- Friday, February 23 1912 -
Vanderbilt - 18 (Head Coach: Carl (Zeke) Martin)
|Oscar Nelson (*)||2||6||10|
Kentucky - 22 (Head Coach: Edwin R. Sweetland)
|W. C. Harrison||1||0||2|
|R. C. Preston||0||0||0|
Halftime Score: State University 11, Vanderbilt 5
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Vanderbilt 28 - 17|||||Georgetown College 19 - 18|
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
STATE WINS AGAIN
Defeats Vanderbilt University 22 to 18 in Second and Last Game of the Series
The State University basketball team remains undefeated after having finished their two games with Vanderbilt University and making a clear sweep of both, winning the contest Friday night, which was fast and somewhat rough, by the score of 22 to 18, closer than the first, but equally as well deserved.
Vanderbilt went into the game Friday night fully determined to win and make the series an even break at any cost, and as a result the spectators were furnished with an exhibition which at times resembled anything but a basketball game. The Blue and White five showed that they were equal to all conditions and demonstrated the fact that they were as much at home at 'roughing it' as they were at playing straight basketball.
Barnett started the scoring by throwing a foul in the first two minutes of play, and the Wildcats continued to lead the visitors throughout this period, which ended with the score of 11 to 5 in favor of State. During this period Hart for State threw a field goal from near the center of the field, which brought the spectators to their feet with a cheer which continued until play was again resumed.
The second period was even rougher than the first and Referee Elliott called foul after foul, they being mostly against Vanderbilt. Near the middle of the half the score stood at a tie at 14 points, which was the first and only time that the visitors were as good as even with the State boys during both games.
Barnett for State and Nelson for Vanderbilt were the individual stars, Barnett making twelve points for his team and Nelson scoring ten points.
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.
Although a faster and more exciting than Thursday night's game, we again went into it with a firm determination to come out on top, and we made a clean sweep of it. The Commodores, after a good rest Friday, thought they would make the series an even break at any cost, and as a result the spectators were furnished with an exhibition which at times resembled a "Jack Johnson fight," more than a basketball game. Speaking of roughing it, the State team went right into it equally as well as if it were straight basket-ball. Barnett was right there with the throwing of fouls, which the visitors made even more frequently than the night before. He started the scoring by throwing a foul in the first two minutes of play, and the Wildcats continued to lead the visitors throughout this half, which ended with the score of 11 to 5 in our favor.
The second period was rougher than the first, numerous fouls being called, mostly on Vanderbilt. Near the middle of the half the score was a tie at 14 points, which was the first and only time the visitors were in anyway equal to the State boys during both games.
For State, each man was an individual star. Hart did himself proud both nights in his pretty exhibition of goal shooting from center. Harrison was everywhere at the same time, and deserves much praise for his splendid work. Preston and Gaiser can not be equaled for breaking up the enemy's passing, and they insisted on guarding until the Vandy man must make a foul, while Barnett stood anxiously waiting to add another point to the score.
Nelson was the individual star for Vanderbilt, scoring ten points out of the 18 made by his team.
Game Writeup - by J.G. Juett Lexington Herald
STATE UNIVERSITY MAKES A CLEAR SWEEP
Defeats Vanderbilt in Final Game of Series by Score of 22 to 18
VISITORS PLAY ROUGH
Cadet Team Combats Off-Color Tactics in Manly Form
The undefeated Kentucky State University basketball five again last night bumbled the proud Vanderbilt Commodores by taking the second and final game of the series in a fast, close and thrilling contest. The score for the second drubbing was 22 to 18, closer than that of the first, but equally as well deserved victory for the local men.
In an effort to make at least an even break with Kentucky,the Vanderbilt five went into the game with the evident intention of winning, and as a result the several hundred spectators were furnished an exhibition which at times resembled a football game, a big-league baseball game or a wrestling match, as much as it resembled a basketball contest. However, the Wildcats were equal to all arising conditions, and surprised local spectators probably as much as they did the Commodores, by demonstrating that they were as much at home when it came to 'roughing it,' as were the husky Southern stars.
State started the scoring when Barnett threw a foul in the first two minutes of play. The local men continued in the lead throughout the first period which ended with the score 11 to 5. During that period, Hart playing for Kentucky, pulled off a field goal from near the center of the floor, which brought the large crowd to its feet in a wild cheering which continued until play was again resumed.
The Second Half
Vanderbilt entered the fight in the second half with renewed determination to win at any cost, and the scene on the floor was not unlike that presented in the final minute of a football game, when both sides may win or lose by a small margin. The going was to rough that one foul after another was called by Referee Elliott, Vanderbilt being the most persistent offenders. Near the middle of the last half the score was for a moment tied at 14 points, which incidentally, was the first and only time during the two games that the visitors were as good as even in the scoring.
Barnett the Star
With twelve thrown fouls and a remarkable defensive and offensive game to his credit, Barnett again became the individual star. Nelson did the best work for his team, and scored ten points.
Summing up the two games, a fair comment on the ability of the two teams would show State the stronger by several points. Vanderbilt has taller and heavier men than Kentucky, but the Tennesseans are not nearly as proficient in team work and the nerve that characterizes all state University teams.
State Has Unbroken Record
State has not lost a game during the present season, and that last night was won by the narrowest margin of any. One more game remains on the schedule, that with Georgetown College, at Georgetown, March 1. Vanderbilt goes to Cincinnati today to play the Christ Church five tonight.
No Game With Louisville
The Louisville Courier-Journal of yesterday morning said that Fred Hess, the former Central University basketball star, who is now managing and coaching the Louisville Y.M.C.A. five, has opened negotiations for a game between State and his team in Louisville, to decide the all-round championship of the State. Hess claims the open championship for his team, and hands the inter-collegiate championship to State, and would bring the two teams together in Louisville to decide which of the two were the better.
When asked if he had received a challenge from Hess, Director of Athletics E.R. Sweetland, of State University, said after the State-Vanderbilt game last night: "No, I have not heard from Hess or any other person connected with the Louisville Y.M.C.A. five, and I have no statement to make."
The game undoubtedly would prove a big drawing card, and would give some one, probably State, the satisfaction of claiming the all-Kentucky title, however, the proposition in all probability will never develop. Several days ago the State Athletic Association voted unanimously to close the basketball season with the game with Georgetown College on March 1st.
The action of the Athletic committee shut out all possibility of a series of games between State and Transylvania, which was planned to take place after March 1st, and no mater what satisfaction might be had out of playing Louisville Y.M.C.A. Director Sweetland nor any others could not go behind the ruling of the committee. The principal reason for closing the season March 1st, was to permit full sway to indoor baseball and track practice.