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ATON ROUGE, La. - The
words "Deaf Dome" hang over
the entrance to the visitors'
lockerroom here at LSU.
And, yes, the Pete Maravich
Assembly Center does get quite loud.
The paid attendance at last night's
Michigan-LSU game was only 10,258
- 4,000 short of capacity - but the
crowd still made Crisler Arena seem
like a sound-proof gym on game day.
It was loud all night long.
jumper that put
up one with
3.9 seconds to
SLLENBERGERcrowd. It got
Sollenberger in even quieter
Sollenberger in when LSU's
stepped out of
bounds with 1.9 left, ending his
team's chances. A
After that, the arena was silent
except for the Michigan bench, which
was whooping it up like a kid on
Yes, there was the feeling after the
game that the 69-68 win on the
Tigers' home court in front of their
crowd will pay dividends for the
;Wolverines in nail-biters later this
"I've been in both lockerrooms in
this type of situation," Michigan
coach Steve Fisher said. "And ours is
a lot more jubilant tonight, excited,
and feeling good about the outcome."
It didn't appear that the Wolverines
would be feeling good about anything
early in this one. The crowd was in it
from the start and Michigan was
In the game's opening minutes, the
Wolverines couldn't make a field
goal or a free throw and failed to keep
LSU off of the boards. Thanks to
See SOLLENBERGER, Page 14
'M reborn on the
Bullock scores with 3.9 seconds for
By Brent McIntosh
Daily Sports Editor
BATON ROUGE, La. - You live
by the sword, you die by the sword...
But sometimes you get a second
It was freshmen who kept Michigan
in the game, freshmen that were in
when they nearly lost it, and a freshman
who gave the Wolverines their second
That second chance scored No. 22
Michigan (6-2) a 69-68 win over Loui-
siana State (2-3) last night when the ball
dropped through the hoop on a running
11-footer with three ticks left on the
clock - a shot tossed up by Louis
Bullock, one third of Michigan coach
Steve Fisher's sword - the trio of
freshmen that showed last night why it
was the most touted rookie class in the
The decision to give young Bullock
the option to shoot or pass surprised
few. With Maurice Taylor, he has been
the most consistent of the Wolverines
"He's shown all year that he can
shoot under pressure," Michigan cap-
tain Dugan Fife said. "He had the op-
tion to shoot or pass, and the shot came
Bullock's game-winner gave him a
12-point, six-rebound game.
"Coach said to get the ball into my
hands," Bullock said. "I was told to
streak down the court and look for Mo
(Taylor) down low. But they only had
two people back, a point guard and the
center, and I got the guard on my hip.
When I got him on my hip, I went for the
With Willie Mitchell back in Ann
Arbor with a knee injury suffered dur-
ing Saturday's win over Detroit, and
Maurice Taylorin foul troubleandtwice
leaving the game with injuries - he
chipped in seven points and ten re-
bounds anyway - Fisher was forced to
live by his trio of freshnien swords.
was the Wolver-
ines' high scorer
with 14, a number
that exceeded his
total from the last
four games. Robert
constant fat jokes
and jeering from
the boisterous Pete
Mitchell Maravich Activi-
ties Center crowd,
kept Michigan in the game in the first
half when LSU jumped out to a 10-
point lead. Traylor's eight first-half
points, including three big jams, left
Michigan with a 32-28 lead at the break
despite shooting only 39 percent.
The Wolverines nearly died by the
sword, though. Fisherhad all three fresh-
men in the game as time waned, and
several crucial errors nearly cost the
Wolverines a game that they had led by
as much as eight.
Bullock missed a pair of free throws
with Michigan up five - a rare empty
trip for the usually clutch shooter -
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Blue 69-68 win
and he turned the ball over in tle
backcourt to allow Tiger guard Ronnie
Henderson a dunk that tied it at 67 witi
1:38 to go. Henderson led all scorers-
with 27 points.
From there, the Tigers went up one
on a Maurice Carter free throw after"
Albert White fouled the LSU forward.
Taylor missed a contested 10-foote-'.
and the rebound went to the Tigers.
A Michigan desperation foul by,
Travis Conlan -his fifth, sending him
to the bench after a six-point, 35-minute,
effort - gave LSU senior swingmatr
Landers Nolley two free throws to make
the lead three with 9.5 seconds on the
Michigan timeout - Nolley miss -
Michigan timeout - Nolley miss-
and somehow the rebound bounced to
Bullock, which gave the speedy shooter
aheadstart on the defense and the chance
to win it, which he promptly did.
"Coach Fisher showed a lot of confr'-
dence in me," Bullock said. "I didn't
shoot the ball well tonight, but he stuck
with me and kept my head in the game."
Bullock hit four of his 12 field goal
attempts, including two key 3-pointers,
and was only 2-of-4 from the free throw
line. Fifty percent was, however, the
best charity-stripe performance by any
"This is one of the most talented
teams ever to play in this arena," LSU
coach Dale Brown said of Michigan.
"Everyone they have can play."
See HOOPS, Page 14
Michigan forward Maurice Taylor drives to the basket during Michigan's 69-68
victory over Louisiana State, last night.
Women look to continue domination of Eagles
By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
December 18, 1979.
It's not an important date in his-
tory, but it was the last time the Michi-
gan women's basketball team lost to
its rival from neighboring Ypsilanti.
Eastern Michigan (2-1) will try to
end its losing streak against the Wol-
verines (3-1) at Crisler Arena at 7:30
But Eagles' coach Paulette Stein (an
alumna of everyone's favorite univer-
sity, Slippery Rock) said she did not
need to use the 1979 date to motivate
"Our players get up for Michigan on
their own since it'sjust down the road,"
The Wolverines lead the all-time se-
ries 12-6 and are coming off a 82-67
win in Ypsilanti exactly one year ago.
It's early in the season, but so far the
next-door neighbors already have some
Besides each team only having one
loss, both Michigan and Eastern are
predominantly young teams (the Wol-
verines have only one senior on their
roster while the Eagles have two) and
both squads were picked to finish in
their respective conference cellars.'
Stein has been pleased with the
Eagles' start thus far, which has in-
eluded wins over Marist and Chicago
State with a loss to Navy as its only
"We've been able to utilize our fast
breaking abilities," she said. "We've
been up-tempo on both ends of the
But Stein does not want tonight's
game to turn into a track meet.
"We want to make Michigan set up
on offense and not allow them to run it
down the court," she said.
Junior guard Traci Parsons has been
setting the pace for the Eagles' of-
In three games, she is averaging 19.7
points and six rebounds. On defense,
she has tallied 11 steals - more than
double the amount any of her team-
mates have managed.
Parsons' tag-team partner in the
backcourt is junior Betsy Brown, who
is putting up 13 points a game and set a
single-game school record with 14 as-
sists against Chicago State.
Senior forward Laura Strefling has
been cleaning the boards for Eastern,
averaging 7.6 rebounds to compliment
her 10 points per game.
But Strefling will have to contend
with Michigan's inside game, which
has greatly improved since it last faced
The return of 6-3 center Pollyanna
Johns and the play of forward Tiffany
Willard have been influential to the
improved play in the paint.
The sophomore duo have averaged
24 points and 15.5 rebounds combined.
Stein said she is impressed with the
aggressiveness and focus the WQlvdr-
ines have shown this season, as well as
"Michigan has used a lot of differe 5t
players," she said.
In fact, 11 Wolverines are averaging
at least 10 minutes each game.
"They've been going with a lot of
different lineups," Stein said. "I'll be
interested to see who coach Trish Rob-
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