- Saturday, March 4 1916 -
Marietta - 27 (Head Coach: Don Drumm)
Kentucky - 23 (Head Coach: James Park)
Halftime Score: Marietta 12, Kentucky 8
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
WILDCATS FALL SECOND TIME BEFORE MARIETTA
Eleven Fouls are Called On State Five and Ohio Suffers Once
Fouls called on the State University basketball team were responsible for their defeat last night in the Auditorium at the hands of the Marietta College five by the score of 27 to 23. The Blues out-tossed the Ohio quintet in open shots, but the successful target practice of Don Whiting in making the remarkable record of eleven bullseyes of twelve chances spelled defeat for Tigert's men.
The game closed the career of the Blue quintet for this season unless by some chance the University of Louisville five decides to play off the existing tie in the state championship race.
The outstanding features of Kentucky's play were the superior defensive work of Karl Zerfoss and George Gumbert, and the remarkable comeback presented to the local fans by Jim Server when sent to the front in the last half. The varsity center has been sick for a week, but when routed from the sidelines last night when the game was waning and the Marietta five far ahead, he got into the battle with 'zip aplenty.' Four shots in as many minutes was the record of this boy, and it came near putting the Kentucky company on even terms with the enemy.
Up until the last three minutes of play Coach Littick, of Centre College, was the sole official and he called twelve fouls. Eleven of these were charged to the Blues' account. It was unfortunate that Mr. Littick could look in only one direction at a time. It is also considered highly improbable that the Kentucky outfit committed eleven times as many fouls as the visitors, in the opinion of most experts who saw the game. In the last frame King, of the Y.M.C.A. was sent in by agreement to umpire in the backfield, and this came nearer evening matters.
At that it was a fighting game and the class of basketball was equal to that of the opening night. Both teams were passing in great form and the galleries were kept in a state of ferment from start to finish. The sport, was the best seen here this season. The Marietta squad will leave this morning for home and they have made a reputation for excellent play that will not soon be forgotten. The two defeats they handed the Blues were by close margins and in every contest spectacular shots featured their work.
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
STATE GOES DOWN FIGHTING HARD
Last Game on Wildcat Schedule Taken by Marietta 27 to 23.
In the last game of the season at the Auditorium last night State University's valiant Wildcats went down in brave and honorable defeat before the onslaught of the Marietta squadron 27 to 23. The game was full of interest. In the second half the teams appeared more evenly matched. Each side made fifteen points in this period.
There are those who say that basket ball cannot be developed into the fine art that base ball or foot ball can, but those who believe this have not seen the Marietta team work. Their machinery was the most beautiful exhibition of team work seen here in years in any kind of athletics. The passing, the serpentine twist that the floormen used, the goal tossing and the whole attack was a masterpiece. Marietta is known as the oldest town in Ohio and the lads from there worked last night like they had been playing together from the founding of the city.
The team's record of wins for the season, with only one defeat, that to Lehigh University by a single point, attests the class of the organization.
State's defense was manful and the fighting spirit was never wanting. Capt. Zerfoss, the veteran of four season's campaigns and Derrill Hart, the star performer in many of the contests this year, played their last games in the Blue uniforms. Both gave fitting valedictories of their brilliant careers. It will be many years before the gallery gods forget the spectacular goal tossing of Hart or the wonderful field play of Karl Zerfoss. State University never had two men with more wonderful records than these.
In last evening's contest, the work of Don Whiting, who threw eleven out of twelve foul goal trys, was the feature extraordinary. Over anxiety and a little rough stuff by both teams, which did not pass the every vigilant eyes of Referee Littick, caused a large number of fouls to be called. Hayes, captain for Marietta, took part in several bits of choice team work and had the honor of tossing the sphere in as the climax of the plays.