|#7||Ralph Carlisle (L)||F||Jr.||6-2||-||Lawrenceburg, KY [Kavanaugh School, Lawrenceburg, KY]||All-SEC [First Team]; All-SEC Tournament;|
|#14||Joseph Hagan (L)||F||So.||6-2||-||Louisville, KY (Male & St. Xavier)||-|
|#22||Garland Lewis (L)||C||Sr.||6-3||170||Jeffersonville, IN (High)||-|
|#6||Warfield Donohue (L)||G||Jr.||6-2||-||Louisville, KY (St. Xavier)||-|
|#9||Bill Spicer||F||So.||6-0||-||Lexington, KY (Henry Clay)||-|
|#15||J. Rice Walker (L)||C-F||So.||6-3||190||Lexington, KY (Henry Clay)||-|
|#11||Milerd Anderson (L)||G||Sr.||5-11||-||Covington, KY (Holmes)||All-SEC [Second Team]; All-SEC Tournament;|
|#5||John McIntosh||F||Jr.||-||-||Hazard, KY||-|
|#9||James Goforth (L)||G||Jr.||6-0||200||Louisville, KY (Male)||-|
|#16||Bob Taylor||F||Sr.||6-2||-||Covington, KY (High)||-|
|#17||Harry Bliss||F||Jr.||6-3||-||Caldwell, NJ||-|
|#13||Robert Davis||C||So.||6-0||170||Dayton, KY (High)||-|
|#25||Russell Ellington (L)||G||Jr.||5-11||-||Louisville, KY (Manual)||-|
|#23||Bruce Davis (L)||F||Sr.||-||-||Lexington, KY||-|
|#8||Charles Combs||G||So.||5-11||160||Happy, KY (Berea Academy)||-|
|-||Sam Gates||F||-||-||-||Covington, KY||-|
|#27||John Craig||F||So.||5-9||-||Ashland, KY (High)||-|
|-||Nick Lutz||G||So.||6-1||175||Chicago, IL (Russell KY High)||-|
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Seated (l to r): Head Coach Adolph Rupp, Russell Ellington, Robert Taylor, Bruce Davis, Red Craig, Milerd "Andy" Anderson, William Spicer, Charles Combs, William Davis, Trainer Mann
Season Review - BASKETBALL (Kentuckian)
WILDCATS DOWN TIGERS 42-17 IN SEASON'S OPENER
Entire Squad Sees Action When Cats Take Big Lead At Halftime
Lexington, Ky., Dec. 6 -- The University of Kentucky varsity and freshman basketball teams opened their season here tonight with a double victory over the Georgetown College varsity and freshmen quintets. The Kentucky Wildcats had easy sailing in downing the Tigers by 42 to 17, but the Kittens had their hands full in trimming the Cubs by 23 to 17.
The varsity game was a mere breather for the Wildcats who were leading 21 to 7 at half time, and Coach Adolph Rupp, whose teams have made basketball history here during the last five years, sent in every man available in the second half.
The Wildcats played ragged at times and the absence of Leroy Edwards, All-American from last year's team, was noticeable, especially when it came to bat-in shots. Most of the five Tiger field goals were on shots beyond the foul line.
LEWIS LEADS CATS 58-30 WIN OVER BEREA
Mountaineers Give Kentucky Trouble With Their Defense
Lexington, Ky., Dec. 17 -- Led by lanky Garland Lewis, the Jeffersonville, Ind., youth who is attempting to fill the shoes vacated by the All-American Leroy Edwards the Kentucky Wildcats submerged a plucky Berea basketball team here tonight by 58 to 30, but they looked none too impressive in doing it.
Lewis dropped in nine baskets and a couple of free throws to score 20 points, while Joe "Red" Hagan was next in scoring with 12 points.
The Wildcats had a world of trouble with Coach Gunkler's Mountaineers in the first half, which ended with Kentucky leading by 20 to 13. During the period the Cats did almost everything wrong, missing shots they should have made, passing the ball wildly out of bounds or into the hands of some Mountaineer, and allowing the Berea boys to take shots they should have stopped.
