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The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Tuesday, December 8, 1987

Men's basketball
vs. Austin Peay
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

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M' gets revenge with first-half explosion

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Defense keys M' victory
By PETE STEINERT
In the opening minutes of last night's game at Crisler Arena,
Western Michigan's Steve Riikonen fed Tony Baumgardt for an
uncontested dunk to tie the game, 2-2.
After the basket Riikonen ran down the court with a raised clenched
fist a la Detroit Piston Dennis Rodman. It was a little too early to do
any celebrating.
In the first half, Michigan proceeded to blow out the Broncos, 113-
66, due in large part to a dominating Wolverine defense.
That's right, defense. Sure, the offense racked up a season-high
total in points, but right from the start the defense created opportunity
after opportunity.
Michigan rarely allowed Western more than one shot per
possession. For the game the Wolverines out-rebounded Western, 45-
27. Defensive rebounds constantly led to fast breaks and some
awesome display of passing.
Twice guard Rumeal Robinson fed buddy Terry Mills for a slam
dunk. The first one Robinson passed the ball behind him through his
legs. The next one was behind the back.
"I knew Terry was coming," said Robinson confidently of the first
pass to Mills.
Even J.P. Oosterbaan got into the act with a over-the-shoulder pass
to Glen Rice for a layup late in the first half.
"Once they got their rhythm and tempo on the fast break, there
wasn't a hell of lot we could do," said Bronco head coach Vernon
Payne.
Along with his game-high 33 points, Rice shadowed Western's
leading scorer Eli Parker the entire game. Parker, who entered the
game with a 25.3 scoring average, shot just one-of-eight in the game's
first 20 minutes. Parker finished with just seven points.
"We wanted to stop that Baumgardt inside, and we we wanted to
stop Parker on the perimeter," said Michigan head coach Bill Frieder.
Rice had a lot of help, too. In fact that's been the key to the
Wolverines' defense so far this season - their help defense.
"Our help defense inside is a lot better," Frieder said. "Mills is
significantly improved defensively than he was two weeks ago.,
Michigan's active man-to-man defense often double and triple
teamed Bronco players under the basket. One would swear that it had
more than five players on the court.
The backcourt duo of Robinson and Gary Grant was a nemesis all
night, combining for five steals (four by Robinson) and 23 assists (a
team record 14 by Grant).
So though the game started on a positive note for the Broncos,
Payne could find nothing to be happy about by post-game press
conference time. Well, he did find something.
"I get to leave Crisler Arena in about a half hour."

By SCOTT SHAFFER
It was payback time at Crislet
Arena last night, and the Wolverines
repaid Western Michigan with inter-
est.
Michigan crushed the Broncos
113-66, avenging last year's loss and
setting several school records in the
process. Gary Grant dished out 14
assists to set a single-game record.
The senior guard also became
Michigan's career assist leader, sur-
passing Antoine Joubert's total of
539. The 37 assists tallied by the
team set a new standard as well.
Glen Rice led all scorers with 32,
'connecting on 14 of 16 shots, while
the team as a whole shot 68 percent,
51-for-75.
For Rice, the victory was espe-
cially satisfying due to his poor
showing in last year's 62-59 victory
by Western. "I felt embarrassed be-
cause we shouldn't have lost to them
last year. We took it out on them
this year," said Rice, who scored just
two points on one-for-10 shooting
in that game.
Terry Mills scored 19 points and
tied Rice for the team lead with
seven rebounds. Grant added 16
points, and Sean Higgins chipped in
with a career-high 15 off the bench.
Greg Rapp led all Bronco scorers
with 15, while Eli Parker was held
to just seven, more than 18 below
his season average.
Michigan never trailed, taking a
10-2 lead at the outset of the game.
But the team really heated up in the
final seven minutes of the first half.
With the defense completely shut-
ting down the Broncos and the of-
fense on fire, Western was outscored
25-2 going into the locker room.
"Once they got their tempo and
rhythm on the fast break, there
wasn't a hell of a lot we could do to
slow them down," said Western head
coach Vernon Payne.
Despite the excessive score,
Payne did not feel that the Wolver-
ines were trying to rub anything in.

"They ran the break down our throats
and executed on the half-court. You
can't tell kids to stop playing, so I
don't think they tried to run the
score up," he said.
"We made our free throws and
everything we shot went in, so you
end up with that kind of game," said
Michigan coach Bill Frieder.
Frieder left Grant in the game

long enough to get the single-game
assist mark. "There's no guy deserv-
ing of all the assist records more
than Gary Grant. He's been an un-
selfish, great player here," said
Frieder.
The play of Rumeal Robinson
was yet another bright spot. The
sophomore guard had eight points
and nine assists, including one that
brought the 12,101 fans in atten-

113-66
dance to their feet. Robinson drove
the lane and went up for a layup, but
instead of shooting the ball, he
passed it backwards between his legs
to a trailing Mills for the slam.
The team's .680 field goal per-
centage was a Crisler Arena record,
and the Wolverines second-best
shooting performance ever, behind
last year's .692 clip against Alaska
Anchorage.

Daily Photo by ROBIN LOZNAK
Michigan's Loy Vaught dunks the ball in the first half of the Wolverines' 113-66 rout of Western Michigan last
night at Crisler Arena. Michigan shot 68 percent from the floor, their second best percentage in history.

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By TAYLOR LINCOLN
Michigan coasted to an expected
victory last weekend, winning more
than two-thirds of the events in the
four team EMU Swimming
Invitational.
Newcomer breaststroker Mike
Barrowman lived up to pre-season
billing, winning the 400-yard IM
and qualifying for the NCAAs in the
200-yard breaststroke.
Brent Lang won two events, the
50 and 100-yard freestyle, and led his
team to victory in the 800-yard
freestyle relay. Mike Creaser won
the 100-yard backstroke, and Marty
Moran won the 200-yard butterfly.
Lang, Creaser, and Moran teamed up
with senior Jan-Erick Olsen to win
the 400-yard medley relay.
Michigan's Mike Creaser, Alex
Alvizuri, and Dave Goch, placed first
through third in the 100-yard
backstroke. Alvizuri, Wilkening, and
Goch finished first through third in
the 200-yard backstroke as well.
Michigan head coach J o n
Urbanchek singled out his
backstrokers as the bright spot. "The
backstrokers as a unit all swam
well," he said. "For the rest of the
team it was pretty par for this time
of the year."
The Wolverines also dominated
the diving competition. Lee
Michaud, Bill Hayes, Tim Petsche,
and Rob Silverman swept the top
four spots in one meter diving (in
respective order). The same four
finished in the top five at three
meters, with Hayes and Michaud
finishing first and second
respectively.
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