- Wednesday, January 18 1928 -
Kentucky - 26 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Navy - 32 (Head Coach: John Wilson)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 16, Navy 10
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Game Writeup -
NAVY NOSES OUT WILDCATS 32 TO 26
Kentucky Outsmarts Middies First Half; Jenkins' Loss Costly
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 18. -- The fast University of Kentucky basketball team was forced to bow to the Annapolis Midshipmen in a desperately contested game here today. The final score was 32 to 26.
Navy was forced to come from behind to gain the laurels after being outplayed and outgamed in the first half, in which the visitors showed the way by a score of 16 to 10. The Kentuckians not only were speedy, but gave a splendid exhibition of dribbling and blocking that kept the Navy lads baffled until midway of the second half. It remained for Captain Howard to put the game on ice. He scored five times from court and four from the foul strip to amass a total of 14 points. All of his court goals were netted in the second half.
Wildcats Baffle Middies
Kentucky was leading the Naval Academy 16 to 10 at the end of the first half. The Kentuckians unlashed an attack that proved an enigma to the Middies and they trailed throughout the half. The Wildcats got under way with a burst of speed and by clever passing and dribbling, played the Navy shock troops off their feet during the first four minutes. Then the Navy regulars took the floor, but they found the going too strong, so fast was the Kentucky attack and at the end of 11 minutes, the visitors were leading 10 to 0.
A moment later Miller shot Navy's first goal and the score was 10 to 2. All of the Kentuckians figured in the scoring up to this point.
The work of Combs, Owens and McBrayer being especially clever.
The Middies then staged a rally and in four minutes pulled themselves up to within two points of the enemy , 12 to 10. The visitors retaliated, however, field goals by Owens and Jenkins in rather quick succession putting the count at 16 to 10 to end the half. A successful shot from past mid-court by Jenkins, of Kentucky, was the outstanding individual feat of the half. The fast and clever dribbling of Owens, of the visitors, won the plaudits of the big gallery of fans.
In the first half, Kentucky made good in six out of seven throws from the free zone.
Navy Coach Changes Tactics
Realizing that his charges had been outplayed and outsmarted, Coach Johnny Wilson, of Annapolis, took no long chances, and the opening of the second half found his regulars still on the floor. As a rule, the Navy mentor alternates by using second and first stringers to start the periods. Dennett was fouled half a minute after play was assumed. He made the throw good. At this juncture, Navy's offense began to function, and with his mates feeding to him, Captain Howard threw three double deckers in a row to put Navy in the van, 17 to 16.
A foul goal by Miller gave Navy a two-point margin, but McBrayer's field goal knotted the count at 18-all. Each scored from the penalty strip and the tie stood at 19-19. It was a battle royal.
The teams alternated in ringing up two field goals apiece, but Navy also got two foul counters to go out in front by 27 to 25.
Jenkins, of Kentucky, was banished from the game, via the personal foul route. Dees replaced him. Jenkins' absence put a crimp in his team's defense, and the Middies increased their lead by five points at 30 to 25, with two minutes to play. The best the visitors could do was a foul goal by Owens. Captain Howard scored another field goal for Navy just as the gun was fired, which put the final score, 32 to 26.