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Page 12 -The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 29, 1988

Wolverines

stop

Illinois,

76-64

Illini can't Battle
back in second half

By JEFF RUSH
Before Illinois knew what was
happening, the Battle was over, and
the war was won.
Michigan (6-1 Big Ten, 17-2
overall) ran to a 39-23 halftime lead
last night over an Illinois team (4-3,
14-5) that didn't start season-scoring
leader Ken Battle, apparently the
result of an accident involving
alcohol.
The Wolverines then withstood a
second-half surge by. the Illini to
win, 76-64, at Crisler Arena. Glen
Rice led Michigan scorers with 23
points, Gary Grant added 17, and
Loy Vaught had 13.
The Wolverines jumped out to a
39-23 lead in the first half on the
scoring of Rice and Mark Hughes,
and the rebounding of Rice and
Vaught. In the first half Rice scored
12 points and pulled down five
rebounds. Hughes came off the
bench to score seven points, and
Vaught grabbed seven rebounds.
"THERE WAS sonie question
whether or not we'd come back for
the second half," said Illinois coach
Lou Henson. "I think there were
some players who didn't want to
come back for the second half.
"In the first half we were just
killed on the boards. Killed on the
boards," Henson added. Michigan
outrebounded Illinois in the first
half, 23 to 11.
The second half was a different
story, however. Illinois pulled down
24 rebounds to the Wolverines' 16,
and sophomore Nick Anderson
showed the form that made him the
state of Illinois' Mr. Basketball two
years ago.
Anderson (23 points total) had his
way with a tired Michigan team,
scoring 15 points in the second half.
The only thing Anderson couldn't do
was pull Illinois closer than six
points.
"Don't say for a minute that we
got lackadaisical or anything, 'cause
we didn't," said Michigan coach Bill
Frieder. "I think we got tired. We
didn't rebound near as well in the
second half as we did in the first
half."

SEVERAL TIMES Illinois
was set to move within the six
barrier, only to be turned back by the
Wolverines.
With 4:16 left in the game, Loy
Vaught committed his fifth foul,
sending him out of the game and
sending Battle to the charity stripe
for two shots. Battle missed one of
the shots, leaving Michigan ahead,
64-58.
With the score 68-62, Highland
Park's Glynn Blackwell attempted a
three-point shot, which rebounded
short for the first of Terry Mills' big
defensive rebounds in the last two
minutes.
Rice sank two free throws at the
other end, and Illinois' Kendall Gill
came back to try another three-
pointer. Mills again rebounded, and
then was fouled by Blackwell. Mills
calmly went to the other end and
sank both ends of the one-and-one,
sealing the game for Michigan.
MILLS SAID it felt good to
come up with a few big plays at the
end of a win over a tough BigTen
team. Mills had struggled in his
previous three Big Ten games, and
had not looked any better for much
of last night's game.
Early in the second half Mills
travelled on a drive, and then
travelled again after ferociously
ripping down a defensive rebound.
But when Vaught left with his
fifth foul, Mills was on a mission.
"Loy Vaught was doing an
excellent job of rebounding," said
Mills. "I just figured I had to go in
and do what he was doing." For the
last two minutes of the game, he
did.
The Illini lost the starting tip-off
for the first time this season, as
Battle sat on the bench for the first
12:23 of the game. Battle, who is
averaging 16 points per game, has
started every other game.
Illinois' student newspaper, The
Daily Illini, reported yesterday that
Battle, teammate Larry Smith, and
Proposition 48 victim Marcus
Liberty were involved in a traffic
violation involving alcohol on
Sunday.

The Schef's Specialty
f BY ADAM SCHEFTER
Loud crowd makes
its voice heard
Coach Frieder has complained that his team isn't
as good as everyone thinks. He has complained that
his team is too young. But his favorite complaint
concerns the quiet Crisler crowds.
He's not complaining as much after last night's
sudden Frieder-meter outburst.
"The crowd was better," Frieder said after the
game. "Do we give them a six? A seven? A six and a-
half. That's a lot better than the zero they got last
week against Wisconsin," in referring to a game
where the fans the "were worst I've ever heard.".
Now, Frieder is getting greedy. "I want them here
earlier. I'm considering locking the doors at eight-
o'clock next week. If they are not in their seats by
eight, they aren't coming in."
The noise level reached its pinnacle as Michigan
and its fans sounded off against Illinois in the 76-64
win. From the moment the 'M- Go Blue' banner was
hoisted, the crowd raised their voices and pumped
their fists in the air.
It was hard to believe that one was sitting in'
Crisler Arena listening to "Hail to the Victors," the
trumpets thundering, and the players screaming in the
huddle prior to the game's opening tip-off. After all,
it's January at this school and not September. The
fans are indoors, not outdoors. And the coach's name
is Frieder not Schembechler.
The deafening decibel level continued from Glen
Rice's reverse layup to open the game, to Gary
Grant's two free throws to cap the-win.
In the middle of the explosion, there were chants
of "dee-fense," "ref you suck," and "Gary," as the
oooh's and ahhh's abounded.
That "Gary" played his usual role in appealing to
the crowd for more and more cheers. It was one of the
many times in his career that Grant has raised his
hands above his shoulders to get himself involved
with the crowd - an action that pleases the Crisler
faithful more than any slam dunk.
And Grant went one step further during the
evening, adding a new move to his repertoire. Point-
ing in the direction of the students, he challenged
them to huff and puff until they blew the roof down.
"I was just saying 'c'mon now,"' the "General"
said. "If the crowd wasn't into the game, I might have
missed some of those shots. I'm real pleased they re-
sponded. I'm going to keep that up and I hope they do
to."
The chants also inspired other players to turn in
standout performances. Mark Hughes played one of
his best games as a Wolverine, blocking shots and
banging boards. Loy Vaught squeezed rebounds like
they were Charmin. Even Terry Mills was spurred on
by the crowd, grabbing two crucial rebounds in the
final two minutes, and hitting two free throws.
A great game, for a great crowd, with a great re-
sult.
Now, Frieder can sit back and keep quiet. There is
someoneelse to scream and shout.

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Doily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Michigan's Loy Vaught is fouled by Illinois Kendall Gill in the first half of last night's game
against the Fighting Illini. Vaught had 13 points and eight rebounds in the Wolverine's 76-64
victory.
'M' faces super opponent Sunday

By ADAM SCHEFTER
The Michigan basketball team has its
Super Bowl Sunday plans all set - a party
against Syracuse on Sunday (CBS-TV, 2:30).
And Coach Frieder is excited about it.
"I'm sure it will be a fun trip to the
Carrier Dome on Sunday," Frieder said.
But it is unlikely that the Orangemen and
the Wolverines will be eating chips and dip
while watching the Broncos and Redskins.
The teams will be battling for the right to
move up in the polls in front of over 32,000
fans.
Seventeenth ranked Syracuse (14-5) is
coming off an 87-76 win against Seton Hall

on Wednesday night. It is a team that
possesses as much talent as Michigan.
For starters, they have Rony Seikaly, a 6-
11 senior, in the center. Seikaly can be a
dominant figure at times. He is currently
averaging 16 points per game to go along
with 10 rebounds and 2.38 blocked shots. He
is also often the recipient of the alley-oop
pass.
The other target for aerial artistry is 6-10,
long-armed sophomore, Derrick Coleman.
Coleman is an ideal power forward averaging
14.2 points per game.
The other three starters are Sherman
Douglas, Stevic Thompson, and Matt Roe.

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