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The Michigan Daily
Thursday, January 25, 1990
Second half su
time in Evanston
EVANSTON - The scene:
Welsh-Ryan Arena. Senior guard
Rumeal Robinson has just picked up
his fourth foul with 17 minutes left
in the game.
My thought: Michigan's dead.
After all, the last place
Northwestern Wildcats were not
playing like a team that was 0-5 in
the Big Ten. This game was
supposed to be a cakewalk, a team-
confidence builder needed after the
disheartening 78-76 overtime loss to
But Wildcat guard Rex Walters,
who is second in the league in
scoring, was all over the floor
hitting three pointers, grabbing
boards and stealing passes en route
to a team-high 24 points.
"He's a good player. We knew he
could play," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "He is one of the
premier shooting guards in the Big
Ten along with Kirk Manns."
In addition to Walters' stellar
play, sophomore Kevin Nixon, who
was averaging just 6.3 points a
game, would hit a career-high 18.
Down three when Robinson went
out, the outlook for a Wolverine
victory was grim.
But suddenly, there was light, a
savior to lift the Wolverines out of
their lackadaisical play - Terry
Mills responded in the second
half. He took it upon himself to
give the team what it had been
missing the entire first half:
enthusiasm, effort and intensity.
Mills leapt for boards and chased
down loose balls along with leading
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with a Terry Mills tip-in at 16:39 in
the first half. But the next three
minutes saw the Wildcats narrow the
score to 14-12. By the 8:52 mark,
they took the lead with a Walker
That trifecta, like other Wildcat
scores, came after Northwestern beat
Michigan to the ball. The Wildcats
continued to scrap as the score see-
sawed back and forth to the 3:07
mark, at which point Northwestern
led, 30-29. The Wildcats then scored
eight of the next 12 points to take a
38-33 lead at halftime.
The snooze buzzer remained
silent. In fact, in the last seconds of
the half, the Wolverines were unable
to get off a shot.
Before the game, Northwestern
coach Bill Foster was especially con-
cerned with his team's rebounding.
The Wildcats had been out-rebounded
in Big Ten competition by 11 boards
y a game. Last night, Michigan had
only one more board than North-
western at the half.
"At halftime. coach Fisher em-
phasized crashing the boards. He
pointed out that we were being out-
rebounded," forward Loy Vaught
Though the Wolverines were
anxious to answer the call and re-
establish themselves in the second
half, they received a large blow early
as captain Rumeal Robinson picked
up two quick fouls to open the half.
Robinson left with four fouls at the
17-minute mark, with Michigan
down by three, 42-39.
"They saw as Rumeal goes, so
goes our team. Tonight was a great
confidence builder for our second
string guards to come in and play in
like they did," Vaught said.
With Robinson sitting, junior
guard Demetrius Calip and frosh
Michael Talley led the Wolverines
on a 12-4 run. When Robinson re-
entered the game with 8:29 left,
Michigan led 58-54. The reserve
tandem were also able to feed Mills
and Vaught the ball.
Mills scored 18 points in the
second half to finish with 26 for the
game and Vaught tallied 16 second
half points for a total of 23 for the
game. Vaught also grabbed nine
rebounds to finish with a game high
"You've got to give a lot of
credit to Michigan," Foster said.
"They challenged us, they
intimidated us, that's part of their
strength, too. I wish we had
somebody like that. "
MSU could pose threat
by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer
Over the past few years, the
Michigan-Michigan State show-
downs have been somewhat one-
But now Michigan State coach
Jud Heathcote has talent, a winning
record, and a group of players
coming off injury - not to mention
a 5-1 mark in the Big Ten.
Michigan, which won last year's
contests 82-66 and 79-52, should be
tested again on its home court of
And who knows how much the
aura, enthusiasm and emotion that
surrounds the naming of George Per-
les as the school's athletic director
could add up to additional points on
I say at least ten points.
Twenty, if he gives a pep talk to
the troops before hand - you know,
Sean Higgins, rebounding here against OSU, showcased his versatility
last nght against Northwestern, scoring 23 points on 8 -14 shooting.
the "work hard, play hard, keep your
mouth shut and good things will
come to you" type speech that a
team can rally around.
This Perles thing could erupt
right in Michigan's face.
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