- Saturday, February 23 1924 -
Georgia Tech - 27 (Head Coach: William Alexander)
|Joe Errol Eckford||1||0||0||2|
Kentucky - 33 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
|A. T. Rice||0||0||0||0|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 17, Georgia Tech 10
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Centre College 38 - 24|||||North Carolina 20 - 41|
Game Writeup - by Len Tracy, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Stop Dangerous Georgia Tech Rally to Score 33-27 Win
"Whiskers," Team Mascot, Dies During Progress of Game -- Yellow Jackets Had Early Lead
ROANE DANGEROUS PLAYER
"Whiskers," wildcat mascot of the University of Kentucky teams, writhed in his cage on the playing floor during the game at the university gymnasium last night and died with a contented purr just as the final gun sounded announcing the Blue and White victor over the famous Golden Tornado by a 33 to 27 score. Excitement proved too much for the tame mascot and he succumbed as cheers were given for the Wildcat players.
The game proved a fierce struggle for the Kentucky team and just before the end the visitors staged a rally that fell short of the locals' lead by a six-point margin. Long shots were the only hope for the Yellow Jackets and they made the most of them in the final minutes, sinking four beautiful goals in rapid succession. The Wildcats' staunch defense checked the rally before it really became dangerous.
Tech Started in Lead
At the start of the game Tech opened up with a whirlwind attack that netted them five points before the locals could get started. Captain Rice then called time out for his team and when play was resumed Wildcats came back much stronger, scoring eight field goals before the half ended. Tech fought desperately, but could not check the Wildcat's offense and the half ended with the score, 17 to 10, in favor of the locals.
In the second period both teams guarded closer and it was several minutes before either scored. Jimmie McFarland caged a neat shot from the sidelines to break the monotony and Milward followed with a crip. The two teams then took turn about their scoring and with eight minutes to play the score stood, 25 to 15, with the Wildcats leading. At this point, the visitors opened with their long shot attack and Roane, star forward and captain, sank three goals from midfloor. Milward retaliated for Kentucky with a field goal and two fouls, but Matheson and King each threw a basket for the Tech machine. Roane was removed from the game for four personal fouls at this time.
Milward gave the Wildcats a safe lead once more by scoring a crip and the game ended with Kentucky holding its six point advantage.
The game was fast and exciting throughout. Both teams resorted to the dribbling attack a great deal. Tech probably had the better of the dribbling attack, scoring several goals via this route. Kentucky had more shots at the basket than did Tech, but proved rather wild missing several crips.
Milward Leads Scoring
Milward was high point man of the game with four field goals and three fouls. Underwood also scored four field goals and King and McFarland made three each.
The Golden Tornado had three exceptional players in Roane, Moore and King. Roane was specially good on long shots, scoring four field goals by this method besides one crip shot. King score 10 points. this running guard proved to be an expert dribbler and twice sailed through the while Kentucky team for baskets. Moore, at back guard, was the mainstay of the visitor's defense and several times stopped the Wildcat attack.
This game marks the Wildcat's last appearance on the local floor this season as they leave for Atlanta to participate in the Southern Conference tournament this week.