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Page 8-Tuesday, January 12, 1982-The Michigan Daily
McGee waits his turn

By JESSE BARKIN
While Detroit Piston's rookies Isiah
Thomas and Kelly Tripuka earned star-
ting positions and generous court time
as soon as they signed their contracts,
former Michigan star and current Los
Angeles Laker Mike McGee has not
been so fortunate, spending most of his
initial season on the bench.
Picked 19th in the first round of the
NBA draft last May, McGee was draf-
ted primarily as a scorer, a role player
expected to come off the bench and add
scoring punch for the Lakers. But so
far this season McGee has seen little
action in game situations, and is

Former 'M'cager
bides time on bench

averaging only eight minutes a game.
"I HAVEN'T played very much at
all," the 6-5 swingman said after the
Lakers defeated the Pistons last Satur-
day. "But I don't really get down. I'm
not starting, but they (Laker coaches)
told me when they drafted me that I'd
be coming off the bench."
But McGee has not come off the ben-

ch as often as he'd like to. Michigan's
all-time leading scorer has played in
only 16 of the Lakers' 35 games, and is
averaging just a little over four points a
game. There have been flashes of
brilliance though, including a 27-point
performance in a blowout against San
Diego in December.
"I really haven't gotten a- chance to
play," he explained. "But I haven't lost
my confidence. I know when I get the!
chance, I can play.
THE REASON for his lack of playing
time is a combination of many things.
First. of all, McGee has the fortune, or
misfortune of playing for one of the best
teams in the NBA. This means that
though McGee will be part of a winning
team, he will find it harder to find
playing time among the Laker
veterans.
At the beginning of the season,
McGee, according to former coach
Paul Westhead .(who has since been
fired), was supposed to provide scoring
punch while subbing at either the guard
or small forward positions. The
Lakers' other 6-5 swingman, Michael
Cooper is regarded around the league
as one of the premier "sixth"men in the
NBA, but his expertise was restricted

primarily to the defensive end of the
court. McGee was to spark the offense.
But early in the season, while McGee
was struggling to re-learn the game of
basketball as it is played in the NBA-
especially on the defensive end where,
as coach Pat Riley said "he is not quite
strong enough yet" - Cooper was
displaying excellence on the offensive
end. In one stretch in December,
Cooper scored 22,26,26, and 30 points in
consecutive games. Thus, McGee
stayed on the bench.
Whether he's playing or not though,
McGee is not complaining. "I'm still
happy in L.A. I'm keepin' a good attit-
due and pullin' for the team. I just stay
ready and try to do my job."

Club Sports Roundup
VOLLEYBALL
The men's volleyball team went down to defeat at the hands of Ohio State
last Saturday. The match consisted of a best three dames out of five with the
Michigan team losing the first three games straight, 15-0, 15-8, 15-7.
Team captain Martin McFadden explained the loss. "We were outranked
by Ohio State to begin with."
Coming up this Friday night for the Wolverines will be a trian e match in
which Michigan's opponents will be Purdue and Toledo Univesity.
The men's team also has an invitational tournament at the University of
Cincinnati this Saturday. "Cincinnati will be the toughest team there" said
McFadden. "But we've beaten them before."
McFadden has a positive outlook on the team's upcoming matches." We
should do pretty well this weekend."
SQUASH
The graduate men's squash club fell to defeat last Thursday in a match
against the Detroit Athletic Club.
George Haggerty beat Jim Parsons 3-love while Brian Miller from Ann
Arbor beat Saad Zara 3-1. Rich Griffin from the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC)
beat Larry Master 3-1 and Rex Aubrey also from DAC beat Paddy Haas 3-0.
The men's team also competed in a tournament in Oberlin, Ohio this past
weekend. Miller won the consolation finals in the A Division and Ross Cam-
pbell won the C championship. In the B Consolation Jim Blick beat Hal
Sprague while Haas lost in the finals of over 50.
The team's next match will be at home on Thursday when it takes on the
University Club #1.
WOMEN'S SQUASH
The women's squash team came away with a sweeping 3-0 win over the
Detroit-based Metro Athletic Club last Thursday.
Michigan's Cindy Barchfield beat Laura Smith by the score of 34, Dera
Dinner blanked Marjie Susan 3-0 while Deidre Warrel also left her opponent
Linda Downs scoreless, winning 3-0.
The women will con Bete in a city tournament at the end of the month.
The Club Sports Roundup relates briefly the activities of the
Michigan club sports during the previous week. This week's infor-
mation was compiled by Daily sports writer Tam Bentley.

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'I really haven 't gotten a
chance to play, but I
haven't lost my confidence.
I know when Iget the chan-
ce, I can play.'
---Mike McGee

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. . . Lakers' substitute

M wrestlers nip Wildcats,18-16

By DOUGLAS B. LEVY
For the third time in a row, the Michigan wrestling
team came from behind to win in the final match of a
meet. In this case, the Wolverines overcame North-
western in Evanston Sunday afternoon by the score of
18-16.
Coming .off of a rare draw against 'Lehigh,
sophomore All-American Joe McFarland decisioned
the Wildcats' Dan Horning, 9-4, in the 118-pound
class.
At 126 pounds, senior Larry Haughn, who usually
wrestles at 134 pounds, filled in unsuccessfully for
Mike DerGarabedian, losing a major decision to Dan
Scotton, 14-6.
Then, Michigan sophomore Bill Goodill (134 poun-

ds) came through with the only pin of the meet.
Goodill pinned Tim Gauna at 4:21.
In the next two weight classes, Northwestern won
on decisions. Don Prior decisioned Michigan junior
Lou Milani, 10-5, at 142 pounds. And at 150 pounds,
Steve Gouletas decisioned senior Mark Pearson, 7-1.
Pearson wrestled for the second time since tearing
ligaments in his right thumb last December.
Michigan senior Nemir Nadhir continued to wrestle
well. He came through with a much-needed decision
over Keith Ryan, 11-8, in the 158-pound class.
The next two weight classes (167 and 177) have
given coach Dale Bahr problems all year, and they
continued to do so against the Wildcats. At 167 poun-
ds, freshman Scott Rechsteiner dropped a decision to

Jim Janisic, 8-5. And at 177 pounds, sophomore Monte
Wilcoxlost to John Major, 8-4.
As a result, the stage was once again set for tw
dramatic matches. And once again, Michigan's t
biggest men came through. Senior Pat McKay ear-
ned a 5-2 decision over Regis Durbin at 190 pounds.
Then, for the third time in a row, senior
heavyweight Eric Klasson won the deciding match of
the meet. Klasson decisioned Keith Cruise, 6-2, which
clinched the 18-16 victory.
The victory gives Michigan a 1-1 record in the Big
Ten, and a 32 record over all. Northwestern falls to 1-
1 in conference action, and 6-3 overall. Michigan's
next, dual meet will be at Crisler Arena, Friday,
January 15 at 7:30 pm. against Indiana.

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