WILDCATS WRECK PITT PANTHERS IN 35-17 WIN
Kentucky Holds 22-2 Lead At Intermission; Famous "Figure Eight" Fails
Lexington, Ky., Dec. 23 -- Showing utter contempt for the famous "figure eight" offense brought to the South by the University of Pittsburgh's heralded Panthers, a gang of Kentucky Wildcats tonight calmly butchered the invaders by 35 to 17 before some 2,500 patrons at the Alumni gymnasium.
The fact that the panthers held a height advantage and were considered the "class" of Eastern basketball daunted Adolph Rupp's wrecking crew not a whit. To the amazement of the of the fans who had risked their necks on icy streets and roads to see the encounter, scarcely hoping for the Kentuckians to make a decent showing, the nonchalant Wildcats got right down to business and started tearing the Panthers limb from limb.
The Cats had piled up 17 points before the first Pitt score was chalked up and held a 22 to 2 advantage at the half.
NEW YORK U. CRUSHES KENTUCKY CATS 41-28
Game Played In Garden Before 18,000 Howling Spectators
New York, Jan. 9 -- Kentucky's vaunted Wildcats were just another ball club as they headed home today following their 41 to 28 humiliation on the basketball court it by New York University here last night in Madison Square Garden before 18,000 howling fans. It was the worst defeat that the Cats have absorbed since Coach Adolph Rupp became their coach six years ago.
The game was fast and furious, both teams fouling excessively. The play was rough and many bruises were dished out as the result. Three Kentucky players -- Donohue, Anderson and Lewis -- were put out of the game for too many personal fouls. Rubenstein was the only Violet man to be ejected from the game.
During the first half the New Yorkers appeared to be off their stride, although they led the Wildcats by 17 to 12. At the end of the first ten minutes the score was tied, 6 to 6. Kentucky forged to the front on the next play. Carlisle was fouled and made the free throw, Ralph Carlisle, Kentucky's ace forward, was high point man of the evening scoring a total of 17 points, seven field goals and three free throws.
Kentucky had no excuse tonight. The officiating, handled by Frank Lane and John Murray was not questioned, with the exception of a foul called by Murray on Red Hagan of Kentucky. The ball changed hands many times during the first part of the game as each team worked into plays that didn't click. Kentucky was forced to shoot from outside the foul line and the ball usually missed the backboard by several feet.
With the score 20 to 18 soon after the beginning of the second half, the Violets began putting on the pressure. Kentucky, unable to pierce the N.Y.U. defense, resorted more and more to long shots with little success. The score was 23 to 22 and nine minutes were left to play. Both teams made a visible effort to turn on the steam, but this effort made Kentucky reckless and their long shots never came close to the basket. The Violets, however, continued with their accurate long shots and drew away to win easily, after Lewis and Donohue left the game on personal fouls.
WILDCATS BARELY BEAT XAVIER BY 36-32 SCORE
Ruppmen Stage Garrison Finish to Put Lid On Close Game
Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 14 -- It was Greater Louisville night at the Xavier Fieldhouse here tonight as the University of Kentucky Wildcats continued their mastery over the Xavier Musketeers , 36 to 32 in the third meeting in two years.
Warfield Donohue, Garland Lewis, Red Hagan, Jim Goforth of Kentucky, and Joe Kruse, Xavier center, demonstrated the Greater Louisville brand of basketball to 4,000 net fans.
Kentucky, favored to win by ten points, had tough going after the first ten minutes, but managed to rally in the final minutes and whip the frenzied Ohio boys.
The game was over-officiated and until the coaches and officials conferred at the half, every member of both teams threatened to go out on fouls. Coach Rupp, Kentucky, and Coach Clem Crow, Xavier, agreed that five fouls would be necessary to eliminate a player.
Living up to his advance reputation, Ralph Carlisle dropped in two bunnies and a free throw in the opening minutes of the game. The lanky forward contributed most of Kentucky's points in this ball. scoring five field goals and a free throw for a total of 11 points. The first 13 minutes of play found the Musketeers without a floor shot to their credit, but they finally found the range and little Leo Sack scored twice in quick succession to bring the Muskies within two points of the visitors.
