- Saturday, February 11 1922 -
Kentucky - 23 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
Georgetown - 28 (Head Coach: James Colliflower)
Halftime Score: Georgetown 15, Kentucky 13
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Game Writeup - Washington Post
Flavin Features in Defeating Colonels
Georgetown's quintet defeated the Kentucky five last night in one of the best engagements seen on the Hilltop floor this season, 28 to 23. It was a nip and tuck affair throughout, and never during the fracas did either team have a comfortable advantage. The teams battled neck and neck at all times and gave an exceptional exhibition of basketball. Frequently the players would receive ovations from the many spectators present, when the ball dropped through the hoop, breaking a deadlock count.
Johnny Flavin, the sturdy forward of the Hilltop combination demonstrated exceptional ability against the Kentucky basketers, and his accurate basket shooting instrumentally warranted victory for Georgetown. He caged 6 field goals, and the majority of them were caged from difficult angles. Not only did the Georgetown star lead in point contributions, but also displayed aggressiveness in guarding. Several times Flavin prevented opposing baskets by close guarding.Florence Opens Way
Two goals from the line of freedom by Florence started the Georgetown tallying. This was followed respectively by a basket by Flavin. The Kentucky courtmen were not idle, however, as King and Lavin tied the score at 4 all, the former getting a basket, with the latter tossing two in from the fifteen circle. The entire first half was a see-saw affair, and at the sound of the referee's whistle, the Hilltoppers were in the van 15 to 13.
Both combinations came back in the second half determined to win. They fought ferociously, and the brand of basketball was of the best. Adkins of Kentucky deadlocked the count of 15 all. O'Connell at this stage put Georgetown in the lead by breaking through the visitor's defense for two ringers. Despite this lead, Hayden performed the same trick for Kentucky, tieing the teams at 19 all. For nine minutes are quints battled without a score.
At this stage Florence was withdrawn from the fray, and Schmidt inserted. Schmidt broke the ice, with a free toss. Flavin caged another ringer, and thereafter it was Georgetown's victory. Zazzali thrilled the spectators when he dribbled half the length of the floor for a basket.
Hayden, of Kentucky, played an exceptional article of basketball. He caged two field goals and five fouls. Flavin and Zazzali played best for the Hilltoppers.
Game Writeup - [by H.C. Byrd] Evening Star
Georgetown Quint Defeats Kentucky
WINS FAST GAME, 28-23, WITH A GARRISON FINISH
Hayden and O'Connell Stars of Hilltoppers' Sensational Ninth Straight Victory - Flavin's Brilliant Shooting from Scrimmage a Feature of Battle
Against a sterling quint and with the score 20-to-19 against it and only six minutes to play, Georgetown's undefeated basket ball team last night finished with a furious rush and won its ninth straight victory by defeating the University of Kentucky 28 to 23. Ryan gymnasium was almost filled with Georgetown partisans and every one was shouting for somebody to get the goal that would give the Blue and Gray at least an even break, and finally Smith, substituted for Florence, got the point which evened up the count and a few seconds later Zazalli, after working the ball down himself, shot a goal which gave his team a two-point margin and won for it a lead which was never lost.
No more brilliant basket ball game has been staged in Washington in years. Georgetown got the first point of the game, but after that not more than two points separated the quints until the last three minutes. The first half wound up with the score 15 to 13 in favor of the Blue and Gray, but it was not a minute after the start of the second part of the contest before Hayden had counted the goal for Kentucky put it on even terms again.
Following that goal of Hayden's both teams waged on the fastest and most furious basket ball struggles ever staged on a Washington floor, if the previous part of the game of last night be excepted. Point by point the two teams climbed to where the figures representing nineteen stood opposite the name of each school. Then it was a great and even battle for nine long minutes, the game being waged for that unusual time without either quint being able to change the figures on the scoreboard.
Visitors Tire Near Close
Then Florence threw a goal from the foul line, which set Georgetown students roaring with delight, only to have them drop to their seats a moment later when Hayden got another point for the Blue Grass lads. But then Zazalli's goal from the floor put Georgetown ahead, and it gradually increased the lead over a quint which was tiring and won by the margin already told.
Georgetown's victory was deserved. It outplayed the Kentucky team in the floor game and its defense was brilliant against a combination of fast players. True, in the later stages of the contest the Kentuckians suffered because two of their best men were sent to the sidelines on personal fouls, but that did not detract in the least from one of the most brilliant victories a Blue and Gray five has scored in many seasons in the Hilltop gym.
Had Georgetown possessed a goal shooter from the foul line as accurate as were Lavin and Hayden, the game would have been decided by a wide margin. Lavin threw five goals out of the six attempts he was allowed, and Hayden was successful in the same number of tries for the same number of points. Georgetown got only six goals out of its fifteen attempts, neither Florence nor Smith being able to locate the basket consistently.
Kentuckians Are Outweighed
Georgetown's quint outweighed the Kentucky aggregation until two heavier men were substituted near the close of the contest, but the big men Kentucky sent in to take the places of the lighter ones were not near so capable. Toward the end of the game Georgetown's superior weight told on the visitors, and the advantage of a home floor and no traveling counted heavily in the decision won in those closing moments of play.
Hayden of Kentucky and O'Connell of Georgetown were the outstanding figures. The former hero of the Southern Intercollegiate A.A. tournament at Atlanta last winter, was everywhere and a dangerous factor in every minute of the game. While his name was handed to the scorers as a guard, he never played the position. Even before the ball was tapped off he moved over to the forward's position and exchanged places with Capt. Lavin, whose name went in the score book as forward. Despite playing last night with a leg covered with adhesive tape as protection for a "charley horse," Hayden put up a brilliant exhibition. He was good in everything he attempted.
O'Connell was not so spectacular as Hayden, but none of the less valuable to his team. There never was a moment when the Hilltop captain was not in the game, and always he was the pivot around which the other members of the team rallied to a stern defense of their goal or fought their way to positions from which they might attempt shots at the opposing basket. Others in the game played well, but these two men stood out as the bulwarks of their organizations and as the keystones of the defensive and offensive play.
Flavin's Floor Work Brilliant
Jack Flavin's brilliant shooting from the floor practically won the game, considering the game only from the standpoint of the actual shooting points. Several times he dropped the ball through the basket from seemingly impossible positions. Six times was he successful in scoring goals from the floor, nearly half the points made by his team.
Kentucky's team was handicapped somewhat, apparently by stricter officiating than it evidently had been accustomed to. Referee Schlosser called the fouls without fear or favor and handled the game well. Incidentally, it was the kind of game that would quickly have got away from Schlosser had he not kept his hand on the throttle every second.
The Georgetown Preparatory School and Georgetown freshman quints played a preliminary game, which resulted in a tie score, 17 to 17.
Yesterday afternoon the University of Kentucky players, escorted by Senator Stanley of Kentucky, were callers at the White House. All shook hands with President Harding and received his wishes for good luck in their games.