Page 10- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 7, 1985
47-point 4th quarter
lifts Pistons, 122-105
...So Shoot Me
By Joseph R. Ewing
By JEFFREY RUSH
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC - The Detroit Pistons
exploded in the fourth-quarter run-
ning off 12 consecutive field goals
without a miss, taking the lead for the
first time and running away from the
Chicago Bulls in a 122-105 victory last
Detroit was up and down through
the first three quarters, falling behind
by 17 points in the third quarter, went
into the fourth quarter down 87-75.
BEGINNING with the Pistons down
87-75, the last period was all Detroit's
however, as the Pistons reeled off a
team-record 47 fourth-quarter points.
As usual, Isiah Thomas led the way.
The all-star point guard got help from
newcomers Joe Dumars and Rick
Dumars came out hawking the bald
to force numerous Chicago mistakes,
and a little help under the boards from
Earl Cureton and Mahorn was all the
Pistons needed to start running on of-
Thomas described the role the
defense played in the fourth quarter
outburst. "We were able to get some
stops, and we were running up and
down the court. They tried to run with
us and couldn't."
THE PISTONS were unstoppable
after that and scored 12 consecutive
field goals, igniting the Silverdome
crowd of 13,156.
Down 94-87, Thomas put up a
double-pump, underhand shot, was
fouled and still converted. Cureton
immediately followed with a block at
the defensive end to start a fast break.
He ended the play with a dunk at the
other end. A Thomas rainbow shot
was followed by another Cureton dunk
and a jumper by Kelly Tripucka.
The streak put the Pistons ahead
100-98, a lead they would never
"THEY REALLY blitzed us in the
fourth quarter," said Bulls coach
Stan Albeck. "There was little we
could do, with Isiah penetrating and
Pistons' coach Chuck Daly was
quick to give credit to his big men,
calling Mahorn and Cureton "key."
He added, "When you get the shot-
blocking, it changes your defense, and
makes the game a lot easier."
Mon.-Fri. November 4-8
Detroit Pistons' guard Isiah Thomas looks for an open man while being
covered by the Chicago Bulls' Jawann Oldham (left) and Kyle Macy.
Thomas led the Piston scorers with 23 points as Detroit defeated the Bulls
122-105 at the Silverdome last night.
Chi Phi tops Psi U;
Scrubs wash Elest
Football faux pas...
... ruins reminiscences
A FUMBLE has got to be the ugliest thing that can happen on a foot-
First, it's ugly for a team, as Michigan found out at Illinois Saturday,
because a fumble has the potential to change the outcome of a contest,
and possibly a season. When Gerald White lost the football inside the Illini
10-yard line with five minutes to go and the score tied 3-3, the Wolverines
discovered how quickly their fortunes could change.
A fumble meant the difference between winning and not winning, and
maybe cost them a Big Ten championship and trip to the Rose Bowl.
A fumble is ugly from the fans point of view, especially in a situation
like happened Saturday, because of the unsettled feeling that it leaves.
Already, many Michigan faithful are asking "What if Michigan had held
on to the ball and scored? Would the Wolverines be in better shape?" Un-
doubtedly the contemplation will continue for the rest of the year, since
the Wolverines should stay close to Iowa and Ohio State in the hunt for
the league title.
Nonetheless, while a fumble in a crucial situation is ugly for a team and
its fans, it's downright homely for the player who dropped the ball. A
simple miscue can wreck a good performance, ruin a weekend and
possibly taint an entire season for a player. Unfortunately in many in-
stances it's something that the player just can't help.
Last Saturday at Illinois, Gerald White put on the best showing of his
college football career, rushing for 75 yards, catching two passes for
another 10 markers, and hitting split end Paul Jokisch on a 40-yard full
back option pass play.With time running out and Jamie Morris on the
sidelines with a bruised shoulder, the junior from Titusville, Florida
moved into the tailback spot and helped march Michigan down the field
and into scoring position. Then White made his mistake, he fumbled on
the nine-yard line when Illinois
linebacker Mark Tagart got his
helmet on the ball and jarred it
"It was the play that we had '(T e mfumble) was ike
been running most of thatfdrivet- being part of a family
a simple off tackle play from the
upback position," recalled White. and they give you a
"I got through the line and milo dlar to ak
somehow got turned around,eI took
a couple of hits right on the ball, to the bank and you get
and fell to the ground without it." nine yards away from
White blamed the error on being
careless. He was trying to fight the bank and someone
for more yardage after being hit by takes it from you.
a couple of tacklers and in the you.l W it
process didn't think of keeping the - Gerald White
ball secure. That made it easy for
the 220-pound Tagart to use his
head as a wedge to separate White
from the ball.
When you think about it in that
context, that's what really makes the fumble ugly. Here's someone who is
trying to put extra effort into helping his team, and because of that effort
he instead becomes the goat. Doesn't sound very fair, does it?
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A last-minute touchdown pass from
Matt Pattulo to Dave Ohlrich clinched
the win for Chi Phi, 14-12, over Psi Up-
silon in fraternity 'A' play. Chi Phi's
first score came on a pass from Pat-
tullo to Barry Connybeare. Todd
Bohlen and Eric Dobras had several
quarterback sacks leading the Chi Phi
In Independent 'B' action The
Scrubs edged past the Elitest 12-6 as
quarterback Steve Jacobson ran for
one touchdown and passed for the
other to Andy Geer. The defense
again was outstanding for the
Scrubs as they gave up only their first
touchdown in four games.
BLAGDON BLEW out 5th Douglas
22-6 as Brian Braman scored two
touchdowns. Eric Silbery scored the
first touchdown on a pass by quarter-
back Rob Granadier. The touchdown
was set up by a long reception by Mike
Goldstein. After that, Braman went to
work. He returned an interception for
a touchdown and then caught a pass
for the other. The defense was led by
Rod Brower, who did a fine job
rushing the passer, and Alan Harris
who played stellar defense at corner-
Quarterback Jill VanTine threw a
pass to David Nieh for a touchdown as
Ann Arbor Vice rolled over the APO
Penguins 14-8 in Co Rec 'A' action.
Vice's second touchdown came on a
pass from VanTine to Benjamin
Evans Scholars squeaked past The
E-Streeters 8-6 in other Co Rec A ac-
tion, as quarterback Chris Taerk hit
Harold Mitchell with a touchdown
pass. The conversion was scored by
Ann Scott on a pass from Taerk. The
E-Streeter's touchdown was the first
given up this year by Evans Scholars.
An eighty-yard strike from Dave
Steurer to Miles Markey sparked
Alpha Sigma Phi to a 12-8 victory over
Triangle. Steurer then ran the ball in
for the conversion.
Alpha Sigma Phi's other points
came on two safeties by the tough
defensive line. Mark Jensen had one
of the safeties, while the other oc-
curred on a fumbled snap.
IM Update was compiled by Daily
sports writer Steve Masko.
Unfortunately, when most people will remember the game in the
future, they probably won't remember the good that Gerald White
did for the Wolverines but instead will remember the fumble. Some will
more than likely blame him if Michigan does not go to Pasadena because
of the tie game. All this is unjustified though, because Gerald White has
already suffered enough - on the inside.
"I jogged off the field trying to keep by head up," he said. "But there
was nothing I could do.
"It was like being a part of a family and they give you a million dollars
to take to the bank and you get nine yards away from the bank and
someone takes it from you. You run but you can't catch them, and you
feel terrible because you know that that's all the money you have in the
Right now, all Gerald White has is a Rose Bowl dream, and hopefully,
Michigan will be able to overcome the thief - the ugly fumble - and
make that dream come true. Then the fumble won't be so ugly.
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