After that both teams scored intermittently from the foul line and with a minute to go in the first period, the score was tied 18-18. Goforth dropped in two charity throws to put Kentucky ahead at the half.
Sack Leads Attack
Sack electrified the crowd in the opening minute of the second stanza by dropping three straight shots to put his mates ahead 24 to 20, a lead which they sustained until the final two minutes of the contest.
With five minutes to go and the score knotted at 30-30, both teams were playing desperate ball and bunny shots were missed by both. Carlisle and Sweeney connected and the score remained tied at 32-32 with two minutes to play.
Andy Anderson Scores
The long-shooting Donohue scored from near the center of the floor and Captain Anderson capped the evening's entertainment with a bunny as the final whistle blew.
TULANE FALLS BEFORE WILDCATS OFFENSE 49 24
Captain Anderson Is Sparkplug For Kentucky's Fifth Victory
Lexington, Ky., Jan. 17 -- Chunky Milerd Anderson, the orchestra leader who captains the University of Kentucky basketball team, demonstrated his worth to the Wildcats tonight in his team's easy 49 to 24 victory over the Green Wave of Tulane on the Kentucky court before some 3,000 fans.
The visitors were giving the home lads plenty of trouble during the first eight minutes of the scrap but Captain Anderson was on the bench at the time. Kentucky was clinging to a slim 9 to 6 lead when Coach Adolph Rupp sent Anderson into the fray. From that instant on it was a rout, the Kentuckians scoring almost at will. Although Andersen made only one point during the game, his presence converted the Wildcats from a mediocre quintet into a power plant.
Goforth Is Starter
For the first time this season Coach Adolph Rupp broke up his regular starting combination of Hagan, Carlisle, Lewis, Donohue and Anderson. Big Jim Goforth started in place of Andersen tonight.
Andersen was sent into the fray when the Cats were holding a meager 9-6 lead, and in the next four minutes they counted 11 points, running their total to 20 while Tulane's remained stationary at six. Carlisle and Hagan tossed baskets to give the Kentucky lads a 24-7 margin at the end of the half.
Coach Rupp kept a steady stream of substitutes running into the game most of the last half, using 15 men in all, 13 of whom broke into the scoring column.
Ralph Carlisle, playing slightly over half the game was high point man with 10 markers, one more than made by Lewis and Hagan.
WILDCATS TRIP GREEN WAVE BY 39-21 SCORE
Kentucky Is Hard Pushed For Second Consecutive Victory
Lexington, Ky., Jan. 18 -- Showing a vast improvement over their exhibition of last night, the Tulane basketball team outplayed the Kentucky Wildcats for the first half of the game tonight at the University gymnasium, but succumbed to a withering Kentucky attack in the last period, and ended on the short end of a 39 to 21 score.
For the first time in years the Wildcats were behind at the half in a Conference game, the determined Greenies nursing a 17 to 13 advantage at the intermission.
Up to that time the visitors made Kentucky look like a high school team. The Wildcats, except for the brilliant showing of Ralph Carlisle, could do nothing right in that first stanza. The Cats passed wildly, and blew their opportunities to count, whereas the invaders took advantage of every opportunity and sank an unusually large percentage of their shots.
Ruppmen Start Hitting
Hagan, who was considerably off form in the opening period came back with a bang as the second half started tossing in a crip shot with ridiculous ease. Then came a follow shot and a free throw by Carlisle and two free throws by Walker. McClosky broke Kentucky's stride momentarily, tossing in a gratis shot, but Walker came right back and looped in a beauty from the west side of the floor. Carlisle swashed in a couple more free throws and Walker came back with a looping shot from the side. Hagan scored another clip and Lewis hit a free throw before Tulane was able to count again. The final eight minutes of the contest saw Kentucky in complete control.
WILDCATS TROUNCE MICHIGAN STATE, 27-19
Kentucky Avenges Last Year's Defeat At Hands Of Spartans
Lexington, Ky., Jan. 21 -- The far-famed, high powered Wildcat quintet performed the supposedly impossible tonight here in the Alumni gymnasium when they defeated the highly touted Michigan State College cagers by 27 to 19 after trailing the green shirted Michigan lads 13-12 at the half time.
