- Wednesday, February 7 1923 -
Centenary - 28 (Head Coach: Homer Norton)
Kentucky - 21 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
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Halftime Score: Kentucky 13, Centenary 12
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Game Writeup - by Norris Royden, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Lose to Centenary
RIEFKIN AGAIN BRILLIANT
The great Centre football team of 1921 which swept everything before it, fell from its lofty perch when one of its members placed himself in front of one of Cupid's darts.
That selfsame Cupid threw one of his deadly arrows into the Wildcats ranks last Monday, and the center, Freddy Fest, was stricken.
The University of Kentucky basketball team which began failing the day of Freddy's marriage, when defeated by Cincinnati, received another shove downward last night, when the quintet from Centenary College, Shreveport, La., defeated the 'Cats 28 to 21 in the university gymnasium.
The Wildcats have no excuses or alibis to offer. They played a poor game. The visitors took advantage of the ragged playing of the 'Cats and grabbed themselves a victory. The playing of the Blue and White five was listless. The Wildcats did not seem to get their offensive started, and when the Gentlemen were in possession of the ball, a poor defense opposed them.
It looked as if Kentucky would win the game at the beginning. Riefkin, the Wildcats' outstanding player, after missing a foul, shot a beauty for the first points. Shortly after, he caged two fouls, Centenary then started with a rush and on field goals by Townsend and McGeath ran the score up to 8. Coach Buchheit's men came back and tied the score, only to lose the lead again. Toward the end of the period, the 'Cats brought their score up to 13 while the Gentlemen had 12. This was the score when the whistle blew.
The Gentlemen came out like a house afire at the beginning of the second period and run their score up to 21 points. From then on it was an even fight between the two teams. Centenary evidently playing for time. It looked as if Kentucky might catch the visitors toward the end of the period, when the score was 24 to 19, but they were unequal to the task.
Centenary has a good team for a small college, but they haven't any business defeating an institution of the size of the University of Kentucky as long as the latter puts out an average quintet.
The outstanding members of the visiting team were Townsend, forward, and Horton, stationary guard. The latter stopped any attempt of the Wildcats to make goals near the basket. Townsend caged 12 points of his team's total.
Outside of Riefkin, no one on Kentucky played a brilliant game. Burnham was in his usual consistent form as stationary guard. Dutch can always be relied upon for his share.