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Women's gymnastics
vs. Central Michigan
Tomorrow, noon
The Coliseum

SPORTS

Women's basketball
vs. Indiana
Tomorrow, 2:00 p.m.
Crisier Arena

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The Michigan D~oily

Friday,, March 8, 1985

Page 7

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ONE SMALL VOICE
By JeffBergida
On Chuck Dickens.. .
...and the Michigan backcourt
tt was a tale of two guards Wednesday night in Columbus. One was ex-
I periencing the best of times, a return to his old Ohio stomping grounds.
The other was trying to bounce back from the worst of times, a five-for-18
shooting week against the two worst teams in the Big Ten.
Gary Grant, a state hero in his days at Canton McKinley High School, sh-
owed the Ohio fans what they missed out on when he decided to go to
Michigan. The General had 10 points and five assists while sparking a strong
team defense. Antoine Joubert struggled with his field goal shooting once
again, winding up six-of-15 from the floor, but made six huge free throws
down the stretch to seal a hard-fought 77-72 Michigan victory.
Grant had been thinking about this game for a long time. He remembered
the hostile reaction he got from his home state upon spurning the Buckeyes,
his second choice.
"I got phone calls late at night waking up my parents," said Grant. "It
happened for about two or three weeks (after he made the commitment to
Michigan)."
Obviously excited about the win, Grant was only half-listening to the
reporter who asked if he also got a lot of mail from the Buckeye faithful.
"Yeah, mail, female," he responded.
If the concentration wasn't there in the locker room, you couldn't miss it
on the court. The 6-3 freshman just laughed at the crowd when they booed
and yelled "traitor" upon his introduction. He displayed his usual flashes of
brilliance, losing and regaining his dribble three times on one possession.
The obnoxious fans shut up after a while.
Grant said he appreciated the people who came out to cheer him.
"I knew half the people who were down underneath (the basket). They
were calling out my name and yelling 'State Champions' (a reference to the
McKinley team that won the Ohio AAA title in Grant's senior year). That
made me feel good but I still had to go out there and play the basketball
game."
For 30 minutes, the third-ranked Wolverines played some outstanding
basketball in building a 17-point lead against a strong OSU squad. But when
the Buckeyes drew close down the stretch, the Judge returned from his
chambers.
Joubert, who says that he has trouble getting motivated for home games
against lesser opposition, slept through last week's routs of Wisconsin and
Northwestern. Before that, he missed a couple of foul shots at the end of the
Michigan State contest that helped the Spartans make a game of it.
But with the game on the line Wednesday, the Detroit native forgot about
his past troubles and swished a half dozen from the line to put another win in
the bag. Buckeye fans and alumni won't have much to say when they meet
on the unemployment line this week.
"At MSU, I wasn't concentrating because I thought we had the game
won," said Joubert, referring to Michigan's 11-point lead with 3:52 left.
"Today, I was really into the game."
At Southwestern High, Joubert was an 85 percent free throw shooter but,
this year, he is around the 70 percent mark. The 6-5 sophomore thinks that
part of his problem is a lack of motivation.
"A lot of times, when I got to the line the game is already out of reach,"
he said. "We're up by 10 or 12 points.'
"I realize now that I have to concentrate harder."
Having overcome the hostilities of Ohio, the two guards will next endeavor
to strike a blow for justice and end Michigan's 18-game losing streak at In-
diana.
Buckeyes dominate
women cagers, 73-57

WOLVERINES' STAR TING FIVE HONORED
Tarpley attains All-Big Ten status

UPI All-Big Ten Team

First Team
C-ROY TARPLEY, MICHIGAN
C-Greg Stokes, Iowa
C-Uwe Blab, Indiana
G-Sam Vincent, Michigan State
G-Tommy Davis, Minnesota
Second Team
F-James Bullock, Purdue
F-Scott Roth, Wisconsin
G-ANTOINE JOUBERT, MICHIGAN
G-Steve Alford, Indiana
G-Ron Stokes, Ohio State

F-Anthony Welch, Illinois
F-Efrem Winters-Illinois
G-GARY GRANT, MICHIGAN
G-Troy Taylor, Ohio State
Honorable Mention
Bruce Douglas, Doug Altenberger,
George Montgomery, Illinois;
RICHARD RELLFORD, BUTCH
WADE, MICHIGAN: John Shasky,
Minnesota; Andre Good, Shawn Watts,
Northwestern; Scott Skiles, Ken John-
son, Michigan State ; Gerry Wright,
Iowa; Steve Reid, Mark Atkinson, Pur-
due; Rick Olson, Wisconsin.

