- Monday, January 14 1924 -
Mississippi A & M - 17 (Head Coach: Earl Hayes)
Kentucky - 16 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
|C. Foster Helm||0||1||2||1|
|A. T. Rice||0||0||0||0|
Halftime Score: Mississippi A & M 12, Kentucky 8
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|Georgetown College 32 - 24|||||Sewanee 50 - 15|
Game Writeup - by Gene Moore, Lexington Herald
Mississippi Aggies Stop Belated Kentucky Attack to Gain 17 to 16 Victory
TEAMWORK TOO MUCH FOR 'CATS
Staving off a spirited last minute rally by the Kentucky Wildcats, Mississippi A & M, champions of the South last year, squeezed out a 17-16 victory at the university gym last night. The Aggies led after the first 10 minutes of play and were never in real danger until the closing moments of the game when long shots by Riefkin and McFarland put new life into the 'Cats and Kentucky threatened to capture the battle. The Aggies led at the half 12 to 8.
Both teams handled the ball with a fair degree of accuracy, but neither outfit could locate the basket successfully. Both teams repeatedly missed "crip" shots, the Aggies especially failing to make numerous easy chances at the basket.
Wildcats Take Lead
The 'Cats jumped into the lead when "Cowboy" Underwood made good one of two free throws awarded him about four minutes after the game had started. Meyers followed with a free throw and tied the count. Perkins put the Aggies in the lead with a midfloor shot, but McFarland promptly tied it up again with a shot from the foul circle. The Aggies ran up a total of ten points by a burst of passing and shooting before McFarland again counted, bringing the 'Cat total to five. A field goal by Meyer raised the Aggie total to 12. Helm scored one point out of two free throws and McFarland again dropped one in from midfloor, making the Kentucky score eight as the half ended.
Neither quintet could get going in the early minutes of the second period, the only points in the first five minutes of this half being three points added via the free throw route by Meyer. Then the Cats hit their pace and ran in two field goals. Norris took advantage of a "crip" and brought the Aggies total to 16. A foul was called on Capt. "Chuck" Rice, of the 'Cats, and Sikes made good what developed to be the winning point of the game. Long shots by McFarland and Riefkin put Kentucky one point behind their opponents. With 40 seconds to play Mississippi called time out. The 'Cats went back into the game shooting wildly but failed to produce the necessary point.
The entire Mississippi team played the brand of ball that produced a title for the Aggies at the Atlanta tourney. With four of the championship five on the floor tonight, the Maroon played together with a snappy precision and accuracy and never seemed to lose control of the game. The 'Cats, although playing a great game, failed to display the passing attack and ability to hit the basket at short range that has characterized their previous games, and missed many chances to even up the count.
Makes 12 points
Jimmie McFarland, diminutive forward, was the chief factor in keeping the Wildcats in the running, and besides making 12 of the Blue and White's 16 points, played a steady floor game. His handling of the ball was much above that of the other 'Cats and it was this department of the game that probably cost them the contest.
Gutchell, mammoth Aggie guard, standing over six feet and chosen on the mythical all-southern five at the Atlanta tourney last February, was mainly responsible for the Maroon victory. Towering over the heads of the much smaller Wildcats, he had little trouble in breaking up Kentucky passes and taking the ball off the back board.
Perkins, second member of the Aggies to win all-southern recognition last season, was best on the attack for the Maroon. Covering a great deal of territory and slipping back into his defense quickly, the Aggie forward led his team in the attack. Meyers, forward, led in scoring with seven points, while Sikes, at center, played good ball.
Sewanee's strong quintet will invade the confines of the university gym, meeting the Wildcats. It is probable after last night's hard game that Coach Buchheit will send a vastly changed lineup into the game.