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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 31, 1986

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No sweat; Blue strolls

(Continued from Page 1)
"When we're pressing and hustling,
its a lot easier sometimes," Joubert
said. "It's a good feeling (to score
19). I'm gonna try to get on a roll."
Besides Joubert, the Wolverines
were not extremely fluid on offense,
but they didn't have to be. Michigan
chimed in at .492 from the field, but
the defense gave the team its lead and
sustained it.
WHEN ROY TARPLEY (10 points,
4 rebounds) fouled out with 10 minutes
left in the second half and his club up
by 21, Frieder still had the Wolverines
pressing on inbounds passes, and they
extended the lead to 31 before garbage
time arrived.
Frieder's gameplan - a 40 minute
pressure defense - made an im-
pression on the Wolverines in practice
during the week.
"Every time we let up in practice,
(Frieder) got on our ass," said Garde
Thompson, who seems to be back to
100 percent after struggling with an-

noying injuries. "He said 'you let up,
and you're going to end up getting
beat.'
"EVERYTIME HE thought we
slacked off a little bit, he'd call time
out and tell us we got to keep that in-
tensity up."
Thompson threw in six points on
three-of-seven shooting and filled in
solidly for the absent Grant. But the
Big Ten Standings
Conference Overall
Michigan .................6-2 18-2
*Indiana ..................5-2 13-4
Purdue ..................5-3 16-5
*Iowa ....................4-3 14-6
*Ohio State ...............4-3 10-7
Michigan State ...........4-4 13-5
Illinois ...................4-4 13-6
*Minnesota ...............3-4 13-7
Wisconsin ................2-6 10-8
Northwestern .............1-7 7-11
*Does not include last night's games.

junior from Grand Rapids was more
concerned with his club's defensive
strategy than anything else.
The strategy was simple according
to forward Rich Rellford, who pum-
ped in 13 in 26 minutes of work. "The
coach's philosophy says the harder
you work the easier it gets. We got
alot of breaks because of our defense,
and it worked out for us."
THE ONLY ELEMENT that
seriously worked against Michigan
was a sophomore named Shon Morris.
The center from Altoon, Ia., tied his
best freshman performance of 17
BAiR:B'S

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to win
points with another 17 point effort
against the same team he damaged
last year - Michigan.
"We got it to Morris very well
tonight," Falk said. "A lot of positive
things came from him."
But not many positives came from
the Wildcats, in spite of Morris' effort.
While Michigan's defense was shut-
ting down Northwestern's halfcourt
game, the Wolverines dominated the
boards (37-31) and created a con-
sistent transition game.
Grant's loss was the only blemish in
a hard-fought, polished performance.
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MICHIGAN
MinFG/A FT/A

Rellford .......
Wade.........
Tarpley.........
Joubert .........
Grant ...........
Rice...........
Henderson ......
Thompson .......
Stoyko ........
Butts ........
Gibos...........
Team Rebounds .

26
26
25
22
30
18
20
24
4
4

4/9
4/7
4/9
9/14
3/5
2/5
4/8
3/7
0/0
0/2
0/1

S/6
0/0
2/2
1/2
2/2
0/0
5/6
0/0
0/0
1/2
0/0

R
4'
11
4
5
3
4
3
2
0
0
0
37

A PF Pts-
0 2 13
0 4 8
0 5 10
6 2 19
5 1 8
3 0 4
0 1 13
316
0 0 1
0 0 0
18 17 82

NORTHWESTERN
MinFG/AFT/A P

Schwabe ........
Flanagan........
Morris........
Watts .........
Fullen........
Grose ...........
Cucez ...........
Dixon ...........
Soviano .........
Pitts..........
Buford ........
Branch........
Petrovic .........
Team Rebounds .

