Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Sunday, December 4, 1983
PELEKOUDAS, TWO WILDCA TS EJECTED
By PAUL HELGREN
With a bench-clearing brawl, foot-
ball-style tackles, high-flying elbows
and 60 fouls, any resemblance between
yesterday afternoon's 96-78 Michigan
victory over Northern Michigan and the
game of basketball was purely coin-
The contest had already degenerated
into a school-yard type scrap when Nor-
thern guard Troy Mattson took excep-
tion to a second-half Eric Turner knock-
out elbow to the midsection and at-
tacked the Michigan guard, fists
flailing away. The boxing match then
became a free-for-all as both benches
cleared with players milling and
shoving under the Wildcat hoop. Things
appeared to be settled down when
Wolverine guard Dan Pelekoudas and
Northern center Keith Wyers, who had
already fouled out;went at it.
WHEN THE smoke finally cleared,
Mattson was ejected for a personal
flagrant foul, and Pelekoudas and
Wyers each were disqualified for
technical flagrant fouls.
Despite the violence and rugged play
in the game, Michigan coach Bill
Frieder seemed delighted with the 40-
minute battle royal.
"Hell, I enjoyed that game," said
Frieder, grinning. "All my kids were
fired up. Hell, I thoroughly enjoyed it."
Michigan enjoyed a 77-64 advantage
before the boxing match broke out, and
was slowly pulling away from the Nor-
thern Alleycats. NMU gave the
Wolverines all they could handle for
most of the game thanks to the deadly
shooting of Mattson and guard Kevin
BUT WHEN 6-6 Ken Webb and 6-8
Wyers fouled out in a span of 14 seconds
midway through the second stanza,
Northern didn't have any beef left up
front to stay with the physically
superior Michigan front line. Michigan.
outrebounded the Wildcats 51-34, paced
by Tim McCormick's 12 boards.
Northern coach Glenn Brown said his
team was forced to play physically
because of the size disparity between
" "We had no choice but to play
physical," Brown said. "They are so
big and strong. They'll knock you out of
bounds if you let them. The only way
we're going to stay in the game is to
play physical, within limits."
THE LIMITS were demolished by the
fiesty, 5-10 Mattson when he attacked
Turner. The play began when Mattson
moved down the lane and Turner
shoved him to the floor, knocking the
wind out of him. Time was called as
Mattson flopped around on the har-
dwood. No foul was called on the play.
Mattson then popped up and made a
bee-line for Turner, who was in the cor-
ner. Mattson missed on a couple of wild
swings, and was then grabbed by
Pelekoudas. Both benches cleared, the
Michigan charge led by Messers
Wade, Rellford and Tarpley.
Turner offered this version of the
play: "(Mattson) was coming down the
lane so we try to pack it in on defense. I
bumped him as he was going through. It
wasn't an intentional thing. It wasn't a
cheap shot, I was within the rules.
I DON'T know if I knocked the wind
out of him or what, but then he charged
me. Hey, I wasn't doing it all game. I
would've been getting (fouls) called. He
Bring on them Dawgs
MlnFG/A FT/A R
Team Rebounds ...
U 0/4 0/0 1
24 3/10 0/0 2
16 1/6 2/2 2
30 6/10 8/8 5
34 9/13 0/0 2
30 2/5 1/3 5
12 1/3 4/4 1
20 2/9 4/6 7
18 2/2 4/5 2
3 0/2 1/ 1
2 1/1 0/0 0
McCormick ....... 26
Henderson ........ 21
Pelekoudas ........ 9
Q. Turner ......... 5
Antonides ......... 1
Team Rebounds ...
he was a class guy. I thought he was one
of the great guards in the country. I have
no respect for him anymore.
The melee did not end there,
however. After Pelekoudas grabbed
Mattson, Wyers got in the act, chasing
Turner. Pelekoudas and Wyers then
went at it, Wyers missing a few ill-
"Mattson charged Eric so I tried to
stop him," said Pelekoudas, apparently
laying claim to his new role as
Michigan's enforcer. "I grabbed Eric
and everything seemed to be settled
down. Then Mattson and Wyers
charged Eric so I stopped Wyers. I
never took a swing at anybody."
DESPITE PELEKOUDAS' claims of
innocence, he was disqualified from the
game. Frieder found great humor in the
senior's ejection. "Danny really got a
raw deal," Frieder said, holding back a
smile. "He's trying to break up a fight
and the other guy comes over and hits
him. But that's the way it is in this
country. The good guys are in jail and
the crooks are running free."
The action was not over yet, as the
game switched from boxing to football.
Northern's 6-9 freshman center Brad
Smith made some nifty tackles late in
the game, as Northern was inten-
tionally fouling. Smith was credited
with three tackles and five fouls for the
effort. Apparently he was just following
coach Brown's orders to "deliberately
"I didn't want an NFL tackle,"
Brown quipped. "I told (Smith) I wan-
ted a deliberate foul. I guess he didn't
understand the deliberate thing. He's
just a freshman, you have to under-
Though Brown made it easy for of-
ficials to call the late fouls, they cer-
tainly didn't need any help. They
whistled NMU 31 times in thecontest,
and Michigan 29. Nine players were
notched with at least four fouls, with
three fouling out.
