- Monday, January 5 1925 -
Kentucky - 26 (Head Coach: Clarence Applegran) - [Final Rank ]
Illinois - 36 (Head Coach: Craig Ruby)
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Halftime Score: Kentucky 17, Illinois 15
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Illinois Comes From Behind to Defeat Kentucky, 36 to 26
Blue and White Team Shows Fast Passing Attack But Is Unable to Retain Lead
Apparently outclassed in the early stages, Coach Ruby's University of Illinois basketball team came from behind and defeated the University of Kentucky quintet here tonight, 36 to 26, in one of the fastest games seen for several years. Kentucky led at the half 17 to 15.
The Lexington lads took the lead at the start, when Milward scored on a free throw after Martin and Daugherty, of Illinois, missed on two free throws each. The Kentuckians, playing a smashing, driving offensive and defensive, with the short pass working smoothly, forged ahead to an 8 to 2 advantage within the first five minutes of play. From all appearances Illinois was up against a steam roller.
Coach Ruby's proteges, however, pepped up and gradually narrowed the Kentucky advantage. The first half ended with the Blue Grass lads leading by two points, the score standing 17 to 15.
Daugherty, of Illinois, was fouled and split even on two free throws shortly after the final half opened. Carey, Kentucky guard, was given a free throw and made good. Mauer, Illinois captain, shot a pretty field basket and tied the score at 18 all. Haines put Illinois ahead for the first time of the evening, when he shot a long field basket, but the Illini advantage was short-lived at this time, as McFarland threw a clever field basket and tied the score again. He repeated shortly afterwards with one from underneath the hoop.
Mauer, of Illinois, tied the score again for the seventh time of the evening and Illinois, with renewed vigor, started shooting baskets from all angles and gradually widened its advantage. McFarland scored the final point of the evening when he made good on a free throw.
Illinois substituted frequently during the final minutes of the game, Coach Ruby giving his reserves an opportunity to get some real experience. Illinois played a stellar guarding game during the final period and kept Kentucky to but a few scattered shots. Kentucky had 15 free throws and made good on all but three, while Illinois made good on only two out of the same number.
The gymnasium was extremely hot and slowed up the Kentuckians considerable during the final period, which undoubtedly had something to do with the result.