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Big Ten Race Narrows To This
State As Spartans Rout OSU

The Big Ten basketball race
narrowed down to the state of
Michigan today. But part of the
glory belonged to Dave Schell-
base of lowly Purdue.

While Michigan was disposing
of Iowa, 103-88. Michigan State
staged an uprising of its own
and won a surprisingly easy, 98-
79, battle with Ohio State at

Michigan State's big guns,
Stan Washington and Bill Curtis
hit for 26 and 20 points, respec-
tively, to lead the Spartans to
their ninth win in 12 Big Ten
games. Michigan State was in
control all the way, building a
17-point advantage at halftime.
The Spartans increased their
lead to 32 points during the sec-
ond half and coasted to victory.

Matthew Aitch, MSU's big
center, gunned in 14 points
while playing a dominant role
in State backboard control. Al:

Peters led the hapless Buckeyes
with 18 points.

The Spartans trail Michigan
by one game and they host the
Wolverines Monday. A tie for
the Big Ten flag is as good as
gold for the Spartans, who would j
go to the NCAA tournament be- j
cause Michigan went last sea-'

Illinois downed Purdue. 98-81.1
in a game overshadowed by the
individual play of the Boiler-
maker Dave Schellhase. The
Purdue sharp-shooter scored 38
points, which:
—Gave him 2,014 career
points, a new record for all-time
Purdue scoring and 34 more
than the total Terry Dischinger
compiled earlier this decade,
—Put him eight points ahead
of Russell in the Big Ten indi-
vidual scoring race, although
Cazzie has 15 more career points
than Shellhase.

Illinois broke open a tight
game in the last 10 minutes lo
run away with its seventh vic-
tory in Big Ten action. Rich
Jones led the Illini with 30 points
while Don Freeman had 26 de-
spite sitting out 14 minutes of
the second half with four fouls.

Michigan was not the only Big
Ten team to have a hot hand
last night as Minnesota hit .625
per cent of its shots from the
field and defeated Indiana, 96-

Minnesota trailed 4S;-41 with
18:05 to play but outscored Indi-
ana 30-10 in the next nine min-
utes to lead 71-53. The Boosters
rallied to come with three points
with two minutes left, but the
Gophers controlled the game the
rest of the way,

Archie dark. Lou Hudson and
Tom Kondla led the Gophers
with 31, 24, and 22 points, re-
spectively. Sophomore V e r n
Payne topped Indiana with 28

Wisconsin escaped from the
cellar as it routed Northwestern

Wisconsin used balanced scor-
ing to defeat the Wildcats as
five Badgers reached double fig-
ures with sophomores Joe
Franklin and Mike Carlin lead-
ing with 16 points each.

Northwestern was plagued by
a cold-shooting as it converted
merely .273 per cent of its shots.
Ron Kozlicki led the Wildcats
with 16.