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Women's Tennis
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, March 22
Track and Tennis Building


State High School
Basketball Championships
Friday and Saturday, March 22-23
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily Tuesday, March 19, 1985 Page 8

Sudden death: Blue kicks the bucket


The autopsy report is in. It all died at
2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on
Sunday, March 17 at The University of
Dayton Arena.
The 1984-85 version of the Michigan
Wolverines came to an end at the hands
of Villanova, 59-55. Also perishing in the
process were a 17-game winning streak
and an opportunity to advance beyond
the second-round of the Southeast
regional bracket of the NCAA tour-
THE CAUSE of death? Turnovers,
inexperience in tournament play and a
talented opponent.
It wasn't the Wolverines' worst per-
formance of the year. Michigan outshot
the Wildcats while committing only
three more turnovers. But the better
team won on Sunday, no matter what
the national rankings would have
After a lackluster first half, the
Wolverines scored the first nine points
of the second stanza to take their
biggest lead of the game, 35-30, with
12:43 to play.
THAT WAS the high point. Costly
turnovers plagued Michigan on its next
few possessions and put Villanova right
back in it. The Wildcats opened up a 46-
43 lead at the 4:22 mark and from there
on in, it was a matter of not being able
to come back in a game without h shot
"When we missed a shot in the Big
Ten," said Wolverine forward Robert
Henderson, "if we played 45 seconds of
hard defense, half the time we could get
them to take a bad shot and get the
rebound. It was a lot easier for us to
catch up."
The Villanova charge was led by
senior forward Dwayne McClain, who
led all scorers with 20 points. As the
Wildcats stretched their lead from 38-
37 to 48-43, McClain had eight of
Villanova's 10 points.
"I KNEW if they were going to pack
(the defense) in, we had to make the
sure jump shots," said McClain.
"I was getting picked and I wasn't
getting help at that time," said Leslie
Rockymore, who was guarding the
taller McClain over most of that stret-
ch. "By the time I got to him, the best I
could do was put a hand in his face."

The Wolverines, who finish the
season at 26-4, had to foul down the
stretch and Villanova didn't give an in-
ch. The Wildcats made 13 of their last 16
free throws.
THE KEY statistic, however, was
recorded even before the game began.
Villanova coach Rollie Massimino star-
ted three seniors and two juniors, all of
whom had experienced NCAA tour-
nament play in the past. None of
Michigan's starters - three juniors, a
sophomore, and a freshman - had ever
played a post-season game without a 45-
second clock before this year.
"When we got up by five we lost a lit-
tle poise," said Michigan forward But-
ch Wade. "They had been there before
and they had what it took to come out on
Villanova's zone defense shut down
one Michigan sniper in each half. An-
toine Joubert, the man the Wolverines
turn to in a crisis, was held to four poin-
ts in the first 20 minutes and finished
with 12. Michigan's superstar, center
Roy Tarpley, had 12 at the half but the
collapsing zone limited him to only two
more the rest of the way.
BILL FRIEDER'S club was thus
running on three cylinders. It didn't
help that the spark plug didn't spark.
Gary Grant, the freshman guard who
did so much all season, had no points,
no rebounds and one assist in 33
minutes before fouling out.
"Grant was playing that type of game
for the first time," explained Frieder.
"GARY HAS led us through some
very tough games," said Rockymore,
whose college career came to an unex-
pected halt Sunday. "This was just one
of those games. You can't blame
anybody. He played his heart out."
And now it's over. The dream season
ended just before the really good part
started. Still, the Michigan players
demonstrated all the class in the world
after the defeat. They left the arena
with their heads held high.
"We don't have anything to be sad
about," said Rich Rellford. "We had
the best year Michigan's ever had."
"I DON'T care what anybody says,"
added Frieder, "you can't take away
what we've already accomplished this
season. We won 26 games. The Big Ten

By Steve Wise

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Michigan's Robert Henderson (15) and Villanova's Mark Plansky (31) swat
for the ball but come up empty as the Wolverines' Roy Tarpley snatches one
of his 13 rebounds. Nonetheless Tarpley's efforts were to no avail as the
Wildcats snatched the second round NCAA contest 59-55.

