- Monday, January 15 1962 -
Kentucky - 95 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Ranked 3rd by AP]
Tennessee - 82 (Head Coach: John Sines) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 54, Tennessee 37
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Game Writeup - by Billy Thompson, Lexington Herald
Kentucky Beats Tennessee
Larry Pursiful and Cotton Nash Score 30 Points Each As Wildcats Celebrate rise to No. 2 Rating
KNOXVILLE, Jan. 15 -- With Cotton Nash and Larry Pursiful each pumping in 30 points and Carroll Burchett contributing 21, the Kentucky Wildcats celebrated their rise to the No. 2 position nationally with a 95-82 victory over arch-rival Tennessee before a near capacity crowd of 6,500 at the UT Field House tonight.
It was Kentucky's 12th straight victory - tying Ohio State for the nation's longest win skein. It also gave the UKats a 13-1 record as they take time out from examination in the classroom. Kentucky now takes a 14-day "vacation" before returning to action against Georgia Tech at Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 29.
In addition to his 30 points, Nash also "won" an extra attraction when he conked Tennessee's Sid Elliott on the mouth after Elliott had slapped Nash across the face. Allen (The Horse) Feldhaus, who scored only two points, also won a track meet against Elliott when he chased the Vol forward down the hardwood as he went to Nash's rescue. The unscheduled fisticuffs occurred with 10 seconds left in the first half.
Kentucky broke on top by 17-3, chilling any hopes the Vols had of an upset victory. Back in 1950, when Kentucky came to Knoxville as the nation's No. 2-ranked team, Tennessee kayoed the Cats 66-53 and Coach Adolph Rupp's charged weren't taking any chances of a carbon copy.
Although Tennessee was tied with the Kentuckians numerous times in the UKIT last month at Lexington, there was only one deadlock tonight - at 2-2. Nash and Roy Roberts shot Kentucky into a 6-2 lead, and after Sandy Hook's Orb Bowling hit a free throw, the Wildcats went on a rampage and zipped off 13 straight points before Bowling again hit a free flip.
The Wildcats hit a blistering 56 per cent of their field-goal attempts in the first half, but Tennessee was not so fortunate - especially in the early stages. The first 10 shots by the Vols missed the target and they didn't tally a field goal until after nearly 6 1/2 minutes had elapsed.
Burchett, who seems to do his best against Tennessee, put on another brilliant show tonight. It marked the first time in a long, long time that a Wildcat team had seen three of its members scoring 20 or more points.
Pursiful, who continues to make a strong bid for All-America honors, hit seven of his first eight field goal attempts and 13 of 17 for the game and it was through his efforts from the outside that the Kentuckians were able to get off to such a fast start.
However, many "Ohs" went up from the Kentucky fans when Larry took a nasty spill under the basket before the game was 10 seconds old. He zipped under from the left side, dropped in a layup and smacked into Jerry Parker. Pursiful went to the floor, but not for long. He was ripping and rearing when he bounced up.
Tommy Wilson, Tennessee's fine-shooting guard, carried off game honors with 34 points, hitting 11 of 21 from the field and 12 of 13 from the charity line. It was a scoring record in the Field House by a Vol player. Jerry West of West Virginia holds the record with 44 in the first game ever played in the arena.
Not since the 1953-54 UK team went undefeated in 25 games had the Wildcats won as many as 12 in a row, prior to tonight. Kentucky now leads the Vols 80-29 in their long series that got under way in 1910.
Kentucky, hitting seven of its first 10 field goal attempts, rushed to a 14-point lead at 17-3 after only 4:53 had ticked off the clock. And at the halfway point, the UKats were enjoying a 291-1 advantage.
However, the Vols -- with a strong partisan crowd urging them to "get along" -- began clicking in the latter stages of the first half and narrowed the count to 11 points at 40-29. Prior to six straight points by Wilson, the Kentuckians held a 40-23 working edge.
But once Wilson began to find the range, it seemed to give Tennessee added incentive and the Vols made a rush at the Wildcats. Luckily for Kentucky, the Wildcats were not to be denied and they came back with a spurt of their own in the final two minutes of the first half. It was 46-35 before the Ruppmen made their rush, and before the halftime curtain fell Pursiful canned two fielders and a pair of free throws and Feldhaus dumped through a one-hander and it was 54-37 as the teams departed for the dressing rooms.
A little added excitement erupted just before the half ended. Nash , claiming that Tennessee's Elliott slapped him, started swinging at the Vol forward under the Vol basket. Elliott swung back - both players landing pretty good punches. Then Feldhaus rushed to Nash's rescue. Elliott started to swing, but when Feldhaus doubled up his fist and started after Elliott, the Volunteer forward retreated toward midcourt - with Feldhaus in hot pursuit. At the center stripe, Tennessee Coach Johnny Sines and the Vol reserves were waiting.
The Vol fans yelled, "Throw him out" (referring to Nash), but Referee George Conley brought Nash and Elliott together near the Vol basket. Conley said, "You boys have gotten in a couple of good licks. Now shake hands and let's play ball."
Referee George Conley talks with Cotton Nash (44, dark blue) and Tennessee's Sid Elliott (44, light jersey) after the pair engaged in a brief outburst of fisticuffs 10 seconds before the end of the first half. UK coach Adolph Rupp looks on anxiously.