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Men's Basketball
vs. Bowling Green
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Ice Hockey
vs. Kent State
Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
Page 8

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, December 8, 1992

Tale of two players

Michigan's

Jackson fills role Tolbert passed up

The Dogg was back in Crisler Arena.
Tony Tolbert returned to the place
where he played his first two years of col-
legiate basketball last night as his new
team, Detroit Mercy, took on the Wolver-
ines. His reception was mixed but his
performance was fine. Tolbert scored a
team-high 22 points in the Titans' 92-77
loss to Michigan.
The 6-foot-4
guard transferred to Ryan
U of D two years Herrington
ago. He had various
reasons for leaving
the Michigan camp.
What Coach Steve
Fisher was looking
for out of Tolbert
was quality minutes
of all-around play. 9
He wanted Tolbert toT
be a role player.F
What Tolbert was
looking for was
quality points. He wanted to be a scorer.
The divorce was amicable.
As the 1992-93 season begins, Fisher
is still looking for the role player he
thought Tolbert could be. He might have
found it last night in sophomore Ray Jack-
son. Jackson guarded Tolbert for most of
the night, shutting down the Titans' lead-
ing scorer while scoring 13 points.
"My goal was to play 'D' tonight,"
Jackson said after the game. "If I could
control him, I thought that would be a way
for us to win."
Jackson does all the things Fisher
hoped Tolbert would do when he was a

willing to sacrifice personal numbers and
glory for the good of the team. He scram-
bles for loose balls. He takes charges.
Rather than go for flash, Jackson simply
tries to help his team in any way possible.
Last night, Jackson exhibited all these
qualities. To go along with his 13 points,
the Texan had six assists and four re-
bounds. Jackson covered Tolbert like the
proverbial blanket, blocking two of his
shots and making it difficult for him to
even receive the ball from his U of D
teammates. While the Titan finished with
22, many of the buckets came with the
game well in hand and Jackson sitting
comfortably on the bench. Jackson's all-
around play did not go unnoticed.
"I thought Ray Jackson had the best
game of his collegiate career at Michi-
gan," Fisher said. "He played within him-
self, he played extremely hard. I thought
he did a nice job defensing Tony. If he
continues to grow from there, it's going to
do nothing but make our team signifi-
cantly better."
Tolbert has found serenity at U of D.
He can be the scorer he wanted to be
while at Michigan. In his first two games
he scored 34 and 15 points, respectively,
and earned Midwestern Collegiate Con-
ference Player-of-the-Week honors. He
does not regret his decision.
"It was the best opportunity at the
time," Tolbert said. "I am happy where
I'm at and I hope that those guys do good
and make it to the NCAAs."
Likewise, Michigan has found the
player Fisher wanted Tolbert to be in
Jackson. This forward could ask for more
glory and recognition. After all, he is one-

fifth of the Fab Five. But he takes the
game in stride and does the little things
which help a team win.
Last night, Jackson took it upon him-
self to handle the ex-Wolverine. He
wasn't concerned with what his final stats
would be. He was only concerned with
winning the game. It was the type of thing
that any top team needs.
So, while the Dogg might pack a pow-
erful bite, the Wolverines' have something
even more valuable. They have a player
whose selfless play can only help Michi-
gan in the long run. They have Ray
Jackson.

Detroit Mercy forward Tony Tolbert gets his shot rejected by Michigan's Ray Jackson. Tolbert,
who scored 22 points last night, transferred from Michigan after the 1990-91 season.

Tolbert

Wolverine. He

is a quiet player who is

CAGERS
Continued from page 1
Sparked by four consecutive
points from Tolbert, U of D made
one more surge to close within four
at 60-56, but Michigan pulled away
and coasted to victory after that
scare.
"I thought we took a baby step
today," Michigan coach Steve Fisher
said. "Hopefully, Bowling Green
(tomorrow's opponent) will be a
nice stride."
The second half was a complete
change from the first - the tapes of
which Fisher would probably like to
burn. The Wolverines stumbled,
fouled and missed their way to a 10-
point deficit, 20-10, with 11:32 re-
maining, and got summarily jeered
from the Crisler crowd for their
effort.
Typical of Michigan's play at
that point in the game is the se-
quence from 12 minutes remaining
before halftime. James Voskuil
missed a three from the right side,
Webber pulled down the board and
found Voskuil open underneath.
Voskuil missed the shot, and Rob
Pelinka was called for a foul.