The Michigan scoring was led by
Turner, who added 22 points to go with
his second-half KO, and McCormick,
who chipped in with 18.
A PF TP
2 4 2
2 4 18
1 2 2
3 4 8
4 5 22
5 4 12
0 3 10
0 I 3
0 4 7
0 1 6
Daily Photo by DAN HAB.
Forward Robert Henderson of the Wolverines battles it out with Northern
Michigan's Mark Simon (45), Kip Taylor and Brad Smith (55) in physical ac-
tion from yesterday's game, Michigan's fourth straight win.
24/30 34 20 31 78
Halftime Score: MICHIGAN 45, Northern Michigan
Attendance : 10033
TOTALS .......... 200 36/72 24/38 5 19 29 96
hit six or seven in a row so it was time
for someone to check him up."
Not surprisingly, Mattson, charac-
terized by Brown as a "tough little rat,"
offered a different version of the play.
"(Turner) was elbowing me all game
long," said Mattson, who finished with
18 points on 9-13 from the field. "Then
he finally hit me with a good one (and)
knocked the wind out of me.
"HE WAS saying things all game long,
too," he added. "Little, stupid things.
All game he was saying things like,
'we're leaving you behind now,' and
'we're just playing with you.' I thought
A Ringside View
Here's how they saw yesterday's fight:
" Northern Michigan coach Glenn Brown: "Mattson thought he was
flagrantly fouled and he lost hi's composure, which is un-
forgivable.. There's no excuse for that."
" Bill Frieder: "I thought I did a pretty good job controlling the fight
(laughs), keeping people in the seats because they usually leave with
three minutes to go."
* Eric Turner: "He was coming down the lane...I bumped him as he was
going through. It wasn't an intentional thing. It wasn't a cheap shot."
+ Dan Pelekoudas: "Mattson charged Eric so I tried to stop him. I
grabbed Eric...then Mattson and Wyers charged Eric so I stopped
Wyers...Tempers are flaring. It's understandable. We're pulling away
and they get frustrated."
" More Glenn Brown: "When you're (Mattson's) size, you're going to
get knocked around. I don't know why little guys always think they can
" Troy Mattson: "All game long (Turner) was elbowing me, pushing
me and talking shit. He elbowed me in the ribs and it knocked the wind out
of da nl haf.reolT-.] -,
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB o me an amat was all I could take.
Sophomore Orethia Lilly lets go of a jumpshot for two of her eight points in
yesterday's season-opening loss to Western Michigan.j
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By ROB POLLARD 68-63 lead and they scored the next six points to put the-game
The Michigan w:omen's basketball team had been going to on ice.
DESPITE THE cold spell Michigan head coach Gloria
the well for 31 minutes, but when the game was on the line the Sol TE Teaed she t ea poac e.
well dried up and so did the Wolverines. Soluk was pleased with her team's offensive performance.
The well was sophomore forward Wendy Bradetich, who "It hurts us offensively when I rested Bradetich but it was
fF7 .our first game of the season and some of the kids were up-
tossed in 29 points in Michigan's 76-65 loss to Western tight out there."
Michigan. Bradetich scored 20 of her game high points in the Michigan was a one-woman show in the first half with
first half, but did not score a point during the last nine Bradetich accounting for two-thirds of the Wolverines 30
minutes of the game when the Wolverines turned a seven points. The Broncos relied on more balanced scoring to take
point lead into an eleven point deficit. a 37-30 lead into the lockerroom at the intermission.
MICHIGAN TOOK a 57-50 lead with just under nine Michigan, however, came out smoking in the second half and
'minutes remainin on a pair of free throws by sophomore erased the deficit, relying on the shooting of Bradetich and
guard Orethia Lil y. But the Broncos stormed back to take the rebounding of 6-7 freshman center Lynn Morozko.
the lead at 62-61 with 4:50 to play. It was a lead they would Morozko scored eight points and blocked two shots and force
never relinquish. Western outscored the Maize and Blue 18-4 Western shooters to are their shots over her.
over the last five and a half minutess of the contest. . "I think eventually she is going to be a dominating force,"
J Uf[J"Down the stretch we changed our defense by packing it in said Soluk of Michigan's large intimidator. "She's successful
so as not to allow Michigan to get any easy shots." said first because of her size," commented Hess, "being 6-7 in
The tactic paid off for Western as the Wolverines missed women's basketball is like being 7-8 in men's basketball."
5 .WMOROZCO, HOWEVER, was often caught up the floor
numerous long-range jumps shots and could not work the ball when the Broncos ran the fast break. "If we keep up the fast
inside as they had been doing effectively earlier. Michigan paced game big people won't hurt us," said Hess.
sfered trough a cold spell of three minutes when it did not "We've got to learn to slow up things when Lynn is in the
score a point. game," added Soluk.
WHEN FORWARD Terry Soullier broke the spell with a Michigan will hope for more balanced scoring as it goes up
bucket with a minute and a half remaining the Broncos had a against a toigh Central Michigan squad Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP:
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. .Turner 's taunts prompt melee
MICHIGAN ATHLETES are supposed to be models of class. That's.
what the Wolverine athletic department and the scores of alumni
who attend the booster luncheons say, anyway.
