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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 9, 1987 - Page 11

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PRESS
By ADAM OCHLIS
They've scored more points in a couple of games so
Ear this season, they've played better - much better -
on other occasions, and they've probably beaten teams
with better talent than Ohio State. But for reasons that
don't show up in any stat sheet, the Wolverines' 107-
92 victory over the Buckeyes last night was the
biggest, and perhaps most impressive victory of this
toting season.
T t wasn't the Gary and Antoine show like it has
ILan many times this year. It wasn't even the Gary,
Aitoine, and Garde show like it has been other times.
..:Instead, Michigan beat an Ohio State squad that
erapped, hacked, mauled and molested for 40 minutes,
getting great efforts and good perfomances from seven
players and a head coach.
:Add to that very questionable refereeing and the fact
that J.P. Oosterbaan and Antoine Joubert were coming
off injuries and freshman hustler Jack Kramer was
home with the flu, and it makes the victory that much
sweeter.
Michigan made it's share of mistakes - 21
tirnovers will attest to that - but that wouldn't
overshadow its truly gutsy performance.
The threesome of Gary Grant, Joubert, and Garde
Thompson got their points, 70 of them in fact, as they
usually do, but in this game Michigan's frontcourt
fayed the way it has to play for the Wolverines to stay
brmpetitive in the Big Ten.
While Glen Rice did the most damage up front (19
points, 16 rebounds), centers Mark Hughes and
06sterbaan both made big contributions.
Each scored eight points and combined for 14
;bounds. Oosterbaan's layup with just over a minute
left that clinched the victory. The Kalmazoo native
payed his finest college game, spelling Hughes, who
was in foul trouble throughout the game.

Tired Wolverines...
...,ey win over OSU
"It was good to see us get some inside stuff," said
Frieder. "We have to get them to play like that each
and every night, not just every so often."
Rice also played his best game since the season
opener when he netted 27 points and grabbed 19
rebounds against Bradley.
Most of his points came on set plays where he'd
receive the ball near the basket and simply jump over
the defender. Although he scored 14 points against
Purdue last week, many of those baskets came off
loose-ball layups. The Flint sophomore has at times
been accused of playing "soft." Last night, Rice played
"hard."
And such was the story of the whole evening.
Michigan outhustled Ohio State, a team that prides
itself on beating teams by playing harder than their
opponent.
Grant effectively broke the Buckeyes' press, Joubert
played well despite a sore knee, and Michigan, as a
team, was able to limit Buckeye swingman Dennis
Hopson to "only" 16 second-half points (he ended with
39).
Credit Frieder with making adjustments during the
break, as Hopson got six of those 13 second-half
points on three-pointers in the closing minute.
Two years ago, after Michigan started 1-2 in
conference play, they whipped off 17 straight wins en
route to a Big Ten Championship. This year's team
now has that identical mark. It would be a miracle if
the Wolverines could duplicate the same feat. Heck,
Frieder doesn't even know if last night's big victory
could be any kind of momentum builder with Indiana
coming to town Monday.
"All this win does is get you into Monday, that's
all it does in this league. You've just got one damn
hard game after another," he said.

Daily photo by SCOTT LITUCHY

Michigan's Antoine Joubert fouls Ohio State's Jay Burson in last night's action at Crisler Arena. Joubert didn't
get the call but Michigan got the game, 107-92.

*WuND THE BIG TEN:

IndianE
EAST LANSING (AP) -
Senior guard Steve Alford scored 22
Af his game-high 33 points in the
second half last night as No. 4
[ndiana came back to rout Michigan
State, 79-60, in Big Ten action.
Alford's 15-foot jumper broke a
51-51 tie with 9:29 remaining, and
the Hoosiers outscored the
Spartans, 28-9, the rest of the way.
Alford added 11 more points during
the spurt.
Rick Calloway scored 17 points
for the Hoosiers, who climbed to
11-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
Daryl Thomas added 11, nine in the
second half.
For Michigan State, Carlton
Valentine tallied 17. Darryl

A dumps
Johnson added 13, but scored onlys
two after halftime.t
Alford nailed a three-point shoti
early in the second half as the
Hoosiers scored nine straight toj
take their first lead since the earlyt
stages, 36-35. Baskets by
Calloway, Thomas and Joe Hillman
were included in the streak.
Illinois 68, Wsconsin 66 1
MADISON (AP) - Ken
Norman hit an 18-foot jump shot at
the buzzer to give the 12th-ranked
Illinois a 68-66 victory overL
Wisconsin last night.A
Wisconsin's Mike Heinemanr
was called for traveling with threey

on Stati
seconds left, setting up Norman's
basket. Norman took a full-length,
inbounds pass from Doug
Altenberger and hit the shot from
just inside the free throw circle as
the horn sounded.
Norman, who led Illinois with
22 points, blocked a shot by
Wisconsin's Danny Jones and threw
a court-length pass to Glynn
Blackwell who scored to tie the
game at 66 with 17 seconds left.
Purdue 85, N'Western 67
EVANSTON (AP) - Troy
Lewis scored 26 points and Todd
Mitchell added 17 to fuel sixth-
ranked Purdue's 85-67 victory
yesterday over Northwestern in Big

79-60

Ten action.
Northwestern outscored the
Boilermakers in the second half, 43-
40, but Purdue was ahead by 21
points at halftime and held on for
its eleventh victory in 12 games
and for its third win against no
defeats in the Big Ten.
Northwestern, which lost its
sixth straight game, outscored
Purdue 12-4 in the opening minutes
of the second half, mostly on the
shooting of forward Shon Morris.
The Wildcats, 5-7 overall and 0-
3 in the conference, pulled within
12 points with less than four
minutes left in the game, but
Purdue's Everette Stephens
completed a three-point play.

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This however, is by no means
detrimental as a 4-1 record thus far
points out. "We're pleased to be at
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"We feel that we've been wrestling
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The Wolverines were particularly
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Michigan followed that up with an
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ball game. I think it will be a real
dog fight past that first one (Iowa).
If the kids improve, we could give
Wisconsin a run for their money for
second."
Bahr has good reason for this
optimism as Michigan finished just
one point behind Wisconsin in the
Las Vegas Open (December 5-6).
Sophomores Doug Wyland,
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the youthful Wolverines. "They
have been our most productive
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