- Monday, February 3 1964 -
Kentucky - 103 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Ranked 4th by AP]
Georgia - 83 (Head Coach: Red Lawson) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 54, Georgia 33
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Game Writeup - by Dale Ouzts, The Red and Black
UK Derails Bulldogs Behind Nash, DeekenThe Kentucky Wildcats outpawed Georgia's Bulldogs in a Woodruff Hall SEC encounter last night, 103-83.
While Adolph Rupp's Wildcat squad was quick, crafty and ho. Coach Harbin "Red" Lawson's charges had lost much of the shine exhibited in their previous three homestand tilts.
The statistics for the game tell the story. Georgia hit 40.3 per cent and Kentucky hit 54.2 per cent from the floor. The 'Dogs made good 73.5 per cent of their free throws and the Wildcats made 882 per cent of their gift shots.
The game was determined in the first half as the Wildcats outpointed the Bulldogs 54 to 33 behind he shooting of Ted Deeken and All-American Cotton Nash. The second half was a different story as the 'Dogs outscored the Kentuckians, 50 to 49 with 6' 7" forward Jerry Waller and guard Jimmy Pitts doing the honors.
Coach Rupp's two star players, Nash and Deeken, scored a total of 62 points. Waller and Pitts, Coach Lawson's two stars, combined to score 52 of Georgia's total.
Waller was chief gunner for the Bulldogs with 33 points and 17 rebounds. Pitts was second with 26 counters and Charlie Bagby hit for 14. Center Mack Crenshaw, 6' 7", added 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Nash tied Waller with 23 points, Deeken was second for the Wildcats with 29 points. Guard Tommy Kron and forward Larry Conley both hit double figures with 14 and 12, respectively.
The game was televised by WAGA-TV, Atlanta, marking the first time a Woodruff game has been televised.
The game placed Kentucky in first place in the Southeastern Conference with a 6-2 record and leaves Georgia with a conference record of 4-3. Georgia has seven conference games remaining and Kentucky has six. The Bulldogs are now 7-10 and the Wildcats 16-2 overall.
A tension-packed crowd of 2,800 demanded that the ancient "Barn" be opened at 6. Clegg made his entrance and received a standing ovation.
Adolph Rupp received the next standing ovation when introduced.
In the waning moments of the game, the crowd delivered another standing ovation, this time for Kentucky's Nash as he departed from the competition on the court.
Postscript - [by Jack Williams] Raleigh (NC) News & Observer (February 13, 1966)
Rupp Recalls Boos, Cheers, And a Big Night in Athens
....Rupp marvels at the improved playing sites and takes credit for the boom. For 13 years, he refused to play in the tiny bandbox gym at Athens. He finally did play one last game there a few months before Georgia's new Coliseum was completed only because he thought the new gym would be ready in time for his game.
"If I'd been the coach here at Georgia," he said, "there would have been a fire on the campus long ago. I would have gone other there and burned down that old gym. That would have started the wheels of progress working."
Two hours after our conversation that afternoon, Rupp took his Wildcats into the old gym for the last time. The public address announcer introduced the Kentucky players . . . Larry Conley . . . Ted Deekins . . . Cotton Nash . . . etc. . . . and then the P.A. man said, "And coaching the Wildcats, the man who has done more for basketball than any other man, the winningest coach in the game . . the great Adolph Rupp."
Three thousand fans rose to their feet and cheered like thunder. The standing ovation lasted a full three minutes.
Finally, Rupp brushed past his huddled players and walked alone onto the playing court. He raised both hands over his head, acknowledging the defeaning roar of the crowd.
The Man in the Brown Suit, the toughest man in all of basketball, had tears in his eyes.
Cotton Nash (#44 in blue) and Jerry Waller (#44) fight for a rebound while Terry Mobley (#25) looks on
Georgia's Jerry Waller (#44) fights with Kentucky's Ted Deeken for a rebound.