- Saturday, February 12 1927 -
Kentucky - 22 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
|C. Foster Helm||1|
Centre College - 16 (Head Coach: William Maher)
Halftime Score: Centre College 11, Kentucky 11
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|Mississippi 17 - 37|||||Tennessee 21 - 30|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
'Cats Score Second Victory over Centre, 22-16
Jenkins, Phipps and Dees Star in Upset On Colonels' Court
DANVILLE, Ky., Feb. 12. -- Coach Basil Hayden's University of Kentucky Wildcats proved conclusively here tonight that they are masters of the Centre Colonels as far as basketball is concerned this year. The final count was 22 to 16 and the victory of Kentucky came as a mild surprise on top of their poor showing against the University of Mississippi team at Lexington last night.
Tonight Kentucky was far superior to the Colonels, and outside of a minute or so at the start of the second half, Centre was behind. The dribbling of Paul Jenkins was a revelation, while the accurate sharpshooting of Frank Phipps was something with which the Colonels could not cope. Clair Dee played a brilliant and consistent game at back guard, holding the Centre crip shots to a negligible quantity, besides collecting four points on a field goal and two free throws.
When Dees dribbled down the floor in the second half to make a crip shot, Coach Basil Hayden bursted out with an exclamation, "I know we will win the game now" - and they did. It is a rare thing for Clair to leave his duties under the basket to bother with making a goal.
First Half of Errors
The first half of the game was far from what it should have been. Kentucky, as usual, missed many easy shots, while the Colonels did not seem sure of themselves, continually muffling the ball when to hold it meant a basket. As a proof of the slowness of the game, the score was 5 to 1 in favor of Kentucky after 12 minutes had been clicked off by the timers' watches.
Centre could not make crips because of the work of Dees, and could not make long shots because of the excellent guarding of Knadler, Phipps and Jenkins especially. Phipps was told to take care of Deaton and he did it in a fine manner, holding the boy to a lone field goal. Jenkins did his guarding well and certainly showed tonight that he surely is of all-Kentucky and probably all-Southern caliber. His long shots were finding their mark and his passing and dribbling was disastrously accurate for Centre.
Jenkins opened the scoring by making good a field goal from beyond the foul line and Mowery followed this up with a free throw. Frank Phipps collected another long one from beyond the foul line and Centre took time out with the score 5 to 1 against them. Twelve minutes had gone by by this time.
Goings Gets Field Goal
After play was resumed Goings shot a field goal and a foul to make the score 5 to 4, but "Long Shot" Frank startled the crowd by making good another of his shots. Knuckles, Centre center, collected his first two points, but Jenkins got a spectacular field goal from the sidelines. Goings made a free throw good and Captain Jenks made another spot shot. Paul had his eye for the basket tonight. His goal closed the scoring for the half, as far as Kentucky was concerned. Deaton collected a field goal and Maggard dropped another one in as the half ended with the score tied 11 all.
Maggard started the scoring in the second half and Centre was ahead for the first time, 13 to 11. Helm made it 13 to 12 with a free throw and Goings came back with a field goal, making the scoring 15 to 12 in favor of Centre. This was Centre's largest and incidentally her last margin over the Wildcats tonight.
Dees Shoots One
Dees came down the floor like a war horse to score his crip and Phipps two-timed the Colonels by sending two long goals crashing through the mesh. Kentucky's stock soared high and fast. The score was 18 to 15 in favor of Kentucky at this point. Clair Dees made two free throws good, bringing the score to 20 to 15 and Goings shot a foul throw, making it 20 to 16. Phipps found his eye again, made good one of his frequent long shots to end the scoring for both sides. The two teams sparred around for two more minutes, but neither scored a point. Evidently Centre did not remember the last minute rush which Kentucky used to trim them with in the first meeting between the two teams.
Goings did the most of Centre's scoring, getting seven points. Phipps was Kentucky's high point man with 11, while Jenkins was second best, with six.