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Hall of Fame Bowl tickets
on sale
Michigan Ticket Department

SPORTS
Monday, November 30, 1987

Women's Basketball
vs. Oakland University
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Page 10

BLUE GAINS THIRD PLACE AT SHOOTOUT

'M' CI
By PETE. STEINERT
Gary Grant demonstrated last
weekend at the Great Alask a
Shootout that as he goes, so goes
the Michigan basketball team.
In yesterday's consolation game,
Grant sank three clutch free throws
in the game's final minute to give
the Wolverines a 78-76 come-from-
behind victory over Alabama-
Birmingham at Sullivan Arena.
"The way we came back showed
6verybody was working hard, and we
showed a lot of character," Grant
said.
The win secured the Wolverines
of a third-place finish in the eight-
team tournament, going 2-1.
Michigan defeated Miami, Fla.
Friday, 109-76, and lost to 17th-
ranked Arizona Saturday, 79-64 to
advance to the consolation round.
Grant, who scored 17 of his 20
points in the second half, hit his
first two free throws with 35 seconds
to play, giving the Wolverines a 77-
76 lead.
The senior captain was then
fouled with five seconds left after
rebounding a missed shot by the
Blazers' Larry Rembert. Grant hit
one of two from the charity stripe to
increase Michigan's lead to two.
UAB's last chance to tie the game

iws back, beats

UAB

Golden Words

BY GREG MOLZON

failed when Rembert's shot at the
buzzer missed. Rembert topped the
Blazers with 26 points.
Grant's second half heroics
followed sluggish first half and a
sub-par performance against Arizona.
In the loss to the Wildcats, the 6-3
guard scored only seven points,
shooting just three-of-14 from the
floor.
"Gary Grant was night and day
different from yesterday," said
Wolverine head coach Bill Frieder.
"He was the leader we needed him to
be."
The game started off quite
innocently for Michigan as it scored
the game's first six points and led by
as much as 13 points in the first
half. The Wolverines entered the
locker room at the half with a 39-30
advantage.
UAB, however, slowly cut away
at Michigan's lead with the aid of a
16-2 run. The Blazers went in front
for the first time in the game, 59-58,
on a basket by Reginald Turner.
Two three-pointers by Bruce
Baker and one by Michael Charles
helped up the Blazers' lead to 70-65,
their largest of the game.
"When our lead slipped, a lot of
that was due to inexperience as much
as anything," Frieder said.

Frieder also attributed UAB's
spurt to the loss of guard Rumeal
Robinson, who left the game early
in the second half with an injury to
his left foot - a possible fracture.
From that point it was the
veterans that rallied the Wolverines.
Glen Rice, the game's most valuable
player with a game-high 27 points,
hit two key three-point shots, and
Loy Vaught sank a turnaround
jumper and a pair of free throws to
cut the Blazers' lead to 76-75 with
1:21 remaining.
With 53 seconds left, Turner
turned the ball over to Michigan
when he palmed the ball. Grant then
missed his initial shot on a drive to
the net but grabbed his own rebound
and was fouled.
"I started praying as soon as they
called that timeout," Grant said of
UAB's attempt to distract him.
"We had our chances but couldn't
make it work," said Blazer head
coach Gene Bartow. "We can't play
much better than we did."
After Rice's 27 points and
Grant's 18, Vaught came off the
bench to finish with 14 on six-of-six

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Rice
... 27 points

floor shooting and two-of-two free
throw shooting.
"We were involved in three
completely different types of
games," Frieder said. "First, we blew
out Miami, then we were blown out
(by Arizona), and against UAB we
were in a dogfight.
"I think it's been a learning
experience for our whole team but
particularly for those first-year
players," Frieder added.
The associated press filed a report for
this story.

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Redmen take
NEW YORK (AP) - Shelton Mark Gathers
tones scored 25 points and grabbed with 24 points. Mi
16 rebounds to lead St. John's to an and',Corey Gaines
"88-85 victory over Loyola Mary- UCLA, had 20.
amount in the finals of the Lapchick Trailing 85-78,
Memorial basketball tournament straight points to
yesterday. point with 38 s
St. John's, 2-0, has won all 13 Michael Porter of
Lapchick tournaments. a free throw and a
Greg Harvey added 18 points for 88-84 with six sec
the Redmen, while Matt Brust had After Brust rec
16. foul for delaying t

