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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 10, 1989

Steve Blonder

Final bow Saturday for
.4 Rice, Hughes and J.P.

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Evanston - There comes a time when we
must say our goodbyes, be it on the last day of
camp, the day a child leaves for college or the
day we graduate from Michigan.
Tomorrow will be one of those days, as
seniors J.P. Oosterbaan, Mark Hughes and
Glen Rice will make their last Crisler Arena
appearances draped in the Maize and Blue.
While these three and the rest of the Wol-
verines have an NCAA tournament to win, an
era draws to a close Saturday.
Each senior has contributed in his own
unique way, and even as they branch out to
various parts of the country, those contrib-
utions will not be forgotten.
OOSTERBAAN has not racked up the
career numbers of a Roy Tarpley or a Gary
Grant, but he showed up every day and played
hard. He never quit over a lack of playing time,
but rather made the most out of what court
time he got.
So far this season, Ooseterbaan has only
averaged 2.6 points per game, but he scored a
career high 10 against Northern Michigan.
Against Iowa, he added four points in only one
minute of play.

"I thought I played pretty well when I had a
chance to play." Oosterbaan said. "I don't feel
like a slouch, because there have been great
players ahead of me."
Hughes, however, has received considerable
playing time this season as the team's sixth
man. Hughes has responded to the challenge,
providing strong inside defense while playing
smart basketball. Not a prolific scorer, Hughes
has come through with baskets while other
players have faltered.
IN THIS YEAR'S game at Purdue,
Hughes picked up the scoring slack and added
17 points as Boilermaker defenders concentrated
on Rice.
On the year, Hughes is averaging 19
minutes per game. He has made the most of
those minutes, hauling down 3.6 rebounds and
adding 7.2 points.
"I've played as hard as I can every minute
I've been on the court. That's all you can ask
of a player," Hughes said. "People may say I
haven't enjoyed the success that was expected
of me, but I've been very happy."
For Rice, his career as a Wolverine is only
a beginning. The preseason All-American led

the Big Ten in rebounding as a sophomore and
in scoring as a junior, a feat he is on his way
to duplicating.
But Rice does more than just score. He is
the team leader, and he believes in doing so by
example. Coach Bill Frieder has mentioned his
star in nearly every press conference this
season, commenting on Rice's unselfish play
and on-the-court intensity.
FOR RICE, the realization that Saturday is
his last home game has not really sunk in yet.
"When I'm by myself, I do tend to think
about it sometimes. But I just go out and do
the best I can do. It hasn't really hit me yet,"
Rice said.
For Oosterbaan, reality has set in: "It's sad
in a way, because it will be like a new part of
my life (has started). Basketball has been such
an important thing for so long," he said.
For most of us, we can wait with breathless
anticipation for next year's group of new-
comers, who will try and pick up where this
year's seniors leave off.
But before the recruits take the floor at Cri-
sler, three seniors have a game to play against
Illinois, with their work no where near done.

Wildcats
Continued from Page 1
Rice (14) and Loy Vaught (13)
scored 27 of Michigan's first-half
points.
The second half started out like
the first, with Michigan recording a
19-point lead, 64-45, before the
Wildcat comeback. Northwestern
could not cut the lead under ten until
Robinson picked up his fifth,
personal foul. Following that,
Walker Liambiotte scored four
straight points to trim the Wolverine
lead to 80-74.
But every Northwestern challenge,
was stymied by the Wolverines, who
were led by Rice's 26 points and
nine rebounds. The Big Ten Player
of the Year runner-up passed Gary*
Grant to move into second place on
the all-time Michigan career scoring
list.
"It is really a disappointment for
me not to get it, but I'm not going
to let it get me down," Rice said in
reference to his runner-up status.
"It's definately going to motivate
me."
To further motivate Rice should
prove frightening to future
opponents as the 6-foot-7 senior
converted on 11 of his 19 shots
against the Wildcats and is shooting
over 58 percent for the year.
"Glen is one of the top players in
the country. No doubt about it,"
teammate Mark Hughes said. "He
won't worry about (Big Ten runner
up) but it will light a fire inside of
him. With him playing better, it
will excite the rest of us."
Wolverine forward Terry Mills
only needed one of his team leading
seven assists or five blocks to get
excited. He also tallied nine points
and hauled down five rebounds.
"He can really jump and he's very
intimidating," Northwestern coach
Bill Foster said.

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