- Saturday, February 5 1916 -
Vanderbilt - 23 (Head Coach: Guy Denton)
|Josh Cody (*)||5||0||0||10|
|Tom Zerfoss (*)||0||0||0||0|
Kentucky - 20 (Head Coach: James Park)
Halftime Score: Vanderbilt 9, Kentucky 7
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Vanderbilt 25 - 39|||||Louisville 22 - 28|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
VANDERBILT WINS SECOND GAME FROM STATE QUINTET
Score 23 to 20 in One of the Hardest Fought Contest Seen Here
Game Ends in a Tie Is Played Overtime to Decide the Winner
The two basketball teams of State University both went down in defeat last night after battling in two games with foemen worthy of their steel. The Wildcats were humbled by the five from Vanderbilt University in one of the hardest fought and fastest games ever seen on a local basketball floor. The score was 23 to 20.
The girls' five, of State was beaten two point by the girls from the University of Louisville in an overtime game. The score at the close of the game was 10 to 10 and the time was extended until one side or the other scored two points. Miss Hoskins threw a most difficult goal after the teams had struggled without advantage for three minutes and the game was over.
The main attraction of the evening -- the Commodore-Wildcat contest -- was hardfought from the first blast of the referee's whistle, and not until time was called was the game won. With their defeat of the previous night rankling, five blue-jerseyed warriors trotted on the floor of the Auditorium last night determined to fight to the last and wrest from the Commodores their dreams of a southern championship. Their Wildcat spirit was up, but they were pitted against foemen who were also trained athletes and sons of Kentucky and Tennessee.
Team work was matched with team work. Any stage fright which the Wildcats may have suffered the previous night had disappeared. Vanderbilt scored first when Davidson threw a foul, but this was immediately followed by Hart tossing a field goal. Throughout the half the State forwards were everywhere on the floor, but Davidson and Cody, of the visitors, were also everywhere. Lighter men fought heavy men almost to a standstill.
The half ended with the score 9 to 7 in favor of Vanderbilt. During the period, Vanderbilt men were amazed that plays which they found so successful the night before failed. Continued calls of "Get together men. Play, play." were shouted by the Commodores, but the light but fighting Wildcats had held them to only a two point lead.
In the second half Vandy started with a rush and within a few minutes Cody had the ball in the goal. This was followed soon with another by Davidson and it seemed that Vandy was going to repeat her Friday performance and defeat State by superior team work. But State's spirit was not to be denied. Karl Zerfoss, Hart and Server fought for goals and made them. These three composed State's scoring machines. They were everywhere, but their old inability to locate the goal at critical moments cost them the game. Shot after shot failed, but then the Wildcats ran up a score of thirteen points in this half. George Zerfoss and Gumbert guarded with the skill of superior guards.
The second half developed into a replica of that of the previous night. Vandy gaining an advantage of one point and winning the game by three points.
During the second period Vanderbilt seemed to have developed an unnecessarily rough style of play. Seven fouls were called on the visitors in this quarter, while State was held but twice. Continued calls came from spectators demanding that more fouls be called on the Commodores. Cody was replaced at forward near the end of the second half by Tom Zerfoss and three brothers were again playing in the game, two of them pitted against the other.
Hart Leads Scoring
Derril Hart again led the scoring for the Wildcats, making a total of eight points by his shots at the basket. Server held his opponent Ryer scoreless, while he himself tossed three baskets. Captain K. Zerfoss scored four. For the Commodores Cody and Davidson were again the leaders of the scoring machine, making all the Commodores' points.
State's defeat was due in a measure to her inability to throw fouls. Each team scored nine field goals, but Hart threw but two fouls out of nine attempts. For Vanderbilt, Davidson threw five of seven fouls.
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
VANDERBILT WINS FROM STATE 23-20
Wildcats Fight Bravely to Last Minute - Derrel Hart Plays Star Game
Kentucky State lost the second basket ball game with Vanderbilt last night at the Auditorium by their inability to check the ferocious attack of the Volunteers in the beginning of the second half. The score was 23 to 20. The Wildcats fought bravely to the end and if their goal tossers had had four leaf clovers in their shoes, or the timekeeper's watch had moved a little slower, the result might have been different.
In the first division it was a hand to hand fight and neither side seemed to have the edge, but Vandy went in fresh after the rest period and seemed to speed on winged feet.
Derrel Hart was the spectacular performer. His work in the last of the second half almost enabled State to win. Hart recovered fumbles, galloped from place to place on the floor and shot phenomenally at the netting. Hart is the whole life of the Wildcat squad and is playing the most brilliant game of his career. Karl Zerfoss at the other guard was always in the game, and led the five in a scrappy manner.
At the first of the encounter State was fighting like mad. Vanderbilt's superiority in teamwork and celerity in covering ground gave them a shade, but the Wildcats made up for those items by their plucky fighting spirit. Vanderbilt showed the stuq that is making them a feared contended in the S.I.A.A. race in the second half. Their exhibition of playing was one of the most wonderful ever seen here. It was n this part of the scrap that big Josh Cody, Davidson and Tom Zerfoss, who went in as a substitute, formed a constellation of starts that made the attack of the Volunteers count for something.
In the last half, Karl and George Zerfoss, of State and Tom Zerfoss, of Vanderbilt, were all in the game and a heat family quarrel Resulted. George Zerfoss, the only freshman on the Wildcats squad, had the job of guarding his older brother and he handled the Vanderbilt veteran in a splendid manner.
The Wildcats did remarkable work in the final lap and only missed winning the victory by a narrow margin. Several times the goal was thrown at from an apparently easy position, but the well-known jinx that the Wildcats have been complaining of all season was at work. When the whistle blew the score stood Vanderbilt 23, Kentucky 20.