- Saturday, January 27 1923 -
Centre College - 21 (Head Coach: Jim Kendricks)
Kentucky - 14 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
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Halftime Score: Centre 10, Kentucky 2
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Game Writeup - by Phil McCann, Lexington Herald
COLONELS WIN OVER WILDCATS
BURNHAM'S WORK FEATURE
It comes to them that wait is an old adage that proved true at the University of Kentucky gymnasium last night.
The Centre College basketball quintet won, anything but a brilliant basketball game from the Wildcats by a 21 to 14 score.
Centre was forced to taste defeat twice at the hands of a Wildcat net five last year and the year before they split even with the 'Cats in the two game series. They wanted revenge and at last they have it, but not from such a brilliant quintet that represented Kentucky in 1921 and 1922.
It was useless to play the game for the Wildcats were whipped when they entered the contest. There was none of the accurate goal shooting or superior guarding that were the shining lights of the Alabama game. Centre opened its attack, which cannot be classed for any particular feature as the Colonels resorted to all styles of play. Their dribbling which led up to the free crip shot, the same style of play that aided Alabama in its victory, proved the undoing of the 'Cats.
Jimmy Green started the scoring for the Colonels, when he dropped a beauty after four minutes of cross fire by both factions. Kentucky had an opportunity before this of scoring on foul shots, but Riefkin's basket eye failed him and the chance fell by the wayside.
Following Green's first basket, Terry Snowday caught the ball under the Wildcat basket and worked the leather down the floor via the dribbling route, here he added the second marker with a crip shot.
A foul called on Wilkinson gave the Colonels another point and Snowday threw a long one for a counter. The 'Cats could not get started, their defense was everywhere but at the right place and it remained for Fest to count first for Kentucky with a wide one from a tight angle. At the pistol crack, the count stood 10 to 2, with the Colonels on the long end of the score.
Riefkin had four chances for markers from the foul line in the first half but the period ended with the diminutive forward batting zero.
Green was up to his old tricks when the second half began and shot a beauty for the first score. The Colonels looked to be better but the 'Cats took a brace and Riefkin eluded Covington long enough to score.
Fest took up the goal tossing from the foul line and his first three chances were counters. The elongated center shot a beauty from midfloor but Referee Boyer ruled that he blew his whistle for a foul throw. However, Fest added a point by this route.
Coach Buchheit's men looked at times to be at themselves during the final period but it was spasmodic and they failed to collect their defense long enough to hold the rushing Colonels. They had several opportunities from the field but their throws either went wild or rung the hoop.
Although both teams were believed to be evenly matched due to their standing on the Alabama game, notwithstanding that Kentucky succeeded in scoring more points against the Crimson Tide, the Colonels put up the best exhibition.
Snowday was a terror for Fest and his close guarding stopped Freddy's usual work, however, he scored the most points for the Wildcats. Green had a perfect eye on the foul throws and his field goals were of the feature style.
Burnham was the outstanding star for Kentucky, the stationary guard saved the 'Cats from having a larger score piled up against them and he made several attempts at the basket although his throws went wide.
Coach Kendrick had warned the Colonels to be on guard against the beauty shots of Riefkin and the forward often was forced to work his way through two guards of defense.
Kentucky will have a week to prepare for the Georgia game which will be played next Saturday night, and it is believed that Coach Buchheit will send a stronger team against the Crackers than faced Centre last night.