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Men's Basketball
vs. Eastern Michigan
Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Women's Basketball
vs. Auburn
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

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The Michigan Doily.

Monday, December 12, 1988

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The Holl Truth
BY JULIE HOLLMAN
Western Michigan goes
oh-for-three on big day

'M' withstands
big MAC attack

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The
Western Michigan campus was
bubbling with excitement Saturday
'afternoon. Second-ranked Michigan
was in town to play basketball,
defending national champion Lake
Superior State was in to play
hockey, and the Western football
team was on the West coast to play
in the California Bowl, the Broncos'
first-ever nationally televised football
game.
If everything had proceeded by
pan, Saturday would have gone
down in Western history as the
school's most victorious day.
Michigan spoiled everything.
THE WOLVERINES just had
t' do their own celebrating. They
couldn't play the right way. They had
to be such party poopers.
When the Western basketball team
invited Michigan to Read Fieldhouse
on the biggest day in their school's
prts history, the Broncos expected
ti ;Wolverines to get wrapped up in
the festivities. Instead of giving their
hosts a present, Michigan spoiled the
fun and handed the Broncos a 107-60
loss.
If the Broncos wanted the trifecta,
they should have invited somebody
else, because Michigan wanted no
part of this historical stuff - unless,
of course, the Wolverines were
writing the record books. Western's
47-point loss tied the team record
that was set last year against
Michigan at Crisler Arena.
"When we went to Ann Arbor last
year, they beat us pretty bad, and I
didn't want it to happen again,"
Western forward Phil Holmes said. "I
kniew it was going to be a tough
game, but I didn't think it was going
td be this tough. I thought that if we
could have gotten a win here it would

have supported the football team, but
we didn't."
THE LOSS, which came before
Read Fieldhouse's first full house in
four years, set a bad trend for
Western. On top of the crushing
basketball defeat, the football team
lost to Fresno State, 35-30, and the
hockey team lost, 3-2.
Defeat was hard to swallow,
especially since the Broncos jumped
to a 10-2 lead and looked like they
might give Michigan a tough battle.
"We came out strong," center Tony
Baumgardt said. "I think maybe we
surprised them with how we were
playing."
But the fiery mood of the party
didn't last to the 11-minute mark.
With 8 minutes 42 seconds gone,
Michigan took the lead at 15-13 and
ran away. At halftime Michigan led,
45-24.
Glen Rice was the first Wolverine
to get rowdy and inhospitable. Rice's
first three baskets of the game were
dunks. Rumeal Robinson also got
into the act with two breakaway
slams. A little R&R was not what
Western needed. Rice and Robinson
ended the half as Michigan's leading
scorers with 15 and nine,
respectively.
In the second half Michigan
continued to trample Western, which
failed to show any of its first-quarter
life. "Our intensity level just
dropped," Holmes said. "Some of our
players were intimidated. I think that
if they were not the second team in
the nation we would have played a
lot better."
Western head coach Vernon Payne
disagreed that Michigan could have
such a psychological effect. "I'm
See Bashed, Page 11.

OSE JUAREZI~aiy
Michigan's Glen Rice has led the Wolverines to an 8-0 start.
'M' EMU pit perfect records
BY STEVE BLONDER
If the Michigan Wolverines beat Eastern Michigan tonight, they will
have beaten all of the state's representatives to the Mid-American
Conference.
"If we win (tonight), I'd say we could win the MAC championship,"
Michigan coach Bill Frieder joked Saturday.
The 5-0 Hurons hope to spoil Michigan's perfect 8-0 record with their
second-ever victory against the Wolverines. Tip-off is at 7:30 at Crisler.
"Eastern has been quietly preparing for us since last year (when
Michigan won, 115-63). When teams quietly prepare, that concerns us,"
Frieder said.
Michigan forward Glen Rice promised the Wolverines would come out
ready to beat the Hurons.
"I expect them to play us hard, but we'll be ready when we come out
on our home floor. It's not hard to get up for these teams because Coach
has trained us well. We will not let a MAC team beat us," Rice said.
The Hurons are led by a pair of undersized guards - 5-foot-10 senior
Howard Chambers and 5-11 sophomore Lorenzo Neely - who will have
trouble matching up with 6-9 Sean Higgins and 6-3 Rumeal Robinson.
Chambers averaged nearly 12 points per game last season and has been
the leading scorer this year. Neely added 11 points per game last year.

BY STEVE BLONDER
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The
scoring express continued Saturday as
the Michigan basketball team
overcame a sluggish start to go over
100 points for the fourth time in its
last five games.
"When they do the things I tell
'em to do, they can score," coach Bill
Frieder said after the Wolverines hit
their first 12 shots of the second half
to seal a 107-60 victory over Western
Michigan.
The Michigan defense created key
turnovers to add some spark to an
otherwise auspicious start and held
Western to 34 percent shooting from
the field.
THE BRONCOS gave
Michigan a battle for the first 10
minutes, jumping out to a 10-2 lead
in the first 3 minutes 10 seconds.
"We didn't want Western to go on
a quick run early. I'm glad they didn't
get six or eight more on us. But after
that, we played very well," Frieder
said. After the initial run - in which
Phil Holmes scored five of Western's
first 10 points - a Rumeal
Robinson slam with 8:42 gone in
the first half gave Michigan a lead it
never lost.
Michigan improved to 8-0, while
Western fell to 3-3.
"For the most part, our guys went
out and played them as hard as they
could play them. I haven't seen a
team as good as Michigan is in a
long time, " Western coach Vernon
Payne said. "We had to play flawless
basketball to be successful. We did,
but only for 10 minutes."
MICHIGAN had six players
score in double figures, led by Glen
Rice's 28 poihts.
"In this game, we all played as a
team. We can't be beat if we play
like a team and get everyone
involved," said Terry Mills, who
scored 14 points and grabbed six
rebounds.

Mark Hughes came off the bench.
to spark Michigan, connecting on'
five of his nine shots to set season
highs in scoring (11) and rebounds
(12). Robinson tied a career higlh
with 11 assists, in addition tQ
scoring 17 points, while Sean
Higgins scored 11 and Loy Vaught
added 10.
Jerry Overstreet scored 17 and lei
the Broncos in rebounding (six),
while Holmes added 16 for Western.
Payne felt the key to Michigan
was its frontline, which he called the
best collective group of frontcoul-t
players he has seen recently.
"Michigan presents so many
problems. They are a power team;
yet all of their power players are such
great passers,"-Payne said. "It makes
them impossible to defend, because
they play so well together as a team'
You just can't take Michigan out of
its game. The players are really irk
sync with what they need."
No. 2 Michigan found itself id
trouble early, fighting a hostile
crowd that had suddenly come to life
and a Western team that didn't want
to quit.
After a time-out, the WolverineA
scored seven unanswered points, and
outscored the Broncos, 21-8, to take
a 35-18 lead with 3:37 to play in the
first half. Michigan scored the last
nine points of the half to take a 45,
24 halftime lead into the locket
room.
Michigan came out strong in the
second half and put the game out o,
reach, scoring on its first 14
possessions. Rice scored 11 of thosd
points, hitting from the corners an4
the baseline and showing the crowd
his slamming style, as Michigan
took a 73-40 lead with nearly 12
minutes left to play.
From that point on, it was ali
academic, as Michigan continued its
dominance over the Broncos, leading
102-50 with 3:41 left in the game. ;;

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