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Tuesday, March 10, 1964


Page Fifteen

Boilermakers Spoil M's Last Home Appearance

MIC"^A^ FRUSTRATION: Michigan's frustration in its
home h 1 finale is caught by the cameraman seconds
before tlie end of the game (above) and immediately after
the final buzzer (below). In the top photo, Michigan center
Bill Buntin (prone on the floor) lifts his arm to signify he has
fouled Purdue's Ron Purkhiser (25) who cashed two free
throw "'^h 28 seconds remaining to put the Boilermakers on

top, 81-77. In the background, Bob Cantrell talks with official
Ed Herbert while official Geofrge Strauthers races down
court. In the lower photo. Wo' : , Larry Tregoning (left),
Oliver Darden (center) and : t'm (right) walk off the
court with their heads down wnne rurdue celebrates. Boiler-
makers in the foreground are Bill Jones (51) and George
Grams (52).

By Wayne DeNeff

They don't call 'em the
"Spoilermakers" for nothing!

Purdue's Boilermakers last
night tossed a wet blanket on
what might have been a big
Michigan celebration in Yost

ichigan was aiming for
sole possession of first place
in the Big Ten basketball
standings but Purdue did the
shooting—firing in .533 (33-62)
per cent of its field-goal at-
tempts to hand the Wolverines
an 81-79 setback.

And it was a little fellow as
basketball players go, the 6-2
Bob Purkhiser, who did the
most damage with 26 points.

With Purdue in a semi-stall
and waiting for the high per-
centage shot, Purkhiser oroke
free to drop a 15-footer and
.snap a 77-77 deadlock with 44
seconds to play. Moments lat-
er, the Bluffton, Ind., junior,
was fouled by Bill Buntin in
a scramble for the ball and
th" ""-'"rmaker cashed two

,vs in a one-and-one
eiiluaiiuii to put tl•"\ '-"-'tors out
in front, 81-77 ^8 sec-
onds to play.

Michigan captain, Bob Can-
trell, put his team back in the
game with a 20-foot jumper
with 14 seconds left but the
Boilermakers retained posses-
sion of the ball after that, fir-
ing a long pass down court in
the face of a Michigan press,
passing up an opportunity to
score, and giving the ball to
Mel Garland to dribble away
the last few seconds.

It was a heartbreaker for
the Wolverines because they
wanted the title free and clear
and they wanted to put the
wraps on a perfect home sea-
son. Last night's loss snapped
;•; string of 11 straight home
victories this season and 13
in a two-season span.

Despite the loss, this still is
Michigan's winningest team by
a two-game margin over any
other and Coach Dave Strack
will take the Wolverines to
Minneapolis this weekend to
participate in the NCAA Mid-
east Regionals as the Big Ten

Michigan shares the title
with Ohio State, each with
11-3 records, but has won the

nod to represent the conference
because it last played in the
tournament in 1948 while OSU
played as recently as 1962.

The loss may bode ill for the
Wolverines' next foe.

The last time they were de-
feated, by third-place Min-
nesota on Feb. 18, they
bounced back to clobber Wis-
consin by 44 points. Michigan's
only other losses in a 24-game
regular-season schedule were
to No. I ranked UCLA in the
Los Angeles Classic and to co-
champ OSU at Columbus.

Michigan is expected to start
its bid for the NCAA cham-
pionship against Loyola of Chi-
cago. The Ramblers are heav-
ily-favored to defeat the Ohio
Valley Conference champion,
Murray State, in a preliminary
game tonight at Evanston, 111.
Michigan will meet the winner
Friday in a lower-bracket
game while Kentucky will take
on the winner of tonight's Ohio
University-Louisville clash in
the upper bracket. Regional
finals and a consolation game
will be played on Saturday

Both Michigan and Purdue
were error prone in the first
half last night so it really was
the shooting which made the
difference as the Boilermakers
took a 43-38 half-time lead.
Purdue shot .541 in the first
half with 20 baskets in 37 shots
while the Wolverines connected
on just 17 of 47 for .362 per

The hi ig of Purk-
hiser, who last season made
18 straight field goals, and
s"''-.' ' :. -:. .• -i. '""ibase
1 - , .of
as much as 10 points in the

first half.

