Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Sunday, March 4, 1984
Crucial free throws
turn back Gophers
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"THE STORY OF the game was
made and missed free throws," said
Coach Jim Dutcher, who saw his
Gophers fall to 6-10 in the Big Ten and
15-10 overall. "They made and we
However, missed free throws weren't
the only reason for the Golden Gophers
demise. Minnesota committed
eighteen turnovers and ";,ly Tommy
Davis, who scored a game-high 16 poin-
ts, could provide any offensive punch.
"Offensively we didn't do much and
there's a good reason for that, good
defense," added Dutcher.
IT WAS A good effort defensively by
both teams, though, as Minnesota shut
down the Wolverine offense. After
high-scoring games against Ohio State
and Wisconsin, Michigan only shot
39.2% from the field in the game and an
even more pathetic 29% in the first half.
"The things we did against Ohio State
and Wisconsin didn't work as well
because Minnesota played better
defense and was much bigger," 'said
Frieder, who celebrated his 42nd birth-
What Michigan couldn't do was go in-
side. The height of McCormick and Roy
Tarpley was equalized by Minnesota's
6-10 Petersen and 7-0 John Shasky.
Although they ended up scoring 12 poin-
ts a piece, McCormick and Tarpley only
shot a combined 9 for 22 from the floor.
"I SCORED 24 points and 22 in the
last games so I had a lot of confidence
in my jumper and shooting but the ball
just didn't go in enough for me," said
"We might have gotten a little spoiled
on Thursday because Roy was just a
machine but we were playing a team
that wasn't as good as Minnesota in-
side," added Pelekoudas.
Michigan realized how good Min-
nesota was by halftime as the Gophers
led at the intermission 24-22. However,
behind Eric Turner, who led the team
3 with 13 points, Michigan rallied in the
IN FACT for a moment, it looked as if
the Wolverines were ready to break it
open and push Minnesota back to Min-
neapolis. Michigan went up 39-34 with
12 minutes left after Turner and An-
toine Joubert hit two quick jumpers.
Richard Rellford then made a steal but
Joubert was called for traveling as he
became too anxious on the fast break.
Minnesota was able to edge back and
cut the Michigan lead to one with 5:30
remaining at 42-41. The game then
became a free throw contest and
Michigan won it and thus, still can be
included amongst the 53 elite teams in
the nation likely to be invited to the
Now that he's seen his team lose
twice to Michigan this year, Min-
nesota's coach Dutcher would certainly
include the Wolverines in that list.
"If they (the selection committee)
don't take four out of the Big Ten,
something's got to be wrong and
Michigan appears to be in the best
position for number four," said Dut-
cher. "Our records aren't as good
because we play 18 conference games
and there are no easy wins."
That's something Michigan knows for
Frieder's birthday wish. bid
...an NCAA bid
If Bill Frieder wants to assure his team a berth in the NCAA basketball
tournament, maybe he should recruit a player whose birthday is Wed-
The Wolverines are undefeated on birthdays, beating North Carolina A&T
on Roy Tarpley's 19th and Illinois on Rich Rellford's 20th. Yesterday they
made it three-for-three with 51-50 victory over Minnesota on Frieder's 42nd.
Against Iowa Wednesday night, Michigan might need the help of super-
stition. The Wolverines have not beaten the Hawkeyes at Iowa Citysince
1979. In fact, they haven't been close. The last four years have produced 16,
17-,18- and seven-point Michigan defeats. To make matters worse for
Frieder's team, they will be playing against a tournament-hungry Iowa
team. The Hawkeyes can salvage an otherwise-disappointing season by
beating Michigan and Michigan State and earning an NIT bid.
It won't be easy, but if the Wolverines want the NCAA berth, they'll have to
beat the Hawkeyes.
Wednesday's game will be televised nationally on ESPN. If Michigan loses
to a 13-13 team, a team that CBS pulled off its national televsion schedule
becasue of its mediocrity, any tournament selection committeeman will
cross the Wolverines off the NCAA's guest list.
A season-ending victory over Northwestern might not be enough to erase
the memory of a poor showing at Iowa. Saturday night's game at Evanston
is on ESPN's television schedule, too, but a Michigan victory over the last-
place Wildcats is expected - as expected as a Big Ten win can be, anyway.
The Wolverines would need to handle Northwestern pretty easily in order to
impress the selection committee.
Frieder and Co. should not worry about Northwestern, though; March 10 is
Tim McCormick's birthday.
