- Friday, February 27 1920 -
Kentucky - 25 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
Tennessee - 28 (Head Coach: John Bender)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 15, Tennessee 9
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Wildcats Lose to "Crippled" Vols
Tennesseans Nose Out Kentucky in Last Few Minutes of Play
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 27 -- The Volunteer quintet, which Coach Bender reported "crippled" early in the week, was strangely very much alive tonight and managed to come from behind in the last half, after Kentucky had apparently stored the game on ice, with a wonderful exhibition of passing and a spectacular rally that forced the Wildcats to accept the short end of a 28 to 25 score.
The Volunteers played as if they were shell-shocked during the first half attack of Kentuckians and not until a new combination was brought on the scene in the second half were they able to check the floor work of the visitors.
Hoyden, at forward, was the big factor for the Wildcats, chalking up 10 points to his credit. McCabe and James led the target work for Tennessee.
Game Writeup - Knoxville Journal and Tribune
TAKE MEASURE OF "WILDCATS"
Vols Defeat Kentuckians on Y.M.C.A. Court, 28 to 25
Come From Behind and Win in Second Half
Visitors and U.T. Five Meet Again Tonight at 7 O'clock on Same Court
Coming from behind in the second half after Kentucky State had apparently cinched the game with a wonderful passing attack, the Tennessee quintet last night rescued its drooping plume from the mire of defeat with an irresistible rally and dragged the touted "Wildcat" into camp at the little end of a 28 to 25 score.
They Play Again Tonight
It took two playing combinations and three councils of war, not to speak of a vivid curtain lecture by Coach Gender, to turn the tide, but turn it the Vols did and with a vengeance.
Kentucky put the game away on ice in the first period, locked the refrigerator and threw the key away, all because the Vols persisted in sticking their fingers into the ball. Their passing was ragged, far from sure, and juggling was the order of the night.
The contrast between the floor work of the Kentuckians and the Volunteers in the first half could, in no measure, have been termed a compliment to the locals. The visitors handled the ball as prettily and swiftly as any quintet that has visited the local court this season. Had they been able to locate the basket consistently they could easily have bettered their lead.
Twice in the first period time was called by Tennessee while the Orange and White warriors went into consultation, but their pow-wows netted them nothing. The half ended with the visitors leading, 15 to 9.
Coach Bender put a new combination on the floor to start the second half, and before many seconds had passed the tide began to turn. Hatcher was substituted for Bell at guard, while Moss went in at center to replace James, who was shifted to the forward occupied by Sullivan.
From the first whistle it was apparent that the Vols had deserted the ethereal and had again come to earth. Troutman sent the gallery into an uproar when he caged two consecutive baskets before the second period was more than two minutes old.
Moss and Janes also worked hard at the basket and the totals on the Tennessee side of the ledger began to climb. Hatcher, at guard, covered the shifty Kentucky forwards in great style.
With three minutes to play and Tennessee leading by one marker, the Kentuckians made a grand effort to regain their former position. McCabe bagged a pretty goal from midfloor, which feat was duplicated a second later by Lavin. McCabe retaliated with a second basket and the final whistle shrilled with the "Wildcats" heaving at the basket from midfloor in an effort to bag the needed goals before time was called.
On the whole, Tennessee put up a rather ragged exhibition. Kentucky excelled at passing but failed on attempts at goal. For the visitors, Hayden was the big scoring factor with the diminutive Lavin staging a wonderful exhibition of aggressive floor work.
McCabe did not show up as well on the floor as customarily, but his shooting proved to be a great factor in aiding Tennessee in maintaining her lead in the last minutes of play. Janes and Troutman showed up well and Hatcher's work in the last half was excellent.