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continued his heroics in the first extra
period. He went the length of the court
and hit a 20-foot jumper to the game at
the buzzer. Illinois coach Lou Henson
said after the game that he thought
Turner's shot was late.
Prior to the Michigan guard's jum-
per, Illinois' Bruce Douglas had hit two
free throws to put his team on top.
Douglas had been fouled in the
backcourt by McCormick with just
seconds on the clock.
ILLINOIS led by three in the second
overtime before free throws by Mc-
Cormick and Antoine Joubert tied it up.
Michigan had a chance to win but a
Pelekoudas pass to McCormick ' was
knocked away with six seconds left.
Illinois' Doug Altenberger retrieved the
ball but his long heave to the hoop
sailed wide left.
Michigan needed Turner again in the
third overtime. He hit a bank shot with
36 seconds left to tie the game at 64.
"Every time they needed a basket,"
commented Illinois forward Winters,
"he (Turner) came through and got a
BUT TURNER'S magic act finally
came to an end in the fourth and final
Indeed Turner had a sensational
game, playing 56 minutes. All but two of
his 19 points came after halftime.
Turner wasn't the only Wolverine to
put on an endurance show. Pelekoudas
also played all of the final 40 minutes.
THE MOST remarkable display of
lasting power, however, belonged to the
Illini's Do4glas. The 6-3 guard went the
entire 60 minutes without a breather.
The four other Illinois starters each
played more than 50 minutes.
When asked how the five felt after the
game, Winters said, "Everybody went
in and sat down."
Teammate George Montgomery ad-
ded, "I'm so tired I don't know what to
But for Illinois it was a satisfying
kind of tired; the agonizing loss com-
pounded Michigan's aches and pains.
Frieder acknowledged that a loss like
this is especially hard on his team.
"Our biggest thing is that we have to
bounce back in a damn hurry," Frieder
said. "Next Thursday (at Michigan
State) comes fast. A tough loss like this
drains on you emotionally..
don't recover fast you are
... 44 solid minutes
... plays entire game
Next time, lose in 40
55 7/13 9/12
R A PF TP
Team rebounds ....
By RANDY BERGER
Totals ............. 300 23/58 29/38 41 17 16 75
'M SO TIRED I don't know what to say," said weary Illinois center
T George Montgomery.
There couldn't have been a more fitting way to describe Illinois' exhausting,
tension-filled, four-overtime victory over Michigan, 75-66, yesterday at
Both teams clawed and scratched at each other for 60 minutes and then
immediately collapsed in their dressing rooms.
"Everybody went in and sat down," said Illinois forward Efrem Winters
after it was finally over. "We just played and played and played, four over-
times I think?"
Even Michigan coach Bill Frieder lost track of time. "I thought we were
more aggressive defensively and offensively the last 40 minutes than the fir-
st 40 minutes," he mistakenly said.
Although the game lasted 60 minutes it's no wonder that neither Winters
nor Frieder can remember. It seemed that the game wouldn't end until these
same schools clashed heads on the gridiron again.
The funny thing is that no one felt that this would be another 'Fight 'em til
the other team drops' Big Ten Basketball game after watching Michigan
play in the first half. Just as in the Purdue game last Thursday, the
Wolverines sleep-walked through the opening stanza. Illinois went into half-
time with a 27-16 lead and it might have been wise, then, if Michigan had got-
ton the bus to Ann Arbor and let everybody go home early.
But, hey, this is the Big Ten and no one gets a victory without earning it, or
in this case, dying for it. The Wolverines came out in the second half shooting
64 percent and outscored Illinois by 11 to send the game into its first over-
Okay, so you just play five more minutes and the game's over, right? So
the players; thought.
"I just wanted to win and get off the court," said Montgomery.
To Montgomery's dismay, the game was still one-third of the way from
completion. You knew things were just beginning to heat up when Frieder
uncharacteristically took off his blue blazer at the opening of the second
overtime. It reached a boiling point somewhere during the third OT when
Michigan assistants Steve Fisher and Bud VanDeWege likewise shunned
their outer garment.
"It's no surprise that the Michigan coaches got a little toasty in Assembly
Hall. It seems that whenever the Wolverines fall behind early in a game they
somehow fight back, make the game close, but can't get over that last hur-
dle. An errant pass, a missed shot or a foul always seems to prohibit the
Wolverines from tasting the fruits of victory.
Not once during the Purdue game and only once during this epic here at
Illinois did Michigan have a lead. Every coach in the Big Ten complains how
hard it is to win on the road, but its even more difficult when you're always
Michigan, however, tried its darndest to prove this theory wrong. Time
and time again when it looked as if the Illini were going to put the Wolverines
under, the young squad came up for a gasp of air.
