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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 12, 1990 - Page 5

Oldtimers return to

'M'

by Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer
As the promotions for the inaugural Michigan Bas-
ketball Letter-winners Reunion promised, several Wol-
verines were brought out of hibernation Saturday night.
The event, held at the Michigan Union Ballroom,
reunited Michigan performers ranging from Raymond
Hutzel, who earned his 'M' in 1926, to Christopher
Schrot, who was given his in 1988.
The reunion was sponsored by the Ann Arbor News
and the Michigan Alumni Association with all proceeds
going to the Huron Services for Youth, a child welfare
agency.
"This is a great thing, something that should have
been done years ago," said Michigan assistant coach
Mike Boyd, who has coached at Michigan for 11 years.
"It gives me a chance to see some kids who came to the
program while I was here and it also gives me a chance
to meet some new faces I have not met."
Of the 400 people at the event, only about 90 were
former players. Others in attendance were Michigan
alumni, family, and supporters. Al Nelson, of the class
of 1950, came to see Mack Suproniwicz, a classmate of
his who played basketball for Michigan.
"It's good to see some of the former players who
have taken advantage of a Michigan education," said
Nelson, who is "fortunate enough to still live in Ann
Arbor."
Ernest Johnson, who played f r Michigan from
1969-1973, signed autographs for the fans who

remembered the former Wolverine forward for his great
jumping ability. Johnson, who has taught at Grand
Rapids Union High School for the past 14 years, was
modest in assessing his Michigan career.
"I averaged about 12 or 13 points per game, but I
was more of a role player," Johnson said. "Basically my
job was to grab rebounds and get the ball to Campy
Russell and Henry Wilmore."
Former Michigan star Tim McCormick, who now
plays for the Houston Rockets but is recovering from a
knee injury said: "It was a nice thing, playing for Mich-
igan because you get to surround yourself with quality
people," he said. "Playing at Michigan gave me a
chance to be a competent NBA player but after I'm done
playing is when my Michigan education will pay off."
One of the earliest Wolverine stars, Earl Townsend,
who played in 1935-36, attracted much attention, not
only for his many accomplishments, but also for those
of his grandson, Eric Montross, the intensely-recruited
seven-foot-one inch center from Indianapolis. Townsend
helped start the Victors Club and the President's Club.
"It's heaven to me here," said Townsend, who
earned his law degree from Michigan, and has seen
several relatives of his attend Michigan.
"My brother (John) and I played here and they called
us the 'Michigan Magicians' because nobody ever saw
behind-the-back passes before. We were both Dekes.
Gerald Ford, who was the captain of the football team,
was also a Deke."

JULIE HOLLMANDaily

Michigan's Eric Riley usesI

his long reach to keep Illinois' Stephen Bardo from getting the ball to an open man.

VaughtsoutdoesIllini
by leaps and bounds
by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer
When Michigan finally beat Illinois last year in the NCAA semi-finals,
Loy Vaught grabbed 16 rebounds - a career-high for him.
But at the end of the contest, Sean Higgins rebounded Terry Mills' miss
as time ran out to give Michigan the win. One player received all the
attention, and the other was forgotten.
"Through the game they (the coaches) were preaching Rebound,
rebound, rebound - that's the only way we'll beat Illinois," Vaught recalled
earlier this year. "I went out and had 16 - best I'd ever gotten in a game -
especially in a game of that magnitude. I was real proud of myself, hoping
the next day I would read, 'Loy Vaught had a spectacular game on the
boards.' What happens at the end of the game? Higgins."
Well, it's hard to overlook Vaught's performance this time against
Illinois. And today, Vaught will open the paper and read what he wants.
Loy Vaught had a spectacular game on the boards.
There. And the reason? Simply look at the numbers: 16 points and a
career-high 18 rebounds. Vaught already leads the Big Ten in rebounds, and
'Sunday's numbers certainly won't hurt accomplishing that feat. The Grand
Rapids native fouled out with 3:54 left, picking up all five fouls in the
second half, leaving him short of the goal he set for this game.
"My goal was to get 25 boards, but the ref put me on the bench, so I had
to settle for 18," Vaught said.
"Coach Fisher told me before the game, 'Loy I want Dick Vitale talking
about you as being one of the best rebounders in the nation....' I thought
-about that. I was motivated."
Newly named co-captain Terry Mills did not come up .shy either, scoring
20 points and grabbing nine boards. In addition, Illini star-forward Marcus
Liberty could only muster eight points and five rebounds. Before the game,
Fisher told Vaught he had to start checking smaller, quicker players to have
a successful professional career. He answered Fisher's request yesterday.
"Loy is playing so well. I've never seen his feet move like he moved
soday," Mills said. "I'd have to credit him on doing an excellent job on
Marcus Liberty," Mills said. "I did my share of helping out but I think Loy
did an excellent job. Liberty came in with a career-high of 33 points and he
was one of our keys."
Fighting Illini coach Lou Henson had a simple analysis for his team's
loss. "It's very difficult to stop big players.... It was a case of their front line
dominating ours."
* This year Michigan coach Steve Fisher has stressed pounding the ball
: inside to the big men. Vaught and Mills relish such a gameplan and work
together in making it a success.
'"Once one of us gets on a roll and gets contagious, Loy will whisper
.over in my ear and say, 'This is what I'm doing to get these rebounds and
all of a sudden I'll get a couple," Mills explained. "We share information.
That really helps. Like I'll tell Loy, 'You make a high cut and I'll make a
low cut and since you made the last three baskets they're going to key on
you.' That leaves me open down low."
"Does today's game make up for the attention you missed out on against
'Illinois after Higgins made that shot last year?" Vaught was asked yesterday..
* "Oh yeah, it does," Vaught replied - but then added, "I got to see it in
the paper first."
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