29
6
35
28
23
29
10
8
13.
10
4
2
2

3/7
0/0
8/16
1/3
2/4
2/8
1/1
1/4
1/3
0/0
0/2
0/0
0/1

2/2
0/0
1/1
0/0
1/2
0/0
2/2
0/1
1/2
0/0
0/1
0/0
0/0

PF Pts
2 8
1 0
1 17
0 2
4 5
0 4
3 4
1 2
1 3
0 0
2 0
0 0
0 0
15 45

TOTALS ....... 200 33/67 16/20

Halftime score: Michigan 34, Northwestern 19
Attendance: 13,609

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY

TOTALS.......200

19/49 7/11 31 7

Michigan center Roy Tarpley, who fouled out with 10 points last night,
looks forward to an easy two points against Northwestern.
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Wolverines to battle
Badgers tomorrow

By BARB McQUADE
Michigan closes the first half of the
Big Ten season tomorrow when it
hosts Wisconsin, one of the better
teams in what Bill Frieder calls the
league's "second division."
The 2-6 Badgers are bothered by
holes in their lineup following the loss
of a pair of guards, sophomore Shelton
Smith to academic ineligibility and
freshman Trent Jackson to a severe
ankle strain.
But sure-shooting guard Rick Olson

has been patching the team together,
averaging 16.4 points a game. The 6-1
senior scored 39 points against the
Wolverines in Wisconsin's 71-64 vic-
tory two years ago.
Frieder is certainly wary of
Wisconsin's capablities.
"They were sensational," the sixth-
year head coach said of the Badgers'
weekend win over Iowa. "They were
especially tough in the second half.
They made 11 straight baskets."

With Grant hurting ..
.. .'M' defense limps
After Gary Grant missed an easy layup last night at Crisler Arena, the
crowd quickly forgot its disappointment and focused its attention on the
ball as Northwestern moved it downcourt. But then the fans realized
Grant was among them in the stands.
The 6-3 guard sat in an aisle five rows up in the corner writhing in pain
after twisting his ankle, which was later diagnosed as a sprain. His status
is questionable for tomorrow's game against Wisconsin.
Grant, who is averaging 12.8 points per game this season, is an offen-
sive playmaker, but is even more valualbe at the other end of the court.
"He's the catalyst defensively," said reserve guard Garde Thompson,
who may be called upon to start if Grant cannot play. "He's the one that
causes turnovers and causes steals."
Before Grant exited last night's game, his pressure defense gave him
four steals and forced a handful of others. The. guy was glue as he
harassed the Wildcats' Shawn Watts and caused him to turn the ball over.
"Gary Grant busted his tail and set the stage for our defense," said
Michigan head coach Bill Frieder. "He wasn't concerned about anything
tonight but playing good defense and getting our offense going."
The sophomore speedster has a knack for making the most of his
quickness and anticipation. He turned one of his four steals into two poin-
ts when he found Rich Rellford open on the fast break.
His hustle and desire to excel defensively are contagious. He sparks the
entire team.
"When you see him play hard, everyone else wants to play hard,"
Thompson said. "He's definitely what makes us go."
They went all over the place last night. Rellford fell into the bench
chasing a tipped pass. Antoine Joubert ended up in the stands pursuing a
pass he had knocked away. Butch Wade came out of nowhere to steal a
ball he took in for a dunk. And the Wolverines followed their defensive
assignments like shadows for 45 seconds on one Northwestern possession
to earn the ball.
Granted, the Wildcats are not a powerhouse by any means. And with
their ranks depleted by injuries, it's difficult to say whether Michigan
played all that well in givihg up 45 points. But the way the Wolverines
worked defensively is going to lead to good things against any opponent.
"They were pressuring the ball and taking our shooters out of sync,"
said Northwestern head coach Rich Falk. "They took us out because they
defense forced a lot of turnovers."
Without Grant to set the tempo, though, Michigan lacks the quickness
that allows it to control the pace of a game. The Wolverines certainly
don't need a hood for their execution on offense. Much of their scoring has
come off steals and fast breaks.
Should the Canton, Ohio native be forced to miss tomorrow's contest,
Garde Thompson will be on Rick Olson, the Badgers' biggest threat.
Thompson has the skills to do a good job on the Wisconsin guard, but
whether or not he can fuel the emotions of the other Wolverines remains a
question.
Grant realizes his contribution. "I try to pump them up defensively and
hustle and create things," he said. "Everyone started picking up on what
I was doing (last night)."
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watching along with the crowd for long.
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