- Monday, February 8 1932 -
Alabama - 22 (Head Coach: Hank Crisp)
Kentucky - 50 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 31, Alabama 13
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Game Writeup - by Brownie Leach, Lexington Leader
Kentucky Scores Brilliant Win Over Alabama Team
Perfect Game Is Played by 'Cats in 50-22 Victory
Approximately 4,500 Fans Witness Thrilling Melee; 1,000 Turned Away
Brilliant as they may have been, all previous basketball contests which the University of Kentucky has played on its home floor faded into oblivion as the Wildcats Monday night gave a perfect exhibition of the game in overwhelming the Alabama quintet, 50-to-22. Despite the apparent superiority of the Kentucky team, the game thrilled some 4,500 spectators from start to finish - even when it was humanly impossible for the Tidesmen to catch up.
The game was as thrilling in the last minute of play, with the score 50 to 22, as in the first 60 seconds when Alabama was fighting to overcome Kentucky's 3-to-2 lead. Had the thousand or more fans who were turned away remained outside the gymnasium throughout the game they might have got the impression that Kentucky was behind or leading by only a small margin, if conclusions were drawn from excitement that reigned within the gymnasium.
One of Strongest
Alabama came to Lexington as one of the strongest teams in the Southern Conference, despite a 39-32 loss at Vanderbilt. The Tidesmen left the Bluegrass late Monday night downhearted, disappointed, but realizing that they had met a combination as much stronger than themselves as the final score indicated.
It was something new for Alabama - to take a trimming at the hands of Kentucky. The visitors had not accustomed themselves to the sensation when they left the gymnasium, just as 12 other teams have done in various cities this season, on the short end of the score. In their last game at Lexington, in 1929, Alabama defeated the Kentucky quintet by a one-point margin. That marked the last defeat Kentucky has taken in Lexington from a Southern Conference member.
The triumph stamped the present team as the strongest the Wildcats have ever produced. It gave them eight conference victories and five non-conference triumphs. Maryland, the only other undefeated conference member, has won only six games within the loop.
The Tide made a brilliant fight to overcome the superior Kentuckians but getting away behind they were never able to catch the Blue and White, which made few mistakes. Both defensively and offensively, the Wildcats played better Monday night than they have at any other time.
Score 17 Field Goals
Their whirlwind offense carried the Kentuckians to 17 field goals, while their defensive play held the Tidemen to seven. Most of these were registered from far out on the court by the rangy Alabamans, who have brought grief to nine conference foes this season. In only one department did the Tide excel the Cats.
Their passing was better than any club that has faced the Blue and White this winter. The Tidesmen zipped the ball about in style which rivaled that of Maryland, defending conference champion.
Kentucky controlled the tip-off throughout most of the game. They passed better than usual, recovered intercepted passes with sensational play, faked their men out of position and defensively denied the Tide an opportunity to work into the basket.
Charlie Worthington, who hit his best form of two seasons, started the Wildcats on their road to victory when he took a long pass from Johnson and went under the basket for a crip. He then made a free throw good. A few seconds later, Aiken indicated the sort of a game it was to be when he sank a long one from the side.
Alabama's challenge, however, soon passed as Sale dribbled in for a crip, after faking his man out of position. DeMoisey, a second or two later, made good two free throws, and Sale came back with a short one-handed flip shot that gave Kentucky a 9-to-2 lead as the Tide called for time.
Sale increased the lead by a free throw and Johnson missed one before Bauman scored on a short toss and Ed Kimbrough added another from far out on the side. Dribbling in from the side, Darby got a crip and came back to hit two free throws to give the Cats a 14-6 lead.
Intercepting an Alabama pass from out-of-bounds, Sale went under the basket but blew a crip. However, a minute later on a jump ball, DeMoisey tipped the ball to Sale and the latter relayed it through the bucket. Darby connected with one of his long ones, and Sale scored another crip and the score went to 20 to 8 in the Cats' favor.
Alabama called for time in an effort to check the Wildcat offense, which was striking like lightning. The timeout failed to check the team, DeMoisey hit the basket dead center with one of his flips from the foul line as play was resumed. Laney hit a long one and DeMoisey retaliated by pushing one through from the center, and Kentucky led, 24 to 10. During the last four minutes of play in the first half, Kentucky outscored Alabama two to one and the half ended 31 to 13.
The second half was repetition of the first. Kentucky started the scoring and never gave the visitors much chance to rally. Soon after the second period opened, Johnson and Worthington carried the ball down the floor through the Alabama defense with Worthington finally missing a try at the basket. This assault of Johnson and Worthington was the one outstanding play of the game.
The loss of Aiken from the Alabama quintet in the first half and Worthington from Kentucky's outfit in the last period weakened the two clubs, but the reserves carried on splendidly.
"Aggie" Sale, with 17 points, outshined the scoring aces by tossing them from any position, and repeatedly faking his man aside to get to the basket. The entire Kentucky team played exceptionally well and the stars were hard to pick. DeMoisey was kept well covered, but got his usual quota of points. Darby, in addition to getting 11 points, put up the best scrap in his two year with the varsity. At times it looked as if "Little" McGinnis was rolling on the floor after the ball.
Following the game, Coach Hank Crisp declared the Kentucky team played too fast and hit too many baskets for his club. Still he indicated he expects to trim Kentucky next season.
An hour before game time Monday night every ticket had been sold and more than 1,000 were crying for standing room. Cashiers were instructed not to sell standing room until five minutes before game time. When that time arrived it was impossible to get more persons in the building, and those who insisted on seeing the game perched themselves in windows and hung on the steel beams overhead.