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SPORTS

IThe Michigan Daily

Wednesday, January 12, 1983

Page 7

Pressure:

Screws tighten on Wolverine roundballers;
sluggish conference start causes concern

By LARRY MISHKIN
The party is over for -the Michigan
men's basketball team. The reality of
Big Ten competition has brought
Wolverine hoops fans back to earth
following the squad's eye-opening 9-1
non-conference start.
With two consecutive losses to Nor-
thwestern and Iowa, Michigan will be
looking for its first 1983 Big Ten win
tonight in an .8:05 contest at Crisler
Arena, and the visiting Minnesota
Gophers will be a tall order for the
Wolverines to handle,
1 LITERALLY a "tall" order.
The Golden Gophers are led by 7-3
center Randy Breuer, considered to be
one of the top big men in the country.
His 19.6 points a game and 8.2 rebounds
have paced Minnesota to a 2-0 con-
ference record, including wins over
Illinois, 75-44, and Purdue, 54-48, and a
10-1 overall ma:k.
Michigan coach Bill Frieder knows
that in order for his team to win, Breuer
will have to be controlled. How to do it
is another matter.
"(STOPPING Breuer) is going to be
tough," said Frieder. "He's tough
down low and we'll need help from our
perimeter people. This gives their
perimeter people easy shots, but that's
what happens when you play a guy who
is 7-3 and as good as he is."
Unfortunately for Michigan, the Min-
nesota players who will benefit most by
the extra attention given to Breuer are
a pair of hot shooting guards, Tommy
Davis and Barry Wilson.

Davis, a 6-4 sophomore, is averaging
14.4 points a game including 19 against
Illinois in Minnesota's Big Ten opener
and 15 against Purdue on Saturday. The
6-1 Wilson, though only a freshman, has
a scoring average of 12.5 and had a 15
point, four assist, performance against
Purdue.

portant."
In its first two conference games
Michigan has failed to perform in the
same manner that carried it to nine
non-conference wins. Against North-
western, the Wolverines shot a weak 32
percent from the field, and at Iowa they
blew an early eight-point lead to lose by

'He's tough down low,
we'll need help from
perimeter people.'

and
our

-Michigan basketball
coach Bill Frieder
on Minnesota center
Randy Breuer (right).

we play a little better than Iowa, maybe
six or eight."
As a team, Michigan is shooting only
.377 in its first two Big Ten games, a far
cry from its .477 non-conference clip.
Another area where the Wolverines
have been hurt is the new three-point
shot. Originally thought to be a plus for
the Wolverines because of the fine out-
side shooting abilities of guards Turner
and Leslie Rockymore, the 21-plus foot
shot has only hurt Michigan so far.
Iowa used it to erase an eight-point
Wolverine lead with three shots in a
minute and a half, and Michigan has
cut its own throat with the shot, hitting
on only three of 19 attempts.
FRIEDER WILL go with the same
starting five he has been using, Tim
McCormick, Richard Rellford, Robert
Henderson, Rockymore and Turner. He
says he will sub as he sees fit but em-
phasized that he wants to let his star-
ters play and try to establish some con-
tinuity.
One question mark for Michigan will
be co-captain Dan Pelekoudas who in-
juredhisstailbone in the Iowa game and
has missed a few days of practice.
Frieder felt that Pelekoudas would
probably be ready for action tonight.
Despite their slow conference start,
Frieder said that the players have not
lost hope and are anxious to win.
Tonight Minnesota will find out just
how anxious the Wolverines are.

