- Saturday, January 2 1932 -
Clemson - 24 (Head Coach: Joe Davis)
Kentucky - 43 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 27, Clemson 8
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Game Writeup - by Brownie Leach, Lexington Leader
Wildcats Add Clemson to Victim List
Kentucky Wins First Tussle in S.C. Loop
Sale Leads in Scoring As the Blue and White Piles Up 43-24 Count in Winning Fifth Straight Game
The Clemson Tigers who went against the University of Kentucky varsity basketball team here Saturday night were just another group of players to the Wildcats, who annexed their fifth straight victory of the season, 43 to 24, in a game that had no particular features, unless it was the erratic playing of the two groups. It was the first game on the Tigers' schedule and the first Southern Conference engagement for Kentucky.
Kentucky, playing without "Frenchy" DeMoisey, who will be out of the line-up until next semester, failed to click during much of the contest, but worked its way through the Clemson defense frequently for baskets. Near the end of the contest, which developed into sort of a race-horse affair in the second period, both clubs were pretty well tired out and Kentucky's lineup was refreshed with substitutions.
For the first few minutes of play, Clemson's attack more or less baffled the Wildcats as Davis and Simmons alternated at the center position on the offense. The latter jumped center, but frequently dropped back into a defensive post as Davis took up the work under the Cats' goal. And Davis' height and ability to take the ball off the backboard and rebound the Clemson shots caused Kentucky some trouble at the start of the contest.
Visitors in Front
Following in a short shot, Davis, who played with Clemson here last winter when the Tigers lost 33 to 21, put the visitors in front with a two-pointer. Johnson broke the ice for the Wildcats when he sank a free throw and Sale sent the Cats to the front when he followed up to tip in two more points.
The new Kentucky center dropped through another free throw and then Calhoun, another Clemson veteran, tied the count at four-all. It took six minutes to accomplish all of this, and it was the last time Clemson was near the Wildcats in scoring. Darby and Sale began firing away with crips and ran Kentucky's total to 12 points before Clemson got another basket.
One more basket was all the Tigers gleaned out of the first 20 minutes of play and Kentucky was ahead at the half by 27 to 8. Sale accounted for 14 of these 27 points and Darby added eight more to the total.
Everything was even in the last period. Kentucky scored seven field and two free throws. Clemson did the same, with Calhoun making four of the seven two-point markers. Kreuter scored two goals in the second period. Darby also go two and the other three were divided among Little, Blair and Sale.
Near the end of the game Coach Rupp sent numerous substitutions into the fray while Coach Davis replenished the Clemson strength with a pair of reserves.
Sale added 17 points to his season's total, which he sent to 73 points in five games, two points shy of an average of 15 points per game. Darby, who got the range of the basket from well out on the court as well as slipping through for several bunnies was second high with 14 points.
Sherman, sophomore forward for Clemson, was the leading scorer for his team with five field goals. The biggest improvement shown in the Kentucky team was in its defensive play. It was not until late in the second half that a personal foul was called on the Wildcats and only two, one against Johnson and the other on George, were called during the game.
The Clemson team, while it played a ragged game Saturday, revealed potential strength and will probably show decided improvement with more games and work. Davis, the lengthy guard, should develop into a tough man to handle on the hardwood.
Coach Davis and his Clemson squad will leave today by automobiles for Knoxville where they will play the University of Tennessee Volunteers Monday night.
Coach Rupp announced Saturday that DeMoisey will not be able to play with the Kentucky team until the current semester ends.