- Thursday, February 18 1926 -
Tennessee - 21 (Head Coach: M. Beal Banks)
Kentucky - 27 (Head Coach: Ray Eklund)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 16, Tennessee 10
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Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
Kentucky Wins Seventh Conference Victory by Defeating Tennessee 27-21
Although the Kentucky Wildcats trebled the score against the Tennessee Volunteers down in Knoxville last Friday night, they couldn't even double it at the university gymnasium last night and finally made enough foul shots to win the game, 27 to 21, thanks again to Gayle Mohney, who scored two field goals and seven foul shots, and to Paul Jenkins, who shot a field goal and two out of two free tries.
Kentucky played far below form, seeming troubled, uneasy and nervous. They did very little of the lightning-like passing which has baffled more than one opponent this season, resorting to long heaves which generally went straight into the hands of Harkness or Crittenden. The game was rough from the start, 29 personal fouls being called on both teams, 17 on Tennessee and 13 on the Wildcats. Two visiting players were removed from the lineup in the second half on account of personals.
The strength of Tennessee surprised 3,000 fans who jammed themselves into the university gymnasium. And this also surprised the Wildcats who evidently, on the face of recent games, regarded the Volunteers lightly. However, Eklund's team, like a race horse in the lead and running under wraps, always shot ahead as soon as the Volunteers threatened to take the lead and had something to spare at the end. Starting the second half, the Wildcats were leading, 16 to 10, but the visitors made five points in the flash of an eye, only to have Kentucky sprint ahead again under the urging of Mohney and little Chuck Alberts. True they are good jockeys.
Game Starts Fast
Kentucky started the game in their characteristically whirlwind style, crashing through for four points before the Vols could register once. Underwood made a foul but Butcher came back with a long looping shot from the middle of the floor and a foul goal put the score at 5 to 4. Again Underwood sent the Wildcats ahead by a long sideline field goal and Mohney collected three more points. McFarland brought the score to 12 to 4 with one of his spectacular long field goals and Underwood, after missing two free throws, caught the ball on the last rebound and angled it into the basket for a field goal. Cooley employed his long goal shooting tactics to add two points to the visitors' total and Harkness brought the score to 14 to 8 with another shot from mid-floor. Cooley connected for two free throws but Carey and Mohney came right back with a foul goal and a field goal to bring the score to 16 to 10 in favor of Kentucky at the end of the first half.
Point for Point
Harkness and Butcher made their five points at the start of the second period, only to have them counteracted by field goals by Alberts and Mohney and a foul shot by the latter to bring the score to 21 to 15. Harkness made a crip shot good but Mohney retaliated with a free throw. Jenkins made another foul good, as did Mohney, and Carey collected his usual long field goal to bring the total to 26 to 17. Butcher shot a field goal and Jenkins followed this up with a foul shot in rapid succession. Carter made the last score of the game, a long field goal in the final three seconds to bring the score to 27 to 21.
Tennessee clearly outplayed Kentucky in the first half, out-smarting them on passes and general floor work. Their goal shooting was poor, however, scoring three field goals while the Wildcats were getting five. In the second half, however the visitors made four field goals to Kentucky's three and played them an even floor game.
Mohney High Point Man
Mohney was high point man of the game with 11 to his credit. Underwood scored five while Jenkins got four. Harkness and Butcher were sweet players that Mr. Anybody would welcome, carrying the burden of the scoring and thwarting Kentucky's long passing attack time after time. Harkness, especially, was clever in keeping the ball out of his own territory, thus forcing the Wildcats to resort to more long shots than they have attempted in any game played on the local floor this season.
True, Burgess Carey also guarded his portion of the floor with his usual skill and Tennessee failed to register many points from within the foul line. Hickerson was sent into the game as center in the final five minutes of the first half and showed that he will be a valuable substitute in the southern tournament.
It rained. But as for that it generally does when Tennessee comes to town.