- Thursday, January 26 1922 -
Mississippi A & M - 21 (Head Coach: Earl Hayes)
Kentucky - 28 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 18, Mississippi A & M 7
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
AGGIE QUINTET LOSES TO 'CATS
Kentucky Five Plays Like Real Championship Aggregation in 28 to 21 Victory
The Mississippi Aggies' dream of victory over the University of Kentucky basketball team, nourished since the Blue and White aggregation eliminated them from the Southern tournament last year, perished almost unmourned in the Wildcat gym last night. The university basket men playing once more like the champions of the South that they are, laid waste to the Mississippi squad and won by the score of 28 to 21.
It was a battle between two great passing machines, both fast and aggressive, with the Kentucky team always faster. The Maroons held a narrow lead for a short period in the first half, but after that Kentucky moved out in front and had the visitors eating dust for the remainder of the conflict.
Dope Didn't Work
The largest crowd that has visited the Wildcat goal factory this year saw the Wildcats score their belated comeback. The Blue and White team had played far below its championship form in its four previous contest and the dope stood against it in this encounter, so that Lexington fans had come out with only a remote hope of victory for the Wildcats. Said Wildcats let the lead past bury its dead and proceeded to cut loose with the most brilliant exhibition of floorwork since those memorable battles of 1921. They were champions once more.
Kentucky grabbed a 3 to 0 lead in the first few minutes of the game, and then the visitors turned the tables and handed the Cats the short end of a 7 to 3 score. Right there the Mississippians stopped and stayed until the end of the half, when the score stood 18 to 7 in favor of the Wildcats.
In the second half the Maroon coach sent in almost an entire new team, and this fresh squad scored 14 points to Kentucky's 10. The substitute team did even better work than the first string, but never threatened to overcome the Wildcat lead. The Mississippi team played a brilliant game and boasted two or three top notch performers, but was beaten fairly and decisively. Playing on a strange floor may have been a disadvantage to the Maroons.
All-Southern is Right
Basil Hayden played nearly the whole game for the Wildcats. Bill Poyntz taking his place for a few minutes in the second half. Newspapers don't have a chance to tell how much good that man does for the Kentucky squad -- we'll have to leave that to the magazines. Bill King topped the scoring list with a total of seven field goals, while Bobby Lavin was second with two field and four foul goals, eight points.
Paul Adkins had a session of what seemed to be tough luck, for he missed a hatful of shots by small margins. Mr. Dutch Burnham is about as faithful and as dependable a standing guard as ever stood under a Kentucky goal, and his performance last night was all that could be asked of anybody.
It was five all-Southern players that made up the Kentucky squad last night -- and every one of them played like an all-Southern. Wilson, Bryant and Hughes did great work for the Aggies.