With sophomore Cazzie Rus-
sell firing in 21 points for
Michigan in the second half,
Michigan matched the Boiler-
makers in shooting average
but had to settle for a game
percentage of .432 (35-81) be-
cause of the cold first half.

The lead changed hands
eight times in the second half
after Michigan pulled ahead,
56-55, on Russell's jumper
with 10:52 to play.

Purkhiser, firing in a pair
of quick one-handers from
the corner, gave Purdue
breathing room, 66-61, with
7:40 to go but Cantrell and
Larry Tregoning quickly cut
that down with baskets before
Russell scored six straight to
make it 71-68, Michigan. -The
lead moved up to 73-70 and
77-74 on baskets by Russell
Oliver Darden, Buntin and
Tregoning but Garland scored
on crucial three-point play to
knot it with 1:53 to play.

A few moments later. Pur-
due went into a rotating semi-
stall, until Purkhiser broke

"My boys played a really
great game," said the vet-
eran Purdue coach, Ray
Eddy. He predicted the Wol-
verines would make a strong
bid for the NCAA champion-
ship and said he hoped they
would win it.

The victory moved Purdue
into a fourth-place tie with
Michigan State in the Big Ten
standings with an 8-6 record
while raising its season mark
to 12-12.

Purkhiser, in what will rank
as one of his finest perform-

Final Big Ten Standings


W L Pet.

MICHIGAN ——— 11 3 .786

Ohio State -———11 3 .786

\ Minnesota --———* 10 4 .717

IMSU _.,-_,————- 8 6 .571

Purdue ---———— 8 6 .571

Illinois -__-—---.-_- 6 8 .429

Northwestern -__-_— 6 8 .429

Indiana --------—— 5 9 .357

Iowa —————— 3 11 .241

Wisconsin ————— 2 12 .143


W L Pet.

20 4 .833

16 8 .667

17 7 .708

14 10 .583

12 12 .500

13 11 .542

9 12 .429

9 15 .375

8 15 .348

8 16 .333

ance, took Purdue scoring
honors with 26 while Schell-
h a s e had 25. Purkhiser hit
11 of 16 shots and Schellhase
11 of 17. Russell topped Michi-
gan with 27 as he ran his sea-
son's scoring tutal to 593. Bun-
tin was second high with 19.

Michigan had the edge in
rebounds, 43-39.

It was a dejected Michigan-
team which left the court
after the game and Cantrell
showed his feelings by fir-
ing the ball into the stands.

As of now. there are no
plans to telecast of the
Friday g ,' 'ack to this part
of the state. However, local
radio stations WUOM-FM and
W-' • " •••• :

of • •-• . : •• .,. iii^ i. iu

In other Big Ten action last
night, Indiana dealt Northwes-
tern a 76-68 setback with Dick
VanArsdale and Jon McClock-
lin leading the attack with 20
points each, and Illinois
dumped Iowa, 90-67, behind
Skip Thoren's 31 points.


B FT TP B v-r TB
Sch'lhase 11 3-5 25 Treg'ing 4
Jones 5 1-2 11 Darden 7 ""
Brown 0 3-4 3 Buntin 8 3-3 19
Garland 6 4-4 16 Russell 11 5-6 27
Purkhiser 11 4-4 26 Cantrell 3 1-1 7
Herner 0 0-2 0
Pomey 2Q-04

Totals 33" 15^9 ST Totals 35~' 9^2 W


43 39—9\
38 41—79


PURDUE (39): Shellhase, 12; Jones,
9; Brown, 6; Garland, 4; Purkhiser, 3;

Grams, 1; team, 4.

MICHIGAN (43): Buntin, 13; Russell,
9; Tregoning, 8; Darden, 7; Pomey, 2;

Cantrell, 1; Herner, 1; team, 2.


PURDUE (13): Jones, 4; Schellhase, 3;

Brown, 2; Purkhiser, 2; Garland, 2.

MICHIGAN (13): Russell, 4; Darden,
3; Buntin, 2; Cantrell, 2; Herner, 2.

OFFICIALS: Floyd Magnusson and
George Strauthers.