- Thursday, January 17 1929 -
Kentucky - 35 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Tennessee - 29 (Head Coach: W.H. Britton)
|Robert Dodd (*)||5|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 13, Tennessee 10
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Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
The game was as close as the score indicates and while Kentucky was never behind, it found its lead tied twice and had to shake off a determined stubborn Volunteer crew all the way. With only a few minutes of play left, the Wildcats were leading by 10 points but the Vols rallied and had crept almost up to even terms with the visitors when the gun ended the struggle.
Carey Spicer, lanky Kentucky forward, hit the hoop consistently to take a leading part in the Wildcats' victory. he was high point man with 13.
The Wildcats departed for Lexington immediately after the game and they will be followed Saturday by the Volunteers who go to the Wildcats' court for a return game Saturday night.
Game Writeup - Knoxville Journal
KENTUCKY WILDCATS DEFEAT VOLUNTEER QUINTET BY 35-29
Tennessee Unable To Master 'Cat Defense
Hard-Fought, Fast Battle Turns Out To Be Real Classic; Vols Twice Tie, But Never Head Kentucky's Lead.
Kentucky invaded Jefferson Hall last night and displayed for Tennessee a defense that proved tighter than a Scotch pauper. So Major Bill Britton's Volunteer cagesters did just what any other quintet would have done, and answered the final gun shy of shouting privileges. The score was 35 to 29 in favor of that tight defense.
Our memory is not keen enough to recall a harder-fought, faster cage game ever having been contested at Jefferson Hall. The Wildcats, after four minutes of fruitless efforts on the part of both teams, managed to hop into a lead that was twice tied, but never headed. Desperately did the Vols fight time and again to threaten their visitor's advantage, yet on every occasion that found Tennessee's cause hopeful, a similar brand of determination cropped up in Wildcat ranks and the Vols were forced to start all over again.
For a time it seemed that scoring was entirely out of style, so close did both teams guard every effort that hinted of intent to score. And the half ended with Kentucky nursing a 13-10 advantage.
Before Kentucky could register in the second half Dodd produced a foul toss and Brown added a field to knot the count at 13-all. McBrayer then found the basket with a long toss, but Brown came back with a bulls-eye heave that was even longer to again knot the numerals, this time at 15-15.
But Kentucky quickly ran their total up to 22 before Tennessee was again able to find the hoop, and from then on the Wildcats fought like mad to show the way.
Kentucky has the reputation of being an in-and-out basketball team. Well, the Wildcats were surely "in" last night. And to try and point out any one Kentucky tosser as the outstanding Wildcat star would be rather foolish each and every protˇgˇ of Coach Johnny Mauer doing his part in exactly the right way at the precise time.
It was Spicer, however who attained most success in finding the basket in his shots, his 13 points making him high scorer of the game. Milward, 9 points; F. McGinnis, 7 points and McBrayer 6 points, furnished the remainder of Kentucky's total.
Like Kentucky, the Volunteers also deserve more credit for teamwork than for individual performances. Captain Sharpe led the Vol attack with eight points, while close in his wake followed Davis and Brown with six each and Dodd with five.