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Women's Gymnastics
vs. Ohio State and LSU
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Women's Swimming
vs. Wisconsin
Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Matt Mann Pool

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the Michigan Daily

Wednesday, January 23, 1985

Page /

Henderson 's

ac Disappointing '83-'84 campaign,
4-ack, .

as By JEFF BERGIDA
- As the Michigan State basketball game approaches,
Michigan's only Lansing resident can be assured that he will
play a larger role in this year's game than he did in the '84
lashes between the intrastate rivals. Robert Henderson has
worked his way back from oblivion.
Most of the members of last year'sNITc hamiions used the
.3-10 season to further their development. Center Tim Mc-
Cormick went from being a longshot pro prospect to an NBA
"irst-round draft choice. Antoine Joubert started out as a
green freshman and wound up as a team leader. Roy Tarpley
was just a face in the crowd before the 1983-84 season.
HENDERSON, meanwhile, found himself stifled.
The 6-9 junior forward started 17 games during his fresh-
-man year of 1982-83, more than such celebrated teammates
,as Tarpley (2), Butch Wade (7) and Paul Jokisch (5). Out of
-that vaunted freshman class, only Rich Rellford got the star-
ting nod more often than Henderson.
7 But when Bill Frieder was making plans for last season,
the Lansing Eastern grad was recovering from a couple of in-
juries that plagued him during the summer. It didn't take
long before it was apparent that Henderson had not been in-
cluded in the plans.
"FRIEDER usually picks about eight people that he
plays," he said. "He usually doesn't go any farther down the
bench unless it's a blowout or an injury situation."
"I thought that, maybe because of my freshman year, he
would give me consideration in working my way up to my
'potential. But I hadn't thought about the fact that he was
.going to pick those eight people right from the start."
. Henderson got buried behind players he was ahead of
during the previous year. While his teammates were learning
how to win, Henderson was averaging eight minutes per
game played. He made token appearances in eight of the 18
Big Ten games.
"I WAS happy that the team was winning," said Hender-
son, "but it was kind of empty for me personally because I
knew I couldn't contribute to the team. I felt I let myself
down."
When McCormick turned pro following the NIT, Frieder
was left with only three experienced big men, Tarpley, Wade
and Henderson. With the disappointment of his sophomore
year behind him, Henderson went to work on earning himself
some playing time.
He improved his defense and rebounding over this past
summer and gave Wade a battle for the starting power for-
ward spot during pre-season practice. Frieder no longer
hesitates before inserting Henderson into the line-up in tight
situatinn

ALREADY this season, the 21-year-old Henderson has
established a new career high with 14 points against Rutgers.
He has teamed up with Wade to shut down such notables as
Efrem Winters of Illinois and Joe Conchek of Ohio State.
While pleased with his improvement on defense, Henderson,
a fine outside shooter in high school, is still frustrated by his
lack of scoring.
"The rhythm on my shot is definitely off," said Henderson,
who is averaging 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. "I think
I'm not concentrating as hard as I need to be.
"All of my problems right now are mental. If I'm looking at
the guy who's guarding me or wondering 'Am I going to make
this?' 99 percent of the time, it's going to miss."
Henderson, who names Indiana center Uwe Blab and
Greg Stokes of Iowa as the toughest players he's faced so far
this season, feels that this year's Wolverines have the poten-
'I was happy that the team was win-
ning, but it was kind of empty for me
personally because I knew I couldn't
contribute to the team. I felt I let myself
down.' - Robert Henderson, on
the 1983-84 basketball season
tial to go a long way - if they don't get selfish.
"We've got to plav like we did in the Minnesota game and
the second half of the Iowa game," he said. If we can keep
this going and not get stuck on individual goals, I think we're
going to do very well.
"It still can go either way. We looked great against Min-
nesota but I keep reminding myself what happened when we
played Indiana."
NUMBER 15 in Maize and Blue has a new perspective on
his problems of the past. While he wouldn't want to live
through his sophomore year again, Henderson feels that he
gained something by it.
"Last year, when I wasn't playing, I'd be a liar if I said I
didn't have some doubts about being here. I was thinking I
should've gone to a MAC (Mid-American Conference) school
or some other small college where I would've been starting.
"But if I had left, I would've been quitting on myself. I
needed to prove to myself that I could make it here."
Averaging 26 minutes per game and working toward a-
general business degree, it's safe to say that Henderson is
well on hs way to making it.

motivates forward to improve

Daily Photo by STU WEIDENBACII
Wolverine junior Robert Henderson, displaying his passing form here, has been happy to give up his spot on the bench
for a spot on the court this year.
NBA R OUNDUP:
Sixers escape Cleveland

