- Saturday, January 20 1923 -
Kentucky - 26 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit) - [Final Rank ]
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Tennessee - 30 (Head Coach: M. Beal Banks)
Halftime Score: Tennessee 13, Kentucky 11
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|Georgetown College 24 - 13|||||Tenn-Chattanooga 25 - 18|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Seesaw Game Lost by 'Cats
Tennessee Basketeers Put on Thrilling Finish and Nose Out Kentucky Net Quintet
FEST MAKES FIRST SCORE
Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 20 - Flashing a well-oiled basketball attack, the Kentucky Wildcats tonight fought as every Kentucky team of the past has fought against Tennessee teams, but went down in defeat, 30 to 26, clawing to the last ditch. It was the best game yet seen on a local court this season. Tennessee showed decided improvement, and while it was Kentucky's first appearance here this season, all signs point to the boys from the Blue Grass state becoming dangerous contenders for the Southern title.
The first few minutes of play witnessed a whirlwind of action with Tennessee retaining the ball but unable even to get a shot at the basket. Finally the visitors solved the puzzle, and then opened up their repertoire of tricks. After five minutes of play, Fest got loose under the basket, and with no one near to guard him, tossed an easy goal.
'Cats Take Lead
Several moments of suspense followed until Johnson dribbled through the Kentucky defense and caged a neat shot. Kentucky soon took the lead, and at this juncture Coach Banks yanked Harkness, sending Beane from guard to forward, and Batey came in at the back guard position. It took the new combination a few minutes to get organized, but when it did get together, the tables were immediately turned. Tennessee jumped into the lead at 10 to 9.
Riefkin threw a basket changing the balance. The Vols were given two free throws. Beane made the first, but the second bounced away from the backboard. Perched on the sidelines, tanky Bill Hatcher speared it out of the air and made a sensational goal, giving his team the lead it enjoyed at the end of the half.
Within a few minutes after the start of the final period, Johnson threw a long one, and Smith, who had replaced Wilkerson, retaliated. Roe Campbell looped the ring, and Riefkin followed suit.
Beane managed to grab the two points only for a few minutes as Fest slipped away from his guard and got a "crip" shot. Thus it went, all the way from the 13 to 11 score to 21 to 19. Then Freddie Fest went wild and threw one from the center of the court, knotting the count 26 26. The timers said 11 minutes left to play. Tennessee again forged aheada nd only three minutes of play remained when the score stood 28 to 26. In those final flitting moments the Vols caged one more goal and made the victory decisive.