- Monday, January 10 1927 -
Kentucky - 24 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
|Van Buren Ropke||10|
|C. Foster Helm||2|
Kentucky Wesleyan - 31 (Head Coach: C.A. Webb)
Halftime Score: Kentucky Wesleyan 15, Kentucky 12
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Wildcats Lose, Kittens Trim Majors, 60-30
PANTHERS BEAT STATE, 31 TO 24
Ropke Stars for 'Cats; Galloway and Hummel Are Outstanding For Wesleyan
ROUSE HOLDS PAUL JENKINS
WINCHESTER, Ky., Jan. 10 -- Clearly outplayed and outfought, the University of Kentucky Wildcats were defeated by the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers here tonight, 31 to 24. The locals took the lead from the start and were never headed, although the 'Cats managed to tie the score on two different occasions.
Galloway, the Panthers' offensive center and defensive guard, covered Jenkins so effectively that the all-Southern guard was held to two field goals. Jenkins was either forced to hurry his shots or be caught with the ball in his hands.
Ropke was easily the outstanding man for Kentucky on the offensive with five field goals to his credit, while Dees at back guard played a good game on the defensive.
Wesleyan took the lead when Hummel took the tip and passed to Adkins for a crip. Galloway made a field goal and Ropke sank a beauty from the side lines on Jenkins' pass for the initial Kentucky goal.
Rouse took the ball away from Jenkins a few minutes later and dribbled the length of the floor, passing to Galloway for a crip to make the score 10 to 5.
Kentucky got five more points while the Panthers were garnering four when Phipps went in for Knadler. State was forced to resort to long shots due to the effective guarding of the Panthers. Ropke got a crip after a long dribble to make the score 14 to 12.
As the whistle blew for the half Helm held Galloway who sank his free throw to make the score 15 to 12.
At the beginning of the second half, Jenkins took the tip off and dribbled to the Wesleyan goal only to miss an easy crip. Webb fouled Phipps who shot one of his free shots and a moment later sunk a field goal to tie the score at 15 all.
Rouse came back with a crip and Ropke tied the score again at 15-15. Wesleyan started to draw away on their superior team work and after bringing the score to 29 to 21 started stalling on their end of the court. With only a few minutes left to play, Helm went out on fouls and Gilb took his place.
Wesleyan continued to stall but broke through for a long one to end their scoring. Ropke got a crip and Phipps tossed in a free throw as the game ended with the score 31 to 24.
Game Writeup - Winchester Sun
WESLEYAN WINS FROM KENTUCKY IN SPEEDY GAME
Wesleyan Panthers Take Lead at Opening of Tilt and Never Trail State Wildcats.
GAME IS HONOR TO WEBB
Five young college men of seemingly ordinary basketball ability, but coached by a virtual miracle-man - Coach Webb, turned a crowd of 1500 spectators into a hysterical mass last night by trouncing the University of Kentucky Wildcats, Lexington, by a score of 31 to 24.
It was one of the most brilliantly played games ever staged on the Spencer gymnasium floor. Both teams played at a pace rarely viewed by net spectators, with the ball kept in constant action, traveling from one end of the floor to the other.
Wesleyan jumped into an early lead, when Adkins scored a pretty crip on the first tip-off, and were never behind, though the score was tied twice in the last half. There can be no slighting of State's basketball ability. Their men were more polished than the inexperienced men of Kentucky Wesleyan, and their playing measured on the classical. Wesleyan, on the other hand, played a hard battle from the start to the finish, with an indomitable will. Their team work was not at the best, but on the whole, they displayed speed, cleverness and a fighting spirit.
In a preliminary contest, the Wesleyan frosh easily defeat the Mt. Sterling Ramblers by the score of 31 to 6. The Cubs, coached by "Ham" Glenn, showed vast improvement, and should make all other college first-year teams in Kentucky look to their laurels.
Jenkins, Kentucky running guard, was well covered throughout the game and seldom was allowed near the goal by the ever watchful Panthers, but his floor work was one of the outstanding features of the contest.
It is impossible to pick a so-called "star" on the Wesleyan aggregation, they were not coached in that manner. Each man played his part well. Hummel hit the goal for the most points, ten in number, but each player got his share. For speed there is none to rival "Red" Adkins, who played last night his fifth basketball game. He has that same fighting quality which made him outstanding on the gridiron.
Wesleyan jumped into the lead on the first top-off, when Adkins took the tip from Galloway and flashed down the floor, where under the net, he tossed it through the goal. Galloway followed a minute later with another field goal. The Panthers managed to run up six points, before State got in the swing when Ropke hit the ring for two field goals in rapid succession. It was then a battle to the finish. Wesleyan maintaining a steady lead.
The score at the half stood, 15 to 12.
On the resumption of play, after the ten minute rest, the Wildcats opened with a rally, which tied the score at 15-15. After two minutes desperate struggle, Rouse landed a crip, but Ropke again tied the score at 17-17. Buford Webb placed Wesleyan in a final lead with a field goal and free throw.
Much could be written on the game aside from its bare details. This is the first basketball game between Wesleyan and State, and it becomes historic with he College, and too, the contest bears strongly on the state championship battled conceded the state honors last year, but she must fight for it this year. Another feature in the episode, is the fact that four of the best basketball players ever produced at Wesleyan made their exit last year, and few persons conceded Wesleyan a chance at the state honors but in that they failed to consider Coach C.A. Webb.