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Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Monday, March 28, 1988

I The Schef's Specialty
BY ADAM SCHEFTER

Robinson takes command
from the departing General

SEATTLE - In London, a guard
at Buckingham Palace is supposed to
protect the royalty and make sure that
things run smoothly.
In Seattle, at the West Regional, a
guard is supposed to control the
tempo and try to secure his team's
well-being.
Throughout his career, Gary Grant
has done just that. But Saturday,
there was a changing of the guards,

effective over the next two years.
Rumeal Robinson stepped in and
took over from Grant as the main
man at the guard position. He was
practically a one-man show, doing
everything in his power to extend
Michigan's season.
AS MUCH AS he tried, how-
ever, nothing could be done without
the experienced guard Grant perform-
ing near his All-American capabili-

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tics.
Grant's career officially ended
when he fouled out with 36 seconds
left in Michigan's 78-69 loss to
North Carolina. But, taking his
numbers into account, itkactually
ended in Salt Lake City against
Florida.
The senior sputtered all afternoon,
totalling five turnovers and seven
points - 14 and one-half under his
season average - in bringing back
unpleasant memories of losses to
Villanova and Iowa State.
He made some crucial mistakes
down the stretch that did nothing to
endear him to John Thompson, the
coach of this year's Olympic team,
who was present in the crowd.
WITH MICHIGAN trailing,
68-62, Grant threw a pass that was
intercepted by King Rice, who went
in for the uncontested lay-up.
Then, when the Wolverines cut
the lead to 72-68, J.R. Reid missed a
foul shot. Grant grabbed the rebound,
only to be stripped seconds later by
Reid, who muscled the ball away.
from him. The steal resulted in two
more North Carolina points and a
song from the fat lady, a serenade
Grant wasn't quite ready to hear.
"Right off the bat, my game
wasn't on," said Grant. "I knew it,
but I tried to still play in the flow of
the game. Every basketball player
goes through it, and today it was my
turn.
That turn marked the end of one
brilliant guard's career - and the
start of another.
R OBINSON scored the first
points of the game for the Wolver-
ines on a 12-foot jumper from the
left baseline and the team's last

points on free throws.
In between were a variety of dunks
and drives that kept the Wolverines
in the game.
"Whoever expected Robinson to
play that kind of game?" said North
Carolina coach Dean Smith. "He
dominated things."
One person who Robinson didn't
surprise was Reid, who was familiar
with Robinson's style of play from
the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival.
"I know Rumeal is an exception-
ally strong player," said Reid, an
imposing figure himself. "He likes
to take the ball to the basket, draw
fouls, or dish it off to an open
player. He's tough to play. He's a
prototype guard in the NBA because
a guy can't check him one on one. I
haven't seen anyone who can stop
him like that."
BUT WHAT separates Robin-
son from all his predecessors is his
attitude. His level-headedness and de-
sire to win exceeds that of most
players, and he knows what it takes
to go beyond the Sweet 16.
"I scored, but wow, we lost," said
Robinson. "You have to take every-
body and put them into the game.
It's not who puts the ball up, it's
making everybody feel good. You see
Magic Johnson do that all the time.
That's how. you win."
Now, it's no longer Grant's team
to run. It's Robinson's. It's no
longer G-squared, but R-squared. It's
out with the old, and in with the
new. The change of guards is com-
plete - and Michigan's future rests
in good hands.

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Cooley
captures
state title
By TAYLOR LINCOLN
Last year, Detroit Cooley stunned
no. 1 ranked and undefeated Detroit
Southwestern in the state finals.
This year Cooley stunned no. 1
ranked and undefeated-Southwestern
in the semi-finals, earning a return
trip to last Saturday's Class A final
at Crisler arena; - against upstart
Flint-Northwestern.
Northwestern entered Saturday's
game as prohibitive underdogs, but
they weren't about to make winning
back-to-back titles easy for Cooley.
THE WILDCATS (17-10)
gave the Cardinals (22-4) all they
could handle, playing the defending
champions evenly through the first
27 minutes, before bowing 66-55.
Northwestern, whom Michigan
forward Glen Rice led to the state ti-
tse in '84 and '85, started its season
0-4, and entered the post-season
tournament 11-9. But a string of
upsets, including victories over
highly regarded Saginaw, East
Kentwood and Jackson, sent them to
the finals.
And, until the final five minutes
against Cooley, Northwestern played
as if nobody told them that they
were outclassed. Largely behind the
scoring of guard Freddie Darough (20
points) and forward Reggie Richard-
son(12 points, six rebounds), the
Wildcats led for much of the game.
But Cooley exhibited extreme
patience against Northwestern's 2-1-
2 zone. Leading 52-50 with just un-
der five minutes remaining, the Car-
dinals held the ball for 2:23 then
converted a Daniel Lyton lay-up
from forward Maurice Benson.
C O OL EY scored eight of the
next ten points, opening what had
been a 50-50 deadlock into a com-
manding 64-52 margin.
Lyton, a center, led Cooley in
scoring with 1~8 points. He shot 5-
for-7 from the floor and 8-for-10
from the line. Benson led the Cardi-
nals with 19 rebounds. Star forward
Rafael Peterson, who entered the
game averaging over 24 points per
game was held to 12.
Prior to the game, Cooley coach
Ben Kelso had expressed concern that
his team would be emotionally down
after its upset of Southwestern. After
the game, Kelso believed that his
concerns were well founded.
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