- Friday, February 4 1927 -
Washington & Lee - 36 (Head Coach: Dick Smith)
Kentucky - 34 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
|C. Foster Helm||0|
|Van Buren Ropke||2|
Halftime Score: Washington & Lee 18, Kentucky 12
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Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
'CAT RALLY SHORT; THEY LOST TO GENERALS
Jenkins, Sharpe Star; White and Spotts Best for Victorious Team
The noble Generals of Washington and Lee evidently delight in defeating the University of Kentucky Wildcats by one and two point margins, whether it be in basketball or football.
Last October 16 the Generals nipped the Wildcats by a 14 to 13 score in a football game in which Kentucky was best. Last night on the basketball floor these same Generals nipped the Wildcats by a two point count, 36 to 34, and not because of their great basketball ability. In fact, Kentucky was best for three quarters last night and certainly deserved more than a defeat.
Jenkins and Sharpe carried the burden of Kentucky's offensive attack and despite the fact that they lost they would not be disheartened. Kentucky's running attack was seriously handicapped when Clair Dees and Frank Phipps had to leave the game early in the second half via the foul route.
'Cats Score First
Kentucky scored first when Phipps caged a crip shot. Urmey came back with a foul throw and Knadler made a crip, making the score 4 to 1. Urmey made it 4 to 3 with two free throws, but Jenkins scored a spot shot to make it 6 to 3 in Kentucky's favor. Joyner made a free throw good and Knadler retaliated with one point. White then got into action for W. and L., sending two quick field goals ringing through the net to put the Generals in the lead. They were never headed thereafter and held an 18 to 12 margin at the end of the first half.
Kentucky started the second half auspiciously, cutting the Generals' lead to 18 to 15 when Sharpe made a field goal and a foul throw. White sank a long one and Spotts made three consecutive field goals, while Phipps was adding one. Ropke got a field goal spotted to him, while Jenkins and Sharpe added two long shots to bring the total to 25 to 22. Urmey and White got into action with field goals and sent the Generals ahead again 29 to 22. Sharpe got a foul throw and Spotts retaliated with a pretty field goal, making the score 31 to 33.
Jenks Has Eye for Basket
Captain Jenkins had his eye for the basket and sent another long one spinning through the hoops. Lowry, substitute, made a field goal, but Sharpe and Knadler came back with two points, each making good a free throw. Lowry made W. and L's last point of the game, a free throw, to bring the score to 36 to 27.
The Wildcats then started the rally which came near winning the tilt. Sharpe got a long field goal to bring it to 36 to 29, and Jenkins dribbled in for a crip to make it 36 to 31. Knadler shot a crip from pass from Jenkins and Sharpe made good a free throw to bring the score to 36 to 34. There was a half minute to play and although Knadler's final effort rolled around the hoop on at least two seconds, it bounced out and the Wildcats had lost.
Generals Shoot Fouls
The Generals showed more adeptness in shooting foul goals, and herein lay their claim to victory, making good 12 out of 20, while Kentucky could make good only 10 out of 19. The Wildcats counted only four field goals in the first half, while they doubled this in the final stanza. White was by far the best for the Generals, taking shots from all parts of the floor and making good four of them. He got two points via free throws.
Spotts, elongated center, was too tall for Foster Helm to reach and the General got the tip-off the greater part of the time. This he used to advantage, always transferring it to one of his teammates, who worked the ball in close for a shot.
Kentucky played a rough game, Dees and Phipps being ejected because of fouls. Helm and Sharpe had three personals on them when the game ended. Two Generals were also put out of the game, these being Urmey and White.
Game Writeup - by Neville Dunn Lexington Leader
WILDCATS LOSE TO GENERALS, 36-34
Lead Amassed by Washington and Lee During First Half Proved More than Kentucky Could Overcome
Washington and Lee and the University of Kentucky staged another of their spectacular battles Friday night in the Kentucky gymnasium, the sport this time being basket ball and the Generals again emerged victors by a margin as thin as a nose finish in a horse race, 36 to 34.
Kentucky put up a brilliant battle and like the foot ball game they lost [last] fall to the Generals 14 to 13, deserved the victory. One bad quarter of the game spelled their downfall, because during that time, the visiting gallants bolstered their score to a size the Wildcats could not equal.
The Wildcats started the fireworks and early in the game was leading by a five-point margin. Washington and Lee, alho it got the tip off every time, due to the jumping ability and height of Spotts, center, could not seem to hit the basket at first, but when their shooting eye returned, the Generals dropped enough goals to give them a lead of 18 to 12 at the end of the first half. Just before that period ended, the Generals had Kentucky's score doubled.
In the second half, Kentucky came back strong and on several brilliant shots by Sharpe and Jenkins, brought the score to within three points of the Generals' lead. Here, however, the Generals spurted again and advanced their score to 36, while Kentucky had only 27.
From this point on, Kentucky was much the best. Only a little time remained and the Cats fought desperately to overtake their opponents. Washington and Lee tried a delayed offense, but it netted them nothing. Kentucky constantly taking the ball away from them and going down the floor to shoot. Sharpe started off with a long shot, and Jenkins dribbled in for a crip. Knadler shot another crip on a pass from Jenkins and Sharpe made a free throw to bring the score to 36 to 34.
Kentucky fans were on the point of hysterics and when Spotts again got the tip off and Washington and Lee began to freeze the ball again, there seemed little chance for the Wildcats. About 20 seconds remained when Knadler got the ball and shot. The ball hit within the loop, but the "English" on it forced it to jump out again. The game ended as both teams were scrambling over the ball. If Knadler's attempt had been successful, the score would have been tied and an extra five-minute period played.
Washington and Lee won the victory on free throws. The game was featured by numerous fouls on both sides, two Kentucky men and two Washington and Lee players being forced out on account of personals, and the Generals took advantage of their opportunity for free tosses. They made 12 out of 20, while Kentucky could get only 10 out of 19.
For Kentucky, Captain Jenkins and Jimmy Sharpe played a stellar game. Jenkins got nine points, while Sharpe accounted for 13, high score of the game. White, with 10 points, was best for Washington and Lee on the offense, altho Spotts was the outstanding player on the team.