- Saturday, February 10 1923 -
Tennessee - 28 (Head Coach: M. Beal Banks)
Kentucky - 23 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
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Halftime Score: Tennessee 12, Kentucky 8
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Wildcat Basketeers Beaten by Tennessee
FEST IS SHINING LIGHT
How five young men can lose a basketball contest with 200 fair maidens of old Kentucky on the side lines urging them on to victory is not understood.
In fact, the championship Blue Devil team invaded the South, defeated the Cumberland College and Tennessee quintets in two straight nights.
It is sad that the poor undertermers can accomplish a feat that the varsity cannot, but everything comes to him that waits, probably the rainbow will show tomorrow. Lets hope.
The game last night was one of the best exhibitions that the Wildcats have put forth on their floor this season. Beane dropped the first counter early in the game and the Volunteers put forth a stubborn resistance, but it was unavailable, for they could not come forth in the final drive to annex the encounter. It was tough, the 'Cats looked to be sure winners.
At last they were not, the drive that they had put up in the final periods came to rout and they could not stand the pressure. The exhibition put up by the Wildcats was the best seen on a local floor this year but the offense was of poor form. Only for Fest's sure eye in foul shooting, it is doubtful if the 'Cats would have scored the many markers.
Tennessee started with a five-man defense, which was near impregnable, for the Wildcats could not break through their wall but soon after the second period started the Blue and White commenced an attack which if kept up, may have spelt defeat for the Vols. It was late in the final half that the Wildcats knew that the final was on.
Fest had already dropped six out of the nine foul attempts at the baskets and the Cats looked to be playing a faster game but the final plunge of the Tennessee organization meant defeat for the Blue and White. Beane and Keister were sent to the sidelines for personals and it looked as if Johnson should have received the same dose, but somehow or another he was overlooked and it sure spelt defeat for the Blue and White.
However, the strong comeback that the 'Cats staged in the final period was met by the terrific playing of the "second' team which was not called on to display skill, since the Vols invaded Kentucky.
Fest, the elongated center, played the best game of his career.
Bowen was very active, some thought that it was Burnham himself, although the absence of Burnham could not be understood. The changed lineup showed improvement but still the regulars could display a good game if forced to do so.
Johnson and Beane were the outstanding stars for Tennessee, their game was considered rough, and Beane was put out of the contest for this style of play. Johnson remained the entire period and was largely responsible for the Vols' scores as he used hard tactics against the diminutive forward.