- Monday, January 9 1928 -
Kentucky - 36 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Centre College - 23 (Head Coach: Boise Pothoff)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 20, Centre College 9
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Kentucky Defeats Centre Five, 36 to 23
Owens, Combs Lead Attack of Wildcats: Latter High Scorer
DANVILLE, Ky., Jan. 9. -- A sustained attack for one half by the Kentucky basketball team was sufficient to trim the Centre College Colonels, 36 to 23, here tonight in the first 1928 contest between the two bitter athletic rivals.
The Wildcats played beautiful ball for the first half and were leading the Colonels, 20 to 9, at the end of this period. They appeared stale in the second stanza, however,and allowed Centre to slip uncomfortably close once during this half.
Kentucky was first to score, Owens slipping under the basket for a field goal in the first minute of the game. Maggard was fouled and made his throw good and Staley dropped one in from the foul line, giving Centre a 3 to 2 lead. This was the first and last time in the contest, however, that the Colonels held a margin over the Blue quintet. Combs and Owens began an assault on the basket soon after which gave Kentucky a 20 to 9 lead at the end of the half.
Centre seemed inspired at the start of the second half, and played Kentucky on even terms the rest of the game. Kentucky's offense did not function properly and Centre penetrated the Cats' defense for many easy shots.
For Kentucky Owens and Combs were the outstanding players. The latter was high point man of the game with 15. Owens played a remarkable floor game -- much improved over his effort against Berea at Lexington a week ago. He followed the ball nicely and got the majority of his shots in this manner.
Staley and Knuckles led Centre's offense, with six points each.
Centre will leave Thursday for a trip through the Missouri Valley, meeting Earlham and Lombard Colleges, Northwestern, Ohio State and Loyola, of Chicago.
Game Writeup - Kentucky Kernel
Playing a game that was marked with decided improvement over last week the Wildcats forced the Centre Colonels to take the short end of a 36 to 23 score in the game played at Danville Monday night.
Although the Cats were playing at a great disadvantage because of the small court of the Colonels, they managed to slip through the Colonel's defense for 25 points during the first half, and held the opposition in check for only nine points.
Kentucky was the first to score when Owens slipped beneath the basket for a beautiful crip shot. Centre followed this with a free throw and a goal by Stanley, making the score 3 to 2 in their favor. This was the first and last time during the game that Centre ever held the lead and this was not held long.
Soon after this Combs and Owens found the range of the basket and a deadly assault followed which pushed the Cats into the comfortable lead which they held throughout the game.
When the second half started the Colonels seemed to be inspired by some unknown force or power. It might have been the thought of the gridiron encounter earlier in the fall; at any rate they played the Blue and White on even terms and once or twice threatened to even the score.
Combs, Owens and McBrayer led the attack for the Blue and White, performing in a manner that was characteristic of their work of last year when playing on the Kitten team. Captain Jenkins handled the team in his usual calm and smooth way, and with the help of McGinnis broke up the Centre offensive many times, thus preventing the Colonels from scoring more points than they did.
The game was fast at all times, with both teams fighting hard to score and trying to prevent the other from scoring. It was rough at times and referee Arnston had a real job on his hands to prevent fouling.