Say it ain't so, Eric
Brace yourselves, Michigan faithful, because Eric Turner might not play
for the Wolverines next year. The 6-3 junior said Thursday night that he will
sit down after the season ends and decide whether or not to apply for the
NCAA hardship draft.
"I've heard that some people are interested in me," Turner said. "I'll
have to give it some thought after the season. I'd rather not discuss it right
now because of the opportunties we (the Wolverines) have. I'm not thinking
about it right now because of what we have to do right now."
Turner said his decision will depend on how Michigan finishes this year
and what other underclassman apply for the draft.
Several agents already have written to
offer their services, according to Turner's
Personal opinion: Turner should stay at
Michigan for his senior year. His perfor-
mance this season has not been worthy of
the NBA. If he puts together a good, 1984-85
season, his signing bonus as an early-
round draft choice would more than offset
the year's salary he would earn by turning
professional now. "
Further waring: Despite the game
program's comparison of Turner and
Magic Johnson, the Michigan guard's play Turner
this year better resemble that of another
ex-Spartan-Kevin Smith. Turner might note that Smith now plays in the Con-
tinental Basketball Assocation, where players earn about $400 a week.
Think about it, Eric.
Tarpley ........... 40
Wade ............. 6
Team rebounds ....
Min FG/A FT/A
Smith............ 38 3/4 0/2
Peterson..........,38 5/7 2/2
Shasky.............39 3/6 0/0
Jackson........... 25 1/5 2/2
Davis ............40 8/14 0/0
Wilson............ 16 2/4 2/3
Brooks............4 0/0 0/0
Team Rebounds ...
TOTALS.........200 20/51 11/14 25 7 11 51
TOTAL'S...........200 22/40 6/9 29 9
1 2 T
Minnesota ...........................24 26 50
MICHIGAN....................22 29 51
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Minnesota's Jim Peterson (20) goes up over Rich Rellford for any easy two.
However, it was not enough as Michigan upped it's record to 17-9.
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) - Jim
Rowinski had 15 of his 23 points in the
first half as No. 11 Purdue defeated
Ohio State 85-63 yesterday to give the
Boilermakers first place in the race for
the Big Ten basketball championship.
Ricky Hall had 10 of his 14 points in
the second half when Purdue took
PURDUE OUTSCORED the
Buckeyes 10-2 in the first six minutes of
the second half, completing an 18-2
spurt that began late in the first half.
The streak gave Purdue a 48-37 advan-
tage with 14:48 to play and Ohio State
never got closer than nine again despite
a game-high 24 point effort by Tony
Purdue lifted its conference mark to
13-3 and moved to 20-6 for the season.
Ohio State fell to 8-9 in the league and
Atkinson and S'tieve Reid led the Pur-
due streak with Reid scoring eight of
his 14 points and Atkinson having six of
his game-total of 14.
THE VICTORY in its final home
game gave Purdue a half-game edge
over Illinois in its battle for the con-
Georgetown 88 Syracuse 71
LANDOVER, Md. .(AP) -
Georgetown's Patrick Ewing scored 16
points to lead a balanced scoring attack
as the fourth-ranked Hoyas tripped No.
16 Syracuse 88-71 yesterday to capture
the Big East regular season champion-
The victory gave the 26-3 Hoyas, 14-2
in conference play, their second Big
East title in five years.
Kentuckv 90, LSU 68
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Sam
Bowie, playing what could be his last
college basketball game inRupp Arena,
scored 20 points yesterday, powering
third-ranked Kentucky to an easy 90-68
Southeastern Conference triumph over
Bowie's fellow "Twin Tower," senior
center Melvin Turpin, added 19 points
for the Wildcats.
KENTUCKY IMPROVED to 14-4 in
the league and 23-4 overall. LSU drop-
ped to 11-7 and 18-9.
North Carolina 96,
Duke 83 (2()T)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)-Michael
Jordan scored five of his 27 points inthe
second overtime to spark top ranked
North Carolina to a 96-83 victory over
No. 15 Duke yesterday in an Atlantic
Coast Conference basketball game.
Jordan's three point play with 4:23
left in the second overtime gave the Tar
Heels an 82-79 lead. Sam Perkins then
scored six straight points, keying a 15-4
run, as North Carolina became the six-
th team in ACC history to go unbeaten
in regular season conference play and
the first since North Carolina State in
Big Ten Standings
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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Tim McCormick (left) places his arm around close friend QDan Pelekoudas
during the pre-game festivities honoring Michigan's seniors. Pelekoudas,
who played in his last home game, also learned yesterday that he had been
accepted to the University's Law School.
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