- Saturday, January 27 1923 -
Centre College - 21 (Head Coach: Jim Kendrick)
Kentucky - 14 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
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Halftime Score: Centre 10, Kentucky 2
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Game Writeup - by Phil McCann, Lexington Herald
COLONELS WIN OVER WILDCATS
BURNHAM'S WORK FEATURE
It comes to them that wait is an old adage that proved true at the University of Kentucky gymnasium last night.
The Centre College basketball quintet won, anything but a brilliant basketball game from the Wildcats by a 21 to 14 score.
Centre was forced to taste defeat twice at the hands of a Wildcat net five last year and the year before they split even with the 'Cats in the two game series. They wanted revenge and at last they have it, but not from such a brilliant quintet that represented Kentucky in 1921 and 1922.
It was useless to play the game for the Wildcats were whipped when they entered the contest. There was none of the accurate goal shooting or superior guarding that were the shining lights of the Alabama game. Centre opened its attack, which cannot be classed for any particular feature as the Colonels resorted to all styles of play. Their dribbling which led up to the free crip shot, the same style of play that aided Alabama in its victory, proved the undoing of the 'Cats.
Jimmy Green started the scoring for the Colonels, when he dropped a beauty after four minutes of cross fire by both factions. Kentucky had an opportunity before this of scoring on foul shots, but Riefkin's basket eye failed him and the chance fell by the wayside.
Following Green's first basket, Terry Snowday caught the ball under the Wildcat basket and worked the leather down the floor via the dribbling route, here he added the second marker with a crip shot.
A foul called on Wilkinson gave the Colonels another point and Snowday threw a long one for a counter. The 'Cats could not get started, their defense was everywhere but at the right place and it remained for Fest to count first for Kentucky with a wide one from a tight angle. At the pistol crack, the count stood 10 to 2, with the Colonels on the long end of the score.
Riefkin had four chances for markers from the foul line in the first half but the period ended with the diminutive forward batting zero.
Green was up to his old tricks when the second half began and shot a beauty for the first score. The Colonels looked to be better but the 'Cats took a brace and Riefkin eluded Covington long enough to score.
Fest took up the goal tossing from the foul line and his first three chances were counters. The elongated center shot a beauty from midfloor but Referee Boyer ruled that he blew his whistle for a foul throw. However, Fest added a point by this route.
Coach Buchheit's men looked at times to be at themselves during the final period but it was spasmodic and they failed to collect their defense long enough to hold the rushing Colonels. They had several opportunities from the field but their throws either went wild or rung the hoop.
Although both teams were believed to be evenly matched due to their standing on the Alabama game, notwithstanding that Kentucky succeeded in scoring more points against the Crimson Tide, the Colonels put up the best exhibition.
Snowday was a terror for Fest and his close guarding stopped Freddy's usual work, however, he scored the most points for the Wildcats. Green had a perfect eye on the foul throws and his field goals were of the feature style.
Burnham was the outstanding star for Kentucky, the stationary guard saved the 'Cats from having a larger score piled up against them and he made several attempts at the basket although his throws went wide.
Coach Kendrick had warned the Colonels to be on guard against the beauty shots of Riefkin and the forward often was forced to work his way through two guards of defense.
Kentucky will have a week to prepare for the Georgia game which will be played next Saturday night, and it is believed that Coach Buchheit will send a stronger team against the Crackers than faced Centre last night.
Game Writeup - Danville Messenger (January 29, 1923)
COLONELS DEFEAT KENTUCKY IN FAST NET BATTLE 21-14
Coach Kendrick's Squad Surprises Wildcats and Triumphs Over Blue and White Basketeers For the First Time in Two Years
Centre came back into her own Saturday night when five sturdy youths wearing the gold and white trounced the University of Kentucky basketball team on the Lexington court 21 to 14. Incidentally it was the first time in four years that Centre has defeated the Wildcats in the Lexington gymnasium and the first net victory for the Colonels over the Blue and White in two seasons.
The Colonel's triumph cut deep in the hearts of Kentucky supporters for they had expected another easy game and before the scrap were placing the Cats margin of victory at 20 points. Centre led all the way, piling up ten points in the first half to Kentucky's two. Fest connected with a field goal just before the half closed and spotted Kentucky to her two points.
Covington Stopped Ace
Riefkin, clever Kentucky forward who has been averaging ten field goals a game, could gather but two Saturday night, thanks to Herb Covington who hounded him into submission. Riefkin had five free throws from the foul line and missed all of them.
Capt. Jimmy Green started the fireworks for the evening after four minutes of play caging a basket with a beautiful throw from mid-floor. Jimmy turned in his best game of the year and picked up 9 points during the tilt.
Snowday Red Hot
Terrible Terry Snowday fooled the Cats for Terry's ability at shooting goals was not demonstrated until Saturday. Twice the Owensboro youth dribbled the ball for the entire length o the floor, sifting his way through the Kentucky defense, and on both occasions caged field goals. He had 6 points to his credit when the game ended, Kentucky made only five field goals during the tussle and Fest led the Cats with 10 points.
Cace Thomasson, who only recently took up the center duties on the Centre court, played a beautiful game and was a big factor in the team's success. The Newport youth had tough luck hovering over his shots and lost several by an eye lash margin.
Johnny Hunter, who started in place of Dooley, fought from the start and shared equally with his mates in the win. Johnny as usual took many spills but was like a flash and guarded his man like a hawk. Dooley got in the game for a few minutes and made the best of his opportunities.
Kentucky will play a return game here February 14 and on that date the Colonels expect to hand the Cats another drubbing. No games are scheduled for this week as the boys are busy with their exams.