- Monday, December 10 1934 -
Alumni - 8
Kentucky - 55 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 37, Alumni 4
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Game Writeup - by Ed Templin, Lexington Herald
Big Ed Edwards Registers 18 Points as Kentuckians Open Basketball Campaign
Puffing and blowing louder than the devastating Kentucky basketball steam roller which was grinding them into defeat, a crew of alumni players was annihilated last night at the U.K. gym, 55 to 8.
Great stars for Kentucky in their college days, the old grade found Rupp's newest Frankenstein more formidable than they had ever expected.
In fact, the Alumni practically stood in amazement as the thundering, rampaging Wildcats roared past the Alumni defense with the speed of lightning and poured scoring barrage after scoring barrage into the basket.
For only a few moments at the beginning of the game could the Alumni keep pace with the Wildcats. Then the Kentuckians cut loose with such terrific scoring artillery that the old grads must have felt as if the gymnasium had fallen on them.
By the end of the first half, the Wildcats had hung up 37 points, while the Alumni, including such dazzling former stars as Spicer, DeMoisey, McBrayer and Milward, could count their total scoring accomplishments on one hand and still have a finger to spare.
The Wildcats registered with such monotonous regularity that the 3,000 spectators who braved the cold and snow to see the encounter had difficulty remaining awake.
The spectators, in fact, got only five big thrills during the lopsided encounter - their big moments coming on rare occasions when the Alumni scored their three field goals and two free throws.
Big Ed Edwards, however provided a bit of entertainment for the crowd with his peculiar shots at the basket which most of the time sailed through without even touching the rim.
The big fellow couldn't get under way until about midway of the first half, but when he started scoring, he was permanently in the habit. Edwards explained his late start by claiming DeMoisey had been standing on his feet early in the game.
Dave Lawrence, who registered 11 points during the encounter, started the Kentucky scoring parade with a short push shot when the game was only seconds old. DeMoisey cashed in on a free throw after big Ed had fouled him and then the Wildcats ran the count to 7 to 1 in their favor before the Alumni counted again.
After Spicer had scored a free throw, the Kentucky basketeers steamed along to a 10 to 2 advantage.
McBrayer contributed the last Alumni scoring spree of the half when he projected one through the hoops from far out to bring the score to 10 to 4 for the Wildcats, who rolled merrily along for the remainder of the period, which ended 27 to 4 in their favor.
There was no let-up on the part of the Blue and White when they returned after half-time. With Edwards and Lawrence and Company running wild, the Wildcats boosted their advantage to 43 to 4, and with substitutes in the game, glided onward on the crest of a sustained scoring drive.
Kentucky's team possessed all the scoring punch and offensive power heralded in practice sessions, but the Alumni did not provide sufficient opposition to test the real merit of the Wildcats.
Garland Lewis, who replaced Lawrence at forward, demonstrated his sharpshooting ability during the short time he was in the game by whisking through three field goals. Bert Johnson, All-Southern football star, played for slightly more than a minute, yet registered a beautiful field goal and received a great ovation from the crowd when he left the game.
The Alumni unfortunately was unable to place its strongest possible team on the floor last night, as Ellis Johnson and Aggie Sale were unable to reach Lexington because of poor driving conditions on roads, which they would have had to traverse to reach the city.
DeMoisey, who coaches basketball at Grayson High school, drove for six hours to each Lexington just a short while before the game.
Kentucky's freshmen demonstrated they have a powerful first-string quintet, but practically no reserves, by downing Maysville, 27 to 13, in a preliminary to the Kentucky-Alumni encounter.
Bill Spicer, who couldn't miss, was the high point man of the preliminary game, registering 12 points on five spectacular field goals and two free throws. Crow, a substitute, did the best scoring work for the Maysville Bulldogs.