- Wednesday, January 4 1939 -
Kentucky - 34 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Long Island - 52 (Head Coach: Clair Bee)
Halftime Score: Long Island 29, Kentucky 15
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Game Writeup - by Everett B. Morris, New York Herald Tribune
L.I.U. Routs Kentucky 52-34
Varied Attack Gives Blackbirds Lead at End of Half, 29 to 15
Bromberg Paces Winners With 12 Points as Team Registers 9th Straight Victory; Violet and Hoyas Play Ragged Game in the Opener
Long Island University's clever array of basketball sharpshooters blasted Kentucky, 52 to 34, and Georgetown squeezed out a 27-to-25 decision over New York University in an intercollegiate double-header that attracted 11,671 spectators to Madison Square Garden last night.
The victory was Long Island's second of major proportions within a week and extended its string of triumphs to nine. Kentucky, kingpin of the Southeastern Conference, was a good team, but it would have taken a much better one to even stay close to the Blackbirds the way they were making the hoops sizzle.
The willing Wildcats were only two points behind when Bernie Opper, their New York captain, fired in their first field goal after nine minutes of close defensive play, but after that they never were in the ball game. L.I.U., its resourceful, varied attack functioning with almost flawless precision, led at the half, 29 to 15, and had increased this margin to 48 to 25 when the regulars gave way to a group of third-stringers with eight minutes to play.
Bromberg Scores 12 Points
Jack Bromberg, who played less than three quarters of the game, poured six field goals through the ring from all ranges and topped the scorers with twelve points. His gifted sophomore teammate, Ossie Schectman, caged eleven. This figure was equaled by Fred Curtis, slim Kentucky forward, who did most of his execution from the free-throw stripe.
L.I.U. was a ball club that had everything - speed, good ball-handling, smart play-making, deadeye shooting, a sound defense and a flock of able reserves. Clair Bee cleaned off the bench before the night was out, using thirteen players, nine of whom figured in the scoring.
Kentucky could not get the ball through the Blackbirds' sliding zone that packed three big men under the basket and had to depend on fairly long range set shots and the sparkling rebound work of its six-foot nine inch center, Marion Cluggish. The big fellow, who is really an able athlete, tapped in four follow-ups, three of them late in the first half when Kentucky was striving desperately to counteract the L.I.U. attack that humbled the visitors' man-to-man defense.
Bernie Opper (#2) reaches for a rebound while being grabbed by LIU defenders. Number 21 in white is LIU's Art Hillhouse