- Friday, February 13 1931 -
Kentucky - 16 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Georgia - 25 (Head Coach: Harry Mehre)
Halftime Score: Georgia 12, Kentucky 11
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Game Writeup - by Ed Danforth, Atlanta Constitution
Georgia Beats Kentucky, 25-16; Meets Jackets
Strickland Stars in Victory; Bulldogs Now Lead Conference
ATHENS, Ga., Feb. 13. - Along in the cool of the evening when the game was frozen tighter than an Eskimo igloo, Bill Strickland blew across the floor, like a hot wind from Buchanan, Ga. Bill melted the ice with three sizzling field goals and Georgia ploughed through to victory over Kentucky, 25 to 16.
Before Strickland got "hot," as they say, the issue was undecided. Kentucky still was the only undefeated team in the Southern conference. Harry Mehre, pinch coaching for H.J. Stegeman, was still uncertain whether his debut would be a frost or a frolic.
The score was 18-16 with Georgia leading. The 2 points looked like mighty thin ice and there were five minutes to play. The Bulldogs called a time out and conferred. Then returned to the fray and as soon as they could grab the ball began circulating it in the back court.
They passed and passed, handling the ball with magic fingers. While the Kentuckians were chasing the elusive sphere, Strickland was working his way to his own basket and finally a long pass to him gave him a crip shot. Twice more the Bulldogs drew the Kentucky defense away from the basket and then zoomed the ball down to Strickland for a killing. The final shot Strickland made was a one-handed cast over his head. That ran the tally to 24-16 and Reeder closed out the game with a free shot for the twenty-fifth point.
The victory hoisted the Bulldogs back into the lead of the conference race and set the Wildcats from the Bluegrass down a peg.
For all save five minutes of the game the teams were as evenly matched as one can imagine. Kentucky's veterans worked their plays smoothly for close-in shots while Georgia stole the ball often and scored from every angle. Sandy Sanford led his club in the first half with a grand exhibition of shooing under constant rushing. The Bulldogs completely smothered Carey Spicer, the Kentucky ace, and held him to a single point.
In the last five minutes, however, the Kentucky crew tired. The Bulldogs simply had run the visitors to death. They were getting heavy-footed and could not hold the ball and when Georgia opened up with that flashy passing game they fell behind.
Tommy Reeder played superbly for Georgia. He intercepted the submarine passes of the Wildcats and fed the ball to his boy friends unerringly. He and Hotshot Strickland from Buchanan carried away a truck load of laurels.
MEHRE SOME COACH
Harry Mehre handled the boys cleverly. His withdrawal of Tommy Moran when the youngster appeared winded late in the game was a move that gave the Bulldogs a much needed infusion of new blood.
Coach Rupp has developed a great team at Kentucky this year, and no doubt the Bluegrass entry will go far in the tournament.
The strain of a long winning campaign was manifest in the their play tonight. The Wildcats will leave in the morning for Clemson for a Saturday night game. Josh Cody, who is coaching the Clemson five, was down scouting.
Woodruff Hall was filled for the occasion. Dances and other social events of the big weekend have filled the fraternity houses with guests.