Don't blame the clock ..
.. learn from experience
A FTER ALL the hype and high expectations, the NCAA tournament had
a to be a disappointment for Michigan fans. But the Navy, whose team
also lost its second-round game, is not the only place to learn from experien-
ce. So, Michigan fans, here's the first, hopefully, annual list of post season
dos and don'ts, with special reference to the Dayton regional.
Don't blame either the loss to Villanova or the near-loss to Fairleigh
Dickinson on the absence of a shot clock. Sure it put the safety on the
Wolverines' run and gun. Sure both opponents used slow-down tactics during
parts of each game. But Michigan wasn't unfairly victimized by the tempo.
"They (Villanova) do such a great job playing without the clock," said
Michigan coach Bill Frieder, "and yet in the second half at times when we
needed to have patience, we went a minute and a half to get a good shot."
Do remember that the Big East, from whence the evil Wildcats come, also
played with a shot clock this year. Villanova simply adjusted better to the
And speaking of the Big East, don't let anybody tell you Sunday's
Michigan loss confirms the supremacy of that conference over the Big Ten.
Like Frieder said, you can't judge anything from one game.
"You look at it over a five, ten year period and you'll see we're right up
there with national championships, teams in the final four and victories,"
said Frieder, coach of the year in the alledgedly inferior conference.
Do give credit to Villanova's defense. Their zone turned Roy Tarpley into a
spectator most of the second half and created crucial turnovers when
Michigan was ahead.
Don't get down on Michigan's guards, whose ineffectiveness let that
Villanova zone digest Tarpley after it had swallowed him. Yes, Gary Grant
had five fouls and nothing else on Sunday, but he had a great season. Except
for a second half shooting spree Sunday, the same complaint can be made
about Antoine Joubert, and the same answer applies.
Especially don't blame Leslie Rockymore, who was victimized in his last
college game by a mismatch agasinst Wildcat forward Dwayne McClain.
The 6-6 McClain went over the 6-3 Rockymore for a few crucial jumpers late
in the game.
"Rock has guarded some big guys this year," Frieder said. "He covered
Gerry Wright at Iowa, and the last 15 minutes, Wright didn't get a
"He's done that before, but McClain just got a hot hand."
Do remember Rockymore's 10-point performance against Fairleigh
Dickinson. Without it, Michigan wouldn't have had the opportunity to lose to
Villa nova.
As for Dayton, don't ever get stuck there in a car with Michigan plates or
bumper stickers, because you won't get much help. They just don't seem to
like us down there.
Chants of "F-D-U! F-D-U!" during Friday's game were followed by
consistent verbal abuse in Sunday's game. They booed the team, they really
booed Tarpley, they roared when Grant and Joubert fouled out and they
made a great effort to change the lyrics of "The Victors" to "Hail to the
And if you're ever stranded in this southwest Ohio oasis, stay away from a
place called Skyline Chili. The White Castle of chili restaurants, this place
features four inch long hotdogs covered with "chili" which are supposed to
be consumed four at a time. The dogs, called "Skyliners" (What else?),
leave a much worse taste in your mouth than any kind of disappointment the
basketball team may have caused.
Most importantly; don't let the final result cast a pall on memories of the
'85 Wolverines. They actually played a decent final game, but were out-
played. "No matter what anybody else says or does or writes, they can't take
away what we've accomplished this season," F-rieder said.
Rookie Agemy leads
batsm en to victor




Yet the Wolverines couldn't mask the
"You just keep saying to yourself,
'We'll pull it out in the end,' "said Gar-
de Thompson. "Then, all of a sudden,
there's only five seconds left on the
clock and you're still saying you can
pull it out in the end. And you don't.
"IT HURTS. It really does."
"It just hurt me because we weren't
supposed to lose," said Rellford. "But

we've got everybody coming back next
year and you've got to think about
Rellford, Wade and Tarpley will be
the senior front line in 1986. Joubert will
be a junior and Grant a sophomore.
Henderson, Thompson,Steve Stoyko
and at least three well-regarded
freshment will add depth.
As Rellford said, think about it. It
takes some of the hurt away.



