Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 3, 1986
Tarp buries Badgers in
By BARB McQUADE
The Roy Tarpley of old emerged
Saturday, triggering Michigan's 91-64
shootout over Wisconsin at Crisler
Arena, improving the Wolverines'
record to 7-2 midway through the Big
The 6-11 senior, who has appeared
to suffer from amnesia on the court
this season, remembered who he was,
scoring 27 points on 69 percent
"I was shooting the jumper," Tar-
pley said. "That kind of opened it up
for me inside."
The Wolverine center's success
from outside kept the lane clear for
his teammates, too, as they defined
balanced scoring. Gary Grant, An-
toine Joubert, Richard Rellford, But-
ch Wade and Glen Rice notched 10
points apiece. All 10 players who saw
"Our kids were ready to play from
the beginning," said Michigan head
coach Bill Frieder. "We were the
aggressor. We got it done early and
established control when we had to in
the first 20 minutes."
"We didn't want to give them any
intention that they can beat us on our
floor," agreed Grant. "We just went
out there and got an early lead and
that's what sparked us."
That spark kindled Michigan at
both ends of the court..
"We played great defense and I
think that was the biggest thing," said
The hard-working Wolverine defen-
se forced 22 turnovers and tallied
eight steals and four blocked shots,
three by Tarpley. Grant was the
defensive dynamo, holding Wiscon-
sin's Rick Olsen to 12 points with just
one field goal in the first half. The
Badger guard is averaging 19.5 points
per game after scoring 32 at Michigan
"We've got (Grant) concentrating
on defense a little more," said
Frieder. "He's working at it. You
never think you're going to hold Olsen
"My role was just to stop him," said
Grant, who started Saturday after
recovering fully from an ankle strain
suffered in Thursday's 82-45 victory
over Northwestern. "We had great
team defense and a lot of intensity."
Michigan's bid for dominance sent
it out to a 15-4 lead in the first five
minutes of play. During that stretch,
Wade began the dunk parade, stealing
the ball and slamming it for two poin-
ts. The Wolverines stuffed seven more
throughout the contest, four by Tar-
But while Michigan dazzled the
crowd, it didn't make a deep im-
pression on Wisconsin head coach
Steve Yoder, who said he felt his team
turned in a sub-par performance.
"That wasn't the same team we had
down at Michigan State or Iowa or
against Minnesota," said a curt
Yoder. "We weren't ready to play.
That's probably my fault. Blame this
one on the coach."
Joubert would rather attribute,
some of Michigan's success to its
"We started penetrating just a little
bit more and we're creating more
things on the floor."
Those things translated into points.
The Wolverines outshot their op-
ponents 76-36, and outscored them
from the free throw line, 19-8. Hender-
son regained his perfect touch from
the stripe, putting in both of his at-
tempts after missing his first free
throw of the conference season in 18
tries Thursday. Rice made good on all
six of his chances from the line, after
going zero for eight in his college
The free throw line wasn't the only
place Rice shined against Wisconsin.
The freshman forward tore down
seven rebounds in 17 minutes of play.
Although his two-of-eight shooting in-
dicates he still needs more seasoning,
Rice showed he's got the ingredients
with keen court vision. At 3:07 of the
first half, he dealt a quick feed to
Grant behind him in the lane on a fast
break. The layup was awarded on a
While the Badgers took a beating,
no one suffered more blows than
guard Mike Heineman. The 6-3 junior
led Wisconsin in scoring with 16 poin-
ts, but was also first in the bruise
department, getting knocked around
all day. With :52 remaining in the first
half, 6-9 sophomore Steve Stoyko
leveled him when both clambered for
a rebound. At 16:28 of the second
period, Tarpley smacked Heineman
out of bounds while attempting to
block a shot.
That was just one piece of evidence
that Michigan's center was king of the
hill. Moreover, after some disappoin-
ting play throughout the early part of
the Big Ten season, Tarpley couldn't
help but be happy with this outing.
"This is the first game I've been
pleased with in a long time."
But while Tarpley sunk 11 of 16
shots, the rest of the team recorded
only 41.6 percent accuracy from the
"We're still not shooting the ball the
way we have to if we want to be a fac-
tor in the tournament," Frieder said.
One Wolverine who was perfect
from the field was Stoyko. The reser-
ve forward powered in his only at-
tempt following a head fake with 22
seconds left in the game. For Stoyko,
who saw rare first-half playing time,
those two points were his first in the
Big Ten this season.
"I was glad that I played a lot
today, especially in the first half
because I was more relaxed going into
the second half," he said. "It's good t
get into the scorebook."