Coming out for the second period with renewed vigor, the Wildcats immediately put themselves into a two point lead, and a lead which they kept the rest of the evening, when Carlisle and Donohue scored a crip shot and a free throw in succession. After gaining this margin the Big Blue team limited the Michigan Staters to one field goal and four free throws for the second half.
It was the inimitable Ralph Carlisle, Kentucky's sparkling forward, who led the Wildcats to this scintillating victory over the East Lansing lads when he scored 16 markers to be high point man of the game. The next man to receive high point honors in this nip and tuck court tilt was Garlock, captain of the Michigan team, who managed to garner a total of seven counters in the 40 minutes of play.
Rice Walker, sophomore center, who replaced Garland Lewis at the pivot post near the end of the first half, turned in a good floor game for the winners and aided greatly in the victory by getting the tip-off most of the time during the final period.
Defensive Work Good
The defensive work of Anderson and Donohue, veteran guards, was nearly perfect in the second half. The visitors failed to connect with a field goal in that stanza until Smith popped in a shot from the center of the floor with only about 15 seconds of playing time remaining. Kentucky had four reserves on the floor at the time.
The first half ended with Michigan State leading by 13-12, but after about two minutes of play in the second period, the Wildcats took the lead when Carlisle followed in Hagan's unsuccessful long shot for a basket.
Donohue's free throw made it 15-13, but Garlock knotted the count on two gratis heaves after eight minutes of the period had passed. In the next 11 minutes of play the Michigan State team failed to add to its total, while the Kentuckians chalked up 12 points.
Playing cautiously and taking up as much time as possible, Kentucky maintained possession of the ball most of the remainder of the period and with the score standing 27 to 15 Coach Rupp sent in a number of substitutes to finish the game.
WILDCATS SCORE 40-31 WIN OVER VOLUNTEERS
Tennessee Causes Kentucky Much Trouble Before Succumbing
Lexington, Ky., Jan. 25 -- The Volunteers of Tennessee tonight gave Adolph Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats plenty of grief before finally succumbing by 40 to 31 in probably the roughest basketball game ever played on the Kentucky court.
Each side lost two regulars, one for slugging and one for accumulating four personal fouls. Kentucky lost the services of Ralph Carlisle, sharp-shooting expert, at the opening of the second half when Referee Frank Lane caught him taking a poke at Johnson, Volunteer guard. Tennessee lost this same Johnson late in the game when he was seen taking a jab at "Red Hagan, Wildcat forward.
Walker, substitute Kentucky center, and Rice, Volunteer guard, went out by the personal foul route.
Red Hagan was playing faultless ball, scoring 15 of Kentucky's points and playing a whale of a floor game. He started slowly, but was whooping it up as the game progressed. Garland Lewis, Kentucky's lanky center, closely followed the erd-thatched forward with 10 of the Wildcat markers.
Dope Favored Cats
Tennessee had been touted this year as one of those to watch in the Southeastern Conference race, but after the Vols' 39-20 loss to Xavier at Cincinnati Friday night, Kentucky fans breathed more easily, as the Ruppmen had trimmed the Musketeers 36-32 a short time before. But as quickly as Referee Lane had tooted his opening whistle, it was obvious that the Cats were way off form, and the Tennesseans, not such a hot ball team themselves, gave the Ruppmen plenty of gray hairs.
The final period was all Kentucky with the Big Blue being just too warm for Coach Blair Gullion's lads in the closing minutes.
KENTUCKY DOWNED BY POWERFUL VANDY FIVE
First Southeastern Conference Loss for Kentucky In Four Years
Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 1 -- Playing brilliant basketball the Vanderbilt Commodores tonight trounced the University of Kentucky cagers 33 to 21 for the Wildcat's first defeat in a regularly scheduled conference game in four years.
More than 2,000 fans crowded all available space in the Hippodrome to see Josh Cody's boys win their seventh game within the Southeastern Conference and hand the Kentuckians their first defeat.
