Page 12 -The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 6, 1988
Blea looks to tame
Wnl actsin opener
Blue nabs South Florida title
By PETE STEINERT
Northwestern's senior center
Shon Morris said before the start
of this season, "We've proven that
we can play with just about any-
body at home."
Eleventh-ranked Michigan will
find out if it falls into that "just
about anybody" category tonight
(8 p.m. EST, channel 62) when it
opens its Big Ten season against
the Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan
"Northwestern is going to win
four or five games in Evanston,"
said Michigan head coach Bill
Frieder, "and now it's a matter of
who they're going to catch.
"AND THE BEST time for
them to catch somebody is when
they're 0-0, and it's a home
opener, and they think they can
win the Big Ten championship."
The Wildcats (5-5) already up-
set DePaul earlier in the season on
their own floor. It was the first
time they have defeated the Blue
Demons in their last 10 meetings.
"We were able to score at the
right time and shoot about 55
percent that game," said North-
western head coach Bill Foster.
"On and off throughout other
games, that's been a problem.
We'll go into scoring droughts of
three minutes, or turnovers will
allow the other team to get three
baskets or two baskets in a row.
"Our shot selection is going to
be an important part of this game,
and whether we can score early and
get some confidence."
The Wildcats' top scoring
threats are point guard Jeff Grose
(14.9 points per game) and Morris
(14.8 ppg, eight rebounds a
game). Morris scored a career-high
35 points against Northern Ari-
zona in the team's last outing.
Forwards Don Polite and Brian
Schwabe and guard Phil Styles
round out Northwestern's probable
starting lineup - a starting lineup
that Foster has had to revamp after
losing center Larry Gorman
(hernia), guard Rob Ross (knee),
and forward Lucis Reece (academic
problems) for the rest of the sea-
The Wolverines (11-1) also
may be hurting. Center Terry
Mills missed three consecutive
practices this week due to the flu.
He will play but may not start.
By GREG MOLZON
Special To The Daily
TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay was
quite an enjoyable location for
Michigan athletic teams over the
holiday break. Besides the football
team's exciting victory in the Hall
of Fame Bowl, the basketball team
upped its winning streak to 10 as it
captured the championship of the
Holiday Invitational at the Univer-
sity of South Florida.
Before heading off for some fun
in the sun, the Wolverines began the
break with three easy victories at
Although some fear that the easy
non-conference schedule won't have
Michigan prepared for conference ac-
tion, Michigan head coach Bill
Frieder argues that the schedule is
the Big Ten's third toughest and has
his team right where it should be.
"IT'S A GOOD schedule.
People got on us a little because we
beat people so bad, but I don't know
how the hell you can complain
about that," Frieder said. "I think if
we had been upset by some teams
everyone would have said, 'its a
pretty good schedule because they
have two or three losses' instead of
While most of the 10 consecutive
wins have unquestionably come
against less talented opponents, the
Wolverines had their strongest test
since the Great Alaska Shootout at
the Holiday Invitational. Michigan
passed that test with a 93-88 open-
ing round victory over Clemson be-
fore going on to trounce South
The tournament matched the
Wolverines with an ACC opponent
that was 25-6 last season. Michigan
jumped to a 10-point halftime lead,
but the Tigers fought back to take a
72-69 lead on a three- pointer by
Ricky Jones with seven minutes re-
maining. Sean Higgins tied it with
his own three-point shot and the
game seesawed back and forth until
Gary Grant took over with four
'With the Wolverines trailing by
one, the senior guard hit two free
throws, stole the ensuing inbounds
pass and scored, and then assisted to
Rice on a fast break to give Michi-
gan a five-point lead that it never re-
CLEMSON'S Elden Campbell
tore the Wolverines apart inside with
25 points, but that wasn't enough to
offset Michigan's 20 offensive re-
bounds and Grant and Rice, who tal-
lied 26 and 23 points respectively.
Frieder thought his team proved it
could win close games. "It was the
second time now that we were down
with a couple of minutes left and
came back to win it," said Frieder,
referring to an earlier win over Al-
abama-Birmingham. "You have to
give the kids credit for that."
Following the game, Frieder
guaranteed that the championship
game against host South Florida
would be a tough one.
That guarantee lasted about five
minutes. By that time, the Wolver-
ines had a 16-4 lead that would only
get larger. With Grant scoring 20
points and Rice 18, Michigan
cruised to a 36-point win.
THERE WAS NO question
that we were much more talented
that. them. I think it showed that our
guys' ability was the big difference,"
Rice and Terry Mills were named
to the all-tournament team while
Grant was a unanimous selection as
Most Valuable Player.
Grant also led the Wolverines to
three blowouts early in the break at
The All-American candidate
scored 94 points in victories over
Eastern Michigan (115-63), Northern
Michigan (111-87), and Grambling
State (87-71). The 52-point victory
margin over the Hurons was the
largest in Michigan history, eclips-
ing a 48-point win over Mas-
sachusetts in 1979.
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Michigan's Terry Mills battles South Florida's Darrell Coleman for a
rebound in the final game of the South Florida Torunament. The
Wolverines defeated the Bulls, 92-56, after beating Clemson the night
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -
"Pistol Pete" Maravich, who grew
up with a basketball in his hands and
became a ball-handling, sharp-
shooting wizard in college and the
NBA, died yesterday after collapsing
during a pickup game. He was 40.
Gary Lydick, who also had been
playing in the half-court game at
First Church of the Nazarene, said
Maravich's last words before
collapsing were, "'I'm really feeling
"Maravich said, 'I haven't played
once in the past year, in an NBA
legends game," Lydick recounted. "I
need to do this more often. I 'm4
really feeling good.'
"Maravich turned to walk away
and immediately fell to the floor,"
Lydick said. "He lost consciousness
and efforts to revive him were
Maravich, college basketball's
all-time leading scorer and a veteran
of 10 NBA seasons in New Orleans,
Utah, Atlanta, and Boston, was
visiting California to appear later 4
yesterday on a Christian radio show
"Focus on Family."
Lydick said he and his friends
usually get together for basketball
games on Monday-Wednesday-
Friday, but switched to Tuesday so
Maravich could join in.
He said the group played three or
four half-court games yesterday
morning and that Maravich was not
"He certainly didn't have to play
hard against us. He wasn't even
hardly perspiring," Lydick said.
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