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Page 10- The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 3, 1984
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(Continued from
60-59, with 3:38 to play
Turner said he triedt
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to put life into the
offense.

"I COULD see that we weren't gener-
ating that much offense," said the
junior guard. "So I tried to push it up
the floor and make things happen."
But a Kevin Willis three-point play
made the score 63-59 and forced
Michigan to foul. Larry Pollec and Roy
Tarpley exchanged free throws to make
the score 65-61.
MSU then held the ball but Sam Vin-
cent, returning from an ankle injury,
lost it out of bounds with 1:31 to go.
TURNER MISSED a jumper, and
Leslie Rockeymore also missed on tie
rebound. Rockeymore retrieved the
resulting loose ball but was called for
charging.

Turner then fouled Darryl Johnson at
the other end. The Spartan freshman
missed the one-and-one, giving
Michigan one last chance.
Turner drove the lane, but the ball
slipped out of his hands and off the'
backboard. Turner then fouled Willis on
the rebound, his fifth foul. Willis hit
both ends of a one-and-one, putting the
game on ice.
RICH RELLFORD hit two easy shots
and a pair of free throws after than, but
it was academic as MSU finished on
top, 72-67.
Missed free throws hurt Michigan on-
ce again. The Wolverines went 15-24 at
the line, 4-11 in the first half. State
made 30-39, including 7-7 by Willis.
Although the foul shooting hurt,
Michigan shot well from the field. In the
second half the Wolverines shot 59% (13-

22) and 55% for the game. Tarpley and
Tini McCormick each went 5-5 from the
floor and Rellford went 6-8.
But another old nemesis did haunt
Michigan - a shaky first half. At first it
didn't start out that way, though, as the
Wolverines raced to a 17-9 lead.
BUT TRANSFER forward Ken John-
son keyed a Spartan comeback for a 36-
30 lead.
Frieder was dejected but not
devastated by the loss.
"It just means you got to bounce back
.. Now we have to regroup and come
back."
Michigan does have a chance to come
back against State when the two teams
hold a rematch Feb. 11 at Crisler
Arena. MSU plays a non-conference
game with Oregon State at Jennison on
Sunday.

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MICHIGAN STATE MICHIGAN
MinFG/AFT/A R A PF TP MinFG/AFT/A R A PF
Rediford........... 30 6/8 3/5, 7 0. 4
. Johnson.........24 4/11 4/6 10 2 Tarpley..........24 5/5 2/5 6.0 4
ird ..............5 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 0 McCormick ....... 31 5/5 1/3 3-0 4
'is .............34 4/9 7/7 7 0 4 15 Rockeymore ...... 26 2/7 0/0 1 4 5
ucent .........225/71/2 01411 Turner............ 38 6/16 9/106 7 5
dies............ 40 2/8 8/11 3 4 212 Wade....... ..... 20 0/1 0/1 10 4
Johnson.......22 2/4 0/1 1 2, 3 4 Pelekoudas....... 15 o/i 0/0 1 0 5
awer ........... 16 1/1 2/2 2 0 4 4 Joubert..........72/4 0/0 2 0 0
o)lec ...........26 2/2 4/4 1 0 2 8 Jokisch............5 0/0 0/0 0 0 0
udd ............. 9 1/2 4/6.3 0 1 6 Henderson ........ 1 0/0 0/0 0 00
)rdha .........2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 Thompson..........3 0/0 0/0 0 0 0
bam reboundsd.... 2
'oal ........ 20 1!5 039297 6 2 Team rebounds.I
otas............200 21/45 30/39 29 7 2 72 Totals............200 26/47 15/24 28 I1 31
SCORING
ttendance: 10,004 1 2
Michigan State ............ 36 36
MICHIGAN ............... 30 37