Wome n
Last weekend's Big Ten women's
gymnastics championships may have
been the last meet of the season for the
Wolverine tumblers. Michigan's fourth
place finish might mean the Wolverines
will not qualify for a spot in the NCAA
regionals, which will be announced
Ohio State won the Big Tens with a
score of 180.95. Michigan State finished
second with a 177.85, Minnesota was
third with a 175.15, and Michigan was
fourth with a 172.95.
THE BALANCE beam, which had
been a thorn in Michigan's side all
season, continued to be in the Big Tens,
as the tumblers suffered some falls off
the beam. Nonetheless, they rebounded
by doing well on the three other events
including a first place finish in the floor
"I was very pleased by our perfor-
mance," said Michigan coach Dana
Kempthorn. "It was extremely tough

gym nas I
for us to start out on the balance beam.
Our team pulled together after that and
really did well. It was the sign of a real
competitor to comeback strong after
our slow start.
"We finished ahead of Illinois,
Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa. All of
those teams beat us in the regular
season, and this shows how much we
improved. I think we peaked at the
right time.,,
Michigan freshman Angela Williams
turned in the team's best individual
performances, finishing first in the
floor exercise with a 9.55, second in the
vault with a 9.4, and fifth in the all-
around with a 35.35. Williams was also
named first team All Big Ten, and could
reach the regionals as an individual
"Angela worked hard and had an ex-
cellent meet," said Kempthorn. "For a
freshman she put on a super perfor-
mance. She still has a lot of potential
that has yet to be unlocked. I am really
looking forward to coaching her the
next three years."

4th at

Men tumblers fall
Mitch Rose's first place in the high
bar and team-high 9.0 on the parallel
bars were not enough to make up for in-
juries and illness to key personnel that
dropped the Wolverine tumblers to last
place in last weekend's Bronco In-
vitational Gymnastics meet at Western
Rose's 9.7 on the high bar earned him
the first place and was Michigan's best
individual effort of the meet. However,
Rose's team first on the parallel bars
did not qualify in the top six scores for
the event.
all arounder, Gavin Meyer-
owitz, participated in only one
event and Stu Downing missed the meet
altogether. According to Michigan
coach Bob Darden, Meyerowitz was
nursing a tender knee.
"He had a flair up with his chronic
knee," said the Wolverine coach, "We
wanted to get it rest for this weekend's
Big Ten Championships." Downing
stayed home with the flu.

Host Western Michigan finished four-
th in the meet with a combined team
score of 266.45. Southern Illinois took
first (279.41), Indiana State second
(273.90), and Illinois-Chicago third
(271.65). Michigan's combined score
was 258.20.
Meyerowitz turned in a .9.35 on the
pommel horse that was good enough to
lead the Wolverines. Scott Moore took
team firsts on the floor exercise (9.4)
and vault (9.45), and John Ross led the
team on the rings with an impressive
Darden is optimistic about this
weekend's upcoming Big Ten Cham-
pionships in Minneapolis and about his
team's performance last weekend, "I
think we performed really well with the
squad we put on the floor."
Rice named Mr. Basketball
DETROIT (UPI)-Glen Rice of Flint
Northwestern, who once felt he was too
clumsy to go out for the team, yester-
day was named the fifth winner of the
"Hal Schram Mr. Basketball" award
as the state's best player of 1985.
Rice, who outpolled Flent Beecher's
Roy Marble 449-439 in the closest voting
ever, couldn't believe he had won when
Grand Haven's Al Schaffer of the
Basketball Coaches' Association of
Michigan called to inform him of the
honor late last week.
"IT'S LIKE a dream come true,"
said Rice, who has 1,551 career points
and 659 points this season-both Flint


Special to the Daily
EDINBURG, Texas-Freshman
right hander Jim Agemy went six in-
nings and allowed one earned run while
leading Michigan to a 13-1 victory
over Northern Iowa in the first game of
a doubleheader yesterday. Agemy
yielded six hits and one walk, and
struck out four.
The win raised the Wolverines season
record to 2-0; Northern Iowa dropped to
FIRST BASEMAN Ken Hayward led
Michigan's 14-hit attack with three
doubles. The three two-baggers raise
Hayward's career total to 34, tying him
for third on the school's all-time list
with Jeff Jacobson. Hayward scored
three runs and had three RBI's.
All-American shortstop Barry Larkin
went three-for-four, while scoring three
runs and knocking in two more. Catcher
Eric Sanders was two-for-two, and six
other Wolverines had one base hit.
Michigan jumped out to an early lead
in the first inning. Withtwo outs, Larkin
singled and scored on Hayward's first
THE WOLVERINES added three
more runs in the third. Sanders singled,
and scored on Larkin's base hit. Kurt
Zimmerman was hit by a pitch, and
both Larkin and Zimmerman scored on
wild pitches.

Michigan scored two more in the fifth
inning, and seven in the sixth. The
Wolverines were to have met Pan
American in the night cap of yester-
day's doubleheader (results not
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