The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- January 15, 1990 - Page 5
By Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer
Michigan junior guard Kirk Taylor, out since last
February's contest at Minnesota is expected to be back
in action soon. Taylor, who like Tony Boles suffered an
injury of the anterior cruciate ligament has been
working out on his own since practice began on
Encouraging news for Taylor is that Michigan tight
end Derrick Walker and Los Angeles Clipper Danny
Manning both have recovered from the same setback.
"My knee is kind of stiff right now but after a
month I think I could be a hundred percent, Taylor said.
"The doctors and Dan Minert, my trainer, predict that I
will be ready in a week but I'm the only one who will
know I'm ready. I have a redshirt year, so if my knee is
not a hundred percent I can redshirt.
"It's real tough watching but I know I'm still a part
of the team, you know I root for them and support
If Taylor and 6'5" sophomore guard Rob Pelinka,
who has yet to play this season due to tendinitis of his
knees, return, it could create an interesting battle for
playing time in the backcourt.
"I think if I play up to my potential, everything will
take care of itself," Taylor said.
-Last month, the Detroit News reported that 6'4"
frosh guard Tony Tolbert was considering transfering to
the University of Detroit. The scorer from St. Martin
Des Porres High School was said to be upset with his
lack of playing time. Tolbert quelled any speculation of
an impending transfer.
"I'm staying at Michigan, Tolbert said. "It's been
hard not playing but I'm learning a lot."
Tolbert, who averaged nearly 40 points a game his
senior year before a knee injury felled him, has seen
action in six of Michigan's 13 games, providing instant
offense in nearly all of them. Against Central Michigan
and Chicago State Tolbert missed several shots,but on
December 28 against Northern Michigan he bounced
back with 15 points in 16 minutes.
Though the two-time All-State performer has been
working hard to improve his overall game, he does
admit, "My role is as a scorer. They( the coaches) know
what I can do."
-Sean Higgins has revealed the curious origin of his
nickname, "The Dean." The monniker flashes frequently
on the Crisler Arena scoreboard after a Higgins basket.
"Me and the sports information guy came up with
it," Higgins said. When there was a space for a
nickname, I said I didn't have one, that everybody just
calls me 'Hig' ...I didn't think it was going to be such
a big deal."
-Friday night's high school basketball game between
Detroit Country Day and Cleveland's University School
provided a matchup between two potential Wolverines:
Country Day's 6'9" junior Chris Webber and University
School's 6'9" senior Joe Reid.
Michigan's Michael Talley drives by Minnesota's Connell Lewis during the Wolverines 87-83 victory Saturday.
School's 6'9" senior Joe Reid.
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would have just stopped them that
one time, it would have turned the
whole game around."
Owens lay-up gave Indiana a two-
point lead with :21. "The last time-
out we called, we wanted the ball in-
side to Pam Owens," Indiana coach
Jim Izard said. "It was a play out of
our passing game that isolated her
Michigan set up one last play,
only to turn the ball over once
again. "That whole play was just to-
tally broken up," Szczechowski said.
"It didn't seem like anybody wanted
Brown explained why: "Nobody
wanted to mess up."
Friday afternoon, the Buckeyes
(8-5, 2-1) showed the Wolverines
why they have won 64 straight Big
Ten home games at St. John Arena.
Michigan never took itself out of the
game, but Ohio State never let the
Wolverines gain control.
Early on both teams tried to
establish their inside game. But good
low post defense by Michigan's Val
Hall and Ohio State's Mindy Smith
kept either team from leading by
more than five throughout the first
The Wolverines had several op-
portunities to build a lead but 12
first half turnovers, mostly ill-timed
passes downcourt, gave the Buckeyes
a 34-33 lead after twenty minutes.
The mental mistakes nullified the
Michigan running game and took the
Wolverines leading scorer, guard
Tempie Brown, out of the offense.
Brown finished with only four
points, far less than the 13 she had
Michigan came out flat to begin
the second half, giving the Buckeyes
a nine point lead. The Wolverines
tried to stop OSU forward Nicole
Sanchez by fouling her. But free
throw shooting is her specialty (78
percent career). The senior went 12
for 12 from the charity stripe.
"They got us in some quick foul
trouble by really pounding it in,"
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"I get excited," Higgins admitted.
"I try to hold a lot of that in because
a lot of people think the way I act
on the floor is the way I act off the
floor - wild and crazy. But that's
just me and I've been holding that
in. That's just the way I play, with
Sean Higgins and Steve Martin
have always been considered wild and
crazy guys. He is the flash and the
pizzazz of the team. Wherever he
goes, there is a splash. He came to
Michigan after signing a letter of in-
tent with UCLA. He became ineli-
gible. He had a fight at the CCRB.
Last year there was Bo dressing him
down before the team and his talk of
turning pro. Higgins is a headliner.
Now, it's Bo who's the pro, and
Higgins who owned the show.
"I just wanted to get everybody
going," he said. "It seemed like we
were falling into that trap of getting
lazy and I was getting excited be-
cause the crowd was going and he
mance in Bloomington - shooting
one-for-seven from the three-point
stripe, seven-of-21 overall. The rim
started to sound like a cymbal.
Clank. Clank. Clank. Mills couldn't
be found near the basket to grab the
rebounds. He had to enjoy the view
from the bench.
"No one felt worse about what
happened than Terry," Fisher said
about the Indiana loss. "He tried to
officiate and play and didn't do a very
good job of either down there and he
But Terry left the officiating to
the refs Saturday and was never in
any real foul trouble.
"Once this team gets motivated,
we're hard to stop," Mills said. "We
can do some of the things you really
don't think you can do. We proved
Saturday, they proved it. Now,
they must prove it in Illinois --
where the Wolverines have not won
Sean Higgins 23 points and enthusiastic play brought life to a lackluster
Michigan squad against Minnesota.
(Mills on the banker) made a great Higgins and Mills led the attack
play. scoring 23 points each, to go with
"The adrenaline gets going and it
just takes over."
It is the ironies of ironies that
Rumeal Robinson's 26.
You know the complaints. Hig-
gins had a less than stellar perfor-
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