Joubert
... places on second team

Tarpley.
... honors continue

Third Team
C-Brad Sellers, Ohio State

Spartan icers favored at home'

By CHRIS GERBASI
This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
this ain't no foolin' around. The CCHA
gets down to business this weekend
when four survivors battle at Joe Louis
Arena for the league championship.
The talking heads of the media and
the league's coaches have been singing
the praises of Michigan State all season
long, but in a one-game elimination
tournament, the proverbial "anything
can happen" can happen.
THE DEFENDING playoff champ
Spartans (35-5) square off against Ohio
State (18-19-2) tonight at 8:00 p.m.
Nationally-ranked Lake Superior State
(26-14) kicks off the festivities against
Bowling Green (21-19) at 5:00 p.m.
While Joe Louis Arena is a neutral
site, it has been referred to as "Munn
Arena East," the home rink of MSU. In
their last 13 games at JLA, the Spartans
are 12-0-1.
Buckeye coach Jerry Welsh is hoping
for a once in a lifetime opportunity
against Michigan State. OSU finished
sixth in the regular season and upset
Western Michigan in the first round of
the playoffs.
"WE'VE GOT another stab at
(state)," said Welsh. "I've said this year
that there aren't many teams that can
beat them in a series. (But) we just
have to beat them for 60 minutes. I'm
confident we can beat them in 60
minutes."
Welsh will probably rely on Bob
Krautsak (10-13-2, 4.21 goals against) in
the nets to shut down the Spartans'
potent attack, which led the league in
power play efficiency as well as penalty

killing.
The attack is headed by center Craig
Simpson (24 goals, 45 assists), the
league's leading scorer. He's ably
assisted by co-workers Tom Anastos
(27-36) and Dale Krentz (23-30)
THE SPARTANS are heavy
favorities to turn out the lights on Ohio
State. The better matchup may be the
opening game between two hot teams.
'.1r
Simpson
... hopes to score downtown

Lake Superior is 9-1 in their last 10
games and Bowling Green currently
has a six-game winning streak, the
longest of any of the four teams.
"Our club has played well recently,"
said Falcon coach Jerry York. "We're
becoming better in a lot of different
aspects of the game. The team feels
good about our chances."
BOWLING GREEN has had an up
and down season, but, as defending
NCAA champs, consider the team a
darkhorse to win the tourney.

The Falcons, however,.will first have
to get past the Soo Lakers.
"Lake Superior is the real suprise of
the CCHA," said York. "We expected
(Michigan) State to have a banner
year, but Lake Superior genuinely sur-
prised us."
But Michigan State is still the
prohibitive favorite to win the title
same as it ever was. The teams will
make sense of it all tomorrow, same
time, same place, for the championship
game.

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Although the Ohio State women's
basketball team came into Crisler
Arena last night with the Big Ten
championship and a number-seven
national ranking in hand, it sputtered
and spurted before caving the roof in on
'''the last place Michigan women cagers
in the final minutes to take a 73-57 vic-
tory.
The Buckeyes, now 17-0 in the Big Ten
and 25-2 overall, found the Wolverines,
losers of 13 straight, surprisingly
tougher than their record (1-16 in the
conference and 7-20 overall) would in-
dicate.
WITH JUST 9:08 remaining, OSU
found itself clinging to a one-point lead,
50-49, after Michigan freshman Kelly
' enintendi, on Ohio native, wished in a
shot off every part of the rim.
., But that was as close as the
Wolverines could get. Ohio State rolled
off six unanswered points and out-
'scored Michigan 16-4 over the next five
minutes to take a commanding 66-53
dead.
"We just plain ran out of gas," said
head coach Bud Van De Wege of his
team's sloppy play down the stretch.
"It was a matter of a good team's depth
catching up with you."
AND IF his players were looking
around for excuses for their tired play
in the end, they didn't need any. Van De
Wege used but one player off the ben-
.ch-sophomore guard Melanie Smith,
panother Ohio native, who chipped in
four points and two assists.
"They had something going out
-there...we had to stay with 'em. They

were clicking," Van De Wege ex-
plained.
Ohio State's freshman sensation
Tracy Hall was unstoppable in the first
half, burning the nets for 14 points and
leading the Buckeyes to a 34-28 advan-
tage at halftime. Hall cooled off in the
second half, finishing with 22 points, but
still led all scorers. Wendy Bradetich
paced the Wolverine attack with 21
points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

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