- Tuesday, February 8 1921 -
Kentucky - 27 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
Centre College - 29 (Head Coach: Charles McDowell)
|Bo McMillin (*)||8|
|James 'Red' Roberts||0|
Halftime Score: Centre 17, Kentucky 7
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Centre Defeats University of Kentucky by Score of 29 to 27
WILDCATS STAGE SENSATIONAL COMEBACK IN SECOND HALF, BUT LOSE BY TWO POINTS
Danville, Ky., Feb. 8 -- The University of Kentucky basketball team lost to the Centre College five here tonight by the margin of two points, after having staged the most sensational rally in the second half ever seen on the Centre court. The final score was 29 to 27.
The Wildcats played rings around the Gold and White during the last 20 minutes of the turmoil, but a lead of 17 to 7 the Colonels had acquired in the first period was too much for the visitors to overcome.
The teamwork of the Wildcats, admitted by many old basketball fans to be the best ever seen on the Centre court, was the outstanding feature of the contest. The visitors were outplayed during the first half and seemed not to get heated up, but during the last period they got down to work with a near perfect system of passing that was dazzling in its speed and accuracy.
It had been reported that Bill King, forward on the visiting team, would not be able to play, but he was in the line-up tonight, and he played the best game of the whole Kentucky squad. He made a total of 13 points. Maver was the outstanding star of the Centre team, making 21 of Centre's 29 points.
"Bobby" Lavin, diminutive running guard on the visiting team, was slightly injured during the first half, and had to be taken from the floor. Jimmie Wilhelm, who went in his place did good work, making two field goals during the last half.
Centre's victory tonight was its fourth consecutive win and the first defeat of the university team. This game leaves the superiority of the two teams about as much in doubt as ever, as the Kentucky five was completely outplaying the Colonels during the last half and would probably have won with another minute or two to play. The return game will be at the Lexington gymnasium on February 18.
Game Writeup - Louisville Courier-Journal
Centre Wins Net Honors From State
Colonels Vanquish Wildcats By Two Points in Hard-Fought Basketball Contest
MAVER STAR OF GAME
DANVILLE, Ky., Feb. 8. - Centre College tonight made fast its claim to the basketball championship of Kentucky by defeating Kentucky University in a hard-fought contest by the score of 29 to 27. The Colonels now have won five games and lost none, while the Wildcats have been vanquished in only the one game.
To Maver goes chief credit for the Danville victory. His floor work was remarkable, while his basket shooting was the best ever witnessed in the local gym. He tallied twenty-one of Centre's points, six being made by McMillan and two by Walden.
The Colonels ran away with the first half and at its close led by a score of 17 to 7, but the Wildcats came back with rare gameness in the final period and scored twenty points to Centre's twelve. AT the outset of the contest Maver threw three baskets, starting his team in a lead that was never overcome.
King was State's mainstay. He performed brilliantly a-floor and shot baskets in a brilliant manner.
The Colonels are scheduled to meet Georgetown Friday night.
Game Writeup - Kentucky Kernel
CLOSE CONTEST GOES TO CENTRE COLONELS
Wildcats Stage Up-hill Battle, But Are Nosed Out by Two Points
LAVIN IS INJURED
The Wildcats lost to Centre, at Danville, Tuesday evening by a score of 29-27. The lead of the "wonder team" in the first half could not be overcome in the last period of play by the most sensational rally ever seen on the Centre court.
A local paper, commenting on the game said: "This game leaves the superiority of the two teams about as much in doubt as ever, as the Kentucky five was completely outplaying the Colonels during the last half and would probably have won with another minute or two of play."
Lavin had the ligaments of his shoulder torn a few minutes after the game started and had to be taken out of the contest. The extent of the injury is unknown, as yet, but it is doubtful whether he will be able to play during the remainder of the season. Wilhelm filled the position held by "Bobby."
Coming back in the last half, despite a 17 to 7 point lead, the Kentucky five almost succeeded in giving Centre the much looked for defeat. King was the outstanding player for the Wildcats making 13 out of 27. Buchheit's men run up 20 points in the last half to Centre's 13, besides displaying a near perfect system of passing that was dazzling for its speed and accuracy. The two teams meet again on February 18 on the local Gym floor.
Game Writeup - Kentucky Advocate
Takes Sensational Basket Ball Contest From Kentucky State Score of 29 to 27
In a thrilling basketball classic that will go far toward deciding the championship of Kentucky and of the South as well, the Centre College Colonels defeated the Kentucky State Wildcats by 29 to 27 at the Centre gymnasium here last night. The first half belonged to Centre and indicated a walk-away, but the rally of State in the last ten minutes of play made the game look perilously near a beating for the Colonels.
Maver, Centre's wizard net tosser, scored on a free throw in the first three minutes of play. King shot a foul for State, tying the count. A brief period of battling elapsed and he registered another free throw when Armstrong fouled. The Wildcats took time out when Lavin sustained an injured shoulder which will keep him out of the game for the remainder of the season. When the play was resumed Lavin caged a basket from the center of the floor. This proved to be Lavin's last basket for he had to retire from the game on account of his injured shoulder.
Maver dropped a free throw thru the net. Playing sensationally, he sent the ball sliding through the cage three times in less than a minute. This performance with similar ones, brought expressions of the belief that the contest was the fastest ever played on the Centre floor.
"Red" Roberts, in his first net game of the season, hung on a Wildcat forward's neck. At this period of the fracas King converted the foul. The hard play at this time necessitated the taking of time out.
McMillin, of Colonel gridiron fame, made his first goal upon resumption of the bout. A sensational Centre shot from mid-floor brought the crowd to their feet. King then found the net and encouraged the State rooting section. After two minutes more of hard play, Walden dropped in the leather. McMillin fell on the ball in true football style. Maver dropped in a foul just before the initial period closed at 17 to 7.
The second half belonged to State. King, at forward, was responsible for the Wildcats' comeback towards the end of the final period. He found the net after three minutes of play. McMillin made another scintillating shot. Centre started playing rings around her opponents. Walden rung up his second goal. Hayden tipped the sphere over the ring for the Wildcats. McMillin and Maver followed in rapid succession with scores for Centre.
At this point Kentucky's big rally started, King, Atkins, Wilhelm and Hayden following each other with field goals. The situation was tense. McMillin then scored Centre's last basket. Baskets by King and Hayden in the last two minutes of play set the large State following to roaring, as the Wildcats were then within two points of the leaders. The Centre supporters madly cheered for their team. With the yells from both sides Young Gymnasium rocked. The result of the contest was dangerously near a tie when the firing of the pistol closed the game with a glorious triumph for Centre.