- Wednesday, February 14 1923 -
State Championship Game
Kentucky - 10 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
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Centre College - 17 (Head Coach: Jim Kendricks)
Halftime Score: Centre College 5, Kentucky 5
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|Tennessee 23 - 28|||||Clemson 13 - 30|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Centre Defeats 'Cats Winning State Title
When the University of Kentucky defense crumbled in the second half of the basketball game with Centre here tonight, the Colonels forged to the lead and won 17 to 10, thereby winning the state intercollegiate championship.
The two teams, bitter foes for athletic honors and in whose games a certain degree of roughness incurred by the eagerness of both sides to win, develops, was about the cleanest contest played on a Danville floor this season. Both quintets fought hard, but their fight was a clean fight.
The contest in the first half was even, neither quintet gaining an advantage. The score at the end of the period was 5 to 5. Kentucky began the scoring when Freddy Fest, pivot man, tossed a foul and then followed with a field goal. All of Centre's points in this frame were garnered by Captain Green, who caged two field goals and scored a point on a foul.
In the initial half, both teams guarded closely and cautiously. In the second period, Kentucky's defense broke down and the Colonels moved away with a commanding lead. Long shots by R.T. Snowday which went through the hoop, accounted for most of Centre's points.
The Wildcats used a three-man defense continuously. The Colonels except when the ball was in the visitors' hands when taken out, played a running floor game. Otherwise, a five-man defense was used. Terry Snowday remained back when Centre's offense was in motion.
Both teams played an improved passing game over what they have shown in previous contests. The Colonels were in possession of the ball more times than the Wildcats, and made many more shots at the basket than the visitors.
The Snowday brothers and Captain Green played the best games for Centre. Terry Snowday's work at stationary guard was especially brilliant. For Kentucky Fest and Burnham played the best games. Fest kept the Wildcats in the running, scoring nine of their ten points. Burnham played his usual consistent game at stationary guard.
Game Writeup - Danville Messenger (February 14, 1923)
CENTRE LANDS NET TITLE BY DOWNING KENTUCKY 17 TO 10
After Battling on Even Terms in First Half, Centre Runs Off With Contest in Final Period; All Colonels Play Well
The Centre basketball team was acclaimed State intercollegiate champion last night when it gave the University of Kentucky its second walloping of the season. Beautiful passing, close guarding and hard, clean playing featured last night's contest. A big crowd was on hand for the proceedings and was well satisfied with the result.
The Wildcats were first to score. Fest counting with a free throw. Fest boosted the Kentucky mark two points by caging a field goal then Centre got into the point making business. During the first half Capt. Green scored two field goals and a foul, making all of the Colonel's points in this half. Fest, with two foul tosses and a field goal, and Riefkin's free throw gave Kentucky her points and tied the score at five all when the first half closed.
Centre in this period as well as the second took ten shots for the basket to every one made by Kentucky. Many of the Colonel's bids for goals would dip down in the basket and then bound back out. Centre lost at least sixteen points on close ones of this order.
Centre scored 12 points to 5 for Kentucky in the second half and led throughout the period. The scoring in this frame was evenly divided among the Colonels. R. Snowday caged two long goals and Terry Snowday rang up one from mid-floor. Green tossed two free throws. Covington, who had a poor night on his goal shooting, slipped under the basket and tallied with a crip goal.
Case Thomasson came through nicely at the center position and sank a field goal in the last half. Thomasson's work at taking the ball on the rebound was beautiful and was the best seen here this year.
The team showed greatly improved form and especially in the passing game was this improvement noticed. Coach Kendrick, it seems, has hit upon the best lineup and the Colonels should give Clemson a tussle here on Saturday night. Centre will represent Kentucky in the Southern Intercollegiate tournament to be held in Atlanta the latter part of this month.