The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 22, 1985 - Page 9
ONE SMALL VOICE
Triple OT thriller was so ...
A tension-packed basketball game can be a
reporter's nightmare. Especially if it begins at
nine o'clock and goes into three overtimes.
Due to deadline pressure, it's extremely dif-
ficult to capture the drama of a contest that has
everything: numerous lead changes in overtime,
blown opportunities, an amazing second-half
comeback and a controversial ending.
Thus, if you were lucky, what you got in your
Sunday paper was a blow-by-blow description of
"Michigan's 69-67 victory over Iowa - good, solid
no-frills coverage. Suburban editions of the
Detroit dailies didn't even get the score in.
Y" If you weren't at Crisler Arena or watching the
game on television, then you may not know what
you missed. You may not know that the
Wolverines started out playing like residents of a
funeral home but came back with a display of
courage and clutch play that hasn't been seen at
Michigan since the football team was good.
You may not know that a gutty Iowa team
blayed its collective heart out, scoring the last two
baskets of regulation time to tie the game at 57.
'hat Antoine Joubert, who was completely off his
-game for 38 minutes, made four huge field goals
bver the last 17, most of them with Hawkeyes
iraped all over him. That Gary "The New Clyde
Frazier" Grant played the last 18 minutes with
four fouls but continued to make the steals that
kept Michigan in the game.
Those deadline stories couldn't say just how
By Jeff Bergida ,,, guess
much the win meant to a team with no seniors in
the starting line-up. Or what a class guy Iowa
coach George Raveling is, despite getting caught
up in the disappointment when Roy Tarpley put in
a rebound and put Michigan into a tie for first
Let's see if we can remedy that.
It's difficult to say what brought the Wolverines,
down 38-26 with 15:00 left in regulation, back to
life. The Hawkeyes made some turnovers, Tar-
pley and Grant got rolling, and at the 3:55 mark,
Michigan found itself up by five.
The overtimes were like the last three rounds of
a tough heavyweight championship fight. The play
was sloppy as both teams were clearly exhausted
but they slugged it out right down to the buzzer.
Iowa's Greg Stokes and Al Lorenzen along with
Joubert and Grant deserve all the praise they
received for their clutch play.
Raveling, furious over the winning hoop, had to
be held back by Stokes when he charged the
referee. After he had a few minutes to cool off,
however, the second-year head coach had nothing
but positive things to say.. .
"We played as hard and as intense as we
possibly could and it wasn't enough, "Raveling
said. "It ends up being one of those games when
you almost wish they had ties in basketball
because it certainly wasn't an evening that either
team deserved to lose."
On those type of evenings, we've come to expect
you had to be there
Michigan to be the team that needs consoling. The
Wolverines had lost six straight overtime games
dating back to 1982 including the 69-minute classic
at Illinois last year and a 3-OT loss to Purdue at
Crisler in 1983. It seems fitting that the play that
broke the skein did not go off as planned.
Joubert was supposed to take the last shot with
two seconds remaining. Replays show that he let it
go with four ticks on the clock. The extra time
allowed Tarpley to pull the rebound off of Stokes'
head and end it.
"I knew it was going in when it left my hands,"
said Tarpley, who struggled to finish with a game-
high 21 points. "I was running off the court before
it went through."
"It's about time we got a break," noted
Wolverine coach Bill Frieder.
To understand how important Saturday night's
win was, consider that a loss would have left
Michigan tied for sixth place with Purdue and
Michigan State. The victory put the Wolverines
atop the Big Ten standings with Illinois.
But it wasn't just the win, it was the atmosphere
surrounding the win. Perhaps Raveling put it best.
"Down toward the start of the last overtime, I
was so mentally exhausted. I walked down to half-
court and Frieder said to me 'Isn't this a heckuva
way to have to make a living?' And I couldn't think
of a more vivid description for the game."
It isn't often that the phrase "You just had to be
there" is so appropriate.
Sowing wild OT's
Tarpley............52 8/18 5/8
Grant ............. 51 7/15 0/0
Rellford............29 5/10 2/3
Joubert............48 5/18 0/0
Rockymore........20 4/5 0/0
Henderson ........ 30 2/4 0/2
Wade .............. 39 0/5 0/0
Thompson ......... 6 0/1 0/0
CHICAGO (AP)-Roy Tarpley of
Michigan has been named Big Ten
basketball Player of the Week by The
Associated Press for his efforts in two
victories that lifted the Wolverines into
a first-place tie with Illinois.
