- Thursday, February 6 1919 -
Kentucky - 28 (Head Coach: Andrew Gill)
|H. C. Thomas||2||2||6|
Tenn-Chattanooga - 25
|Bill Redd (*)||1||0||2|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 11, Chattanooga 9
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|Cincinnati 18 - 28|||||Tennessee 22 - 40|
Game Writeup - Chattanooga Times
U.C. BEATEN IN THRILLER
Kentucky Wins by Fast Spurt in Final Minutes
Moccasins Play Up-Hill Game and Tie Early Lead, Then Lose by Three Points
Using one of the most remarkable defensive systems seen on the Chattanooga floor in many a moon, University of Kentucky basketball team last night won a thrilling battle from the University of Chattanooga goal tossers. The game was nip-and-tuck from the first whistle. The Wildcats led at the end of the first half by 11 to 9. The Moccasins shot ahead in the first minute of the second half. The Wildcats forged ahead again before the last half was gone, the Moccasins tying with three minutes to play, only to have a pair of sensational baskets put the visitors ahead. Wheelock brought the locals in one point of a tie by two phenomenal cages from near mid-floor in the last minute and a half, but the deadly Everett, leading goal tosser of the visitors, caged one more just before the final whistle, and the final score was 28 to 25 in favor of the enemy.
The Kentuckians used a defensive formation that threw the Chattanoogans completely off their game, really being responsible for the victory. The visitors got five men up floor with a speed never before seen on a local court. When the ball went outside, with Chattanooga throwing in, at the Kentucky end of the court the five Wildcats would line up past the center of the court, presenting a front which the locals could not penetrate. They used the five-men defensive system whenever Chattanooga got the ball and the men seemed to have plenty of wind to stand the dozens of rapid sprints up floor. The system caused them to run hundreds of yards, but it enabled them to keep such a swarm of Wildcats in Chattanooga territory that local forwards hardly got an open shot in the game and every one of the nine baskets was tossed from far out in the court or from the side. There were not many field goals for the locals - in fact, seven of their points being fouls converted by Wheelock, whose foul pitching was above the average.
The visitors displayed hardly the usual college speed aside from the careful coaching evident in their wonderful defensive play and a fairly good formation to carry the ball up floor. Their goal tossing was erratic, Everett, the center, being the only consistent performer in this respect. He was outjumped by Bill Redd, the tall Chattanooga center, but he played even with Redd on the floor and far out-tossed him. Simpson, a big guard, had the Indian sign on the Moccasin forwards, though Wheelock succeeded in putting a quintet of long ones in the basket.
The Moccasins were outweighed somewhat but they played a fast floor game, and kept the ball most of the time. They were not allowed a chance to show whether they could shoot or not, and they did not seem able to devise a system of offense to get the ball through the visitors' solid defense. They put up a creditable exhibition and one that more than satisfied their supporters. Wheelock was the only U.C. man who could hit the basket. Redd jumped well and played a fast game in passing. Clark was the only player on the team that could dribble, and observers gave it as their opinion that the dribble would have penetrated the visitors' iron wall if the Moccasins had possessed the players who could do it. Several of Clark's dribbles down floor led to pretty baskets.
Captain Jim McGaughy and Nelson Lawing officiated and got away to a creditable exhibition. They called them close and accurately and at the same time kept the game moving.
In the curtain raiser the university girls' team defeated the Chattanooga Girls' club quintet by a score of 26 to 9. Miss Hudson was the only player on the girls' club who could hit the baskets, while four university players shared in the scoring. The co-eds had the edge all the way.