- 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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|Washington & Lee 34 - 36|||||Mississippi 17 - 37|
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.