the Purdue forward, and
threw him out of the game.
'An extraordinary incident in an average college basketball game, but in
yesterday's Boilermaker-Wolverine contest just a typical one.
Six technical fouls, three injuries, bodies hitting the floor, and some un-
popular officiating made the contest the wildest and one of the most physical
games of Michigan's season.
But Michigan coaclhBill Frieder felt that his team wasn't physical enough.
"We're really battered up," he said after the game. "I'll tell you what, our
guys are too nice out there. Twice we grabbed them (Purdue players) so
they don't fall and they (the officials) give 'em a continuation basket. You
can't do that in this league-you got to knock 'em opi their butts."
Who's in control?
Aside from being a rough battle, the game was also a fine example of how
officials could lose control of the game. In fact, after Scearce was tossed
from the game he practically made a mockery of the officiating. After
walking back to the Purdue bench, Scearce turned toward the student sec-
tion of the crowd and raised his arms. The crowd roared its approval, and
Scearce then walked onto the court over to the ref that had ejected him,
shook his hand and patted him on the rear.
After the game, Purdue coach Gene Keady, although not exactly pleased
with the officiating, was very upset at Scearce's actions.
"It's not what we teach, we teach basic basketball skills," the Purdue
coach said. "I told him (Scearce) to go shake hands with Rockymore. I
didn't tell him to go talk to the referee-that was bush league. We don't
believe in those kind of things. If your players don't act like first-class gen-
tlemen it's always embarassing."
Keady wasn't the only one that was embarassed, the officials had to be
also. Any time they have to call six technical fouls in a game, it's obvious
that something has gone wrong. Keady and Frieder both refused to discuss
the officiating, but it was obvious that it bothered them. Both coaches
received technicals and both said they weren't sure why.
"I didn't say anything," Keady said trying to explain his technical in the
first half. "I just threw my program down and that was it."
Frieder, who picked up two technicals in the second half was equally
"I don't know why he-(Keady) got his, I don't know why I got mine, and I
don't know why my player (Turner) got one," he said, but later admitted
that he did know the reason behind his second infraction. After a loose ball
went off a Purdue player and out-of-bounds, Frieder turned to one of his
assistants and said, "It's a wonder they don't give it to white (Purdue) out-
of-bounds." One ref happened to overhear the Michigan coach and sure
enough after Purdue's Keith Edmonson had shot the free throws for the
technical, white had the ball out-of-bounds.
"I wasn't talking to them (the officials)," Frieder said later, "but I might
have said it loud."
After the game, the Michigan coach admitted that he would have gotten
another technical and been thrown out of the game if Don Sicko, who took the
Detroit head coaching job last week, had been around to take over the team.
"I'd gotten my third 'T' if I'd of had my assistant," Frieder said.
Even capain Thad Garner got in on the fun. Late in the game Garner and
one of the referees, much to the chagrin of the Purdue crowd, held up the
game by talking with each other.
"It was a real crazy game with a lot of wild things going on," Garner said.
"We were conversing because we were trying to control the situation."
But after today the situation may be out of control. If Wisconsin tries to
play a very physical game against Michigan, the Wolverines might be so
worn out from the two-game road trip that Notre Dame could blow them out
By RON POLLACK
Those fans who have attended
basketball games at Crisler Arena this
season have grown accustomed to wat-
ching extremely talented guards. After
last night's 76-72 Ball State victory over
Western Michigan, one more player
can join Purdue's Keith Edmonson,
Michigans' Eric Turner and Michigan
State's Kevin Smith in this category.
His name is Ray McCallum, and all
'he did last night was riddle the Bronco
defense with a game-high 30 points on
13-16 shooting in the first semi-final
game of the Mid-American Conference
"It's probably too bad Ray doesn't
play with the University of Michigan,
because we've played there three times'
and he's played super here all three
times," said Cardinal coach Steve
In the first half, McCallum hit on six
of his seven shots. This torrid pace
made Yoder's job at halftime quite
"Basically, he just told the team to
get it to me," said McCallum, who was
last year's tournament MVP when he
led his team to the championship and a
berth in the NCAAs.
"When a player gets hot like that you
have to get the ball in his hands," said
McCallum's performance left Bronco
coach Les Wothke a bit in awe. "He
was phenomenal," said Wothke. "What
can you do? Tonight I didn't see Ray
shoot too many layups or wide open
jump shots. I thought we played good
defense on him, but when a kid plays
like that all you could do is sit back and
admire his play."