But even the most blindly loyal Michigan fans couldn't have overlooked
the lack of sportsmanship which prevailed in Crisler Arena yesterday.
Wolverine guard Eric Turner ran his mouth, Michigan and Northern
Michigan players threw their elbows, and NMU's Troy Mattson threw a run
ning punch at Turner which spawned a bench-clearing shoving match.
Mattson, who had riddled the Wolverines with 18 points on a nine-for-13
shooting performance, was cutting across the lane late in the second half
when Turner checked him to the floor. Northern's 5-10 guard laid doubled
over on the court while the ball and Turner wandered into the corner.
The referees stopped play after spotting the crumbled Mattson, but shortly
after the whistle blew the NMU fireplug leaped to his feet, raced toward
Turner and threw a wild right hook. Both benches emptied and a giant
shoving match erupted in front of the student section.
When the game finally resumed, officials threw Mattson, Michigan's Dan
Pelekoudas and Northern's Kirk Wyers out of the game for flagrant fighting
fouls. Wyers already had fouled out of the game.
Turner, unfortunately, escaped punishment. Michigan's flashy guard
caused the fight as much as anyone else by taunting Northern players
throughout the game.
"All game he was saying things like, 'We're leaving you behind now,' and
'We're just playing with you,"' Mattson said of Turner.
Turner also had a few words with Northern's Mark Subutka. After a
Michigan basket early in the second half, Turner stayed in the Northern end
of the court and muttered a few words at Sobutka, who was inbounding the
ball. Sobutka stared at Turner for a moment before passing the ball and
heading up court.
Turner, ignoring both his defensive man and the ball, followed Sobutka
and got a few more words in.
"We were standing under the basket together and he was turning to go
back up court and for some reason hit me in the stomach," said the NMU
forward. "I looked at him and he said something to me. I don't know what.
The point guards were going at it like that all game."
Turner said he didn't remember saying anything to Sobutka. He did say
that he played a clean game.
"I would have been called for fouls if I'd been intentionally elbowing all
game," Turner said.
Mattson disputed that claim.
"All game long he was elbowing me, pushing me and talking shit," Mat-
tson said. "He elbowed me in the ribs and it knocked the wind out of me and
that was all I could take."
Turner denied that he flagrantly elbowed his opponent, but said that he did
intentionally contact Mattson.
"I bumped him through the lane," Turner said. "Definitely not a cheap
shot. It was within the rules of the game. He had hit six or seven (shots) in a
row so it was time forsomeone to check him up."
So Turner knocked him down and Mattson looked for a TKO of his own.
"Mattson thought he was flagrantly fouled and he lost his composure,
which is inexcusable," NMU coach Glenn Brown said.
The game itself was a physical battle from t e start. Brown planned it that
"They'll knock you out of bounds," Brown said of the Wolverines. "The
only way we were going to stay in it was to play physically -within limits."
But boundaries were broken and the Turner-Mattson incident resulted.
When the game ended, most players were apologetic. Mattson and the rest
of the Wildcats shook hands with much of Michigan's team. Turner, Leslie,
Rockymore, Roy Tarpley and a fourth Wolverine walked straight to the
"He is really one of the best players in the country," said Mattson of Tur-
ner. "H~e should show some class."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - James Blackmon hit
three free throws and grabbed a crucial rebound in
the last 41 seconds as top-ranked Kentucky held off
upset-minded Indiana 59-54 yesterday in nationally
televised college basketball game.
The victory was Kentucky's second in as many
starts, while Indiana fell to 1-2.
BLACKMON, A FRESHMAN guard, led Kentucky
with 14 points. But his final free throws proved most
Michigan State 99,
Blinois-Chicago Circle 82
EAST LANSING (AP) - Junior guard Sam Vincent
collected 25 points to lead No. 11 Michigan State to a
99-82 nonconference basketball victory yesterday
over foul-prone Illinois-Chicago.
The Spartans connected on 28 of 35 first-half free
throws as the Flames committed 23 fouls in the first
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the seventh straight time, 51-47.
UCLA boosted its record to 3-0, while the Irish suf-
fered its second straight loss and now is 2-2.
STUART GRAY, 7-0 UCLA center, converted three
of four free throws in the closing minutes after twice
being slammed to the floor while attempting a layup.
Gray also led the Bruins in rebounding with 12.
UCLA never trailed and led by as much as 15 points
with 7:42 remaining. But the Irish ran off 12 straight
points with Tim Kemoton and Jim noln each
Rozier wins H
NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Rozier of
the University of Nebraska, only the
second man in NCAA history to rush
for more than 2,000 yards in a season,
won the Heisman Trophy last night.
Rozier, a senior, became the 33rd
running back to win the Heisman,
record with 29 rushing touchdowns this
Rozier, who received 1,801 points,
outpolled quarterbacks Steve Young of
Brigham Young, who had 1,172, and
Doug Flutie of Boston College, who
finished with 253 noints from the 1;850