- Wednesday, December 30 1931 -
Marshall - 16 (Head Coach: Tom Dandelet)
Kentucky - 46 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 28, Marshall 8
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Game Writeup - by Brownie Leach, Lexington Leader
Cats Defeat Marshall for Fourth Straight
Sale and DeMoisey Are Scoring Stars of Erratic Tussle
Coach Adolph Rupp's University of Kentucky basketball team in defeating Marshall College 46 to 16 Wednesday night justified the belief that the Wildcats believe in the maxim, "when you are in Rome, do as Romans do." The Wildcats' playing was erratic and far from the style they showed in defeating Carnegie Tech here two weeks ago.
Nevertheless it was better than the ragged play of the West Virginians, who were making their first start of the season. Four of those included on the Marshall line-up played here last winter, but the veteran crew failed to function as it did against the Cats last season.
The victory was the fourth straight for Kentucky in as many starts this winter, and sends the Wildcats into their Southern Conference campaign against Clemson here Saturday night with an unblemished record.
Kentucky's defense Wednesday night was much more certain than its offense and kept the Thundering Herd from scoring a single basket during the first half. As a matter of fact, the Huntington youths got through the Kentucky defense for only nine short shots during the first 20 minutes of play.
As a result of the close defensive work of Kentucky and spurts of its offense, the Wildcats were on top a the end of the first period, 28 to 3. Rogers, Gill and Hallahan accounted for Marshall's three points on free throws.
"Frenchy" DeMoisey and "Aggie" Sale did practically all of the Kentucky scoring in the first period. Darby and Kreuter, the latter a substitute for Darby, were he only other two players o crock the hoop in this half.
And when it became apparent that Kentucky was in for little trouble during the evening, the crowd turned its attention to the scoring race between DeMoisey and Sale, who have scored a total of 56 points each in the first four games, an average of 14 points per game.
Sale Leads for Game
And for the first time since the first game, Sale had the advantage in a night' scoring. Both of the bucket busters looped in seven field goals, but Sale gained the advantage with a couple of free throws. Nobody on the Marshall team fouled DeMoisey so he didn't get a chance to try his hand from the free throw line. Both Sale and DeMoisey were off form against Marshall, but the Kentucky center managed to flip several of his twisters in from the foul circle.
The Wildcats failed to show any backwardness about going to the front, and Sale started the night off with a follow-up shot. Kentucky ran its total to 12 points in the first nine minutes of play, before Rogers dropped Marshall's first point through the mesh.
Hallahan gave the visitors another point after Kentucky had advanced to 18, and Gill added another free throw before the Cats could score again. The Wildcats failed to show heir usual come-back qualities at the start of the second period. The game was too easy.
Hallahan looped one in the hoop from the center of the floor and Hunter scored from the foul line before the Cats got their first point in this period on a free throw. For the first 10 minutes in this half Kentucky played a listless game, but found itself in the last part of the period and started shelling the basket.
The game Saturday night will be the last opportunity Lexington fans will have of seeing the Wildcats in action for sometime since their ensuing contest is away.