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SKILES CANS 40 IN UPSET
Spartans bomb Cagers
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45-point game in a losing effort again-
"THERE'S NO comparison," said
Skiles. "Winning the game is the bot-
tom line. I'm elated even though I
might not look it."
Actually, he did not look it. But
then, he doesn't even look much like a
basketball player either. Play
basketball he does, however, and beat
the Wolverines he did on Saturday
For its part, Michigan did not play
terribly. The Wolverines shot 53 per-
cent as a team, Joubert broke out of
his shooting slump with a six of eight
outing, and Garde Thompson had by
far his best showing of the season with
14 points, 12 in the second half.
THE PROBLEM from Michigan's
standpoint was total ineffectiveness in
the areas they should have
dominated. The Wolverines
outrebounded thehSpartans by only
three, and the inside game, where
Michigan was supposed to work over
Michigan State, was almost
That was due in large to Roy Tar-
pley's foul trouble. The 6-11 center,
who was expected to eat State's Barry
Fordham alive, saw only 16 minutes
of playing time, and was able to con-
tribute only nine points and four
Tarpley had his third foul before
most of the crowd had found their
places on the portable bleachers. He
sat out the last 11:37 of the half. In the
second half, he hadn't even broken a
sweat when he picked up his fifth foul,
putting him on the bench for good with
11:49 left in the game.
"WE'RE NOT a very good basket-
ball team without Tarpley playing
well," said Frieder. "I've watched
this team for two years, and Tarpley
has got to be effective for us and he's
got to score.''
With Tarpley keeping the water jug
company most of the game, the
Wolverines seemed to play without
any semblance of a gameplan,
especially in the first half.
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The guards forced passes to the in-
side, and the front line in turn simply
tried too hard, not working for good
WITH THE score tied at 18, the
Spartans ran off eight straight points,
and State rode the Skiles wave into the
locker room with a 44-31 lead. Skiles
had a casual 22 points in the half,
going nine for 12.
The Wolverines were forced to play
catch-up the rest of the way,
something very difficult to do against
a perimeter shooting team.
But Michigan did fight back. Even
with Tarpley gone, the Wolverines cut
the lead to eight, 74-66 behind Garde
Thompson's own Skiles-ish shooting
(seven for ten). Before the Wolverines
could get within striking distance,
however, Skiles put the game out of
THE SENIOR from Plymouth, Ind.,
completed a three point play on a
Joubert foul with just under four
minutes to play, and then turned
around and did the same thing on the
next possession. This time, however,
Joubert decided he'd had enough and
threw his wristband into the crowd in
Joubert was awarded a technical,
and Skiles was good for all the free
Grant summed up the feelings after
the disaster. "I just hope we can
regroup and get up for our games this
Michigan takes on Northwestern on
Thursday and Wisconsin on Saturday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The
Chicago Bears completed one of
the most dominating NFL seasons
ever by crushing New England 46-10
in the Super Bowl yesterday behind
the clutch quarterbacking of Jim
McMahon and an overpowering
defense that turned the Patriots' of-
fense into a retreat.
McMahon, whose sore buttock and
off-the-field antics dominated the
week before the game, scored on two
short runs and compled 12 of 20 at-
tempts for 256 yards before leaving
the game in the third quarter with a
sprained left wrist.
AND WILLIAM "The
Refrigerator" Perry, the 300-pound
defensive lineman, ran for a touch-
down after being sacked in his first
pro passing attempt.
The score might point to an offen-
sive game. But it was the defense,
with seven sacks and a safety, that
brought the Bears their first NFL title
Women cagers upset
By JEFF RUSH fall for the Wolverines. Behind 50-44,
Disappointment and frustration. Lilly passed to Wendy Bradetich who
Disappointment for the 1,015 fans who missed two short attempts.
showed up to see the women's basket- "When you look back at this game,
ball team unexpectedly lose to you'll certainly remember how many
Michigan State, 68-62. Frustration for easy shots we missed," commented
head coach Bud Van De Wege, who Van De Wege.
could find no way to stop the upstart And while Bradetich (26 points) and
Spartans. Feldman (15 points) both had high
"It was frustration I felt all game," scoring games, neither they nor any
said Van De Wege. "It was our of the other Wolverines connected on
inability to stop them when we needed over 50 percent of their field goals.
to." Conversely, State had four players at
IT WAS that inability that haunted or above the 50 percent mark.
the Wolverines throughout the second PERHAPS THE person least sur-
half. After a short jumper by Sue prised with the Spartans' caliber of
Pearsall put State up 28-26, a fierce play was Van De Wege.
run by Michigan brought back "I knew they were going to be
memories of last week's victory overgood" said the Wolverine coach
Iowa. State's hot shooting quicklyg" inthe Wosverynepcoach.
dasedhoes f nysuch deja vu. "Michigan State was very up for us.
dashed hopes of any sThey came in, competed, made their
Michigan turnovers allowed outside shots and beat us."
