- Friday, December 9 1932 -
Alumni - 17 (Head Coach: Lawrence McGinnis)
|Louis 'Little' McGinnis||2|
|Lawrence 'Big' McGinnis||7|
|Cecil 'Pisgah' Combs||0|
Kentucky - 52 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 32, Alumni 9
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|North Carolina 42 - 43|||||Georgetown College 62 - 21|
Game Writeup - Kentucky Alumnus
ALUMNI PLAY VARSITY
Who says that Kentucky alumni are not loyal? We are finding out all the time just how loyal they are. When you find a group of young alumni who will "come through" when they are needed, then you Know that they are standing back of their Alma Mater.
And that is just what happened on Friday, December 9th. A group of University graduates who had not been in training for several years, who had not even held a basketball for quite a while, went out on the gym floor at the University and put up a stiff battle against the varsity team.
It came about in this way: several weeks ago Coach Rupp decided that he would offer his basketball team to play a game, the Alumni Association to be the beneficiary. The question of what team the Wildcats would play arose. We conceived the idea of having an alumni team play, if we could get enough players to make a team. This problem was quickly solved for there are eleven former Wildcats living in and around Lexington, and when they were asked to play in a benefit game, they came out on the floor and did their best.
Those who played on the Wildcat Alumni team were "Spooks" Milward, Pisgah Combs, Baldy Gilb, Bill Trott, Bill Kleiser, Big McGinnis, Little McGinnis, Paul McBrayer, Carey Spicer, Larry Crump, and Len Miller. These eleven men did not know about the game in time to get any practice; they were out of training and they knew that the morning after the game they would be stiff and sore from so much hard playing, but they came out and played and, had they been better on their shots, the score would not have been one-sided, for the floor work of that Alumni team greatly resembled that of the great teams of two, three, and four years ago.
The Alumni quintet was defeated 52 to 17. The fact that they came out and played for their Alma Mater and the Alumni Association when they were so badly in need gives those who are doing the work a sense of security for they know that Kentucky Alumni will always "come through."
The editor, the secretary, members of the Executive committee, and members of the Alumni Association wish to express their great appreciation to the alumni team, the varsity team, and the freshman team, and to extend our thanks to Coach Adolph Rupp for his splendid co-operation and his aid to us in our financial difficulties. We wish also to thank Coach Len Miller for lending us his freshman team for the exhibition game played with the "B" Varsity.
Following is an account of the games:
The Kentucky Wildcats opened their basketball schedule by defeating an alumni team, 52 to 17, after the varsity "B" team had finished trimming the freshmen, 21 to 17, in a preliminary. Both games were played for the benefit of the University Alumni Association and approximately 1000 persons saw the two games.
Members of the Alumni squad were willing, but they couldn't stand the pace after being out of college for two or more years. With the exception of the McGinnis brothers, who have continued playing basketball with independent teams, the Alumni players were pretty well tuckered out after warming up.
Nevertheless, they gave the Wildcats just the sort of workout Coach Rupp probably wanted. The two McGinnis boys showed they are just about as good as they were when on the varsity. "Big" McGinnis, one of the best guards Kentucky ever produced, led the alumni scoring with seven points. In addition to that he played a perfect defensive game. While "Big Mac" was in the tussle, neither Darby nor Kreuter scored a single point.
Lack of practice told on the alumni. They had plenty of shots at the basket, but the players who once thrilled Lexington basketball fans with their baskets failed to connect.
"Frenchy" DeMoisey, varsity forward, displayed the value of constant practice. The elongated junior slipped six of his famous flip shots through the hoop to give the Wildcats such a great lead that the alumni had no chance to overcome the margin.