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The Michigan Daily
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Thursday, November 30, 1989
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Sean Higgins' 20 points push 'M' past Grambling
by Lory Knapp1
Daily Basketball Writer
Led by Sean Higgins' 16 second;
half points, the Wolverines were
able to overcome a sluggish first
half to beat Grambling State in the
season home opener, 85-70.
The Michigan starters had
difficulty getting into the game from
the beginning, and coach Steve
Fisher responded to the lackadaisical
play by pulling the starters after
seven minutes of play.
"Early on we were casual, which
is why I pulled the starters," Fisher
said. "(Michigan) came in over-
confident thinking they'd just show
up and score 110 and (Grambling
would) score 55."
So casual, in fact, that the
Wolverines had scored only ten
* Taylor Lincol
points in those first seven minutes, team whose tallest sta
against a much smaller Grambling 6-7. Fortunately for th
State team. the Tigers had shot m
"We came out playing a slow only 38 percent of their
tempo, and (Fisher) wanted a faster "I was hopeful that
tempo, so he put in the bench," said we put in, ...(would1
senior center Terry Mills who scored better than they did," F
only four of his 17 points in the The second half
first half. "I think it was a good brighter for the Wolv
move." Vaught, Mills and Hi
The second team, which consisted according to Fisher, th
of Michael Talley, Demetrius Calip, going to have to playi
James Voskuil, Chris Seter and Eric season.
Riley, did not play much better. In Higgins, who led
fact, Calip who shot only four-for- scorers with a seas
seven from the floor, was the only points, shot eight-for
one to,hit a shot. field including two f
By the end of the first half point range. Higgin
Michigan led 36-26, but shot only passing did not go un
44 percent from the floor and had as he hit shooters wi
been out-rebounded, 20-17, by a and from behind his ba
rambling At this point, Fisher returned his starting
watched five to the floor and they pulled away to lead by
nner was ten at the half. They stretched their lead to 24
midway through the second half, before coasting
ound the to the win.
*it for a
redom, as Sean Higgins led a strong front line
worn off performance, scoring 16 second-half points. Loy
fies they Vaught and Terry Mills added 19 and 17 points
were in a
"I think they came in overconfident,
igan had thinking they'd just show up and score 110 and
esponded (Grambling would) score 55," Fisher said.
Robinson's claim that Michigan was
t's why I playing hard in the early part of last night's
"I asked game has a note of complacency to it. The will
was...He to reach the top frequently fuels effort levels
id, 'Well, that teams are unable to match in the following
we have season.
Despite Michigan's early season stumbling,
p, James Fisher has remained calm - at least to the
1. '"1promise you one thing," he said. "We will
an's lead play a lot, lot, lot, lot better against Iowa State
into the (on Saturday). It's easy to say, but we will."
Prior to last night's game against G
State, the Michigan basketball players
as the 1989 National Championship ba
After the banner was paraded ar
floor, the players stood in front of
picture. They had a look almost of bor
if the national championship luster had
with all the pep rallies and ceremoi
have been through.
The Wolverines played as if they
Five minutes into the game, Mich
scored six points. Coach Steve Fisher r
by pulling his starters -- all of them.
"Early on, we were casual and tha
pulled the starters," Fisher said.
Rumeal what he thought the problem
said, 'I think we're playing hard.' I sa
I don't think we're playing as hard as
to to win."
The formula of Demetrius Cali
Voskuil, Chris Seter, Eric Riley, and
Talley fared worse than the starters had
Ten minutes into the game, Michig
was cut to 12-10. Fifteen minutes
game Michigan trailed.- 19-18.
rter was only
t the unit that
erines as Loy
e way they're
in the Big Ten
son high 20
-ten from the
rom the three
"We were in his face and he
(Higgins) still shot the ball well,"
said Grambling coach Aaron James.
Higgins responded: "I'm 6-9, the
guy guarding me was only 6-4,
smaller guys guarding me is always
Mills and Vaught added a com-
bined 36 points and 20 rebounds.
And, although he did not shoot
well at all, Rumeal Robinson was,
as usual, effective on defense.
"We couldn't get into our offense
because of him (Robinson)," said
Grambling State's Claude New-
ell, who is leading the team in
scoring, averaging 16 points per
game, provided the majority of their
offense. Heled all scorers with 25
points, and also led the team with
1 Michigan's psyche
Fisher's promise for a better showing
Saturday is appropriate. There is only so much
to be learned from a mediocre performance
against an inferior team. Even if Michigan
played its worst last night and Grambling its
best, Michigan would almost certainly win the
It's difficult to get fired up under those
Saturday will be a fair barometer of whether
the Wolverines are still resting on their laurels
from last year, or if their current slump is just
In the Arizona game their sloppiness and
poor shot selection can be attributed to first
game jitters. Against BostonUniversity, a
letdown was understandable coming off of a
national television game. Last night they were
But on Saturday, Michigan will face a Big
Ten-caliber team. This game will be an early-
season gut check. They are out of excuses for
Forward Chris Seter goes up for a rebound in Michigan's DAVID LUBLINERJDil
85-70 win over Grambling State last night in Crisler Arena.
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