- Monday, January 10 1966 -
Kentucky - 69 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Ranked 2nd by AP]
Georgia - 65 (Head Coach: Ken Rosemond) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 34, Georgia 21
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Game Writeup - by Ron Taylor, The Red and Black
'Dogs Close in Overtime, But Rupp Posts 11th Win
A lot of sweat fell on Adolph Rupp's cigar Monday night before his second-ranked Kentucky Wildcats escaped from the Coliseum with a shaky 69-65 double-overtime win over Coach Ken Rosemond's never-say-die Bulldogs.
The sweat began to pour when the Bulldogs took the opening tip and forward Frank Harscher went in for a layup and a 2-0 lead for the Bulldogs.
Louie Dampier tied things up for the Wildcats, and shots by Larry Conley and Thad Jaracz gave Rupp a chance to relight his cigar, while his team held a four-point lead.
A free-throw by forward Ray Jeffords cut the lead to three points. Dampier added two more for Kentucky, and two free-throws by center Jerry Waller added two more for the Bulldogs.
The Wildcats pulled ahead by five; but with 8:49 left to play, Harscher's layup brought the Bulldogs within two. Harscher passed to guard Dick McIntosh, and McIntosh added two points to the Bulldog score, while Rupp added teeth marks to his cigar, as the game became tied at 18-18.
Rupp lit another cigar, and pushed his Wildcats into high gear. Kentucky pulled ahead by 13, and carried a 34-21 lead and hopes for an easy victory to the dressing room at halftime.
Kentucky got the second half tip, but the Bulldogs sole the ball. A jump shot by guard Lee Martin added two points for the Bulldogs, and the Wildcats' calm veteran coach began to chew on his cigar again.
McIntosh brought the Bulldogs within nine points but the Wildcats pulled farther ahead again. A layup by Waller brought the Bulldogs within seven. Later, another layup by Waller brought the Bulldogs within six. Waller came through once more with a free-throw to cut the lead to five.
Martin hit from the outside to cut the lead to three with 9:45 left to play. From that time on the two teams fought on equal ground.
Kentucky pulled ahead by seven at one point, but with 49 seconds left to play, the Wildcats led by only four.
Harscher, the transfer from Duke, came through in the final seconds. With 37 seconds left to play, he hit on a jump shot to bring the Bulldogs within two; and with only one second remaining, he hit on a diving layup to tie the game at 60-60 and force an overtime.
The Bulldogs, displaying their ball-handling ability, froze the ball for three minutes before a foul allowed Dampier to add one point for the Wildcats.
However, a foul by Kentucky gave Harscher a chance to add a point for the Bulldogs and force the game into another overtime.
Pat Riley gave the Wildcats a 63-61 lead, but Waller added two free-throws for the Bulldogs to tie the game at 63-63. Cliff Berger and Tommy Kron added two points apiece for Kentucky to give the Wildcats a 67-63 lead with 30 seconds to play.
McIntosh brought the Bulldogs within two with 21 seconds left to play. But Kentucky held the ball and added two more points when Berger hit two free-throws after a Bulldog foul in the last six seconds.
Rupp put out his cigar, and walked away with his 69-65 victory.
Waller was the Bulldogs' top scorer with 23 points. Martin and Harscher were second with 14 points each. McIntosh hit for 10 and Jeffords four.
Waller also led in rebounding with 17. Jeffords was second with nine, followed by Harscher with eight. McIntosh had two and Martin one.