- Friday, December 31 1926 -
Princeton - 30 (Head Coach: Albert Wittmer)
Kentucky - 26 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
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Halftime Score: Princeton 14, Kentucky 11
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|Cincinnati 22 - 51|||||Florida 44 - 36|
Game Writeup - by Frank Hoover, Lexington Herald
Inability to Shoot Crips Cost 'Cats Game
Jenkins' failure to Shoot Crip at Crucial Moment Costly; Dees' Work is Brilliant
The Kentucky Wildcats evidently know by this time that they can't win games without knowing how to shoot crip shots, this factor alone being responsible for their defeat at the hands of the Princeton Tigers at the university gymnasium on Euclid avenue last night. The score was 30 to 26, and it marked the fourth consecutive loss for the Wildcats since the opening of the 1926 season here December 18.
Kentucky missed enough crip shots to stock two ordinary basketball games. Captain Jenkins being as guilty as most anybody, he missed an easy one after Ropke had tied the score with five minutes to go. If Jenkins had made this Kentucky would have gone ahead for the first time during the game by a score of 24 to 22, but in place of this Princeton took life again and in consequence rained in three consecutive field and two foul goals in less than two minutes to pile up a lead which Kentucky could not overcome.
Played Fine Game, Nevertheless
This reporter, however, is not trying to detract from the fine showing made by Kentucky. Jenkins played a brilliant floor game, possibly his best this year, but he did not have his eye for the basket. Ropke, while he was in the game, did fine work, as did Knadler until he had to be removed on account of an injury. Heizer playing his first varsity game, was slow and showed his inability to dribble in for shots, being open more than once. He contributed two field goals, however. Frank Phipps seemed more sure of himself with the ball, although he did not seem able to get going during the game. Clair Dees, playing back guard, played a consistent bang-up game, preventing the visitors from making but few crips and taking the ball off the backboard with regularity. The Tigers, however, turned one of his mistakes into a field goal when he batted the ball away from the backboard in the second half, Gartner sinking the oval from beyond the foul line.
Princeton Takes Lead
Princeton took the lead with McCabe's crip at the start of the game but Jenkins and Dees tied the score with two foul throws. Gartner got a spot shot from the foul line and Knadler came back with a lightning crip to again tie the score. The Tigers forged ahead from this point however, until they had a 14 to 5 lead. Kentucky rallied and with Knadler again leading the fight for points, ran the score to 14 to 11 as the half ended as this period closed. It brought a loud burst of applause.
Foot, tall center, started the fireworks in the second half with a field goal, but Jenkins came back with two points. The Tigers ran the score to 22 to 14 before the Wildcats were able to stop them. Heizer started the ball to rolling with a field goal, Ropke made a foul throw good and Jenkins dribbled in for two consecutive crips to make the count 22 to 21. Ropke tied the score again with a foul throw, 22 all. Jenkins then missed his easy crip, which was the turning point of the game, and Gartner made two easy shots in succession. Evans made another and McCulloch still another before timeout was called by Captain Jenkins. Ropke's two foul shots made the score 30 to 24 and Phipps contributed a field goal which ended the scoring for both teams.
Just Ordinary Team
Princeton brought to Lexington a team nothing out of the ordinary and it is doubtful if the Tigers can stand up tonight against the type of ball that Cincinnati played against Kentucky. Gartner, playing at forward, was the fastest Tiger on the floor, while McCulloch, who replaced McCabe, was a crafty floor man and a good shot. Foot got the jump on Heizer most of the time, although the Princeton center was just out of luck while Ropke was jumping with him.
Captain Alexander and Miles, Princeton guards, were put out of the game on account of excessive fouling. All in all the visitors contributed 15 personal fouls. Kentucky made seven, five of which were committed in the second half. Princeton made 11 field goals to Kentucky's nine, and connected for eight out of 11 foul shots., while the Wildcats could make good only eight out of 18 tries.
The Wildcats will open their Southern Conference season with the Florida Alligators here Monday night.