- Tuesday, January 6 1925 -
Kentucky - 10 (Head Coach: Clarence Applegran)
|A. T. Rice||0||0||0|
|C. Foster Helm||0||0||0|
Wabash - 57 (Head Coach: Pete Vaughan)
|Maurice "Red" Robinson||9||4||22|
|Maurice "Shang" Chadwick||6||0||12|
Halftime Score: Wabash 28, Kentucky 4
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Illinois 26 - 36|||||Mississippi 26 - 23|
Game Writeup - by R.L. Hester, Crawfordsville Journal
For the second time within the past week a southern university basketball team invaded Wabash Tuesday night to find that the brand of net game played in the Hoosier state is far superior to anything known in the land below the Mason and Dixon line. Tuesday evening the University of Kentucky sent its basketball team to Wabash and after forty minutes of smooth playing on the part of the Little Giants the visitors were turned back to the tune of a 57 to 10 count.
The defeat was the worst ever sustained by any southern five at the hands of a northern opponent and while the game was an accurate test of the two teams it is convincing proof that Coach Vaughan has one of the smartest and best balanced combinations in the state this year. Out of respect to the visitors it must be said that they played against the Little Giants without the services of their star. This diminutive player whose name is McFarland, was so severely banged up in the game with Illinois Monday night that he was kept out of the lineup during the entire game with Wabash. While his presence in the Kentucky lineup would have probably boosted the visitors total somewhat it is doubtful if he would have been able to stop many of the Wabash drives after they were once well under way.
It is a rare thing for any basketball team to open with a strong offensive and maintain it throughout a game.Ê That is exactly what happened against Kentucky.Ê Coach Vaughan kept his regulars on the floor most of the way during the first half and the pace that they set was one of the fastest and most cleverly conceived seen on a Wabash court in many seasons. With Benny Devol leading as the pivot around which Capt. Chadwick, Robinson and Burdette worked, the Scarlet machine moved accurately down the court time after time, their efforts ending in two points on shots under the net. Their floor work was of the finest type and Kentucky State, wondering what it was about, called for time repeatedly in an effort to stop the advance and cut down the score.
Oftentimes when a team is stopped in the midst of some rally by the opposing club taking time out, the value of the spurt is lost and the team loses its drive and accuracy when play is resumed. This did not hold true on Tuesday night and it seemed that Wabash gained speed with each breathing space. While the visitors were simply swamped every minute of the way they deserve praise for their splendid fighting spirit. Even with the score five to one against them they continued to give battle, fighting just as hard at the finish as when the contest started. ÊÊ
The entire Scarlet five played good ball with the smooth floor work and fine basket shooting of Robinson and Devol featuring. Time after time this flashy pair of forwards swept under the net for field goals on quick, short jabs. Capt. Chadwick and Burdette played bang up games while Coffel proved plenty good when Kentucky threatened.Ê
Coach Vaughan used three combinations during the game, sending in a new team near the close of the first half and replacing the varsity with another combination during the final minutes of play."