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Women's Basketball
vs. Iowa
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

_______ Monday, March 6, 1989

Men's Swimming
Club Wolverine Invitational
Friday-Sunday, TBA
Canham Natatorium

The Michigan Daily

Page 9

No OT in rematch comes as
s gift for Birthday Boy Frieder




Adam Schrager

Basketball practice and recruiting?
What do those have to do with
birthday celebrations?
Well if you're Michigan
basketball coach Bill Frieder, add
those to a Michigan 119-96 victory
over Iowa in Crisler Arena last
Saturday and you have a successful
47th birthday present.
After last month's 108-107
Michigan double-overtime triumph
over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City, the
only thing Frieder, whose birthday
was on Friday, could have hoped for
from this game was another package
of Rolaids. But the Hawkeyes,
minus their Big Ten assist-leader
B.J. Armstrong, who had a strained
hamstring and a bruised left knee,
could not keep up with the
Wolverines this time around.
Michigan scored 100 points for a
team-record ninth time this season.
"We knew coming in here that it
was going to take one of our best
efforts of the year to beat Michigan
here," said Iowa coach Dr. Tom
Davis. "In the first half, they put us
in a hole that we couldn't get out of.
"You just don't replace a B.J.
Armstrong without missing a beat.
He can shoot and pass off the break.
We're going to have to work harder
to pick up the slack."
have been fortunate to avoid two of
the Big Ten's best guards due to
injury recently (Armstrong and Ohio
State's Jay Burson), won their fourth
straight in impressive fashion. After
a quick start led by Terry Mills, who
scored the first eight Wolverine
points, the Hawkeyes fought back to
force seven lead changes until Mich-
igan took control at the 12:02 mark
of the first half.
At that time, guard Rumeal
Robinson converted a slam dunk on
a pass from Mills to give Michigan
a 17-16 lead. Robinson followed that
with a three-point play to start the

assists. Roy Marble led the
Hawkeyes with 30 points.
"WE'RE really doing a great job
finding what defenses are giving us,"
said Frieder. "We're doing a much
better job at doing the right things at
the right times and that is due to
Rumeal Robinson."
Armstrong, who had been hurt in
the Hawkeyes' loss to Michigan
State on Thursday night, left a big
void in the Iowa offense with his
absence that was only announced to
his teammates Saturday morning.
-Nick Anderson's last
second basket leads Illinois to
a 70-67 victory over Indiana
See story on Page 11
Wolverines on a 15-2 run that led to
a 48-33 halftime lead.
The Hawkeyes would get no
closer throughout the rest of the
game as Glen Rice scored 29 of his
game-high 33 points in the second
half. Robinson continued to play
well and scored 22 points with 10
While his replacements Brian Garner
and Troy Skinner did well, they only
combined for seven points and three
assists, 12 points and three assists
under Armstrong's average.
"We didn't find out until today
that he wasn't playing, so it was a
big surprise," said Hawkeye
forward/center Matt Bullard. "It was
different playing with Brian and
Troy. They're different players than
The Wolverines have won four
straight, are 23-6 on the season, and
are arguably playing their best
basketball of the season.
"Recognize that Michigan is a
very, very good basketball team
now,"said Davis. "Look for them to
make a strong run, not only at the
end of this season, but in the NCAA
tournament as well."

Robinson soars over Hawks,
leads streaking M' to NCAA's
With 10:52 remaining in last month's Michigan-Iowa game in Iowa
City, Michigan's Rumeal Robinson dribbled down the floor leading a two-
on-one fast break. He faked a behind-the-back pass with the ball literally
behind his back, before he brought it back for a layup.
At the 10:38 mark, Robinson was once again leading the break when he
faked another behind-the-back pass before being fouled and making two free
After the first play, Iowa players were stuck holding air. After the second,
they were lucky to have grabbed something, even if it was Robinson's
wrist. After both, spectators were left holding their heads.
It was in this game that the 6-foot-2 junior injured the vaunted Hawkeye
press, his critics, as well as his right thumb. But since this injury,
Robinson has played some of his best basketball as a Wolverine, averaging
nearly 15 points and six assists per game.

"Rumeal Robinson was con-
sistently good again," said Michigan
coach Bill Frieder after Saturday's
119-96 victory over Iowa in Crisler
Arena. "We're really doing a great
job finding what defenses are giving
us. We're doing a much better job at
doing the right things at the right
times and that is due to Rumeal
ROLMNSON was shown on the
cover of Saturday's program with his
jersey being held by two Iowa
players that occurred in last season's
Iowa-Michigan game in Crisler.
Unfortunately, for the Hawkeyes,
they couldn't hold him Saturday as
he scored 22 points and tied a
season-high with 10 assists.

