Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 24, 1985
Roy's shot brings back memories
By PHIL NUSSEL
It's been quite a while.
Roy Tarpley's electrifying last-
second, game-winning bucket against
Iowa Saturday night probably made
many Michigan fans wonder when the
Wolverines last won an overtime game.
ONE MUST GO back to January 28,
1982 to make this discovery. On that
date, the Wolverines, with a historic
low 1-13 record, rose up and upset Eldon
Miller's star-studded Ohio State squad,
62-60, in Crisler Arena. The winning
basket was hit by a young sophomore
guard named Dan Pelekoudas, now a
Michigan law student.
The victory was Michigan's first in
the Big Ten and it turned the rest of the
season around for Bill Frieder's team.
The loss put the Buckeyes in fourth
Pelekoudas hit last
OT winner for Blue
when Pelekoudas hit his shot three
Since that victory, Michigan has lost
six straight overtime games over three
seasons. In the 1982-83 campaign, the
Wolverines fell to Oklahoma State and
Purdue (triple overtime). In the 1983-84
season, they lost to Illinois (four over-
times), Purdue, and Northwestern.
This year, Illinois again downed
Michigan in overtime.
Both Pelekoudas and Frieder did not
place with a 13-6 record.
"That was a big game," said Frieder.
"Ohio State came in and had a good
team. We had a good crowd that night.
Our team played well and Danny
Pelekoudas beat 'em at the buzzer."
UP TO THAT point in the season, it
seemed as if the 1981-82 season would be
the worst in Michigan history. Centers
Tim McCormick and Jon Antonides, the
Wolverines' tallest players, were out
for the season, which left the front line
'All you do is see the ball
go through the net and
then everybody is jumping
all over the place.
Nothing is more ex-
citing than that, as an
athlete, to win on a last
second shot like that.'
decimated. The team also suffered
from lack of experience, starting two
underclassmen. Worse yet, there were
rumors of dissension.
"That (the victory) showed that we
were doing a good job," Frieder noted.
"It showed that a team could win under
The game went into overtime tied at
56 after then freshman Eric Turner
missed two free throws with no time
left. In overtime, the teams, traded
baskets twice and were knotted at 60
when Pelekoudas hit the game-winner
from 18 feet in the corner.
"WE RAN a last-second play,"
Pelekoudas said. "Eric was dribbling
the ball and got bottled up at the top of
the key and passed it to me in the cor-
ner. I shot it as soon as I got it.
"All you do is see the ball go through
the net and then everybody is jumping
all over the place. Nothing is more ex-
citing than that, as an athlete, to win on
a last second shot like that."
Pelekoudas continued, "In terms of
individual moments, that had to be one
of the most exciting (for me)."
COMPARING Tarpley's feat this
past weekend with Pelekoudas' almost
three years ago is difficult since the
circumstances in each season are
drastically different. "Now we're a
much more mature and older club,"
Frieder said. "Our program is in a much
better situation right now than it was
think this weekend's Iowa victory
reminded them of the Ohio State win in
"The game itself actually reminded
me of our Illinois game last year when
we had the four overtimes,"
Frieder commented, "This game
with Iowa, you compare that to like our
triple overtime loss to Purdue two
years ago because it was the same type
Regardless of the many differences
and circumstances behind Michigan's
last two overtime victories, Wolverine
fans are certainly hoping that both
feats have the same effect-a tremen-
dous mental lift.
Daily Photo by CAROL L. FRANCAVILLA
Former Wolverine star Dan Pelekoudas blows by an opposing player in NIT
action last season. Pelekoudas was the hero of Michigan's last overtime vic-
tory before Saturday's triumph over Iowa.
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DUKE CONTINUES TO SPUD-ER:
Wolfpack mauls Blue
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Lorenzo Charles
scored 20 points while Spud Webb and Ernie
Myers added 18 points apiece to pace North
Carolina State's 89-71 romp over fifth-ranked
Duke in an Atlantic Coast conference basketball
game last night.
The Wolfpack's larger front line and man-to-
man defense forced Duke to depend on perimeter
shooting in the early moments, thus limiting the
Blue Devils to one shot on most possessions.
AT THE other end, N.C. State spread its offense
to set up easy back-door baskets. As a result, N.C.
