- Saturday, February 9 1924 -
Kentucky - 27 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
|A. T. Rice||0||1||2||1|
|C. Foster Helm||1||0||0||2|
Centre College - 18 (Head Coach: John Nicholson)
|John Allen Leathers||0||0||0||0|
Halftime Score: Centre College 13, Kentucky 13
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|West Virginia 24 - 21|||||Georgetown College 39 - 35|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Kentucky Hands 27-18 Defeat to Colonels
WILDCATS STOP CENTRE ATTACK
Centre's offense was stopped dead in the second half by Kentucky, mainly through the work of McFarland and King, and the Wildcats defeated the Colonels in the first of their games this season here tonight. The score was 27 to 18.
The two quintets battled even in the first half, but in the second period by stopping Centre's attack and working their own offense to better advantage, the Wildcats were able to extract a victory. The game was witnessed by a crowd which was jammed into every available nook of Boyle gymnasium.
The game was remarkably clean and well-played. The local athletic officials introduced a new referee to Blue Grass fans in Kruck, of Cincinnati, who handled the battle in wonderful style.
Centre started the scoring after two minutes of play, when Covington caged a foul. Kentucky jumped into the lead when McFarland hit the hoop and Riefkin followed with a foul shot. Dooley tied the score with a goal, then Milward made good a free throw. Centre took the lead when Green made two fouls, but Riefkin with a goal from the center of the floor put the Wildcats out in front. He followed with a similar shot. Dooley, with a double and Covington with a foul tied the count again. Thomasson made a goal from underneath the basket, then the Wildcats knotted the count. Covington made a field and foul goal, then Hughes caged a basket and Rice shot a foul to knot the score as the half ended.
Kentucky took the lead and never was headed in the second half, when Helm made a neat shot. Covington threw a foul, then King made his favorite from the sidelines. McFarland turned in a nice backhand shot, and Green made a crip goal for Centre. McFarland threw one from the center circle and King made a crip shot, followed by Milward with an easy throw. Snowday made Centre's last double, while King ended the scoring for the game, giving Kentucky its 27-18 victory.
Kentucky had no individual stars, every Wildcat coordinating with his mates in faultless style. King did good work in guarding Covington, keeping this ace to one field goal.
Game Writeup - Danville Daily Messenger
CENTRE DEFEATED BY WILDCATS IN FAST GAME 27-18
Visitors Held to 13 to 13 Score in First Half But Solve the Centre Passing Game in Last Period
By solving the passing attack of the Centre net team in the second half of the game here Saturday night the University of Kentucky basketball team was able to score a 27 to 18 victory over the local court artists. The first half found the two teams battling on even terms, the period closing with the score tied at 13 "all." During the last 20 minutes of play the Colonels counted but two field goals and one foul, while the Wildcats caged seven field goals.
The game was one of the cleanest exhibitions ever witnessed here and Kruck, the Cincinnati referee, deserves much credit for the manner in which he handled the scrap. Centre was first to score when Covington threw a foul. The visitors then took the lead but Centre forged to the front with a 5 to 4 score. The Wildcats again stepped out in front but the Colonels were leading by three points 13 to 10 two minutes before the half ended. Kentucky tied the count in the last minute of play in this session. The visitors jumped to the front at the very outset of the second half and were never headed. A record crowd was on hand for the contest.
Covington was closely guarded by King and made only one field goal during the night. He added four points by the foul route, however. Green had tough luck on his shots, several hitting in the basket only to bounce out. McFarland and King were Kentucky's offensive stars, the pair counting 14 points.