- Saturday, January 31 1931 -
Kentucky - 36 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Tennessee - 32 (Head Coach: W.H. Britton)
|Robert Dodd (*)||1||3||8||3||5|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 27, Tennessee 9
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|Vanderbilt 42 - 37|||||Washington & Lee 23 - 18|
Game Writeup - by Bob Murphy, Knoxville Journal
Kentucky Defeats Tennessee in Thrilling Game, 36-32
Greenblott, Spicer Wage Scoring Battle
Extra Period Is Required To Decide Game Between Vols and Wildcats; Greenblott Ties Score in Last Five Seconds; Johnson Dodd Defensive Stars
The Wildcats of Kentucky State defeated the Tennessee Vols, 36 to 32, last night on Jefferson Hall court in one of the weirdest basketball games this correspondent has ever witnessed.
After trailing at the intermission, 27 to 9, the Vols, without the slightest warning, did a right about face and completely outplayed the 'Cats in the second period. A goal by lanky LeClaire Greenblott in the last five seconds deadlocked the score at 32-32.
In the five-minute playoff, Tennessee again cracked under the strain and allowed the Blue Grass visitors to register two field goals.
It was more like a game of "tag." Major Bill Britton's team played like a mediocre high school outfit in the first half. They seemed more concerned over working their plays than scoring baskets. Three lonesome field goals, and three equally pitiful charity heaves, represented their entire scoring efforts.
It looked like a forlorn cause when the Orange and White sharpshooters gave chase to the 'Tucky tribe in the second period. But before anyone realized what it was all about LeClaire Greenblott was tossing goals from all angles. He flipped them sideways, over his head, and some of the ringside spectators declare he even flipped one with his heels. Anyway, "Greenie" went to flipping and Tennessee gradually sliced Kentucky's margin. The score stood 32-30 in favor of Carey Spicer's Kentuckians. With only five seconds to play Greenblott played the Frank Merriwell role by ringing the bell with another two-pointer. And, my how the fans raved about "Greenie"!
After resting for several minutes the hardwood pounders went to it again. They sparred cautiously for several seconds and then Worthington, a substitute guard, jabbed a left hook into the basket for two points. Carey Spicer followed a moment later with a right uppercut and the referee counted the Vols out. It was all over and the best team won.
Tennessee held Kentucky to five points in the second period, while they were chalking up 23. It was just that kind of a game.
Greenblott was high scorer of the game with 16 points, all save three coming in the second half. He was practically Tennessee's entire offense.
Maurice Corbitt played below his usual form, scored six points. Dodd played a nice defensive game, and added five to the Vol total.
Carey Spicer, Kentucky captain, played an outstanding game for his team. He scored 14 points and contributed several brilliant flashes of floor work. It was chiefly his work in the extra playoff which spelled the difference between the two teams.
Bowser Chest, former member of the Burke Terrors, of Nashville refereed the game. His work was unusually good.