Page 0 - The Michigan Daily - Sunday, February 3, 1985
'M' marvelous in Madison
jouberi leads Blue
to 7th straight win
(Contifund from Page 1)
THE WOLVERINES shot a hot 61.1
percent from the field and got 15 points
from Tarpley and 14 from Joubert.
Meanwhile in the first half the Badgers
struggled, hitting only 40 percent from
the floor in the opening 20 minutes,
missing three shots in the first four
minutes that would have kept the game
"I think to start with the first four
minutes of the game when Michigan
started out 8-0, we missed three pretty
easy shots," said Wisconsin coach
Steve Yoder. "We could have made it 8-
6 if we made those."
During the first half Michigan also
did a good job of shutting down Wiscon-
sin guard Rick Olson and forward Scott
Roth. Olson, who killed the Wolverines
with 39 points in Madison last year and
averages nearly 17 points a game this
season, scored just two points before
the intermission and finished the game
with four. According to Frieder, the
credit for containing the 6-1 junior went
to freshman Gary Grant.
"GARY GRANT's a pretty good
defender," said the fifth-year head
coach. "And he's done a great job this
year on some key people. He guarded
Steve Reid at Purdue and did a nice job,
(Bruce) Douglas at Illinois, and now
Olson. He gave us good, steady defen-
Grant said the defensive strategy he
used against Olson was simple.
"First of all, I tried to detain him as
much as possible," explained the 6-3
freshman. "Secondly, when he did get
the ball I tried to make him go to the left
and make it difficult for him. He likes to
go to the right. In all the films we wat-
ched he liked to go to the right. So if he
had to go left-handed, it would have
been hard for him."
ROTH, WHO sparked a second-half
comeback attempt and scored 22 points
on the afternoon, was held to just six
points in the first half.
While the Wolverines dominated
throughout the first half, they ex-
perienced a breakdown after the inter-
mission that kept the contest from
becoming a blow out. But they still
remained in control.
"The second half we kind of let up,"
Frieder said. "You combine a little let-
up with a team like that who plays
aggressive and you can see what hap-
WHAT happened was Wisconsin out-
shot the Wolverines from the floor 47.1
percent-to-41.2 percent and out-scored
them, 51-44. With Tarpley and forward
Rich Rellford each picking up his fourth
foul midway through the second half,
Frieder went to his bench and the
Michigan advantage, which at one time
had been 24 points, dipped to 11.
Big Ten Standings
MICHIGAN......... 7-2 16-3
Iowa ............... 7-2 18-4
Illinois ............. 6-3 17-5
Roth hit 10-of-10 free throws to start
the half and added six other points to
finish with 22. Center John Ploss, who
had a career-high 21 points in the con-
test, added 13 during the second half for
the Badgers. Nonetheless, the effort
was not engough to overtake the
"I was a little disappointed with our
second-half effort," explained Frieder.
"But I felt we were in the contest and
wanted to get our bench in. We got them
in fairly early and they let the lead slip
WHILE THE victory keeps the
Wolverines at the top of the standings
with Iowa, which defeated Ohio State
67-58, Frieder was not too concerned
about his players' heads swelling.
"We have no reason to be confident,"
said Frieder. "These kids in our
program haven't accomplished
anything. They haven't been to the
NCAAs. They haven't won the Big Ten.
They've got no reason to be overcon-
fident. They've still got to prove them-
But Frieder said he has noticed a
great deal of improvement sinceethe
Wolverines were thrashed by Indiana a
month ago in the Big Ten opener,
mostly in shutting down opponents' of-
"I think the biggest thing is that after
the first week, we've been very deter-
mined to play better defense," noted
Frieder. "Our team defense is much,
much improved since the first week of
Ploss .......... 36
Roth .......... 35
Reilford ....... 20
Tarpley ....... 32
Henderson .... 22
FT/A R A PF Pts
Michigan State .....
21/26 36 15 18 81
First half score: MICHIGAN 50, Wisconsin 30
30/36 22/25 45 9 19 94
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Richard Rellford eyes the hoop as he goes at Wisconsin's Jay Laszewski (54)
during the Wolverines' 94-81 triumph yesterday.