The playing of the Codymen was a thing of beauty, the skin tight defense they laid over the Wildcats rarely giving the visitors decent shots and almost none at all under the basket.
The victory gave the Commodores the inside track in the conference race, and for the first time in four years reduced the highly rated Kentucky five to the level of just another competitor.
Kentucky was never ahead after the first 10 minutes of the game, Vanderbilt leading by double score for almost half the game.
The Wildcats were handicapped when Carlisle and Lewis, forward and center respectively, were ejected for exceeding the personal foul limit. The battle was full of bodily contact and furious action, especially in the second half when the Wildcats tried valiantly to catch up with Cody's fast-breaking crew. This was impossible, with Vandy's tight defense and the players' uncanny eye for the basket from all angles.
After the game. Coach Rupp, whose boys were unbeaten, save for a loss at the hands of New York University, praised the teamwork of the Tennessee team and said that he had it coming after four years of good luck.
Coming out after the rest, the Kentuckians tried their utmost to break through for short shots, but when they did, their aim was off, the Blue cagers missing several tries from an open field. The Wildcats did not begin to crawl up at all until there was less than five minutes left to play and the score standing at 31 to 18.
Goforth sank a field goal to rally the Ruppmen and then Donohue added another as Geny contributed a free shot to the Vandy cause, to bring the count to 32 to 22. A few seconds later with the game almost gone, Anderson sank one from the foul line to bring the Kentuckians two points closer, but Carloss partially annulled this threat with a charity goal as the game ended.
CATS DEFEAT TIDE IN FINAL MINUTES
Alabama's Last Half Rally Almost Overcomes Cats' Early Lead
Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 3 -- Kentucky staved off a hair-raising finish by Alabama tonight to win a 32 to 30 victory in a basketball game which kept those attending on their feet for the final five minutes.
After the invaders had run up what seemed a safe lead, 30 to 19, Alabama scored four field goals from the field in succession, two of them long tosses by Nogi, and pulled within striking distance. Anderson, Kentucky's star guard was out of the game, and the Alabama partisans were howling for a victory that seemed almost within their grasp.
Lewis broke away for a goal and then McLeod put the Crimson back within striking distance by matching it. As the final seconds ticked off, Bouska made good on a foul shot to bring the score 32 to 30, but Kentucky held the ball until the final gun sounded.
A fast-breaking offense, which gave them many shots under the basket, brought most of Kentucky's scores, and they seemed to have the contest well in hand until Andersen went out on fouls. The winners ran up leads of 7-1, 11-5 and 15-10 before a brief Alabama rally made it 18-15 at the half.
Lewis Breaks Ice
Starting slowly in the second half, the two teams sparred around with the count 18-16 for six minutes before Lewis broke the ice with a goal, and Hagan and Donohue followed suit to run the margin higher.
For the winners, Lewis, Anderson, Carlisle and Donohue were the stars. Bouska, McLeod and Whatley did excellent work for Alabama.
WILDCATS SCORE SECOND VICTORY OVER ALABAMA
Kentucky Retains Second Place Standing By Defeating Tide
Lexington, Ky., Feb. 7 -- The University of Kentucky's high powered basketball team tonight retained its second place standing in the Southeastern Conference net race following its 40 to 24 defeat of Alabama here in the Alumni gymnasium. The Tide defeated Vandy, conference leaders, 32 to 20 in Nashville Thursday night, but the Commodores retained the loop lead with seven victories and one defeat to Kentucky's five wins and one loss. The Wildcats' only loss was to Vanderbilt last week.
Alabama's mighty quintet gave the Wildcats a tough struggle in the first half, although the Big Blue team led at the rest period by 15 to 14, after a last minute rally by Walker and Lewis. With the score 14 to 9 and a minute and a half to go in the first period, Walker, who replaced Hagan, dropped in one of his sideline shots, and Lewis immediately followed with a crip shot. On the next tip-off. Walker took the ball and dribbled the length of the floor to make another crip basket.
