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Men's Basketball
vs. Northwestern
Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Indoor Track
Silverston Invitational
Saturday
Track and Tennis Building

The Michigan Daily

Monday, February 29, .1988

Page 11.

Rush Delivey
BY JEFF RUSH
No need for Mr. Bill
to lose his head now
IOWA CITY - Oh no, Mr. Bill!
That must have been what Michigan fans were
thinking when coach Bill Frieder put Gary Grant back
into the lineup with 1:06 left in the first half. Grant
already had picked up his third foul, and the fans didn't
want to see him pick up another before the half ended.
Frieder, a gambling man, decided to put Grant in for
Rumeal Robinson when the latter committed his sec-
ond foul. Frieder wanted Grant in for offense and didn't
want Robinson also picking up his third foul.
OK. Michigan was on offense. Grant is an experi-
enced player, and he wouldn't commit another foul in
the remaining minute, thought Frieder. Easy as count-
ing cards in a Las Vegas casino.
Oh no, Mr. Bill! (or something worse) was what
;Michigan fans must have shouted and what Frieder
must have thought when Grant committed his fourth
foul three seconds later.
Mr. Bill's luck on this Saturday afternoon livej
broadcast was as bad as his namesake's luck used to be
on Saturday Night Live.
"We took him (Grant) out on defense and put him
back in on offense," said Frieder. "That's just one of
those things.
"If we could somehow get it (the lead) under 10 or
something, we'd have a lot better chance in the second
half, but that just didn't work. That ends up really
urting us."
Frieder keeps cool
Unlike his clay counterpart, however, Frieder didn't
lose his head.
Keeping his team in the locker room until there was
;just over a minute left in the intermission, Frieder fig-
ured out a strategy to pull his team back from an 11-
point deficit and nearly win this road game against a
;tough team.
Michigan blowing an eight-point lead was the
negative part of this day. But there were many posi-
tives.
Both teams played outstanding basketball. The Big
Ten announced that there are several league teams ready
to defend the national title that Indiana won last year.
"It was a great game just from the standpoint it
showcases our conference," said Iowa coach Dr. Tom
Davis.
For a road game, Michigan played very well. The
Wolverines shot 56 percent from the floor and had a
balanced scoring attack.
"Playing on the road and playing against all these
great fans and things like that - it can't do nothing
but (make us) better," said Grant. And Michigan
probably won't have to play on an opponent's home
court in the NCAA tournament.
7 Grea4 great guard
Finally, Grant's ability to play the entire second
half with four fouls and not foul out shows what he
can do when necessary. And he wasn't just hanging on
for life - he scored 15 of his 24 points in, the second
-half.
Davis said he was surprised at Grant being able to
play the last 20 minutes without fouling out.
"You get those fouls and all of a sudden it's like
there's an invisible shield around the star," said Davis.
.,"You got to give him credit too for not doing anything
foolish and still being as effective as he was. He's a
n geat, great guard."
Great, great guards like Earvin "Magic" Johnson and
SIsiah Thomas led Big Ten teams with weaker support-
.. ig casts than Michigan's to national championships.
Oh yes, Mr. Bill!

Shucks
'31' league title hopes fade
after loss in corn country

(Continued from Page 1)
fouled out.
To add insult to injury, Horton's
rousing slam dunk with one second
left brought the boisterous crowd of
15,500 to its feet one last time.
HORTON HURT the Wolver-
ines all day. The 6-8, 230-pound ju-
nior scored 16 points and grabbed a
game-high 11 rebounds. He and
backup Kent Hill (10 rebounds)
helped the Hawkeyes outrebound
Michigan, 39-29.
"I think the real key to the game
was that they crushed us on the
boards," said Frieder, who lost for
just the second time in his last 11
meetings with Iowa. "They're quick,
strong athletes."
It did not help either that Gary
Grant played the entire second half
with four fouls. "I couldn't pressure
the ball hard," Grant said. "And I had
to let them cut through and things
like that just to make sure they (the
referees) wouldn't call a sissy foul
on me or whatever you want to call
it."
GRANT still managed to lead
the Wolverines in scoring with 24
points, including 15 in the second
half. He also handed out seven as-
sists.
Roy Marble led five Hawkeyes in
double figures with 19 points.
"It's amazing to see the guys in
double figures that we've had game
after game," Iowa coach Tom Davis
said. "I think that says something
about the unselfishness 9f this
team."
In addition to his offensive
prowess, Marble played a major role
in holding the Big Ten's leading
scorer, Glen Rice, to 20 points on
eight-of-17 shooting. Eleven of
those points came early in the sec-
ond half.
"The guy 's a great scorer," said
Marble, the runner-up to Rice for
Michigan's Mr. Basketball in 1985.
"I know that better than anybody.

"I tried to do everything I could
just to make him change up his
routine, because if you chase him 40
minutes, that will be about as many
points as he'll score at the end of the
game."
MARBLE rebounded from an
eight-point effort in a 120-103 loss
to Michigan earlier in the season in
Ann Arbor.
Although the outcome was dif-
ferent this time, the game resembled*
the two teams' earlier confrontatiot
in its up-tempo style. The two
highest scoring teams in the confer4
ence ran and ran some more, result-
ing in several momentum shifts.
"Running games are going to
have that," Davis said. "Anytime
you run, you're not going to be as
steady and consistent as if you'
played a 50-, 60-point game. That's
pretty easy tocall."
Although the loss of forward Al
Lorenzen to a back injury in early
February weakened Davis' bench, he
kept the eight players he used fresh
by running them in and out of°V
lineup. The Hawkeye bei
outscored the Wolverines', 24-10a,
Foul trouble to Griffin force1Z
Frieder to play essentially just si'
players, perhaps explaining in part
why a tired Michigan team could not;:
hold onto its second-half lead.
Said Frieder, "So often when you
have to play catch up against a godd
basketball team, and you finally:
catch 'em, and you go ahead, and
then you don't sustain it."

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Daily Photo by BRAD MILLS
Michigan's Glen Rice shoots over Iowa's Roy Marble in the first half of Saturday's loss to
the Hawkeyes. Marble's stellar defensive performance limited Rice, who is the Big Ten's
leading scorer, to 20 points.

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-Do Hawkeye fans dislike Bill
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Michigan coach and his team left the
court right before the singing of the
national anthem, one fan yelled,
"That's right, Bill, take 'em in the
locker room where you can swear at
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apparently referring to last season
when Frieder had some choice words
for Iowa guard Jeff Moe, which
could be lip-read by the the national-
television audience.
-The home crowd didn't stop at
Frieder either. The Iowa faithful
chanted, "S-A-T! S-A-T! S-A-T!" at

Proposition 48 casualities Terry
Mills and Rumeal Robinson late in
the first half. Ironically, a story
appeared in Saturday's Des Moines
Register saying the average ACT
score for Iowa high school students
dropped off this year. Hmm.
-Last Monday at Crisler Arena,
Michigan defeated Michigan State,
77-67, behind Rice's 33 points. Fan
favorite Steve Stoyko received a
large ovation from the less-than-
capacity crowd when he sank a three-
pointer from the top of the key as
time ran out in the first half. His
,three points in the game marked his
season high in the Big Ten.

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