- Monday, January 3 1927 -
Florida - 36 (Head Coach: Brady Cowell)
Kentucky - 44 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
|Van Buren Ropke||4||4||4||3||12|
|C. Foster Helm||2||2||3||1||6|
Halftime Score: Florida 18, Kentucky 14
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Princeton 26 - 30|||||Kentucky Wesleyan 24 - 31|
Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
Kentucky Wins First Conference Game, 44-36
Dees Plays Brilliant Ball at Backguard; Wildcats Miss Many Crip Shots, as Usual
Most people think history repeats itself.
1926 history repeated itself as far as the University of Kentucky Wildcats are concerned when they defeated the University of Florida, 44 to 36, in their first Southern Conference game of the year last night. True, Florida did not play Kentucky in the first conference game last year, but history repeated itself in that the Wildcats waited this season until they had lost four games before winning one -- just what they did in 1926.
One could call last night's game a comedy of errors and describe it pretty well. It was more or less a succession of personal fouls, toe trompin's, walking with the ball and what not, with each team sharing honors. Florida committed 15 personal fouls to Kentucky's 12.
One sitting on the sidelines could do nothing but admire the playing of Clair Dees at backguard, he helping the cause of Kentucky possibly more than any other Wildcat. Clair held the Gators' crip shots down extremely well, forcing them to resort to long shots, with which they gathered in the majority of their points.
As usual Kentucky missed many crip shots - enough to win the game by a 20 point margin - but, as they made enough to win it by 8 points one should not be dissatisfied.
The Wildcats will undoubtedly be heard from again - and in faster company - if they become more sure of themselves and bank their crip shots so they will fall into the mesh instead of outside the basket. They worked the ball down the floor perfectly, although Florida had little defense against such an attack, but did not seem to know how to stand under the basket and tip the ball in. "Toots" Knadler got more crips than any other Wildcat.
Smith, of Florida, scored first with a goal from the foul line, but Knadler received a pass from Jenkins under the basket and made a lightning shot to tie the score. Walker sent Florida's stock soaring five points with a long goal, a crip and a free throw, but Ropke, Jenkins and Ropke again put Kentucky in the lead 8 to 7. The rest of the half was nip and tuck, with Florida being on the long end of a 18 to 14 score at the end of the period.
Walker, of Florida, started the scoring in the second half, but successive goals by Knadler, Jenkins and Ropke again put Kentucky in the lead, 20 to 19. Jenkins, Helm and Ropke and Knadler then began a bombardment of the basket which put Kentucky in the lead, 28 to 23, before the 'Gators' could check the attack. Smith bore the brunt of the comeback attack with three baskets and a foul throw but the game was too far gone. Letzkus squeezed in a field goal just a few seconds before the final gun sounded.
Helm, substituting for Heizer, appeared the steadying influence to the team. He made two field goals and two foul throws during the short time he was in the game during the last half, besides getting the jump on Dell practically every time. Helm started the rally which gave Kentucky the victory.