Stoyko's 100 percent shooting is
consistent with his career average in
conference play, in which he is now
three of three.
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By Steve Wise
"Roy Tarpley was awesome Saturday. His 27 points
keyed Michigan's win and established him again as the
Big Ten's most dominating player.
"In fact, Tarpley demonstrated Saturday that all his
pre-season All-America ratings were more than true.
He could be the best center in the country."
That's about how Brent Musburger and his merry
band of superlatives would probably describe Tar-
pley's play against Wisconsin.
If he was watching, Musburger would have joined a
lot of Michigan basketball fans who gloried at the sight
of "the real Roy Tarpley" or "the Tarpley we've all
been waiting for."
Viewed without the benefit of Brent's special
magnifying goggles (It can't be normal vision that
makes him blow everything out of proportion that
way), the picture changes a bit.
In the harsh light of Monday morning reality, we see
that Tarpley played a decent game. Hitting 11 of 16
field goals and all of five free throws, Tarpley put on an
offensive show that could run to a Musburgerian soun-
dtrack were it not for one thing.
The Wolverines were matched with the dairy state's
finest. Tarpley was playing against a bunch of guys
whose ability, speed and strength approximated that of
brick cheese. Going around, through and over Wiscon-
sin was, for Tarpley, like putting a hot knife through...
uh, you get the idea.
"He's a lot quicker than Wisconsin's players," said
Bill Frieder, the Michigan coach whose understated
tone could do a lot for some broadcasters.
The point here is that in the context of a home contest
against one of the league's weakest teams, the num-
bers don't mean that much. What is significant about
Tarpley's game Saturday is that it was devoid of the
problems that have plagued the 6-11 senior lately.
Tarpley never came close to the foul trouble that for-
ced him into early exits against Michigan State and
Northwestern. The three fouls he did commit came af-
Tarpley on track .. .
...well, sort of
ter a clean first half and never hampered his play.
Nor did Tarpley put the ball on the floor too often.
Dribbling in the lane cost him a rejection and a
travelling call early, but the rest of the game saw Tar-
pley rarely putting it down in traffic.
When he did dribble inside, it was part of a slashing
move to the hoop, left forearm leading, that netted two
three-point plays late in the second half.
"I'm trying to be a little smarter with the ball, make
a quick dribble instead of, you know, look in and then
dribble. That gives (the defense) time to collapse on
me," Tarpley said.
Correcting what he admitted was a "bad habit"
looked Saturday like part of an effort, conscious or
otherwise, to reestablish an NBA future that had been
collapsing on Tarpley like those enemy zones.
There he was, slapping the ball away from a driving
Badger and then blocking two shots following the in-
And there he was on other defensive plays, causing
two steals for which he got no credit on top of the one
that made the score sheet, the one he took to half court
by way of a behind-the-back dribble.
And there was Michigan's lanky center drifting out-
side for three medium-range jumpers, an 18-foot rain-
bow midway through the first half simply crying out
for a small forward spot in the pros.
"I was just trying to show off every aspect of my
game," said Tarpley.
He showed it off well enough to warrant a strange
request from one adoring fan. Apparently convinced
that Tarpley had regained his status as a "money
player," the man asked for an autograph on the face of
a $20 bill.
Tarpley obliged, and, he joked, "I asked if I could
Instead Tarpley will try to hang on to the many
things he did right Saturday. If he can, the money Will
take care of itself.
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ward Ken Norman scored 23 points to
lead Illinois to an 80-68 triumph over
The win lifted Illinois to a 14-6
record overall, and 5-4 in the con-
ference. Purdue fell to 16-6 and 5-4.
THE Boilermakers were led by
sophomore guard Troy Lewis, who
had a game-high 30 points.
Besides Norman, Illinois had three
players in double figures. Tony
Wysinger came off the bench to score
12 and Efrem Winters added 11 for the
Fighting Illini. Bruce Douglas didn't
make a field goal but hit 11 of 12 free
throw attempts to help ice the victory.
Sparked by Lewis' 16 first half poin-
ts, Purdue took a 34-31 lead at the
ThekBoilermakers held the lead for
the first 10 minutes of the second half
before a Winters field goal gave
Illinois a brief lead at 49-48 margin.
THE LEAD changed hands until
Illinois finally took control with three
minutes remaining on a three-point
play by Scott Meents and four straight
Douglas free throws.
Sunday's contest was the first of
three straight home games for Illinois
this week. The Illini play Michigan
State Thursday and Michigan Satur-
Purdue will square off against
Michigan on Thursday
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Wolverine center Roy Tarpley gets two of his 27 points the easy way
during Michigan's victory over Wisconsin Saturday.
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