WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6,1957
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Michigan Proves First Win
Over Spartans No Accident
Canham's Predictions Prove True
As Cindermen Fail to Capture Title
By JOHN HILLYER
If Michigan State depends on
beating Michigan in its quest for a
first undisputed basketball cham-
pionship, the Spartans may be
waiting 'til the cows come home.
The Wolverines took a 70-69
thriller from them at East Lans-
ing early in the season, then thor-
oughly outclassed the green Mon-
day night to prove it wasn't just
The final score was 81-72, but
everyone in hallowed Yost Field
House, a figurative sardine can on
this occasion, knew the "score"
throughout. Except for a brief
anxious moment with three min-
utes left, the game was Michi-
gan 's in every sense of the word.
It was reminiscent of another
final performance by a Michigan
team this season. Although the
football team, like the cagers, had
no title at stake, it managed to
close out the year with a very
satisfying win over title-hungry
Best Record Since 1949
Not since 1948-49 have the Wol-
verines had a comparable season
to this one. They finished with a
7-5 Conference record and 16_5
overall, as compared to 8-6 and
13-9 for the recently-completed
With 14:45 to play in the first
half, Ron Kramer, their captain
and leader to the very end, sank a
hook shot to make the count 14-13
in favor of Michigan, and State
never again enjoyed the lead.
MSU would start a comeback-
and the Wolverines would squelch
it each time with a basket. Kfam-
er vastly outmaneuvered the op-
posing center, John Green, and at
18:37 of the opening portion,
Green committed his fourth per-
This seemed to be the last straw
for Forddy Anderson's quintet.
They started to roll after the in-
termisston, but their distinct dis-
advantage under the boards told
Jim Shearon's hustle and timely
jump shots helped, too. He and
Kramer the two starting seniors,
will "be pretty hard to replace"
next year, according to Coach Bill
53 Per Cent Average
Of course, there were the ob-
vious factors. A 53 per cent shoot-
ing average from the floor in the
first half didn't exactly prove a
detriment to the Wolverines.
Neither did their eight-rebound
edge during that period. M. C. Bur-
ton should be cited here, for he was
the big aggressor on the boards
for most of the evening.
A standing ovation was accorded
Kramer and Shearon for their
three-year contributions to the
I- -'igan b a s k e t b a l1 fortunes
when, with 24 seconds left, the two
were replaced by two other sen-
iors who saw limited action-guard
Tom Raisor and center Tom Fe-
Raisor had the extreme pleasure
of swishing the final basket for his
team, a near set-shot from the
corner, with 16 seconds to go.
By BOB BOLTON
"See, I wasn't kidding."
Track Coach Don Canham was
speaking on the bus carrying the
Wolverine cinder team back from"
Columbus Saturday night and he
was referring toihis pre-meet pre-
diction that Michigan would not
win their third straight Big Ten
In the past Canham has been
noted for his more than doubtful
a tt it u de towards his team's
chances for winning the Confer-
Fortunately for Michigan his
predictions have failed to materi-
alize and the Wolverines had won
four straight titles going into last
But all good things end some-
time and the string ran out for
the Wolverines in Columbus Sat-
The meet was more than just
close, it was from the point of
general team balance the closest
indoor championship since 1926.
Less than 26 points separalted
first place Indiana from last Illi-
nois and only 10 points separated
the first four teams.
Actuallythe Wolverines were in
the thick of the fight almost up
to the last event and at one point
were leading but they finally had
to settle for fourth place.
Magnuson Places Fourth
The Maize and Blue did get one
b e t t e r-than-expected perform-
ance. John Magnuson, from whom
Canham did not expect great
things, took fourth place in the
60-yd. dash, finishing ahead of
such a proven star as the Hoos-
iers' Greg Bell.
In looking back over the meet
there was a combination of eight
"ifs" that kept Michigan out of
the throne room.
They went something like this:
If . .
Mamon Gibson hadn't had the
misfortune of hitting the bar on
the way down after clearing the
13"8" mark the Wolverines would
have a first place tie in the pole
Brendan O'Reilly hadn't suf-
fered the same kind of bad break
in the high jump there would
have been another first place
Don Matheson, Robin Varian,
George Gluppe and Dick Flodin,
who are all proven competitors,
were any where near top condi-
tion Michigan might have had
from three to eight more points
to add to their 27 3/5 total .. .
It had been a more average year
for milers in the conference Hel-
mar Dollwet's time of 4:14.8, the
best of his career and the fourth
best mile in Michigan history,
would have taken more than
fourth place points .. .
However, the .Wolverines
weren't the only team in the Con-
ference that could look back on
the meet and say - "if".
The experts figured Indiana
for close to 50 points and if they
had displayed their "paper"
strength they would have scored
at least 50 points to turn the meet
into a rout.
IT'S YOUR SHOT--Michigan guard George Lee spots forward M. C. Burton in the clear under the
Michigan State basket. Action occurred in the 81-72 Wolverine win Monday night over the Spartans,
who were formed to share the Conference title with Indiana as a result of Michigan's victory.
THREE TEAMS BLOCK BID:
Wolverine W restlers in Title Chase
GAGNIER SEEMS SET:
Gym Squad Begins Final
Drills for BigTen Meet
By DAVE LYON
Although the Michigan wrest-
lers were defeated by Minnesota
last Saturday, 16-14, the Wolver-
ines must still be rated one of the
contenders for the Conference
Since Wolverines Max Pearson,
Mike Rodriguez, and Steve Zer-
vas returned to action, Michigan's
mat squad has split four meets. It
has beaten a strong Iowa team
and Ohio State, and has been
edged by two top Big Ten aggre-
gations, Michigan State and Min-
In their last competitive test
before the Big Ten meetenext
weekend, the Blue nearly ended
the Gopher grapplers' nine-dual-
meet unbeaten string.
Each team won four of the
eight matches, but Minnesota
pinned two opponents and Michi-
gan only one, thus providing the
Gophers' two-point victory mar-
Undefeated Wolverine grapplers
and defending Big Ten titlists
Rodriguez and Jack Marchello
stayed in tune for the coming
Conference meet by winning de-
cisions from Minnesota oppo-
In addition, Pearson, a Big Ten
champion in 1955, won a fall and
Larry Murray copped a decision
for the Michigan victories.
Competing in their last dual
meet for Michigan were 123-
pounder Dan Deppe, 137-pounder
Murray, and 157-pounder Rodri-
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As the Michigan gym squad be-
gins its final drills for the Bid
Ten Meet it is obvious that Ed
Gagnier is ready for the cham-
The defending parallel bars titl-
ist capped his dual-meet competi-
tion with a sensational routine
against Ohio State that netted him
a score of 285 out of a perfect 300.
The question now remains; i l
the rest of th' Michigan gymnast-
ics team ready for the meet?
Comparison of the dual-meet
season finds the Wolverines rated
fourth behind Illinois, Michigan
On Friday, March 8, there
will not be a co-recreational
program at the I-M building
because of the Big Ten Gym-
State, and Iowa. These are the
three teams which defeated Coach
Newt Loken's crew this season.
But Loken believes that with a
lot of work the squad can be in
shape to give a good account of
itself against the three conference
If Saturday's performance is any
irdication the squad has started
to work toward that goal, giving
a good account of itself.
In addition to the previously
mentioned fine performance by
Gagnier, Jim Hayslett's perform-
ance on the parallel bars and in
the free exercise rates him as a
threat in these two events.
In fact, the parallel bars event'
could end up a duel between him
Even more noteworthy is the re-
turn of Nick Wiese to top physical
condition. Having recovered from
his ankle injury he is expected to
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