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Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
Thursday, January 16, 1986
of gasping Gophers
By TOM KEANEY
"How many of you guys have been
written by a former President
before?" asked Bill Frieder to open
lffs press conference on Tuesday.
"Gerald Ford wrote me today."
ALL IN A day's work for Frieder.
Four years ago in the dark years of
Michigan basketball, a letter of en-
couragement from a former president
of the United States would have been
the highlight of the season.
This year Ford is just another well-
"THAT'S NICE of him, isn't it?"
asked Frieder. "I wish he'd let me
use his condo or something."
Yes, the Wolverines are truly in the
big time, and the "ordinary" oc-
currance of a presidential letter is
proof. The big guys have become
really big. Frieder won't even let
reporters near them during the week.
He knows. The bigger you get, the
harder that fall comes. The coach is
just trying to keep his team from get-
ting too big.
Take tonight's game against Min-
nesota at Minneapolis. The Gophers
are pushovers, the worst team in the
Big Ten. They haven't won a league
BUT FRIEDER knows that big
teams with unblemished records are
highly visible targets for league
doormats - even Minnesota.
"Minnesota is struggling a little,"
said Frieder, "but I know from way
back that when a league leader comes
into town, it's a way of getting your
team back together to come up with a
"I GUESS they're 12 to 15 point
favorites," said Gopher coach Jim
Dutcher. "But this is our first home
game after being on the road for our
"We'll be up for this game."
Minnesota does have its problems.
It begins with Mitchell Lee, the
sophomore forward who has been in
court the past ten days from 9:00 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m., according to Dutcher,
defending against sexual assault
ALTHOUGH cleared Tuesday, he
hasn't practiced during that time and
will be replaced tonight by 6-9 George
"We haven't been a very good
rebounding team," said Dutcher.
"We need Lee for that. But the main
thing is that we've just shot the ball so
Most of that poor shooting has come
from the guard tandem of Todd
Alexander and Marc Wilson. They
have been extremely erratic, but
either member is capable of going on
MINNESOTA even had trouble
from its proven commodities. Bir-
mingham Brother Rice graduate John
Shasky, perhaps the only legitimate
pivot man in the Big Ten at 7-0, is
averaging only 14 points per game.
Containing him will be a major facet
just doesn't work that way," Frieder
"LAST YEAR we were sneaking up
on people, but they're preparing for us
"We need that killer instinct to put
The Wolverines are riding a 16-
game winning streak and are looking
for their 20th consecutive victory in
the Big Ten. Therefore, Michigan
doesn't have to prove its consistency.
But the Wolverines cannot afford to
take Minnesota lightly.
If nothing else, a loss might put
Frieder off the ex-President's mailing
Gopher cager Lee
... Frieder's pen pal
of the Wolverines' game plan tonight.
"It's been tough for them, but it's
nothing a couple of wins at home
wouldn't solve," said Frieder.
"That's what concerns me. They're
going to be juiced up."
Frieder's concern might seem a lit-
tle excessive in light of the teams'
comparative records and talent. But
last year's experience wards him
away from overconfidence against
The Wolverines beat the Gophers at
home by 41 points only to later steal a
close one at Minneapolis, 66-64.
"People expect us just to walk on
the floor and blow someone out, but it
MINNEAPOLIS (UPI) - A Hen-I
nepin County District Court Juryf
Tuesday night found University of
Minnesota basketball player MitchI
Lee innocent of third-degree criminalE
sexual assault in the rape of a female
The seven-woman, five-man jury
deliberated three hours before retur-I
ning its verdict before Judge Robert
Schiefelbein. The courtroom erupted
into cheers when the verdict was read
and Lee hugged his mother,
girlfriend, friends and U of M
assistant coach Jimmy Williams.
AS LEE left the Hennepin County
Government Center, he only said
"I'm happy, I'm happy. That's all."
The 21-year-old sophomore forward
has not practiced or played with the
Gophers since the trial began Jan. 6.
He is expected to remain at Min-
nesota and resume practice with the
Williams said Lee had lost weight
during the trial and was not ingame
shape. He was not expected to play in
tonight's Big Ten game against
Michigan, the Gophers' first con-
ference home game.
DEFENSE attorney Phillip
Resnick had contended the woman
engaged in consensual sex with Lee.
The 20-year-old woman testified last
week that Lee showed up early in the
morning of Jan. 23 at her room in Cen-
tennial Hall, insisting she allow him in
to talk. She said he then raped her.