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By CHRISTOPHER GERBASI
The athletes that play together stay
together, as well as train, party and
fraternize together. Two such athletes
are Johnny Nielsen and Scott Eriksson,
and oh yes, they also put the shot great
distances for Michigan's track team.
The roommates are currently in-
volved in a friendly rivalry which has
seen them finish one-two in each of the
Wolverines' first three meets. Nielsen
won in the team's first meet with his
best toss of the season, 58-11/2. The last
two weeks have belonged to Eriksson,
who has steadily improved his distance
to 59-8%.
FOR NOW Eriksson has bragging
rights, but that doesn't mean he won't
be rooting for his friend this Saturday
at Eastern Michigan.
"I've never beaten him before this
year, but the only thing it means is that
the loser buys the six-pack," said
Eriksson. "When others beat us
though, we're kind of bummed out. We
root for each other. We're good for each
other's psyches."
Nielsen may have lost some beer
money the last couple of weeks, but if
someone's going to beat him, he might
as well be Eriksson.
"WE'RE REAL good friends," said
Nielsen. "So there's no hard feelings
when one beats the other. We just want
to throw well. We're not trying to beat
each other, we're trying to beat the
other throwers."
So far, they've both beaten all
comers, although they have travelled
slightly different paths to their success.
Nielsen, an Ontario native, came to
Michigan with good credentials,
although he's had to work hard because
of his size. He's stocky, even at 6-1, and
not overly big, unlike the taller
Eriksson.
Eriksson was a walk-on discus
thrower as a freshman and started
competing as a sophomore. Along the
way he picked up the shot and has
progressed to the point where he could
qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The qualifying standard is 60-2.
NIELSEN IS in a bit of a slump at the
moment, but Eriksson's recent efforts
will no doubt spur him on.
"Over Christmas, I didn't do too
much and my technique went
downhill," he said. "I'm trying to get
back in a groove. We push each other,
always encouraging each other. It's

Daily Photo by TOD WOOl
Johnny Nielsen (left); and Scott Eriksson are almost as close as this super-imposed photo wouldindicate. The pair
compete for bragging rights and maybe even a Big Ten championship.

good. It's a lot easier to work harder
and push when you have someone else
forcing you to work hard."
Of course, all work and no play
makes Johnny and Scott dull boys, so
they find time to go out to the bar or
hang out at their fraternity, Beta Theta
Pi. They just like to have some fun and
as Nielsen put it, sometimes "get
crazy," "wreck the place" or "throw a
keg through a bar." But there is a bit of
a stereotype that shotputters are just
big, crazy guys.
"I GUESS that's pretty accurate,"
said Eriksson. "We have some wild
times. I think you have to be un-
civilized sometimes. It helps your at-
titude to train. It gives you more of a
sick attitude."'
Nielsen and Eriksson certainly have
the right attitude about their training

program, which includes lifting three
days a week, along with sprinting and
throwing. Their training will hopefully
pay off at the Big Tens and help them to
qualify for the NCAAs, two of their
goals.
"I want the team to win the Big Tens,
we've won it the last four years," said
Eriksson, "and I want us to finish one-
two in the shot and I think you know
who I want to finish first."
Coach Jack Harvey, a former shot-
putter himself, thinks highly of the duo.
"Nielsen's real competitive. I think for
his size, he's one of the best throwers
around, and together they're the two
best in the Big Ten," he said. "They're
super kids and real good students. It's
been a lot of fun to have them here and
to coach them."
Nielsen and Eriksson would

definitely like to continue competing all
ter graduation and look forward t
seeing each other at the same meets
But even after they've put their las
shot they'll have a firm grasp on theii
futures. .Nielsen is considering
Canadian universities for attaining hil
Masters Degree and will probably at
tend Medical School. Eriksson i:
currently interviewing for engineering
jobs and is confident of landing
position.
It doesn't seem likely that the two
shotputters will ever work together, bu
who knows? They do everything els(
together. Through the rest of th
season, they'll try to push each othe
through thick and thin, long and shori
And they'll probably reach greate
distances with the shot - or maybe ,
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Illinois outlasts Iowa, 54-52

IOWA CITY, (UPI) - Sophomore Bruce Douglas scored a.
team-high 17 points - six in the second overtime - to spark
Illinois Coach Lou Henson's 400th collegiate career victory in
a 54-52 Big Ten decision over Iowa last night.
The No. 7 Illini, who trailed by as many as eight points
midway through the second half, improved to 16-2 overall.
Illinois is tied for the Big Ten lead with Purdue at 7-1.
The Hawkeyes, who are off to their worst conference start
since the 1973-74 season, fell to 2-7 in the league, 9-9 overall.
Indiana 67, Minnesota 54
MINNEAPOLIS (UPI) - Steve Alford scored 20 points and
Mike Giomi had 18 to pace sharpshooting Indiana to a 67-54
Big Ten victory last night over Minnesota.
The Hoosiers, 13-5 and 6-2 in the conference, missed only
one of their first 10 field goals to start the second half,
opening a 52-41 lead with 11:02 left.
Uwe Blab, playing with three personal fouls throughout the

second half, scored a field goal and three-point play in suc
cession to widen the margin to 59-43 with 8:11 left.
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