- Thursday, December 21 1939 -
(at Enka, NC)
Kentucky - 55 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Final Rank ]
Clemson - 31 (Head Coach: Joe Davis)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 31, Clemson 7
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Game Writeup - by Paul Jones, The Asheville Citizen
Kentucky Cagers ...
Lee Huber, Speedy Guard, Scores 17 Points to Pace Wildcats to Easy Victory
Paced by Lee Huber, a speedy guard who played a whale of a floor game besides topping the scorers with 17 points, the Kentucky Wildcats handled the opposition from Clemson with the greatest of ease last night on the Enka floor to register a 55 to 31 decision.
The game between the champions of the Southeastern and Southern conferences was played before only a few empty seats, and it was evident soon after the start of the melee that Kentuckians would have the situation well in hand.
Take Early Lead
With Huber and Farnsley caging most of the baskets, and Marion Cluggish, the huge six-foot-eight-inch pivot man proving his worth not only as a scorer but also as a retriever, the Wildcats jumped off to an early lead and never were headed. Midway of the first half the men of Coach Adolph Rupp had a comfortable 17-3 margin and they kept right on building up their score as the game progressed.
At the half the boys from the Bluegrass state led by 31-7 - and it was just as much one-sided as the score would indicate.
Following the intermission the Bengals showed worlds of improvement offensively, but even so they couldn't outscore Kentucky, and the first half margin was virtually maintained by the Ruppmen until the final gun.
While Huber sparked the Wildcats and unquestionably was the outstanding performer on the floor, Clemson's Stan Lancaster, who had accounted for four of his team's points in the opening half and then chalked up nine more in the final half, turned out to be the South Carolinian's No. 1 cager in all departments.
On the whole Kentucky's play lacked lots of polish, but its ballhawking was of top grade and its passing was far superior to that of Clemson. The Tigers, undoubtedly weakened by the absence of All-America Banks McFadden and perhaps too conscious of the coming Cotton Bowl grid battle at Dallas, looked ragged. This was especially so in the opening half. And in the last half they made enough mistakes to lose many a game.
Not far behind Huber in Kentucky's scoring parade was Farnsley, who netted 12 points on five baskets and two free tosses, and next came the lanky Marion Cluggish with eight tallies.
Outside of Lancaster the Tigers failed to show an offensive threat, but Coyle and Buchanan each made six points to help the losing cause.
To Leave Today
The victorious Wildcats are to leave for home this morning, and head for New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl clash with Ohio State's quint on December 27. Coach Rupp was fairly well satisfied with the performance of his team against Clemson, but he talked as though he'd still like to iron out a few kinks in its play before tackling Ohio State.
The game was sponsored by the Junior chamber of commerce.