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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 9, 1987

Rush Delivery
BY JEFF RUSH
Keady's characterization
should ignite Wolverines
Purdue coach Gene Keady was seething long after the Michigan
Wolverines had thrashed his No. 3 Boilermakers before 13,609 wild
Crisler Arena fans and a national-television audience.
The target of his anger was not his team's poor performance, but
instead, Michigan's outstanding performance. A perfectionist, Keady was
not upset because Michigan played well, but because the Wolverines are
not able to play at that level every time they take the court.
"You know what fucking pisses me off?" he was overheard yelling
just outside his locker room nearly an hour after the game had ended.
"Why doesn't fucking Michigan play like that every fucking game? You
know why? It's because they got no fucking character."
NO CHARACTER, said Keady. No moral strength, no self-
discipline, and no fortitude, according to Keady.
Is that the reason Michigan has been so inconsistent? In the past,
probably. The Wolverines blew through the Big Ten in each of the past
two years. Michigan coach Bill Frieder is quick to point out how difficult
it is for teams to win an outright title in the Big Ten.
Even in winning those titles, however, the Wolverines often looked
sluggish - and without character. They barely beat teams of much lesser
talent. A win is a win, said the Wolverines. Yawn, said their fans.
Michigan rose to the occasion to crush Indiana for the Big Ten
championship last year, and fans excitedly looked forward to the
tournament. Like the year before, Michigan stumbled its way through the
first game, and lost in the second game, seemingly underestimating its
opponents. No self-discipline.
THE PLAYERS who made up the bulk of the team that
disappointed its fans have departed. Gone with those players were hopes
of doing well this season in the Big Ten, much less the tournament.
Something funny happened, though. The team that showed up at
Crisler this year showed much more emotion than the previous teams.
A win seemed to take on more meaning for this team. The Wolverines
showed plenty of character in winning against three teams that were
ranked in the top five when the Wolverines played them - Syracuse,
Iowa, and Purdue.
Gary Grant pumped up the team with not only his incredible
basketball skills, but also with his fist-waving orchestration of the
crowd. Antoine Joubert, who more than anyone else has received
criticism for the Wolverines' shortcomings, recently has turned in two of
his best performances.
With an NCAA bid in their pockets, the Wolverines now have a
chance to show something to Keady and the rest of their doubters. They
have to decide if they want to make the most of that chance.

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a free throw, cutting the Michigan
lead to 69-35. It marked the first
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"It was a disaster for us, and a M I C H
great day for them," said Purdue Garde Tho
coach Gene Keady. style. The
It was an especially great day for scored 16 a
Joubert. In his final game at Crisler final Cris
Arena, the senior guard took out featured a d
some of his frustration over being a for a baske
media whipping boy for four years. spectacula
He turned in one of his finest reverse-lay
performances, scoring 30 points on second half
11-for-19 shooting, including 6-for- "I don't
11 from three-point range. Joubert Antoine an
also grabbed five rebounds, and had out any be
four assists. "The long
"I didn't know this was going to better we p
happen," he said. "I didn't plan it way to goe
this way. Purdue
"We won the game, that's the quickly.J
important thing. I prayed hard last outside ear
night that we could win this game. as Michiga
I'm just hoping and praying that we After the B
can get into the tournament." sank a three

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mpson also finished in
Grand Rapids native
nd added six assists. His
ler Arena appearance
double-pump scoop shoot
et in the first half, and a
r baseline drive and
yup finger roll in the
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think there is anything.
d I could have done to go
etter," Thompson said.
er the game went, the
layed. That's just a great
out."
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Joubert got hot from
rly, scoring seven points
an grabbed an 11-6 lead.
oilermakers' Troy Lewis
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within two, the Wolverines went
on a 14-2 run. Michigan's ball-
hawking defense, led by All-Big
Ten guard Gary Grant, created 10
Purdue turnovers before halftime,
sparking the Wolverines' transition
game.
With sophomore forward Glen
Rice dominating the boards, and the
Wolverine guards hitting from long
range, Purdue could never get close.
A small Boilermaker rally cut the
Michigan edge to 32-19, but eight
straight points from Joubert blew
the game open for good.
THREE DAYS earlier,
Michigan had been blown out of
Crisler Arena, losing 89-75 to
Illinois, in a game not nearly as
competitive as the score. The
Wolverines' amazing turnaround
was no surprise to Keady. "We to4
(our team) this was going to
happen, because Michigan got
embarrassed on their home court,
and a team that talented is not
going to let that happen twice," he
said.
"After that loss, we had
something to prove to the crowd
and to ourselves," said Michigan
center Mark Hughes. "We really
dedicated ourselves, and decided i
practice that we were just going to
go out and play our best. We just
put everything together. This was
the best game we played all year.
We had 40 minutes of good ball."
Frieder gave some minutes to
several of his rarely-used backups in
the second half. Senior guard Ron
Gibas, the only other Wolverine
making his final home appearance1
hit two shots from 19 feet,
bringing the Crisler Arena noise
level to a deafening level. Fan
favorite Steve Stoyko added four
points, including a tip-in after an
offensive rebound.
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Joubert 37
Rice 32
Hughes 25
Grant 32
Th'pson 31
Griffin 13
Vaught 17
Kramer 3
Oost'n 3
Stoyko 4
Gibas 1
lDeG'r 1
"fait 1
Team Rebounds

FG/A
11/19
7112
2/S
7/16
7/12
0/0
3/3
1/1
1/1
2/2
2/2
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MT/A R A PF TP
212 S 4 3 30
4/4 9 S 4 19
1/1 2 4 4 S
1/2 7 6 3 15
0/0 2 6 1 16
0/0 4 3 0 0
2/2 4 1 3 9
0/0 0 1 0 2
0/0 0 1 0 2
0/0 1 2 0 4
0/0 0 0 0 4
0/0 0 0 0 0
0/0 0 0 0 0
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Totals 200 43/74 10/11 40 33 19 104
PURDUE
MtnFG/A FT/A R A PF TP
Lee 26 3/10 0/0 3 1 0 7
Mitchell 26 2/8 4/4 2 2 3 8
McCants 29 5/8 1/2 5 1 1 11
Stephens 30 2/6 4/5 1 5 3 9

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