- Wednesday, January 4 1928 -
Berea - 16 (Head Coach: Waldemar Noll)
|Roscoe "Big" Baker||4||0||0||0||8|
|Lawrence "Red" Baker||0||4||6||1||4|
|Wilson Evans (*)||1||0||0||0||2|
Kentucky - 37 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 25, Berea 7
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Miami (OH) 31 - 36|||||Centre College 36 - 23|
Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
Kentucky Romps Over Berea Quintet
If Kentucky could meet Berea in every game of the season we dare say Kentucky would have a successful season. We advance this opinion on the face of the results of the meeting these two basketball teams at the University of Kentucky gymnasium last night. Yes, to satisfy your curiosity, the Wildcats won. And how ? If we didn't misfigure the score was 37 to 16 - doubled it and then had five points to spare.
One hardly knows how to start what one wants to say after seeing such a basketball game. One can not say the night's entertainment was interesting, although there is always a great satisfaction in seeing Kentucky win any kind of an athletic contest.
Wildcats Play in Spurts
The Wildcats started right last night and ended right, although they played more or less in spurts, as they played last year while they were freshmen. Captain Paul Jenkins took his place behind the firing line for the first time this season and he showed Lexington fans that he is at himself again. His craftiness in ball handling and deceptive floor work stamped him as a real star in his 1928 debut as a starting player.
When one is pointing out the various players whose work was excellent, one naturally has to put up "Pisgah" Combs as a candidate for such an honor. "Pisgah" came within one point scoring as many points as the entire Berea team scored together. His total was 15, the result of seven field goals and a free shot. The way he went in under the basket for crips was nothing short of marvelous, if we must branch out into adjectives again, and when he wasn't shooting he was passing to somebody who did take a crack at the basket.
Owens is "Short"
We feel sorry for Hayes Owens. Would that he had a stool to stand on every time he tried a crip shot. Hayes was short with the majority of his crips last night, although he went up in the air as far as his five feet, five would allow him. Many times, though, he hurried his shot when he didn't have to and of course missed.
For Berea R. and L. Baker played excellent basketball. The former performs at center and the latter at the running guard position. R. Baker collected four of Berea's five field goals. Evans sinking the other one. L. Baker played a dazzling game at guard, frustrating many Wildcat scoring attempts.
McBrayer showed himself to be a pretty good center by getting the tip off most of the time against his smaller opponent, R. Baker. Mac only got one field goal, however, which is far below his usual average. McGinnis performed brilliantly at back guard, smearing dozens of Berea's attempts at basket, being especially good on intercepting long passes made by the Mountaineers.
Take Lead of 13 to 0
The Wildcats took a lead in the first five minutes of the game and were never menaced. With one exception they had twice as many points as the visitors had throughout the entire game. The score was to 13 to 0 when C. Johnson caged a free throw for Berea. At that point, Evans and R. Baker made field goals in rapid succession via pretty passing and L. Baker made two free throws, making the score 13 to 7. This was the only point in the game that the visitors were this close.
The half ended 25 to 7, and with substitutes going in most of the time in the second period the Wildcats could not collect themselves and were content to hold the visitors to a minimum of three field goals, all by R. Baker, while scoring five for themselves.
Four thousand people saw the game - a capacity house.