G-S
Turner.........................11-11
Rockymore.....................12-12
McCormick .......................12-10
Rellford ...........................12-9
Person..........................12-7
Henderson ........................12-6
Jokisch ... ........................12.1
Tarpley............................12-2
Pelekoudas......................12-1
Wade ...............................9-1
Antonides........................6-0
Brown..............................6-0
Rudy...............................6-0
Gibas.... .........................6-1
McFarland ........................6-0

FG-FGA
83-162
71-156
35-65
38-77
39-89
35-76
30-62
2548
10-25
9-19
3-6
0-5
1-2
0-1
0-1

PCT
.512
.455
.541
.506
.438
.461
.484
.521
.400
.474
.500
.000
.500
.000
.000

Michigan Basketball

FT-FTA
35-66
14-24
40-51
21-29
17-24
15-20
9-12
12-23
6-11
2-9
0-0
2-2
0-0
2-4
0-0

Statistics
PCT REB-Avg Pts AVG
.530 42-3.8 208 18.9
.582 43-3.8 156 13.0
.784 79-6.6 110 9.2
.724 45-3.8 99 8.3
.708 7346.1 95 7.9
.750 8146.6 85 7.1
.750 38-3.2 69 5.8
.522 48-4.0 62 5.2
.545 25-2.0 26 2.1
.222 21-1.8 20 2.2
- 2-4.3 6 1.0
1.000 6-1.0 2 0.3
- 0-0.0 2 0.3
.500 0-0.0 2 0.3
- 0-0.0 0 0.0

MICHIGAN .........................12 379-794 .477
OPPONENTS .......................12 304-704 .432
3-pt.shots:Turner7-21 (.333); Rockymore0-6 (.000)

175-275 .636 534-44.5 942 78.5 181
200-306 .676 401-334 820 68.3 1'3
MICHIGAN 7-28..........,...(.250)
OPPONENTS 12-40...........(.300)

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29
10
6i
16
7
6
4
31
0
0
0
0

THE LINEUPS

MICHIGAN

MINNESOTA

DESPITE THE toughness of their
opponent, the Wolverines need a con-
ference win and Frieder says they need
it now.
"We have to get better fast," said
Frieder. "Things are not going to
change for us unless we start playing
better. Because of our 0-2 record in the
conference, this game will be very im-

seven despite Eric Turner's career high
32 point performance.
"WE DID NOT do a good job at Nor-
thwestern in any phase of the game,"
said Frieder. "If we play that way the
rest of the year, we will not win a con-
ference game. If we play the way we
did against Iowa, we may win a few. If

(9-3) (10-1)
(15) Robert Henderson.. (6-9) F (33) Zebedee Howell.
(40) Richard Rellford..... (6-6) F (20) Jim Peterson....
(44) Tim McCormick ... (6-10) C (45) Randy Breuer ...
(25) Eric Turner.......(6-3) G (34) Tommy Davis..
(24) Leslie Rockymore .. (6-4) G (22)Barry Wilson ...
Game time is 8:00 EST at Crisler Arena

.. (6-7)
. .(6-10)
... (7-3)
..(6-4)

- - - - - - - - - - -

Fagan: A hometown A- American.

SPOR TS OF THE DAIL Y:

Steelers lose Swann

By STEVE HUNTER
When Tim Fagan was growing up in
r Ann Arbor, he dreamed about going to
Michigan, but he never expected to be
the wrestling team captain.
Although Fagan was a State cham-
pion wrestler at Ann Arbor Huron High
School and was recruited by many Mid-
American Conference schools,
Michigan was the only Big Ten school to
show an interest. Fagan decided that if
he were to wrestle in college, it would
have to be against the best competition.
And he maintains the "Big Ten is the
best wrestling conference in the
nation."
NOW A SENIOR, Fagan hopes to
make All-American against such com-
petition. To achieve this goal, Fagan
must finish in the top four in the Big Ten,
tournament, and then place in the top
eight at the NCAA tournament.

