- Thursday, February 22 1912 -
Vanderbilt - 17 (Head Coach: Carl (Zeke) Martin)
|Oscar Nelson (*)||3||7||13|
Kentucky - 28 (Head Coach: Edwin R. Sweetland)
|W. C. Harrison||1||0||2|
|R. C. Preston||0||0||0|
Halftime Score: State University 10, Vanderbilt 8
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Tennessee 27 - 15|||||Vanderbilt 22 - 18|
Game Writeup - The Idea
DEFEAT THE MUCH-TOUTED COMMODORES IN TWO OF THE MOST EXCITING GAMES EVER SEEN HERE
Means Southern Championship
The basketball five of State are victors over the heavyweights from Vanderbilt in two successive games, thus adding two more victories to their unbroken record. They met on the Armory floor for the games, one Thursday and one Friday night.
The game was fast and exciting throughout, State always leading the score. The first team played during the whole game. During the first minutes of play, Gaiser stared the score by a long shot field goal, and Hart soon followed suit with two goals made at long range. The score was always close during the first period, with the local five keeping on top. The period ended with the score 10 to 8 in favor of State.
Again in the second period, Gaiser opened up the scoring by a long shot field goal and for the second time Kentucky began with a rush as if determined to get the best of Vanderbilt for once in its life, and for the first few minutes took the Vandy men off their feet and added several field goals to their own score.
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
VANDERBILT DEFEATED BY STATE UNIVERSITY
Tennesseans Taken Into Camp By the Score of 28 to 17
PLAY AGAIN TONIGHT
Overweight of the Visitors Valueless Against the Locals' Good Work
In one of the closest and most exciting basketball games ever seen in Lexington, the undefeated State University five last night defeated Vanderbilt University of Nashville, on the State armory floor. The score was 28 to 17, and the winners were always in the lead. The game was the first of a series of two to be played between the two teams, and the second will be played at State tonight at 8 o'clock.
Playing at their best and displaying their characteristic "wildcat" spirit, the Kentuckians, outweighed and going against the natural odds furnished by the old established "Vanderbilt bugaboo" entered the fight early, took and maintained a small lead during the first period, and never slackened their speed nor weakened in their determination until the contest was over. It was the first athletic contest Kentucky State has taken from Vanderbilt in years - too many years, in fact, to try and remember if the Blue and White ever did conquer the Commodores.
Attendance is Large
The attendance was quite large as could be handled in the limited seating and standing space of the armory, and the excitement caused by the nip and tuck struggle on the floor, brought forth spasmodic deafening cheering from the State supporters. Vandy also had her adherents at the game in members of Alumni and undergraduate student bodies.
Gaiser, of State, started the scoring during the first minute of play, by a clever exhibition of goal tossing at long range. During the first period the score was always close, often not more than one point difference, but the local five kept the edge. The period ended with the score at 10 to 8. Six of Vandy's eight points in the initial half were made by field fouls, all thrown by Nelson. Their lone field goal during the half being due to an easy throw by Captain Martin.
Gaiser Starts in Second
Again in the second period Gaiser started the scoring by a long-shot field goal, and again Kentucky opened with a rush, which, for the first few minutes, took Vandy off their feet and resulted in State increasing their lead by several field goals. About the middle of the half the visitors took a brace, but even afterward Kentucky scored and kept up the rush.
The going was rather rough as compared to the other games seen at State this winter, but whatever excessive roughness there was might be attributed to the speed with which plays were made, and owing to the greater weight of the visitors. Fouls were frequent and in throwing fouls Nelson of Vanderbilt won recognition as the particularly bright star among his colleagues of stars. Nelson quit the game near the close with seven fouls and three field goals to his credit, thus scoring thirteen of his team's seventeen points.
Barnett and Gaiser Stars
For Kentucky Barnett and Gaiser were a tower of strength, while Captain Harrison, Hart and Preston were close runners-up. Barnett, the smallest man on either team, was easily the most active, and was all over the floor at the right time. He also threw eight field fouls and two field goals.
State outplayed and outgenerated Vandy and that, with the tenacity of the local men, won the game. However the teams are so nearly evenly matched in everything except weight that the second and final game tonight may result differently. At any rate the second game will be worth seeing.
For the first time during the season Kentucky played an entire game without a change of line-up. Director of Athletics Sweetland evidently deemed it wise to work only Varsity men in the initial contest, with a probability of permitting the second team stars a chance to get in on the second game.