- Saturday, February 12 1927 -
Kentucky - 22 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
|C. Foster Helm||0||1||1|
|Van Buren Ropke||0||0||0|
Centre College - 16 (Head Coach: William Maher)
Halftime Score: Centre College 11, Kentucky 11
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|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.
Game Writeup - Danville Daily Messenger
The Wildcats of the University of Kentucky found a nervous group of Colonels on the basketball court last Saturday night and defeated them 22 to 16. The Colonels appeared nervous and over anxious all the way though, muffed the ball continually and missed many shots. The contest was not a good exhibition of basketball and, the first half especially, resembled a comedy of errors.
After the tilt had been in progress for 12 minutes Centre called time out and the Cats were on the long end of a 5 to 1 score. Phipps got on and Jenkins got two to end the scoring for Kentucky in the first half. Goings got two free throws and a field goal and Knuckles, Maggard and Deaton each registered a field goal to bring the score of 11 all as the half ended.
The Colonels led for a short while at the beginning of the second half, but Kentucky, led by Phipps and Jenkins gradually drew away as the game neared its close. Phipps led the scoring with 11 points and Jenkins was next for Kentucky with 6. Goings got 7 and Maggard looped in 4.
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
WILDCATS TAKE SECOND GAME FROM CENTRE, 22 TO 16
Kentucky Plays In Clever Form to Down Colonels
Result of Game as Surprise; Phipps High Scorer with 11 Points, While Guarding of Jenkins is Stumbling Block to Old Gold and White Players
DANVILLE, Ky., Feb. 12. - The Wildcats of the University of Kentucky sprung a surprise on the Centre College Colonels for the second time this year here tonight and defeated the Gold and White in an exciting basket ball game by a score of 22 to 16.
Kentucky, as i had in the game two weeks ago, had the better team tonight and deserved to win. The Cats' defense made crip shooting almost an impossibility while they rushed the Colonels unmercifully on long shots.
The first half got under way slowly, with the Colonels playing ragged ball and the Wildcats missing many shots after they had worked the ball down the floor on clever dribbling and passes.
Kentucky scored first when Jenkins got a field goal from just beyond the free throw lane. Mowery scored for Centre on a free throw, but Phipps got a field goal and a free throw to put the Cats in the lead 5 to 1 as Centre called time out.
On the resumption of play, Goings added a field goal and a free throw for Centre, but Phipps came back with another shot.
Knuckles, Centre pivot man, swung into action and got a field goal, but Jenkins matched it a moment later with a well made shot. Goings took advantage of a free throw, and Jenkins a moment later ended the scoring for Kentucky during the first half with a field goal, giving the Cats 11 points. With only a few seconds left in the first half, Deaton and Maggard, the latter a substitute, each registered a field goal, knotting the score at 11-11.
Maggard started the scoring in the second half with a field goal to give Centre the lead, 13 to 11, for the first time in the game. Helm got a free throw, but Goings overshadowed that lone point with a field goal. Dees, back guard for Kentucky, came down the middle of the floor to shoot a beautiful goal and Phipps in rapid fire order, followed up with two more.
Dees was fouled while attempting a short shot and made two free throws good.
Centre scored only one more time, that when Goings got a free throw, while Phipps scored another field goal just as the game ended, bringing the Cats' total up to 22.
The Wildcats played the best game of the year tonight, the work of Captain Paul Jenkins, Claire Dees and Frank Phipps being the outstanding feature. Deaton and Goings played best for Centre.
The gymnasium was crowded to capacity and the game was played amidst constant pandemonium from the crowd. Captain Paul Jenkins' uncanny dribbling completely mystified the Colonels.
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