Michigan State to climb back from an His expectation of a tough game
36-28 deficit. Traveling on Lorea didn't make the loss any easier for
Feldman and a pass to the opponents Van De Wege. His frustration came
by Orethia Lilly led to Spartan out in the form of a technical foul with
baskets and the score was quickly tied 7:23 left in the game. Four Spartan
at 36. points after the foul ran the Michigan
"Michigan State weathered our State lead to nine points.
streak with some incredible outside "It's back to reality," said Van De
shooting," said Van De Wege. "They Wege. "I think we deserved the wins
just flat out shot the ball incredible." we got, but this just shows you how
WHILE STATE was able to convert tough this league is. Anybody third
50 percent of its field goal attempts, through tenth in the league can beat
Michigan hit but 42 percent anybody else."
throughout the game. Shots refused to The loss drops Michigan to 4-3 in the
Big Ten and 11-6 overall.
Chicago Bear quarterback Jim McMahon cheered with the crowd as his
team overwhelmed the New England Patriots yesterday in Super Bowl
XX, 46-10. McMahon left the game in the third quarter with an injured
By Steve Wise
IT WAS A strange weekend in college basketball.
The University of Minnesota forfeited a game and
lost a coach because three of its players allegedly raped
Louisiana State canceled a game because too many
players had the chicken pox.
And the allegedly mighty Michigan Wolverines got
thrashed Saturday by a one-dimensional, mediocre
Michigan State squad, 91-79. It's not so strange that the
Spartans won; upsets happen all the time.
It was the way they won. MSU outshot, outhustled
and simply outplayed the Wolverines. The Spartans
were well in control for the last 35 minutes of the game.
"If you'd a' told me that before the game, I'd a' told
you you were crazy," said Michigan State head coach
"I never dreamed (of a blowout). I thought if we could
win it might be on a half-court shot at the buzzer."
All the other shots MSU took, especially those of
guard Scott Skiles, made Heathcote's dream un-
necessary. But State's 32-of-54 shooting doesn't really
answer the big question: Why did Michigan lose?
The Wolverines didn't suffer from any childhood
diseases. Nor were they penalized for off-court
illegalities which hampered and eventually benched
Michigan's best offensive weapon, Roy Tarpley, and
its best defensive player, Gary Grant.
Great teams are supposed to overcome such misfor-
tunes, especially those with "the best depth in the con-
ference," which the Wolverines are supposed to
possess. When I asked Michigan head coach Bill
Frieder exactly how Michigan had been shut down, I
got only a blast of frustration instead of explanation.
"Didn't you see the game?" he snapped. "Did you see'
Skiles hit nine in a row?"
"Then what the hell did you ask the question for?
Blue lacks spirit...
That's a stupid question."
So Skiles tore up the. Michigan defense. None of the
four Wolverines assigned to Skiles could keep up with
him. Nor could Michigan slow down the other three
Spartans who made double figures.
What about Michigan's offense? The Wolverines
shot over fifty percent, and Michigan's guards,
especially Antoine Joubert and Garde Thompson,
finally had decent shooting nights. But neither they
nor anyone else seemed to figure out the Spartans' two-
Now we're getting close. We've noted an iheffective
defense and a stale offense.
Here's where the brilliant basketball analyst gives his
audience some insightful comments that will cure a
team's ills. If he'd just return my calls I'd tell you
what he said, but I'll have to use my own ideas instead.
The biggest problem seems to be intensity. Frieder
admitted last week that his team doesn't have "the
killer instinct." That usually comes into play when a
team leads by a few points, has momentum, and blows
'its opponent off the court.
Saturday, and in their earlier loss to Minnesota, the
Wolverines seemed to lack "the survival instinct" as
well. That's where a lesser opponent gets ahead but
the good team pulls together, usually with some big
defensive plays to regain the lead and control the
Saturday, the Wolverines reacted to adversity with
bewilderment. After Skiles beat him twice for three
point plays and he drew a technical foul in frustration,
Joubert was benched briefly. Draping himself in a
towel, Joubert turned to Tarpley and raised his hands
Thompson used the same gesture later when the
game was effectively over, turning to friends in the
crowd while Richard Rellford shot a meaningless
free throw with seconds left.
Hell, I don't know. I ask stupid questions. But if
Michigan doesn't change a few things, or at least do
them with more spirit, losses won't be strange events
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