vs. Northern Michigan
Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.
vs. Central Michigan
tomorrow at 8 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Tuesday, November 29, 1983
CAGERS EASY WINNERS
Birthday-boy Roy leads Wolverines
By JIM DWORMAN
Roy Tarpley celebrated his 19th bir-
thday in fine style last night.
Michigan's sophomore center scored 17
points, grabbed eight rebounds and
blocked six shots to lead the Wolverines
to a 71-55 victory over North Carolina
Starting in place of the injured Tim
McCormick, Tarpley hit eight of nine
shots and his only free throw to tie his
career scoring high. While a personal
best was enough to satisfy the 6-10, 195-
pounder, Tarpley would have liked
another bucket on his 19th.
"I WAS TRYING to hit 19 (points),"
he said. "That's what I told my mother
when I talked to her before the game.
I'm disappointed that I didn't."
Still, Tarpley had to be pleased with
his play. Michigan coach Bill Frieder
certainly was, especially with his back-
up big man's defense on North
Carolina A&T's star forward, Joe
"He did a good job guarding Binion,"
Frieder said. "Binion only got 12 or 14
points, I think. He was on Binion most
of the game."
BINION ACTUALLY finished the
game with 13 points but hit only six of 20
shots. Tarpley played volleyball with
four of the honorable mention All-
American's shots. Tarpley swatted two
Binion jumpers into the corner, spiked
another right back at him and tipped a
fourth away from behind.
At the other end of the court,
Michigan's offense worked well enough
to free Tarpley and guard Leslie
Rockymore for a variety of short jum-
pers which boosted the Wolverines to an
early 15-3 lead.
The Aggies never got closer to
Michigan than nine points the rest of
the way as Frieder's squad upped its
record to 2-0. Michigan built leads of up
to 20 points and every time A&T would
close the gap, the Wolverines would
respond with a couple of fast break
"THEY PRESSURED THE ball hard
after we rebounded and when we broke
their press we got a couple of breaks,"
Frieder said. "We didn't get as many
breaks as we should have, though."
But the Wolverines got enough to
maintain their lead and give the fans a
few thrills in an often lifeless game.
Forward Rich Rellford brought the
crowd to its feet-when he took a Butch
Wade pass late in the second half, drib-
bled twice and slammed the ball home
with both hands over his head.
PERHAPS THE flashiest play of the
game didn't even result in a basket.
Midway through the first half, Tarpley
reached over Binion's shoulder and tip-
ped the Aggie's shot to Eric Turner in
the corner. Turner fired a full-court
pass to Antoine Joubert who in one
motion caught the ball, turned and
passed back to Rockymore while being
pushed out of bounds.
Plays such as these occurired in-
frequently and the Crisler Arena crowd
announced at 10,805 reserved most of its
applause for Tarpley and Joubert when
they left the game late in the second
Joubert finished with seven points
and four assists. Rockymore followed
Tarpley with 16 points as he connected
on all seven of his field goal attempts
and both of his free throws.
WADE SNAGGED 10 rebounds to
lead a somewhat poor Michigan back-
board performance. For the second
straight game, the Wolverines were
outrebounded by a smaller opponent.
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by Toledo 1
By PAUL HELGREN
Some key baskets and a pretty assist
from freshman Antoine Joubert mid-
way through the second half enabled
Michigan to withstand a furious last-
minute rally, as the Wolverines beat
Toledo in their season opener, 55-52, at
Crisler Arena Saturday.
The Rockets trailed by as many as
five points with less than a minute to
play, and began fouling in desperation.
Missed Wolverine free throws kept
Toledo in the contest and, when Rocket
forward Ken Epperson completed a
three-point play with eight seconds left,
Toledo had a chance to shock the
BUT WHEN Michigan in-bounded the
ball, Toledo was unable to foul until
time ran out. Leslie Rockymore sank
two free throws with no time remaining
to complete the scoring. Rockymore
led the Wolverines with 15 points on 6-13
from the field.
Michigan trailed for most of the game
until Joubert ignited a rally that put the
Wolverines in front to stay. Joubert
struggled most of the contest, finishing
with six points on 2-7 shooting from the
floor, but his contribution was timely.
With Michigan trailing 36-33, Joubert
nailed consecutive eight-foot jumpers
from the baseline, giving his team its
first lead since early in the first half.
After a Butch Wade steal and slam
dunk, and a T oledo field goal, Joubert
drew thunderous applause from the
Crisler Arena crowd of 13,042 with a
lovely, no-look pass to sophomore
center Roy Tarpley for an easy hoop.
Epperson was easily the most im-
pressive player on the floor as he
finished with a game-high 28 points and
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Michigan center Roy Tarpley, who celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday,
leaps for a layup. The sophomore gave the Wolverines a present by leading
the team with 17 points.
... sparked 'M' rally
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