WILDCATS SWAMPED BY NOTRE DAME 40-21
Carlisle Is Held Scoreless As Kentucky Fails To Get Started
South Bend, Ind., Feb. 10 -- Notre Dame completely outclassed Kentucky in a one-sided basketball battle here tonight, defeating the invaders by a score of 41 to 20.
Johnny Moir and Paul Nowak, sophomore forward and center, respectively, paced the Irish attack with 12 field goals, seven of which were made by Moir.
Kentucky was held to three field goals in the first half. The locals piled up a 29-7 lead in the first 20 minutes of play. They ran their advantage to 38 to 7 in the first six minutes of the second half after which Coach George Keogan substituted freely.
"Red" Hagan was Kentucky's leading luminary with six field goals for 12 of the points made by his team.
Ralph Carlisle, Kentucky's ace scoring forward, was held without a single point by Frank Wade, Irish guard, and finally was removed from the game.
After the regulars had pounded the ball through the hoop, Coach Keogan substituted freely and gave his replacements instructions to pass the ball rather than shoot.
Donohue and Lewis were the only other Wildcats to score from the field.
KENTUCKY VICTORIOUS OVER BUTLER BY 39-28
Wildcats Rebound After Notre Dame Defeat To Win Easily
Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 11 -- The University of Kentucky team did an about-face from their play against Notre Dame last night, here tonight, and trounced the Butler University team by 39 to 28.
The Wildcats jumped into an 11 to 1 lead in a short time and were ahead by 17 to 7 at the half.
The boys of Adolph Rupp stayed ahead all during the second half, although Butler did get up to a 31 to 26 score at one time.
Lewis, center, with five field goals and three free thrown, was leading scorer, but was hard pressed by Carlisle and Hagan who had five field goals and one free throw apiece.
FIGHTING VOLS DEFEAT CATS IN SURPRISE WIN
Second Conference Loss For Kentucky Wildcats This Season
Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 15 -- Before a cheering crowd of 3,500 fans a fighting University of Tennessee basketball team defeated the highly rated University of Kentucky Wildcats 39 to 28 tonight in a Southeastern Conference game.
It was the first time the Volunteers had toppled a Kentucky cage team since the organization of the conference in 1932.
The surprise victory practically seats Tennessee among teams that will play in the Southeastern Conference tournament here February 28 to March 3.
It was the startled Wildcats' second conference loss of the season.
Hagan, red-haired Kentucky forward was high scorer for the Wildcats, getting nine points. He and Goforth, guard, were outstanding for the Kentuckians.
Tennessee only missed two out of 13 free throws, while Kentucky missed five out of 13.
Kentucky got off to a fast start in the first half with Andersen, guard, and Hagan looping baskets. The game was tied four times during the half, with Marshall's four field goals keeping the Volunteers in the game. The half ended 17 to 16 in favor of the Wildcats.
WILDCATS DOWN XAVIER MUSKETEERS IN 49-40 WIN
Second Victory Over Xavier This Season; Many Fouls Called
Lexington, Ky., Feb. 18 -- Coach Adolph Rupp's University of Kentucky Wildcats, fighting to preserve a record that few teams can boast, put the sign of the evil eye on Coach Clem Crowd's Xavier University Musketeers tonight in the Alumni gymnasium and pot-shotted their gleeful way to a 49 to 40 triumph and their 37th consecutive victory on the home floor.
It was a weird game in which not the least of the players' concern was a slippery floor that sent them sprawling and somersaulting and stumbling all over the place. The players collided with each other with a crash, committed fouls until the officials were out of breath blowing their whistles. and threw the ball out the window. And through all this serio-comic scenario ran an undercurrent of goal-shooting prowess that kept the fans in an uproar and the battle thrillingly close.
The Wildcats entered last night's tilt the underdogs notwithstanding their 36 to 32 victory over the Musketeers earlier in the season, but after they burnt up the hoop with seven points in the last three minutes of the first half to wrest away the lead again from an Xavier team that had fought a gallant, uphill battle, the issue was never in doubt. Xavier fought grimly and courageously but the goal-shooting of Ralph Carlisle, "Red" Hagan and Garland Lewis, the crafty passing of Warfield Donohue, and the rebounding of diminutive, tow-headed Andy Anderson formed a combination that was too much for the Irish.