WIN KEEPS HAWKEYES TIED FOR FIRST:
COLUMBUS (AP)-Iowa, led by Greg
Stokes, scored 12 straight points and held
Ohio State scoreless for almost seven
minutes in the second half last night, for a
67-58 Big Ten basketball victory.
Stokes, a 6-foot-10 senior center, hit 20
points to keep the Hawkeyes, 18-4 over-all
and 7-2, tied for the league lead.
Ronnie Stokes' outside shooting, worth 24
points, wasn't enough to stave off the
Buckeyes' first home defeat in 10 games this 1
Ohio State, 13-5 overall, fell two games off 1
the Big Ten pace at 5-4.
Greg Stokes scored two baskets and
freshman guard Jeff Moe, who had 18 poin- ;
ts, added two more field goals in the key
Iowa spurt. It gave the Hawkeyes a 46-34
lead with 9 minutes remaining.
Ohio State missed 10 straight floor shots
and went 6:53 without scoring while Iowa
seized its 12-point lead.
Once Iowa built its margin, the Hawkeyes
stayed at least five points ahead of the
Ohio State scored the first six points of the
game, but Iowa hit the next six. The
Hawkeyes led by as many as four points
before the Buckeyes pulled to a 28-28 half-
Indiana 89, Minnesota 66
BLOOMINGTON (UPI) - Center Uwe
Blab scored 22 points in an almost perfect
first half for Indiana and the Hoosiers eased
past Minnesota, 89-66, yesterday to break a
four-game losing streak.
Blab, a native West German in his final
year as a project for coach Bob Knight's
teaching talents, finished with 26 points af-
ter making all 10 of his field goal attempts in
the first half.
"BLAB OBVIOUSLY had an excellent
game and we got the ball to him well,"
Indiana shot 84 percent from the field in
the first half (21 of 25) on the way to a 57-24
"When they established Uwe inside, the
game was really over," Minnesota coach
Jim Dutcher said. "Uwe has made steady
improvement each year. He's gotten better
and he looks like he is enjoying playing. I
think he had a good time today."
Michigan State 68,
EVANSTON (UPI)-Scott Skiles scored
17 points, 14 in the second half, to lead
Michigan State to a 68-54 Big Ten victory
last night over cold-shooting Northwestern.
Sam Vincent added 16 and Ken Johnson
11, 10 in the first half, for the Spartans who
improved their league mark to 5-4 and their
overall record to 14-5. Northwestern, which
was led by Andre Goode with 14, fell to 1-8 in
the league and 5-14 overall.
THE SPARTANS, who led 30-19 at half-
time, broke the game open early in the
second half with a 13-4 scoring spurt that
saw MSU take a 51-33 lead with 11:12 left.
Skiles scored eight of the points in that
Indiana's Uwe Blab licks Minnesota's John Shasky on a sky hook in the
Hoosiers' 89-66 win. Blab scored 26 on 12 of 15 field goal shooting to lead all
Halfway through ..
time for awards
By TIM MAKINEN
A S FAR AS first halves of seasons go, this one is probably
suitable for framing.
It's a bit premature to speculate on any final-four match-
ups for Michigan, but the Wolverines are certainly flying
high, demonstrating to the nation that they are a force
At the midway point of the Big Ten campaign, 10th-ranked
Michigan rests atop the Big Ten along with Iowa, showing off
a 7-2 conference mark and a 16-3 record overall.
It is frightening how well the Wolverines are playing. The
41-point spread against Minnesota, the whipping of the cross-
state rival Spartans, and the absolute destruction of Kansas
on national television all exasperate one's senses with the
methodical precision of Michigan's performance.
Even the heart-stopping, triple-overtime victory against
the Iowa Hawkeyes at Crisler Arena demonstrated the per-
severance and spirit of this Wolverines squad. One must not
forget that just one month ago Michigan opened up the Big
Ten season with the Indiana embarrassment, falling 87-62 to
the Hoosiers at Crisler.
People called the Wolverines over-rated, horrid on defense
and weak off the bench. Since then, however, Michigan has
gelled, building the momentum it now holds at this halfway
point of the season.