Eric Turner 's 20-foot jumper with no time remaining sent the game into its
second overtime and then Roy Tarpley swatted away a desperate, last
second shot by Doug Altenberger to put the game into the fourth and final
overtime. But the Wolverines could never pull off the big play to win the
game and all they came away with was another loss and tired bodies.
"My whole body is tired right now," moaned Tim McCormick. He had plen-
ty of reason to be tired after slugging it out against the Illini front line for 55
Even the coaches were exhausted and they didn't once go up for a rebound
or take a shot.
"I think the players are ready to play the next game but I think the
coaches will have to take three or four days off to rest," said Illinois head
coach Lou Henson.
All jokes aside, the defeat was devastating to the Wolverines. Their
character will be tested strongly to see if they can bounce back when they
battle intra-state rival Michigan State on Thursday.
Maybe, next time, though, Michigan can start playing good basketball in
the first half. As McCormick said, "If we learn how to play 40 minutes we'd
get some wins."
They sure couldn't get one playing 60.
...........300 28/56 10/13 28 17
1 2 OT1 OT-2 OT-3 OT-4 T
Illinois ........ 27 19 11 5 2 11 75
Michigan ...... 16 30 11 5 2 2 66
Illinois center George Montgomery goes up over Michigan's Tim McCor-
mick during yesterday's 75-66 Illini victory at Champaign. Efrem Winters,
hanging from the rin,had 23 points in the four-overtime contest.
BIG TEN R OUND UP;
Purdue mangles MSU,'
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP)-Steve Reid
pumped in four of his game high 18
points during an early scoring streak,
and the Purdue defense held top con-
ference scorer Scott Skiles to a pair of
field goals, as the Boilermakers
downed Michigan State 72-54 yesterday
afternoon in a Big Ten Conference
college basketball game.
Purdue, the Big Ten co-leader with
Illinois going into the game, took a 16-5
lead in the opening six minutes, aided
by six points from Mark Atkinson. The
Boilermakers, now 13-4 overall and 6-1
in the league, never trailed in the game
after that, and led by as many as 17
points before closing the half with a 28-
In the second half, Michigan State
managed to cut the lead to nine points.
34-25, before the Boilermakers ex-
ploded with unanswered field goals by
Jim Rowinski, Ricky Hall, Reid and
Indiana 54, Iowa 47
Alford scored 18 points and helped In-
diana maintain control of the ball for
more than 10 straight minutes in the
second half yesterday in the Hoosiers'
54-47 Big Ten basketball victory over
Indiana rose to 12-5 overall and 5-3 in
the Big Ten, while the loss dropped
Iowa to 908 overall and 3-4 in the con-
IOWA LED, 29-28, at halftime, but
Alford and Mike Giomi combined for 14
points in the first 7:24 of the second half
to give Indiana a 42-37 lead.
After an Iowa turnover, the Hoosiers
began a slowdown game, as Alford and
guard Chuck Franz led a passing
display that lookr10:10 off the clock.
The Hawkeyes touched the ball again
after a turnover with 1':42 to play, but
were forced to foul.
Indiana hit 12 of 12 at the free throw
line to close out the game.
Ohio St. 72,
COLUMBUS (UPI) - Ohio State, led
by Dave Jones with 18 points and Troy
Taylor with 17, used two first-half
scoring spurts to break the game open
and roll into a 72-51 Big Ten victory
over Northwestern last night.
The nationally televised win was
fourth in a row for the Buckeyes, now
11-6 overall and 4-3 in in the Big Ten
while Northwestern dropped to 9-8 and
Big Ten Standings
W L W L
Illinois ................ 6 1 15 24
Purdue.............. 6 1 13 4
Indiana.............. 5 3 12 5
Ohio State ............. 4 3 11 6
MICHIGAN'........... 4 4 12 6
Minnesota............13 4 11 5
Iowa .................. 3 4 9 8
Wisconsin ............. 3 4 7 9
Northwestern .........'2 5 9 8
f Michigan State ........ 1 7 7 10
..18 points to stop Spartans
... directs Indiana stall
Illinois 75, MICHIGAN 66,4 OT
Indiana 54, Iowa 47
Purdue 72, Michigan St. 54
Syracuse 78, St. John's 74, OT
Georgetown 63, Pittsburgh 52
Temple 90, W. Virginia 80
Florida St. 87, S. Carolina 82
Kentucky 64, Georgia 40
Memphis St. 69, Oklahoma 65
N. Carolina 73, Georgia Tech. 61
Wake Forest 84,virginia 76
Notre Dame 52, Maryland 47
So. Methodist 105, Texas 81
Texas Tech. 74, Texas A&M 49
Stanford 68, Washington St. 65
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