Xavier Fares Worse
The slippery floor, the pace of the game and the eel-like wiggling and squirming of the Wildcat marksmen made Xavier the heavier sufferer on the casualty list of personal fouls and no less than three Musketeers, one of them a substitute -- Kucia -- who played determinedly it not brilliantly, went out of the game by compulsion. This helped Xavier's cause little although the subs who went into the tilt scored, on two different occasions, enough points in succession to force Coach Rupp to send his regulars, who had been taken out of the game because it seemed that the Cats had a safe lead, scurrying back into the fray.
Carlisle, the Lawrenceburg shooter who can hit them from any angle when he's right, and can miss then when its doesn't look possible when he isn't, was right with a vengeance last night and he piled up 20 points to his credit. Eight of the points were the result of eight chances to sink free throws.
Others Hitting Well
Hagan and Lewis were hitting well, too, and their 11 points apiece were the echoes to Carlisle's ringing blows on the bell.
Donohue, Andersen's partner at guard, outshone himself as a passer and several of the field goals made by Carlisle, Lewis and Hagan followed accurate heaves from him.
U. K. CATS SNARE 'JAYS, 68 TO 38 IN FIRST GAME
Garland Lewis Leads Kentucky Victory By Scoring 22 Points
Lexington, Ky., Feb. 22 -- Kentucky's Wildcats and Creighton University's Bluejays will clash here tonight in a second basketball game on consecutive nights with local fans anticipating a battle royal, basing their judgment on the rough nature of last night's fray in which the Big Blue team downed the visitors by 68 to 38.
Starting with the first tip-off both teams ranted and raged up and down the floor for the entire 40 minutes of play, but it was a thrill to watch these two basketball machines work their offense and defense.
It was Garland Lewis, Jeffersonville, Indiana, Kentucky's lanky center, who led the Wildcat attack as he scored a total of 22 points. Ralph Carlisle, the Big Blue's sharp-shooting forward, ran him a close second when he dropped in 18 markers. Jack Lomax. the Blue Jays' flashy forward, and one who gave the Kentucky guards much trouble. look first place scoring honors for Creighton as he pushed 12 points through the nets.
Both teams used the fast break and they raced up and down the floor at break-neck speed. Frequent fouls resulted, and a few passes went astray, but for the most part it was an amazing exposition of skill. Field goals were made from every conceivable angle, with Kentucky popping in several, and Lomax a couple, that brought shouts of astonishment from the crowd.
Creighton made a pretty good battle of it for a brief period after Kentucky had run its total to 13 points. Trailing 13 to 4, Creighton scored five points in quick succession. It was just a flash in the pan, however, for Carlisle, Lewis and Hagan got busy and the Cats pulled away quickly.
CATS BEATEN WHEN 'JAYS REVERSE FORM
Omaha Five Hands Kentucky Its First Defeat On Home Floor in Three Years
Lexington, Ky., Feb. 22 -- The astonishing Creighton University Bluejays tonight celebrated Washington's birthday by chopping down Kentucky's cherry tree, defeating the Wildcats 31 to 29 in the most complete reversal of form ever witnessed in Lexington.
The Kentuckians had buried Creighton beneath a 68 to 38 avalanche here last night, and were doped to repeat the massacre, despite the fact that the visitors showed class even in defeat.
An amazed crowd of 2,500 people watched the in-and-out Wildcats do a lot of things with the ball, but most of them were in favor of the Blue Jays. They passed wildly and muffed shot after shot, whereas the victors played a hard calculating game.
It has been long since Kentucky was defeated on its own floor -- not since January, 1933, when the championship Ohio State five ran rough-shod over the Wildcats.
Joe "Red" Hagan was high point man for Kentucky with 11 points, with Carlisle gathering 10.
Cats Looked Tired
Kentucky looked tired, as well it might after the sizzling pace it maintained in the game on the preceding night, and the Wildcats' play was not up to standard. Their reckless passing and their leaky defense kept them in hot water all the way.
