- Thursday, January 21 1932 -
Tenn-Chattanooga - 17 (Head Coach: Humpy Phillips)
Kentucky - 51 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 36, Tenn.-Chattanooga 11
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Game Writeup - by Brownie Leach, Lexington Leader
Cats' Brilliant Offense Wallops 'Nooga 51 to 17
Unbeaten Kentucky Team Scores 36 Points in Half; Ninth Victory
Defeating the University of Chattanooga 51 to 17 Thursday night, the University of Kentucky Wildcats passed the halfway mark of their 1931-32 basketball schedule unbeaten, and with nine victories to their credit. Kentucky swings down the back stretch of its cage card Jan. 30 when it meets Washington and Lee, the first of seven Southern Conference games still on the Cats' schedule.
Thursday night's tussle was the first of two in Lexington for the Tennesseans, who meet Transylvania's Pioneers tonight on the north side of town. It was the Moccasins' second loss on their Kentucky trip. Wednesday night, the Chattanooga cagers were beaten 19 to 17 at Bowling Green by Western.
Led by Ellis Johnson, who was high scorer of the night with 14 points, the Wildcats played what was the best brand of offensive basketball they have exhibited here this season. Offensively, the Wildcats showed a big improvement over their last game in Lexington, which they played against Clemson, Jan. 2.
Incidentally, Johnson scored more points Thursday night than he has made in any other single game during his freshman and varsity career. He dropped five field goals through the basket in the first half without missing a try.
Darrell Darby, another former Ashland high Tomcat, trailed Johnson by only one point with six field goals and a free throw. Kreuter and Sale, each made 12 points.
The Kentucky offense started off with perfect execution and the Wildcats sank their first three shots at the hoop. The Moccasins made good their only try at the basket while Kentucky was running up an 8-to-2 lead in the first few minutes. When the score reached this count, the two teams had hit six out of eight tries at the bucket.
Chattanooga took time out and substituted Olinger, rangy Tennessean, at center to break up the Wildcats' control of the tip-off. But Sale continued to get the jump and after Chattanooga had scored two field goals, the Kentuckians furnished the spectators with a dazzling attack that ran the score to 32 to 10 in the first 13 minutes of playing.
Score 36 Points in Half
Before the half was up, the Wildcats had increased their total to 36 points, four short of averaging two points a minute. The sensational shooting of Darby and passing of the entire Kentucky team featured the Wildcats play during the first period.
After the first few minutes of the initial half, the Moccasins, who have a good ball club, were practically forced to do all their shooting from far out on the floor. The Wildcat defense was running a close second to the attack, and the Moccasins gave up hope of crashing through for bunny shots.
The second half was a different mater, however. With an overwhelming lead on their foes, there was little to interest the Cats and they let up. Chattanooga controlled the ball during most of the last period, by keeping it around the center of the floor while Kentucky's defense kept the scoring territory well guarded.
"Dutch" Kreuter perhaps displayed a bigger improvement than any other member of the Wildcat team. On defense, he hawked the ball incessantly. Offensively, he clicked beautifully with the other four and his shooting was excellent. The Kentucky forward scored on 50 per cent of his shots at the basket and missed but one out of five free throws.
Kreuter's development since being promoted to the regulars will make him a tough man to dislodge from a forward assignment despite the fact that DeMoisey and Davis will return to the squad for the next game.
Thursday night's game was the 24th victory in 27 starts for Coach Rupp since he came to the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats, under his tutelage have not been beaten on their own floor.