- Saturday, February 13 1932 -
Tennessee - 27 (Head Coach: W.H. Britton)
Kentucky - 41 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 20, Tennessee 14
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Game Writeup - by Brownie Leach, Lexington Leader
Vols Fails to Stop Unbeaten Wildcats
Kentucky, Off Form, Wins 14th by 41-27
Tennessee Takes Early Lead, But Sensational Shooting Overcomes It As Blue and White Maintains Conference Supremacy
For the first 19 minutes of the Kentucky-Tennessee basketball game Saturday night, it appeared the Volunteers would make good their boast to hand the unbeaten Wildcats their first lacing of the season. But in that final minute of the initial half the Wildcats scored seven points to get in front, and were never caught as they rolled up a 41-to-27 score.
It was the Kentuckians' 14th victory in as many starts, and kept the Wildcats at the top of the Southern Conference chase with nine triumphs over conference opposition. The Cats face only one more game before the conference tournament. Vanderbilt will play here next Saturday night.
Second Win Over Vols
It was Kentucky's second victory over the Vols, having won a previous game played at Knoxville, 29 to 28. The closeness of that struggle probably provoked the belief among the Tennesseans that they could overcome the best team Kentucky has ever produced.
While both sides produced sensational shooting, the game failed to produce the thrills that were experienced in the Kentucky-Alabama game here last Monday night. The Kentuckians, who perhaps failed to receive the Vols' threats with the same same seriousness with which they were given, played a decidedly different game from that which Alabama witnessed.
Stafford, Tennessee's elongated center, who first voiced the statement that the Vols would take Kentucky, did cause the Kentuckians grief while he was in the game, and his removal in the second half on personal fouls hurt the Vols' offense. Two Tennesseans, O'Connor and McWhorter, followed Stafford to the bench in the same period. Kentucky lost DeMoisey in the second half on personals, three of which he committed against the rangy Vol pivot man.
Great Scoring Spurt
It took the greatest scoring spurt the Wildcats have ever shown to overcome the Vols' lead in the last minute of the first period. But with Ellis Johnson hitting two long shots, Sale adding another and DeMoisey registering a free throw the Kentuckians accounted for seven points in one minute. It gave them a 20-to-13 lead at the rest period.
It was apparent from the start that both teams were destined to be off in their shooting. After allowing the Vols to gain control of the initial tip-off, the Wildcats retrieved the ball and on their first set-up worked the ball into the basket with Sale blowing a crip. Tennessee missed a chance to score and then Darby over shot the basket with a toss from the sideline.
Stafford scored two charity tosses when DeMoisey fouled him. Kentucky came right back with a perfect set-up, and Darby missed a crip after dribbling in under the hoop then blew another from out on the court. Sale failed to hit a short fling before the Vols got possession of the ball.
For the first seven minutes of the game, all the scoring was done on free throws. Worthington got six charity shots, making four good, and the Cats were ahead at this point, 4 to 2.
Johnson, who played the outstanding game for Kentucky, scored the first field goal in following up a short toss. With 10 minutes of play gone, the Volunteers began finding the range, and lost no time in running up a 13-to-eight lead during the next five minutes.
Sale hit the hoop from the foul circle, and DeMoisey sank a flip shot and added a free throw to catch the visitors with three minutes of play left. Stafford, however, put Tennessee back in front 14-13, when he was fouled by DeMoisey for the third time.
With less than one minute to go, Sale let go a long heave and it was good. It was the spark that set the Kentucky offense in full flare. Johnson split the basket with another long heave. DeMoisey followed with a free toss, and Johnson corralled two more points from far out on the floor before the half ended.
The Wildcats maintained their lead throughout the second half. The best the Vols could do was whittle that margin down to four points on one occasion. Most of the time, it ranged between six and eight points.
Stafford, who stands six feet eight inches, led the Tennessee scoring attack with eight points, despite the fact he went out of the game midway in the second period. And the Wildcats found it extremely difficult to guard the tall pivot man when he planted himself in the "hole" beneath the basket. His teammates passed into the "hole" from every position on the floor. Stafford would turn and heave at the hoop, but fortunately for Kentucky his tosses were very unsuccessful most of the time.
Sale, leading scorer of the Southern Conference, shared the limelight with Johnson and topped the scoring column for the night with 15 points. He was equally proficient in handling the mammoth Tennessee center. Guarding the latter, however, told on the Kentucky ace and DeMoisey. Both were pretty tired out at the end of the game.