The Michigan Daily Thursday, December 2, 1982 Page9
REBOUNDING THE DECISIVE FACTOR
Blue downs CMU,
By JOHN KERR
Central Michigan guard Melvin McLaughlin got his
points, but that didn't bother the Michigan basketball
layers because they got the game.
McLaughlin scored 29 points, hitting 10 of 13 shots
in the second half, but the Wolverines turned a strong
rebounding advantage into a 71-66 victory over the
Chippewas last night at Crisler Arena. The victory
leaves Michigan with a 2-0 mark, while Central falls
WHILE MCLAUGHLIN was filling the -hoop, the
Wolverine front line was pulling down everything
that didn't go into the basket, outrebounding the
"I think that (rebounding) was probably the key
*statistic," Michigan coach Bill Frieder said after the
Central Michigan coach Dick Parfitt agreed with
Frieaer's assessment. "Their offensive boards killed
us just before the first half ended," he said. "The
boards were the major difference in the game."
THAT'S JUST how Frieder had hoped it would turn
out. Coming into the game the Michigan coach didn't
want Central's McLaughlin to dominate the game,
and although he scored 29 points, it was his lack of
coring in the first half that allowed the Wolverines to
rain the early lead.
Michigan guard Eric Turner guarded McLaughlin
at the start of the contest and the 6-3 Wolverine
sophomore did an excellent job. Turner used his
superior speed and quickness to deny McLaughlin the
ball and the Central guard didn't get his first bucket
until there was 8:52 left in the half. Without his
scoring punch Central couldn't put together much of-.
fense and Michigan jumped out to an early 10-2 lead
after four-and-a-half minutes. The Wolverines never
trailed and Central could get no closer than six points
the rest of the game.
The Wolverines got some fine play from their big
men. Junior center Tim McCormick scored seven
points and grabbed six rebounds, while freshman
Richard Rellford had 10 points and four rebounds.
Forward Isaac Person also added 10 points and
pulled down seven boards, Roy Tarpley had eight
points and six rebounds, and Robert Henderson had
eight points and four rebounds.
MOST OF THE statistics gathered by the front line,
however, were dut to Wolverine guard Turner. Tur-
ner, who scored 10 points and gave out eight assists,
continually boke the Central zone and got the ball in-
side to McCormick and Rellford in the first half. that,
along with Michigan's superior rebounding, kept
theWolverines in front when McLaughlin started
hitting and they went into the lockerrooms at half-
time with a 31-21 lead.
In the second half, with McLaughlin scoring from
all over the floor, the Chippewas began to slowly
close the gap. They got to within five points about
five minutes into the half, but the Wolverines kept an-
swering with a bucket and were able to hold the Chip-
Central finally had a chance to narrow the gap to
four points when Michigan center Tarpley missed a
jump shot with nine minutes left and the Wolverines
in front, 57-51. While the Chips were bringing the ball
up court, however, Rellford stole the ball and drove to
the Wolverine bucket for a thundering slam dunk.
That brought a loud response from the 8,127 fans, and
when Central turned the ball over again just 30
seconds later, Turner dribbled to halfcourt and made
a pretty pass to Leslie Rockymore who layed it in for
two of his team-high 14 points. That gave the
Wolverines a 61-51 lead with just over 7:30 to go and
the Chippewas never got closer than the final score.
"I think it was a big dunk," Frieder said, "I think it
picked up the kids a little. But bigger than that we
were eight ahead and they had the ball. But we stole
it and bigger than the dunk was the four-point tur-
Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Wolverine freshman forward Richard Rellford goes up for a slam dunk
during last night's Michigan victory over Central Michigan. Rellford had 10
points in the 71-66 triumph.
MinFG/A FT/A R
A PF Pts
33 2/7 2/2
Person........... 33 5/9 0/0
Rellford............21 5/11 0/0
McCormick ....... 23 3/8 1/2
Rockymore.........33 7/13 .0/0
Turner.............31 5/9 0/3
Tarpley............18 4/10 0/0
Jokisch............ 5 0/0 0/0
Pelekoudas.........18 1/1 2/4
Henderson ........ 12 4/4 0/0
Wade.............. 6 0/0 0/0
Totals............200 34/65 3/9
15 14 71
Totals............200 30/57 6/9
9 15 66
Halftime: Michigan 31, Central Michigan 21
keys Pistons' victory
PONTIAC (AP)- Terry Tyler and
John Long sparked a third-period
uprising that shot the Detroit Pistons to
a 105-97 National Basketball
Association victory over the San An-
tonio Spurs last night.
The Pistons exploded following the
intermission after San Antonio built up-
a 60-47 half-time lead, chiefly through
28 points by George Gervin, who made
nine baskets and had 10' free throws in
the first 24 minutes.
IN THE third period, the Pistons
went on a 28-6 bombardment, climaxed
by a string of 15 straight points, to go in
front 75-66. During the spree, Long had
dine points, including four straight
baskets, while Tyler had eight.
The Pistons went on to finish the
period with an 83-73 advantage, holding
the Spurs to only 11 points in the quar-
ter, and only two by Gervin.
San Antonio twice managed to pull
within five points in the final period, as
Gervin regained some of his touch. But
the Pistons quickly retaliated with
Tyler, Tom Owens and Edgar Jones
connecting to put the game out of reach.
Isiah Thomas wound up with 23 poin-
ts, while Long had 17 and Tyler 16 for
the Pistons, who won their third
straight game and fourth in their last
five starts. Tyler and Long together ac-
counted for 29 points in the second half.
Gervin topped all scorers with 38.
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