- Wednesday, February 19 1913 -
Vanderbilt - 24 (Head Coach: Oscar Nelson)
|Oscar Nelson (*)||2||4||8|
Kentucky - 17 (Head Coach: John Tigert)
|R. C. Preston||1||1||3|
Halftime Score: State University 8, Vanderbilt 8
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Louisville 34 - 10|||||Vanderbilt 42 - 29|
Game Writeup - by Roy Thomas, Lexington Leader
STATE LOSES FIRST TO COMMODORES
Big Crowd Sees the Vanderbilt Basket Ball Team Defeat Local Five by Safe Margin at Armory Hall
SECOND CONTEST SET FOR TONIGHT
A hoarse, almost agonized chorus of appeals from the State rooters for the Wildcats to "come on," a thrill that started at the root of the hair and ran to the heels, a gallant and successful rush by the visitors to redeem their lost laurels, the final blast of the whistle, and the State University basket ball team had been defeated by the Vanderbilt University five 24 to 17 on the Armory floor Wednesday night. Today the black and old gold floats triumphantly over the blue and white as the result of the State team being unable to cope with the sustained and superior of attack of the Commodores in the second half of the contest.
In the preliminary practice the Wildcats appeared to be in the best of condition and the goal shooting was perfect. But the locals did not play up to their usual form when the game was on. It appeared that neither team was able to hit their regular stride during the first half, even Nelson, who is one of the best goal shots in the South, was unable to locate the basket regularly in the first period.
Thus the question of victory depended upon which team could regain its old stride in the second half. As was the case Vanderbilt came back strong and by good team work and superior goal tossing forged ahead of the locals, and when the whistle blew had the victory salted away by a safe margin of seven points.
Both teams started the game in a mad rush, Vanderbilt trying to get vengeance for the double defeat at the hands of the Wildcats last season, and State working hard to conquer the Commodores and add more laurels to her crown. Davidson made the first score for the visitors after about one minute of play. State played in poor form the first half, the passing being about the worst they have done this year. They also had several easy goals but were unable to locate the basket. After 20 minutes of fast play the first half ended with the count even, 8 to 8.
Pandemonium reigned as the two teams lined up for the final spurt. Peril was marked all over the situation fro both teams. Vanderbilt had profited by the rest and gingered up by Reyer going in at center, put up a much better exhibition of basket ball than in the first period.
The second half was a strenuous grapple. The local legion was fighting hard, putting every bit of reserve strength into the final spurt. But it was of no avail. the team work and better playing of the Commodores enabled them to surge ahead of their opponents and record a clean-cut victory. In an effort to stem the tide Dr. Tigert sent in Morgan and Weisenberger.