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January 16, 1987 - Image 13

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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 16, 1987-- Page 13

Tip of the Kap
By Rick Kaplan
Ayawner. A snoozer.
This was Michigan against Michigan State? The
78-year history of the Wolverine-Spartan basketball
rivalry may never have seen a more boring game than
last night's 74-70 Michigan win. A duller four-point
game may never have been played.
A game billed as a matchup between two evenly
matched, run-and-gun teams ended up a plodding, half-
court battle.The fans who left with eight seconds left
and the score tied in Monday night's thriller against
Indiana were probably gone by halftime yesterday.
The fans who stayed may have regretted their
decision. Hey, isn't the Cosby Show on?
Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote did not enjoy
the show he was watching.
"I thought we played, in the first half, about as
poorly as a team can play," he said. "I'm not giving
Michigan much credit. I do not think that they played
very well. It just wasn't good basketball in the first
The second half was a little more exciting, but
still had all the glamour and thrills of the Goodwill
Overall, the Russians could easily show the game
film as anti-American propaganda.
When the Spartans staged a quiet comeback in the
second half to tie the game, it appeared things may
finally become interesting. Glen Rice awakened the
slumbering sell-out crowd (many people were
probably dreaming of an evening in the library) with
two thunderous rejections on Carlton Valentine
attempts with five minutes remaining. The fans made
noise the rest of the way, but it wasn't the sincere,
rah-rah "LET'S GO BLUE!" type of noise. It was the
phony, "let's go blue, unless you don't feel like it"

M' wins...
...game bores
A small dose of fun was added by the oversized
body of Michigan State forward George Papadakos.
With all the hand-eye coordination of Mr. Magoo, the
7-foot transfer from Syracuse is, inch-for-inch, the
goofiest, most useless player in the Big Ten.
Papadakos is fulfilling his role as MSU's new Larry
Polec. But at least Polec could shoot.
Also coming off the Spartan bench was something
called Mario Izzo. A 6-11 center, appropriately from
New Jersey, Izzo first stepped on the floor with 1:17
remaining in the first half. MSU's Carlton Valentine
was at the line shooting a pair of free throws. When
the second shot bounced off the rim, Izzo fouled
Michigan's Mike Griffin on the rebound, after being
officially in the game only one second.
At that rate, some press row humorists theorized,
Izzo would commit 2,400 fouls in a full game.
Papadakos must have been jealous.
It was also noticed that the Spartans have an
assistant coach named Tom Izzo. The MSU media
guide gives no indication as to any relation between
the Tom and Mario.
Kansas hired Danny Manning's father as an
assistant coach to help recruit the superstar.
Somehow, the thought of Michigan State hiring a
relative of Mario Izzo to bring him to East Lansing
just isn't as feasible.
Aside from Papadakos and Izzo, only Griffin
provided a little change of pace from the "So, what
else is new" contest. The redshirt freshman swingman
shook off his nightmarish showing against Indiana to
play his best game of the year. He shot four-for-four
from the floor and four-for-four from the line, for a
season-high 12 points.
Heathcote final point summed things up nicely:
"We looked so slow and so blah."
So did the game, Jud, so did the game.

Indiana whips

Steve Alford scored all of his points
on seven three-point goals,
including two as No. 4 Indiana
scored the game's first 12 points, as
the Hoosiers routed Wisconsin 103-
65 in Big Ten action last night.
Indiana moved to 13-1 with its
10th consecutive victory and is 4-0
in conference play. Wisconsin,
which hasn't defeated Indiana since
1980, dropped to 10-8 and 0-5.
Trent Jackson had 16 of his 21
points in the second half for
Alford, the No.3 scorer in
Indiana history, raised his career-
point total to 2,008 while playing
only 29 minutes. He was seven of
eight from outside the 3-point line
and didn't attempt a shot inside it.
Oklahoma 76, Kansas
NORMAN. Okla. (AP) - Tim

McCalister's jump shot with eight
seconds remaining broke a tie and
Ricky Grace blocked a last-second
shot as No.16 Oklahoma defeated
20th-ranked Kansas 76-74 last night
in a Big Eight Conference
basketball game.
McCalister, who finished with
21 points, hit his fading jumper
from the left of the key after
Oklahoma twice got offensive
rebounds in the final minute to
keep possession of the ball.
Kansas, which had to go the
length of the floor following a
timeout after McCalister's jumper,
got the ball to reserve guard Mark
Turgeon. But Turgeon's three-point
attempt was cleanly blocked by
Grace as the buzzer sounded.
Oklahoma, 11-3 overall and 1-1,
in the conference, trailed 61-56 with
6:50 remaining after Kansas went

on a 9-0 run, six of the points
coming from guard Kevin Pritchard.
But the Sooners went on a run
of their own, with David Johnson
coming off the bench to score five
points in just over a minute as
Oklahoma went ahead 64-61 with
5:39 left.
A three-point play by Keith
Harris tied the game, but Oklahoma
moved ahead 70-66 with 4:14
remaining on foul shots by
McCalister and Harvey Grant.
From then on the two teams
traded baskets. Kansas, 9-5 and 2-1,
took a 74-72 lead with 1:54 to play
when Mark Randall made two free
throws. Oklahoma then missed
three shots and Kansas missed one
before McCalister's game-winning
Kansas, which shot 65 percent
from the field, got 21 points from
Danny Manning.

Toronto bests Detroit 3-1

DETROIT (AP)- Goaltender
Allan Bester turned aside 37 shots
and Vincent Damphousse scored
two goals last evening as the
Toronto Maple Leafs broke a four-
game losing streak with a 3-1 NHL
victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Toronto improved to 18-21-5
and jumped into second place in the
Norris Division. Detroit, losers of
four straight, fell to 16-20-8.
Bester surrendered only Bob
Probert's second-period rebound
goal as he ran his personal season
mark and the 'Maple Leafs' team
record against Detroit to 5-1-1. The
division rivals complete their
season series Jan.31 at Toronto.
Damphousse, the Maple Leafs'
first-round draft choice last June,
opened the scoring at 7:45 of the

first period, taking a pass from
Rick Vaive and beating Red Wings'
netminder Greg Stefan from the
Toronto increased the lead to 2-0
at 4:45 of the second period.
Following a flurry of activity

around the Toronto net, which saw
Bester thwart Adam Oates' close-in
shot, Damphousse broke clear
across the Detroit blue line and beat
Stefan with a 35-foot slapshot for
his 14th goal.


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