The Broncos led Ball State 11-9 early
in the contest, when the 5-9 McCallum
paced the.Cardinals during a 10-1 out-
burst. During the scoring tear, Mc-
Callum scored six points.
The Cardinals had built their lead to
27-18, when- Western Michigan tallied
six unanswered points.
IN THE SECOND stanza Western
Michigan continued to narrow the Ball
State lead. With 13:21 left in the con-
test, the Cards held a 43-41 lead. But
once again, McCallum took charge.
Ball State ran off six consecutive
points, four by the Cardinal junior
guard on long jumpers, to go up 49-41.
But the Broncos, which futilely tried
to play catch up ball all half, made
another run at the Cardinals. Jasper
McElroy started it off by pulling down a
rebound and scoring on his subsequent
jump shot. The Broncos' Walker D:
Russell then hit a jumper. Ball State's
John Williams then put the Cardinals
up by six again hitting both ends of a
THE BRONCOS Mike Seberger cut
the Ball Stae lead to four points when he
drove to the basket and scored.
The closest Western Michigan could
narrow the gap was at 9:37 when
Russell hit from long distance to make
the score 52-49. W
Western Michigan's leading scorer
was McElroy, who notched 21 points.
Russell and Cordell Eley both finished
in double figures for the Broncos with 19
and 15 respectively.
The win raised the Cardinals record
to 17-10. Western Michigan now owns a
15-13 mark. Ball State will play in the
championship game tonight at 6:00.
The Broncos will participte in the con-
solation game at 4:00.
Daily Photo by MIKE LUCAS
BALL STATE'S RAY McCallum (10) drives for two of his game high 30 poin-
ts against Western Michigan's Mike Seberger, while C. C. Fullove (40) and
others look on. McCallum and his high-flying Cardinals will vie for an NCAA
tournament berth at 6:00 tonight at Crisler Arena.
MAC FINALS TONIGHT:
NIU tips Falcons, 6 7-66
By MIKE McGRAW
Bowling Green coach John Weinert
said that the Mid-American Conference
play was so balanced that any game
can be four points either way. And last
night's semi-final game between his
Falcons and the Northern Illinois
Huskies was certainly an indication of
that, as NIU, led by Allen Rayhorn's 24
points beat Bowling Green 67-66.
With the score tied, 64-64, and less
that a minute remaining Northern
stalled for the last shot. After Leonard
Hayes missed a shot, Rayhorn stole the
of Michigan's Eric Turner at Flint Cen-
tral High School, scored on a beautiful
THE TEAM'S traded baskets for the
first five minutes, then Northern
Illinois scored eight straight points.
capped by Allen Rayhorn's driving
North Carolina 55, Georgia Tech 39
N. Carolina St. 46, Maryland 28
virginia 56, Clemson 54
St. Joseph's 83, LaSalle 71
John Jay 61, Manhattanville 60
Old Dominion 77, Richmond 69
Florida St. 54, Tulane 49
Ball St. 76, W. Michigan 72
Tn.-Chattanooga 70, E. Tennessee St. 65
Brown 53, Dartmouth 51
Yale 84, Harvard 81
Louisville 76, St. Louis 44
wake Forest 88, Duke 53
Georgetown 57, St. John's 42
N.J. Tech 79, Baruch 67
James Madison 64, William & Mary 49
N. Illinois 67, Bowling Green 66
Florida A&M 47, Delaware St. 42
This evening's Mid-American conference championship game,
pitting the Ball State Cardinals against the Northern Illinois
Huskies, will start at 6:05 p.m. at Crisler Arena. The winner will
earn a berth in the NCAA tournament. Tip-off for the MAC con-
solation game between Western Michigan and Bowling Green is at
rebound and connected on a three-point
play with nine seconds left to make the
BOWLING Green could only pull to
within one at the buzzer on a-driving
layup by Marcus Newbern.
Northern coach John McDougal
praised his players for keeping their
composure down the stretch. Rayhorn,
who needs 27 points today to become the
leading scorer in MAC history, said the
Huskies had a lot of patience and
therefore got the ball inside quite a bit.
In the second half, Northern jumped
to a big lead. It reached eight points
when KeithGray, a former teammate
hook shot to make the score 16-8.
The Huskies stretched the margin to
10, after Leonard Hayes hit two straight
buckets, the second ona fast break, to
make it 22-12. After a Bowling Green
timeout, the Falcons began to close the
margin in the latter part of the first half
behind David Greer's hot shooting.
Bowling Green got to within three at
the half as Marcus Newbern hit a 20-
footer at the buzzer.
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