- Saturday, December 19 1925 -
DePauw - 38 (Head Coach: William Hughes)
|Lloyd Messersmith (*)||5|
Kentucky - 29 (Head Coach: Ray Eklund)
|C. Foster Helm||0|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 17, DePauw 14
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Georgia 31 - 32|||||Indiana 23 - 34|
Game Writeup - by Kenneth Gregory, Lexington Herald
Cats Lose Opening Game to DePauw, 38 to 29
INDIANANS COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN FRAY; 2,500 FANS PACK GYM
After trailing the University of Kentucky five during the first half of the opening basketball game of Lexington's season last night, the DePauw University quintet came from behind in the last few minutes of play, scored 10 points and won from the Wildcats, 38 to 29.
A crowd of 2,500 which packed the galleries of the gymnasium from playing floor to doors saw a well-played game in which the Indiana five, seemingly unable to find the basket with any degree of regularity during the first part of the game, became better as it went along, and, after Captain Carey of the Wildcats had been taken out of the contest on fouls, went into the lead, never to be headed.
Paul Jenkins, the fleet Kentucky forward, started the scoring with a neat shot from the sideline, and for several minutes the score see-sawed back and forth with Kentucky first holding the lead and then DePauw. A few minutes before the first half ended the score was 14 to 14, and on a spectacular shot by McFarland from a difficult angle and foul shot by Underwood, Kentucky took the lead as the period ended.
Jenkins started the second half with a nice goal and Kentucky retained the lead until the Orange and Black five took a shooting spree and added enough points to tie the count at 19 all. Again the score went up by jumps and the Blue and White netmen were leading 29 to 28, when Carey left the floor. "Chuck" Alberts went in to fill Captain Carey's shoes and the fleet little guard was just a bit too short for the tall Hoosier five.
The Indiana team was unable to hit the basket during the first half, making nearly half of their 14 points on fouls by the Kentucky five, but improved as it went along.
Ward, the midget player of the Indiana team, was easily the best goal tosser, scoring 13 of his team's markers. Three of his baskets came in the final minutes of the play, thus running up the score against the Blue and White team. Stewart, DePauw's other forward, was next in scoring for the visitors, with 11 points to his credit. On the defense, Captain Puckett of the Hoosiers held chief honors, besides scoring nine points for his team.
The Blue and White had no outstanding players, the five who started the game playing the most consistent ball and showing the best team work. Paul Jenkins, former Louisville Manual star, showed the crowd that he is going to make a good man, and McFarland did some great passing and dribbling. Carey played his usual good game until taken out and Mohney and Underwood did their part well. This is the last game for the Wildcats until after the holidays, when they meet the strong University of Indiana quintet at Bloomington on January 5.