- Wednesday, January 27 1909 -
Central University - 23 (Head Coach: George Lee)
|Shelton St. Clair||0||0||0|
Kentucky - 24 (Head Coach: Unnamed)
Halftime Score: Central 15, State University 8
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Cincinnati 25 - 41|||||Central University 20 - 35|
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
CENTRAL BASKET BALL GAME
Good Contest Between College Teams in Which Local Team is Victorious 24 to 23
It was "23" for Central University Wednesday afternoon at the close of the basket ball game with State University, in the State University gymnasium. Twenty-three might have sounded well once to the Crimson squad had not their opponents been successful in passing the much dreaded number, polling 24 points. The game began with a rush and was one of the fastest and fiercest throughout ever witnessed between two Kentucky teams. During the first five minutes of the game neither side was able to throw a goal, then Hess scored two points for the visitors. C.U. kept up her good work and had made seven points before the blue and white team were able to score.
Both teams were about equally matched but Central seemed to have the better of the good throwing during the first half and the score at its close was 15 to 8 in her favor.
The second half of the game was very exciting.
State's work at the goal had improved and she had soon overhauled her opponent. Both teams put forth supreme efforts and the close was intensely exciting.
In the last few minutes of play, first Central would be ahead then State would take the lead. Thus, they changed a number of times before the referee's whistle blew for the close. During the game each team was given a point because the rules were violated by the other. There were no particular stars in the game, but both teams played well and at times showed good team work.
Game Writeup - Kentucky Evening Gazette
STATE "PUTS IT OVER" BY SCANT SCORE
Crack Basket Ball Team Defeats Central University In Fast Game
State University 24, Central University 23.
Coming from behind in whirlwind style the fast cadet basket ball team defeated the team from Danville which came to this city heralded as the state champions. The game was very close being won on a foul.
The game was one of the fastest ever seen on a local floor and had the roughness been eliminated the game would have been one of the prettiest exhibitions of basket ball imaginable.
The Danville team arrived in Lexington at 3 o'clock and went immediately to the State gymnasium where they dressed preparatory to going on the floor. Central came to Lexington determined to win and to redeem the defeat Thanksgiving day on the gridiron was the desire of their hearts. State on the other hand had a winning football team and were anxious to win the State championship in basket ball as well as football.
Both team were in good condition and anxious for the game to begin. A large number of "rooters" came from Danville to witness the game and were at all stages of the game cheering their favorites. The gymnasium was filled and the colors of the two teams were worn by most of the spectators.
Game in Detail
For several minutes after the ball was put in play neither side was able to score and it seemed as though the score would be small. Indeed, Seelbach, the captain of Central, finally made a beautiful one-handed throw, making two points for the visitors.
The game became very fast, but the Cardinal and Blue team seemed to outclass the State boys and at the end of the first half the score stood 15 to 8 in favor of Danville. One point had been awarded the visitors on the ground that a State man had caught the arm of a C.U. man as he attempted to throw a goal.
When the whistle blew for the close of the first half Danville was confident of victory, but State was determined to do strong work during the second half.
The game was much slower during the second half, but the State guards guarding the Danville forwards so that for several minutes they were unable to score. In the meantime the Blue and White team was advancing point by point until the score tied. First one team then the other would score until the whistle blew for the end of the game and the scorers announced that the score was 23 to 23, but one of the officials asked if the point that had been awarded State during the second half had been counted, as neither of the scorers had heard him make such an award. The game, however, was declared to have been won by State by a score of 24 to 23. This was the first of the series of games to be played between the two teams.
The next game will be played on the Danville floor. Seelbach and Hess played the best ball for the visitors, while Barbee and Plummer starred for the Blue and White.
Mason threw the fouls for Central and Plummer and Post alternated for State. Mason threw four fouls out of six, while Post and Plummer only threw three out of eleven.