- Monday, February 7 1927 -
West Virginia - 44 (Head Coach: Frank Stadsvold)
|Louis 'Oogie' Meisel||2|
Kentucky - 26 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
|C. Foster Helm||5|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 16, West Virginia 16
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Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
WILDCATS LOSE TO WEST VIRGINIA FIVE, 44 TO 26
Brawn and Height Enable Mountaineers to Triumph Over Kentucky; First Half is Thrilling
'CATS' TEAMWORK BETTER
Although the University of Kentucky Wildcats more than held their own for one half of their game with the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Euclid gymnasium last night, the brawn and height of the visitors was too much in the final half and the Wildcats succumbed to their late rush by a score of 44 to 26.
There was somewhat of a heart balm for Kentucky followers, however, when the undefeated Kittens toyed with the Georgetown Cubs and more than doubled the score on them to the tune of 49 to 23. It more than atoned for the 9 to 0 licking handed the Kittens on the gridiron here last fall. At that, McFarland was content to allow his second and third string men take their fling at Georgetown with more or less success. The first string troops did not play up to standard, although they could have easily made the score at least 60 if they had played during the entire game.
The first half of the varsity game was very interesting. Kentucky took the lead at the outset and never relinquished it until Ashworth got lucky at the start of the second half and shot a field goal which sent the West Virginians ahead by 18 to 16. Knadler and Sharpe played the leading roles in keeping the Wildcats in the lead during the first half and with an equal amount of height and brawn, Kentucky might have triumphed. The West Virginians play was very ragged during the entire first half and this allowed the Wildcats to slip down under the goal for many shots, many of which they missed. The Wildcats may be termed the champion hard luck team of the South in this respect. Not less than a dozen times they had the ball to roll around the rim of the hoop once or twice and fall to the floor instead of through the mesh.
Jenkins was the steadying influence and fed the ball to his teammates with his old time skill. Clair Dees was ejected from the game on account of personal fouls early in the first half and this seriously handicapped Kentucky in her effort to turn back the visitors.
The West Virginia five presented sweet basketball players in Hageberg and Glenn, center and Taylor, forward. They found themselves in the final half and gave sterling exhibitions of dribbling and shooting. Kentucky's general teamwork, however, was far superior to the visitors.
Milward, Combs, Jeffries, Lyons and Miller, in addition to the eight other substitutes, were pretty good reasons why the freshmen came out on top of a 49 to 23 score. They led at the half, 18 to 9, and held a safe advantage throughout , the second team doing better work than the visitors.
Woodall was the scoring star for the Cubs with seven points. Offutt was close behind with three field goals and Judd collected two. The losers resorted to long shots in the final minutes of the game to a certain degree of success. Woodall caging two and Offutt one in this manner. The fans did not see in the Cubs anything that looked like a state championship quintet.
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
WEST VIRGINIANS DOWN CATS, 44-26
Freshmen Give Kentucky an Even Break by Defeating Georgetown Cubs; Varsity Holds Own in First Half
The University of Kentucky again divided honors in a double header basket ball game at the Kentucky gym Monday night, the varsity losing to West Virginia 44 to 26, while the Kittens outclassed the Georgetown College freshmen, 49 to 23.
The freshmen tilt was the preliminary and the Kittens had such an easy time with their opponents, the game was not interesting. Georgetown had a good team, but in order to have stayed close to the Kittens it would have to have been excellent.
Coach Jimmy McFarland, as usual, gave nearly every man on his squad an opportunity to break into the tilt.
Stanley Milward with 16 points, Combs with 12, and Jeffries with 10, were the leading scorers for the Kittens, while Woodall was best along that line for Georgetown. The defensive work of Len Miller and the ball handling of June Lyons, for the freshmen, were nearly perfect.
In the varsity game, it was such an uneven struggle from the standpoint of brawn, it was remarkable that the Wildcats made the showing they did. West Virginia has a team of giants who made the Wildcats appear small in comparison. In he first half, the Cats played circles around their heavier, taller opponents, leading all the way in this period until just before it ended, when West Virginia shot a crip, making the score 16 to 16.
When play was resumed in the second half, West Virginia opened with a rush and on a variety of crip shots, jump and drop 'em shots and long shots, went far to the front. The Wildcats tried hard but getting the ball only when they were able to get it off their backboard handicapped them too much. Then again they had no luck with their shots. Fully a dozen easy shots went astray.
West Virginia, with its great size, should make any quintet in the country hustle. Ashworth and Taylor, forwards, and Hageberg, center, are a trio of performers who showed up well enough Monday night to get on anybody's team. Hageberg is the tallest center to oppose Kentucky on a home floor this season.
For Kentucky, Captain Jenkins and Jimmy Sharpe played outstandingly. The latter was tied for high point man of the team with Knadler, each getting seven points.