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Page 12;- The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 6, 1987
Turnovers,

OSU

end 'M'

win streak

By RICK KAPLAN
Special to the Daily
COLUMBUS - When the Ohio
State press squeezed, the Michigan
basketball team cracked.
The Buckeyes (14-7 overall, 5-5
in the Big Ten) drove the
Wolverines nuts last night before a
raucous St. John Arena crowd of
13,441, crushing Michigan 95-87.
A sloppy Wolverine offense and a
tenacious Ohio State defense forced
20 Michigan turnovers and provided
thPe Buckeyes with many of their
points on easy transition baskets.
The Wolverines (15-7, 6-4) led
29-21 and seemed in control when
careless backcourt passing allowed
the Buckeyes back in the game.
"WE JUST turned it on," said
Ohio State coach Gary Williams of
his team's ball-hawking tactics.
We went to a tougher press when
we got down by eight. We got
some steals, and it gave our players
some confidence."
Opening the Ohio State
comeback, All-American candidate
Dennis Hopson stole a Gary Grant
pass and slam-dunked over
Michigan's 6-3 guard, drawing
Grant's second foul of the first half.,

The 6-5 Buckeye sank the free
throw, cutting the Wolverine lead
to five.
After two Jerry Francis foul
shots, Curtis Wilson stole an errant
inbound pass, and dished to Hopson
for a 16-foot jumper, bringing Ohio
State within one.
With the game tied 35-35 a 7-0
Ohio State streak, sparked by
sophomore guard Jay Burson's
long-range shooting, gave the
Buckeyes a lead they would never
relinquish.
"THEY double-teamed Dennis
(Hopson), sometimes had three
around him, and that opened it up
for me and Jerry (Francis)," said
Burson. "That's what a great player
on your team can do."
Ohio State's strong inside game,
spearheaded by Francis' career-high
24 points, and seven rebounds,
helped the home team pull away
midway through the second half.
"We thought we could get the
ball inside," said Williams.
"(Wolverine forward Glen) Rice is
an awesome rebounder, but they are
not big with that three-guard
offense."

Michigan head coach Bill Frieder
was not happy with his front
court's defensive performance. "We
were terrible," he said. "Antoine
(Joubert) is always covering bigger
players, and Francis just ate him up
down there."
THE WOLVERINES
swallowed hard when Buckeye
forward Tony White's short
baseline hoop gave Ohio State a
12-point lead with 6:08 to play.
Michigan guards Garde Thompson
(14 points) and Joubert (17) got hot
from outside, helping the
Wolverines to nudge back. The
Buckeye advantage was sliced to 84-
81 when Grant stole a pass and

Bursonitis
MICHIGAN
Min FG/A FT/A R A PF
Joubert 30 8/16 0/1 6 3 2
Rice 38 7113 2/2 5 1 3
Hughes 17 2/3 0/0 0 2 5
Grant 33 10117 4/5 3 3 3
Th'pson 37 5/11 0/0 6 7 4
Griffin 20 3/5 0/0 1 3 5
Vaught 20 3/4 0/0 3 0 2
Kramer 4 0/0 0/0 1 0 1
Oobaan 1 0/0 0/0 0 0 1
Team Rebounds 4
Totals 200 38/69 6/8 31 17 26

drove for a layup with 2:35 left.
The last gasp for Michigan,
however, came with 21 seconds to
play. Trailing 91-87, Thompson
could not grab Mike Griffin's
inbound pass,imarking the
Wolverines' final, and most
significant, turnover.
"I think that last play, that kind
of sums up the whole game,"
Frieder said.
Burson came up with the loose
ball, got fouled, hit the free throws,
and caused a traffic jam to form
outside the arena.
THE BUCKEYES jammed
Michigan's backcourt with more
pressure than the Wolverines could
handle, especially in the first half.
Fourteen Michigan turnovers
resulted, as Ohio State cashed in up
front.
Burson was the biggest
beneficiary, scoring 14 of his
career-best 25 points in the first 20
minutes. Francis led the Buckeyes
under the glass, going inside for 13
first-half points. Hopson added nine
before intermission.
The Buckeyes also dominated the
boards before the break. At one
point early in the game, Ohio State
held a 15-4 rebounding edge. A
huge advantage at the free-throw
line also aided the Buckeyes.
The Ohio State forwards drew 26
Michigan fouls, and the Buckeyes
converted 29-of-37 foul shots.

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OHIO STATE
Min FG/A FT/A R A
Hopson 37 7/18 6/9 12 3
Francis 28 9/13 6/6 7 2
J. And. 32 1/3 1/2 5 2
Wilson 24 4/9 3/4 1 S
Burson 38 815 9/11 2 5
Lomax 17 0/0 2/2 1 1
Wesson 8 0/0 1/2 0 1
S.And. 1 0 0 0/0 0 0
Team Rebounds 2

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Ohio State's Jerry Francis shoots over Michigan's Antoine Joubert in last
night's Buckeye triumph in Columbus. Francis' career-high 24 points
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Totals 200 33/63 29/37 33 19 14 95
Three-point goals: OSU- Hopson, 0-1;
Wilson, 0-2; Burson, 0-2;UM -
Thompson, 4/8; Griffin, 0/1; Joubert,
1/5; Rice, 0-1.

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