- Monday, February 1 1926 -
Alabama - 16 (Head Coach: Hank Crisp)
Kentucky - 27 (Head Coach: Ray Eklund)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 16, Alabama 6
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Game Writeup - by Norris Royden, Lexington Herald
'Cats Show Wonderful Form to Beat Alabama
CRIMSON TIDE LOSES, 27 TO 16
Kentucky Offense Flashes in Brilliant Style Against Stubbornness of Invading Team
MOHNEY HIGH SCORE MAN
What has long been expected came to light on the varnished court of University of Kentucky's basketball gymnasium last night.
The Wildcats, who had given plentiful evidence of their fighting spirit in other games of the year, came into their own in the basketball sense of the word.
Flashing a tricky passing attack, displaying all the finesse of basketball, the Wildcats trounced Alabama, a worthy foe, 27 to 16, in their second Southern Conference struggle of the season and their record within the organization stands unblemished.
Both teams were want to play rough, but the Wildcats were more schooled in their profession and trapped the Crimson Tide in its effort to submerge the Wildcats.
Unless it was Besuden, or McFarland, or Mohney, or Jenkins or Captain Carey, Kentucky had no stars. The Eklund-coached quintet knew their stuff last night and practiced it. Each knew his place in the Wildcat machine and did his part.
Alabama was first to score, but Kentucky was quick to retaliate and soon had its machine functioning. Starting their attack from beneath their own goal, the Wildcats took the leather down the court, either by the long and short-pass or a dribble and series of short passes. Either way sufficed, the Wildcats being relentless in their drives and caging their goals with short, snappy shots.
After they had filed up a commanding lead, the Wildcats became wary and played a waiting game. This drew the Crimsons out of position and when the Alabama defense became disorganized, Eklund's men started their offensive machinery to revolving again.
The prettiest part of the game was in the first half before the Wildcats had obtained their big lead. They carried the fight to the Crimsons and the manner in which they flitted the ball from one to another bordered on the sensational.
Alabama's game was stubborn and the Wildcats deserved all they earned. The Crimsons kept scraping to the end, but were outclassed last night. Vincent, W. Young stays in Alabama's play, the first named being their scoring ace. Vincent made seven points. So hard was Hudson and Young's play that both were forced from the game on personal fouls.
Gayle Mohney kept up his scoring proclivities and accounted for nine points. His perfect foul shooting record was stopped at 12. However, Mohney shot three out of four. Jimmy McFarland returned to his old-time form and caged four field goals, one of which was a phenomenal backhand shot from the sidelines.