During Monday's questioning,
Resnick repeatedly asked the woman
why she sat down on her bed with Lee
and didn't scream or leave the dorm
room after he made his first pass at
"I believed that after I told him no'
and he let me up, that would be it,"
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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Minnesota center John Shasky shoots over Wolverine Rich Rellford in
last year's 97-56 Wolverine victory. Rellford and Michigan look to im-
prove their 16-game winning streak in Minneapolis tonight.
Indiana tops Buckeyes, 69-66
BLOOMINGTON (AP) - Steve
Alford had 32 points as Indiana, snap-
ping a seven-game Big Ten home
losing streak, defeated Ohio State 69-
66 last night.
The Hoosiers led by as much as 12
points in the second half when Daryl
Thomas hit a layup to make it 27-15
With 7:28 to go.
OHIO STATE closed to within two
points several times, the last on a
driving layup by Curtis Wilson that
made it 66-64 with 23 seconds left.
Alford then hit two free throws and
Ohio State committed an error.
Alford, up at the line again, hit the fir-
st of a one-and-one to make it 69-64
with eight seconds left. Brad Sellers
made a layup at the buzzer to get the
last shot in for the Buckeyes.
Thomas added 15 points, 20 in the
second half, for Ohio State and Wilson
added 11 and Dennis Hopson 10 for the
Buckeyes, now 9-5 overall and also 3-2
in the Big Ten.
Hopson, who's averaged 23 points,
was held to four by Winston Morgan in
the first half.
The Buckeyes shot only 38 percent
from the field before the intermission.
jumper to cut the gap to 69-68.
But Wingate scored the Hoyas' final
four points, including two clinching
free throws with two seconds left, to
help Georgetown hand Syracuse its
first defeat of the season.
Reggie Williams scored 17 points
for the Hoyas, 12-4 and 3-2 in the Big
East. Rafael Addison led Syracuse,
13-1 and 4-1, with 16 points.
GEORGETOWN, which never led in
the first half, went on top for the first
time when a Dalton layup gave the
Hoyas a 37-36 lead with 16:50
remaining. The teams then traded
baskets until Georgetown's Ronnie
Highsmith scored six straight points,
igniting a 10-2 scoring spree that
enabled the Hoyas to take their
biggest lead of the game, 54-48.
The Orangemen then climbed back
into the game when Addison scored
five straight points to knot the score at
58-58 with six minutes left.
Both teams started slowly. It took
Georgetown nearly four minutes to
get on the scoreboard, but Syracuse
managed only five points during that
St. John's 74, Seton Hall 58
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)
- Walter Berry overcame a box-and-
one defense to score 20 points and nin-
th-ranked St. John's limited Seton
Hall to 14 points in the final 13
minutes, beating the Pirates 74-58 in a
Big East Conference basketball game
The victory was the 16th in 18 games
for the Redmen and raised their con-
ference record to 4-1. It was the sixth
straight loss for Seton Hall, now 9-8
overall and 0-4 in the league.
St. John's built a 48-36 lead early in
the second half, but the Pirates came
back with an 8-2 surge to cut the lead
to 50-44 with 13:12 to go.
That was as close as they would get.
The Redmen went on a 14-4 run with
Willie Glass and Ron Rowan scoring
four points apiece.
Rowan scored 15 points in the game,
while teammate Shelton Jones had 13
and Glass had 10.
Daryll Walker topped Seton Hall
with 16 points. Andre McCloud added
Devils 4, Red Wings 3 (OT)
DETROIT (AP) - Tim Higgins
scored his sixth goal of the season 1:23
into overtime last night to lift the New
Jersey Devils to a 4-3 National Hockey
League victory over the Detroit Red
Higgins took a pass from Greg
Adams near the Detroit blue line,
skated wide to the left of the Detroit
net and beat Red Wings' netminder
Eddie Mio with a 20-foot backhander
for the game winner.
THE DEVILS wiped out a 2-0
Detroit lead with three goals ina 4:04
span in the second period.
Paul Gagne took a. pass from
Adams and beat Mio from close range
to begin the spurt at 8:55. Adams con-
verted a rebound on a power play. 1:12
later to tie the score 2-2 and Mark
Johnson's 50-foot slapshot with 2:01
remaining gave the Devils a 3-2 lead.
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