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Men's Basketball
vs. Duke
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena
*The Michigan Daily

Thursday, December 7, 1989

Women's Basketball
vs. Ohio University
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena _
Page 9

by Taylor Lincoln
Daily Basketball Writer

devours Chips,

As he was walking through the tunnel at
halftime of yesterday's game, Central Michigan
coach Charlie Coles took a parting glance at the
scoreboard and he shook his head in disgust.
His team, which was losing by only three
points midway through the half, trailed 53-24.
The Wolverines had closed the half with a 32-6
spurt on their way to a 100-51 victory.
"I thought we had a pretty good game plan
until nine minutes left in the half when we
started shooting those threes," Coles said.
The Wolverines run began when coach Steve
Fisher substituted guards Demetrius Calip and
Michael Talley into the game to complement
Rumeal Robinson.
"Rumeal is strong enough that he can guard
anybody," Fisher said. "So you can swing
Rumeal to small forward and let Calip and Talley
cover the guards."
The infusion of the two quick guards allowed

Michigan to open up its game. "Calip and Talley
gave us that lift," said Terry Mills, who led
Michigan with 19 first half points.
With the game clinched in the first half,
Fisher was able to empty his bench early in the
second. Tony Tolbert and Chris Seter both played
over 10 minutes, scoring eight and two points
respectively. James Voskuil played eight
minutes, pulling down six rebounds.
"It was a pretty good win and we won the way
we should win," said Fisher. "Terry was very
good in the first half and Rumeal played with an
enthusiasm that was infectious."
Fisher was pleased with the victory, aside
from the final minutes of the game in which the
entire Michigan bench seemed preoccupied with
getting into the scoring column. Tolbert was
especially cold, shooting only two-for-eleven.
"It's hard to score when you're looking for
points," Fisher said. "But when you get in the
flow of the game the points will come easier."

Terrance Colbert led Central with 10 points.
Jeff Majerle, who entered the game averaging
over 21 points, was held to 6.
The Chippewas shot only 29 percent for the
game, but Coles dismissed their sloppy second
half on lack of incentive. "It's hard to play when
you don't have a chance to win," he said.
Robinson said that it is difficult to gaugp
Michigan's progress against Central Michigan.
"Right now we don't know how good we really
are. We can't find out how good we are until we
play seven good teams in a row. But right now
we're shooting well and getting out on the break.
"The guys just want to go out and play well
and feel good about themselves," he added.
Yesterday's stellar performance makes a good
lead into Saturday's match-up against Duke,
ranked No. 6 in the country. "Duke is a top 10
team just like we are," said Loy Vaught. "There's
nothing like a game like that to tell you where
you are on a national level."


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By Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer

Michigan guard Rumeal Robinson scored 17 points en route to the
Wolverines' 100-51 victory over Central Michigan Thursday night.

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win 78-63 in K'zoo

by Jamie Burgess
Daily Basketball Writer
KALAMAZOO - Michigan
didn't travel too far to play the
Broncos of Western Michigan, but
they kept at a distance on the court,
o earn a 78-63 win.
It seemed the further the
Wolverines got from the basket, the
deadlier their aim. "I felt confident
tonight," forward Leslie Spicer said,
who shot 55 percent in the second
half. "That's all I need is my
confidence and every shot I shoot
will go in."
The team shot only 39 percent in
the first 20 minutes, but was able to
ome out after the half and
consistently feed Spicer, who had 12
points, and forward Tanya Powell,
who amassed a game-high 16 points.
But if not for the play of a few
hot hands, the score could have been
closer,. as easy inside shots
continually banked off the boards.
Center Val Hall shot only 1-for-10
from the field and was periodically
benched in favor of first-year player
Trish Andrew.
However, coach Bud VanDeWege
denies he'll be making any major
changes. "When you're 4-0, I think
you should leave it alone. As long
as we have people coming off the
bench and making contributions, I
don't think you rock a boat that's
going along pretty smoothly."
He did hint at what should be
more "physical" practices for his
frosh center. "Trish Andrew is
getting more physical as we go, but
she is a finesse shooter,"

VanDeWege said.
For the Broncos, 5'6" guard
Denise Kirby managed to sneak into
the lane for ten points, most of
which were made bent over
backwards to launch the ball over the
taller Michigan defender. She sparked
one of Western's few threats to take
the lead with five minutes to go in
the first half.
Tanya Powell was then called for
a five second violation and the
Broncos' Diane DeSantis drew a foul
on the subsequent possession. But
she missed both free throws.'
"The missed free throws really
hurt us," Coach Jim Hess said.
"Those are momentum-killers."
Western shot 14-for-23 at the line,
and only 9-for-17 in the first half.

After a first half in which
Michigan, propelled by 80 percent
shooting and a 32-6 run, outscored
Central Michigan 53-24, one would
think the Wolverines would suffer a
lapse of effort in the second half.
But despite their big lead and an
overmatched opponent, the Wolv-
erines made sure they maintained
their intensity.
Wolverine captain Rumeal
Robinson wanted to make sure they
"Let's bring it up another ten
notches so we can get all the guys
in," Robinson said as the team
walked on the court to start the final
20 minutes.
Unlike Nigel of the movic Spinal,
Tap, who possessed speakers that
could go up to 11, Michigan could
only raise their game to a decibel
level of ten.
While Michigan shot 24-30 in
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the first half, in the second half the
Wolverines shooting percentage fell
to 39 percent as they connected on
only 16 of 41 attempts.
Nonetheless, Michigan coach
Steve Fisher was able to take out his
regulars starting at 13:08 left in the
final half. One by one, the future of
Michigan basketball emerged.
In came 6-foot-I1-inch redshirt
frosh center Eric Riley for Terry
Mills. Next redshirt frosh James
Voskuil, came in for forward Sean
Higgins with 12:20 remaining in the
contest. Redshirt sophomore Chris
Seter, who didn't play his first two
seasons due to injuries, came in for
Loy Vaught with 10:40 to go.
When Tony Tolbert made his
second half debut with 8:50
remaining, to join first-year guard
Michael Talley, the floor was filled
with players new to the Wolverines.
The five new Wolverines shot
only 26 percent from the field on
seven of 27 shooting, indicating that

they have a ways to go to catch up
to the starters, who shot 76 percent,
on 29 for 38 shooting.
Tolbert, who took 11 shots in
his 11 minutes, hitting only two, is
expected to have better days to come.
"Tony is a better shooter than he
showed tonight, " said Demetrius
Calip, whose play in the three-guard
offense sparked Michigan in the first
"He has to wait for his shot,"
Calip added.
Tolbert, who averaged 42 points
last season at St. Martin DePorres
high school before a knee injury
ended his season at six games,
seemed restless from the year-long
Tolbert exhibited his scorer's
mentality in forcing a number of
"I feel I could have shot off the
floor more, off of set plays, a little
more, " Tolbert admitted.
His itchy shooting hand made

one wonder how many assists ti
scorer compiled in high school.
"About seven or eight" he
"Per game," he confirmed when
asked if those figures were per
Backcourt mate Michael Talley
didn't shoot much better, making
only one for seven from the field.
But the newer players should
improve, as the older players will
continue to provide encouragement,
a good example, and some more of
what Eric Riley termed "junk time".
Sean "El Deano" Higgins, and
the other regulars, were quite active
on the bench, and cheered loudly for
the newcomers and popular walk-on,
Marc Koenig, whose entrance with
2:26 left, was the earliest he ever
came in.
"We like to give support to the
guy who don't play too much,''
Calip said. "It's been like that since
I've been here as a freshman and
only played two minutes a game."

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