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The Schef's Specialty

The Michigan Daily-Monday, March 7, 1988- Page 9
FRIEDER CRITICAL OF TEAM IN 80-67 DEFEAT
Purdue clinches Big Ten title

BY ADAM SCHEFTER

McCants donates clutch free
throws from charity stripe
WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue head coach, Gene Keady, had been
making center Melvin McCants stay after practice to shoot an extra
100 free throws.
So Saturday morning, just hours before the game, McCants went
to the foul line to do some last-minute fine tuning.
"I was doing pretty bad at the end," McCants said.
How bad Melvin?
"Well, it was bad, let's just put it that way," he replied. "I thought
I was going to have a bad night at the line. But I guess I didn't."
IT WAS PRIMARILY McCants' 14-of-16 performance from
the charity stripe that clinched the Big Ten title for Purdue. The junior
center went into the game shooting 64.6 percent from the foul line.
He made nine-of-10 in the first half, and he continued his uncon-
scious shooting in the second half. Four more without a miss, the
second two coming at the 2:36 mark, with the Boilermakers' leading
by two - their first points since 8:57.
Then, with Purdue holding the ball and a 69-65 lead, two minutes
remained on the clock. Like the clubs first meeting in Ann Arbor, the
Boilermakers instituted their stall offense. They ran the shot clock
down to five seconds before McCants got the ball and drew the foul.
McCants stood at the line, just like earlier that morning, with a
chance to send the Mackey Arena crowd into a frenzy.
Surely he was due to miss.
He took a deep breath and put up his first attempt. Swish - defy-
ing the odds once again.
THE REFEREE GAVE him the ball back. He hoisted it once
again.
Finally, a miss. But Todd Mitchell was there to grab the loose
ball, put it back up, draw the foul, and put the game out of reach. It
was ironic that McCants second miss of the game led to three more
Boilermaker points.
It was also funny that McCants performance came on a day when
he had to be pulled from the game continually due to stomach cramps.
Those cramps didn't come from eating any food at Mel's Diner either.
He claimed to be nervous about playing in the title game, but it was
hard to tell from his physical style.
"I hope he has stomach cramps every game," said an overjoyed
Keady.
McCants' play upset Bill Frieder's stomach even more.
"I'll tell you, he had a career game didn't he?" Frieder asked know-
ingly. "We did a pretty good job on all of their players, except Mc-
Cants. He was just outstanding in there.
"We know Melvin's a player. We recruited him hard, and we
thought we were going to get him. He was our No. I recruit, that
year.
AHEAD OF RICK CALLOWAY of Indiana. Ahead of Roy
Marble of Iowa. Ahead of Michigan's own Glen Rice. McCants
choice came down to two schools, but "Michigan was too far from
home and too cold for me," the Chicago native said.
Purdue was thrilled to land the big man. And even though he hasn't
exactly done everything that was expected, he has shown how valuable
he is to the Big Ten champs.
In Purdue's only league loss against Indiana, McCants had seven
points and two rebounds. In an 80-78 overtime win over Wichita
State, McCants had five points and two rebounds. And in Purdue's
narrow 72-70 victory over hapless Michigan State, McCants tallied
seven points and two rebounds.
Saturday, he scored a career-high 24 points and pulled down 10 re-
bounds. That shouldn't come as a big surprise though against a team
that has shown how vulnerable it is to a big man who can put the ball
in the hole. Syracuse's Rony Seikaly ate up Michigan's frontcourt.
Iowa's Ed Horton did the same. McCants' number was up.

By JEFFRUSH
Special to the Daily
WEST LAFAYETTE - The 65-
limit and the Mackey Arena cops
insured Purdue's 80-67 victory over
Michigan and the Boilermakers'
clinching the outright Big Ten
championship here Saturday before
14,123 fans.
With 8:58 left in the game, se-
nior Todd Mitchell's 15-foot jumper
gave Purdue a 65-53 lead and seem-
ing control of the game. For the
next six and one-half minutes, how-
ever, the Boilermakers couldn't get
past the 65-mark, and Michigan
closed the deficit to two.
Purdue scored four points to in-

crease the lead to 69-63, but Michi-
gan senior Gary Grant's lay-up
pushed the Wolverines to 65. The
Boilermakers then were able to stall
Michigan's offense the rest of the
way. Purdue was on the road to
Kansas City, where the NCAA Final
Four is being held this year.
PUR D UE gained the confer-
ence's automatic bid to the NCAA
tournament by winning the Big Ten
outright. The Boilermakers probably
will receive the No. 1 seed in Mid-
west regional, the finals of which are
being held in the Pontiac Silver-
dome.
The Mackey Arena cops - a.k.a.
the referees - helped Purdue's cause

Saturday by calling 27 fouls on the
Wolverines and only eight on the
Boilermakers. Purdue outscored
Michigan at the free-throw line, 25-
4.
Purdue's two starting seniors
guards, Troy Lewis and Everette
Stephens, served notice after the
game to West Lafayette's real cops
that there was some serious partying
to be done.
"Your place or mine tonight?"
asked Lewis of Stephens in the press
room.
"Mine," answeredhStephens.
"You're all coming, right?"
LEWIS and Mitchell assented,
then Lewis turned to the press and
said, "We got a church meeting
tonight, you know? A little Bible
study."
Purdue coach Gene Keady always
did seem a religious sort of guy.
Keady, whose team beat Michi-
gan for the second time this season,
called the win and the Big Ten
championship very gratifying, espe-
cially for the seniors, but said, "The
most important thing (the NCAA
tournament) for them is yet to
come."
Frieder, on the other hand,
stressed how hard it is for a team to
win the Big Ten championship out-
right and congratulated Keady and his
team for their accomplishment.
THE MICHIGAN coach criti-
cized his own team, saying that Gary
Grant's abdominal strain and Loy
Vaught's flu were just excuses for
his team's not playing better. He
said that his Big Ten championship
teams of two and three years ago
would have overcome such prob-
lems, and that his present team is
not as good as his former team was.

"If they were, they'd have won-
the Big Ten championship," said
Frieder.
Melvin McCants overcame.
stomach cramps early in the game to
lead the Boilermakers with 24 points
(14 at the line) and 10 rebounds.
Grant led four Michigan players in
double figures with 16 points.
McCants said his nervousness
over playing for the title caused the
cramps. He started off the game
slowly, prompting Keady to tell him
early on, "I got cramps too - from.
the way you're playing."
After watching McCants then go
to the line 10 times in the first half,
Frieder became incensed when an,
apparent Grant lay-up was waved off
because of a foul before -the shot.
The senior Wolverine wasn't allowed
a trip to the line because Michigan
wasn't yet in the bonus.
FRIEDER took his towel off
his shoulder and flung it across the
floor in front of the scorers' tabi,
but apparently no referees saw the
action.
At about the same time, Michi-
gan's Glen Rice was hit by some-
thing thrown from the stands. The
referees conferred with the public ad-
dress announcer, who then warned
the crowd that any foreign objects
thrown onto the court would result
in a two-shot technical.
The fans, having seen Frieder toss
his towel and make a clean get-away,
hooted at the announcer, who con-
tinued to warn them of the dangers
of throwing things onto the floor.
Frieder, asked in the press confer-
ence where the towel on the floor
had come from, said, "I don't even
know."

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