- Thursday, December 18 1924 -
Indiana - 20 (Head Coach: Everett Dean)
Kentucky - 18 (Head Coach: Clarence Applegran)
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Halftime Score: Indiana 12, Kentucky 7
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|Cincinnati 28 - 23|||||Michigan 11 - 21|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Indiana Out-Games Kentucky in Final Few Minutes to Win by Two
Wildcats Off in Their Play
Giving first thought to their defense, which when in full force, presented an unbreakable red barrier around the foul line, and working their attack with Sponsler, dribbling star as the main cog, the quintet of the University of Indiana defeated Kentucky 20 to 18 last night in the new gymnasium. The defeat in no respect humbles the Wildcats, who were decidedly off in their play and the Hoosiers represent the class in the Western Conference.
The Wildcats too played a defensive game, with Burgess Carey, at times all by himself, fighting back the Indiana attack and never failing to take the ball off the backboard when a Hoosier shot missed its mark.
Both teams were forced to make their attempts for goal from past the foul line and ability to sink a greater percentage of their attempts at long range gave the visitors their victory.
Kentucky made a great fight in the last half to overcome what seemed an almost impossible lead but the Wildcats shaded the visitors' score a few minutes before the end of the game, only to lose it again in the last minute.
Game Slow in First Half
The contest was slow in the first half with the players of both quintets having difficulty keeping their feet on the slippery floor. The Wildcats also had trouble in holding on to the ball and many times fumbled at a time when their attack appeared to be in good working order.
Several minutes before the end of the initial frame, the Hoosiers broke a tie score and sent three field goals crashing through the net and took their between halves rest with the score, 12 to 7, in their favor.
Right at the start of the second period, Indiana counted again and had doubled the score on the Wildcats. Kentucky tallied two fouls and a field goal and the Hoosiers counted another field goal.
Coach Applegran's men became desperate at this stage and sent the ball at the basket from every distance and direction. They caged three of these and commanded a one point lead. Indiana also was lobbing them at the mesh from the center of the floor and Lother, substitute guard, made one good. "Chuck" Alberts, who took Captain McFarland's place when the latter was ousted on personal fouls, made good a foul throw, to knot up the count.
The winning marker was made by Bordner, substitute center with a minute to play and was from the center floor.
Defense Interesting to Watch
Indiana's method of forming its defensive was interesting to watch and was quite effective. The regular five man defense was employed, but when the Wildcats took a long shot, all of the Hoosiers went to the foul circle and if the shot missed, the ball fell into the hands of a visitor.
They then started their offensive in which the short pass was used, but when the ball reached Sponsler he dribbled the ball down the floor, crossing up Wildcats with comparative ease.
He was the best of the visitors. Kreuger, forward, also is a shifty player and had a good eye for the basket. Lorber and Bordner, sent in as substitutes, kept Indiana in the running in the last half.
Carey easily was the best of the Wildcats. McFarland was far off his game, while Underwood also was slightly below his standard. Rice and "Chuck" Alberts were fighting fools every minute they were in the game.
Referee Head and Umpire Feezle watched every move of the players of both sides and the game was slowed up considerably, especially in the first half, because of apparent misplays. It would have been a much better game if the officiating had not been so close.
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
INDIANA NETMEN DOWN CATS, 20-18
Crimson Five Uncorks Brilliant Passing Game; Defense Work of Carey Feature of Kentucky's Play
A brilliant offense which combined a highly effective passing game with the marked ability of one or two of the Crimson to consistently dribble the length of the floor and play havoc with the Wildcats' defense enabled the crack net team of the University of Indiana to defeat Kentucky's varsity on their home floor Thursday night, 20 to 18.
It was a fighting bunch of Cats that were defeated in their second game of the winter season but Kentucky's team did not play the basket ball which enabled them to defeat Cincinnati less than a week ago. Where the Hoosiers were sure-fingered in Thursday night's tilt, the Wildcats mishandled the ball and as result of this fact Indiana's close defense and the deplorably slippery condition of the playing floor Kentucky's team offense wen to pieces and resolved into a series of individual efforts.
Indian's defense work was excellent and early in the game Coach Applegran's players began looping their shots from well back of the foul line. Their efforts were successful for a time but the effectiveness of a systematic attack which found its feet and strengthened as the game went on, won out. the accurate long shooting of one or two of the Kentucky players and the spectacular playing of Burgess Carey as the Cat back guard kept the Blue and White in the running. Kentucky's defense was effective during the early part of the game but in the last half it was the personal efforts of Carey that stopped many Indiana scoring attempts.
The Crimson team finished the first half on the long end of the 12-to-7 score by reason of more consistent ability to loop the necessary long shots and to make good on the frequent free throws. The period was comparatively slow, with neither team able to get an offense started for any length of time, largely by reason of the slippery condition of the floor. With the score tied just before the end of the half, Indiana sank several long ones and established a slight lead.
Indiana led off on the second half's scoring, carrying their score to a figure double that held by Kentucky with both teams counting regularly. Their offense weakening steadily, the Wildcats did the logical thing and began using their individual abilities. Carey came down the floor to loop a long one at the end of a barrage of shots rained against the Indiana backboard and tied the score. Both teams began scoring and with a minute to play, Border, Indiana sub. looped the winning marker.
The last half was played at breakneck pace, with the crowd yelling madly thruout the period as one team or the other forged ahead. Fouls were frequent but not so numerous as to stop the foot ball like charges of the final minutes.
Indiana's attack was made effective thru the work of Sponsler, dribbling guard who worked the ball down the sidelines or up the middle to pass to a waiting team-mate for a basket chance. Kreuger played an excellent game, with the highly touted Parker failing to reach expectations.
Lovell Underwood was Kentucky's principal threat, the Cats' chief scorer and the high point man of the game. Rice and Tracy worked well at the guard positions but their playing was in no way comparable to the brilliant work of Carey, who Thursday night playing in unmistakable all-Southern form stopping Crimson charges with a minimum of fouls.
Game Writeup - Louisville Courier-Journal
Indiana U. Quintette Ekes Out Victory Over 'Cats By Close Score of 20-18
by Gerald Griffin
Lexington, Ky., Dec. 18. - The University of Indiana basketball team invaded the lair of the Kentucky Wildcats here tonight on the annual invasion of the South, and defeated the Kentuckians by a margin of two points after a battle which left 3,000 spectators in a state of nervous prostration. The score was 20 to 18. Several minutes before the end of the game, Kentucky started a rally which drew them nearer and nearer to the lead, but unkindly fates decreed that the final pistol shot should sound as the Wildcats' fury was just at its height.
Indiana outplayed the Cats during the first half. The Kentuckians' passing game was ragged, and the visitors took advantage of their superiority in this department to draw the first blood. A lead was assumed by the Hoosiers early in this period, and the advantage never was relinquished, the half ending with a score of 12 to 7 in their favor.
While Indiana scored first in the second half, the Wildcats came back with a rush brought them to within one point of their adversaries. With the score standing at 16 to 15, with Applegran's men behind, Burgess Carey, a product of the Lexington High School and a member of the famous Blue Devils of 1921, put his alma mater in front with a long looping shot, started from the vicinity of his own goal. Indiana went ahead again, but again the Cats rallied and at the last minute it looked as though they might win, but the pistol shot threw moisture on the Blue and White hopes.
The Wildcats are preparing to entertain the University of Michigan basketball team here Saturday night.