- Friday, February 18 1921 -
Centre College - 13 (Head Coach: Charles McDowell)
|Bo McMillin (*)||0|
Kentucky - 20 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 11, Centre 7
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Georgetown College 56 - 11|||||Vanderbilt 37 - 18|
Game Writeup - by J.A. Estes, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Win Over Centre Net Team, 20 to 13 in Sensational Contest
U.K. Quintet Outplays Unbeaten Colonels from Start to Finish
The Wildcat basketball squad of the University of Kentucky outplayed and decisively defeated the hitherto unbeaten Centre College quintet at the university gymnasium last night, clearly demonstrating its superiority to the mighty organization of the Danville school. The final score of the contest, than which there surely never a greater on the Wildcat court, was 20 to 13.
Crammed and jammed into every available inch of space, plastered onto the walls, roosting on the rafters, hanging down from the ceiling like flies in winter time, and peeking through the skylights, the largest crowd that was ever squeezed into the gymnasium to see a basketball game saw the Centre aggregation take its first defeat of the year at the hand of the well trained Kentucky squad. The crowd broke loose with a fearful roar as soon as the ball was put into play, and kept up a horrible noise all through the contest, pausing only for an occasional foul to be thrown and at some tense moments when the sphere would come perilously near falling into the Centre basket.
The game was so full of sensational plays, wonderful feats of goal shooting, and tense seconds when the lead depended on a hairbreadth's turn in the ball, that every one of the record audience was kept on its figurative tiptoes during every minute of the game. The minutes were days. Fans counted time by the almanac, it seemed. Dignified and undemonstrative elder members of the crowd waxed as enthusiastic as the most vivacious youngsters. All pronounced the game as a fit demonstration of the prowess of the best trained team of basketeers the university has ever put out.
The Wildcats plainly had the best of the floor work throughout the contest, but the outcome was in doubt until the game was over. Both teams guarded furiously and remarkably well, and only 11 fouls were called during the contest, eight on the Colonels and three on the Wildcats. In spots, rather rough tactics were used, and cries of "football" and "throw 'em out" broke out among the more feverish of the spectators. The game, as a whole, was the cleanest played on the Wildcat floor this year, and in point of the science of basketball, it has had no rival among the contests staged here this season.
Somebody asked who starred. It would be a crime to say that any one of that bunch stood out as the stellar light of the game. The real star of the contest which labels the Wildcats the premier basketball team of the State was on the sidelines in the person of Coach George Buchheit. Buchheit has trained the Kentucky squad down to the minutest perfection ever seen in a net team of the university, and to him should go the credit for the victory of the Wildcats.
The Hayden-King-Atkins combination that has been the main feature of other contest this year, while it was not overproductive of points last night, due to the close defense of the visitors, was responsible for the majority of the Wildcat goals. Hayden and King shot three or four goals that were nothing short of remarkable.
Both teams, contrary to the customs of earlier games, took many shots from the center of the court without making effort to move nearer the goal. Scarcely one of these, however, netted a score, and every goal was fought for and deserved, with the possible exception of the first field goal the Centre five caged.
Centre caked the first field goals of the contest and went off in the lead. The Wildcats, however, failed to wait until the second half this time to "get started." and they soon had a lead of a couple of field goals. The score at the end of the first half was 11 to 7 in favor of the local team.
When the second half started, skillful work on the part of the Centre team brought the score into tie at 11 all. The audience was breathless while Bill King picked up the ball to try for a foul goal and timed at the hoop. He made it, and the Colonels never got any closer to the lead.