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Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Thursday, February 19, 1987

Grant,

Ric

By JEFF RUSH
After a tedious three-game road
trip in which the Wolverines
returned winless, Michigan coach
Bill Frieder probably left Crisler
Arena last night singing, "You're
16, you're beautiful, and you're
mine."
Last night the Wolverines
finally won again, their 16th, a 77-
64 victory at the expense of the
Wisconsin Badgers before an
announced attendance of 13,506.
With five regular-season games
left, the win leaves Michigan two

or three victories away from
making the NCAA post-season
tournament. Michigan improved to
16-9 overall, 7-6 Big Ten, while
Wisconsin fell to 11-16, 1-13.
GLEN RICE and Gary Grant
led the Wolverines with 19 points
each. The Badgers were led by Trent
Jackson's 20 points and J.J.
Weber's 19.
"Hopefully this will turn us
around and perk us up a little," said
Frieder. The Michigan coach refused
to speculate on his team's chances
for making the tournament,

Sweet

sixteen

MICHIGAN
Min FG/A FT/A R A
Joubert 32 6/14 0/0 s 2
Rice 35 8/9 3/4 12 3
Hughes 26 6/11 0/0 11 3
Grant 34 -815 3/3 4 7
Thpson 31 317 0/0 4 5
Griffin 16 1/3 0/0 2 1
Vaught 11 2/3 0/0 3 0
Kramer 8 0/3 0/0 1 1
Oo'baan 5 1/1 0/0 0 0
Stoyko 2 0/1 0/0 0 0
Team Rebounds 2

PF
2
2
I
2
0
2
1

TP
13
19
12
19
6
2
4
0
2
0
77

WISCONSIN
MinFG/A FT/A R
Port. 11 1/2 0/0 1
Moa. 25 0/5 0/0 4
Weber 33 9/20 1/2 4
Hein. 31 1/3 0/0 5
Jack. 33 8/15 1/2 3
Jones 15 3/4 5/7 3
Smith 12 11s 0/0 3
Ripley 19 1/3 0/0 3
Tapp 19 2/5 0/0 2
Rob. 2 0/1 1/2 0
Team Rebounds 2
Totals 200 26/63 8/13 30

A
1
2
1
1
1
0
1
1
2
0
10

PF
1
0
2
2
5
1
0
0
0
0
11

TP
2
0
19
2
20
11
2
1
64

e bury
however, saying only, "I'm out of
the NCAA business. I'm interested
now in Northwestern."
The Badgers' Jackson scored first
last night, but Wisconsin quickly
fell behind for the rest of the game.
The Badgers looked little like the
team that took No. 2 Indiana to
three overtimes Monday night
before bowing, 86-85. Michigan
dominated the Badgers both from
the floor and on the boards, but
Wisconsin coach Steve Yoder said
that had little to do with Michigan
playing well, calling his team's
performance "sluggish."
"I don't think it had a lot to do
with them (the Wolverines)," he
explained. "It was our inability to
guard anybody in the first half."
THE TEAMS played evenly
for the first five minutes of the
game. A 12-foot turnaround jumper
by Wisconsin's J.J. Weber made
the score 13-10 in favor of
Michigan. From there the
Wolverines took off, scoring 10
consecutive points in the next three'
.ainutes. Despite a seven-point
Wisconsin run later in the half, the
closest the Badgers could come the
rest of the game was within four.
Michigan went into intermission
leading 33-27.
"I thought we played well for the
first seven or eight minutes of the
game, and then I thought we let
up," said Frieder.
"(The Badgers) played off of
(Mark) Hughes, and we tried to go
inside, but after the first seven or
eight minutes we stopped going
inside and shooting on the

Wisconsin,

perimeter and started taking three-
point shots. And that made me
mad. We corrected that at halftime."
Grant, despite a nagging groin
injury, ignited Michigan early in
the second half. Wisconsin rallied
to within six, but Grant quickly fed
Antoine Joubert for a 12-foot
jumper from the right side to make
the score 43-35.
The Wolverines followed with a
fast break in which Grant received a
pass while in the air, then
immediately dished off to Mark
Hughes before coming down. Grant
followed that with a full-court pass
to Garde Thompson for alayup, and
then made a baseline jumper of his
own for the Wolverines' eighth-
straight point, putting Michigan
ahead 49-35.
BESIDES GRANT'S return
to form, the Badgers had to contend
with the combined strong inside
play of Rice and Hughes. In the
first half alone the duo combined
for 15 rebounds, four more than the
entire Wisconsin squad. Hughes
also added 12 points, and played
solid defense against Weber.
Yoder expressed disappointment
that "even Hughes penetrated," but
neither Rice nor Hughes were
surprised with their performances.
Rice said that before the game
"me and Mark had a little talk and
decided to go a little harder to the
boards."
"I hadn't produced much offense
this season, and I think teams have
been sagging off me," said Hughes.
"That allows me to take it to them
inside."

771

-64

S'

Totals 200 3S/67
scoring
WISCONSIN
MICHIGAN

6/7
1
27
33

44 22 16
2 T
37 64
44 77

Three-point goals: W- Jackson, 3/6; Tapp
1/1; UM - Thompson, 0/4; Joubert, 0/1.
Attendance: 13,056

Daily Photo by DARRIAN SMITH

Michigan's Mark Hughes scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in last
night's action.

