- Friday, January 16 1931 -
Tenn-Chattanooga - 18 (Head Coach: Harold Drew)
Kentucky - 55 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 31, Tenn-Chattanooga 11
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Game Writeup - by Brownie Leach, Lexington Leader
Cats Hand Moccasins Third, Worst Defeat in State
Kentucky Runs Up 55-18 Score on Chattanooga
Shooting of Blue and White Team Improves; Passing is Erratic
Chattanooga's Moccasins took their third and worst defeat in as many nights in Kentucky when they were practically annihilated Friday night by the University of Kentucky Wildcats, who clawed a 55-to-18 basketball victory out of their last non-conference opponents of the season.
It was the second defeat in Lexington for the 'Nooga club. Transylvania having won a 24-to-21 decision from it Thursday night. Western Normal rang up the first wing against the visitors Wednesday night with a 39-to-17 count. Today, the Moccasins move to Louisville to meet Coach Tom King's U. of L. Cards in their final bow in the Bluegrass state.
Take Early Lead
Kentucky's lead, taken four second after the initial tip-off, was never threatened and although they showed considerable improvement in their shooting, the Cats were not at their best and bad passes were frequent.
In the first period, Kentucky rang in 14 out of 36 tries at the basket, almost a 39 percentage, an exceptionally high average for any club and more significant in view of the fact that Coach Rupp counts each tip under the basket as a shot. If only the clean shots at the basket were counted the percentage wold perhaps have been above 50.
Sixteen of the Cats' baskets were crips, showing the effectiveness of the Kentucky team in getting under the basket. Spicer led the Blue and White team's scoring for the night with a total of 13 points, while "Little" McGinnis and Yates followed close on his heels for 10 points each. It was the first time that Yates has proved effective with his shooting this season.
Halback, who scored 12 points Thursday night, was held to seven by the Wildcat defense and shared high honors for his team with Dannelly, who was outstanding for the Chattanooga club.
In spite of their victory, incidentally Kentucky's sixth in as many starts, there was nothing impressive about the Cats' play unless it was their shooting. Much remains to be done before Rupp's men will be able to carry on against their Southern Conference foes, starting with Vanderbilt next Wednesday night.
The Blue and White team was not long in scoring against the Tennesseeans, Sale who started at center, got the first tip to Capt. Spicer, who passed to Trott, starting at guard, and Trotts passed to Sale, who dropped one through from under the basket.
Halback counted first for the Moccains after Kentucky had gained a six-point margin. Gradually increasing its lead, Kentucky entered the last six minutes of play in the first period leading 21 to 11. Before the half ended, the Cats ran the count to 31 to 11 with shots from every position on the floor.
After the rest period, Coach Rupp's netmen went to 43 points before Chattanooga advanced to 13 in 10 minutes of play. In the last part of the second half, Coach Rupp used many of his reserves against which Chattanooga added their other five points.