- Saturday, January 5 1935 -
Kentucky - 22 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
New York University - 23 (Head Coach: Howard Cann)
|Irving "Slim" Terjesen||0||1||2||4||1|
|Irwin "Red" Klein||2||0||1||2||4|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 9, New York University 8
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Chicago 42 - 16|||||Tenn-Chattanooga 66 - 19|
Game Writeup - by Arthur J. Daley, New York Times
N.Y.U. five Beats Kentucky by 23-22 as 16,500 Look On
New York, Jan. 5, 1935 -- The ball teetered on the front edge of the rim with agonizing uncertainty and then toppled through the net to give the New York University quintet its twenty-second successive victory over a two-year span in Madison Square Garden last night.
That foul goal by Sidney Gross in the last minute of play gave the Violet a 23-22 triumph over the University of Kentucky, the powerhouse of the South, in the feature game of the college double-header before basketball's largest crowd in Eastern court history.
With the steel-girdered walls of the Garden resounding to the cheers of a gathering of 16,500, Gross stepped to the fifteen-foot line with total nonchalance, crouched for a split second and then straightened up as his swinging arms propelled the spheroid to its mark.
Up it went as the breath of the huge crowd caught in unison. Up it went to the front end of the rim, bounced straight in the air and came down to bound crazily on that slender cast-iron hoop before swishing through the cords to decide for the Violet one of its hardest-earned victories. Bedlam broke loose as the ball fell through.
With that dramatic finale, the second of a series of six college double-headers came to a close and thus ended a fray that was so bitterly fought that the score was tied six times before the issue was decided.
It was a grand show that was put on for the amazing crowd; a gathering that had seen, earlier in the evening, one of those typical metropolitan college rivalries produce - a hammer-and-tong battle. In that game, a St. John's team which had led, 13-3, at one stage in the proceedings, capitulated before the second half rally of C.C.N.Y., 32-22.
As thrilling as was that first encounter, however, with its intense display of partnership, it could hardly compare with the class that concluded the evening's entertainment. This was a struggle between teams that exemplified two entirely distinct types of basketball.
The Violet displayed a brand of play that is indigenous to the East. It was one of the fast break, the quickcut for the basket and a short flick in. Kentucky, on the other hand, demonstrated something quite new to metropolitan court circles.
The Southerners, with a background of twenty-nine victories out of their last thirty games and seventy-six out of their last eighty-five, employ a slow, deliberate style of offense that is built around thirteen set plays.
It was so sharp a contrast that the spectators, used to the swift-moving panorama of metropolitan basketball, were inclined to be impatient with the other type. But it was highly effective.
It was so effective, in fact, that N.Y.U., coming from four points behind at 22-18 with four and one-half minutes of play left, took everybody by complete surprise. It was two of the infrequent long shots at the basket that set the stage. The rangy Colonels managed twice to break an 18-18 deadlock.
The timers' watches were moving quickly toward the close and the highly partisan Violet crowd went into ecstasies of delight as Lenny Maldman, ball-hawk that he is, caromed the ball through the hoop when Red Klein's long shot misfired.
That cut the Kentucky margin in half and the New York adherents exhorted their favorites with intense fervor to tie the score at least. They did. There was brisk scrimmage under the N.Y.U. backboard and Gross broke clear. Maldman snapped the ball to him and the Violet captain dribbled once and laid the ball up for the field goal that brought about the deadlock.
There was only a minute to play and the two teams battled energetically for the ball, eager to gain possession for one more fling at the nets. Kentucky pressed the fight, seized the ball on the tap and worked it up. The moving block that is the Colonel's stock in trade spelled their downfall. Ed Edwards was seen by Umpire Jack Murray perpetrating a block. He was accused of picking off and Gross got the try that was to decide the game.
Prior to that dramatic finale it was nip and tuck all the way. The score, never tied in the first half as N.Y.U. trailed at the intermission, 9-8, was tied in the second at 9-all, 11-all, 13-all, 15-all, 18-all, and then at 22-all.
As was the case a week ago when a crowd of 15,000 watched N.Y.U. turn back Notre Dame, there was no standout Violet hero. Honors were pretty well distributed among Gross, Willie Rubenstein, Maldman and Milt Schulman. Rubenstein, however, was the high scorer with 5 points.
Three Southerners matched this aggregate, Jack Tucker, Edwards and Dave Lawrence. It was Edwards in the pivot position who was the keyman for the Colonels and he was so closely guarded by Irving Terjesen that the latter went out on personal fouls in the first half. Klein finished the job adequately.
Action from the game
Andy Anderson is sprawled on the floor with two NYU opponents while LeRoy Edwards tries to assist
Warfield Donohue (?) (#10) fights for a rebound with NYU's Irving Terjesen while Dave Lawrence (#26) looks on