- Tuesday, February 5 1935 -
Kentucky - 40 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Xavier - 27 (Head Coach: Clem Crowe)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 26, Xavier 16
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Game Writeup - by Lou Smith, Cincinnati Enquirer
Kentucky Draws Away from Xavier to Win 40-27
SMOTHERS OHIO FIVE
With Twenty-Three Points for Wildcat Quintet
More Than 5,000 Fans See Game Musketeer Squad Outplayed At All Stages
Spirit and fight bowed to experience and height before approximately 5,500 persons at Xavier Fieldhouse last night, as the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky defeated the Musketeers of Xavier University, 40 to 27.
The Musketeers played their heart out against the rangy and speed Kentuckians, who have been running rough-shed over all opposition in this section of the country, but they failed to stop Big LeRoy Edwards, 225-pound, six-foot-five-inch centerman, and one of the high point men in the country.
Edwards lived up to all the nice things said about him and then some. He proved to the large crowd why he is being touted All-American caliber in his sophomore year. He was a one-man offense in himself. He was practically unstoppable during the 32 minutes he cavorted on the Xavier court.
Away to Lead
In the first half the big, rawboned Wildcat, who hails from Indianapolis, Ind., home of some of the greatest players in the history of the cage game, tossed through 16 points to send his team away to a 26-to-16 lead.
He continued to pour 'em through the hoop during the first 12 minutes of the second half, chalking up three more fielders and a free throw for a total of 23 points before Coach Adolph Rupp removed him from the rout.
With Edwards out of the game the Kentuckians succeeded in scoring only two points against the Musketeers in the final eight minutes of the game. But the damage had already been done. It was just a case of too much Edwards for Coach Crowe's hard-fighting Muskies.
On the other hand, Xavier appeared to be tired last night. The grueling contest the Musketeers played against Ohio Wesleyan last Saturday night seemingly took too much out of them.
They were way off in their passing and shooting, and in an effort to remedy this committed many unnecessary fouls. Joe Kruse, Xavier centerman, had three personals on him in the first 10 minutes of the game, and after that was forced to play cautiously - managing to stick it out the entire game.
At that Kentucky didn't outscore Xavier badly from the field. The Kentuckians chalked up 13 field goals against nine for the Crowe-men. But the Kentuckians reigned supreme from the foul line, tossing through 14 free tosses, while Xavier pitched through nine.
In looking over the statistic sheet the writer found that the Wildcats attempted 37 shots at the basket, while Xavier attempted 32. Thirty-three of Kentucky's shots were attempted from inside the 17-foot zone, while Xavier had 17. All of which tends to prove that the Kentucks reigned supreme when it came to working the ball under the hoop for bunny shots.
The game was cleanly played despite the large crowd. Jack McKenna, Xavier forward, being the only man forced to leave the game via the personal foul route.
Hole Out Fourteen
From the charity line the Kentuckians attempted 16 throws and "holed out" 14 of them, while Xavier attempted the same number of throws, but succeeded in pitching through nine.
Kruse showed the way for the Musketeers in the scoring column with a total of 11 points - three fielders and five tosses from the charity line. Both co-Captains, Leo Sack and Russ Sweeney were off form offensively. Sack chalked up four points, while Sweeney rung up one more.
For Kentucky, Captain Lawrence played a brilliant floor game, along with chalking up seven points.
But the "big gun" of the Kentuckians is Leroy Edwards. Without him it would have been an entirely different story. He is an all-American basket ball player, offensively, at least, if there ever was one.
The big crowd was handled in excellent style by Joe Meyer, Xavier Athletic Directory, and his assistants.