On the other hand, Creighton played a smart, calculating game. The Bluejays went about their work as if they had planned every move, and had studied every weakness of their opponents. When the Cats tied the score in the waning moments, Creighton for a moment looked as if it might crack, but Monteen, Lomax and Englebretson steadied themselves and their teammates and the Cats' last hope for a victory faded.
4,000 SEE CATS TROUNCE VANDY COMMODORES
Kentucky Takes Lead In Conference Race By Scoring 61-41 Victory
Lexington. Ky., Feb. 25 -- A crowd of 4,000 was thrilled to the point of hysteria last night in the Alumni gymnasium as they watched the Kentucky Wildcats take first place in the Southeastern Conference race by defeating the highly-touted Vanderbilt Commodores, 61 to 41. Earlier in the season the Commodores beat the Big Blue team by 33 to 24, handing Kentucky its first defeat in four years of Southern basketball competition.
Last night's game rang down the curtain on both Kentucky's and Vanderbilt's 1935-36 basketball schedule. Before the game Vanderbilt was holding the conference lead with nine victories and three losses, while the Cats had five victories and two setbacks. But last night's tilt put the Wildcats into undisputed lead, with only the Southeastern Conference tournament play-off hindering them from being the mythical champions.
Kentucky's ace forwards, Joe "Red" Hagan and Ralph Carlisle, were the leaders of the Wildcats' offense, scoring 19 and 18 markers, respectively, while Lewis, the Big Blue's lanky center, took third place honors with a total of 11 counters. Overly, the Commodores' sharp-shooting forward, was Vanderbilt's ace in the hole, and he managed to drop in 15 points.
CATS WIN FIRST ROUND GAME 0F TOURNAMENT
Kentucky Barely Wins From Mississippi State In Knoxville Game
Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 28-The University of Kentucky Wildcats came through the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament by the skin of their teeth here tonight when they managed to eke out a 41 to 39 victory over the sharp-shooting lads from Mississippi State College.
Playing a hard and furious game the Mississippi boys kept in front of the Wildcats until ten minutes of the second period had passed, and then the Big Blue team forged to the front with a 35 to 34 advantage when Donohue came in from the side to sink a beautiful crip shot. Up to this time Mississippi was always two or three points ahead of the Kentuckians.
At the half time the boys from the deep South held a 21 to 20 advantage. but the usual Wildcat precedent took place and they came out of their dressing room with renewed vigor and spark, and started to drop their shots from every place. After the Wildcats gained their one point margin late in the second period the Mississippi cagers could never again forge to the front, although many of their shots hit the rim and rolled off.
WILDCATS BEATEN BY VOLS IN SEMI-FINALS
Carlisle, Kentucky, Scores 17 Points As Tennessee Wins 39 to 28
Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 29 -- The University of Kentucky basket ball team -- champions of the Southeastern Conference was forced out of the conference tournament here tonight by bad officiating, bad playing, and bad breaks, and the University of Tennessee Volunteers took the Wildcats' measure by a 39 to 28 score.
It was an ill wind that blew Kentucky no good when they met the Vols tonight in what will probably be the best game of the 1936 tournament. Playing a fast and furious game, the Wildcats were unable to cope with the sharp shooting of the Tennessee lads, who were able to connect with the baskets from almost any angle. One of the main reasons that the Wildcats were on the short end of the score was the fact that they could not convert their free throws -- only making 12 out of a possible 22, while the Vols dropped in 17 out of 21 -- a good average in any man's league.
Joe "Red" Hagan, the Kentucky forward who has had the knack of putting the ball through the nets at close intervals during the Wildcats' last three or four games, was held to four points tonight by Rice, Tennessee guard from Ashland, Ky. Hagan could not get in a position to make a shot until five minutes of the second period had ticked away, and then he connected with one of his famous angle shots from the side. Ralph Carlisle, the Wildcats' sharp shooting forward, was the leading scorer of the evening -- dropping in a total of 17 counters, although he had two personal fouls against him before five minutes of the game had been played.
Goforth, Ellington, Hagan, Walker, and Craig were all members of the '35 varsity football squad. All were ends except Craig who played halfback.