For the moment it might be fitting to offer some awards for
highlights of season's first half.
" Most pleasant surprise award: Gary Grant, the fresh-
man sparkplug from Canton, has proven that he not only can
play with other Big Ten guards, but can outplay many of
them. Quick quiz: Can you name the player whom Grant
" Most underapreciated player award: Antoine Joubert
has been playing in the shadow of Grant as of late, but the
sophomore from Detroit has been the catalyst in Michigan's
most recent victories. Jouber notched a Wolverine-record 13
assists at Northwestern and led all scorers with 24 points
" Best shot at the end of the first half award: Unquestionably,
Leslie Rockymore's half-court bomb against Kansas earns
" Best shot at the end of the game award: Anyone who saw
Tarpley's last-second bank shot in the Iowa classic knows
what excitement is. But this award goes to Ron Gibas for
icing the Minnesota cakewalk and getting on the scoring
sheets for the first time this season.
" Fall on your face award: The highly touted trio of Min-
nesota guard Tommy Davis, Andre Goode of Northwestern
and Michigan State's Ken Johnson earns kudos, or rather
cheers, for their pathetic performances against the
Wolverines. The three tallied a collective total of nine points
in competition with the Blue.
" Fall on your face award II: Michigan's Steve Stoyko earns
this honor easily by spreading his talent all over the court
and into the stands-literally.
" Biggest jerk award: Spartan Scott Skiles wins this
dubious distinction hands down for his blatant body check of
Wolverine forward Richard Relford. Skiles was booed the
rest of the night, and deservedly so.
" It's my ball and I'll play who I want award: Indiana
coach Bobby Knight tabs this honor for playing four fresh-
man and senior Uwe Blab against Illinois. Knight made two
substitutions in the game-both freshman.
" It's my team and I'll give a ride to whomever I want
award: The irrepressible Knight told two of his players,
Winston Morgan and Mike Giomi, that they could find their
own way home from a contest at Ohio State. Knight was up-
set with the pair's defense.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP:
Lee, Memphis State rip
, MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)-Senior forward
Keith Lee scored 25 points and grabbed 12
rebounds yesterday as third-ranked Mem-
phis State held on to first place in the Metro
Conference by defeating Virginia Tech., 91-
The Tigers, now 17-1 overall and 7-1 in
conference play, also got 18 points each
from sophomore center William Bedford
and freshman guard Vincent Askew. Junior
forward Baskerville Holmes contributed 12
points for Memphis State.
Oklahoma 83, Oklahoma St. 81
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP)-Tim Mc-
Calister hit a 20-foot jumper with two secon-
ds remaining to give seventh-ranked
Oklahoma an 83-81 come-from-behind Big
Eight Conference basketball victory over
Oklahoma State yesterday.
McCalister-who made all seven of his
field-goal attempts in the second half and
finished with 20 points-had 12 of his points
during a 10-minute span that saw Oklahoma
erase a 58-48 deficit and take its first lead of
the second half, 72-70, with 5.40 remaining.
Georgia Tech 72, Maryland 60
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)-Yvon
Joseph scored 11 of his 20 points in the
second half as eighth-ranked Georgia Tech
(16-4) held off a mild rally by 17th-ranked
Maryland and defeated the Terps 72-60 in an
Atlantic Coast Conference game yesterday.
The loss snapped a 16-game home winning
streak for the Terps (17-6) and created a vir-
tual three-way tie for the ACC lead.
Maryland remained at the top with a 4-2
record, followed by Duke and Georgia Tech
N. Carolina 77, Furman 55
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)-Brad
Daugherty scored 15 points, Steve Hale ad-
ded 14 and Kenny Smith scored 12 as No. 11
North Carolina romped to a 77-55 college
basketball victory over Furman last night.
North Carolina outscored Furman 34-18
for a 21-point lead at 66-45 with 3:35 left on
two free throws by Dave Popson. From
there, the Tar Heels used their fast break of-
fense to put Furman out of reach.
St. John's 97, Connecticut 64
Louisville 77, DePaul 73
Wake Forest 91, N. Carolina State 64
Kansas 91, Nebraska 80
Arizona 73, Washington State 56
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