Mark Hughes' thunderous slam was part of a
Michigan defeat Iowa, 119-96.

scoring barage which saw

It wasn't the beach, but cagers
bask in glow during vacation

Blue Banter

Next Saturday's Michigan-Illinois
game will be played at 4:00 pm,
ABC announced Sunday. The
network decided to televise the
Wolverines instead of Indiana-Iowa.
- Injury update.
Eric Riley, who has been
redshirted for his first year as a
Wolverine, broke his foot in practice
last week.
Kirk Taylor underwent
reconstructive knee surgery last
Monday, and is now resting
comfortably at home, according to
Michigan trainer Dan Minert. Minert
said the surgery was successful, but
he refused to speculate about how

soon Taylor would be back on the
- Glen Rice needs four points to
pass Gary Grant and move into
second place on Michigan's all-time
scoring list. With 33 points vs.
Iowa, Rice passed Indiana's Don
Schlundt for fifth place on the Big
Ten's all-time scoring list.
- Iowa's Ed Horton tallied his
own form of the triple-double,
Saturday. He scored 20 points,
pulled down 13 rebounds, but turned
the ball over 10 times.
- Bill Frieder said after Saturday's
game that he hopes the NCAA sends
the Wolverines to Dallas for the first
round of the tournament, so in the
Midwest regional final, Michigan
can meet Indiana for the third time
this season and hopefully avenge
two last-second losses.
- Saturday's game marked the
1,000th all-time Big Ten game for
Michigan. The Wolverines first
conference battle came in 1917,
when they lost to Indiana, 21-17.
- Michigan has now won 11 of
their last 13 games against Iowa.

The Michigan basketball team
celebrated Spring vacation with
easy triumphs over an improving
Wisconsin squad (92-70) and
hapless Michigan State (79-52).
The Wolverines moved two
steps closer towards realizing
their goal, winning their last six
The key against Wisconsin
was the performance of All-Amer-
ican Glen Rice. The senior,
playing arguably his best game
ever for Michigan, scoreda38
points, including all seven of his
three-point shots. The outburst
moved him into third place on
Michigan's all-time scoring list.
"He was great," Rumeal
Robinson said about Rice after
the game. "This was one of those
performances where he shoots
great and does everything great."
Robinson didn't have such a
bad game himself, contributing a
season-high ten assists to go
with his eleven points. Loy
Vaught hauled down a game-high
11 rebounds.
Danny Jones and Trent
Jackson led the Badgers, with 31
and 28 points respectively.
The duo accounted for 33 of
Wisconsin's first 36 points, but
the rest of the Badgers were
unable to pick up the load.

"Our offense was typical of us
today," Jackson said. "Michigan
came out today and decided they
wanted to play. We weren't able
to stop their run when we needed
The Badgers beat Michigan,
71-68, in Madison earlier this
MONDAY night's nationally
televised game against the
Spartans was close early, before
Michigan went on an 18-0 run
over a six minute span to change
a 32-27 deficit into a 4 5-32 lead.
"That run - that was the ball
game," an elated Bill Frieder said.
Michigan State had problems
finding the basket, as they
connected on only 38.6 percent of
their shots, 24 percent in the
second half.
"We were just so futile on
offense. You can make all of the
excuses, but we just got soundly
whipped. We couldn't put the
ball in the basket," MSU coach
Jud Heathcote said after the game.
Vaught pumped in 16 points,
hitting 8-10 from the field to
pace Michigan.
"We got on the boards better
in the second half and got some
nice outlet passes which got our
offense going," Vaught said as
Michigan outrebounded the
Spartans, 36-22.

The pressure on Robinson was apparent at the start of the season after the
loss of All-American point guard Gary Grant to graduation. Robinson, who
showed signs of stardom in the Wolverines' NCAA tournament loss to
North Carolina last March, inherited the leadership role on the Wolverine
offense this season as coach Bill Frieder consistently moaned about the state
of his backcourt.
Earlier this season, many people criticized Robinson for getting into
early foul trouble and making poor decisions on the court, but those people
have not been heard from recently. In fact, most of Michigan's recent
success is attributable to him.
"Rumeal is the key to their team," Iowa guard Roy Marble said. "I'll
admit that when he's out, I play tougher defense against their other guard.
He makes them go."
TO THE FINAL FOUR is where Robinson wants to go with his
Michigan teammates. The Wolverines are on a "mission" to win the rest of
their regular-season games en route to the NCAA tournament. This
"mission" has already seen four teams suffer defeat since the Ayatollah
Khomeini-like declaration after last month's loss to Indiana.
This goal can only be accomplished, though, if Robinson performs to
his capabilities, which were enough to make him one of the top five
prospects coming out of high school. With the loss of backup point guard
Kirk Taylor to reconstructive knee surgery, even more pressure has fallen on
Robinson, who will be forced to play nearly all the time as the Wolverines
try to slowly acclimate Demetrius Calip to be Taylor's alternate.
"Rumeal Robinson...he's a great player," said Ohio State guard Jamaal
Brown. "You can't stop him. You can only try to contain him. He can do
whatever he wants on the court."
For Michigan's opponents' sake, hopefully he'll be nice.







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