- Friday, February 4 1916 -
Vanderbilt - 39 (Head Coach: Guy Denton)
|Josh Cody (*)||9||0||0||18|
|Tom Zerfoss (*)||3||0||0||6|
|L. T. Turner||0||0||0||0|
Kentucky - 25 (Head Coach: James Park)
Halftime Score: Vanderbilt 22, Kentucky 9
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Georgetown College 30 - 22|||||Vanderbilt 20 - 23|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Vanderbilt Five Full Wildcat Claws, 38-25
Blue and White Boys Play Visitors to Standstill in Last Half
BROTHER VS. BROTHER
Apparently bewildered by a display of unparalleled team work during the first half of the game, the State basketball team last night went down in defeat at the hands of the strong Vanderbilt five by a score of 39 to 25, but not before the much touted Commodores had felt the slash of the Wildcats'' claws. Hardly had the referee's whistle blown announcing the start of the game before Josh Cody, captain of the visitors, tossed the ball into the basket. The ball had been passed to him and the goal thrown almost before the spectators realized the game had started.
From then until well towards the end of the first period the Vandy tossers seemed to throw goals at almost any time, while State's efforts were balked by the reluctance of the ball to fall through the basket. Time and again some blue jerseyed player would hurl the ball to the edge of the basket and then, while all of State's supporters held their breaths, would spin about the edge and then drop outside.
The half ended with the score 22 to 9 in favor of Vanderbilt. A startling example of the comeback spirit invariably shown by State athletic teams was the Wildcats' playing the second half. Little light men, out reached and outweighed by their opponents in every case, with their fighting spirit aroused and undaunted by any odds, started in and fought every inch of the floor between the two baskets. George Zerfoss and Ireland, substitutes both little fellows, played their larger and heavier opponents to a standstill.
Time and again the team work of the Commodores, which seemed invincible during the early part of the game, was frustrated by the Wildcats, but they were still handicapped by their trouble of the first half - inability to locate the goal. The playing in the second half was nip and tuck; brawn and speed were met with greater speed, brain was met with brain, and skill was met with skill. The score see-sawed back and forth, first the Blue and White and then the Orange and Black forging to the front. The score of the half was 17 to 16 in favor of Vanderbilt.
The one man on the State team who was able to locate the basket was Derrel Hart. He sustained the hopes of the Wildcats in the first half by his pitching of fouls. Captain Karl Zerfoss threw the first field goal for the Wildcats. It was soon followed by another by Hart, but the field goals for the first quarter on the part of the Wildcats stopped there. Hart threw nine out of fourteen fouls and scored seventeen of the Wildcats' twenty-five points.
Cody and T. Zerfoss Star
Cody played the best game for Vanderbilt, scoring eighteen of the points made by the Commodores. Tom Zerfoss, who entered the game about the middle of the second half scored six points.
A feature of the contest was the fact that three brothers played in the game, Tom Zerfoss for the visitors and Karl and George Zerfoss for the Wildcats. George and Tom Zerfoss were pitted against each other during the latter part of the game and the rivalry between the older brother on the visitors' team and the freshman on the State team was almost as much a center of interest as the fight between the two teams. Time and again the younger and lighter brother would wrest the ball from his big brother or prevent his throwing a goal, but at other times Tom would break away from George and score for his team.
The teams will meet again tonight at the Auditorium. As a preliminary the girls' five of the university will meet the girls' basketball team of the University of Louisville.