- Thursday, February 7 1918 -
Tennessee - 26 (Head Coach: R.H. Fitzgerald)
Kentucky - 33 (Head Coach: Stanley A. Boles)
|H. C. Thomas||5||3||5||13|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 14, Tennessee 10
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Georgetown College 22 - 18|||||Tennessee 40 - 12|
Game Writeup - by Tom Underwood, Lexington Herald
Cats Finally Get Revenge on Tennessee
Pugilistic Combats Add to Interest in Game Won by Kentucky Five, 33 to 26
Wildcats and Volunteers, rivals as old as the unpaid bills of habitually "broke" good fellows, put many punches both from the viewpoint of interest and pugilism into what for the first ten minutes looked like an observance of "fightless" night and made last night's basketball mixup in the University of Kentucky gymnasium so hot that the temperature of the game showed it had fever before Daddy Boles' collection won by a score of 33 to 26.
The victory of the Wildcats broke a two-year hard luck streak in which the University of Kentucky had lost six scrambles on the hardwood.
Thomas, center of the Wildcats, delivered himself of a quantity of brilliancy in the first half, in which time he threw four field goals that counted and two that -- through discourtesy of the referee -- didn't. Still "warm," he threw two goals from fouls in this spectacular spurt. Meanwhile Tennessee's coach was on the sidelines screaming "Cover, Cover!" as might a man in a bed without blankets on a zero night. But Thomas couldn't be covered and the Vols had to "let the cat die" as regards the starring emotions which prompted him.
The rough and tumble aspects started when Captain Pat Campbell jumped at somebody and missed. He did physical torture by touching the floor with his nose without bending his knees. Then Bastin, of the Wildcats, and Wexler, of the Volunteers, chose each other. Bastin basted and butted at him. Wexler swung and kicked and finally landed the big blonde boy a solar plexus blow which made him grab his stomach like a man in a straight jacket. Bastin left the game but was not badly hurt. He had thrown four field goals first, however.
Shanklin, taking up where Thomas left off after the quarter changed the way the teams faced, threw four spectacular field goals. One he made after dodging away from a Volunteer guard, and shot while still squirming.
Pat Campbell, only getting loose to throw one goal, had to do that in such a hurry that he ran up three rows of spectators on the reserved seats on the east end of the floor.
The game started off tamely, but Thomas' scoring gave the Wildcats a good lead. In the last half Tennessee tied the score but couldn't win. Nine fouls were called on the Wildcats, but Wexler had trouble finding the basket. He would heave the ball and then heave a sigh of regret. His only two goals from fouls came in the last part of the game.
The same teams play again on the Kentucky gymnasium floor at 8 o'clock tonight.