- Thursday, December 22 1960 -
St. Louis - 74 (Head Coach: John Benington) - [Ranked 16th by AP]
Kentucky - 72 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Unranked]
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Halftime Score: St. Louis 26, Kentucky 23
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Game Writeup - by Larry Boeck, Louisville Courier-Journal
St. Louis Wins
Cats Beaten in Overtime
Lexington, Ky., Dec. 23 -- Tom Kieffer is from the "Show Me State" of Missouri and he showed Kentuckians what sharpshooting under pressure is like here Thursday night.
He fired home a 25-foot bullseye with five seconds left in an overtime to give St. Louis a 74-72 victory over Kentucky.
Deadeye Kieffer had kept St. Louis alive for this overtime victory by sinking a jumper from the circle to tie the frantically fought game at 60-60 with six seconds remaining in the regulation skirmish.
The Wildcats never got off second shots in this basketball blaster after the game was sent into overtime. So the courageous Billikens took home the championship trophy of the eighth annual University of Kentucky Invitational Tournament.
Despite the icy roads, a crowd estimated at 8,000 turned out. and they were rewarded for braving the frigid weather as the Billikens and equally valiant Wildcats slugged it out in a blazing battle.
Lickert Gets 29
It was the first time a U.K.I.T. championship has been won in an overtime. St. Louis had to go through an overtime to edge California to advance Wednesday night, however.
Kieffer ended with 21 points to lead St. Louis. He got seven of those points in the overtime -- all within the last 1:14 minutes.
For Kentucky, this was a real heartbreaker, especially for Bill Lickert. He pumped in a big 29 points, but even this brilliant effort was not enough.
Kentucky itself showed it was of stalwart stuff when it fought back from an early 14-3 deficit to get within striking distance.
St. Louis led 26-23 at the .....(rest missing)
St. Louis Billikin Bevo Nordmann shoots in front of Kentucky's Ned Jennings (#10) and Roger Newman (#42)
Ned Jennings (#10) keeps the ball away from a St. Louis player
Larry Pursiful (#24) tries to sneak in to get the ball against two Billikens