Lapchick
led Loyola with Yoest made on
ke Yoest added 22 to make it 88-
;s, a transfer from chance to tie it
Fryer's three-p
Loyola scored six off the rim.
close within one Nebraska
econds left. But nAde 75
St. John's then hit LAHAINA.
a layup to make it Freshman reser
onds remaining. three-point sho
ceived a technical and Henry T. B
he inbounds play, helerskB
- - hep Nebraska

championship

e of two free throws
85. The Lions had a
at the buzzer, but Jeff
oint attempt bounced
76, Chaimi-
Hawaii (AP) -
ve Beau Reid hit four
ts in the second half
uchanan added two to
hold off Chaminade
y for seventh place in
ic basketball tourna-
nes yesterday, No. 7
d Illinois for third
met Baylor for fifth

place and 11th-ranked Iowa faced
Villanova in the championship
game.
Reid, who became eligible this
season after transferring form Ohio
University, led all scorers with 20
points, including 16 in the second
half. Eric Johnson scored 17 points
for the Cornhuskers, 1-2, Jeff
Rekeweg and Derrick Vick added 11
each and Buchanan eight.
Nebraska led 48-38 early in the
second half, but couldn't shake
Chaminade and didn't take the lead
for good until Reid hit a jump shot
from the baseline to make it 74-72
with 4 minutes, 14 seconds remain-
ing.

Frieder knows best..
..Vitalehas a point
Will the real Michigan basketball expert please stand up?
On one side, we have Dick Vitale. Vitale says the Wolverines are
the best team in the country. With more talent and potential than any
other college team around, the ESPN analyst says that head coach
Bill Frieder will have his team in Kansas City for the Final Four. ,
On the other side, Frieder says Vitale's prediction is crazy and that
his team is too young and inexperienced to win the national title, let
alone contend in the tough Big Ten. The thought of Vitale's
statements being aired across the nation is Frieder's worst nightmare.
However, that is exactly what happened this weekend as ESPN
broadcasted the Great Alaskan Shootout from Anchorage, giving
everyone the chance to see the Wolverines firsthand, while also
listening to Vitale promote the team to the hilt.
So, after the first glimpse of the team- who was right?
Well, both of them, sort of.
IN THE OPENING game Friday night, Michigan lived up to
Vitale's advanced billing and more in a 109-76 victory over Miami,
Fla. Terry Mills, who sat out last year due to Proposition 48, was
better than anyone could have expected with 22 points against
Miami's highly touted seven-foot center Tito Horford.
Newcomer Sean Higgins lit up the gym with his dead-eye
shooting for 12 points and Gary Grant and Glen Rice contributed as
expected, with 21 and 22 points, respectively.
Watching this game, Michigan fans were probably lining up
reservations for Kansas City as the Wolverines looked, at times,
spectacular and unbeatable. All the while, Vitale was beaming over
his preseason prognostication. He said that Frieder's squad has "more
talent than Elizabeth Taylor has diamonds," and that perhaps he-
should find a new place to rank the Wolverines that was even higher
than No. 1.
On Saturday, though, the Wolverines proved that Frieder may
know a little about his team, too. Michigan was outmatched by an
experienced Arizona team that returned all five starters from last year
and is favored to win the Pacific Ten conference this season.
THE 17TH-RANKED Wildcats shut Vitale up by slowing
down the Wolverine runing game and inside play in coasting to a
79-64 win. As talented as Michigan is, they were not ready for
another talented-and experienced--squad like Arizona.
On Sunday's broadcast of the consolation game between Michigan
and Alabama-Birmingham, Vitale was a bit more subdued in his
evaluation of the Wolverines. While the Wolverines barely pulled out
a 78-76 win, Vitale even admitted that Frieder might know more
about his team than he did.
So what did we learn from this tournament?
For starters, Frieder knew what he was talking about. It may get
tiresome to hear, but this team is young and inexperienced. It's going
to take awhile for the players to gel together and reach their potential.
On the other hand, Michigan showed enough flashes of brilliance
to give fans hope that Vitale just may be right. With an easy stretch
of non-conference games coming up at home, the Wolverines will
have the chance to gain confidence with some big wins. By the mid-
dle of the Big Ten schedule, this team could be something special.
In the meantime, what else did we learn from Alaska?
-Mills is excellent. No doubt about it, great players are great from
the start and Mills is no exception. Although UAB held him to four
points, he led the Wolverines in scoring in the first two games and
was an inside force with his rebounding and shot-blocking ability.
*IT'S GOING TO TAKE some time for Rumeal Robinson
and Higgins to adjust to college hoops. Their shared position of
having to handle the ball next to Grant in the backcourt puts a lot of
pressure on them and they inevitably made some first-year mistakes
over the weekend. They both showed their potential in stretches, but
the fans will have to be patient until their time arrives.
-lt's also going to take a little time for Grant to adjust to the new
players and figure out what his role should be. The All-American
guard has to take control of the team and determine who's going to do
what, especially himself. Should he be a scorer, shooter, passer, or a
combination of each? The last is the logical answer, but it's going to
take a couple more games for his role to be clearly defined. Don't
worry about Grant, though, he'll do whatever he can to make this
team a winner.
It's obvious that Vitale was being a bit premature with his visions
of grandeur for the Wolverines. Only time will tell if Michigan can
progress and become the type of team that Vitale promised it will be.
But until that time comes, maybe we should all listen a little
more carefully to the man who knows the most about Michigan
basketball-Bill Frieder.

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