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Michigan Icers Face

Wingsin Exhibition Tonight

Leonard's Basket Gave
Indiana Thrilling Win


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By Nodaks Twice
Defense Falters in Series Opener;
10-3 Defeat Worst in Nine Seasons

Assistant Mat Coach Ex-'M' Star

The overflow crowd.of 7500 fans
that packed Yost Field House last
Saturday night saw a basketball
contest that it will long remem-
ber. .
In one of the most dramatic
finishes ever seen in a cage en-
counter, Indiana's Bob Leonard
arched a 30-foot set shot which
dropped through the hoop after
the final'buzzer to give the Hoos-
iers a 62-60 triumph over a fired-
up Michigan five.
THE SCORE was tied at 60
when last year's Big Ten champs
gained possession of the ball with
slightly less than two minutes re-
maining. They, brought it across
the center line and then with
tension building with the passing
seconds, Burke Scott just stood at
mid-court with the ball.
Michigan guard Jim Barron,
under orders from Coach Bill
Perigo who feared a foul which
would have given Indiana two
shots, made no effort,to go af-
ter the bail.
Thus Scott stood there, as.
though posing, for about 100 sec-
onds while the packed throng
went into an uproar. Then with
but six seconds remaining, Leon-
ard came over and took the ball.
HE BEGAN to drive for the
basket with Don Faddy dogging
him every step of the way. When
he found he couldn't get in close,
the Hoosier playmaker moved be-
hind a.screen set up by a team-
mate and let fly with his game
winning two-hander.
7 When the ball went through

the nets, it set off a scene which
will long stick in the mind of
everyonedat the game. On one
side, Indiana mobbed Leonard
and Coach Branch McCracken
and futilely tried to carry the
latter off the floor.
Just 20 feet away a completely
different scene was enacted as
Eaddy, who had done such a ter-
rific job guarding the All-Ameri-
can Leonard, lay down on the
floor and began to cry while the
rest of the Michigan team filed
slowly out with heads bowed.
* * *
THERE WAS more excitement
yet to come for as the Hoosier
team le.ft the floor with the loud
boos of the crowd ringing in their
ears, a couple of fans started pick-
ing fights with some Indiana
Last season's NCAA champs
looked like they were going to
run away with the game in the
first period as they opened a
16-4 lead. However Michigan
slowly narrowed the gap and
finally tied the score early in
the second quarter when Paul
Groffsky connected with a jump
From this point on, the en-
counter was nip and tucl% with
the Wolverines never owning more
than a five point spread and the
winners never ahead by more than
four. It was after a missed jump
shot by Groffsky with two min-
utes remaining in the game that
Indiana gained possession of the
pall and the ball game.
Every Michigan player de-
serves credit for putting up
such a terrific fight against the
team that is ranked third in the
country in the sportswriters
poll. However special acclaim
is due Eaddy, Jim Barron and
Milt Mead.
Eaddy played his heart out in
guarding Leonard so close as to
cause the usually sure shooting
Hoosier to miss on 17 of the 22
shots he attempted.
Barron, with 21 points the Wol-
verines' high scorer, kept Mich-
igan close throughout with his
long jump shots and driving lay-
ups. Mead, who replaced Harvey
Williams when the 6-8 soph foul-
ed out in the first half, did an
excellent defensive job on Don
Schlunt as the Indiana center'la-
ter admitted in the dressing room.
Besides this, Mead came through
with two key tip-ins.

... to face Red Wings

'M' Natators
Attend Xmas
Swim Forum
Swimming coach Matt Mann
and six of his Wolverine natators
spent Christmas vacation in Flor-
ida, but the vacation turned out
to be only a "busman's holiday."
The seven Michigan men at-
tended a national "Swimming For-
um" at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Serving as a strenuous vacation
practice session, the two-week
meeting was sponsored by the cit-
izens of Ft. Lauderdale and the
participating coaches.
son, Harry Hawkins, "Bumpy"
Jones, Bob Knox, and Glenn Mil-
ler were the Michigan representa-
tives who worked out with swim-
mers from all over the nation un-
der the watchful eyes of such re-
known coaches as Michael Peppe
of Ohio State, Robert Kiphuth of
Yale, and Mann.
With no school-work to dis-
ract them, the swimmers spent
most of each day in the practice
The climax of the Forum was
the annual East-West swimming'
meet, won by the West 125-122.
Swimming for the West, Michi-
gan's natators played a big part
in the victory..
* . .
WITH HIS team behind in the
scoring, Jones captured an easy
win in the 150-meter individual
medley, the third event from the
end of the program. Ferguson and
Knox then teamed with two oth-
er Westerners to win the 200-me-
ter freestyle relay which followed.

