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Page 12 -The Michigan Daily-Monday, January 11, 1988

Rice cooks against

Gophers

Michigan surges
past Minnesota

By GREG MOLZON
With a 40-point performance
against Minnesota Saturday, Glen
Rice has established himself as a
legitimate All-American candidate.
The 6-7 forward teams with guard
Gary Grant, who scored 25 points in
the Wolverines' 103-71 win over the
Golden Gophers, to give Michigan
one of the best one-two scoring
punches in the country. Few teams
can boast of having two such
dangerous offensive players.
"Rice and Grant have proven that
they're two of the most outstanding
players, not only in the Big Ten, but
in the country," Minnesota coach
Clem Haskins said.
HASKINS found out firsthand
just how outstanding Rice can play.
After scoring 15 points in the first
half, the junior forward erupted for
25 more (hitting 10 of 11 shots) in
the second half as the Wolverines
turned a one-point halftime lead into
a 32-point victory.
With Michigan clinging to a 37-
36 halftime edge, Rice scored 17
points as the Wolverines spurted to a

67-52 lead in the first 10 minutes of
the second half. In the game, Rice
connected on 15 of 20 shots,
including two of three three-pointers,
and hit eight of nine free throw
attempts.
"They were looking for me," Rice
said of his teammates. "They realize
when a man is hot, you have to give
him the ball."
The Flint native's career-high 40
points were the most scored by a
Wolverine since Mike McGee tallied
37 versus Ohio State in 1981.
"GLEN RICE was sensa-
tional," Michigan coach Bill Frieder
said. "I'm glad to see him have a
great night. He deserved that. He's
just had an outstanding career."
Rice peppered Minnesota with
silky-smooth jumpers and fast break
dunks and layups, reminiscent of his
performance in a 100-92 victory over
Iowa last season. In that contest, the
6-7, 215-pounder scored 33 points,
also on 15-for-20 shooting.
Rice thought he was at his best
during the Iowa game, and didn't
have any idea that he would top that

performance against Minnesota.
"I didn't really feel that," Rice
said. "I was justeout there playing.
The way the team was playing
together, it really sparked me."
"Glen is going to have those
games," Grant said. "He's going to
have three, four, or five more games
like that just because he's a great
shooter."
THE CRISLER Arena audi-
ence may not have seen Rice's best,
yet. Grant said that he's played better
in practice and Rice also believes he
can improve. "Oh yeah. The more
and more I work on my game, the
better I think I can get," the former
Michigan high school Mr. Basket-
ball said.
Rice, who led Flint Northwestern
to two straight state championships
in high school and was a key reserve

on one Michigan Big Ten champion,
will have a big say in whether he
picks up any more championship
rings with the Wolverines.
Some more big games and
another conference championship
would deservedly bring more na-
tional recognition to the underrated
shooting forward, who is now aver-
aging 22.3 points and 6.8 rebounds
per game this season.
The confident, and not always too
modest, Grant said that Rice is
already one of the country's top
players. "He's the second best player
in the country," Grant said, placing
himself as the best. "He doesn't get
enough credit. Glen Rice is better
than all those forwards out there. I'm
telling you, it's not just because
he's on my team.
"It's because he can play."

By SCOTT SHAFFER
The first half was a battle. But
the final 20 minutes were a mas-
sacre.
The Wolverine basketball team
trounced Minnesota, 103-71, at
Crisler Arena Saturday night,
outscoring its opponent by 31
points in the second half.
Glen Rice poured in 40 points for
Michigan, the third-highest total in
Crisler Arena history. Gary Grant
added 25. Willie Burton came off the
bench to score 17 for Minnesota. He
was the only Gopher to reach double
figures.
It was the twelfth consecutive
victory for the Wolverines, who
raised their record to 13-1, 2-0 in the
Big Ten.
MINNESOTA, (6-6, 0-2),
stayed right with Michigan
throughout the first half, going into
the locker room trailing 37-36. The
first two-and-a-half minutes of the
second half was more of the same,
with Minnesota actually pulling
even at 44-44. Suddenly, the
Wolverines went on a scoring spree,
netting 14 of the next 16 points.
They never looked back.
Minnesota head coach Clem
Haskins viewed the lopsided finish
as a case of the better players taking
charge. "You can play pretty good
basketball for 20 or 25 minutes, but
eventually the athletes and talent get
to you," he said.
It was as if the Wolverines were a
different bunch of players in identical
uniforms in each half. The first-half
version of the Wolverines shot 34
percent from the field, but the
second-half squad made 70 percent of
its shots.
"YOU CAN always build on
lethargic play and really go after
them. We did that at halftime," said
Michigan head coach Bill Frieder.
But Gary Grant had a simpler
theory on the outcome of the game.
"We got some steals to set the stage
and Glen Rice had a great ball game.

That's what really won it for us," he
said.
Rice, a former Mr. Basketball of
Michigan, was nearly perfect in the
second half, scoring 25 points on
10-for-11 shooting before leaving to
a standing ovation from the capacity
crowd. The junior forward said
afterwards that it was the best
performance of his career at
Michigan.
RICE BEGAN a string of
highlight-film making plays with a
three-point play when he received a
behind-the-back pass from Grant and
hit a layup while being fouled.
More spectacular plays followed
even as the outcome became clearer.
A Terry Mills dunk brought the
crowd to its feet and gave Michigan
a 23-point lead with about eight
minutes to go. Mills, who scored
11, celebrated the dunk with a mini-
dance before hitting the free throw to
make it a three-point play.
Rumeal Robinson and Mark
Hughes each chipped in with eight
points.
The biggest lead of the game
came when Steve Stoyko canned an
18-foot jumper with 2:19 left in the
game, giving the Wolverines a 36-
point bulge.
M I N N E S O T A co-captain
Richard Coffey summed it up best:
"Michigan has the type of players
that can explode at any time. In the
first half we controlled the tempo,
but we can't run with them."
It was the first home game since
guards Sean Higgins and Demetrius
Calip were declared academically in-
eligible. Both of them attended the
game, sitting in the sixth row of the
stands behind the scorers' table. Kirk
Taylor, their replacement in the
lineup, played 17 minutes but failed
to score.
The Wolverines next game is
Thursday, when they travel to East
Lansing to play Michigan State. The
Spartans, 5-7, are mired in a four-
game losing streak.

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'Glen Rice is better
than all those forwards
out there. I'm telling you,
it's not just because he's
on my team. It's because
he can play.'
-Michigan guard
Gary Grant

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services had been rendered useless for
the time being. Instead of wearing a
white shirt at home and blue shirt on
the road, he wore a permanent red
shirt. A shirt that reminded us that
once again Kirk Taylor was waiting
for the day when he would have the

Michigan forward Glen Rice scored 40 points against Minnesota Saturday
night, the most by a Wolverine at Crisler Arena in seven years.

opportunity to step to the forefront.
That day came last week when
Higgins and Calip were declared
academically ineligible. Taylor
shedded his red shirt and instead
donned the maize and blue for the
first time against Northwestern. The
understudy scored seven points after
suddenly being thrust into action.
His presence and skills are now
needed and necessary. Call it
achieving recognition.
Maybe not as much as Higgins
and Calip when they walked into
Crisler, but Taylor's playing days
just began last week.

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