- Saturday, February 21 1925 -
Centre College - 10 (Head Coach: Harold Ofstie)
|John Allen Leathers||1||1||3||2||3|
Kentucky - 39 (Head Coach: Clarence Applegran)
|C. Foster Helm||2||0||0||2||4|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 16, Centre College 6
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Tennessee 26 - 21|||||Mississippi A & M 31 - 26|
Game Writeup - by Norris Royden, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Administer 39-10 Drubbing to Colonels to Win State Championship
Centre Fight Goes for Naught Against Kentucky's Coolness
Blue and White Play Their Greatest Game of Season in Handing Ancient Rivals Decisive Defeat Before Largest Crowd of Year - Visitors' Offense Stopped at Every Turn
Applegran's Men Ready for Tournament
Defeat, hand-painted and having all the frills dictated by the styles of the day, was shoved in the face of the Centre Colonels then rammed down their throat last night at the University of Kentucky gymnasium by the Wildcats, who romped away to a 39 to 10 victory for the state championship. The largest crowd of the season was present.
Centre's offense, dependent on the dribbling of each member of the team with Covington primed to set the Wildcats on their heads, was offset at every turn. On the other hand, the individual floor work of the Wildcats and their deceptive method of drawing the Colonels out of position, proved the greatest offense seen in action on the Kenucky floor this season.
It was a beating that Kentucky gave Centre, but one of a strictly scientific basis. The Colonels had the fight for which they are noted, but the Wildcats playing coolly at every moment out-smarted the Gold and White boys to a fare-ye-well.
As Good As Big Ten Teams
Kentucky looked like a great quintet last night - as good as Michigan and Indiana, who played here earlier in the season and who are proving dangerous in the Western Conference race at the present time. The team never played better basketball and if their efforts at the Southern Conference at Atlanta to which they go the latter part of this week are as good as they were last night, the Wildcats can be expected to return from Georgia with another cup to stand beside that the boys of 1931 brought home.
What made the Wildcats look so flashy was the fact that practically all of their goals were of the crip variety. Little sharpshooting was attempted by the Wildcats, who confined their efforts to drawing out the Centre guards then a quick step and an easy shot.
The scoring was slow during the first few minutes but the Wildcats were the first to break the ice. With Captain McFarland doing his best - which is a whole lot - the score soon mounted and when the first half was over, Kentucky was riding the waves to a 16 to 6 tune.
Work Smoother in Last Half
In the second period, Clarence Applegran's men worked smoother than ever dropping in eight field goals while the visitors were getting a pair, both on long shots. Toward the last the "wrecking crew" was the sent in and had little difficulty in holding the tired and dizzy Colonels.
The referee, Drueck, of Cincinnati, was all eyes and only a few mishaps escaped him. Both the Colonels and Wildcats were frequent violators of the traveling rule and he did not hesitate in blowing his whistle. Kentucky had 15 free throws making nine of them, while Centre made good only two out of 12.
Game Writeup - Louisville Courier-Journal (February 22, 1925)
Wildcats Conquer Centre In Final Contest At Home; Play in Atlanta Tourney
by Gerald Griffin
Lexington, Ky., Feb. 21 - "They might beat us on the gridiron, but it seems the only thing that can save them on a basketball floor is divine intercession."
Thus reasoned a student of the University of Kentucky after the Wildcats took the Colonels of Centre College to the woodshed for a 39 to 10 chastisment, tonight.
The Wildcat, with flesh conquered on the gridiron, but with spirit unsubdued, uttered a low growl tonight and sprang at its ancient enemy. The battle was one-sided from the start, so ferocious was the attack of the revenge-crazed feline. The downfall of the victim was not long in coming, for after the first encounter, the end was in sight. Tonight, the Wildcat, assuaged for former humiliations, returned quietly to its lair, to rest for an invasion of the South when it will be pitted against the best in the Southern Conference tournament at Atlanta. The team will depart from Lexington on Wednesday.
The game marked the return to form of McFarland and Hughes. Captain Jimmy lead his team to victory riding on a tidal wave of 13 points. Hughes astonished the 4,000 spectators upon many occasions with his spectacular work. The game notwithstanding the difference in scores, and the foreknown result, was fast. Centre was able to handle the ball well, but lacked accuracy, when the forwards were able to elude the ever alert Wildcat guards.
McFarland started the scoring with a foul shot, and followed with a field basket and then shot another one. Covington made a field basket and Leathers made a foul goal, bringing the score to 5 to 3 in Kentucky's favor. This was the closest that Centre got to Kentucky.
Covington, whom Centre fans depended upon to be a terror to Kentucky, was unable to foil his guards, and as a result had few opportunities to distinguish himself.
The work of Kreuck, referee, of Cincinnati, came in for a lot of criticism from fans. Seven Kentucky goals were ruled out by the official, alleging violations of numerous technicalities.
Tonight's game was the final contest of Kentucky's home season.