The Michigan Daily-Monday, December 7, 1987- Page 11
Crisler crowd sends Central cowering
(Continued from Page 10)
Michigan maintained its early
lead until midway through the first
half, when the Chippewas mounted a
comeback. Trailing, 18-9, Majerle
and Johnson combined for nine
straight points, and after Rice goal-
tended on a Johnson fast break layup,
the score was tied at 18.
At this point, Robinson found
Mills in the middle of the Central
zone for an easy dunk and the
Wolverines never looked back.
"Except for those three minutes,
we really played an exceptional first
half of basketball," head coach Bill
Shooting percentages were a ma-
jor factor in the runaway first half.
The Wolverines hit 19 of 31 shots
(61 percent), while the Chippewas
connected on only 9 of 31 shots (29
Although Central shot a more re-
spectable 44 percent from the field in
the second half, their long range
shots didn't connect enough to put a
dent in the Wolverine lead.
Robinson played his best game of
the year and. gave the fans some ex-
citement midway through the second
half on a fast break. He faked a pass
to Rice and hit a sensational layup
while being fouled. Robinson, who
scored a season-high 11 points,
missed the free throw, and Rice came
from nowhere to slam in the rebound
and get the crowd back on its feet.
"That was exciting. It got the
whole team geeked up," Rice said of
his spectacular slam. "Everybody
started playing real hard. We needed
a little excitement because the game
had gotten a little sluggish, so I just
took it upon myself to get the crowd
The fans were really up when Tait
scored his first points as a Wolverine
with 59 seconds remaining in the
game. Tait, who came to Michigan
on a football scholarship, joined the
team as a walk-on after a career-end-
ing football injury.
The 6-7 senior grabbed a missed
free throw by mike Griffin and put in
the rebound for his first score. The
fans went crazy as Tait ran down the
court jumping up and down.
The fans screamed for the the
Wolverines to hit the century mark at
the end of the game, but a three-point
attempt by Steve Stoyko from the
corner just missed.
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Doily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Wolverine forward Glen Rice slams over Central Michigan's Dan
Majerle. Rice scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Michigan's 30-
point win. With the victory over the Chippewas, Michigan improved its
record to 4-1.
By RICHARD EISEN
Viva Las Vegas!
Las Vegas, the mecca of
decadence. Las Vegas, a town where
you can lose both your pride and
your shirt. Las Vegas, home of the
Las Vegas Classic, where the best
wrestling teams from all over the
country come to compete. Michigan
lost neither its pride nor its shirts in
the contest, finishing fourth, ahead
of rivals Iowa and Iowa State. And
that's big news.
Michigan, one of 39 teams at Las
Vegas, finished with 92.5 points,
behind Oklahoma (102.5),
Oklahoma State (128.5), and first
place winner Arizona State (147).
Finishing fourth among such
competition pleased coach Dale
"This was our best performance
in the Las Vegas Classic we've ever
had," said Bahr. "We've been
working real hard and it was nice to
be rewarded with a good
Michigan was led, once again, by
its hottest wrestler, John Fisher.
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Champion Wrestler each of the last
two weeks - this week finished
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championship match, only to lose to
the reigning world champion,
Oklahoma State's John Smith.
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