AS FOR BEING team captain and
leader, Fagan said he has learned to
accept the role, but adds that "any
senior in any sport must accept that
role."
"He's (Fagan) a hard worker who
never complains," head wrestling
coach Dale Bahr said. "He's a friendly
Irishman who gets along with
everyone.-
Life as a wrestler isn't always easy.
Long bus rides, weight-cutting, and lit-
tle public exposure could tax even the
friendliest Irishman.
"WRESTLING HAS its peaks and
valleys, but I can always go home fora
home-cooked meal," Fagansaid.
",. . I'm not doing it for the publicity.
It's more of a personal challenge for
myself."
He has challenged himself in other
areas also. He'll receive a degree in
Education at the end of the year and is
currently student teaching. Prior to this
he has been a security guard at
Michigan basketball games, and
coached football at Ypsilanti High
School in the fall.
In what spare time he has, Fagan
serves as president of the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes, which means
organizing a variety of community ser-
vices including a trip to Mott's
Children's Hospital and to a juvenile
home.
He also keeps busy in the summer. In
addition to lifting weights to keep in
shape, he works for the Sheriff's Depar-
tment as Senior Marine Patrol Deputy.
"Being out in the sun all day keeps me
skinny," Fagan said.
THIS EXPERIENCE should also be
helpful when Fagan joins the Police
Academy next fall. His education
degree will also help him advance, and
be an alternative should he decide law
enforcement isn't for him.
For now, however, Fagan will just
enjoy wrestling. As a local boy, he finds

it amusing that he is captain of the
wrestling team and his cousin, Ted
Speers, is captain of the hockey team.
The close proximity of family and
friends, along with an aversion to eight-
hour bus rides prompted Fagan to say,

"I'd rather wrestle at home.
Fagan seems to have succeeded
through hard work, and if hard work is
what it takes to be All-American, the
perhaps a second dream may come
true for him.

PITTSBURGH '(AP) - Lynn Swann
of the Pittsburgh Steelers announced
yesterday he is retiring from
professional football to join ABC-TV as
a commentator for the United States
Football League.
The 30-year-old Swann, a wide
receiver with the Steelers for nine
seasons, told reporters he is
emotionally and physically ready to
leave the National Football League
team.
SWANN, WHO talked to reporters by
telephone from Los Angeles, said he
will begin his new duties with the net-
work in March. He said he made the
decision to retire nine months ago.
Swann was named Super Bowl X
Most Valuable Player in 1976 after he
made four receptions for a game-
record 161 yards as Pittsburgh defeated
Dallas 21-17.
Swann entered the 1982 season as the
Steelers' career leader in receiving
yardage and touchdown catches. He
finished the year , with 5,462 yards
receiving.
HIS DEPARTURE leaves 10 players
on the Steeler roster of the 21 who
played on all four Super Bowl teams.
Swann was an All-American in 1973
and was drafted No. 1 by the Steelers
the following year. In 1975, he became a
full-time starter and led the team in
receptions for the first of four straight
seasons.

Walsh learing?
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Bill
Walsh said yesterday he will give up his
head coaching job Wvith the San Fran-
cisco 49ers and remain as general
manager if he can find the "right man"
to replace him.
Walsh said he asked Mike White,
head coach at Illinois, and John Robin-
son, recently retired coach at Southern
California, if they were interested in the
49ers' job. Walsh said both men in-
dicated they did not want to leave their
campuses.
"I talked to them at length about the
49ers' job," Walsh said. "It never came
to the job offer, honestly because they
didn't think I should quit coaching.
They were taking the pure stand of
'you're best.' I would say the heck I
am."

Faan...
Wolverine wrestling captain
Fagan, a 158 pounder, is 11-6 this
season and said he has gotten this far
through hard work.
"I would have to categorize myself as
a scrapper," said Fagan. He attributes
conditioning and the knowledge that
"my opponent will get tired before I
do" to his success.

Daily Photo by JON SNOW
Former State Champ from Ann Arbor Huron, Tim Fagan, shown here squar-
ing-off against a teammate in a recent practice, now captains the Wolverine
wrestling squad.

The Executive Officers
of The University of Michigan
(B. E. Frye, Chairman)
will hold a public meeting for members of
the community to comment on the
proposed recommendations regarding the

FRATERNITY
RUSH
MASS MEETING

JAN. 13

7:00 PM

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