Z

RICHFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Maurice
Cheeks tipped in Moses Malone's
missed shot with four seconds to play
last night to give the Philadelphia 76ers
a 101-100 National Basketball
Association victory over the Cleveland
Cavaliers.
Philadelphia, whose 13-game winning
streak was snapped with a loss in
Boston on Sunday, fought back from a
58-49 halftime deficit to take its first
lead of Tuesday's game at 76-75 on Clint
Richardson's layup and free throw with
a minute to go in the third quarter.
Neither team led by more than two
points the rest of the way. Mel Turpin

slammed in his third dunk of the game
with 19 seconds to go in the final quarter
and was fouled by Cheeks, sinking the
free throw to put Cleveland ahead 100-
99.
The 76ers, 34-7, then worked the ball
in to Malone, whose short bank shot
bounced off the rim before Cheeks tip-
ped in the game-winner.
Washington 109,
Golden State 104
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Tom Mc-
Millen scored a season-high 26 points
for injury-riddled Washington as the

Bullets held off a fourth-quarter rally
by Golden State to win 109-104 last
night, handing the Warriors their 12th
consecutive National Basketball
Association defeat.
New York 92, Seattle 90
NEW YORK (AP) - Darrell Walker
swished a 16-foot jumper with six
seconds left last night to give the New
York Knicks a: 92-90 National Basket-
ball Association victory over the Seattle
Supersonics.
After Walker's go-ahead basket,
Louie Orr stole Seattle's inbounds pass
and the Knicks ran out the clock.

SAE five' slam Chi Psi

By JERRY MUTH
Although the SAE squad had only five
layers show up, that was all they
Needed to capture a convincing win
fiver the Chi Psi hoopsters, 48-38. Using
e 2-1-2 zone defense to avoid foul trouble
*nd keep Chi Psi away from the boards,
:he SAEs were able to control the
'ame's tempo, according to the Sigma
Alpha Epsilon's Tom Pahl.
Balanced scoring proved to be
critical to the SAE victory as Pahl,
john Rife, and Kevin Guettler netted 10
Ooints apiece, while Guettler also
dominated the backboards. "Right now
- we're about one player away from
being a good team in the fraternity
livison," said Pahl.
Sigma Chi 59, Chi Phi 44
This may finally be Sigma Chi's year.
,&We've had a good team the last three
years but kept getting upset in the
.playoffs," Michael Chew said, "We've
|een practicing a lot this season." And
To far practice has indeed made the
"igma Chi's perfect on the year as they
ipped their season record to 2-0 with a
ivin over the Chi Phis.
Despite having to contend with a
"Sigma Chi frontline averaging 6-4, the
hi Phis hung tough in the first half.
However, in the second stanza the
.height advantage enabled the Sigma
"phis to take control. On the day,
:.ichael Chew pumped in 18, Mark
-Johnson hit for 16, and Matt Sevcik ad-
:ded 14 for the Sigma Chi triumph.
ow IN SCORES
Independent A'
TIose Big Dudes 36, D.C.C.L. 35
D.G.C. 64, Showtime 39

Net Burners 54, Humners 45
The Net Burners lived up to their
name on offense, but it was the Bur-
ners' defense that enabled them to stop
the Hummers' rhythm. An aggressive,

Guard Dave Rosevelt tallied 14 points
in the victory. Rounding out the Bur-
ners' starting lineup were guard Mide
Ransford and forwards John Lepres
and Doug Haight.
The Victors 67, Economists 48
Like the Net Burners, The Victors
took advantage of a swarming man-
to-man press to crush the Economists
by a 19-point margin. Approximately
five minutes into the second half The
Victors opened up the game with a 10 to
15 minute surge. Matt Ruud tossed in 16
points for The Victors, Kip Kimble sank
15, and Dwayne Freeman banged home
12 more points in what turned out to be
a run and gun game. Although Captain
Robert Willis was pleased with his
team's performance, he criticized the
referees for their excessive whistle
blowing.

trapping man-to-man defense ignited
the Burners to a 14-point bulge at half-
time. Taking advantage of their heighth
underneath with 6-5 center Eric Sing,
the Net Burners converted most
baskets inside.

proudly presents
CAMPUS
MEET THE PRESS
in the Kuenzel Room of the Michigan union
1a
FKnk Clan cila
Michigan Union Director
Answering questions concerning the Union
bookstore and Union renovations.:

67 *KINGS PRODUCTIONS
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Michigan Union; Kuenzel Room
Monday, January 28
Singers 1-3 PM; Dancers 4-5 PM
Instrumentalists & Specially Acts 1-3 PM
KINGS ISlAND
American Heritage Music Hall
Saturday, January 19,10-3 PM
Sunday, January 20,10-2PM
Technician Interviews will be held at Indiana University in the
Student Union-Alumni Hall on Wednesday, January 30 from
1-5 PM, and at Kings Island in the American Heritage
Music Hall on Saturday, January 26; Sunday, January 27
from 12-4 PM (both days).
Singers * Dancers Instrumentalists

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