- Saturday, December 13 1924 -
Cincinnati - 23 (Head Coach: Boyd Chambers)
|Victor "Fic" Sicking||0|
|George "Runt" Bradner||0|
|Robert "Shorty" Klein||0|
Kentucky - 28 (Head Coach: Clarence Applegran)
|A. T. Rice||1|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 13, Cincinnati 9
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|North Carolina 20 - 41|||||Indiana 18 - 20|
Game Writeup - by Norris Royden, Lexington Herald
Spurt in Final Few Minutes Gives Kentucky 28 to 23 Victory
Basketball Season is Opened in Fine Style
Playing safe nearly cost the University of Kentucky basketball team victory in its first game of the season last night at the gymnasium, and a spurt in the last few minutes gave the Wildcats a 28 to 23 victory over the University of Cincinnati.
Gaining a lead shortly after the start of the contest, which also was the first of the season for the Bearcats, Kentucky did not exert its utmost but just entered seriously on the business of making points and keeping the opponents to as low a score as possible.
Cincinnati also did not seem to be doing its best although the end of the first half found the score, 13 to 9, in favor of Kentucky. About the time the second half was middle-way though, the Bearcat machine began to hum, with Allen, smooth-working center, making the loudest noise.
Captain McFarland's men were leading, 19 to 11, when the visitors, mainly through the work of Allen, slapped two goals through the basket. Kentucky followed with a field shot and then the Bearcats, who hesitated a moment to draw a breath, sent three markers sailing through the mesh in rapid succession, tying the count at 21 all.
Spectators Go Wild
The vast majority of the more than 2,000 spectators present, who had just been ordinary rooters, burst into a cry of excitement that pleaded for the Wildcats to do their best. It was at this juncture that McFarland, who is the hottest player on earth when under fire, unloosed a pretty shot from past the foul line for two points after having tried vainly all evening to connect with the net, either close or from afar.
One of the Wildcats mishaved and with cold calculations, Allen made good both parts of a double foul again knotting the count at 23 points.
The Wildcats had all gotten Captain McFarland's fever by this time and everyone of them was roaming the floor ahead of the Bearcats, with the possible exception of Allen. Not trying to pierce the Cincinnati five man defense just in front of the foul line, McFarland sent a high, loping shot through the net from mid-floor. A moment later he made good a foul throw and then one of his teammates threw a field goal, after McFarland had dribbled the ball around and drawn the Bearcat defense out of position. this ended the scoring as the game ended a few seconds later.
Allen's work stamped him as one of the classiest centers and roving players seen here in some time. He was the kingpin of the Bearcat offense and defense. Mehl, said to be a deadly shot, failed miserably under the close watching of the Wildcat guards. Although he made many tries at the basket, he was constantly rushed on his shots.
Visitors Passed BetterCincinnati actually had the better passing team than Kentucky, but the Wildcats gave a superb exhibition of fundamentals, despite this being the first game of the season. The dribbling, turning, reversing and feinting of the Wildcats, their coolness in close proximity of an enemy player and generalship in getting out of a tight place, looked better than any smooth passing attack at this stage of the season, because the latter is only a matter of time.
The Wildcats were starless. No man tried to hog the ball. If a mate was free, the ball was shot to him and Coach Applegran's basketeers worked out their salvation as they went along.
Allen led the scoring with 13 points, while Underwood had 10 and McFarland eight.