Tip of the Kap

AL I~

Badgers fight losing battle...
... effort reaps no rewards

BY RICK KAPLAN

Hustle, hard work, and determination are
certainly praiseworthy traits. But they do not
necessarily win basketball games.
Just ask the Wisconsin Badgers.
Wisconsin never challenged Michigan last
night in the Wolverines' 77-64 win. The
loss dropped the Badgers' Big Ten record to
1-13. They are 11-16 overall.
One win in thirteen games is
embarrassing, but it is what was generally
expected from the Badgers. The preseason
polls tabbed them for the bottom of the
conference, and they have fulfilled the
prophesy.
Wisconsin has not merely tripped over its
own feet and stumbled into the cellar
without a whimper. The Badgers have
scratched and fought every step of the way,
but in the Big Ten dogfight, they seem to
always end up going home with their tails
dropping behind them.
Yesterday's game was not a true
indication of the guttiness of the team.
Despite playing in the nation's toughest
conference, Wisconsin has only been blown
away two times in league games. The
Badgers have had an opportunity to win

games against all nine opponents, but they
have only found a way to beat Northwestern.
Taking a beating in the process has been
head coach Steve Yoder. After a successful
stint at Ball State, Yoder moved to Madison
for the 1982-83 season. In his first four
years there, Yoder has averaged four Big Ten
victories a year, winning a high of five in
1984-85.
Yoder's contract is up after next season.
The word around Madison is... well, let's
just say the fans are placing bets on his
successor.
Wisconsin senior captains J.J. Weber and
Mike Heineman do not have the physical
tools of almost all of the players they match
against every night in the Big Ten.
When a loose ball hits the ground, a big
pass must be thrown, or an opponent must
be boxed out on the boards, those two
always come through. If the donation of
vital organs were required to win ballgames,
these two would be out at halfcourt before
the game with scalpels sharpened for the
doctor.
From early childhood, Americans are told
that hard work will pay off; the greater the

effort, the greater the result. Weber and
Heineman have paid the piper for four years.
They are still waiting to hear him play the
victory song.
"It gets to a point where you are just so
damn frustrated, there's nothing you can do,"
Weber said. "Nobody in the conference
respects us."
The conference ought to respect
Wisconsin after its performance Monday
night. Indiana, the No. 2 team in the
country, had to go three overtimes before
beating the Badgers, 86-85. Trying to repeat
that effort proved to be impossible.
Heineman, whose 20 points against the
Hoosiers kept Wisconsin in the game
Monday, could manage just one late layup
yesterday for his two points.
His usual hustle was still there, though.
Long after the outcome had been determined,
Heineman dove into press row for a free ball.
And this was after he had been forced to
leave the game with a knee injury.
He came back for more.
He always has.
But nothing ever comes back to him, or
Wisconsin.

Daily Photo by DARRIAN SMITH
Gary Grant goes up for a shot against Wisconsin's J. J. Weber during last
night's 77-64 victory over the Badgers.

SPORTS OF THE DALY:
Red Wings scorch Winnipeg, 5-2

DETROIT (AP) - Gerard
Gallant's 30th goal of the season
ignited a four-goal second period
that carried the Detroit Red Wings
to a 5-2 NHL victory over the
Winnipeg Jets last night.
Gallant redirected David Barr's
pass from the right sideboards past
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Jets netminder Eldon "Pokey"
Reddick at 5:02 of the second
period, triggering the burst that saw
Detroit score four times in a 6:30
span and post its fourth victory in
five games.
The Red Wings, 25-25-8,
maintained their Norris Division
lead over Minnesota while
Winnipeg, winless in three straight,
fell to 31-22-6.
After Gallant tied the score 1-1,
Darren Veitch beat Reddick with a
slapshot from inside the Winnipeg
blue line to snap Detroit's 0-for-15

power-play slump. Brent Ashton
capitalized on defenseman Dave
Ellett's misplay for his 30th goal,
an unassisted score, 1:50 later to
stretch the lead to 3-1 and Joe
Kocur completed the surge with his
eighth of the season 54 seconds
later.
Peter Klima added his 22nd goal
for Detroit in the final period.
Perry Turnbull and Ray Neufeld
scored for the Jets.
The Red Wings, 6-2 losers at
New York on Tuesday night, have
played on consecutive days 18
times this season, recording a 12-5-
1 mark in the second game.
IOWA 82, OHIO STATE
80
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)-
Kevin Gamble hit a 15-foot jump
shot with four seconds remaining as
No. 7 Iowa defeated Ohio State 82-
80 in a Big Ten Conference college
basketball game last night.
Gamble's shot from the left side
came after Ohio State's Jay Burson,

an 81 percent free-throw shooter;
missed both ends of a two-shot foul
situation with 15 seconds remain-
ing.
The victory moved Iowa to 23-3
overall and 10-3 in the Big Ten,
while Ohio State, which saw a
four-game winning streak end, is
17-9 and R-6
CLEMSON 87, WAKE
FOREST 71
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP)-
Center Horace Grant scored 33
points and grabbed 20 rebounds as
10th-ranked Clemson set a school
record with its 24th victory, an 87-
71 Atlantic Coast Conference
basketball defeat of Wake Forest
last night.
Grant tied career-best totals for
points and rebounds as the Tigers,
24-2, rolled to their ninth
conference victory in 11 outings.
Clemson, a 20-game winner for
only the fourth time in 75 years,
exceeded the record for victories
established by the 1980 team,
which finished 23-9.

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