- Monday, January 22 1923 -
Tenn-Chattanooga - 18 (Head Coach: Bill Redd)
|Bill Redd (*)||0||8||12||8|
Kentucky - 25 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
|A. T. Rice||1||0||0||2|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 7, UT - Chattanooga 6
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|Tennessee 26 - 30|||||Alabama 35 - 45|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Wildcats Take U. OF C. Measure
Moccasins Play Finished Floor game But Are Unable to Locate Basket in Pinches
RIEFKIN AND REDD STAR
The University of Kentucky opened its home basketball season here last night with a hard fought victory over the University of Chattanooga, the Tennessee cagers going down in defeat by the score of 25 to 18.
Both teams played a hard driving game throughout, but the Wildcats had the final punch necessary to put across a win. Although not playing as finished a floor game as the Moccasins, they had the edge in basket tossing this spelled defeat for the visiting aggregation, the members of which were unable to locate the basket on their chances to score. The locals put up a four-man defense which proved a hard problem for the invaders to solve, and it was not until the latter part of the game that the Chattanooga warriors were able to cage the ball with any degree of consistency.
Playing a fast passing game which continually carried the ball into Kentucky territory the visitors were literally outclassed from the start in basket shooting, and it was largely the work of Captain Redd in tossing free throws that kept them in the running. Redd, coming here with a reputation as one of the most brilliant players in the South, was given ten chances to shoot from the foul lines, and in eight of them he made good.
'Cats' Defense is Mystery
Inability to cage the ball when under the basket was the margin by which the Tennessee aggregation was defeated. Although unable to solve the Wldcats' defense to the extent of being allowed many easy shots, numerous "snow birds" rolled round the hoop and dropped outside.
The play opened with a rush and it was several minutes before either side was able to tally. Redd hung up the first score when a personal foul was called on a Kentucky player and this was followed quickly by a long goal by Riefkin, who vied with Fest for scoring honors in the game.
Riefkin dropped two more shots through the basket before the half was up, while Hill located the hoop once for the visiting team. The period ended with the score 7 to 6 in favor of the Wildcats, the University of Chattanooga having made only one field goal.
Better Game in Second
Coming back in the second half both teams put up a much better game, but the Wildcats still held their own, despite an improvement in the work of their opponents. Fest, who had failed to make a field goal in the first period opened up in the last half and chalked up five markers in addition to one point contributed from the foul line.
As the last period was about half over the Chattanooga quint threatened to rush into the lead. Headed by Dyer, who had been put back into the game at forward, the visitors started to spurt to overtake the speeding Kentuckians, but after getting within four points were gradually forced back until the end of the contest found them seven points in the rear.
The visiting quintet reached the finals last year in the Southern intercollegiate tournament, and came to Lexington fresh from a game with Vanderbilt in which they had forced the Commodores to extend themselves to the limit to gain a one-point decision.
Captain Redd Stars
Captain Redd, their rangy center, was easily the most finished player on the floor, his floor work and handling of the ball marking as a star, although he was guarded so closely during the contest that he was unable to get loose for the shots at the basket.
Cate played a good game at guard for the Chattanooga team, guarding closely throughout the contest, while Dyer, who started at guard and was switched to forward, played a stellar game.
Riefkin, the diminutive left forward of the Kentuckians, was a hard man for the losers to keep up with and he broke through time after time for shots at the goal. Scoring ten of his team's points, he played an all-around game and was the flashiest player on the floor in the Blue and White uniform. Fest, who was opposed at center by Captain Redd, was high point scorer for the locals.
"Chuck" Rice also played a corking game at guard, breaking up play after play of the visitors.