- Thursday, February 9 1928 -
Kentucky - 43 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Tennessee - 16 (Head Coach: W.H. Britton)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 22, Tennessee 7
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
CATS SWAMP TENNESSEE, 43 TO 16
Combs, Milward lead Scorers; Vols Dazed By Kentucky Passing
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 9. -- The University of Kentucky Wildcats completely outplayed the Tennessee Volunteers here tonight to score an easy 43-to-16 triumph in the second game of the season between the two teams. The first one ended with Kentucky on the long end of a 48-to-18 score.
Jeffries, Combs and Milward led the attack for the visitors, with the latter two doing most of the scoring. These boys were kept under the basket most of the time, one on one side and the other on the other, and their crip shots, fed to them by Jeffries, Jenkins and McGinnis, terrorized the Vols into submission.
The passing game employed by Kentucky completely dazed the Volunteers and put the Wildcats in a position to score most of their points on crip shots. Jeffries' floor work and the guarding of Jenkins were sensational features of the entire game.
Butcher played a bang-up floor game for Tennessee and Sharpe's shooting was above the average, considering he was being guarded by Jenkins. Sharpe, incidentally, scored every field goal, although he is generally regarded as the Vols' mainstay.
For the most part the Tennessee boys were forced to take shots from afar and the greatest majority of these were wild. Kentucky employed a man-to-man defense which kept the Vols at bay from start to finish.
Kentucky took an early lead and once had the Vols 10 to 1. The score at the end of the first half was 22 to 7, and although the Tennessee five staged somewhat of a rally as the final half began, Kentucky matched goal for goal in the first five minutes and easily pulled ahead for the victory.
The following play-by-play description is furnished. The Herald readers through the courtesy of Earl Hall Payne, manager of the Kentucky theatre.
Butcher and Jenkins shook hands and Jenkins knocked the ball to Jeffries, who started dribbling. He went out of bounds. Combs looped wildly and barely missed. Dykes took the ball off the board. Both teams seemed to be feeling each other out. Foul on Jeffries and Johnson made the foul point good. Score, Tennessee 1, Kentucky 0. Jeffries took the ball and dribbled to the foul line to make a beautiful crip shot. Kentucky 2, Tennessee 1.
Dykes missed an easy shot. Jenkins missed and Jeffries missed. Milward missed a shot and McGinnis failed to make his shot good after being fouled by Sharpe. Dykes missed a foul shot, but Combs scored a beautiful one for Kentucky from mid-floor. Kentucky 4, Tennessee 1. Jeffries hooked a long goal from the center of the court. Kentucky 6, Tennessee 1.
Jeffries fouled McKeen, but he missed both tries The Vols were nervous and far from confident. The man-to-man defense of Kentucky was wonderful. Combs made good two fouls. Kentucky 8, Tennessee 1. Captain Butcher managed to get the ball to within shooting distance, but Milward took possession of it and passed to Jenkins, who made a wild toss. Combs shot a nice goal from under the basket. Kentucky 10, Tennessee 1.
First Field Goal for Vols
Jeff missed a hard attempt. Sharpe took the ball off the board and got in position to shoot a goal. Kentucky 10, Tennessee 3. Jenkins dashed through the entire Tennessee team to score a goal. Kentucky 12, Tennessee 3. Milward scored a field goal. Kentucky 14, Tennessee 3.
Six minutes to play. Jeffries missed a free shot, but Johnson made his good when fouled by Kentucky. Kentucky 14, Tennessee 4. McGinnis took the ball off the board and rushed to shoot a goal. Jenkins took the ball and passed to McGinnis, who shot another. Kentucky 18, Tennessee 4. Combs ran around the Vols to get a neat crip shot. Kentucky 20, Tennessee 4.
Kendrick went in for McKeen for Tennessee. Kendrick was fouled and made good the try for the free toss. Kentucky 20, Tennessee 5. Jeffries missed another long shot by inches. Again he missed. Sharpe shot a goal, after taking a pass from Dykes. Kentucky 20, Tennessee 7. Kendrick seemed to put new life into the Vols. Combs took a pass and looped a basket as the half ended. Kentucky 22, Tennessee 7.
Sharpe hooked a basket in the first second of play. Kentucky 22, Tennessee . Milward took the ball off the board and rushed to the Kentucky basket for another goal to give Kentucky two more points. Kentucky 24, Tennessee 9. Combs shot from mid-floor and made the basket. Kentucky 26, Tennessee 9. Milward snapped a neat goal from under the basket. Kentucky 28, Tennessee 9.
The Wildcats were playing true Southern Conference basketball and far superior in every department to the Vols. Milward shot and missed. Butcher dribbled, but was run out by Jenkins. Foul on Milward. Butcher's try for foul point went wide. Jenkins passed to Jeffries, who looped a neat basket from Tennessee's side of the court. Kentucky 30, Tennessee 9.
A foul was called on Combs. Sharpe made the foul toss good. Kentucky 30, Tennessee 10. Another foul on Jenkins and Sharpe made the foul try good. Kentucky 30, Tennessee 11. A foul on Dykes was called and Milward shot the goal. Kentucky 31, Tennessee 11. A foul was called on Milward and Sharpe made the extra point good. Kentucky 31, Tennessee 12. Jenkins missed a pass, but Milward shot a crip goal.
Sharpe grabbed the ball off the basket and shot a long goal for Tennessee. This boy Sharpe made all of Tennessee's field goals - four in all. Kentucky 33, Tennessee 14. Butcher shot, but was fouled by Milward. He made good his foul toss. Jeffries looped an easy basket when given the ball by Jenkins. Kentucky 35, Tennessee 15.
Jenkins fouled Witt and he made the shot good. Witt fouled Combs, but he missed. Kentucky 35, Tennessee 16. Combs took Jeffries' pass and looped a basket. McKeen fouled Milward and he made the shot good. Kentucky 36, Tennessee 16. Jeffries brought the score to 43 to 16. Owens and Dees went in. Both teams missed shots as the game ended. Final score, Kentucky 43, Tennessee 16.
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
WILDCATS SWAMP VOLS, 43 TO 16
Tennessee Unable to Solve Kentucky Attack; Combs High Scorer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 10 - Every man on the triumphant University of Kentucky Wildcat team took a stellar part in trouncing the University of Tennessee Volunteers here Thursday night by a score of 43 to 16 and convinced local fans they will be hard to beat in the coming Southern Conference tournament in Atlanta.
The Wildcats' brilliant passing, which invariably advanced the ball to within easy scoring distance, made Tennessee's defense look woefully weak, while the guarding of the visitors put a premium on any kind of a shot by the locals.
Cecil Combs, lanky forward, led the scorers for Kentucky with 16 points, but was closely followed by Jeffries, undoubtedly the most deceptive and fastest player seen here in years, and Milward, center. Captain Jenkins played a good game both on offense and defense, while McGinnis, guard, was the boy who made Tennessee five a hard life when the Vols thought they had a chance to score.
Opening up with a barrage of field goals right after the game got under way, Kentucky soon had a big lead and at half time was on top, 22 to 7. Tennessee showed more spirit a the beginning of the second period and was the first to score, but Kentucky soon hit its pace and added rapidly to its total. The closing minutes found the Cats' second team in action.
The game was the seventh victory out of eight conference games for the Wildcats this year. In a previous game played on Kentucky's floor, Tennessee was beaten 48 to 18.