- 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.
Game Writeup - [Ed Danforth] Lexington Leader
STATE IS RAKED BY VANDY'S FIRE
Commodore Basket Ball Five Defeats Wildcats 39 to 25. Three Zerfoss Brother Afford Interesting Struggle.
The Vanderbilt University basket ball players are in every respect up to the advance billing and the way they took the Wildcat crew into camp last night, left no doubt as to their class. The score was 39 to 25 and at no time were the Blues on even terms.
But the score is the least interesting feature of the evening's performance. It was a game that was crammed full of dash and thudding bodies and moments of suspense, while the leather trembled on the edge of the basket. The galleries were kept at a fever pitch all the way thru and they pulled for the Cats with all the zipp of a pallid youth hanging over the fence, his last two bones pasted on the nose of a mangy beast at 20 to 1 in a mile selling race.
It was an intensely interesting game if you look at it from one angle. There was the element of this brother-against-brother business that deepened the tragedy of the Civil War.
The three Zerfoss brothers were divided and they were two to one in favor of State. But Vandy won. Tom and his team played the floor with weird understanding, while Captain Carl and Brother George played a desperate defensive game. In the last half Guard George was sent in to hold down Forward Tom and the little family duel was the source of all sorts of excitement and frenzy. Tom wriggled loose from the brotherly arms several time and fired successful shots at the basket, but these occasions were few and widely separated. The youngest Zerfoss is an 18-karat ball player and promises to outshine his elders on the floor.
The saddest feature of the scrap was the determined manner in which the Commodores started in to punish the Blues. The barrier had scarcely been sprung, when Col. Joshua Cody, of All-Southern gridiron fame, flipped one home. It was like these one-minute falls Joe Stecher has perfected, or Jack Dillon's first round knockouts. He simply waded in and done it. The Commodores shot every time they got the ball and they had the ball most of the time.
Bu there has never yet been seen a team of any sort from foot ball to corn judging that could prevent a Kentucky aggregation from finishing strong. The hard luck shots of the first-half were forgotten in their drive for place, and the Wildcats settled down to overhaul Vandy's lead. It could not be done, but the last fifteen minutes of the contest afford as evenly matched basket ball as was ever seen here. Derrill Hart led the Cats in scoring and amassed a total of 17 points.
The Commodores will meet the Wildcats against tonight in a double-header, the State Co-eds furnishing the added attraction in their annual game with the girls' team from University of Louisville.