- Thursday, February 21 1924 -
State Championship Game
Centre College - 24 (Head Coach: John Nicholson)
Kentucky - 38 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
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Halftime Score: Centre 15, Kentucky 14
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Game Writeup - by Len Tracy, Lexington Herald
Kentucky Overcomes Centre's Lead to Capture State Championship 36 to 24
'CATS BETTER IN SECOND PERIOD
COLONELS USE LONG SHOTS
The 1924 collegiate basketball championship of the state came to the University of Kentucky last night when the Wildcats decisively defeated the Centre Colonels, 38 to 24, at the university gymnasium.
Although Kentucky's margin of victory was large they did not win without a hard struggle as the Colonels were leading 15 to 14, at the end of the first half. In the second half with the substitution of Underwood, the Wildcats gained speed and quickly ran up a 14-point lead.
After the first five minutes of play, the Wildcats were leading, 6 to 4, but two long shots by Green gave Centre a two point lead which they held until just before the close of the half when Kentucky advanced one point.
The second half was Kentucky's by a large majority scoring 24 points to their opponents' 9, besides outplaying them in every department of the game. In the last few minutes of the period with the Wildcats leading by ten points, they were able to slip in two crip shots by holding the ball and making the Centre defense break.
Centre's goals were mostly the result of long shots by Green and Dooley, while the Wildcats scored by working the ball under the goal on pretty passwork. Milward and Underwood were especially good at crip shots, each scoring several times via this route, the latter making ten of the local's points.
To Rice goes the credit of the best game of the evening. This sterling guard presented a defense that was impossible for the Colonels to penetrate. Rice's height is an advantage to him in securing the ball off the backboard and he makes the most of it. He also scored three field goals for his team.
Although slow in getting started, when fully aroused the Wildcats made things hot for the Centre defense. Heady playing, quick passing and good floor work completely baffled the Colonels.
Although he played only 15 minutes, Underwood proved to be the mainstay of the Wildcat's offense. Coming into the game cold he fitted in perfectly with the local's teamwork and materially aided their attack.
Covington and Dooley played best for the visitors, the latter scoring ten points, mostly on long shots.
The Wildcat team will meet a strong Georgia Tech aggregation Saturday night in the university gym. This will be the last opportunity for local fans to see the Blue and White team in action this season as they leave February 29 for the Southern tournament at Atlanta.
Game Writeup - Kentucky Advocate
Goes Undisputed to State University in Basketball - Centre Was Defeated by a Score of 38 to 24, Although She Was Ahead at the Half by a Point Margin
LEXINGTON, Feb. 22 - The State Championship went to the University of Kentucky in basketball here last night when for a second time she defeated the Centre College players. The score was 38 to 24.
Although Kentucky's margin of victory was large they did not win without a hard struggle as the Colonels were leading 15 to 14, at the end of the first half.
In the second half with the substitution of Underwood, the Wildcats gained speed and quickly ran up a 14-point lead.
After the first five minutes of play the Wildcats were leading 6 to 4, but two long shots by Green gave Centre a two point lead which they held until just before the close the of the half when Kentucky advanced one point. For Centre Covington and Dooley played the stellar game.
Game Writeup - Danville Messenger
STATE NET TITLE WON BY KENTUCKY IN 38-24 CONTEST
Colonels Were Leading the Wildcats at Close of First Half 15 to 14; Condition a Big Factor
The State basketball championship which was held by the Centre College Colonels in 1923, passed out of their hands last night when they were defeated for the second time this season by the University of Kentucky quintet 38 to 24. As in the first game the Colonels held their own with the Cats in the initial half, the period closing with Centre leading 15 to 14.
Kentucky is extremely fortunate in its substitute material and it was one of these subs, Underwood, who was mainly responsible for the Cats' triumph last night. Underwood replaced Riefkin in the second half and scored 10 points for his team. Centre could score but 9 markers in the last half against 24 for Kentucky.
The condition of the Colonels was another deciding factor in both games with Kentucky. A team that can play its opponent on even terms in the first period should not suffer 10 or 14 point defeats. Dooley and Covington turned in the best game for Centre while Rice at standing guard gave a beautiful exhibition for Kentucky, McFarland and Milward counted four goals each.
Saturday the Colonels leave for the S.I.A.A. tourney, which will be held in Macon, Ga. Eight players, Capt. Snowday, Thomasson, Covington, Dooley, Green, Kubale, Leathers and Summers, Coach Nicholson and Student Manager B.Y. Willis will make the trip.
Game Writeup - Louisville Courier-Journal (February 22,1924)
UNDERWOOD IS STAR OF 38-24 CAT VICTORY
by Gene Moore
Lexington, Ky., Feb. 21. - University of Kentucky clinched the State championship here tonight by decisively defeating Centre, the Cats, closest rivals, 38-24. The Colonels led 15-14 a the end of the first half, due largely to the long shooting of Jimmie Green and the inability of the Blue and White five to hit the basket.
The contest was marred by an unpleasant incident in the second half when Kubale, Centre guard was ejected from the game by Referee Lane after the Colonel had deliberately struck "Cowboy" Underwood, Cat forward.
The first half was a nip and tuck affair with first one team in the lead, then the other on top. Aided by the long shooting of acting Captain Jimmie Green, the Colonels managed to hold a one point advantage over Kentucky at the end of twenty minutes of play.
In the second half, however, Kentucky was a different team and played Centre off her feet from the start. With the substitution of Cowboy Underwood for Riefkin, the Cat offense strengthened and the Blue and White scored at will, and drew away to win by fourteen points. "Cowboy" Underwood, former Lexington High Blue Devil, was by far the outstanding player of the game. Held out of the contest until after the second half had started, Underwood went into the game fresh and the Centre guards found it impossible to stop him.
The other Cats, inspired by Underwood's brilliant playing, picked up considerably. Captain Chuck Rice put up a game that has been surpassed by few back guards who have played on the local court. Shifting quickly from a brilliant defense, Rice counted three pretty field goals. With the help of Bill King, Rice gave the Colonels few short tries at the basket. All the other Cats played well but did not show the dashing brilliance which they had displayed against other teams.
For Centre, Jimmie Green, Louisville youth, guard, and Dooley, forward played best. Covington as in the other Kentucky-Centre clash, failed to do much against the Wild Cat defense and scored but two field goals.