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Michigan's hockey squad, after
a somewhat disastrous start in
defense of its NCAA crown, meets
the National Hockey League's
first-place club, the Detroit Red
Wings, tonight in an exhibition
game at the Hill Street Coliseum.
Game time for the annual con-
test will be 8:30 p.m. and will
serve as a tune-up contest for the
Wolverines before they return to
league competition this week-end.
* * *
THE Wolverines opened their
WIIHL league schedule against
the Sioux of North Dakota at
Grand Forks last December 18
and 19, and were soundly beaten
in the opener 10-3, and then in
the second contest, 5-3.
The 10-3 shellacking was the
worst defeat ever suffered by a
Michigan team coached by Vie
Heyliger. The last time any
team embarrassed the Wolver-
ines by as great a score was
back in the season of 1944-45
when Minnesota dumped the
Maize and Blue twice during the
season by scores of 10-0, and
In the opening contest, the No-
daks blasted six goals into the
net during a third period spree
which left the Wolverines help-
less. Trailing 4-3 entering the
final-period, the Michigan squad
tried pressing the attack, but the
strategy backfired.
* * *
NORTH DAKOTA'S fast-flying
lines moved in on the Michigan
rear-guard and simply overpow-
ered the defense. Besides show-
ing an inability to stop the North
Dakota attack, the Wolverines
offense just couldn't get going.
Their passing was erratic,
their shooting weak, and their
over-all teamwork faulty. The
breaks also seemed to go against
them. Three of North Dakota's
first four goals came on fluke-
plays. The first tally was a
bouncing shot that originated
somewhere beyond the blue line.
Saturday night's game seemed
to be a reversal of form for the
Wolverines, especially in the last
Cagers Annex
Sixth Victory
(Continued from Page 1)
ior has curbed his tendency to
take poor shots and is working
much better with the team. If
he continues this fine brand of
play, Eaddy could make a big dif-
ference in future Michigan en-
Williams also did an outstand-
ing job as he rebounded well
and though he was unable to
stop the sensational Ebert his
defense still showed improve-
-Barron again turned in a fine
game and it was his driving play
which sparked the Wolverines
All in all the manner in which
they came back after theIndiana
loss and the way they refused to
crack under the pressure of the
Buckeye surge presented very en-
couraging signs for future Wol-
rerine contests.
One of Many?
Jorgenson 4 3 3 11
Groffsky 3 4 3 10
Williams 11 2 5 24
Mead 1 3 3 5
Barron 4 12 4 20
Eaddy 6 3 4 15
29 27 22 85

Vaughn 0 0 3 0
Miller 5 3 5 15
Ebert 11 13 3 35
Freeman 5 3 4 13
Cook 2 1 25
Ellis 4 2 5 10
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27 22 22 76
Michigan 21 22 20 22-85
Ohio State 21 18 11 26-76
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period. Michigan outplayed, out-
skated, and outhustled the Sioux
but the puck just wouldn't go in
the net. A couple of times center
Bill McFarland broke in alone but
ae couldn't net the puck behind
Nodak goalie Jerry Schultz.
ACCORDING to Heyliger,
Schultz is a fine goaltender, but
not as good as he appeared. "We
made him look like a big leaguer,"
See Hoosiers Win
Station WPAG-TV (channel
20) will present the movies of
the Indiana-Michigan basket-
ball game played last Saturday
night, tonight at nine o'clock.
said the Michigan coach referring
to the two-game set. Heyliger,
while admitting that North Da-
kota has a good club, added that
it won "not because they were so
good, but because we were so
Last season a mid-season
slump necessitated a strong fin-
ish in order to make the play-
offs. While the Wolverines drop-
ped only five points all last sea-
son, already they have lost four
this year. If they are to make
the trip to Colorado Springs for
the playoffs for the seventh
straight year, then it will cer-
tainly take some inspired hockey
playing from here on in.
The Wolverines return to West-
ern Hockey League action this
week-end with a home-and-home
series with Michigan State. Fri-
day's game will be in East Lan-
sing with Saturday's contest here.
'* * *
TONIGHT'S exhibition with the
Red Wings will give Heyliger a
chance to tune up his squad
against the best of the profession-
al hockey world.
At the same time he will be
getting a good look at many of
his freshman prospects for next
semester and next year. Neil
Buchanan, a forward, and Ter-j
ry Sheehan, a defenseman, both
of whom become eligible in a
few weeks, will be getting their
first taste of game action to-

A great deal of credit for the
success of Michigan's wrestling
team must be given to affable Bob
Betzig, assistant wrestling coach.
Betzig, a former Michigan mat
star, can be seen any day at the
Intramural building demonstrat-
ing to the Wolverine squad wrest-
ling holds from the most funda-
mental to the more difficult and
intricate manuevers.
BETZIG, who captained the
wrestling team in his junior and
senior years, grappled for Michi-
gan from 1946 to 1949. Competing
in the 157-pound class, Betzig,
in his three years of varsity com-
petition, holds the enviable rec-
ord of 21 victories against three
Most of his victories were ob-
tained through pins. He baffled
his opponents with a hold which
he invented and is known
throughout the wrestling world
as the Betzig cradle.
Hard luck, however, deprived
Michigan's assistant coach of ever
winning either a Big Ten or Na-
tional Championship. In the 1948
Big Ten meet Betzig was disqual-
ified for using the hold which bears
his name. This was due to the fact
that the hold, though legal had
never been seen before by the ref-
eree. This decision cost Betzig not
only a championship but Michigan
the crown.
* * *
IN 1949, an error in counting
cost "the hard-luck kid" the
crown. Grappling with John Ke-
ough of OhioState in the finals,
Betzig thought he was behind but
was acuialy ahead by one point.
Duke 89, South Carolina 69
Illinois 66, Northwestern 65
Iowa 73, Michigan State 63
Kentucky 77, Xavier 71
Kansas 76, Oklahoma 72
Nebraska 74, Iowa State 60
Wichita 77, Detroit 75 (over-

Making a desperate effort to "win"
the match, he was, instead, pin-
ned by Keough.
Illness thwarted Betzig's ef-
forts to win a national cham-
pionship. In 1948 a bad cold
weakened and sidelined him and
in 1949 a shoulder injury elimi-
nated him in the early rounds.
It is ironical that the National

champs in those two years had
lost to Betzig in previous
matches a combined total of
four times.
In reference to Betzig's wrest-
ling abilities, Michigan's astute
wrestling coach, Cliff Keen said,
"Bob was a great competitor and
a tremendous leader. He's a champ
in my book.

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