- Saturday, February 3 1923 -
Georgia - 23 (Head Coach: Herman J. Stegeman)
|Ralph "Pokey" Williams||1||0||0||2|
Kentucky - 19 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
|A. T. Rice||0||0||0||0|
Halftime Score: Georgia 7, Kentucky 6
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Centre College 14 - 21|||||Cincinnati 24 - 33|
Game Writeup - by Phil McCann, Lexington Herald
Dogs Better than Felines
RIEFKIN AND GURR STAR
The Coue theory is all wrong, that is the way the University of Kentucky basketball quintet felt about the matter after the Georgia game last night.
It is needless to say that the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats, 23 to 19, that is what makes the theory all wrong. Since the Centre game the Wildcats have been walking around the gymnasium saying "day by day in every way we are getting better." They may have been in practice, but they did not show it in the game last night.
The Georgia quintet, fresh from two defeats at the hands of Vanderbilt and Tennessee entered the game with a burst of speed, but it was several minutes before Captain Gurr could locate the basket and when he did his shot was a score. Numerous fouls called on the Kentucky players were largely responsible for the Wildcats defeat for Captain Gurr scored a perfect average at sinking the hide, making 11 points out of the same number of tries. He alone was the leading factor in the Bulldogs offense for he finished the contest with 15 points to his credit.
The first half was hotly contested with each side playing hard for the lead at the half, however, the Bulldogs finished the first period on the long end of a 7 to 6 score. The Georgia quintet owe their lead at the end of the first half to Captain Gurr, who scored five of the seven points. His brilliant work in the last period proved the undoing of the 'Cats, for in addition to making eight markers on fouls, he scored a field goal.
Riefkin Comes StrongRiefkin was substituted for Poyntz during the first half and the diminutive forward put the 'Cats in the running with his spectacular shooting. He dogged the Bulldogs with ease and his handicap proved to be his brother players not giving him an opportunity of shooting. His work equaled that of Gurr, although the Georgia center had the edge in foul throwing.
Georgia started with a five man defense, but that was put to route early in the first half by the Wildcats and from then out if was fight for yourself. Georgia tried the dribbling route many times, but the speedy work of Riefkin and Rice broke the floor act and they were forced to use the passing game or shoot from long range. The long range shots proved more proficient for they earned most of their field goals by this route.
Kentucky had several opportunities with the crip shot but the basket eyes of the players were none too good and they made a small percentage of shots by this attack.
Gurr Leads Attack
The work of Captain Gurr was brilliant, Butler shared honors with the center, while Bennett's playing was of great aid to the Bulldogs.
Had it not been for the goal shooting of Riefkin, Kentucky would have been decisively defeated, he kept the Blue and White in the running and for several minutes in the second half the 'Cats looked to be the winner. Rice and Burnham were in every play, and although the Georgia Bulldogs fought through the first line of defense on several occasions they failed to pass these sturdy guards.
Where Kentucky showed the ill effects from the two games last week, the Bulldogs looked to be benefited from the double defeat and invaded the Blue and White gymnasium determined to annex the tilt.