- Friday, January 22 1926 -
Centre College - 25 (Head Coach: William Maher)
Kentucky - 45 (Head Coach: Ray Eklund)
|C. Foster Helm||0||0||0||0||0|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 23, Centre 17
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Georgia Tech 25 - 24|||||Georgetown College 25 - 20|
Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
Centre Colonels are Outclassed 45 to 25 by Husky Wildcats
Sustained Attack by Blues Earns Victory; Gayle Mohney Hurt
Kentucky's Wildcats should go into the mid-year examinations today in a happy frame of mind, for they trounced Centre's Colonels last night at the university gymnasium, 45 to 25, in a fast and exciting game.
The start of the game was delayed 35 minutes on account of slippery roads between Danville and Lexington which made it impossible for the Colonels to make rapid progress.
Centre was first to appear on the floor and their golden jersies brought a thunderous ovation from the Kentucky crowd. The band struck up on the Washington and Lee swing and Billy Upham did more Charleston steps than a Hopi Indian ever dared to attempt, while the Wildcats were preparing for their entrance.
Eklund's team then entered the playing ring and the stands cheered lustily while Referee Lane prepared for the first tip-off.
O'Neil Scores First
O'Neil, Centre forward, scored the first point for either team soon after the start when he made a foul good. Underwood, ducking, dribbling and finally eluding Colonel guards, made a glistening shot from the middle of the floor good and put Kentucky in the lead. Summer tied it again with a foul throw but rapid fire shots by McFarland, Mohney, Jenkins and Underwood sent Kentucky's stock up, 11 to 2, to the bewilderment of the golden jersied athletes. However, with O'Neil leading the attack, Centre crept slowly up while they were holding the Wildcats at bay and brought the score to 11 to 10, only to have Jenkins make another one good.
Summers Is Spectacular
Probably the most spectacular shot of the game followed when Summers, standing nearly on the sideline opposite the foul ring, tossed one over his back to have it sink without a struggle into the mesh for a goal. McFarland regained his eye for the basket long enough to ring three markers from all angles while Jenkins and Underwood were adding one and two points at intervals. McFarland ended the scoring in the first half by looping a spot shot from the foul line, sending the Wildcats into the lead, 23 to 17.
Kentucky came back strong at the start of the third period. Gayle Mohney, star forward, started the ball rolling in the third period by making good two free throws and a crip to bring the score to 27 to 17. The Wildcats' passing attack, which was not functioned properly in the first two periods, was brought into full force and the speed, cunning and accuracy with which the Blues wove the ball in and out and around the Colonels was a revelation tot he stands. This took the visitors off their balance somewhat to make them victims of easy goals, generally executed by Jenkins and Underwood. Besuden at one time got the ball under the basket and after three juggles at the ball finally flopped it through the hoops.
Wofford Makes Last Point
Wofford, of Centre, made the last point in the second of the game when he sank a foul goal, made possible by a personal foul by Kittrell.
Coach Ray Eklund sent his second string team into the game two minutes before the game ended but they did not have time to show any advantage.
Gayle Mohney, who played a bang-up game, struck his head on the floor soon after the start of the third period and had to be removed from the lineup. He kept his foul goal shooting record clean by making each of five tries good. He has gone through two straight games without having missed a free throw, having made six good in the Georgia Tech game last Saturday night.
For Centre, Summers and Thompson probably were the outstanding players on the floor. Summers excelled in long shots and did fine guarding as well as deceptive passing. Thompson, playing guard, did his work well and was the main cog in Centre's passing attack. He got the ball off the backboard with regularity and prevented the Cats from securing an overdose of crip shots.
McFarland's Shooting is Off
McFarland did not shoot with his old time accuracy, although he came through with his share of points. Underwood played in improved form and connected for 10 points.
It was Kentucky's tenth straight basketball victory over the Colonels in five years.