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Page 4 -The Michigan Daily -Sports Monday- February 5, 1990
Gill and Liberty9
seal win for Illinois

by Theodore Cox Pc
and John Niyo L
Daily Sports Writers o
CHAMPAIGN - Illinois sent fr
its orange-pompom-waving crowd of
home happy yesterday with a 70-65
victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. g
Kendall Gill and Marcus Liberty ul
combined to score 31 of 41 second- gi
half Illinois points, including the w
last fifteen, to keep the Hoosiers at m
bay.
Gill scored 19 of his game-high pt
25 points in the final 20 minutes, al
and refused to let his team blow ra
another game like they did last P,
Monday against Iowa, when the fr
Hawkeyes stole the victory from H
Illinois in the closing seconds, 69- le
67.
"It feels good. Against Iowa, we
just gave it away. We wanted to Ic
win this one for (suspended assis- s
tant coach Jimmy) Collins and w
(suspended teammate) Deon (Tho- w
mas)," Gill said. Ic
Illinois jumped all over Bobby Gi
Knight's troops at the outset, fo
opening up a 12-2 lead that had
Assembly Hall rocking. But the fo
Hoosiers hung tight, closing the vi
gap to two following a technical
foul charged to Illini coach Lou th
Henson. Indiana managed to tie the to
game at 29 on Greg Graham's Il
three-pointer with 1:09 remaining th
in the half.
"We were down by 10 and we
came back and I thought we played de
really well to come back at the m
half," Hoosier coach Bobby Knight di
said, pl
Indiana grabbed the lead briefly
at the start of the second half when ex
center Chris Lawson followed a I
missed shot, one of ten rebounds on sh
the afternoon, to make the score 31- p
29. In
However, Illinois did not lag d
behind for long, scoring 10 straight y
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oints to take the lead for good.
iberty took charge of the Illini
ffense, hitting turnaround shots
om inside 10 feet, including one
ff an offensive rebound.
"I have been doing that a lot,
etting the rebound and going back
p," Liberty said. "I said 'no, I'm
oing to make this basket.' That
'as what was going through my
mind."
Buckets from Liberty and Gill
lt the Illini ahead by nine once
gain, 62-53. However, Indiana
llied one more time after guard
at Graham nailed two shots, one
om three-point land, to bring the
'oosiers to within four with 1:37
ft in the game.
The pressure forced Henson to
all a timeout. "We remembered the
owa game. We wanted to make
ure ran time off and got the shot
e wanted," Henson said.
But this is Champaign, not
iwa City. Indiana couldn't contain
ill and the Hoosiers were forced to
Sul. The guard was rock-solid from
he charity stripe, sticking the last
our Illinois points to seal a 70-65
ctory.
"They shot the ball well from
e free throw line when they had
," Knight said of Illinois. The
Mini converted 13 free throws in
e second half.
"Illinois played very good
efense," Knight added. "Today they
ade some very good plays. They
dn't give us a chance to make a
ay.,
Henson agreed. "Most people
xpected a good defensive game, and
think it was," he said. "Indiana
hot 45 percent and we shot 44
ercent. When you're covering
diana, you'd better play good
efense, because if you don't,
ou're going to get hurt badly."
tively
d Score
996-1500
1100 South University

Tolbert and Seter
pass their first tests
by Taylor Lincoln
Daily Basketball Writer
Saturday's game was a trial for sparingly-used players Chris Seter and
Tony Tolbert. Both players saw their first significant playing time of their
Big Ten careers as Sean Higgins and Michael Talley were both out.
Though their stats were modest, (five points for Seter, three for Tolbert)
their contributions were appreciated.
"You have to find ways rather than to make excuses to get results.
Everybody we've got on the team has been an all-stater," coach Steve Fisher
said. "Some of them got opportunities that they hadn't gotten and
delivered."
Seter and Tolbert's minutes were needed because of Michigan's foul
trouble. Five Wolverines finished the game with four fouls. Seter played
nearly 16 minutes while Tolbert played an even 12.
Seter, a red-shirt junior who missed his first two seasons with injuries,
was complimented for his defensive role against Wisconsin's duo of Danny
Jones and Patrick Tomkins. "Just his presence helped," Rumeal Robinson
said. "A couple of times he helped out Terry Mills on Jones. That left some
other guys free to go in their and rebound."
Tolbert, in contrast, was there to shoot. The first-year, St. Martin De
Porres player was scoring over 40 points a game last year before a knee
injury sidelined him. Early in the season, he drew criticism for shooting too
much in the latter minutes of non-conference blowouts.
But Fisher doesn't want to tie the reins too tightly on him. "Coach
Fisher wants me to shoot and score because that's what I do best," he said.
"I'm just getting into the flow of things. And when I feel comfortable with
the system things will be alright."
It didn't take Tolbert long, as he connected on a three pointer just after
coming into the game.
In the long run, their contributions might make Michigan a deeper team.
"Once (Higgins) returns we'll still have that spark there," Mills said.
"They're building confidence now by playing with me, Loy and Grif.
They'll be a factor when Sean comes back."