Additionally, Michigan missed
several breakaway opportunities in
the first half, as fancy alley-oops,
behind-the-back passes and cuts to
the basket resulted in turnovers or
offensive fouls.
"We came out a little unin-
spired," Wolverine forward Ray
Jackson said. "We had kind of a let-
down from the Duke game. I don't
think we ever got worried. We don't
ever get worried."
Jackson, whose alley-oop pass to
Juwan Howard at 15:10 of'the sec-
ond half provided Michigan with a
60-50 margin, finished with 13
points and four rebounds.
At the end of the game, Michigan
turned to its bench players to pro-
duce crowd noise that might have
rivalled the halftime din.
Rookies Dugan Fife and Leon
Derricks, and walkons Sean Dobbins
and Rick Guzman put some life into
the otherwise quiet Michigan faith-
ful with their appearance in the final
minutes of the game.
Otherwise, Detroit Mercy's
cheerleaders' chants often echoed
loudest in the arena.
Which could be a sign you have
problems.

DETROIT MERCY (77)
FG FT Rob.
Min. M-A M-A -T A F Pts.
Tolbert 25 7-18 7-7 0-1 1 3 22
Lovelace 28 4-11 5-7 1-5 1 1 13
Grant 19 5-10 0-1 7-10 0 4 10
Nichols 24 2-6 2-2 1-4 4 5 6
Kelley 32 6-16 0-1 2-3 1 1 15
Hamilton 21 2-8 3-6 3-5 2 2 7
Jackson 9 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
Lacy 14 0-1 0-0 2-5 0 0 0
Smith 15 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 4 0
Bibb 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Haly 4 1-2 00 2-3 0 2 2
Totals 200 28-80 17-24 23-48 9 24 77
FG%- .350. FT%- .708. Three-point goals:
4-15, .267 (Kelley 3-8, Tobert 1-3. Hamilton 0-2,
Bibb0-1, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocks:
1 (Grant). Turnovers: 17 (Jackson 4, Lacy 3,
Grant 2, Kelley 2, Nichols 2, Tolbert 2, Hamilton,
Lovelace). Steals: 5 (Jackson 2, Tolbert 2,
Hamilton). Technical fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (92)
FG FT Rob.'
Min. M-A MA O-T A F Ps..
Webber 30 10-14 3-5 5-14 6 3 24
Jackson 26 5-11 3-4 3-4 6 1 13
Howard 22 7-12 2-3 2-7 0 3 16
Rose 31 5-13 0-1 0-3 5 2 11
King 26 3-6 0-1 0-3 3 1 6
Riley 15 2-3 3-4 2-8 0 5 7
Pelinka 12 1-3 0-0 1-3 1 1 2
Voskuil 19 2-6 2-2 1-2 0 3 7
Talley 8 1-5 0-0 1-1 0 0 2
Fife 4 0-0 2-4 0-2 0 0 2
Derricks 4 0-0 1-2 1-1 0 1 1
Bossard 1 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Dobbins 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1
Guzman 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 00 0
Totals 20036-7517-28 18-52 21 20 92
FG%- .480. FT%- .607. Three-point goals: 3-
10,. 300 (Rose 1-3, Voskuil 1-2, Webber 1-2,
Bossard 0-1, Jackson 0-1, King 0-1). Team
rebounds: 7. Blocks: 6 (Webber 3, Jackson 2,
Riley). Turnovers: 15 (Riley 4, Webber 3, Ki ng2,
Rose 2, Voskuil 2, Pelinka, Talley). Steals: 6 (King
3, Rose 2, Webber). Technical-fouls: none.
Detroit Mercy ......... 37 40 - 77
Michigan............ 43 49 - 92
At Crialer Arena; A-13,169 (paid)
Or it could just be a sign that you
are playing Detroit Mercy.

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3. Harvard
4. Michigan
5. Minnesota-Duluth
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7. Wisconsin
8. Michigan State
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Lowell 8, Northeastern 2
Alaska-Fairbanks 1, Yale 1.

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