- Wednesday, January 2 1935 -
Chicago - 16 (Head Coach: Nelson Norgren)
Kentucky - 42 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 17, Chicago 12
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Game Writeup - by Ed Templen, Lexington Herald
KENTUCKY TRAMPLES CHICAGO
Big LeRoy Edwards Counts 26 Marker to Lead 'Cat Five to Brilliant Victory
Kentucky's amazing Wildcats annihilated the Chicago University Maroons last night at the university gym, 42 to 16, in a game featured by the brilliant work of the Wildcats' towering pivot man, Big Leroy Edwards.
Big Edwards, cheered on by the ovations of a capacity crowd as he whisked the ball through from almost impossible angles, started the scoring and never let up until he was replaced late in the second half, with 26 points tabulated to his credit.
Scoring exactly 10 more points than the entire Maroon quintet could muster,the giant Kentuckian thundered up and down the floor, playing just as great a defensive game as he displayed upon offense.
The Wildcats, unbeaten in five starts thus far this season, found the Chicagoans stiff competition in the first half, which ended with the Kentuckians ahead by only 17 to 13, but in the second period the Wildcat scoring dynamite exploded with a fury which almost blew the Maroons out of the gymnasium.
With Edwards and Tucker loose on a scoring rampage, the Wildcats ran the score to 29 to 13 in their favor before Chicago registered its first point of the second period, a free throw by Lang dropped in by the Chicagoan after eight minutes of the half had been played.
A second later, Duvall tossed in another free throw to whittle the Kentucky lead, but Lawrence retaliated immediately with a brilliant field goal.
Chicago Racks Up!
Haarlow, third ranking scorer in Big Ten ranks last year, registered his third and final goal of the contest after the next tipoff, and the Maroons were through for the night.
Ahead 32 to 16, Coach Adolph Rupp began to substitute freely, but that didn't hamper the rampaging Kentucky offense. Out in front by a comfortable margin,the Wildcats did not slacken their pace for a moment, and during the first minutes rang up 10 consecutive points to increase their already imposing victory margin.
While the giant Edwards was the drum major of the Wildcat scoring parade, his teammates never lost step with him for an instant, and contributing brilliant passing, floor work and occasional scoring assistance, kept the entire Chicago quintet gasping for breath, especially in the tornadic action of the second half.
Little Dave Lawrence, who was off form in his shooting, shone with dazzling brilliance in handling the ball and crashing in to control the ball tipped to him by Big Ed from jumps at the center circle. Only for a short time in the second half did the Maroons wrest the tip-off from the Wildcats, but their extra effort to gain control of the ball proved futile for their attack bogged down before the sensational defensive play of the Kentuckians.
Cannene Under Canvas
Goforth, Donohue and Anderson who were in at guard posts during the major portion of the battle, saw to it that the Chicago scoring guns were blanketed most of the way, and the Maroons had but few open shots at the basket.
Jack Tucker, playing a consistent and courageous game at the forward post opposite Lawrence, flipped through three field goals and counted on one of the two free throw attempts to register seven points and attain second place among the scorers.
The crowd which shoved its way into the gymnasium and overflowed into the street found Big Edward's antics to their liking from the very start of the game. Every time the giant center would swish a field goal through the hoops, the shouting would rock the rafters. The spectators expressed particular glee at Big Ed's ability to make his opponents foul him, and then they would howl again as, without concern, he would flip the ball through the draperies.
In 15 tries from the free throw line, Edwards counted 12 points.
Would Like to Wrestle!
Whereas the Maroons, in their vain attempt to halt the unstoppable Edwards, committed a total of 14 personal fouls, the Wildcats made only two, both by Anderson. Dorsey was the only Chicagoan banished for too much fouling, but four of his teammates had more than two fouls called against them.
The first foul against the Wildcats was not called until eight minutes of the second half had been played.
Chicago batted 100 per cent on free throws, attempting two and converting both. The Maroons' 12 points scored in the first half were all on field goals, while their registering in the second half was confined to four points, a lose field marker by Haarlow and free throws by Lang and Duvall.
Haarlow was by far the best player Chicago presented last night, but he found the Kentucky defense impenetrable practically all of the time. Captain Flinn played well on defense for Chicago but he was lost when it came to point making.
This afternoon the Kentucky Wildcats will entrain for New York City, where they will battle the unbeaten New York University Violets at Madison Square Garden Saturday night.