S

Forward Loy Vaught goes up for two of his 18 points in Michigan's 77-63
victory over Wisconsin Saturday in Madison.

WISCONSIN
continued from page 1
"Seter and Tolbert gave us good
solid play when we needed it,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
The game down low, rough as
ever, proved to be the determining
factor in the game. Michigan's big
men, Terry Mills (20 points and 14
rebounds) and Loy Vaught (18
points, 5 boards), led the Wolverines
while Badgers' Forward Danny Jones
led all scorers with 25 points, and
the Badgers with seven boards.
"Jones played his heart out today.
He didn't leave anything out on the
floor," Yoder said.
Jones engaged in a continuous
pushing and shoving battle for
position, rebounds, and baskets with
Mills and Vaught.
The officials called the game
tightly and as a result, the
Wolverines were in foul trouble
early. During a two minute span in
the first half, Michigan picked up
seven fouls, with Vaught and Eric

Riley picking up their third each.
The Wolverines would amass 15
personal fouls in the first half and 25
for the game.
"We went for a twelve minute
stretch and not a guy got a foul,"
Vaught said. "And all of a sudden the
game started getting a little out of
control and all those fouls were
getting called. It's frustrating to a
player like myself - I play physical
down low, a lot of contact - and
you hate to get penalized for
aggressive play."
Michigan came out running to
start the second half, highlighted by
two quick Robinson fastbreak dunks.
Vaught then came out and hit on
three short jumpers, putting
Michigan up, 55-36. A Vaught
alley-oop from Calip, who had nine
points, with four minutes left in the
game sealed the victory for
Michigan.
"Loy sparked us out of the gate
the second half," Fisher said. "It was
all Loy."
"I'm proud of the way I came out
and played in the second half,"
Vaught said. "You've always got to

find a bright spot (in any game)."
Wisconsin also lacked the
services of one of its best players.
Junior forward Willie Simms, a
Pontiac, Michigan native, was
declared ineligible by the NCAA to
play against Michigan. Earlier in the
week, Simms had dropped a class,
putting him under the minimum
twelve credits required for an athlete.
Although he added another class,

Simms, who is second on the team
in scoring, averaging 14 points per
game, was still not allowed to play.
Wisconsin sorely missed Simms'
54 percent shooting from the field.
The Badgers, who shot a miserable
38 percent for the game, normally
average ten percent higher.
"I don't know how you're going
to win when you shoot 38 percent at
home," Yoder said.

I

LINCOLN
Continued from page 1

down the floor on defense for
Purdue's final baskets.
Steve Fisher has made it clear
that his team is working hard. You
don't want to contradict him. He's
probably right. But, still, you search
for answers. What's missing?
Saturday's Wisconsin game may
have helped answer the question.
Fisher was forced to look farther
down his bench because Higgins and
Michael Talley were out.
Early in the first half, Chris Seter
and Tony Tolbert were on the floor.
It was refreshing to see. Until now,

Purdue

vs. Northwestern
s P O ' * s

all we've seen is the large remnant
remaining from last year's squad
(insert Talley and Eric Riley for the
departed Glen Rice and Mark
Hughes).
If there is a disadvantage to the
Wolverines' having so much
experience, it might be that they
lack the enthusiastic college spirit
that many teams use to overcome
their lack of talent. To Seter and
Tolbert, big games and quality
mnutes are still a novelty.
They did not set any records,
totalling only eight points and four
rebounds between them. But it felt
like they lent the team a new
complexion.
Saturday, the Wolverines looked
more spontaneous on the floor. They
used the full-court press and an
aggressive, big-play defense to create
fast break opportunities. For a while
they were slowed by foul trouble,
but they kept the Badgers at a
comfortable distance.
Maybe, Higgins' and Talley's
absence brought them together.
Maybe it was Seter's and Tolbert's
presence.
The league season is now at the
half-way point. It could be a turning
point. Fisher said after the game of
the Wolverines title chances, "crazier
things have happened."
Meanwhile, Michigan State
began its upset of Purdue. Who
knows?

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