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Cagers Hope Home Floor The Answer

Denver Unit Here For Game Tonight; Butler Too Tough

Michigan's basketeers tonight will have opportunity to learn whether foreign courts or the caliber of the opposition has prevented them from gaining their second victory of the young season.

Coach Dave Strack and his Wolverines will be back on their Yost Fieldhouse floor at 8 p.m. to host a good Denver team roughly comparable in ability to the Penn and Butler aggregations which downed Michigan on the road last week. The score of Saturday’s loss at Butler was 69-61.

If the home hardwood is worth the eight to 10 points most experts assign to it the Wolverines tonight might put another triumph to the 74-60 J victory achieved over Ball State two Saturdays back.

As had been true in the 69-54 loss, at Philadelphia last Wednesday, the Wolverines made a battle of it in Butler Fieldhouse in Indianapolis until the closing minutes Saturday night. The score was knotted at 31-all at the half and it was deadlocked four more times in the final 20 minutes before the Bulldogs broke away to stay on a long shot by Tom Bowman who had 21 points to pace the Butlerites. 

Game-scoring honors were claimed by rangy John Ooster-baan who collected 26 points on 10 baskets and six charity conversions. But once again only one other Wolverine reached double figures, springy-legged John Harris hitting the hoops for 17.

Michigan, which probably must depend on shooting ex-cellence for those victories it is to achieve this season, con-nected on 38.1 per cent of its 63 floor tries while Butler rang the bell 41.2 per cent of the time with 28 baskets from 68 shots.

Tonight’s Michigan - Denver game will be preceded by a clash between Michigan’s promising freshman team and a line-up of ex-collegiate stars most of whom will be remembered by local fans. They include Michigan’s M. C. Burton, Big Ten scoring champ three seasons back; John Tidwell, last season’s captain and most valuable; Paul Groffsky, U-M captain in 1955; Emmett McCarthy, captain of the 1961 Notre Dame team, and a teammate, 6-8 John Tully, and 6-7 Jo Billy McDade, who used to star for Bradley. The Butler-Michigan game box score:

MICHIGAN       B    FT    P

Cole                 3     2-3    3

O'baan             10   6-10  4

Harris               7     3-3    3

Cantrell            3     2-4    4

Hall                  1     0-2    4

Herner             0     0-0    0

Brown              0     0-0   2

Eveland           0     0-0   0

TOTALS         24  13-22  20


BUTLER           B     FT    P

Freeman           1      0-1   3

Bowman           10     1-1   2

Blue                   6     7-13  2

Williams             6      1-4   1

Haslam              3      2-3   0

Engle                 2      2-3    2

TOTALS            28   13-25  2


MICHIGAN-----31    30-61

BUTLER--------31     38-69


Tech Gains Sweep In Denver Series

HOUGHTON Mich-(AP)-Michigan Tech drubbed Denver’s hockey team, 8-2, Saturday night as Tech’s captain, Jerry Sullivan, scored three goals in the first period for the hat trick. Tech won the opener of the two-game series, 8-7, Friday night. Both Tech and Denver now are 2-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.