Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 13, 1988
'M' strolls past
BY ADAM SCHRAGER
BY STEVE BLONDER
The Michigan running game last
night at Crisler Arena resembled a
slow-motion replay of babies
beginning to walk as opposed to
their usual fun-and-gun style of
basketball, but the No. 2 Wolverines
showed their versatility in disposing
of Eastern Michigan 80-57.
A patient Huron offense used up
most of the 45-second clock each
time down the floor in an effort to
force Michigan (9-0) to expand
additional energy on defense.
"We tried hard to control the
tempo on the offensive end by
handling the ball well and then
getting easy shots," Huron coach
Ben Braun said. "We had a lot of
opportunities, and that's all I could
ask of my players."
Michigan coach Bill Frieder
complimented the way Eastern forced
his Wolverines to play a "different"
style of basketball.
"This was the first time we had to
play that type of game," Frieder said.
"Eastern did a good job controlling
the tempo, and it affected our
For the game, Michigan shot 50
percent from the field, a far cry from
the 61 percent the Wolverines had
"It used to be that 50 percent was
a good shooting night, but the way
we've been playing, that figure is
low," Frieder said. "Tonight we took
good shots, but they just weren't
Sean Higgins scored 18 points to
lead the Wolverines, while Terry
Mills, Loy Vaught, and Glen Rice
all scored 12. Rice, who scored eight
of Michigan's first 11 points, played
only 19 minutes due to bouts with
tonsillitis and the flu.
Lorenzo Neely led the Hurons (5-
1) with 18 points, including eight of
Eastern's first 16.
"Neely was tremendous," Frieder
said. "I think he's a good player and
he will make Eastern Michigan a
good team. He completely outplayed
The Wolverines found themselves
in an unfamiliar position, trailing
Eastern, 18-17, midway through the
first half. Michigan then went on a
8-2 run to go up, 25-20. Kirk
Taylor's 18-footer capped the rally
with 4:36 left in the half.
Vaught and Higgins each scored
four points near the end of the half
to put Michigan ahead, 34-27.
The Wolverines came out strong
to start the second half, scoring 11
unanswered points to take a
commanding 45-27 lead with 17
minutes to play.
Rumeal Robinson attempts to split two Eastern Michigan
defenders during first-half action last night at Crisler Arena.
Robinson led the Wolverines with six assists.
ATTENTION TALENTED PEOPLE!
Hurons cannot ruin
Blue's holiday cheer
'Twas was the night before the last day of classes, and everything was
sound. Not a creature was stirring in Crisler Arena because Eastern
Michigan had come to town.
In Michigan's 80-57 victory fast night over its Wastenaw County
rivals, a new type of basketball reared its ugly head. Heavens no, could it
be ... yes, slow-down basketball.
The nasty Hurons arrived with the intent to steal the holiday cheer
from the nice, gentle, orderly Crisler fans.
"No, I'm not going to let Michigan score 100 points on my team as
they did on Central Michigan, South Dakota State, etc.," scowled Eastern
coach Ben "The Grinch" Braun before last night's game.
THE FANS PLEADED with Michigan coach Bill Frieder to
"please" save them from this horrendously boring basketball. "We want to
see basketball's version of the run-and-shoot offense," they seemed to say.
At first, the mean and nasty Braun had things his way. Only 33 total
points were scored in the first 10 minutes of the game. And the score at
the half was a mere Michigan 34, Eastern Michigan 27.
As one looked around, one saw anxious, worried faces. Would this be
the team that upset the proud and strong Wolverines?
After all, they outrebounded Michigan, 18-17, in the first half. And the
Hurons were still in the game despite shooting a paltry 37 percent from
Could they bore the fans and the Wolverines to an unwanted, uncalled
for, and unbelievable victory?
AS THE WOLVERINES approached the floor for the second half,
the marching band chimed in with a rousing rendition of "The Victors."
All the fans bordering on sleep because of Eastern's version of Nyquil, the
dribbling, passing, not shooting, so you can rest basketball, rose to their
feet in hope that their mighty Michigan team could overcome this
With 20 seconds gone in the half, Michigan's Glen Rice hit two free
throws. One minute passed and there was no more scoring. Ninety
seconds went by and still nothing more. Could Eastern prevail?
Fear not, because the story does have a happy ending. At the 1:45
mark of the half, Sean Higgins hit a jumper. At 2:01, Rumeal Robinson
made a layup. At 2:37, Mike Griffin sunk a jump hook. Before the
proverbial dust had cleared, Michigan was ahead by 15, and timeout had
The fans eased back in their chairs for the threat had been vanquished.
The Hurons would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the game.
But what will transpire if this happens again? Will the Wolverines be
able to stop a ,team with more talent than Eastern that plays valium
basketball? More importantly, will the Wolverines retain their fans that
are used to seeing 78 rpm-type basketball?
As difficult a it may seem, something good came from this story.
Listen to Michigan assistant coach Steve Fisher: "I don't think we'll see a
lot of that stalling in the Big Ten season."
MAC attack complete
EASTERN MICHIGAN (57)
Ch. Thomas 2-5 3-3 8, Hallas 4-10 1-2 9, Desalvo 1-2 1-1 3, Chambers 1-7 0-0 2,
Neely 7-17 4-4 18, Nolan 0-0 2-2 2, Ca. Thomas 3-8 2-2 9, Henderson 3-6 0-1 6,
Hughes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-55 13-15 57.
Rice 3-6 6-6 12, Mills 3-6 6-6 12, Griffin 2-2 1-2 5, Higgins 7-13 3-3 18, Robinson -
10 2-3 6, Hughes 2-3 1-2 5, Vaught 6-8 0-1 12, Taylor 2-5 0-2 4, Oosterbaan 1-3 2-2
4, Pelinka, 0-1 0-0 0, Calip 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-58 21-25 80.
Halftime-Michigan 34, EMU 27. Three-point field goals-EMU 2-10 (Ch. Thomas 1-3,
Chambers 0-1, Neely 0-2, Ca. Thomas 1-4), Michigan 1-4 (Higgins 1-1, Robinson 0-1,
Taylor 0-2). Fouled out-Henderson. Rebounds-EMU 30 (Halas7), Michigan 37 (Vaught
8) . Assists-EMU 8 (Neely 4), Michigan 15 (Robinson 6). Technical fouls-none. Total
fouls-EMU 20, MIchigan 16.
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