Tarpley, a 6-11 junior center from
Detroit, saw limited duty but scored 16
points and had 7 rebounds in a 97-56 rout
of Minnesota. He followed that with 21
points, including the winning basket,
and 14 rebounds in a 69-67 triple over-
time triumph over Iowa.
reim Reond . 5 Team Rebounds ... 3
TOTALS ..........275 31/56 5/6 38 13 14 67 TOTALS ...,...... 275 31/76 7/13 38 15 11 69
Halftime score: Iowa 30, MICHIGAN 18, Regulation
Score: MICHIGAN 57, Iowa 57, First overtime score:
S"MICHIGAN 61, Iowa 61, Second overtime score:
MICHIGAN 65, Iowa 65. Attendance: 13,069.
Meyerowitz shines; tumblers fall
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Wolverine center Roy Tarpley puts up a shot over Iowa forward Gerry
Wright in Michigan's thrilling 69-67 triple-overtime victory over the
Hawkeyes Saturday night. Tarpley scored 21 points with 14 rebounds in the
By SCOTT G. MILLER
The men's gymnastics team perfor-
med well but lost to Indiana State
269.25-255.15, in a dual-meet at Terre
Haute over the weekend.
It was the second time this season the
more-experienced Sycamores have
finished ahead of the Wolverines, the
first time coming in the Wolverine
Classic in December. Indiana State won
the seven-team tournament while
Michigan finished fourth.
MICHIGAN COACH Bob Darden felt
his team improved since that meet. But
he added- that there is still room for
improvement. "There were areas
within each of the performances where
improvement can be made," said Dar-
den. "The improvement on the in-
dividual level will reflect improvement
in the team score. We are seeking to
improve an our team score in the meets
Michigan's Galvin Meyerowitz had
one of his best performances of the
season, scoring a 53.60 in the All-
Around competition, good enough for
second behind Indiana State's Randall
TO ACHIEVE his All-Around score,
Meyerowitz posted a 9.10 on the Floor
Exercise (third place), a 9.30 on the
Pommel Horse (second place), and a
9.25 on the Horizontal Bar (second
Wolverine captain Stu Downing was
off to his usual best on the Pommel
Horse, but a fault toward the com-
pletion of his routine lowered his score
to an 8.75.
"I was encouraged with Stu's per-
formance," said Darden. "It was a new
and more difficult routine being per-
MICHIGAN freshman Craig Ehle
broke numerous personal records. His
score of 8.95 on the Floor Exercise, 9.05
on the Still Rings, 9.05 on the Parallel
Bars, 8.95 on the Horizontal Bar, and
his 52.40 in the All-Around were all his
best efforts to date in collegiate com-
Mitch Rose out-scored teammate
Meyerowitz by thirty-five hundreths of
a point with a 9.50 to place first on the
Greg Nelson and Scott Moore both
scored a 9.25 on the Vault, placing them
in a tie for third.
Bitch Horses, Knights (forfeit)
The Bumbles 22, Flashers 48
Cherry Busters 67, Sixty-Niners 36
Righteous Ones U, MC Five 48
Rim Reckers 75, Slip & Fall 28
Gassers 45, Temple of Doom 24
Mad Dogs 29, Mugambo Hunters 53
B squad 42, Lambda Chi 18
Sousof M.J. 72, High Hos 38
Women hoopsters drop pair
It took women's basketball coach Bud
Van De Wege just one word to describe
his team's weekend road trip to Min-
nesota and Iowa.
THE WOLVERINES suffered two
vicious defeats, 76-49 at Minneapolis
Friday night, and 70-45 at Iowa City on
Sunday. Their record fell to 7-9, 1-5 in
the Big Ten.
Michigan was victimized by its size
disadvantage in the first game.
"Minnesota started players 6-4, 6-3,
and 6-1, and had a 6-2 player on the ben-
ch," said Van De Wege. The
Wolverines' tallest starters stand 6-0.
THE RESULT was a 53-26 rebound
edge for the Golden Gophers.
The visitors' 31 percent shooting from
the floor didn't help the cause either.
"On the road against a team like (Min-
nesota) we have to shoot a lot better to
stand a chance," Van De Wege said.
The Gophers also dominated from the
free throw line, hitting 30-of-35 attem-
pts, while Michigan made five-of-six.
LOREA FELDMAN led the
Wolverines with 12 points and four
rebounds. Wendy Bradetich added nine
points and six rebounds.
Van De Wege was a bit more pleased
with his team's play against the
"Iowa is a team ready to challenge
for the Big Ten Title," the rookie coach
said. "The game was like the Ohio State
game (a 79-51 Buckeye win). We played
fairly well, but lost to a tough team."
Another poor shooting performance
was Michigan's undoing. The
Wolverines shot 37 percent compared to
the Hawkeyes' 55 percent.
"Iowa is the best defensive team in
the league," Van De Wege commented.
"They forced us into bad shots, and
came up with eleven steals in their half-
Freshman guard Kelly Benintendi
scored eight points against the
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