State held a 30-14 edge on Charles' slam dunk with
8:09 left before halftime.
Nate McMillan, who added 16_points, pushed
the Wolfpack lead to 32-14 on a tap-in. Duke came
back with four straight points from Billy King to
cut the gap to 36-23, but that was as close as the
Wolfpack would get in thetfirst half.
Duke fell behind by as much as 55-35 on Mc-
Millan's three-point play with 17:15 remaining,
but poor Wolfpack ballhandling allowed Duke to
rally to a 75-63 deficit on two Tom Amaker free
throws with 3:17 left.
Ten straight free throws followed for the Wolf-
pack, now 11-5 and 3-3 in the league. Myers hit four
in a row before he fouled out, McMillan hit a pair
and Webb added four more.
Johnny Dawkins led Duke with 14 points, while
David Henderson added 11. The Blue Devils have
lost three of their last four, all within the ACC, to
fall to 13-3 and 3-3.
Georgetown 79, Connecicut 66
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Bill Mattin scored 15
of his game-high 19 points in the pivotal second
half and Reggie Williams added 18 points to lead
top-ranked Georgetown to a 79-66 Big East college
basketball victory over Connecticut last night,.
The triumph improved the Hoyas' record to 18-0,
7-0 in the Big East. Georgetown will take a 29-
game winning streak, best in the nation, into
Saturday's showdown with third-ranked St.
John's, the only other unbeaten team in the con-
,%n" 107, elics 97
BOSTON (AP) - Jack Sikma scored a season-
high 34 points and Tom Chambers added 26 as the
Seattle Supersonics overcame a 14-point deficit to
defeat the Boston Celtics 107-97 in a National
Basketball Association game last night.
Boston led 45-31 with 6:47 left in the first half and
61-51 at intermission.
However, the Sonics started the third period
with a 20-8 run that boosted them to a 71-69 advan-
tage. The score was tied at 75 after the third quar-
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP)-Sixth-
ranked Illinois, sparked by Anthony
Welch's 16 points, took sole possession
of first place in the Big Ten basketball
race last night with an 84-66 victory
over Ohio State.
Illinois, 5-2 in the Big Ten and 16-4
overall, leads second-place Michigan
by a half game. The Wolverines, 4-2,
are home to Michigan State on Thur-
OHIO STATE, 3-3 in the conference
and 11-4 overall, was led in scoring by
Troy Taylor's 17 points.
Illinois centers Scott Meents and
George Montgomery held Ohio State
center Brad Sellers to just six points.
Sellers had entered the game as Ohio
State's leading scorer,averaging
nearly 17 points.
Illinois never trailed in the game and
led at halftime 38-31 on the strength of
56 percent field goal shooting in the first
half. At the same time, Illinois held the
Buckeyes, the top scoring team and
second best shooting club in the con-
ference, to just 43 percent from the
floor in the first half.
OHIO STATE closed to within four
points at 58-54 with 8:10 to go in the
game but Illinois stretched out its lead
over the remainder of the game, out-
scoring the Buckeyes 17-6 during the
Other Illini in double figures were
Efrem Winters with 14 points, Mon-
tgomery with 13, Meents with 12 and
Doug Altenberger with 10.
Other Ohio State players in double
figures were Joe Concheck with 13 poin-
ts and Dennis Hopson with 12.
Winters ended a personal free throw
streak at 30 when he missed his first
shot from the free throw line. He made
6-of-6 over the rest of the game.
Bennett to captain Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)-Leeman Ben-
nett, the only coach ever to lead the
Atlanta Falcons to the National Foot-
ball League playoffs, accepted the head
coaching position with Tampa Bay
yesterday and said he expects to field a
title contender right away.
"We're here to do a job and we're
going to give it our best shot," Bennett
told a news conference some two hours
after Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse
announced his appointment. Bennett
replaces John McKay, who became the
team's vice president last month.
"I would expect us to contend for the
championship," Bennett said. "I think
we have a fine nucleus here, a team
that has been well coached. I look for-
ward to watching film and seeing just
how good we are."
Bennett, 46, becomes only the second
man to serve as field boss of the 9-year-
old club. McKay, lured away from the
University of Southern California by
the expansion Bucs in 1976, resigned as
coach on Oct. 8 but remained in that
capacity through the end of the 1984
Michigan's hockey team skates at
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